Plant & Works Engineering
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.

Solving the warehouse automation challenge

Warehouse operators need expert help if they are to implement the most appropriate automation solution for their operations. Therefore choosing the correct partner is critical, Neil Beaumont at Lenze explains.

Shaping the modern logistics industry

Over 400 exhibitors are expected at IMHX 2019 as supply chain issues look set to top the post-Brexit agenda. PWE reports.

Factors influencing battery choice

Martin Walsh,senior application manager Motive and Reserve Power EMEA, EnerSys, looks at how to choose the best motive power source for electric warehouse and factory vehicles.

PPMA celebrates 30th anniversary

The PPMA Show returned to celebrate its 30th anniversary at the NEC Birmingham between the 25-27th September 2018. PWE reports.

LPG and BioLPG – fuelling efficient FLT fleets

For managers of forklift truck (FLTs) fleets, a renewed focus on improving the environmental impact of their operations is an exciting commercial opportunity. By switching to more environmentally-friendly fuels such as liquid petroleum gas (LPG) or BioLPG, they can further strengthen their green credentials while making pronounced financial savings, says Andy Kellett, FLT Specialist for Calor.

Versatile forklift expansion

Forklift manufacturer and material handling solutions provider Combilift has officially opened its new global headquarters and manufacturing facility in Monaghan, Ireland. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the company also announced that it will be significantly expanding its workforce with the creation of 200 new jobs in the next three years. PWE reports.

Should you calculate U-Values for loading bay doors?

Loading bays often need to be heated (or cooled), either to protect stored goods or to provide a comfortable working environment, but with large doors open for significant periods of time heating costs can be high. Louise Nurse of loading bay specialists, sara LBS, says it is natural for senior management to want to control this cost, but a practical rather than theoretical approach must be used.

Demonstrating specialised lifting solutions

Hymo Lifts, recently oversaw a project to design, build and install a DDA lift at Shrewsbury Cathedral. Using its previous experience from a similar project completed at York Minster, Hymo worked in close partnership with specialist architects Arrol & Snell. A key consideration of this installation was that the location is of particular historic significance. The lift, therefore, had to be both functional and in-keeping with the overall aesthetic of the cathedral.

How to ensure successful automation

Neil Adcock, consulting partner at Bis Henderson Consulting looks at the seven critical steps to successful warehouse automation.

Increasing productivity through battery power

Superior battery capacity has allowed Gaer Business to complete heavy workloads with small pallet trucks. PWE reports.

New electric multi-directional counterbalance unveiled

Combilift has unveiled a new all-wheel drive, electric, multi-directional counterbalance forklift truck, with a lift capacity of 4000 kg. The Combi-CBE 4t forklift was launched by managing director Martin McVicar at the recent GIS show at the Piacenza Expo centre in Italy.

Training and forklift simulation

Hyster is exploring the benefits of using a forklift simulator in response to a growing number of companies interested in using simulation as part of their training programmes.

The benefits of in-house instructors

Many businesses question whether to outsource the training of LGV drivers and material handling equipment (MHE) operators, or have instructors in-house. Laura Nelson of RTITB explains some of the benefits of in-house instructors.

Making the best of limited space

Hugh Freer, sales director of electric tug specialist MasterMover, looks at how factories can make the best use of limited space.

CeMAT 2018 - New synergies

Next year’s CeMAT – the world’s leading intralogistics fair – will have a completely new look, being co-located for the first time with Hannover Messe. The traditional time of year will also change: Instead of a biennial appearance in May or June, the logistics industry will be showcased from 23 to 27 April in pavilions 32 to 35 as well as in adjacent halls at the Hannover Exhibition Grounds. PWE reports.

Logistics 4.0 meets Industry 4.0

2018 will see the parallel staging of CeMAT and Hannover Messe. The aim is to allow decision-makers to see how Logistics 4.0 and Industry 4.0 are capable of producing completely new solutions and business models as well as the potential of integrated logistics for their own companies.

Post-Brexit challenges and opportunities

UKWA CEO Peter Ward outlines challenges and opportunities for post-Brexit logistics industry.

New approach to forklift rentals

Visiting the launch of its new “Forkcourt” and Business Hub, Joss Dixon reports on how Jungheinrich is embracing a new ethos.

Is your time well spent?

Andy Owen, managing director of electric tug specialist MasterMover, explains how businesses can improve efficiency and productivity.

Equipment hire considerations

Allan Parsons, national rental manager at Briggs Equipment, discusses what businesses need to consider when hiring in equipment, explaining how to avoid the pitfalls and make sure you get the right machine for the job.