"Under the lead theme of "Smart Supply Chain Solutions", our apperance at CeMAT 2016 will centre around the topics of "automation", "intelligent software for fleet solutions" and "energy efficiency"," says Thomas A. Fischer, CSO at STILL. "The concept of "intelligence" is increasingly coming to the forefront when it comes to flexible solutions, which are in greater and greater demand among customers."
The trend towards electric counterbalance trucks is also going full steam ahead. "More and more customers are switching from comubstion enginge forklifts to electric forklifts in order to meet the increasing requirements of emissions reduction," explains Emanuel Matthaei, Director for Sales & Marketing at CLARK Europe GmbH.
"In addition, machinery prices are under pressure in the area of high-volume electric pedestrian stackers and low-platform trucks." After all, more and more customers are seeing this segment as a product with a limited lifespan, therefore preferring to replace a device instead of spending a lot of money repairing it, he explains.
Alongside alternative drives, Jungheinrich believes that intelligent linking of software and hardware components in the warehouse is another important aspect. This is why the company has developed a logistics interface that – as middleware – ensures smooth communication between the warehouse equipment and company software. This has created an interface between the forklift and warehouse management system, which can be taken into account in the wide variety of warehouse IT, intralogistics processes and applications.
With 80-volt drive and lift motors, the electric forklift GEX20-30L achieves performance comparable to that of combustion engine forklifts in terms of speed, acceleration and gradability.