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Jungheinrich scoops awards

14 September 2023

THE INTRALOGISTICS supplier triumphed in the recent International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) Awards in a strong field of 23 nominations, with two products collecting awards.

Both the ultra-compact PowerCube storage system and the innovative addedVIEW fork camera with barcode scanning received awards in their respective categories.

Jungheinrich PowerCube is an automated compact container warehouse for particularly compact storage and order picking of small parts as well as unit loads. It won in the Intralogistics Robots category. The addedVIEW fork camera triumphed in the Special of the Year category. 

Jungheinrich chief sales officer, Christian Erlach says: “With these two victories at the IFOY Awards 2023, Jungheinrich is once again underlining its position as a leading company in the development of innovative and efficient intralogistics solutions. We are very proud of this recognition. With the Jungheinrich PowerCube and the addedVIEW fork camera, we offer our customers innovative solutions that increase their competitiveness and significantly improve efficiency in the warehouse.”

Jungheinrich addedVIEW fork camera

Accurate documentation of the storage and retrieval of goods is crucial in any warehouse. Errors in the deployment or storage of goods in the warehouse management system (WMS) can lead to serious problems - from incorrectly allocated storage locations and unexpectedly lengthy search times to returns and loss of goods. To effectively address this challenge, Jungheinrich has developed the addedVIEW fork camera with barcode scanner. It is able to read barcodes directly at the storage location and compare them with the specifications of the WMS. This enables immediate and accurate identification and avoids errors before they have a chance to enter the system. By integrating this technology into the warehouse process, companies can significantly reduce the number of incorrect bookings and stock placements, resulting in a considerable increase in efficiency.

The addedVIEW fork camera is fully digital and features full HD resolution, broadband automotive Ethernet data transmission and software to transfer the results to any WMS. For the Jungheinrich WMS, the product is equipped with additional intelligence that enables it to recognise whether the correct barcode is located in front of the tine by means of coloured overlays in the camera image as the forklift passes by. In addition to the advantages for warehouse management, forklift drivers benefit from the significantly improved image quality as well as the ergonomic receipting function directly on the steering wheel. Overall, the fully digital fork camera addedVIEW eliminates hidden search and error costs for customers. The process becomes faster, more reliable and thus significantly more cost-effective per pallet.

Jungheinrich PowerCube

Due to the ultra-compact vertical arrangement of the containers, PowerCube makes optimal use of storage space, achieving a storage density four times greater than a conventional shelf racking system. The system height of up to 12m makes the PowerCube the highest compact storage system in its class. This creates space in the warehouse that can be used for range expansion or other purposes. The Jungheinrich PowerCube is also unique on the market in terms of flexibility. The automatic compact storage system for small containers can be set up on normal industrial floors without time-consuming reworking, such as milling and sanding, and can therefore be easily integrated into existing warehouses. Since the shuttles move under the containers, the PowerCube can be easily adapted upwards to different building heights and structures. If necessary, it can also be connected to an individually planned conveyor system.

The newly developed PowerCube shuttles move at a maximum speed of 4m/s with an acceleration of up to 2 m/s². They can simultaneously transport two containers with a payload of 50kg. This expands their application in terms of article range, accelerates reorganisation processes and maximises the throughput per shuttle. At the same time, the shuttles are able to move automatically in the level below the PowerCube shelf. Due to the scalable number of shuttles, the throughput of the PowerCube can be flexibly adjusted to accommodate increasing demand, seasonal peaks or range expansion.

Thanks to high-performance lithium-ion batteries which are charged at the workstations during operation, the shuttles are ready for use 24 hours a day without downtime. This ensures a high system throughput and makes the batteries an important reason for the PowerCube's strong performance. Unlike competitor systems, the shuttles can be removed from the PowerCube at floor level for maintenance work, so no maintenance platform is required.

With the PowerCube, Jungheinrich combines efficient processes and innovative hardware with state-of-the-art software technology that enables simple connection to the customer's existing IT infrastructure and maximum process and performance flexibility.

It as a solution that presents an integrated and holistic approach to the future of compact container storage and delivers on its promise of a new dimension of efficiency in the warehouse.

For more information, visit www.jungheinrich.co.uk