Highlights include the first ETV 216i reach mast unit with a permanent lithium-ion battery, the IFOY-nominated easyPILOT Follow remote solution, the EKX 516a automated high-rack electric commissioning stacker, and a high-performance rack retrieval unit for small parts that was developed in house. Visitors to the immersive lithium-ion exhibit can learn all about this future technology, which is increasingly finding its way into internal logistics.
In Hannover, Jungheinrich is presenting its four main focus areas of technology highlights, logistics systems, storage and retrieval technology, and heavy-duty machines for indoor and outdoor use. The distinctive and highly visible, black-toned Pavilion 34 holds the Jungheinrich interactive lithium-ion exhibit. The company is the only provider of internal logistics that not only installs but also develops and produces lithium-ion technologies in-house. This expertise extends to batteries, charging units, and all the corresponding components in the vehicle itself. "This is the only way for all parts of the system to communicate perfectly with one another and utilize its entire performance potential," explained Dr. Carsten Harnisch, head of the Jungheinrich Energy and Drive Systems division, at the Jungheinrich Innovations & Highlights 2018 press conference on 25 January in Hamburg. Networked systems, flexible energy utilization, and individualized automation levels are the keys to maximum productivity, high turnover performance, and efficient material flows. Highly advanced software solutions from Jungheinrich connect vehicles, processes, and all kinds of warehouse environments with each other.
Revolutionary lithium-ion solutions
With the ETV 216i reach mast stacker, which has a permanent lithium-ion battery as series standard, Jungheinrich introduces a revolutionary vehicle design with a very compact form factor. The reach mast stacker has significant improvements in ergonomics and agility, with more freedom of movement and improved visibility for the driver. The longer service life, maintenance-free design, and greater performance of the lithium-ion battery in comparison with conventional lead-acid batteries help the new reach mast stacker achieve greater turnover and warehouse efficiency. Short charging intervals allow the vehicle to be used 24/7, carrying loads up to 1,600 kg to heights of 10.7 meters.
For the transition from lead-acid technology to lithium-ion, Jungheinrich presents the SLH 300 flexible charging unit, with 24V, 48V, and 80V versions ranging from 15 to 320A. It has been nominated for this year's International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) Award. The range of variants means an optimal combination of price and performance for every application. It provides maximum flexibility for users and is available with plenty of options, including full graphics display or Aquamatik controls with an intelligent water refilling system using a level sensor.
Commissioning vehicles follow operators automatically
The internal logistics company presents the next-level ECE 225 with easyPILOT Follow function at CeMAT 2018. The new, retrofittable remote operating option connects the vehicle to the operator's control bar via an NFC interface, automatically following when the operator moves forward and stopping as soon as the operator stops. The operator thus has both hands free for commissioning. Jungheinrich uses NFC pairing to maintain a simple, stable connection between the vehicle and operator, even when moving heavy loads. The vehicle follows just one defined operator.
The semi-automatic controls for the ECE with easyPILOT Follow move the user another step toward automation. Unlike the standard manual control mode, which requires the operator to frequently climb onto and off of the vehicle and walk long distances to and from the pick point, easyPILOT Follow allows the user to move the ECE to the next pick point without having to climb aboard. Equipped with state-of-the-art laser scanners, the ECE continuously scans the area in front of the vehicle so it can safely navigate and position itself in the aisles.
Heavyweights for inside and out
The EZS 7280 electric tow tractor has also been nominated for the IFOY. It can tow heavy loads up to 28 t, making it especially well suited for outdoor use at airports or on factory grounds at industrial companies. The tow tractor's high torque is designed to travel up ramps with heavy loads. With a new 500 Ah lithium-ion battery, Jungheinrich promises excellent efficiency.
Other highlights include the EKX 516 electric high-bay commissioning stacker, which is available as an automated guided transport system starting in 2018. The vehicle is based on the proven EKX 516 three-sided stacker, with a load capacity of 1,600 kg, which Jungheinrich has upgraded with automation components and inductive track guidance with transponders in the floor. The unit expands the family of automated guided vehicle systems (AGVS) with an automated solution for warehousing tasks at heights up to 13 m. With integrated on-board charger, busbars, and pickups, the automated high-rack stacker can be deployed 24/7.
Automated warehousing reduces operating costs
Another new development in warehousing systems is the first high-performance rack retrieval unit for small parts developed in-house by Jungheinrich. Three new patents have been implemented in the STC 2B1A: a new mast design makes the unit scalable up to 25 meters with maximum stability despite its light weight, an innovative travel rail concept minimizes approach distances, and an omega traction drive integrated in the mast base reduces approach distances and saves storage space. With travel speeds up to six meters per second and high acceleration rates, it is one of the top machines on the market. It also has energy buffers, known as "super caps," which store braking energy and return it to the drive system when accelerating. According to Jungheinrich, no other rack retrieval unit in its class can match its turnover performance, space utilization, and energy efficiency. Together they significantly reduce operating costs.