At the end of International Forklift & Intralogistics Awards – IFOY TEST DAYS 2021 from March 22 to 26 at the Dortmund Exhibition Centre, Moffett Cargotec Engineering was among the companies presented with the “Best in Intralogistics” Certificates of the year 2021.
Other representatives from 14 companies that received their certificates included arculus, HAI ROBOTICS, Hänel, H+E Produktentwicklung, HHLA Sky, the BMW subsidiary idealworks, Interroll Group, NIMMSTA, OPPIDUM TIC, STILL, SYNAOS, VOLUME Lagersysteme and WAKU Robotics with their 17 nominated products and solutions receiving seals for successful participation in the three-stage IFOY audit.
This year, the certificates were presented by Gordon Riske, Chairman of the Board of the VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Association.
The “Best in Intralogistics” seal was introduced three years ago to document visibly to the outside world the high degree of innovation of the products and solutions nominated for an IFOY AWARD that successfully absolve the IFOY test. “Only innovations with this certificate have successfully passed the three-part IFOY audit and have therefore made it to the independent intralogistics test,” emphasised Executive Jury Chairwoman Anita Würmser.
The IFOY Audit 2021, which was conducted for the first time this year on the premises of the new IFOY partner Messe Dortmund, lasts a total of five days. It includes various test series, whose results support the total of 26 jury members – renowned logistics trade journalists from all over the world, including Fleet Transport/Handling Network – in their decision on the winners. In the IFOY Award, the nominees in a category are never compared with each other, but always with currently comparable products and solutions on the market. This ensures that the performance values and the innovation gap can be assessed objectively.
The first part of the IFOY audit is the scientific IFOY Innovation Check, which is carried out by the Dortmund Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML), the Chair of Technical Logistics at the University of Dresden and the Chair of Materials Handling Material Flow Logistics at the Technical University of Munich. The experts give assessments of the finalists in terms of market relevance, customer benefits, type of execution, and degree of innovation. In addition, the scientists verify the innovations stated by the manufacturers in the test hall and evaluate in a technology comparison whether they are innovative further developments, new compositions or genuine innovations.
The second part of the IFOY audit is the practice-oriented IFOY test by Dutch trade journalist Theo Egberts. He measures the hard facts and compares them with the relevant competitor machines. The appliances undergo individually tailored driving or functional tests, including the IFOY test protocol, which comprises around 80 criteria and determines, among other things, the appliances’ economy and energy efficiency, sustainability, safety and ergonomics. To avoid falsification of the test results by external influences such as lighting, weather conditions or aisle widths, the test hall creates identical environmental conditions for all candidates.
The third part of the audit is the assessment of the finalists by the jurors and their approved consultants. The jury members form an opinion from the IFOY Innovation Check, the IFOY test results and their own test experiences and then vote.
Who will win the race in 2021 will remain a well-kept secret for a few more weeks – even for the manufacturers. It will only be revealed during the festive IFOY AWARD award ceremony, whose location and time will be announced shortly.