IFOY AWARD 2019: Certificates presented to “Best in Intralogistics” finalists


** Certificates presented at the IFOY TEST DAYS in Hannover to Cargometer, Clark, Combilift, Hubtex, Jungheinrich, Raymond, SAE, Still, Torwegge and UniCarriers as well as the two start-ups ProGlove and Trône Seating

At the end of the IFOY 2019 TEST DAYS (1 to 8 March) at the Hannover Messe Exhibition Grounds, the IFOY organisation presented the “Best in Intralogistics” certificates to the shortlisted candidates for this year’s competition.

 Representatives of twelve companies received their certificates during the IFOY TEST DAYS Dinner ceremony. Representatives from Cargometer, Clark, Combilift, Hubtex, Jungheinrich, Raymond, SAE, Still, Torwegge and UniCarriers were present to receive the seal and for the first time in the history of the IFOY AWARD, certificates were given to two start-up companies: ProGlove and Trône Seating.

 “The `Best in Intralogistics´ seal was introduced last year in order to visibly record the high degree of innovation of the nominated trucks and solutions that successfully completed the IFOY test procedure. Only innovations that carry the certificate have passed the three-part IFOY Audit as well as the independent intralogistics test,” explained Sascha Schmel, Managing Director of the VDMA Materials Handling & Intralogistics Sector Association, which is the sponsor of the IFOY AWARD.

The IFOY Audit, which traditionally takes place on the premises of IFOY partner Deutsche Messe AG, lasts eight days. It comprises various test series. The results serve as decision support for the 29 jury members, selected from all over the world, including Ireland, represented by Fleet Transport/Handling Network. In order to ensure that the performance values and the innovation gap are objectively assessable, the nominees in a category are not compared with each other, but always with comparable trucks or solutions on the market.

 The first part of the IFOY Audit is the scientific IFOY Innovation Check, which was conducted by the Dortmund Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow & Logistics (IML), the Chair for Technical Logistics at the University of Dresden, the Chair for Materials Handling Material Flow Logistics (fml) at the Technical University of Munich and the Chair for Machine Elements and Technical Logistics at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg. The experts gave their assessments of the finalists in terms of market relevance, customer benefit, type of execution and degree of innovation.

In addition the scientists verify the innovations specified by the manufacturers in the test hall and evaluate in a technology comparison, whether they are further developments, new compositions or genuine innovations.

The second of the IFOY Audit is the practice-oriented IFOY Test. It measures the hard facts and compares them with the relevant competitive machines. They are subjected to individually tailored driving or functional tests, including the IFOY Test protocol, which comprises around 80 criteria and determines, among other things, cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency, sustainability, safety and ergonomics. In order to ensure that the test results are falsified by external influences such as lighting, weather conditions or aisle widths, the test hall creates identical conditions for all candidates.

The third part of the audit is the assessment of the finalists by the jurors. The jury members form an opinion from the IFOY Innovation Check, the IFOY Test results and their own test experiences and vote accordingly. However, whoever wins the 2019 race will remain a well-kept secret for a few weeks to come – for the manufacturers, too. The announcement and presentation of the prizes will be made during the IFOY Awards Gala Dinner, which will take place on 26 April in the Hofburg Vienna (Austria).

IFOY AWARD 2019 “Best in Intralogistics” Certificates recipients:

 Category: Counter Balanced Truck

S-Series / S25, Clark Europe

TX3 3-wheel counterbalance truck, UniCarriers

Category: Warehouse Truck

Combi-PPT, Combilift

MaxX, Hubtex

ETV 216i, Jungheinrich

Category: AGV & Intralogistics Robot

Miniload (STC), Jungheinrich

Automated tugger train with LTX 50, Still

MANIPULA-TORsten (TORsten meets Friends), Torwegge

Category: Intralogistics Software

CARGOMETER “on-the-fly” freight dimensioning, Cargometer

zoneCONTROL, Jungheinrich

neXXT fleet, Still