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Jungheinrich unveils world's first reach truck with built-in lithium-ion battery

Jungheinrich unveils world's first reach truck with built-in lithium-ion battery

Jungheinrich has publicly unveiled the first reach truck in the world with standard built-in lithium-ion battery.

Launched at this year's LogiMAT, but previewed at Jungheinrich's annual press conference event in January - attended by trade media including SHD Logistics (pictured) - the ETV 216i has a revolutionary truck design by integrating space-saving and efficient battery technology qualities in the development of the truck.

The latest generation of reach trucks features significantly improved ergonomics. Jungheinrich incorporated its customer's ideas and requests directly into the design of the truck. Thus, the ETV 216i offers the operator significantly more freedom of movement and perfect all-round visibility. The result is a special level of user-friendliness and maximum safety in the warehouse. Thanks to its especially compact design, the truck features maximum agility in the warehouse.

Compared to conventional reach trucks, the ETV 216i achieves significantly increased productivity in the warehouse. Compared to conventional lead-acid batteries, the fully integrated lithium-ion batteries feature a longer service life, maintenance-free operation and better performance. This increases throughput performance and warehouse efficiency. Especially short charge intervals enable 24/7 operation, with the ETV 216i able to stack loads weighing up to 1600kg to a lift height of 10.7m. As with all lithium-ion trucks, Jungheinrich also offers its customers interested in the ETV 216i a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all lithium-ion trucks, starting at LogiMAT. Within the first six months following the truck’s delivery, Jungheinrich customers have a full conversion right, meaning that they can easily and quickly switch back to their original technology at any time. This is how Jungheinrich ensures an easy and risk-free changeover.

Dr. Lars Brzoska, Member of the Board of Management at Jungheinrich AG responsible for Marketing and Sales, explained: "The new ETV 216i is the latest demonstration of Jungheinrich's innovative capability. We are the first manufacturer in the industry to consistently implement the advantages of lithium-ion technology already in the design of our trucks. The permanently installed lithium-ion battery makes the ETV 216i the most compact and best performing truck in its class. Jungheinrich customers will benefit from better ergonomics, easier manoeuvrability and greater efficiency. In the future we will also consistently use the advantages of lithium-ion technology in the design concept of other truck types, thereby creating a whole new generation of fork lift trucks."

First Jungheinrich Miniload

Jungheinirch also presented its first internally developed high-performance miniload. The latest technologies and the innovative design of the STC 2B1A ensure peak performance while boosting efficiency and optimising costs for in-plant logistics. To achieve this, three new patents were implemented in the new miniload: an innovative mast design for top scalability of the equipment up to 25m and maximum stability despite lightweight construction, an innovative travel rail concept for minimised approach dimensions and an integrated Omega drive system for even more space-saving storage.

The STC 2B1A is the most powerful miniload operating equipment of its class. With a travel speed of more than 6m per second and top acceleration, it ranks as the very best of high-performance equipment. It also has energy buffers specially adapted to handling called "SuperCaps". They store energy released during braking processes and feed it back into the drive system during acceleration. In this way Jungheinrich has been able to reduce the energy requirement and especially the necessary connected load of the rack operating equipment by up to 25% compared to the competition.

Jungheinrich has also designed the STC 2B1A for maximum efficiency in terms of space utilisation. Due to the innovative design of the travel rail and the Omega drive system – unlike other miniloads it is integrated into the foot of the mast – the system achieves the lowest approach dimensions in its class. In comparison to all other miniloads on the market, Jungheinrich makes it possible for its customer's to achieve a significantly higher storage capacity with the STC 2B1A together with higher throughput for a warehouse of comparable size. Another innovation is the new modular mast design. With lightweight construction it ensures especially high stability of the equipment while also allowing for flexible scalability up to 25 meters.

Dr. Klaus-Dieter Rosenbach, Jungheinrich member of the Jungheinrich Board of Management responsible for logistics systems, explained: "Jungheinrich is setting standards with the STC 2B1A. In terms of throughput performance, energy efficiency, utilisation of space and flexibility, it is the first miniload from Jungheinrich – a true high-performance device and currently the best miniload on the market. No other rack operating equipment in its class comes close to the throughput performance of the STC 2B1A. Thus we have created an unparalleled intelligent and economical logistics solution for our customers that contributes significantly to lowering operating costs."

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