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Packaging Innovations & Empack 2024

The UK's premier packaging event looks set to be the most insight-packed, inspiring, and forward-thinking to date, with over 7,000 visitors expected across the two days.

Cutting the carbon footprint

Bachy Soletanche has announced it recently switched from diesel to electric forklifts at its manufacturing site in Burscough, Lancashire, as part of a companywide plan to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030.

LiftEx 2023 brings the lifting industry to Liverpool

LiftEx 2023, sponsored by CoreRFID, attracted the crowds to the Exhibition Centre located among the docks on the banks of the Mersey in Liverpool on 21-22nd November. Over 1000 visitors across two days came to see the lifting products and services from more than 80 global exhibitors. This included all the latest lifting products including hoists, mobile and overhead cranes, steel chains, wire rope, winches, shackles, web slings, rigging, spreader beams, height safety and load monitoring equipment, IT solutions and more. 

Winners announced at the LEEA Awards

The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) presented the winners of the LEEA Awards 2023 with their trophies at the Awards Dinner on 21st November, held at the Rum Warehouse in Liverpool. The winners of the annual awards recognising excellence in the lifting industry are as follows:

Keeping cranes running straight and true

Lifting equipment specialist, Konecranes, has launched its RailQ 3D crane runway survey programme. The package has been designed to provide highly accurate measurement of crane runway alignment and is backed by comprehensive analysis of cloud-based data.

Combilift celebrates 25 years of innovation

In 1998 Combilift originally made history with its world-first multidirectional C4000 3-wheel, all-wheel drive forklift. Last month, the company celebrated its 25th Anniversary at its headquarters in Monaghan, Ireland with the launch of its latest products. PWE reports

Celebrating 70 years of big trucks

The plant in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, where Hyster Big Trucks are produced is celebrating its 70th year in 2023.

Benefits of outsourcing

The BCMPA – the Association for Contract Manufacturing, Packing, Fulfilment and Logistics,  has announced it will be highlighting the many benefits of outsourcing at two major industry exhibitions later this month: London Packaging Week and – for the first time – eCommerce Expo, both being held at London’s ExCel.

Lighting up the packaging industry

London Packaging Week organisers are warning potential visitors to this September's exhibition to move now and secure their tickets, with demand continuing to skyrocket.

Could inflexibility halt progress in the warehouse?

In the article below Yale Lift Truck Technologies discusses how it has identified inflexibility as a key concern for fast-evolving intralogistics and warehouse operations.

Awards for Excellence finalists revealed

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) has announced the finalists for its 30th Awards for Excellence.

Electric-powered articulated handling trucks chosen to upgrade facility

Ingram Micro Logistics has upgraded the materials handling systems at its Daventry warehouse facility with the introduction of electric-powered articulated Flexi StorMAX two-deep pallet picking and put-away technology from Narrow Aisle.

Versatile new electric truck to help achieve more sustainable operations

As leading forklift manufacturer Combilift continues to celebrate its 25 years in business, it has launched a new model truck at the recent Ligna show - the new Combi-CB70E. PWE takes a closer look at the new model.

New CEO for the BCMPA

The BCMPA – the Association for Contract Manufacturing, Packing, Fulfilment & Logistics has announced that Emma Verkaik will become its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), following the retirement of Rodney Steel on 1st June.

Cold Stores ensure steady temperature for fermentation vessels

ICS Cool Energy’s Cold Store containers have allowed a leading international brewery to keep its reactor vessels in reliable temperature-controlled environment and maintain consistency of the fermentation process. PWE reports.

Bespoke straddle carrier for bespoke drainage

With JKH Drainage moving to a new 6-acre site to give the company the capacity to grow and take on larger projects, PWE looks at a key piece of equipment to cope with the increased volume of raw materials and finished products - a 35t capacity Straddle Carrier from the Irish manufacturer Combilift.

Automating for a sustainable future

Wouter Satijn, Sales Director, Joloda Hydraroll, explains how companies that operate in the (intra)logistics sector need to create joined-up sustainability strategies that encompass people, cost reduction and improving environmental standing for a sustainable future.

More major airport contracts for Hart

Hart Door Systems, the specialist engineering company headquartered in Westerhope, Newcastle upon Tyne, has won significant export orders for its automatic check-in doors and security shutters for baggage handling systems at Jizan airport, Jizan, capital of the Jizan Province, Saudi Arabia, and for an undisclosed international airport in Scandinavia.

Hart completes its largest Speedor Storms’ order

Hart Door Systems has completed its largest order for its Speedor Storm door, the high-performance exterior roller door designed for frequent use in high traffic situations and constructed to withstand harsh environments including 90mph for wind class 5.

The big five autonomous mobile robot questions

Frazer Watson, VP-Sales UK and Ireland at AMR designer and manufacturer iFollow, runs through the key questions customers need to ask when considering an Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) solution.

Climate challenges boost protective shutter development

A ferry ride across Hong Kong’s harbour in the early stages of a typhoon caused Doug Hart, chairman of Hart Industrial Doors, to pause – just what sort of technology would be needed to create a secure, protective, shutter that could withstand the full impact of a typhoon he asked himself writes Chris Dobson*

Fresh identity for Hart

HART DOOR SYSTEMS has announced it has redesigned its logo and launched a refreshed website to improve the visibility of the company online.

Three tips to control the internal temperature in your factory

Traffic going in and out of the building means large openings are often left open, dropping the internal temperature of the building dramatically in the winter or raising it in the summer. Hart Doors highlights to PWE the top three tips to control the temperature in your building.

Maximising resources in the intralogistics industry

Alexander Baal* outlines how intralogistics organisations can make changes for the better, contribute to a more sustainable logistics industry, unlock greater productivity, safety and efficiency gains by taking advantage of professionally refurbished trucks to support operations.

The evolving skillsets for the handling and logistics engineers of tomorrow

With companies focusing on semi rather than fully automated intralogistics models, it is important to consider the role of the workforce in this new, collaborative environment. From skills to safety, Jon Divers* considers the creation of a smart workforce and the evolving skillset for the material handling and logistics engineers of tomorrow

PPMA show returns

With just a short time to go until PPMA Show 2021 returns to the NEC, Birmingham (28-30 September 2021), its exhibitors are eager to showcase their latest innovations bringing efficiency to your production line. PWE reports

Safer handling

In order to ensure the safer and more efficient handling of extrusion billets at Hammerer Aluminium Industries‘ (HAI) HQ in Ranshofen, Austria, the company is now using three multidirectional forklifts from the Irish manufacturer Combilift. PWE reports.

New generation installation

Konecranes has supplied a material handling system, incorporating an Sseries crane, at ABB Limited’s Drives Service Workshop (DSW) in Coalville, Leicestershire. The contract represents the first installation of the new generation S-series model in the UK.

Launch of new Aisle Master Order Picker: Aisle Master-OP

Combilift officially launched the latest addition to its product portfolio in a virtual press conference on February 3rd. The NEW Aisle Master-OP (AME-OP) is a pioneering stand-on electric powered model that combines the advantages of a narrow aisle articulated forklift and an order picker for versatile operation in warehousing applications.

Unlocking handling potential

PWE takes a look at how two articulated forklifts ensured efficient storage and handling procedures

Forward-looking warehouse logistics

In order to adapt to the major changes in trade, Bohus, a Norwegian furniture and interior decoration chain, is currently investing in new IT and network solutions as well as in forward-looking warehouse logistics. The company has therefore commissioned Jungheinrich with the construction of a new central warehouse in Lillestrom near the Norwegian capital of Oslo. The project involves comprehensive automation solutions including a high pallet racking warehouse, miniload, conveyor systems and software. Operation of the warehouse is scheduled to begin in 2021.

Maximum safety for load turning

Material handling specialist, Demag, has introduced a new load turning function for its universal crane product range. The load turning capability achieves maximum safety and significant operational advantages, without the need for potentially costly additional engineering features. The Demag SafeControl safety control unit monitors the entire load turning process. PWE reports.

Lithium-ion – deploying a bespoke battery strategy

The speed with which organisations are embracing Lithium-ion technology is gaining pace. Jon Divers* reports.

Keeping your cool when the heat is on

Many industrial environments are chilled to significantly below the ambient climatic temperature and high-speed shutter doors are the best way to maintain a clear division between inside and out. PWE reports.

Expected surge in demand for cold storage solutions

Higher seasonal temperatures and reduced product demand stemming from the COVID-19 crisis will result in cold storage spaces exceeding capacity, according to leading temporary power and temperature solutions company, Aggreko.

Faster container loading

Fast Freight Srl is one of the first companies in the world to take delivery of a new product launched by Combilift – the Combi-CSS Container Slip Sheet, designed for the faster loading of containers. PWE takes a closer look.

Combilift press conference May 2020

Speaking during a recent virtual press conference Martin McVicar, CEO and co-founder of Combilift, outlined the company’s new approach which uses technology to replace personal site visits to enable customers to continue to benefit from Combilift’s expertise at a time when space optimisation is crucial.

Container slip-sheet for quicker and easier mechanised loading

The Combilift Container Slip-Sheet (Combi-CSS) has been designed for quicker and easier mechanised loading of products (particularly long ones) into containers. The Combi-CSS addresses the challenges associated with the combination of forklifts and manual labour often required for this application.

Safe and stable transportation of heavy loads in dynamic environments

One of the most popular products in the RARUK Automation range is the MiR - autonomous mobile robot (AMR) and now the scope of its application can be extended with the addition of the MiR Shelf Lift. This device optimises the inhouse transportation of heavy loads and pallets, allowing employees to focus on higher value activities.

Getting the most out of your motive batteries

Yanis LOUNNAS - application engineer at EnerSys, outlines ten ways to help you achieve the best possible return on your battery investment.

Mitigating the risk of Coronavirus to UK supply chains

Steve Purvis, operations director at Bis Henderson Space, takes a look at how to mitigate the risk of Coronavirus to UK supply chains.

Five key pointers on short-term forklift rental

Businesses are under increasing pressure to respond flexibly and efficiently. But how can materials handling operations provide the agility needed, with minimum exposure to risk? Alan Clark, asset manager at Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK, provides a five-point guide to flexing your assets.

Heavyweight solution

PWE takes a look at how a German concrete manufacturer is using a mobile gantry to lift its very heavy loads.

Busting the most popular forklift truck fuel myths

Andy Kellett, FLT Specialist at Calor, discusses some of the most popular myths surrounding fuels for forklift trucks (FLTs).

IMHX to showcase the latest technological developments

With more than 400 companies anticipated to demonstrate the latest technological developments that are shaping the modern logistics industry, IMHX 2019 (NEC, Birmingham, 24-27 September 2019) is set to be the biggest event in the long running IMHX series of materials handling exhibitions to date. PWE reports.

Modular docks - opening up possibilities

Efficient loading bays can be built in less than ideal locations if the needs of the operating processes are properly analysed and the full range of equipment is explored. Kevan Anderson, an area sales manager with sara LBS, is motivated by a recent installation to review the possibilities opened up with modular docks.

How to specify suitable safety eyewear

Clair Weston, uvex marketing manager, takes a look at how to specify the most suitable safety eyewear for the wearer.

The need for a flexible logistics strategy

As the deadline on Brexit moves back to Halloween, corporate attention turns to reassessing the balance of risk to supply chains – the levels of inventory needed to secure supply, the costs of extending contracts, and the potential horrors of trying to find well-located warehouse space. Steve Purvis, operations director at Bis Henderson Space, reports.

Power management solutions

Matteo Todesco, senior marketing manager for Motive Power, EnerSys EMEA looks at the issues that adversely affect battery performance and how a power management system can mitigate these.

Multidirectional solutions

Crown Imperial has recently overhauled and enhanced handling procedures at its Herne Bay headquarters by bringing in a number of Combilift models to replace counterbalance and reach trucks that were previously used. PWE reports.