As part of its trade press conference "Innovation and Highlights 2018" in Hamburg last week, Jungheinrich presented its new automated EKX 516a electric order picker. The truck is based on the proven EKX 516a tri-lateral stacker with a capacity of 1600 kg, to which Jungheinrich has added automation components. The EKX 516a is the newest member of Jungheinrich's family of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV). It rounds out the portfolio as an automated solution for warehouse tasks with lift heights up to 13 metres. Using a proven wire guidance system in combination with transponders, the truck is able to position itself precisely at the storage space and can also change aisles. All processes run automatically.
Equipped with an 80-volt synchronous reluctance motor, the EKX 516a opens up new performance dimensions while reducing energy consumption by up to 10%. One feature contributing to this is the patented regenerative lowering and braking for maximum energy recovery. The automated high rack stacker, with an on-board charger integrated and fitted with a busbar and current collector, is also ideally equipped for 24/7 operation.
Dr. Klaus-Dieter Rosenbach, Jungheinrich member of the Jungheinrich Board of Management responsible for logistics systems, explains: "With the EKX 516a automated high rack stacker we have made one of our top trucks even better. Through the addition of new automation components, the EKX – tried and tested in countless applications – becomes a powerful AGV. With automation the trucks can show their strengths to full extent in narrow aisles: That saves our customers time, especially in standardised routine tasks, and guarantees efficient and reliable transport tasks."
AGV from Jungheinrich
Jungheinrich automates exclusively standard trucks from internal line production. The advantage of this approach is that the trucks are tried and tested, have undergone constant advanced development, and have already been proven in practical applications. Jungheinrich adds automation technology and specific sensor systems to these standard trucks. The range of Jungheinrich Automated Guided Vehicles includes various trucks with a capacity up to 1.5 t and a lift height up to 13.0 m as well as tow trains with tractive power up to 5.0 t. Jungheinrich can thus respond to a wide range of requirements from its customers.
Jungheinrich UK names new MD
Jungheinrich UK has announced the appointment of Luuk Snijders as Managing Director, effective January 2018. Snijders is succeeding Jan Lorenz and transfers from his role as Managing Director, Jungheinrich Russia, with Jan Lorenz returning to a senior management position at Jungheinrich Group headquarters in Hamburg, Germany.
Snijders first joined the Jungheinrich Group in 2004 and has since held senior roles across the business, including five years as Head of Sales in Rental & Used Equipment (UE), two years as Rental/UE Director in Spain and two years as Sales Director in Russia, before his appointment to Managing Director, Jungheinrich Russia, in 2014.
Jungheinrich UK has experienced much growth and innovation over the past four years headed up by Lorenz, with annual turnover seeing double digit growth.
“I’m delighted to join Jungheinrich UK at this very exciting time in the business,” commented Snijders. “A huge amount of research and development has gone into transforming our product and service offering, challenging the industry in line with our customers’ evolving requirements. I look forward to working with the team to build upon this success and drive our market position and profitability in 2018.”
Jan Langerak, Vice President of the region, Jungheinrich Group, added: “On behalf of the Group, I would like to thank Jan Lorenz for his commitment of many years to Jungheinrich UK, and to welcome Luuk Snijders to the position of UK Managing Director. With his extensive industry experience and thorough understanding of customer expectations and sales processes, Luuk is well placed to lead Jungheinrich UK at this pivotal time, and to steer the business on its path as a market leading provider of intralogistics solutions.”