Jungheinrich UK has hosted its first Logistics Systems Open Day, discussing the foundations for tomorrow’s workforce in the logistics sector and addressing the challenges of Intralogistics 4.0 with demonstrations of its range of integrated solutions.
Guest speakers, Bernard Molloy, Chair, Liverpool Port Authority & Local Enterprise Partnership member, and Philip Cox, Chief Executive, Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, took to the stage at the Jungheinrich Showroom in Warrington to discuss the role of logistics as a key employment opportunity and driver for growth in the UK. Amidst a period of extraordinary technology and operational change, collaboration between organisations and education is an important aspect of the work by industry initiatives and academies to help bridge skills shortages and develop the workforce of the future.
“It’s something that Jungheinrich recognises responsibility for at its most senior level of management, with two directors already on the boards for such initiatives,” commented Steve Richmond, Director – Logistics Systems, Jungheinrich UK. “It’s crucial that businesses engage with and encourage ways to gain collaborative insight into the skills and competences required in order to build adaptability into tomorrow’s workforce.”
Digitalisation and connectivity are the key components to more efficient logistics processes and, as a provider of complete intralogistics solutions, Jungheinrich is uniquely positioned to support the transition towards a digitalised warehouse 4.0. Providing material handling equipment, logistics systems and software, Jungheinrich can enable any company – whether a global player or small to medium-sized enterprise – to connect and streamline its processes to ensure future profitability and viability.
Visitors to the Open Day experienced first-hand Jungheinrich's connected world of intralogistics, with a demonstration of the award-winning Jungheinrich Warehouse Management System (WMS), which manages, controls and optimises the entire internal material flows within the warehouse for sustainable, efficient processes. Also on display were a variety of semi- and fully-automated solutions, including the latest VNA technology, automated guided vehicles and new miniload, the most powerful miniload operating equipment of its class and the first to be developed internally by Jungheinrich. A demonstration of the easyPILOT Follow ensued, a semi-automated control unit that allows the Jungheinrich ECE family of order pickers to follow its operator automatically for more efficient, error-free order picking processes.
Since becoming the first manufacturer to launch a series-produced truck equipped with lithium-ion technology, Jungheinrich has continued to lead in the field, setting worldwide standards and new milestones in electromobility. One of these milestones is the new Jungheinrich ETV 216i reach truck, the world's first forklift in its class with a permanently installed lithium-ion battery as standard and revolutionary vehicle design as a result. Another highlight in the field of energy competence is the SLH 300i battery, offering the possibility to charge both lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries via a single battery module, and thereby allowing mixed operation of both battery technologies. The charger offers maximum flexibility for users, with wide voltage range, numerous selection options and high level of efficiency.
“With our unique end-to-end offering of intralogistics systems and materials handling equipment, Jungheinrich is committed to helping businesses react to changing demand and harness connectivity and digitalisation in a way that best suits their business,” Steve concludes. “Only through technology, processes and people combined, can innovation truly accomplish operations that are the fastest, most reliable, cost efficient and environmentally compatible.”