Entry for the International Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) Award 2015, Europe's most prestigious intralogistics award, is now open.
The IFOY entrant portal at www.ifoy.org opened today (18th September), and all manufacturers of MHE vehicles and providers of intralogistics services are invited to enter for one of the five coveted awards between now and 1st December 2014.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Munich at the BMW Museum during transport logistic 2015 on 5th May 2015.
Entries for the IFOY Award 2015 are invited in five categories:
- Counterbalance Trucks up to 3.5t
- Counterbalance Trucks from 3.51t
- Warehouse Trucks: pedestrian-controlled warehouse trucks, tow tractors, seated/standup material handling devices, VNA trucks, reach trucks etc.
- Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs): driverless transport systems, shuttle systems, automated/partially automated materials handling equipment in the context of its applications
- Intralogistics Solutions: intralogistics system solutions that have been successfully implemented at a customer company
In the equipment categories, newly developed trucks, trucks that represent further developments or special models with significant technical improvements that came onto the European market after 1st December 2013 (AGVs: 1st June 2013) are eligible for the award. The Conditions of Participation can be requested from the IFOY office with immediate effect.
The decision on which fork lift truck, MHE vehicle, shuttle, picking vehicle or automated guided vehicle, and which overall integrated logistics solution has the right to call itself "Best of the Year" in May 2015 is made in a multi-phase selection process.
In the first phase, the jury - including SHD Logistics' editor Peter MacLeod - nominates the most promising candidates from among all the entries. These vehicles then have to undergo Europe's toughest intralogistics test over the course of one week.
"A written entry alone is not enough to permit a well-founded assessment," explains Anita Würmser, executive jury chairperson of the IFOY organisation. "That's why during the Test Week the nominees must prove in practice what they promised in the promotional brochures."
Hellmann Worldwide Logistics is IFOY logistics partner
The IFOY Test Week from 21st to 26th February is organised by Hellmann Worldwide Logistics. The logistics service provider, who as Official IFOY Logistics Partner is responsible for the coordination of all logistics processes and the transport of the nominated trucks, will be inviting participants to the IFOY Test Week in the Speicher 3 building in Osnabrück.
In the Glass Hall erected by Hellmann specifically for this purpose, the nominated trucks will be put through their paces before a jury of trade journalists representing Europe's leading logistics media make their final decision.
IFOY Test and Innovation Check
The IFOY Test and the IFOY Innovation Check provide the jury with key information and insights on which to base their decisions. The IFOY Test focuses on the practical aspects; it measures the hard data and compares it with the data for rival machines. The test parameters include cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency, sustainability, safety, ergonomics and design of the trucks.
The innovative value of a vehicle or solution is the most important assessment criterion for the jury. In the IFOY Innovation Check, scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) in Dortmund test the entrants in the Counterbalance, Warehouse Trucks and AGV categories once again, this time to determine their innovative character of all nominated vehicles.
In addition, the jury members also climb on board and test all the nominated trucks for themselves during the IFOY Test Week. In combination with the results of the independent test, this enables the jury to compare the entered vehicles with their competitors in the segment in question and to make an objective selection.
The IFOY Jury continues to grow
Five newly elected members on the body are: Snejina Badjeva, publisher and editor-in-chief of 'LOGISTIKA Magazine' in Bulgaria; Glenn Lund, editor-in-chief of Norwegian logistics magazine 'Moderne Transport'; Anton Mizunov, editor-in-chief of Russian logistics magazine 'Skladskoj Komplex'; Jarlath Sweeney, editor-in-chief of Irish logistics magazine 'Fleet Transport'; and Mats Udikas, editor-in-chief of Swedish logistics magazine 'Transportnytt'.
The jury now comprises 22 members from 13 European countries.