Monaghan based materials handling solutions provider Combilift is among the sixteen intralogistics providers nominated for the final round of assessments for the IFOY AWARD 2020(International Intralogistics & Forklift Truck of the Year). The shortlisted candidates will take part in the group test days undertaken by an expert jury next month in Hannover and for the first time in the newly established IFOY TEST CAMP decision-makers in intralogistics are participating.
In this the eighth running of the world-renowned award programme, the jury will scrutinise 17 products and solutions from 16 manufacturers from an original field of 32 companies, to compete for the best intralogistics products and solutions of the year. In the early days of the competition it focused solely on forklifts but has expanded significantly to include all that happens within the logistics sector in and around the warehouse or distribution centre. Starting with warehouse trucks and custom-made products for the most diverse material flow tasks, through robots, drones and software to reach stackers, well-known brand names are in the final round, such as Bosch Rexroth, Crown, Easy Mile, Geek+, Hyster, Jungheinrich, ProGlove, Raymond, Sany Europe, Still and Toyota Material Handling as well as the start-ups cellumation, doks. innovation, ForkOn and Wiferion.
The Combi-CBE4 from Combilift is nominated in the Special Vehicles category. Its four-tonne electric forklift truck with all-wheel drive combines multi-directionality and a compact design, while the CombiCS Combilift is among the selection for Warehouse Truck lowlifter class. This pedestrian operated truck has been developed for pallet transport in very confined spaces. Thanks to a special tiller arm and a compact design, the vehicle, which is only 1.05 metres long, ensures safe operation and good visibility for the operator.
All finalists go through to the IFOY 2020 Audit at the international IFOY 2020 TEST DAYS from February 6 to 13 at the exhibition grounds of the Hannover Messe. In the IFOY Test, experts measure the key figures of each contender’s products in a standardized procedure. And in the IFOY Innovation Check scientists assess the innovative value of the nominated products and solutions. The Innovation Check is carried out by specialists from 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 and Logistics (fml) at the Technical University of Munich.
Towards the end of the IFOY TEST DAYS, jurors from all over Europe, Australia, Brazil and Russia will travel to Lower Saxony to inspect the nominated products and test them. Among other things, the judges will assess the innovative value, technology, design, ergonomics and handling, safety, marketability and customer benefit as well as economic efficiency and sustainability. The jury consists of 27 renowned trade journalists from leading logistics media in 19 countries, including Jarlath Sweeney, (Fleet Transport/Handling Network/Warehousing Ireland)representing Ireland.
“A golden rule of the IFOY test series is that the finalists in their respective categories are not compared with each other, but with their competitors on the market. Only those nominees who outperform their direct competitors in terms of innovation have a chance to reach the highest podium position,” explained Anita Würmser, Chairperson of the IFOY Jury.
The trophies will be awarded in seven categories during the IFOY 2020 AWARDs Gala Banquet on 20 April at the Hannover Messe 2020.
IFOY AWARD 2020 Finalists
Category: Counter Balanced Truck
RX 60, Still
Category: Special Vehicle
Combi CBE4, Combilift
SRSC45H9, Sany Europe
Category: Warehouse Truck highlifter
ESR 1000, Crown
ERC 216zi, Jungheinrich
Category: Warehouse Truck lowlifter
Courier 3030, Raymond
BT Levio LWI160, Toyota Material Handling
Robot Shuttle System C200, Geek+
Category: Intralogistics Software
Laser Localization Software, Bosch Rexroth
The ProGlove Cloud, ProGlove
Category: Start-up of the Year
inventAIRy X, doks. innovation
ForkOn Fleet Management System Software, ForkOn
etaLINK 3000 – wireless charging system, Wiferion