Tuesday, August 22, 2017

LIFT TRUCK VISIBILITY FOR THE SMART PORT



To improve the awareness of lift truck drivers in terminals Hyster is exploring and developing an increased range of options for truck-to-truck, truck-to-object and truck-to-pedestrian detection systems.  Combined with cameras, telematics and other technologies, “connected” Hyster® fleets are delivering greater productivity and visibility for the smart ports of tomorrow.

Driver awareness
“Lift truck drivers and pedestrians need to maintain proper awareness of each other, especially in port and terminal operations,” says Ed Stilwell, Functional System Leader for Hyster.  “Technology can help with this, but to be effective it must meet the specific needs of the handling application.”
He continues, “Lift trucks, for instance, manoeuvre in many different directions, but often have reduced visibility for the driver, compared to a car. Therefore, existing technologies from the automotive sector are often not advanced enough for these complex needs.”
To help operators stay focused on the load and the driving path, while increasing awareness of people and other machines, Hyster has explored and identified a series of proximity and object detection systems. They are modular and can work individually or collectively.
The first automatically detects objects, with multiple sensors that adjust their range with the vehicle speed. It detects objects while driving in a straight line as well as during turning manoeuvres where the tail of the truck is either leading or swinging. When an object is detected, the operator is warned through haptic and audible alerts like a vibration and buzzer. The driver can then react accordingly.
“We can add proximity sensors that enable truck-to-truck and even truck-to-pedestrian awareness,” Stilwell says.  “This is important as many operations are moving more product and containers without expanding their footprint.  This means there are often more trucks and people working in close proximity than ever before, with increased pressure on productivity.”
See also: 4 HYSTER® FORKLIFTS WITH NEW SIDE BATTERY EXTRACTION SYSTEM FOR VBI WEURT 
Larger material handling machines require significant space to operate, needing ample room to accommodate the “tail swing” of the rear end. Furthermore, the load at the front of the truck when traveling forward and backward needs extra space and can inhibit the driver’s view.
Hyster® trucks are designed to provide operators with a clear line of sight and all-around visibility and are engineered to comply with the EU Machinery Directive, complying with CE marking and safety requirements of both national standard and respective trade organisations across Europe. The company maintains that the operator must always be responsible for the safe operation of the machine, but technology can assist where visibility may be limited.
“Connected trucks assure that operators are aware of trucks, objects, and pedestrians in close proximity and then operate at speeds appropriate for a specified traffic zones,” explains Stilwell.
Visibility
In addition to detection systems, Stilwell says that cameras can also help to improve visibility in certain applications, making it possible to view the immediate area surrounding a truck and the load.   To keep operators focused on the load and the path ahead, cameras can be set to activate only when an object is detected and then display an image on screen.
Cameras can be used to assist with container engagements and multiple camera views can be stitched together into one image so the operator doesn’t have to spend valuable seconds trying to figure out what view a camera is displaying.
Telematics
Hyster’s expertise also caters to the ‘big data’ needs of smart ports. The Hyster Tracker telematics solution can be installed on a variety of mobile equipment. It enables port operators to collect data, from daily service checks to accident reports and utilisation analysis. Easily-accessed reporting provides quick visibility to key metrics that help keep port operations running efficiently.
Hyster Tracker provides controlled operator access, proactive maintenance alerts and reactive impact and fault codes. GPS tracking data also helps identify areas within an operation that may present a higher probability of incidents, such as congestion-prone areas.
The Hyster® Big Truck line of forklifts provides up to 52 tonnes lifting capacity for port terminals including ReachStackers, empty container handlers, lift trucks and warehouse equipment. Supported by one of the strongest dealer networks in the world and dedicated factory support team, Hyster® trucks provide low cost of ownership to customers globally.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
Hyster® is one of the leading global brands of materials handling equipment and Hyster Company offers over 140 models of counterbalance trucks, warehouse and container handling equipment. The company invests heavily in research and development to ensure Hyster® products are at the forefront of the materials handling industry providing maximum dependability and low costs of ownership for demanding operations everywhere.
Hyster Company (www.hyster.com) is a leading worldwide lift truck designer and manufacturer and is part of Hyster-Yale Group, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. (NYSE:HY).  Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. and its subsidiaries, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, employ approximately 6,600 people worldwide.

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Kanoo Machinery is the authorised dealer for Hyster in the Middle East. Since mid-1960s, Kanoo Machinery represents a wide range of leading international equipment brands/manufacturers within such areas as maintenance and construction, earth-moving machinery, cranes and material handling, power generation, marine power, airport equipment, welding supplies, safety and testing services, specialised equipment and services, agricultural equipment, industrial and automotive diesel engines and parts and workshop support services.

Kanoo Machinery has gained a considerable reputation as an expert solutions provider through its personalised service and dependability in delivering first class machinery and equipment along with its associated support services to both Government and Private sector customers. The world-class products offered by Kanoo Machinery are backed by a strong and efficient after sales network of workshops, replacement parts and mobile service facilities throughout the Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula.
  


Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Kanoo Group hosts 'Ice Cream Social' event for employees



Dubai, UAE: The Kanoo Group hosted a sweet, fun, and creative way to build rapport among colleagues through a real customer favourite sharing ice cream treat for employees, held on August 3, 2017 at Kanoo main office.



Themed “You are Valuable and We Care”, the 'Ice Cream Social' event was conceptualised by Ms Maha Kanoo (Director) and the HR Team mainly to thank the employees for their valuable efforts to the company, with an added little fun and excitement.

Employees were delighted to join the celebration and to experience the unique flavours in every scoop of frozen delights from Kulffi Ice Cream.
The event was also the chance among co-workers to share stories and laughters, and later on concluded on a very positive note.



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4 HYSTER® FORKLIFTS WITH NEW SIDE BATTERY EXTRACTION SYSTEM FOR VBI WEURT



Four Hyster® forklift trucks and a Hyster® Powered Battery Exchange Stacker have been delivered to VBI in Weurt, The Netherlands. These are the first Hyster® forklifts in The Netherlands equipped with a new, intelligently designed side battery extraction system.
“When the current lease for part of our forklift fleet ended, we conducted a review,” says Bennie Kroes, Plant Manager at VBI in Weurt, adding that he was not satisfied with the side battery extraction system of their old trucks from another brand. “There were too many issues causing parts to break down on regular basis. On top of that, we sometimes needed 2 people to get a battery changed.”

Heffiq, the Hyster dealer in The Netherlands, turned out to be the only company that could meet the needs of VBI Weurt.

“They did not just offer the right value for money, but also listened carefully and offered us solutions that really added something to our operation,” explains Kroes.

Over Capacity

Heffiq delivered 4 Hyster® J2.5XN electric lift trucks with a lift capacity of 2.5 tonnes, as well as a dedicated Hyster® Powered Battery Exchange Stacker for changing batteries. The trucks are being used for the loading of polystyrene foam insulation materials that are produced in Weurt, and for internal transport from the production departments to the warehouse.

“For the weight of our loads – a block of insulation material weighs about 180 to 200 kgs –2.5T lift capacity seems a bit high. However, the benefit is that these trucks are equipped with a battery with a 20% higher capacity,” Kroes continues.

The higher battery capacity (trucks are equipped with 775 Ah/80V batteries) is not a luxury within the application at VBI Weurt as the company works in 2 shifts, a total of 17 hours per day.

“With this battery, less changing or loading is needed and this saves us time,” says Kroes.

Fast, simple and safe

Thanks to the new exchange system, VBI Weurt has another advantage when changing and loading batteries. The Powered Battery Exchange Stacker truck guarantees a fast and simple battery exchange, and there is no physical exertion necessary from the operator.

Many advantages

The new Hyster® forklift trucks are being leased for a period of 5 years, which includes a full service contract for the lift trucks. The Powered Battery Exchange Stacker is only used intermittently and therefore only receives periodical maintenance from Heffiq.

“Our strong dealer partner Heffiq listened carefully to the precise challenges at VBI Weurt and was able to customise the Hyster® trucks to suit the specific customer requirements,” says Karen Calver, Product Manager for Hyster.

Since the new trucks were taken into operation on 1 September 2016, Plant Manager Bennie Kroes has only received positive and enthusiastic reactions.

“We do not just notice the advantages when changing or loading batteries. The traction and performance are also a big step forward. Plus, the trucks are noticeably more comfortable. If this continues, the chances are very high that we will replace all our other trucks with Hyster® machines,” he concludes.
 See also:  30 YEARS OF HYSTER® CONTAINER HANDLERS AT BCTN INLAND TERMINALS
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NOTES TO EDITORS

About Hyster Company
Hyster® is one of the leading global brands of materials handling equipment and Hyster Company offers over 140 models of counterbalance trucks, warehouse and container handling equipment. The company invests heavily in research and development to ensure Hyster® products are at the forefront of the materials handling industry providing maximum dependability and low costs of ownership for demanding operations everywhere.
Hyster Company (www.hyster.com) is a leading worldwide lift truck designer and manufacturer and is part of Hyster-Yale Group, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. (NYSE:HY).  Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. and its subsidiaries, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, employ approximately 6,500 people worldwide.
About VBI Weurt
VBI Weurt is part of the French company Consolis VBI, a worldwide producer and supplier of prefab concrete elements for daily living - and working environments and civil engineering. In Weurt the EPS-insulation materials are developed and produced, that subsequently are delivered mainly to sister companies and the civil engineering sector in The Netherlands.
  
Issued on behalf of Hyster Europe by:
MOLOKINI MARKETING LTD
Press/Advertising contact : Nik Webb,  Tel: +44 (0) 1903 207408
nik@molokini.co.uk | www.molokini.co.uk