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Linde Material Handling hosts impressive second “World of Material Handling” customer event

The second “World of Material Handling” ended today with a new record number of visitors: Over 7,000 guests from about 50 countries, mainly customers as well as distributors, business partners and employees, attended Linde Material Handling’s showcase event, staged from 9 to 25 May. Thus the number of visitors exceeded that of 2014 significantly by around 15 percent.

The disused factory site “Fredenhagen” nearby Frankfurt airport and modern lightweight halls provided the setting for a comprehensive look at the future of intralogistics. Individual guided tours and presentations, live demonstrations, and plenty of “touch & feel” around the future issues of Connectivity, Automation, Energy Systems and Individualisation made for a comprehensive technical program that was tailored to different visitor interests. 18 partner companies ensured that visitors, in addition to learning about numerous new hardware and software solutions for industrial trucks, had the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in adjacent areas, too.

“Our customers were thrilled with the new solutions on offer. Their feedback confirms that we are focussing on just the right future issues,” said Christophe Lautray, CSO of Linde Material Handling, on the last day of the event. “Many customers are challenged to use the opportunities of increasing connectivity and digitisation for their materials handling tasks. We were able to present ourselves as a partner who perfectly understands these challenges and is therefore up to developing, offering and adjusting forward-looking solutions for a variety of industrial segments. At the same time, it was obvious that the open and frank talks with our customers are based on long-term, reliable and cooperative relationships. The enthusiasm and motivation of the Linde team to achieve the best performance for every customer has been highly commended by our guests.” As a result, various major international customers placed orders there and then at the exhibition, adding up to a volume of several hundred units. This also included, for example, a large-scale order for 150 electric forklift trucks of type Linde E30. These trucks will be used by a French building materials supplier who relies on the power, efficiency and availability of Linde equipment as well as on the excellent quality of relationships and trusting collaboration with the regional distribution partners.

“We want to help our customers to reduce their process costs, optimise throughput times and improve process quality. This requires an intensive, ongoing dialogue in order to develop and offer precisely the right products, services and solutions. The World of Material Handling makes a valuable contribution in this context because it concentrates all the latest from Linde Material Handling, offering our customers a chance to gain solid information during their visit and talk with us about their future requirements. This is crucial input for us,” said Andreas Krinninger, CEO and CFO of Linde Material Handling, in conclusion.

Linde Material Handling GmbH

Die Linde Material Handling GmbH, ein Unternehmen der KION Group, ist ein weltweit führender Hersteller von Gabelstaplern und Lagertechnikgeräten sowie Anbieter von Dienstleistungen und Lösungen für die Intralogistik. In Europa ist das Unternehmen mit den Marken Linde und Fenwick (Frankreich) Marktführer. Neben einem umfangreichen Produktportfolio bietet Linde effiziente Intralogistiklösungen wie Flottenmanagement, Automatisierung und Fahrerassistenzsysteme sowie umfassende Dienstleistungen rund um die Fahrzeuge. Mit einem globalen Vertriebs- und Servicenetzwerk mit Niederlassungen in mehr als 100 Ländern ist das Unternehmen in allen wichtigen Regionen der Welt vertreten. Im Geschäftsjahr 2015 erzielte Linde Material Handling einen Umsatz von über 3,4 Milliarden Euro und beschäftigte weltweit rund 14.500 Mitarbeiter.

 

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The information superhighway runs right through warehouses

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At WoMH, Linde Material Handling demonstrates the opportunities created by digital networking

As is the case in so many industries, logistics processes, and thus the flow of materials, are increasingly being directed digitally. As a result, even industrial trucks are becoming a part of digital industry. Whether with universally electronically controlled trucks, the innovative sensor technology found in Linde Safety Pilot, the connect: fleet management solution or other digital solutions, Linde Material Handling has laid the foundations to be able to support its customers in the digitalisation of their business processes. At ‘World of Material Handling’ (WoMH), Linde will exhibit – among other things – a new localisation technology which allows the location of trucks or transport containers in warehouses and production halls to be recorded in real time to within a centimetre. This information has a wide variety of applications, significantly improving the efficiency and safety of operational processes. The gap between the real and digital worlds has already been bridged.

Visitors to WoMH 2016 can experience the precision and versatility of this technology at first-hand: guides and experts will be carrying transmitters with them, and their location on the premises will be displayed in an app on the tablet which every guest will be given at the beginning of their visit – extremely helpful if you lose sight of your tour group. What’s more, the performance of the drivers on the WoMH kart track can be monitored second-by-second – the electric karts, made by Italian manufacturer CRG, are not only fitted with Linde drive systems but also with localisation transmitters. “Using this real time tracking system as a basis, we will expand the functionality of our connect: product family, as well as developing new applications which will go above and beyond fleet management,” explains Massimiliano Sammartano, Linde’s Vice President of Sales & Service Marketing & Operations.

Virtual zones and analytical tools for path planning
The cost-effective localisation solution was developed by Linde together with tracking specialists Quantitec. In this system, ‘nodes’ are installed in warehouses or production rooms. These nodes allow the tracking system to determine the position of the transmitter on the truck in the room. This makes it possible, for example, to divide up the warehouse into virtual zones and then within those zones apply rules and permissions for drivers and trucks – regarding speed and lifting height, for instance. “Plus, the continually-recorded position of the forklifts can also be saved in a sort of ‘heat map’, showing the paths the trucks take in a certain time frame,” explains Colin Flint, head of Product Marketing for Linde Connected Solutions. “In the future, this will allow us to help our customers to optimise path planning for their fleets and reduce the risk of accidents in busy areas.”

All connect: fleet management functions to be demonstrated on site
Indoor localisation won’t be the only technology demonstrated on the WoMH kart track, however: “Our work together with our partners CRG has not only involved developing the electrical drive system for their karts based on the drive technology in Linde’s electric forklifts – they were also very interested in our fleet management solutions,” says Wolfgang Klüpfel, project manager for Linde eMotion. As manufacturers of karts for rental and racing, CRG’s customers are kart track operators whose requirements overlap in many ways which those of a fleet manager. This is why CRG offers Linde’s connect: solution to its customers, alongside the karts themselves. Access control, adjusting driving parameters for different drivers, collision detection using shock sensors, maintenance scheduling, recording and usage analysis – all functions and information which aid the operators of both karts and industrial trucks in making their fleet as safe and efficient as possible.

Improved safety and truck availability through networking
WoMH promises another innovation for the connect: fleet management solution, too: the connect: app ‘pre-op check’. This allows the forklift driver to check over their truck at the beginning of a shift for important things such as tyre pressure or possible damage, using a smartphone. The forklift is unlocked only after being checked with the app. Meanwhile, the “connect: desk” software combines the information with other data and analyses it. This not only improves safety, but also improves the productivity and availability of the trucks. Trucks can be equipped with connect: units during manufacture, or they can be easily retrofitted at any time. There are numerous options for data transmission: mobile service, Bluetooth or a wireless network – whichever is most suitable for the customer’s infrastructure. Individual driver permissions and forklift settings can be configured, and the employee unlocks the truck using PIN or RFID.

Safety-relevant applications such as this are based upon an innovative sensor technology, which is also the basis for intelligent driver assistance systems such as the Linde Safety Pilot (LSP). LSP actively intervenes in forklift steering in critical driving and lifting situations, while also providing additional helpful functions such as load measurement. Already available for electric forklift trucks, the system will also be available for IC trucks in the near future. “We at Linde are definitely market leaders with regard to the productivity and safety of our trucks. In the future, however, the key to increasing efficiency in logistics and intralogistics will no longer simply involve the trucks themselves,” says Christophe Lautray, Linde’s Chief Sales Officer, “but rather the integration of the whole fleet into IT processes. At the WoMH, we will be demonstrating how that can work.”

Faster responses: Mobile Service Manager app
Linde is also keen to offer more transparency in service activities in the area of customer service going forward, and will present an application which is currently undergoing testing. With the Mobile Service Manager app, operators using Linde trucks will in the future be able to address their inquiries to Linde’s service organisation directly using the QR code of the truck and a photo of the malfunction. They will then be kept up to date on the current status of their inquiry via their smartphone. The existing ‘MyLife’ extranet system will then allow fleet operators to view information about the current workload, age distribution and maintenance status of the fleet, including a transparent overview of costs. “MyLife is aimed primarily at buyers and logistics managers at larger companies,” explains Dieter Antensteiner, Head of Fleet Management. “The data makes planning fleet compositions easier, and therefore also facilitates investment decisions. The focus is on cost efficiency.”

The future of intralogistics: WoMH demonstrates a wealth of ideas and solutions
Under the title ‘Linked Perspectives’, the World of Material Handling event will provide answers to the biggest questions which intralogistics will face in the future: not just networking, but also automation, individualisation and energy systems. “Internal logistics will increasingly be networked, digitalised and automated,” states Sammartano. Spanning over a space measuring 12,000 square metres, the event will feature exhibition areas, 3D-media shows, expert forums, product demonstrations and experience zones. The exhibits can be demonstrated as part of guided group tours or visitors can discover them on their own. “Following on from the comprehensive exhibition two years ago, we are concentrating this year on the four most significant areas of expertise which will be of vital importance for our customers in the very near future,” explains Manfred Höhn, Head of Marketing Communication and Branding.

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Tailor-made solutions for individual processes

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Linde presents new variants, options and customer solutions

For years now, modern industrial companies have seen increasing differentiation and diversification: the demand for a wider range of variants, options and individually manufactured products is rising. This has led to changes in what is required of production processes, and has brought about the advent of 3D printing. At the same time, the rise of e-commerce has resulted in smaller lot sizes and, in some cases, fundamental changes to the requirements for order picking and the movement of goods. For a long time now, the variety of its solutions and product variants has been a trademark of Linde Material Handling, and this is evident in the new developments the company is presenting at the customer event “World of Material Handling” (WoMH).

Every production process is different. Depending on raw materials, purchased parts or specialisation, even companies within the same industry have completely different requirements when it comes to their logistical processes. “With specifically designed or individually developed industrial trucks, our customers increase the productivity of their processes, improving safety and reducing costs,” says Massimiliano Sammartano, Vice President of Sales & Service Marketing & Operations.

Series production versatility: ex factory, precisely tailored to meet requirements
In terms of mass production, Linde offers the widest range of products and services in the industry. Customers can choose from 85 product lines and well over 6,000 equipment variants worldwide. No two trucks are the same, and the number of possible variants is still growing. One example is the Linde Roadster, an electric counterbalanced forklift truck with special clear view, which will be launched at WoMH. The A-column has been removed to give an unobstructed view of the driving path and surroundings. The forces acting on the mast are absorbed by the overhead tilting cylinders and directed backwards. The panoramic armoured glass roof also gives reliable protection against falling loads and a clear view of the load to be stored. The Roadster successfully completed tests at Fraport Cargo Services GmbH. Resulting advantage: thanks to the clear view concept, it was possible to dispense with a signaller, which is often required for safety reasons.

The new electric pallet truck with a standing driver is also very versatile. Whether as Linde T14 S to T25 S with the driver positioned to the side of the forks, steering wheel and new, innovative operating concept, as Linde T20 SF and T25 SF with the driver positioned facing the forks, or as the doubler decker version Linde D12 S/SF – Linde offers the right solution for every application. Measuring just 770 millimetres, the compact chassis is ideal for the efficient loading and unloading of freight trucks as well as fast transportation over long distances, even in cramped surroundings. The fully de-coupled workstation also enhances driver comfort and keeps vibrations and human vibrations to a minimum.

The Linde P60-P80/W08 tractor and cargo transporter series is yet another example of highly customisable trucks: it features strong, compact tow tractors with driver’s seat and a traction force of six to eight tonnes. A number of equipment options are available as standard, making the series suitable for production halls as well as outdoor areas in industrial companies and airports. Thanks to their high towing power, they can easily cope with gradients and loading ramps, and thanks to their high level of ground clearance they can also drive over rails, beams or potholes. The equipment is also being used more and more frequently as a towing truck for tugger trains and logistics trains. Also on show at the WoMH: the platform truck W08 in use as a cargo transporter, which stands out thanks to its particularly high modularity and which offers ideal solutions for individual structures.

Customer options: special equipment for specific requirements
But model variants and equipment options are not the only possibilities when it comes to individualisation. Linde also offers an almost unlimited portfolio of customer-specific solutions: tailor-made forklift trucks which are precisely adapted to suit different operational requirements. One example on show at WoMH is the new pallet stacker Linde L16 AC with central driver platform and an order picking arm which pivots almost 360°. It lifts up to 80 kilograms, mitigating the risk of musculoskeletal disorders for warehouse operatives. And here’s the special part: the load capacity and order picking arm can be individually adapted to suit customer requirements.

Another special customer-specific product is the reel handler truck, a special device based on the Linde R20 reach truck, which is designed to transport large loads on rollers. The chassis, for example, is designed in such a way that the truck can pick up and safely move rolls of paper using a reel handler.

Retrofit solutions: additional flexibility, safety and efficiency
With the right retrofit solutions, existing trucks can also be adapted to take account of current developments – to meet rising safety standards, for example, or to link trucks retrospectively to the company’s IT infrastructure. Examples of such retrofit solutions are the Orange Belt, which has a fastening indicator to detect whether the driver has fastened his or her lap belt correctly, the BlueSpot, an optical driving path warning system, and the Speed Assist, which adjusts the top speed of a truck according to the area of application.

Height-adjustable terminal holders with their own power supply as well as vibration-proof mobile phone holders offer greater comfort during networked working. “Retrofit solutions are becoming increasingly important,” says Nora Baur, Head of Service Sales. “They offer considerable advantages for the efficiency of the whole production process, particularly in light of increased networking and automation in factories and warehouses.”

The future of intralogistics: WoMH demonstrates a wealth of ideas and solutions
Under the title ‘Linked Perspectives’, the WoMH event will provide answers to the biggest questions intralogistics will face in the future: not just individualisation, but also networking, automation and energy systems. “Internal logistics will increasingly be networked, digitalised and automated,” states Sammartano. Spanning over a space measuring 12,000 square metres, the event will feature exhibition areas, 3D-media shows, expert forums, product demonstrations and experience zones. The exhibits can be demonstrated as part of guided group tours or visitors can discover them on their own. “Following on from the comprehensive exhibition two years ago, we are concentrating this year on the four most significant areas of expertise which will be of vital importance for our customers in the very near future,” explains Manfred Höhn, Head of Marketing Communication and Branding.

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Intralogistics is turning to automation

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Linde Material Handling presents automation as a focal point at WoMH

With an increasing demand for self-driving and self-lifting industrial trucks, a paradigm change is in the offing: the lines between manual and fully automatic operation are becoming increasingly blurred. At the World of Material Handling (WoMH) customer event, Linde Material Handling is presenting new concepts and products in the field of automated intralogistics. Visitors will be offered a glimpse into the near future and the more distant future too: how can the “smart factory” be made a reality and how are automation and networking interrelated?

An order picking forklift takes a pallet from a shelf, places it on a transfer station where it is transferred to a pallet stacker and, after a short transport distance, is placed on a roller conveyor. Once the pallet has passed along the roller conveyor to the other end, it is received by a waiting Linde Factory Train, which takes the pallet to another shelf – all this takes place fully automatically, without the need for a driver to control the equipment. At WoMH, Linde will use this multi-stage operating cycle to showcase what is already conceivable using autonomous industrial trucks and how loads can be transferred in an automated manner between self-driving trucks. That is the vision for the “smart factory”: the intelligent installations of the future. And it is this future that Linde is already moving towards in its product range.

An issue for the future: interaction between trucks
“Towing, transporting, storing – we will have an automated solution in all categories,” says Tobias Zierhut, Head of Product & Service Marketing, Linde MH. Many applications will be linked together in a networked system in the future: “The completely automated interaction of various truck models – that is a topic of the future, especially in the link between production and the warehouse,” affirms Zierhut. This will include a connection to the warehouse management system, where data will be analysed, operating commands generated and employees given an overview of the position of all of the trucks or goods at any time.

Order picking forklifts will bring a new dimension to automated fleets
Mixed forms between manually operated industrial trucks and fully automated shelving and conveying systems are also developing increasingly frequently, in particular in warehouse logistics. A building block for this is the K-MATIC order picking forklift, a preview of which is to be presented at WoMH: With the new Linde “driven by Balyo” robotic truck, which should come to market at the end of the year, the self-driving Linde fleet will also be able to operate vertically. Automatic narrow forklifts run between shelves on a cable or rails and pick up or unload goods on both sides. When it has to change aisle during its operation, it moves without mechanical guidance using geonavigation. “There is a clear trend for narrow-aisle warehouses in Europe because of increasing property prices and a higher throughput of goods,” explains Zierhut, “automation offers our customers the opportunity to make further efficiency increases.” Narrow aisles, a high stock density and lifting heights of 12 metres and more create the ideal environment for the Linde K-MATIC. The order picker is the fifth model in the Linde robotics fleet, which already includes two pallet stackers (L-MATIC), one tractor (P-MATIC) and a pallet truck (T-MATIC).

Customers want to introduce autonomous systems gradually
“Automation will not be the only solution to all of tomorrow’s intralogistics demands, but it will play an important role,” says Massimiliano Sammartano, Vice President Sales & Service Marketing & Operations, Linde MH. In the medium-term, the programme will therefore continue to be developed. Linde robotics equipment feature geonavigation, using which the equipment can freely orient itself in space without any other infrastructure. Other advantages of the MATIC fleet include the great potential for the networking of machines and systems, the high level of transport safety due to components such as sensors, scanners and cameras, and the option of switching between self-driving and manual operation at any time. “For the customer, there is great interest in automated solutions that can be integrated gradually into existing operational logistics,” says Zierhut – and Linde has the perfect solution.

The future of intralogistics: WoMH demonstrates a wealth of ideas and solutions
Under the title ‘Linked Perspectives’, the World of Material Handling event will provide answers to the biggest questions which intralogistics will face in the future: not just automation, but also networking, individualisation and energy systems. “Internal logistics will increasingly be networked, digitalised and automated,” states Sammartano. Spanning over a space measuring 12,000 square metres, the event will feature exhibition areas, 3D-media shows, expert forums, product demonstrations and experience zones. The exhibits can be demonstrated as part of guided group tours or visitors can discover them on their own. “Following on from the comprehensive exhibition two years ago, we are concentrating this year on the four most significant areas of expertise which will be of vital importance for our customers in the very near future,” explains Manfred Höhn, Head of Marketing Communication and Branding, Linde MH.

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Linde Material Handling uses 3D hologram to showcase the future of logistics at WoMH

Goods which transport themselves. Trucks which generate more energy while in operation than they consume. Cluster logistics using a completely networked warehouse. Science fiction? Maybe so – but with the emphasis on ‘science’. Linde Material Handling is taking a glimpse into the future, making predictions based on its current competencies, products and projects already in the pipeline: just how might the world of intralogistics look in 2030? Which trends are already emerging today and which predictions will come true in the future? The answers to all of these questions will be given as part of a 3D hologram presentation at the upcoming ‘World of Material Handling’ (WoMH) event.

“Our world has a new type of architecture: data architecture,” explains Massimiliano Sammartano, Vice President Sales & Service, Marketing & Operations. In the near future, we will be faced with what would today be considered gigantic volumes of data. This data will not just have an impact on our everyday lives; it will also determine the way goods are transported. ‘Networking’ – a key trend for some time now – is one of the main topics being covered at WoMH. This topic will continue to grow in importance over the next few years.

Future trends: networking, automation, individualisation and energy systems
What would the implications be for intralogistics if every single process became part of an intelligent network? The answer to this question also reveals which products and services will be in high demand in the warehouses of the future. Linde is already preparing itself for that future, and will showcase specific ideas and forward-looking projects at its customer-focused event. “Goods will be able to communicate with the equipment that is being used to transport them. In doing so, this will help manage and control the entire flow of goods,” affirms Sammartano. Trucks will also increasingly be operated autonomously, with even maintenance and servicing being taken into account during calculations, meaning that downtime will be a thing of the past. At the same time, trucks will adapt to the driver and to the specific demands of the task it is being used for in a variety of customisable ways. Linde has already responded to the future trends ‘automation’ and ‘customisation’ by carrying out research on future models and ideas which will be used in the next decade: even in today’s world, Linde is already able to automate several trucks in a multitude of different ways.

Energy will also be a key focal point of tomorrow. “The consumer will become the generator,” predicts Sammartano, “there are countless possibilities to generate energy during processes. In some cases, it is already being produced as a natural side effect.” The key to this, however, will be the matter of which energy sources this will apply to. Linde is already busy developing its own solutions for this by focussing on drive technology such as lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells.

‘World of Material Handling’: take a virtual journey to the future
Visitors to the WoMH exhibition will be able to see, hear and experience all of these visions during a presentation at the close of the event. “The spatial perception effects created by the 3D hologram give the presentation a very impressive and life-like feel,” explains Sammartano, “You are completely immersed in the world of tomorrow and are right at the centre of it all.” The presentation also provides the perfect opportunity to open up a discussion with customers about how they see the future in terms of their particular requirements and the specific demands they will have. A concerted effort has been made, not just to deal with the future of forklift trucks, but rather the future of the entire field of intralogistics. “We’re not just planning on making changes to the details; we’re planning for a whole new era,” says Sammartano.

The future of intralogistics: WoMH demonstrates a wealth of ideas and solutions
Under the title ‘Linked Perspectives’, the World of Material Handling event will provide answers to the biggest questions which intralogistics will face in the future: automation, networking, individualisation and energy systems. Spanning over a space measuring 12,000 square metres, the event will feature exhibition areas, expert forums, product demonstrations and experience zones. The exhibits can be demonstrated as part of guided group tours or visitors can discover them on their own. “Following on from the comprehensive exhibition two years ago, we are concentrating this year on the four most significant areas of expertise which will be of vital importance for our customers in the very near future,” explains Manfred Höhn, Head of Marketing Communication and Branding.

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Linde Material Handling presents lithium-ion and fuel cell technology at WoMH

The availability of transport vehicles is crucial in logistics, and has a direct effect on the efficiency of processes. The energy system plays a key role in this, particularly where electric forklift trucks are concerned: charging, maintenance and battery changes all take time. But there are alternative systems that offer rapid charging or refuelling, and better energy efficiency. Linde Material Handling is presenting innovative developments in lithium-ion and fuel cell technology at the “World of Material Handling”. These developments include the first Linde forklift trucks with lithium-ion batteries, warehouse technology trucks, and hydrogen-powered trucks as used by DB Schenker, Daimler and BMW, for example. Both technologies increase availability and thus productivity in intralogistics.

Processes in operational logistics are dictated by ever shorter time intervals. Periods of downtime – when a truck’s battery has to be charged or replaced, for example – lead to costly delays. This is the downside of conventional lead acid battery technology, which has a particularly negative impact when used in multiple shift operation. “We want to provide our customers with the most efficient energy system for their specific applications,” says Christophe Lautray, Chief Sales Officer at Linde Material Handling. “In order to do this we are furthering the development of those technologies which, in our experience, offer the greatest advantages.”

More energy, quicker charging, enhanced safety
One such technology is the lithium-ion battery. It can be fully charged very quickly – in one to two hours in Linde’s warehouse technology trucks, for example – and allows for interim charging without compromising service life. The batteries also deliver around 95% of the charged energy with no loss of performance when the charge level drops. This eliminates the need for replacement batteries and battery changes in multiple shift operation, saving time, space and money. Furthermore, the lithium-ion battery does not give off any harmful gases during charging and is maintenance-free. Trucks can therefore be charged anywhere on the company’s site; this means they do not have to drive to a separate charging area (such areas are, in fact, no longer needed) and employees do not have to handle acids. “The trucks are thus particularly suitable for food manufacturing and other sensitive industries,” explains Tobias Zierhut, Head of Product & Service Marketing at Linde.

Product news: pallet stackers and counterbalanced forklift trucks
Linde already supplies pallet trucks, order pickers and tow tractors with lithium-ion batteries. Now, at WoMH, the company is showcasing a pallet stacker and counterbalanced forklift trucks for load capacities of 1.4 to 1.8 tonnes, equipped with the innovative new technology. In addition to its existing 24 V battery, Linde has developed another battery size with 48 V nominal voltage for higher tonnages. Depending on usage, the operator can choose between two battery sizes and two different chargers with 9 or 18 kW power output.

Considered system integration
“During the development process we really focused on the careful system integration of truck, battery system and charger in order to ensure a high level of efficiency and safety,” says Tobias Zierhut. Batteries and chargers are specially developed for use in forklift trucks: the batteries in particular are protected thanks to their cell and module structure and the construction of the battery compartment. “The battery also communicates with the truck and charging system and notifies them, among other things, of its precise charge status in hours and minutes and also of potential malfunctions,” adds Zierhut. Shock sensors enable the battery to be put into safety mode in the event of very strong vibrations.

Linde will continue to expand its range of electric forklift trucks with lithium-ion batteries, and is also working on developing the charging technology even further: in future, it will even be possible to charge trucks with lithium-ion batteries inductively. This means that the truck will simply need to be positioned over a charging plate – a process which will be demonstrated at WoMH. Visitors will not just get to see the lithium-ion trucks – they also get to test drive them at a special testing facility.

The fuel cells – clean and efficient
In addition to lithium-ion batteries, however, Linde is also focusing its efforts on developing the fuel cell as an alternative energy system: hydrogen-powered Linde forklifts and warehouse technology trucks have proved themselves in various types of long-term use by customers such as DB Schenker, BMW and Daimler. At WoMH Linde is presenting, among other things, a T 20 SP pallet truck which has been used in a DB Schenker handling warehouse in Linz for three years in multiple shift operation. “The fuel cell really comes into its own when a truck is in constant use, because the system is at full capacity again within minutes,” says Tobias Zierhut, Head of Product & Service Marketing. “Hydrogen technology can already be implemented in a cost-effective way under certain conditions and is also – if the hydrogen is manufactured using renewable resources – a real alternative to conventional technology from the point of view of sustainability.” At the event, visitors can get information and advice about the developments they can best use to help reduce costs further and about how companies can develop sustainable hydrogen generation and the necessary infrastructure for refuelling.

The future of intralogistics: WoMH demonstrates a wealth of ideas and solutions
Under the title ‘Linked Perspectives’, the World of Material Handling event will provide answers to the biggest questions which intralogistics will face in the future: not just energy systems, but also networking, individualisation and automation. “Internal logistics will increasingly be networked, digitalised and automated,” says Linde’s Chief Sales Officer Lautray. Spanning over a space measuring 12,000 square metres, the event will feature exhibition areas, 3D-media shows, expert forums, product demonstrations and experience zones. The exhibits can be demonstrated as part of guided group tours or visitors can discover them on their own. “Following on from the comprehensive exhibition two years ago, we are concentrating this year on the four most significant areas of expertise which will be of vital importance for our customers in the very near future,” explains Manfred Höhn, Head of Marketing Communication and Branding.

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