Jungheinrich opens spare parts centre in Singapore

Jungheinrich is expanding its spare parts logistics capacities in Southeast Asia. With the opening of a spare parts centre in the Southeast Asian trade and logistics metropolis of Singapore, the company has reduced the delivery times of replacement parts by up to five days.
Jungheinrich customers all over Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand will benefit from the increased spare parts availability. This will enable Jungheinrich to also satisfy particularly urgent customer requests in the APAC region by providing round-the-clock access to spare parts.
“The new spare parts centre in Singapore will strengthen our position as the market leader in terms of spare parts availability by now also covering Southeast Asia and the Pacific area,” Stefan Brehm, Vice President of After Sales at Jungheinrich said.
“By bridging up to seven time zones, we will be able to react faster to the requests of our customers. For Jungheinrich customers, this represents minimal downtime and maximum productivity.”
In addition to the customer service aspect, environmental considerations at Jungheinrich also played an important role. Through the additional optimisation of the region’s transport network, CO2 emissions will be reduced by 75 per cent. Furthermore, the spare parts centre is a perfect example of efficient and intelligent warehouse management thanks to its modern lift rackings and lithium-ion powered forklift trucks.

Konecranes completes divestment of STAHL CraneSystems

STAHL CraneSystems has been purchased from Konecranes by material handling products, technologies and services designer, manufacturer and marketer Columbus McKinnon Corporation.
“STAHL brings a well-established brand, an excellent reputation for quality and strong customer relationships,” said Timothy T. Tevens, President and CEO of Columbus McKinnon. “There are several opportunities to create a stronger combined business including expanding the scale and scope of the STAHL product platforms into emerging markets using our established global sales force, and the sharing of intelligence and engineering know-how among our businesses, including smart hoist technology.  We believe we have laid the foundation for years of success through global collaboration to generate long-term value for our customers, employees and investors.”
STAHL changed hands for €224 million ($319 million)
Miikka Kinnunen, Vice President, Investor Relations at Konecranes reported that the crane manufacturer expects to book an after-tax capital gain of approximately €200 million ($285 million) from the STAHL Divestment in the first quarter of 2017, adding that the company will use the proceeds from the STAHL CraneSystems divestment to amortize the loans related to the MHPS Acquisition.

Crown invests in online sales of pallet trucks

Crown has added a new level to its sales strategy with its  PTH Series of pallet trucks now available for order through the Crown website.
Crown PTH 2745 and 2045 models can now be ordered directly through Crown with flat rate shipping of $75 for one-hand pallet truck to any address in Australia. Additional hand pallet trucks for each order will receive discounted shipping rates.
Managing Director Greg Simmonds said that Crown’s online sales of hand pallet trucks is yet another way the company is making it easier for customers to satisfy their material handling needs.
“We’ve always believed in putting the customer at the centre of everything we do, and selling our hand pallet trucks through our convenient online store is another part of this,” Simmonds said.
The PTH 2745, with its 685mm wide and 1143mm long dimensions, is a suitable for standard Australian pallets. The PTH 2045, measuring 508mm by 1143mm, is suited to narrower European pallets or skids.
Both models feature solid-steel construction, robust linkage and pump, nylon wheels and entry/exit wheels

How will transport succeed in a ‘higher expectation’ future?

How will transport look in the future? Will people and governments ever accept driverless b-doubles careering through city streets? Will we see flying delivery vans? Near-instant drone deliveries, or delivery by particle beam, Star Trek-style?
Change won’t be smooth. Driverless trucks might be available, but the regulations will take some time to catch up. Innovations raise serious questions about safety and security, which will become political as the regulators and the public weigh up the pros and cons.
Rather than focus on what might be coming, we need to step back and consider the principles which will drive future developments.
The big picture tells us transport is often a source of great angst in the supply chain, as it’s one of business’s greatest costs. It also tells us that both B2B and B2C customers are becoming more savvy, and have growing expectations.
Our ability to succeed in this ‘higher expectation’ future will come down to applying timeless principles of successful delivery transport: the ability to offer efficient, personalised service.
We need to continually ask: are we able to meet or even surpass the consumer’s expectations? Already, supply chain innovation from global behemoths such as Amazon are having a knock-on effect across many industries. We all need to put ourselves in the mindset of the ‘want-it-now’ shopper.
Innovations such as next-day or half-day delivery, or parcel delivery tracking, become a standard expectation. Can same day delivery become same-hour delivery? If consumers come to expect it, we will need to figure it out.
A key principle is that the wrong transport option affects a product’s cost viability to market, and the customer experience, which determines future sales. This applies to driverless vehicles, drones or standard delivery methods. If driverless trucks require a babysitter driver for safety reasons there may be some efficiency gains regarding fewer accidents and better fuel efficiency. But will there be big savings? How do we measure the performance? No matter what the method, you need a mentality to continually question and analyse to get results.
Unfortunately, many organisations fall over at the first step – not fully understanding their transport costs. Many variables need to be accounted for. While technological tools are available, the knowledge to use these tools to their potential is often missing. Without this crucial starting point, it’s difficult to keep tabs on how your transport costs can be reined in and performance improved.
Greater efficiency and responsiveness are keys, which means better flexibility across the supply chain. Technology also plays a key role. In transport, we are seeing supply chains across the board benefit from telematics and RFID technology to track deliveries – QR codes are good for inventory and protecting against lost or misplaced goods, and play a big role in customer service by automatically updating customers on a parcel’s delivery status. It’s now a standard expectation among both B2B and B2C customers.
In a quest to become more efficient, we can expect more data-driven decision-making. New technologies such as blockchain, a distributed ledger system, may introduce greater transparency and security for contracts.
You don’t necessarily need to be first to the market and take undue risks. But you do need a finger on the pulse to understand the changes and be open to new ways of doing things.
We can expect refinements in areas aside from technology, including more specialists in the market, more collaboration with clients, 3PL providers being more integrated and accountable, and collaboration between specialist suppliers across the supply chain. This may include insourcing specialist teams, which include back-up personnel for when you have absentees, or when you need to increase resources quickly. This might include working un-traditional hours to increase delivery efficiencies, or re-evaluating whether outsourcing the warehousing, transport and other supply functions is better than doing it in-house. While insourcing is nothing new, it remains underutilised.
With more pressure to be faster and traceable, and the competitive pressure of global markets encroaching on traditional local areas, companies will increasingly avoid running an entire end-to-end service themselves. Partnering with the correct suppliers who specialise in areas of the supply chain will be just as critical to a client’s success in the future as it is now. The delivery method (plane, drone, train, truck, driverless car or pushbike) is still inefficient unless the cornerstones such as correct processes, systems, management and KPIs are in place.
The good news is that many of the solutions that make you more efficient are becoming more accessible. Insourcing a dedicated transport team makes you more responsive, and gives you more flexibility with costs. Telematics technology is now available to everyone via smartphone, whereas previously it was only accessible to the larger freight companies.
A healthy supply chain benefits business like a healthy cardiovascular system benefits an individual. It’s inseparable from business success. Whether the crucial transport delivery happens via flying van or particle beam will be fascinating to see.
Walter Scremin is general manager of national transport provider Ontime Group www.ontimegroup.com.au

Bulk bagging – quick turnaround demands mobility

Qube Bulk manages more than 20 million tonnes of bulk product shipments per year, which now includes filling of bulk bags with three abrasive mineral sands for Cristal Mining Australia using a Flexicon Bulk Bag Filling System.
When Cristal decommissioned its in-house bagging operation, Qube Bulk’s Picton facility devised a bulk bag filling solution in concert with Flexicon Corporation. The result is a mobile system that fills up to 80 bulk bags, or 160,000 kg, with the abrasive materials per eight hour shift—automatically, accurately and dust-free, claims Flexicon.
Bulk truck shipments from Cristal’s mineral separation plant are delivered to storage sheds at Qube Bulk’s Picton facility. Productivity is key to the bulk bagging process, according to Jos Pascoe, Qube Bulk regional manager. “Often, due to market situations, we receive orders fairly late and need to bag the product in a short time span to get the shipping containers loaded with bulk bags and to the port on schedule,” he says. “The need to respond to orders for any combination of the three materials stored in different sheds demanded a mobile solution.”
Flexicon proposed a skid-mounted mobile bulk bag-filling station having a 2.5 m3 capacity hopper and a 220 mm-diameter, 3m-long rigid tube screw conveyor moving materials to the bulk bag fill head. It delivers 20 m3 per hour, filling bulk bags weighing 1,000 kg or 2,000 kg. The skid measures 4 m by 2.25 m, and the unit stands 3.4 m high.
A forklift moves the mobile filler between storage sheds, depending on which material needs to be loaded. Pascoe reports that the system, including its 2.75 m-long offload roller conveyor, can be set up and running at a new location in 20 minutes or less.
Once an order is received and the filling station is positioned in the appropriate storage shed. Pascoe’s crew can fill up to 80 bags per eight-hour shift. He says about half that time is actual material filling and half is spent placing pallets, hanging empty bags and conveying filled bags out of the station.
A skid-steer loader empties bulk material into the feed hopper. The bottom of the hopper funnels the granular mineral into the steel tube screw conveyor inclined at 45º. The conveyor is equipped with a heavy-duty stainless steel spiral to handle the free-flowing but abrasive mineral sands, which range in density from 2200 kg/m3 to 2750 kg/m3. The design of the conveyor itself does not include any bearings or rotating seals, and the drive motor is mounted above the discharge point, preventing abrasive minerals from grinding on bearings or seals at the drive shaft. A pneumatically-operated product sampler automatically captures a 142 g specimen from the material stream during the fill cycle, for product quality documentation.
In keeping with Australia’s focus on workplace health and safety. To this end, the pivot-down fill head allows safe, rapid connection of the bag loops to the filler latches without standing on the roller conveyor straining to reach overhead bag connection points or inserting hands between fill head components.
Dust is contained by an inflatable bag spout seal and a telescoping discharge chute between the conveyor outlet and filler inlet, and by venting displaced air and dust to a filter sock.
Once a bag is filled, the latches automatically release the bag loops and the roller conveyor moves the bag out of the filling area for tagging and transfer to the shipping container.
The unit’s PLC automates everything except connecting of the bag straps to the latches and pulling the bag spout over the deflated spout seal. Load cells under the filler send signals to the PLC to stop the conveyor when the bag gains the desired target weight. The PLC also automates other aspects of the process including activating the powered roller conveyor and product sampler and other actions based on feedback from sensors.
 

Konecranes set to steel Melbourne show

Global crane manufacturer and service leader Konecranes is extending its technology and leadership involvement in the steel industry by being a major sponsor of the Australian Steel Convention for the 5th year in a row.
At this year’s convention, hosted in Melbourne CBD from September 11-13, Konecranes, which employs over 12,000 people across 600 locations in 48 countries, will demonstrate its UNITON crane.
UNITON is particularly applicable to the steel industry and related uses such as materials handling, manufacturing and maintenance.
A strong focus this year will also be on advanced technologies such as SMART features, lifecycle care through yourKONECRANES and the new Konecranes parts store, all of which are designed to provide a greater level of safety, reliability and information that can help to better plan maintenance and service schedules.
“Our continued support of this convention provides us with a valuable opportunity to discuss the steel industry with other experts and help shape its future into one that is safe, efficient and reliable,” said Konecranes Managing Director, Australia, New Zealand and Philippines, James Dowe.
Dowe will also personally be attending Konecranes’ booth at the convention, along with Konecranes Head of APAC Region, Steve Gagnuss, National Industrial Equipment Sales Manager, Peter Monaghan and Operations Manager, Daniel Mccarney in order to answer any questions about Konecranes technologies or the steel industry in general.
“Our company has a strong ethos of safety, which is vital to the steel industry. I’ve had some insightful conversations about the future of the steel industry at past conferences, and I’d invite anyone who is interested in cranes for the steel industry to visit our booth and chat to me and my team about the latest advanced technologies for the steel industry,” said Dowe.
“One of our biggest focuses over the past 12 months has been on improving the user experience when deciding on, ordering and receiving a crane, part or service. Our lifecycle care campaign can add years to the overall life of valuable plant and identify problems before they occur,” he said.

Enerpac SL-400 hydraulic gantry offers cost-efficient safe precision lifts

A compact, simple-to-operate and safe hydraulic gantry crane is being introduced by Enerpac Australasia to facilitate precision lifting and positioning of heavy loads, up to 408 metric tons, when using four towers.
The SL-400 Super Lift Series is a cost-effective alternative to a traditional crane for numerous applications including building and infrastructure, manufacturing, mining, logistics, ports, oil and gas maintenance.
The SL-400 hydraulic gantry is the company’s highest capacity bare cylinder gantry. Equipped with three stage lifting cylinders, the SL-400 lifts up to 30 feet at the top of the third stage and can handle up to 450 short tons at the top of the second stage.
Designed to meet stringent safety requirements, each gantry is tested to 120 percent of capacity at full extension and witness tested by a qualified third party organization.
“The SL-400 has a smaller footprint compared with larger gantry cranes, making it ideal for confined spaces or low headroom areas, such as heavy machinery, turbine or generator positioning and press installation,” says Enerpac Australasia Integrated Solutions Manager, Mr Warren Baltineshter.
Hydraulic Gantries are a safe, efficient way to lift and position heavy loads in applications where traditional cranes will not fit and permanent overhead structures for job cranes are not an option. Hydraulic Gantries are placed on skid tracks to provide a means for moving and placing heavy loads.

Breakthrough aircraft to transform remote mining

Lockheed lands $480m customer for aircraft combining power of helicopter, airplane and hovercraft dramatically altering mining and exploration economics.
On Wednesday, Lockheed Martin signed the first customer for the LMH-1, the giant defense contractor’s hybrid airship. The LMH-1 is a unique new aircraft which is part helium dirigible, part cargo helicopter, part passenger airliner and part hovercraft.
UK-based Straightline Aviation signed a letter of intent with Hybrid Enterprises, the exclusive reseller of the hybrid airship, to purchase up to 12 aircraft with a potential value of roughly $480 million.
When the new aircraft enters commercial service in around three years’ time it would not just be an upgrade to the traditional airship or advertising blimp, but would constitute a whole new class of aircraft says Bob Boyd, program manager for hybrid airships at Lockheed Martin: “It’s a new opportunity, we’re not competing with any other aircraft.”
Straightline Aviation is the world’s largest airship company and operates in 30 countries. Chief and co-founder, Michael Kendrick tells MINING.com that the company would own and operate the aircraft: “We see pent-up demand in the mining and oil and gas industries and expect our first customers from this sector.”
What sets the LMH-1 apart from competing designs is its hovering and landing capabilities or what Lockheed calls its Air Cushion Landing System or ACLS. By reversing the air-flow the landing gear acts as three giant suction cups and make it possible to land on and grip any unimproved field including ice, snow, mud, sand and water.
Boyd says because the aircraft is such a unique proposition Lockheed spent time talking to mining and exploration companies to understand their requirements and explain how the hybrid airship could fulfil those needs.
With rich easily-reachable deposits being depleted, mining and exploration is pushing further and further into frontier markets and remote locations. Says Boyd: “Not only will the LMH-1 lower construction costs by reducing the need to build transport infrastructure, the low environmental impact would also lower clean-up costs at remote sites.”
Mining is water intensive and many mines are located near bodies of water meaning many operations can utilize hybrid airships without creating any new infrastructure.
The LMH-1 will find its main application in hauling cargo and fuel to mining and oil and gas installations with little or no transport infrastructure.

Automated bearing delivers railway haulage service life

An automated journal bearing polishing machine that delivers superior raceway finishes and extended service life in railway journal bearings produced using innovative new processes has been introduced by Bearing Engineering Services.
In a first for the Australian bearing reconditioning industry, BES recently finalised commissioning of its Automated Journal Bearing Polishing Machine, capable of handling all metric and AAR sizes, says BES Railway and Reconditioning Manager, Mr John Tawadros.
The new machine, designed in-house and built by local contractors, enables BES to deliver bearing raceway quality levels closer to that of new, increasing whole-of-lifespan efficiencies for BES clients including those in light and heavy passenger rail, as well as freight and heavy haul operations throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific. BES customers also extensively cover heavy haulage rail including iron ore, coal and other mining industries, bulk handling, sugar, transport terminal and port loading infrastructure users of railway equipment.
Benefits of the new automated machinery include:
•    Superior raceway finish as compared to traditional manual polishing methods.
•    Improved quality control through greater accuracy and consistency.
•    Improved service life, reducing bearing life cycle costs.
•    Improved WHS+E outcomes to staff, with reduced manual handling and reduced intensive repetitive manual operations.
•    Better environmental outcomes, with improved dust and contamination controls and collection.
“By introducing this equipment into our system, it allows our highly trained and skilled staff to spend more time focused on the critical areas of the reconditioning process that deliver higher value and returns to our clients,” says Mr Tawadros.
“Maximising our time where it is needed most, not only further refines and improves our ability to make decisions of benefit to clients, but give our staff a greater sense of focus and purpose. Our inspectors can utilise their skills and experience in a far more proactive manner as compared to the manually intensive methodologies of the past.”
BES and Schaeffler Australia are part of the global Schaeffler Group, a world leader in rolling bearing design and manufacturing with around 84,000 employees in approximately 170 locations in 50 countries. The company’s commitment to Australian industry includes locally based rolling bearing assessment and reconditioning services that bring Schaeffler’s extensive skills and technology to Australian industry. BES operates a high technology bearing reconditioning and services facility in Auburn, Sydney, where it reconditions rolling bearings from all bearing manufacturers, providing industrial and railway solutions that combine local knowledge and service with world-leading technology.
“Our new journal bearing polishing machine is a great example of BES-Schaeffler looking to the future, taking advantage of ever-improving technologies, combining them with our local knowledge and implementing these into deliverable actions,” says Mr Tawadros.
“Our objective with this new technology and with the broad range of our services, is to deliver reconditioned bearing solutions in closer alignment to the standards of new-build bearings.
“Providing further evidence of the level of technical and commercial capabilities BES brings to our markets, we are delighted to have designed and commissioned this unit in-house and to have had it built utilising local contractors.
“We are proud yet again, to introduce innovative world leading technology and processes to our clients throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific.”

Innovation at the Heart of the Intralogistics & Materials Handling Industry

The term innovation is applied somewhat generously in many industries.
However, innovation truly is the heart of the materials handling and intralogistics industry and will be vital, along with exceptional customer service, to ensuring the industry continues to thrive long into the future.
From 12th to 14th July 2016, the industry’s top names will gather at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre for CeMAT Australia 2016, where the latest advances which are shipping and improving the industry will be on show.
The exhibits will particularly focus on how these innovations benefit other industries.
“Many companies include innovation as part of their strategy for numerous reasons, but they all have on thing in common: constant innovation makes their customers’ experiences better, which in turn grows their businesses,” says show director of CeMAT Australia, Sarah Haughey.
CeMAT Australia will bring together key innovators from across the globe, including Swisslog, which develops automated solutions for warehouses and distribution and KUKA Robotics, a leading manufacturer of robotic systems.
For the first time, the duo will have a joint exhibit at CeMAT Australia, to highlight the growing potential for human-machine collaboration to add value to customers’ processes.
Greg Sale, CEO and Managing Director of KUKA Robotics Australia said: “Robots will be a critical component of the factories and warehouses of the future.” Shaun Roper, Managing Director of Swisslog Australia adds: “Swisslog and KUKA are well-equipped with the key technologies and specialised automation expertise required to play a key role in shaping this image.”
Also thinking about the future is Vivid Industrial, which applies itself to the paradox of achieving human -centric lighting in industrial environments and drastically reducing business operating costs.
The Melbourne based company firmly believes true innovation considers both the present and the future and with innovation at the heart of its approach, Vivid Industrial creates modular intelligent industrial LED lighting systems which strike the right balance in quality lighting, efficiency and long-term performance.
Custom Animation, a privately owned Australian company specialising in design and integration of automated material handling systems, agrees adding: “Advancement and reinvention comes through a strong need to identify and meet clients’ ever-changing needs,” said Marcus Rose, Sales Manager at the company.  “We invest heavily in innovation and continuously develop our product range, beyond standard capabilities, by combining clever engineering with our vast knowledge in Materials Handling in order to design, build and implement equipment for unique and not so unique applications.”
Innovation is imperative to the bottom line, as Custom Animation, Axis Industrial Solutions and Vivid Industrial are aware, because meeting customers’ needs means greater efficiency and this drives the economy.
Custom Animation continues, “As a ‘tech’ based company, innovation is integral in remaining relevant in the industry. If we fail to innovate and meet our clients’ needs, we will quickly fade into the background becoming irrelevant and outdated.”
Paul Sanbrook, Director at AXIS Industrial Solutions, an industrial packaging supplier echoed their thoughts, saying its recent  launch of the Loadhog Lid, was “a commitment to saving money and time by eliminating disposable packaging.”
Similarly, Manhattan Associates, which provides advanced, omni-channel chain software to a number of clients in the logistics industry, adds that innovation should encompass all aspects of a business, including CSR and environmental strategies.
Raghav Sibal, Managing Director of ANZ, Manhattan Associates, said: “Current innovation is based on the evolution of the customer experience but the by-products of that innovation are also very exciting. For example, more efficient supply chains often lead to fewer trucks or transport vehicles and more efficient routes. This has a tangible impact on carbon emissions and helps organisations reduce their effect on the environment whilst also saving money.”
Sustainability is also on Vivid Industrial’s radar and an example of this is the cutting edge outcome based reporting capability of its Matrixx Intelligent LED Lighting System, which will be at CeMAT Australia. The modular LED lighting system houses an intelligent energy measurement and verification system, and is designed specifically to withstand the harsh Australian industrial environment – properties which can cut client’s lighting energy usage by up to 90% and make project outcomes transparent and verifiable.
Sarah from CeMAT adds: “There is no doubt that innovation is a major theme for the industry and we look forward to having exhibitors in one place, where positive discussion can occur, and which will shape the future landscape of material and intralogistics handling.”
Gregor Baumeister, Manager of the Palletizing and Packaging Systems Division, BEUMER Group concludes: “In order to achieve sustained success, companies must be able to quickly turn new ideas into marketable products. This is essential for survival, particularly in the light of increasing globalisation which leads to stronger competition, so the pressure on companies to innovate increases. The BEUMER Group has therefore firmly integrated an innovation management process for the systematic planning, control and monitoring of innovations in its company strategy.”

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