Many of Ireland’s supply chain sector professionals – buyers, suppliers, specifiers and operators alike – will be taking a break from the daily grind and travelling to IMHX 2010. The show, organised by the Quartz Group and now held on a 3-year cycle, takes place from Tuesday 16th to Friday 19th November at Birmingham’s NEC venue.
With over 300 exhibitors, IMHX is expected to attract some 20,000 visitors. As well as viewing a huge selection of materials handling equipment, visitors will be able to see product demonstrations, network among industry colleagues and attend a varied programme of seminars covering the hottest industry topics.
Doors open each day at 9.30am and close at 5pm, with an early 3pm closing on Friday. There are 22,000 car parking spaces at the NEC. The venue is also connected to the Birmingham rail station by a covered walkway – and there is a rapid monorail service linking the main airport to the show site.
AISLE-MASTERS OFFERS A NEW LOOK
STANDS 19K135 & 130
Aisle-Master will unveil new articulated forklift models – some kept under wraps until the first day of the show – as well as traditional Irish hospitality. Occupying two large stands with its affiliated company Combilift, the specialist manufacturer will be exhib- iting a range of AC electric and LPG powered models.
While having expanded its production to Monaghan and increasing its sales force, the hallmarks of the Aisle-Master products remain in place: excellently engineered trucks with a proven reputation for reliability and robust operation.
AC technology is standard on all its electric models, providing benefits such as increased performance levels with reduced energy consumption. The machines work in very narrow aisles for space saving operations, have lift capacities of up to 2.5 tonne and lift heights of up to 12.5m. So if you want to increase storage whilst reducing costs and improving productivity, make sure to visit the Aisle-Master stand.
FLOGAS GIVES ENERGY TO FORKLIFTS
LPG power has always been a popular choice among Irish forklift operators. According to suppliers Flogas, its LP Gas for forklift trucks provides a more economical long-term choice than any other type of energy source available.
Substantial savings can be made, par- ticularly if your company installs a bulk storage system for a large fleet. Even if you operate only a few trucks, single LPG cylinders are still an extremely cost efficient choice.
By using LPG you are guaranteed overall consistent 24-hours continual performance when it comes to forklift truck performance. Unlike battery powered lift trucks, LPG means there is no recharging and therefore less downtime, thus saving on labour costs and reducing the chances of injury amongst the workforce.
On their stand at IMHX, Flogas personnel will be happy to explain in detail the benefits and options available to operators using LPG power.
HÖRMANN OPENS DOORS FOR INDUSTRY
Exhibiting at IMHX and represented in Ireland by Dimension Engineering of Baldonnell Business Park, Co Dublin, the German manufacturer Hörmann is a world leader in the supply of industrial doors and other loading bay equipment, all customised to suit indi- vidual applications.
At this year’s show the company will demonstrate its latest range of equipment – including rapid-roll doors and factory doors with low-profile pedestrian entry gates. Renowned worldwide as a supplier of innovative design, and employing over 4,500 people, the company’s product portfolio includes fully certified dock levellers, dock ports and dock shelters, security barrier gates, as well as vehicle safety restraints for loading bays. All Hörmann equipment is designed and built to CE standards.
Irish distributors Dimension supply the equipment tailored specifically to suit their clients’ individual needs, utilising a combination of local experience and the global expertise of their manufacturing partners.
TOYOTA & BT –STRONGER TOGETHER
Occupying the largest stand at the show, Toyota Material Handling will be showcasing its strengths at IMHX 2010 with new products and innovations, along with a wide range of services and solutions. For the first time since the merger of Toyota Industrial Equip- ment and BT Rolatruc in 2007, Irish visitors will be able to see together in one place the company’s full range of counterbalance forklifts, towing trac- tors and BT warehouse equipment.
With the theme ‘Stronger Together’ the stand will feature no less than three live demonstration areas, as well as product displays and a seminar theatre featuring a series of master-class workshops, each designed to show how Toyota products can help customers improve efficiency in their business.
IMHX will also be the first chance to see the new Traigo HT electric counterbalance forklift, designed to provide an electric alternative for load capacities from 6.5 to 8.5 tonnes.
KNAPP DISPLAYS INNOVATION
KNAPP AG, the leading Austrian solu- tion provider of warehouse logistics and automation equipment, will give visitors to IMHX a unique opportu- nity to sample its many products and services.
From system development, instal- lation and start-up, to comprehen- sive after-sales support, KNAPP is a well-recognised single source supply company. The company designs, delivers and maintains new distribution facilities as well as upgrades to existing warehouses.
The group has a presence in 32 countries – with 14 sales and service centres worldwide and a network of representatives. Its comprehensive offering includes complete material flow systems; warehouse logistics software (material flow control, warehouse management, master control system and visualisation); conveyor systems, handling systems and sorter solutions; automatic and semi-automatic picking systems (pick- by-light, voice-directed picking, RF picking and the new optically guided picking solution); goods-to-person solutions with OSR and SPEEDER tech- nologies and automatic warehouse solutions such as stacker crane and miniload systems.
BENDI SAVES WAREHOUSE SPACE
The Translift BENDI articulated truck range offers the latest advances in the provision of much higher storage den- sities than many highly specialised and costly wire/rail guided very narrow aisle trucks.
Bendi articulated trucks can be used in warehouses with standard floor finishes & flatness – even where racking over 12m is installed – thus eliminating the requirement for costly specialist flooring or grinding of existing floors. There is also no requirement for guidance rails or wires as is usually the case with other high-density storage solutions. ‘Lost’ storage space at the
end of aisles can also be greatly reduced when operating articulated trucks. The Bendi can stack/de-stack pallets and load/unload them to or from lorries in yards, thereby saving space, time and further investment in other types of handling equipment. These electric and LPG powered trucks are distributed in Ireland by the Dublin-based company, The Forklift Centre.
HUBTEX SPECIALISES AT IMHX
IMHX 2010 will be the launch pad for a number of new products from the German-based manufacturer Hubtex – as well as an opportunity to promote the company’s wide range of platform trucks and special application ma- chines, some of which can handle more than 200 tonnes.
The company specialises in the design and manufacture of equipment to handle long and difficult loads, with a product range that includes electric, diesel and LPG powered 4-way and multidirectional sideloaders, as well as very heavy-duty counterbalance trucks handling loads weighing up to 20 tonnes.
Among the innovative handling units offered by Hubtex are highly specialised picking platforms for the handling of long loads and sheeted materials such as kitchen counter tops. These machines have won the company two prestigious FLTA awards in recent years. In Ireland the brand is marketed and supported by Dublin-headquar- tered Irish Lift Trucks.
JUNGHEINRICH has it all
19L100 & 142
At IMHX 2010 Jungheinrich will clearly demonstrate its ability to provide a complete materials handling package for any business – with project planning that sees the forklift truck and storage racking as a system designed to work together.
Established in 1953, the Jungheinrich Group has grown to be one of the leading players in the global materials handling equipment manufacturing sector. Today the group’s local operations can provide everything – from project design via CAD planning up to shelving and mezzanine floors, right up to high bay racking. The Jungheinrich product portfolio includes Pallet Trucks, Stackers, Counterbalance Trucks, Reach Trucks, Order Pickers, Very Narrow Aisle equipment and Stacker Cranes – in more than 600 variants.
The Irish-based wholly-owned subsidiary, Jungheinrich Lift Truck Limited, located at Maynooth Business Campus, Co Kildare, provides an extensive after-sales support network, rental and financial services.
COMBILIFT shows off the Combi-CB
Stands 19K135 & 130
Combilift Limited, the Irish manufacturer of customised 4-way handling equipment, has two adjacent stands at this year’s IMHX, the smaller one being a dedicated hospitality area. This is an ideal vantage point to watch the Combi-CB display team in action – highly skilled drivers giving regular demonstrations of the extraordinary maneuverability of these compact counterbalance machines.
Combilift has introduced a large number of new models since the last IMHX show. As well as the Combi-CB, now available with 3 and 4 tonne lift capacities, other exhibits include the original and ‘core’ 4t capacity C4,000 Combilift; a 4-way sideloader – plus larger Combilifts with lift capacities of 8 tonne and upwards.
MD Martin McVicar: “We recently built our largest 4-way forklift to date – a 25 tonne capacity model. Whether there will be room for this on the stand remains to be seen, so you will need to pay a visit to find out.”
FLEXI maximises efficiency
At this year’s IMHX, articulated forklift truck technology pioneer Flexi Narrow Aisle will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the development of the Flexi concept.
Over 4000 Flexi articulated truck units have been sold throughout the world, covering the requirements of customers operating in hugely diverse industries – from foodstuffs to engine parts. All the trucks share at least one common aim: the need to maximise efficiency within the customer’s storage operation by making the most of the available space.
With their ability to operate in aisleways as narrow as 1.6 metres – articulated to 220 degrees – and to lift pallet loads to heights of over 12 metres, Flexis can save warehouse operators at least 30 percent of their storage costs, while the ability to unload pallets and deliver directly to the pallet racks can reduce a user’s existing handling costs by a further 50 percent.
PALLETOWER stores the goods
One of the most comprehensive collection of pallets, roll cages, trolleys, and other storage equipment will be on display at the Palletower stand at this year’s IMHX show in the NEC centre.
Palletower’s extensive range also includes stackable containers manufactured from tough high-density polyethylene, as well as a selection of foldable cage pallets that are designed to occupy minimum space when being stored. Other equipment includes zinc-plated steel mesh panel sets that can convert a flat timber pallet into a stackable container in seconds. Custom-built units tailored to customers’ requirements can also be supplied by Palletower
In addition to its storage equipment range the company supplies mobile safety steps, access platforms, self-dumping hoppers and hand pallet trucks. The latter units are offered in a high-lift version and also with in-built weighing scales designed to save time and boost productivity.
YALE lifts off at IMHX
Not only will the full range of Yale forklift trucks be showcased on the stand of Briggs Equipment, the brand’s UK national distributor, but the company will be offering qualifying visitors the chance to win a $200,000 ticket for a flight into space aboard the spectacular Virgin Galactic SpaceShip.
The spaceflight voucher from Briggs Equipment will be placed in a safe at the show and qualifying entrants will attempt to guess the six-digit combination number that will release this unique prize.
Yale manufactures a range of IC engine powered and electric counterbalance forklift trucks at its manufacturing plant in Craigavon, Northern Ireland, and visitors to this year’s IMHX show will be able to see a wide selection of these products. In the Republic of Ireland, Yale is represented by Forklift Services & Handling Equipment Limited, based in Wilton, Cork.
PAYNE keeps right side up
Payne pioneered the concept of the pallet inverter in the ‘70s – and although originally developed to enable swift and simple removal of damaged fertiliser bags from palletised loads, uses for the machine have multiplied to a point where the inverter has become an essential part of many warehouses.
Today the Payne company offers a wide range of Pallet Inverter versions – along with pallet tippers and pallet/stacker dispensers, as well as bespoke products designed and built to suit individual customer’s requirements.
Whether the requirement is for switching pallet type, replacing a broken pallet or removing damaged goods, supplying a stainless steel unit for food or pharmaceutical use, or a pile turner for use with sheet or board, the Payne can offer a solution.
The Payne Pallet Inverter is now sold to markets worldwide and is available in Ireland from Davcon Distributors Limited of Dublin 11.
PSION TEKLOGIX mobilises the workforce
Psion Teklogix will showcase its leading software and solutions partners at the 2010 IHMX show. This comprises a diverse range of business benefits designed to mobilise today’s workforce, not just within the four walls of an organisation but also in the field.
At the stand, Psion Teklogix partners will demonstrate their solutions and applications, utilising the mobility suite of Psion Teklogix products which are ergonomic, hard-working and rugged enough to support them all. Visitors will be able to meet with many industry leaders simultaneously and to view full end-to-end mobile solutions. Vocollect for example already has 20 years experience in delivering proven performance improvements in productivity, accuracy, cost reduction and job satisfaction for mobile employees.
Represented in Ireland by Heavey RF, Psion Teklogix and Vocollect enable companies to replace cumbersome lists and traditional data capture methods with hands-free, personal voice dialogs.