Once the members of the IFOY jury choose the winners of this year’s IFOY Award in Dortmund between 18th and 23rd March, STILL will be represented with two entries in the categories “Special of the Year” and “Integrated Warehouse Solution” in the competition for the coveted intralogistics trophies.
Both of the entries from STILL GmbH passed the IFOY pre-selection with flying colours and were nominated for the final round in Dortmund in March. One of these is the innovative STILL ‘Descent Speed Regulation’ (DSR) assistance system, which makes journeys with the new LXT 120-350 and LXW 20-30 series of platform trucks and tractors from the Hamburg-based intralogistics provider even safer.
When driving downhill with a load, DSR adjusts the speed of the vehicles – either manually or automatically, depending on the configuration level – to a value that protects it from dangerous situations. This unique system supports the driver for safe travel on ramps and at the same time increases handling performance.
The assistance system is available in the DSR Basic, DSR Eco or DSR Premium versions. While the driver still has to activate the system manually in the Basic version so that it reduces the speed to a previously set maximum value, the system in the Eco version activates automatically when driving down a slope and brakes the vehicle to a predefined value. With DSR Premium, the assistance system automatically regulates the vehicle speed when driving downhill depending on the slope and the load being towed.
The “Hase Project”
The expansion of the automated warehouse at Hase Safety Group AG (pictured), a producer of work gloves based in the Frisian town of Jever, is another flagship project with which STILL has entered the race for the coveted prizes. During this warehouse expansion, the STILL industrial trucks were replaced by automated, more powerful equipment with telescopic forks and the existing racking system was expanded to 10,000 pallet spaces.
All Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) now navigate safely and autonomously through the warehouse. The resulting optimisation of the driving course is made possible by rotating laser scanners on the vehicles, which permanently measure the distances to the reflectors installed in the warehouse. In addition, three MX-X very narrow aisle trucks and six EXV-SF high lift stackers of the latest generation were fitted with the iGo Systems automation kit from STILL.
Winners kept secret until award ceremony
“This year we are once again taking part in the international IFOY Award with two promising and highly competitive entries,” explains Torsten Wiecker, Vice President Brand Management STILL EMEA at STILL, and adds: “Both the innovative new development of the safety-enhancing assistance system and the successful expansion and optimisation of the Hase Safety Group’s automatic warehouse have the potential to rank high in the favour and esteem of the international jury of experts.”
However, the nominees will have to wait a while longer before hearing “And the winner is ….” again. The winners of the contest will remain a secret until the final IFOY Award Night on 30th June in the BMW World in Munich.
The IFOY Award (International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year Award) is presented annually as a recognition of outstanding performance in intralogistics. It is supported by the IFOY organisation and an international jury of renowned trade journalists representing the leading logistics media in the respective markets. The UK is represented on the jury exclusively by Logistics Business’ news editor Peter MacLeod, a founding member of the IFOY jury when the awards were established a decade ago.
The IFOY organisation says it evaluates according to transparent criteria, independently and on the basis of professional expertise. The award is intended to document the performance and innovative strength of the intralogistics industry and aims to contribute to the competitiveness and public image of the entire industry. The IFOY Award is sponsored by the Association for Materials Handling and Intralogistics within the VDMA (German Engineering Federation) and is under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection.