At the beginning of the year, the IFOY organisation announced the nominations for this year’s IFOY Award.
From all entrants, the jury selected 13 products and solutions from BYD, Jungheinrich, Liebherr, J. D. Neuhaus, Still, Gebr. Schulte, Wegard and Witron to compete for the world’s best logistics products and solutions of the year.
In February, the finalists will compete in the second round at the international IFOY Test Days on the premises of IFOY partner CeMAT. The IFOY test measures the hard facts. The scientific IFOY Innovation Check, which is prepared by specialists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) in Dortmund, the Chair of Technical Logistics at the University of Dresden and the Chair for Machine Elements and Technical Logistics at Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg, focuses on the innovation value.
“What is special about the IFOY test series is that the finalists are not compared with each other, yet with their competitors’ devices on the market. Only those who surpass their direct competitors in terms of innovation are among the best in the world”, explained Anita Würmser, chairperson of the IFOY jury. In addition, jurors from all over the world travel to Hanover to test the nominated devices themselves. Among other things, the IFOY Award assesses innovative quality, technology, design, ergonomics, handling, safety, cost effectiveness and sustainability.
The winners will be chosen by a jury made up of 26 renowned trade journalists from leading logistics media in 18 countries around the globe. The trophies will be awarded on the opening night of the world’s leading intralogistics trade fair CeMAT in Hanover.
Nominated in the category “Counter Balanced Truck”: BYD, Still
Nominated in the “Warehouse Truck” category: Jungheinrich, Still, Wegard
A further nomination goes to the Still OPX-L 16 horizontal order picker introduced in December. The flagship of the new and versatile OPX order picker series has a rated load capacity of 2.5 tons and sets a new benchmark in terms of ergonomics. The comfortable all-rounder is designed for maximum performance in the tightest working environments and over long distances.
The fourth nomination in the Warehouse Truck category goes to the modular tugger train of the Hamburg-based start-up Wegard. “Wegard Trail” tugger train trolleys are the world first to utilise an autonomous electronic steering. It can thus be combined from different trolley types to meet specific requirements and does not require a special tractor. For the first time, driving maneouvres such as sideways parking, precise positioning and reverse driving are also possible.
J. D. Neuhaus and Liebherr nominated for “Crane and Lifting Appliance”
The jury presents two nominations at the premiere of the Crane and Lifting Appliance category.
With the 500-mini air hoist, J. D. Neuhaus has won a nomination for its world premiere.
The second nomination goes to Liebherr’s MK 140 electric mobile construction crane.
“Special of the Year” finalists: Jungheinrich, Gebr. Schulte, Still
The Jury has announced three nominations in this year’s Special of the Year category.
Jungheinrich claims its fourth nomination for the cross-technology battery charging system SLH 300.
Still entered the IFOY finals with the EASY Drive steering wheel developed for the OPX horizontal order picker.
“Integrated Warehouse Solution” nominated by Jungheinrich and Witron
In the supreme discipline of Integrated Warehouse Solution, two suppliers were nominated.
As the general contractor for technical solutions, Jungheinrich completed the expansion of the Keller & Kalmbach central warehouse by the end of 2016.
The second nomination goes to Witron Logistik + Informatik GmbH for the Migros Distribution Center Suhr AG in Switzerland.