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6 Steps to Prepare for AGVs

For companies that operate in warehouses, especially in the manufacturing industry, it is well-known that Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) offer benefits such as unmatched productivity and cost-saving benefits. However, like most innovative technology, implementing AGVs can be a daunting and complicated task. To simplify the process, Jungheinrich has recently developed a tried and tested process that ensures a smooth and successful implementation. Learn more about the 6 steps to prepare for AGVs below.

Step 1: Gather Information

You will need a detailed analysis of your intralogistics requirements, which serves as a foundation for implementing AGVs. Reviewing your transport matrix, we will work with you to establish your required transport volume and assess the condition of your pick-up and drop-off points, also known as sources and destinations. Many other factors are assessed, such as types of loads, loading aid requirements, travel routes, and special considerations.

Once this information is obtained, the next step is to consider the warehouses IT setup. First question to ask is if you are already working with a warehouse management system, whether a wireless network is already in place, and finally which system interface will need to be considered for your specific equipment?

Using this information, Jungheinrich determines which AGVs systems are suitable for your business. This includes a charging concept, type and operating times of the AGVs, and necessary peripheral parameters. Many customers often find they want signal units such as buttons for any conveyor technology as well as the I/O boxes that communicate with external controllers for doors, sensors, etc.

Jungheinrich offers a variety of Automated Guided Vehicle solutions that allows us to recommend the best AGV tailored to your needs. Whether you want your AGVs to be a standalone system or integrated with your warehouse management system, you will benefit from the fast, straightforward integration.

Step 2: Define Your Processes

When you are preparing for a functional specification, you will want to map out the foundation for all processes and scheduling of your project. This is to ensure the smooth application of the AGVS. Depending on how complex the future AGVs system is, it can be useful to factor in a real-time simulation.

Using CAD data of your warehouse, we may consider creating a layout of virtual travel routes. Individual vehicle properties are also considered including visited stations and battery charging processes. This real-time simulation considers borderline situations such as performance peaks or bottlenecks.

Some companies may prefer to commission a real-time simulation from a specialist, allowing you to further assess the deployment of AGVs into your company. This provides vital decision-making basis and offers flexibility when it comes to awarding the contract.

You are now ready to order your automated guided vehicles.

Step 3: Preparation for Implementation

Now that we have chosen and ordered our AGV, setup and installations of software for the AGVs is next. Testing of software will be performed in order to conduct the individual or prepared programming of the master computer and necessary programmable logic controller interfaces. Testing of the function of the I/O boxes will also need to be performed before installation.

During preparation, the signal units and I/O boxes will be installed in your warehouse. Based off our practical experience we recommend the preparation of the environment, such as the electrical wiring, be completed by YOUR inhouse technicians as they are more familiar with conditions. Depending on the environment, fitters may install reflectors for the AGVS laser navigation. Luckily, with Jungheinrich AGVs there is no need for conversion work, another reason to go with Jungheinrich!

Step 4: On-Site Installation and Integration

Your operators and key users will need to receive specialized training to familiarized themselves with the new AGVs. Employees must be familiar with troubleshooting operations, vehicle engagements, and charging, in order to be worked independently.

Since AGVs are generally used in operations with both manual trucks and pedestrians it’s best if your employees get to know their new “colleagues.” A safety briefing is heavily recommended, See our video for the top 5 rules of working with AGVs.

Once delivery is complete, you will want to check the functionality of the AGVs and make necessary fine-tuning by designating a test area for the AVGs. Next you will test whether the AGV follows the optimum routes on the programmed travel paths. Trained technicians should follow the vehicle, record any deviations, and correct them afterwards.

Following successful integration tests of connected conveyor technology, lifts, high-speed doors, etc., your customer-specific documentation will be completed and transferred. Throughout this entire process, attention should be paid closely to safety, which also should be covered separately in a dedicated training course.

Next step is to hand over the operating system to your operators and key users.

Step 5: AGVS Start Operation

Once your AGVs goes live, this begins the start of the commissioning phase and a turning point in the intralogistics process. Throughout this phase, you will likely need start-up assistance to your operators and relevant employees, so it will be critical to have someone available to contact regarding all your questions and issues that you may experience. Luckily, yet another advantage of Jungheinrich is that they will be available to you for all your questions as well as provide start-up assistance to your operators and rectify any problems directly.

During training, your employees may discover the advantages and disadvantages offered by the AGVs, but they may have some concerns about changes to their work environment. Having someone available to them to answer their questions will go a long way in demonstrating the interaction between man and machine, making the day-to-day easier. The commissioning phase concludes when a quality assessment of your automated system is completed.

After this step, everything is implemented and working smoothly, which leads us to step 6.

Step 6: Maintenance and Support

Once things start settling down with your new AGVs, if there are any faults or general questions regarding your system Jungheinrich is just one call away. Your AGVs may be running during non-business hours, so it is CRUCIAL to have support that is available 24/7 and 365 days a year.

Rest assured that by partnering with Jungheinrich, we will provide support round-the-clock with our 24/7 support hotline staffed by AGV experts. We can quickly solve most issues remotely but can also send a local service engineer if need be. Depending on your warehouse, you can choose between multiple levels of product support and maintenance options.

Ready to Get Started?

From step one to step six, Jungheinrich knows what it takes to get AGVs up and running. Our systematic automated guided vehicles process considers YOUR specific needs and provides you with the AGVs solution that maximizes your productivity. As a Jungheinrich dealer, Fallsway Equipment Company has the knowledge, training, and resources to help you throughout the 6 steps to prepare for AGVs.

Contact Fallsway Today to find out more!

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Turret Trucks

Turret Trucks what are

Before diving into why your operation should consider adding a turret truck to your fleet, the first order of business is answering the question, “What is a turret truck?”. Turret trucks are very specialized machines for very-narrow-aisle (VNA) applications. Immediately drawing attention due to its unique design, there are traditionally two options available, man-up, the more common option where the carriage and operator are lifted to retrieve and store pallets, and man-down, where the operator stays down while picking orders.

Increase Warehouse Capacity

Jungheinrich Turret Truck EKX5156k
Jungheinrich EKX516k

Is your operation limited because you don’t have enough room to store inventory? Turret trucks are designed to increase warehouse capacity by reducing aisle widths, thus making room for more aisles.  Since the forks are mounted on a smaller front mast that can rotate 180 degrees, the operator has access to both sides of the racking aisle without rotating the unit. VNA turret trucks can reduce aisle width by 50%. Save space and increase warehouse capacity with turret trucks!

Increase Productivity

With a pallet throughput 3x as high as the standard counterbalance forklift, no equipment can handle more pallets and loads than turret trucks. However, not only are turret trucks implemented in operations that are looking to increase volume and productivity, but also for those looking to cut costs. When turret trucks are added to a fleet, fewer operators are needed to produce the same output. Whether looking to increase productivity or cut costs, turret trucks are designed to optimize your operation.

Turret Trucks from Jungheinrich

Selling more turret trucks worldwide than Crown, Raymond, or Yale, Jungheinrich is your industry leader for quality and cost-savings. German designed, you will find unmatched energy efficiency, productivity, ergonomics, and intelligence in each Jungheinrich turret truck.

Energy Efficiency

Jungheinrich EKX man-up Turret Truck
Jungheinrich EKX Turret Truck

A pioneer in AC forklift motors, Jungheinrich has unmatched technology and the most experience relating to energy efficiency. For example, they are the only turret truck manufacturer on the planet that can guarantee two shifts (16 run hours) on one battery charge. Regardless if your operation is one or two shifts, you will need to charge your battery less frequently, resulting in a significant increase in battery life and cost savings. In addition, exclusively Jungheinrich offers reluctance AC motors, reducing energy losses by up to 50% when driving, steering, and using hydraulics. Energy efficiency saves you money, and none do it better than Jungheinrich.

Productivity

For Jungheinrich, performance is just as important as energy efficiency. Not only do they manufacture turret trucks with the highest reach on the planet at an impressive 708”, but put head-to-head against competitors, Jungheinrich is also more productive and has a higher lift speed. They work smarter so you can work harder. Enjoy unmatched productivity and performance with turret trucks from Jungheinrich.

Ergonomics

Jungheinrich EKX 516k turret truck controls
Jungheinrich EKX 516k

Turret trucks from Jungheinrich increase efficiency and performance through operator comfort and optimized design. Your operators are guaranteed to love the spacious operator compartment with extensive legroom and a full suspension seat with adjustable armrests. In addition to a flexible concept for comfortable sitting or standing, Jungheinrich also implements intuitive and comfortable operator controls.

Intelligence

Jungheinrich Warehouse Navigation is a form of semi-automation that uses RF transponders to pinpoint and navigate to the next order in the quickest time and using the least amount of energy. Implementing this technology could increase productivity by up to 25%. Warehouse Navigation can be to be integrated with your warehouse management system, eliminating operator errors and make every operator a top performer!

When choosing a turret truck, Jungheinrich is a clear choice. Experience the difference for yourself and demo against the competition. Not only will your operators love it, but the increase in productivity and cost savings will take your operation to the next level. Contact Fallsway today to find the perfect fit for your operation!

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Jungheinrich EZS 7280NA

Jungheinrich Tow Tractor | Tugger

Jungheinrich EZS 7280NA: Electric Tow Tractor (Tugger)

With a compact durable design, the all-new 64,700 lb. capacity electric tow tractor from Jungheinrich is designed for towing heavy-duty loads in any industry. Enjoy a small turning radius, high performance when moving on ramps, an ergonomic workstation, corrosion protection, and energy efficiency while transporting heavy loads across the airport tarmac or industrial facility. Learn more about the Jungheinrich EZS 7280NA tugger and why it might be a great fit for your operation.

Productivity

Tugger Towing Tractor | Jungheinrich

The EZS 7280NA reaches speeds of 15.5 mph (unloaded) and 7.5 mph (loaded). This allows your operators to quickly and effectively get where they need to go.

Designed to make life easy on your operators and save time, the touch mode feature makes it easy to attach and detach trailers.

Have ramps or inclines? No worry, the EZS 7280NA tows up to 9.5 tons, 21,000 lbs., on 10% grade ramps.

All parts and components are easily accessible; therefore, it is easier and faster to service.

Safety

The Jungheinrich EZS 7280NA provides maximum productivity without sacrificing safety.  

Jungheinrich Tow Tractor Tugger

Driver Visibility – Enjoy a clear driving view with minimal blind spots. Also, cutouts on the rear panel provide an excellent view of the coupling.

Automatic Parking Brake – The tow tractor and trailer are secured automatically when it stops. 

Hill-Start Assist – While on a ramp or incline, start without any roll-back. Paired with anti-skid control (ASC), you are ensured smooth, reliable acceleration in the toughest situations.

curveControl – This option automatically reduces speed while turning corners avoids tipping and ensures control over the load.

Energy Efficiency

The EZS 7280NA comes with proprietary 3-phase AC technology from Jungheinrich, thus consumes less energy, extends the battery life, and increases run times.

For 24/7 operations and high usage applications, the Jungheinrich EZS 7280NA has an XL option, which enables a larger battery size. As a result, there will be an increase in performance and energy efficiency.

Ergonomics

Ergonomic workstation features several designs implemented with the operator in mind, such as:

  • Automotive-style interior and operation with foot-pedal and adjustable steering column
  • Spacious cabin with an optimum all-round view, including great visibility of the coupling from the operator’s seat
  • Low entry step with level foot-well
  • Outlet vents that prevent fogging            

Total Cost of Ownership

Across its product line, Jungheinrich implements productivity features, energy and awareness designs, ergonomics, and uptime to minimize the total cost of ownership. The Jungheinrich EZS 7280NA is no different. Save time and money with 1,000-hour service intervals.

If you are looking to take the total cost of ownership even lower, consider getting it with the lithium-Ion package.

  • Fast charging with no need for battery exchanges
  • Maintenance-free and no odors from gases or acidification
  • Longer service life
  • Charging can be interrupted at any time without damage to the battery
  • 5-year battery warranty

Specs:

Model Basic Capacity (lbs) Voltage Length To Fork Face Chassis Width (in) Chassis Height (in) ¹ Gross Weight (lbs) ¹
EZS 7280NA 61,700 80 118.2 51.2 77.6 9,000
EZS 7280 NA XL 61,700 80 130 51.2 77.6 10,500

Contact us or learn more about the Jungheinrich EZS 7280NA tugger and why it might be a great fit for your operation.

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Jungheinrich EKM: Small Parts Order Picker

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Designed to be an alternative to a traditional ladder, the new Jungheinrich EKM 202 small parts order picker is a must-have. This forklift is typically used in applications that require order picking without a pallet, light maintenance, or retail outlets. But what makes the EKM unique to other Jungheinrich order pickers?

Ergonomics:

Jungheinrich EKM 202 Small Parts Order Picker

This Jungheinrich EKM 202 is equipped with many features that benefit the operator’s comfort and safety. The EKM comes with a generous workstation that provides the operator comfort while driving and standing sideways to remove goods. The stand-on platform can be freely selected with the equipped sensor mat on the floor, providing maximum mobility in the workstation area. There is also an easy-to-use travel switch located on the right handles thumb position. While operating the EKM small order picker, the operator will feel safe and comfortable.

Productivity:

Jungheinrich EKM 202 Small Parts Order Picker at Ground Level

To make your job easier while operating, the EKM comes with a variety of options. The AC drive has a max speed of 5 mph to get you between jobs faster. It comes with two sorts of trays, a lower and upper tray for added storage and working space. Additionally, with the maintenance-free, 192-amp-hour battery, you’ll experience less downtime and more usage out of your machine. And when you run out of battery, connect the onboard charger to the closest wall outlet for an easy charge.

Awareness:

Elevated Jungheinrich EKM 202 Small Parts Order Picker

The Jungheinrich EKM has many factors that increase the operator’s awareness while on the job. The sturdy mast gives the order picker added stability even at max heights. The operator can feel safe in the compartment with automatic closing doors so the operator can only lift the platform when closed. Another great feature with this forklift is the adjustable storage tray that can add extra visibility and additional comfort while at elevated heights.


Want to learn more about the Jungheinrich EKM 202 small order picker? Contact us at 855-662-4379 for a quote!

Updated 5/23/2019

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Jungheinrich ETG 214-318: Stand-up Counterbalance Forklift

This is the Stand-up Counterbalance Forklift that you have been waiting for! With significant ergonomic and performance improvements, the Jungheinrich ETG 214-318 is designed to impress.

Why use a Stand-up Counterbalance Forklift?

  1. Frequently On and Off the Truck
    When your operator must leave the truck to pull pick tickets, assemble, or shrink wrap loads, a Stand-Up Counterbalance lift truck may be your best choice. It is easy and quick to get on and off.
  2. Visibility
    Visibility is a huge safety concern when operating forklifts. Stand-up Counterbalance forklifts allow the operator to see when backing up and see without having to strain their neck or completely turn around.
  3. Reduce Aisle Widths
    The Stand-Up Counterbalance lift truck, by its basic design, operates in smaller aisles widths than a similar capacity 3- wheel sit-down truck, thus improving storage utilization within the facility.

Why Choose the Jungheinrich ETG 214-318?

Check out how the Jungheinrich ETG 214-318 stacked up against the competition:

  • 40% Less Energy Consumption
  • Lifting speeds on average are 35% faster
  • Lowering speeds are up to 28.2% faster
  • Acceleration is up to 12.7% faster
  • Top Speed is up to 22.4% faster
  • Ramp performance is 19.4% faster
  • Up to 20.6% more productive!

See the features below meant to make the operator more comfortable and the equipement easier to use, which will result in higher productivity and efficiency.

  • AC electric power steering
  • Easily adjustable suspended floorboard
  • Electric controlled adjustable armrest / backrest
  • 4” HD full-color display
  • Operator presence system
  • 1,000 hours service intervals
  • Easy access to internal components
  • curveCONTROL

We are confident that when you take the demo, you’ll love it.
Schedule yours today!

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Jungheinrich EFG 2: Best 3-Wheeler on the Market

With plenty of 3-wheel, space compacted designed forklifts out on the market today,  there is no other 3-wheeler like the Jungheinrich EFG 2 series.  When it comes to cost savings and overall efficiency, Junghienrich perfected the bar with their EFG 2 series of electric 3-wheel pneumatic forklifts.


Reasons To Buy a Jungheinrich EFG 2:

DOUBLED SERVICE INTERVALS

The industry standard on performing planned maintenance (PM) intervals is close to every 500 hours.  The EFG 2 series, due to the efficient design from Jungheinrich, has a doubled interval to every 1,000 hours.  That means you will have 50% less downtime, thus saving you on maintenance costs and increased productivity.

EASY SERVICEABILITY

Another great benefit to the EFG 2 is how finely designed it is for service.  While you may have longer service intervals compared to other competitors, but when you do, the component’s are all in easy to access spots.  Jungheinrich designed the forklift with service in mind to help reduce downtime and costs over time.

2 SHIFTS ON 1 CHARGE

Jungheinrich has a focus on energy efficiency with all of their lift trucks and with many products they hold a guaranteed they will run 2 shifts on a 1 battery charge.

The EFG 2 forklift is one of the many products that offer this incredible energy efficiency.  Spend less time changing and recharging batteries during a shift and more time on moving your products.

  • Changing a battery can take up to 30 minutes on average which valuable time wasted during a shift.
  • In addition, you will need fewer batteries to run your fleet which can save space in your warehouse for product storage.

PREMIUM OPERATOR ERGONOMICS AND COMFORT FEATURES:

The EFG 2 series comes standard with some of the top ergonomic features to help your operators with long shifts.  Some of the top features include:

  • Low-Effort electric power steering.
  • No hydraulic components in the leg area to reduce noise and provide more leg room.
  • Ability to tilt and telescope steering column to match operator needs.
  • Essential controls all located on the adjustable armrest, allowing for intuitive control.
  • Solid pneumatic tires and full-suspension seat allowing for the more comfortable ride.

Want to learn more about the Jungheinrich EFG 2 series of electric forklifts?  Contact us at 330-633-6000 for more information!

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Jungheinrich ETR: Pantographic Reach Trucks

The Jungheinrich ETR: Pantographic Reach Truck is a leading industry stand-up end control reach truck, built for longer run times and excellent stability for exceptional operator confidence.  The ETR series combines Jungheinrich’s technological advances and design to guarantee these reach trucks are energy efficient, dynamic in accuracy and control for outstanding productivity for your business.


AC Technology: No competition:

It’s no secret… Jungheinrich has set the industry standard with their advances in 3-phase AC technology.  They have continued to improve and perfect this technology over the past 20 years.  This advance in technology  has been integrated into each one of the new reach trucks, delivering:

  • Lower energy consumption.
  • Longer run times (2 Shifts 1 Charge).
  • Powerful acceleration.
  • Lift speeds up to 160 feet per minute.
  • Excellent energy management.
  • A quick change in direction of travel without delay.

Speed, Precision, and Handling: Results in Performance:

Moving more pallets quickly is what every operator and business owner wants right?  With the technological advances in the ETR reach trucks, precisely handle pallets with confident stability – even at high lifting heights.  The intuitive control handle and security features provide operators with greater productivity through their shifts.  Top benefits with the ETR include:

  • Intuitive operator controls.
  • Added security like:
    • Automatic speed reduction or curveCONTROL.
    • Steer with control.
    • Automatic parking brake.
    • Three programmable performance levels.
    • Customized for max performance in your business.

Reaching New Heights:

The ETR reach truck delivers industry-leading performance with its unmatched high lift height stability.  Keep your operator feeling confident, while reducing the risk of costly product damages.  Some of the top benefits include:

  • Jungheinrich ETR pantograpic reach truck visibilityJungheinrich ETR pantograpic reach truck Superior stability with:
    • Baselegs welded to chassis.
    • Dual-articulating load wheels.
    • The advanced mast for increase load stability.
  • Informative display monitor.
  • Operator compartment comfort includes:
    • Soft rubber back, arm, and knee cushions.
    • Ergo-cushioned floor.
    • Low entry step.
  • Enhanced visibility through the compartment.

Jungheinrich ETR pantographic reach trucks are leading the industry in performance and efficiency that your business demands.  For more information about these innovative forklifts, contact us to speak to our Jungheinrich specialists.

 

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New Lithium-Ion Battery Option for Jungheinrich EJE120

We are excited to introduce the new lithium-ion (110 Ah) 24-volt battery for the Jungheinrich EJE 120 walkie pallet truck!Jungheinrich EJE 120 Walkie Pallet Truck

Using the latest lithium-ion technology, Jungheinrich’s battery option is maintenance-free and has an impressive life expectancy of up to 3,000 discharge cycles. With an average service life for a lead-acid battery ranging from 900 to 1,200 cycles, that’s more than double the number of discharge cycles. This newly designed lithium-ion battery provides a high-efficiency charging level that allows it to quickly reach 50% charge after 85 minutes with its onboard charger, passing over 20% in energy savings.

What unique benefits does this lithium-ion battery offer for the Jungheinrich electric pallet truck?

  • Unrestricted Usage & Fast Charging Capacity
    The Jungheinrich lithium-ion battery emits no gas or acid, allowing it to be used in sensitive applications like food storage.
  • Longer Run Time & High-Level Efficient Energy Usage 
  • Lithium-Ion BatteryUsable in multi-shift operations, the increased efficiency in comparison to a conventional lead-acid battery will reduce energy costs significantly.
  • High-Frequency Charger for Optimized Charging
    Extremely short charging times gives a high level of vehicle availability and flexibility for the day-to-day warehouse usage needs. This battery reaches 50% after only 85 minutes of charging, 3.5 hours for a full charge, and can be interrupted at any time with no adverse effects.
  • Maintenance-Free Battery
    The enclosed design (IP54 rating) protects the battery from dirt, dust, and splashed water, eliminating the cost of battery upkeep, maintenance, and infrastructure.
  • Integrated Battery Management System (BMS)
    Jungheinrich’s BMS continually monitors energy management on the vehicle’s display (SOC), including the battery power recovery, to ensure safe consistent operation.

Interested in learning more about this Jungheinrich EJE 120 walkie pallet truck lithium-ion battery option? Contact a Fallsway forklift expert at 330-633-6000.

Edited: 4/10/19

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