Read on to learn about the main technology trends anticipated by industry leaders, Edison Southern California financing program for electric forklifts, the biggest M&A news among Dealers and which truck is nominated for IFOY 2020 Award.
OneCharge’s Alex Pisarev and Tim Karimov are quoted in this article, breaking down the pros and cons of sustainability to both Li-ion and lead.
“Lithium-ion batteries, for example, offer superior performance and require zero maintenance in order to charge — just plug in whenever the opportunity presents itself,” says Brad Long, brand marketing manager at Yale Materials Handling. “They also last longer than traditional electrification options. Over a five-year period, a single lithium-ion battery pack would allow operations to avoid replacing four lead acid battery packs. This reduces recycling waste and saves money.”
The Oyster Bay, New York-based research firm’s white paper, 54 Technology Trends to Watch In 2020: Predictions For What Will — And What Won’t — Happen In The Year Ahead, details 35 trends it expects will shape the technology scene and 19 others likely to have a lesser impact.
John Maguire, managing director of Narrow Aisle, also notes a shift in power sources. “We believe that many users of LP gas-powered handling equipment in warehousing are switching to machines that run on lithium-ion batteries as the ideal way of reducing running costs, exhaust emissions and operational noise levels,” he says.
Many in the industry, like FLTA’s Waples, see lithium-ion battery technology as one of the big trends continuing in 2020. Waples attributes its popularity to the charging ability and lengthier life spans that support longer shifts.
INDUSTRIAL TRUCK MANUFACTURERS’ NEWS
Monaghan, Ireland based manufacturer Combilift is among the sixteen intralogistics providers nominated for the final round of assessments for the IFOY AWARD 2020 (International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year). The shortlisted candidates will take part in the group test days undertaken by an expert jury next month in Hannover, Germany and for the first time in the newly established IFOY TEST CAMP decision-makers in intralogistics are participating.