Minus 35C: fully automated warehouse for blood plasma

Jungheinrich has implemented a comprehensive intralogistics concept in Dublin, Ireland, for the global healthcare company Grifols.
One of the special features is a cold store warehouse with a capacity for 1,152 pallets and a temperature range of down to minus 35 degrees Celsius, suitable for the safe stacking and retrieval of blood plasma.
The stacker crane, which is specially configured for use in extreme temperature conditions, reaches a height of 14.3 metres. Jungheinrich also designed special quadruple-depth storage channels for Grifols. The load is handled crossways by a double shuttle.
The second single-aisle, high-bay silo warehouse is set to a temperature of plus 5 degrees Celsius and can accommodate 2,972 pallets. The stacker crane operating here reaches a ceiling height of up to 26 metres.
The entire warehouse complex in Dublin was designed for the transport and safe storage of medical devices on both Euro and US pallets (1219 x 1016 mm) and is controlled by the Jungheinrich Warehouse Control System (WCS). The new automated system is arranged to reliably meet the high demands for storage technology and safety that are inherent in the storage of delicate blood plasma and medical devices. In order to meet these demands, Jungheinrich’s comprehensive intralogistics installation covered all of the administrative processes in Grifols medical supply chain as well as the compulsory final quality controls.

Reaching higher

Jungheinrich is launching a new generation of the EKS medium/high-level order pickers. As a result of new developments, the lift truck achieves optimum performance with high storage density in a small space and is claimed to be the fastest truck with the largest order picking height for use in high-bay warehouses.
“We have trimmed the new EKS 412s for maximum performance, and in all matters that are important for use in the warehouse: performance, efficiency, ergonomics and safety,” explained Jungheinrich board member for marketing and sales Christian Erlach. “This enables us to offer our customers significantly higher throughput in a narrow aisle warehouse.”
New high-performance mast
The EKS is equipped with a novel staging-free triplex telescopic mast, which is said to be unique in its class. At more than 14 metres, the EKS offers the tallest order picking height of all vertical order pickers on the market. With a lifting speed of 0.5 metres per second, the EKS 412s is 25 per cent faster than its predecessor, which is currently the fastest available.
Performance
The new EKS 412s combines performance and energy efficiency. By using a fuel-efficient synchronous reluctance motor, Jungheinrich has halved the energy losses on the motor side and increased the efficiency of the motor. In addition, the redesign has significantly reduced the weight of the EKS. Combined, this results in energy savings of more than 10 per cent.
Jungheinrich offers the EKS 412s with two battery options: proven lead-acid batteries and modern lithium-ion technology. The company guarantees that the lead-acid battery powered EKS can cover two shifts with just one battery charge. This saves time and reduces operating costs. The use of lithium-ion technology guarantees high performance and maintenance freedom, fast charging time and a particularly long service life. Jungheinrich offers customers a 100 per cent satisfaction guarantee for its lithium-ion technology with a full conversion right.
Comfort
During development of the EKS, great importance was attached to the needs of the driver. The transition-free strokes of the new telescopic mast avoid shock impacts, ensure comfort and enable high-performance operation. Thanks to the optimised operating concept with all functions within reach, handling the EKS 412s is particularly easy.
All relevant information can be viewed at a glance through the operator’s large colour display. Additional windows in the cabin rear wall ensure significantly improved all-round visibility.
Safety
Another focus in the development process of the new EKS 412s was the issue of safety. Intelligent assistance systems ensure maximum safety combined with high travel dynamics and performance. These include a mobile personal protection and collision protection system, which ensures that the EKS complies with the necessary safety clearances thanks to obstacle detection by laser scanners. This enables the use of multiple trucks in a narrow aisle.
warehouseNAVIGATION
The Jungheinrich warehouseNAVIGATION system allows for additional performance and efficiency. Using the Jungheinrich Logistics Interface software, the truck can be easily and safely integrated into the IT system landscape available to the customer. Using RFID transponders in the ground, the truck detects its current position within the aisle. The operator simply has to give the travel/lift command and the truck approaches the pallet location automatically in diagonal travel mode.
 

Jungheinrich boosts investment in Li-ion tech

Jungheinrich AG and Triathlon Holding GmbH have come together to found JT ENERGY Systems GmbH, a joint venture focused on the production and recycling of lithium-ion battery systems.
Jungheinrich holds a 70 per cent share in the joint venture with Triathlon taking the remaining 30 per cent. The company is due to begin operations in August 2019. JT ENERGY Systems intends to create around 100 new jobs at the plant in the next few years.
Both Jungheinrich and Triathlon are known for their industry-leading level of expertise in the field of lithium-ion technology across a wide variety of applications. This extensive knowledge will be combined within JT ENERGY Systems. The aim of the joint venture between Jungheinrich and Triathlon is for the two companies to expand their production capacities to cover the ever-increasing demand for lithium-ion battery systems and to further develop their technological leadership in this field. JT ENERGY will supply products to both companies.
Chairman of the board of management of Jungheinrich AG Hans-Georg Frey said: “For our customers, energy efficiency and maximum truck availability are key competitive advantages. We support them in this with a range of trucks and products that utilise the benefits of lithium-ion technology. The exponential sales growth we have experienced in recent years shows that the intralogistics sector is making a decisive move toward lithium-ion technology.
“Jungheinrich recognised this trend early on. Today, we act as a one-stop shop offering everything from our own energy storage devices and power units to battery chargers, and our comprehensive expertise in energy makes us innovation leaders within the sector. This collaboration with Triathlon will enable us to leverage further untapped potential in the market for electric trucks and drive the development of this future technology forward.”
Managing director of Triathlon Holding GmbH Martin Hartmann said: “We are proud to be taking this step with a company as well respected as Jungheinrich AG. We believe that the joint venture will see us achieve greater economies of scale and scope that will in turn increase our competitiveness considerably. Going forward, this move will give our customers and partners access to an even broader range of cutting-edge lithium-ion battery systems based on the latest technology.”
JT ENERGY Systems is due to begin operations in August 2019.

Small parts order picker released

Jungheinrich has released a small parts order picker with a total load capacity of 215 kg, operating time of up to 8 km/h and a warning zone light for more safety in retail outlets with public traffic.
The latest generation of Jungheinrich’s EKM 202 small parts order picker has arrived. One of the most important developments is the more than double load capacity compared with the  previous model, making it especially suitable for the picking of small parts of any type without pallets.
In addition to the 100 kg load capacity on the upper shelf, the EKM now has a second storage space with capacity for a further 115 kg. Additional storage compartments on the mast provide the necessary storage space for work materials.
Thanks to its new AC drive, the truck achieves a maximum travel speed of 8 km/h in order to quickly reach the next location during order picking. The 120 Ah lithium-ion battery provides sufficient energy for particularly long and intensive applications.
The unit is equipped with warning zone lights that mark the potential danger zone for use in retail outlets with public traffic. The lights activate automatically when the operator platform is raised, projecting an area around the truck.
The EKM guarantees safe entry and exit with automatic door locking. Jungheinrich also offers the unit with guide rollers for use in narrow aisles or in modular racking.
Thanks to its extendible mast, the EKM 202 can achieve a reach height of up to 5.3 metres. This makes the EKM a safe and efficient alternative to conventional ladders, particularly in retail outlets. Jungheinrich has provided the EKM frame with a robust metal drive frame. The processing of external plastic has been deliberately dispensed with, giving the truck optimum protection against damage. This applies in particular to the drive wheels, which have been placed within the contours of the truck.

NTP Forklifts to bring materials handling to MEGATRANS2018

National forklift sales, service and rental company NTP Forklifts Australia will showcase its unique range of materials handling equipment at trade event MEGATRANS2018.
The business has supplied a broad range of materials handling products and solutions from around the world to the Australian materials handling market for over three decades, offering equipment from the likes of TCM, Manitou, Jungheinrich and Kalmar.
Find out more about MEGATRANS2018.

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