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2018-10-30: New H25D (1220) forklift truck for Mondi, Merebank Mill

Left to right: Kenneth Govender -Technician P & U - Mondi, Leverne Knox – Area Sales Manager – Linde Kwazulu Natal, Kevin Chetty – Product Support – Linde Kwazulu Natal, Mondli Mkhulisi - Operator - Mondi, Thuso Dahile - Operator - Mondi, Neeraj Sharma - Section Engineer: Power & Utilities – Mondi

Mondi, Merebank Mill took delivery of their new H25D (1220) forklift truck. The truck will form part of their existing fleet operating at the Mill based in Durban. This machine will be working in their power and utilities application.

New Linde headquarters for employees and customers

Linde MH opens new corporate headquarters at Carl-von-Linde Platz in Aschaffenburg

Linde Material Handling has moved into its completely modernised headquarters at Carl-von-Linde-Platz in Aschaffenburg where it has created an entirely new work environment for its employees.

Linde Material Handling has moved into its completely modernised headquarters at Carl-von-Linde Platz in Aschaffenburg where it has created an entirely new work environment for its employees.

Equipped with ample multi-space areas, the new premises provide the infrastructure for the Linde MH corporate functions to ensure the company’s successful transformation from industrial truck manufacturer towards an intralogistics solutions provider with maximum possible customer focus.

Andreas Krinninger, Chairman of the Board of Management, Linde Material Handling, sees an analogy between the company with its long-standing tradition and the building which features a listed façade and foyer from the 1950s: “Together these two form the foundation, but the superstructure today is faced with tasks beyond those of 60 years ago.”

Combination of different office styles
To create the new headquarters, the existing building with approximately 7,200 square metres of floor space was completely gutted over a period of 17 months and redesigned in accordance with state-of-the-art workspace concepts. The basic principle is a multi-space office solution, which has been individually tailored to the architectural conditions. In concrete terms this means that the four floors are divided into several open-plan areas, depending on the communication requirements of the functions accommodated there. Located in close proximity to quiet workplaces are a total of 15 acoustically insulated communication zones with poseur tables or seats. Here, employees can convene as needed to discuss issues and ideas, or hold brief project status meetings. Those wanting to make a phone call or work undisturbed for a certain amount of time, can do so in one of the 17 “think tanks” – glass-walled private offices. Thanks to the provision of laptops, wireless LAN and mobile telephone headsets, employees can move about freely and work at any of the 255 available desks, including those of the members of the executive board, according to Andreas Krinninger.

Altogether there are seven rooms of different sizes available for meetings; three of them on the ground floor can be combined to form a conference room accommodating around 100 people. This will make it possible to invite customers and business partners to headquarter events more frequently in the future.

The project team turned to building consultant “aconsea”, a spin-off company of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO in Stuttgart, for support in developing the “Linde workspace concept”. “Today there is widespread acknowledgement of the fact that a mix of different functional areas is crucial in order to meet the professional requirements of our modern information society,” says Prof. Wilhelm Bauer, the IAO’s managing director and a renowned expert.

Focus on Material Handling
Prior to undergoing its extensive modernisation, the building was sold. “We want to focus our resources on investing in our product and solution offerings, as well as the increased productivity of our processes and our plants, and the further development of our employees. This creates added value for our customers,” explains Krinninger. The modernisation was carried out in close co-ordination with the new owner, the Aschaffenburg-based real estate company “Realconcept”, the architects’ office “BGF + architects” from Wiesbaden and the monument protection authority. “With the new owner, we have found a regional partner with a long-term perspective who has implemented all our requirements and wishes in a commendable way,” says Krinninger, full of praise for the fruitful cooperation with the real estate company. The architects successfully solved the particular challenges associated with monument protection and accordingly made the creation of a state-of-the-art office environment a reality.

Tradition and listed status with all the modern conveniences: The newly designed foyer of Linde Material Handling’s headquarters.
17 months of renovations have resulted in the new headquarters providing 7,200 square meters of floor space. The old building was completely gutted and redesigned in accordance with state-of-the-art workspace concepts.
Light and airy: The cafeteria in the new headquarters of Linde Material Handling at Carl-von-Linde-Platz in Aschaffenburg.

Linde forklifts with their own Li-Ion solution

Linde electric counterbalanced trucks in the load range from 1.4 to 1.8 tonnes with lithium-ion battery

They made their debut at this year’s “World of Material Handling (WoMH)” customer event, and now the first counterbalanced trucks with lithium-ion battery from Linde Material Handling have been launched on the market. Their great benefit is that they make fleet operators much more independent with regard to power supply – especially in multi-shift operation. This is thanks to the higher energy density and efficiency of the incorporated battery cells, as well as the fact that interim charging is possible any time – factors which result in significantly longer uptime. Moreover, the multi-stage safety concept installed by Linde ensures that the operator and warehouse environment are all safe when using lithium-ion forklift trucks.

For each of the five truck models in the load range from 1.4 to 1.8 tonnes, there are two battery capacity choices, one with smaller and one with larger capacity. If interim charging is easily possible during operations, the smaller battery usually suffices, according to Daniel Butte, Head of Product Management Forklift Trucks at Linde. In the case of the Linde E14 and E16 C (compact), it has a capacity of 13.1 kWh, while the battery for the larger three-wheel models, Linde E16 and E18, and the four-wheel model, E16 P, comes with a greater capacity of 16.3 kWh. However, it is advisable to use the more powerful batteries with a capacity of 39.2 kWh and 45.7 kWh respectively if the operating conditions demand above-average performance from the trucks or if there is a need for vehicle availability over two shifts. Two charging devices of different capacities are also on offer, which form a closed system together with the batteries. “The power of the charger and the battery size determine how fast a battery is charged,” explains Butte. “It takes about 50 minutes to charge a completely flat small-capacity battery with the large charger. Charging a maximum capacity battery with the small charger can take more than six hours.”

Counterbalanced trucks with lithium-ion battery from Linde Material Handling go on sale now. Available in the load range between 1.4 and 1.8 tonnes, the trucks offer the benefit that they make fleet operators much more independent with regard to power supply – especially in multi-shift operation.

System matched to forklift operation

However, horses for courses as the saying goes. All forklifts are not all the same and starting immediately, this also goes for the battery technology used. Customers who buy a Linde E14 to E18 ION, will receive a CE-certified complete system consisting of the truck and the battery, which is exactly matched to the application requirements, and together with the charger supplied by Linde, the advantages of the new battery technology can be fully exploited. 2,500 full charging cycles with a subsequent remaining capacity of the battery of at least 80 percent are guaranteed. Another characteristic is the simple battery charging via a flap at the rear of the truck. The extensive safety features and measures are a further exemplary attribute, emphasizes Butte. These start at the cell, module and battery levels and prevent damage caused by excess pressure, overheating as well as overcharging or deep discharging. Additional protection is provided by the installed shock sensor that monitors impact on the battery and prevents misuse, and by a patented system that converts regenerative braking energy into heat instead of feeding it back into the battery when there is a risk of overcharging.

The battery management system takes over the function of a control centre and thus has an important role in the trucks’ high safety level. It monitors all battery-relevant parameters, informs the operator about possible, battery-damaging behaviour and ensures that the vehicle is placed in a controlled state in the event of a technical defect. A battery compartment of 25 mm thick steel protects the battery cells against damage from the outside. Numerous trials have been carried out to verify that the system is efficiently protected against external influences.

Customers who buy a Linde E14 to E18 ION, will receive a CE-certified complete system consisting of the truck and the battery, which is exactly matched to the application requirements, and together with the charger supplied by Linde, the advantages of the new battery technology can be fully exploited.

Extensive tests confirm robustness and safety

As usual, the trucks were also put through their paces in a roundabout-test – and there was a debut: “For the first time ever, we tested the functionality and stability of the complete system – electric truck including battery,” says Butte. The test result was extremely satisfactory: “With lithium-ion electric trucks it’s no longer necessary to use external power supply to carry out this test. Unlike with trucks fitted with lead-acid batteries, where this is not possible to date, since the constant vibrations would damage the battery,” says Butte. Furthermore, the truck with li-ion battery mastered the crash test, in which a fully loaded 8-tonne forklift driving at top speed crashed into the side of a 3-tonne electric forklift. The fork did not penetrate the rugged Linde lithium-ion battery compartment.

Following the successful trials on Linde’s own test ground, the trucks were sent off to field tests at customers in a wide range of industries. “All the customers enthused over the benefits of the new battery technology and were completely satisfied,” Butte sums up the initial feedback from the market. “Consistent performance during operations, time gained through interim charging, the elimination of a replacement battery, and obsolete battery maintenance were among the most frequently cited advantages.”

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Pail Pac chooses the Linde E18 Electric Trucks

Pictured from Left to right : Colin Chetty / Warehouse Manager, Pail Pac; Pat Pillay / Product Support, Linde Material Handling, Durban and Devin Geyser / Area Sales Manager, Linde Material Handling, Durban

Pail Pac recently took delivery of 2 x E18 Linde Electric trucks for their Warehouse in Durban. Linde are excited about the opportunity of forging a rewarding relationship between the respective companies and are looking forward to strengthening this partnership by not only proving that the choice that they made was a quality choice but also that they will experience great service and collaboration.

Vector Logistics adds to Linde Fleet

From left to right : Linde Material Handling Area Sales Manager – Marnitz Moolman; Reach Truck Operator/Vector Logistics – Francis Ntshangase; Vector Logistics, Logistics Manager – Nishal Ramavather

Vector Logistics in Hammarsdale recently included an Electric Counterbalance truck, as well as 2 x Reach Trucks to their existing fleet. This long standing customer has various Linde trucks across various locations situated all over the country. The quality of the Linde trucks, along with the excellent service provided to them goes a long way in cementing the positive business relationship that exists between them and our Durban Branch.

From left to right : Forklift Operator/Vector Logistics – Nkosinathi Nene; Shift Controller/Vector Logistics – Avin Baliraj; Linde Material Handling Area Sales Manager – Marnitz Moolman

Monier Roofing Chooses Linde

Monier Roofing Kwa-Zulu Natal an existing customer of Linde in Gauteng has recently taken delivery of a new 5ton Linde for their Coverland operation in Durban. The Linde trucks are robust and suited to the brickyard application and it therefore stood to reason that they would select a product that can operate in these tough conditions. Linde Durban were extremely pleased to have the opportunity of also becoming a part of the longstanding Linde/Monier partnership.

Seen from Left to Right : Pat Pillay / Product Support, Linde Material Handling; Devin Geyser / Area Sales Manager, Linde Material Handling; Graham Whitelock / Plant Manager, Monier Roofing

GoReefer's Go with Linde

Our Durban Branch recently had the privilege of delivering 10 trucks to GoReefers in Durban. The trucks were made up of Reach Trucks and Electric Trucks for their Citrus Cold Store.

GoReefers found that the unmatched build quality and the highest productivity levels in the market could certainly not be ignored and it was therefore easy for them to choose Linde. The team at Linde , together with GoReefers are looking forward to a long and rewarding business partnership in the future.

Pictured are (from left to right) Chappy Moodley / Branch Manager, Linde Material Handling, KwaZulu Natal; Chisto Nel / Admin Manager, Go Reefers; Shane Moodley / Facilities Manager, Go Reefers and Ross Ferugson / Area Sales Manager, Linde Material Handling, Kwa Zulu Natal

Forklift checks via app

New functions for connect: fleet management system from Linde

According to the guidelines of the German Statutory Accident Insurance scheme (DGUV), every industrial truck must be checked for proper operation prior to use. Available immediately, the “pre-op check” app from Linde Material Handling allows this mandatory inspection of the vehicle to be carried out very conveniently using mobile devices such as smartphones or tablet computers.

Instead of using a paper form, the logistics staff can answer the questions regarding the vehicle status on the touch screen. Only if the test is successfully completed can the forklift or warehouse truck be put into operation. The driver can immediately document any damage or leaks by taking a photo. This new function of the connect: fleet management solution contributes to the improved availability and safety of vehicles, since it ensures that this pre-operation check is carried out carefully and damage can be identified in good time. Wireless transmission of the data set as well as its documentation and further processing with the connect: software is also possible.

With the “pre-op check” app from Linde, the obligatory inspection of an industrial truck before operation can be carried out using Android based mobile devices such as smartphones or tablet computers. Only when the driver has answered all the questions can the forklift or warehouse truck be started.

Currently, every fourth new vehicle supplied by Linde is delivered with the connect: fleet management solution. In addition, a growing number of customers are choosing to retrofit their fleets. After all, the modular connect: solution offers a range of benefits, no matter whether fleets are large or very small. It simplifies the management of vehicle and driver data, ensures greater operational safety and lower damage rates, identifies potential for optimization and enables needs-based maintenance.

Mobile app creates safety
The connect: app using Android based mobile devices solves a challenge that those in charge of fleets are faced with day after day: namely, to ensure that the vehicle status is checked prior to use. Using the app, the vehicle is activated only if the employee has not detected any defects during the inspection of the truck and has answered all the relevant questions. Then the forklift truck can be started. The yes or no questions the drivers have to answer concern, for example, the tyre pressure and tyre tread, operating fluids, the battery status and evidence of external damage. To take account of the individual circumstances of the fleet and its operational use, the fleet manager can formulate these questions freely and change them at any moment.

In addition, it is possible to set up a reporting function. When the driver has completed his check, the app will then automatically send a report to the fleet manager and – if requested – to a Linde service technician. Should the driver detect visible external damage to the forklift or warehouse truck, he can also be asked to take a photo of it using his smartphone or tablet camera so that it can then be sent along with the report. In case of serious damage, the truck can be restarted only when a repair has been confirmed and the vehicle has been released for use by the fleet manager. To eliminate any language barriers along the way, there is a choice of various user languages for both the queries and the reports.

Data transmission as requested by the customer
In addition to Bluetooth, Linde Material Handling now also offers WLAN as a transmission standard for the data transfer between vehicle and the connect: database. So the customer has the option to disconnect the data communication between different systems in his production or warehouse environments, thus avoiding interference. Here Linde applies a high security standard and safeguards data transmission using common encryption algorithms. Moreover, any authorized user can activate a regular, automatic data backup.

The modular fleet management system connect: from Linde offers numerous function groups for access control, data management, reporting, damage monitoring and detailed usage analysis. A new feature is the “pre-op check” app which allows vehicle checks prior to operation to be carried out using Android based mobile devices. Subsequently the data can be further processed.

The connect: fleet management system from Linde
Linde’s connect: fleet management is a solution in which all features are included in the purchase price. Due to its modular structure, the individual function packages and modules can be purchased all together or one after the other. Retrofits are possible at any time.

The connect: product family includes four major function groups that are subdivided into modules. It is based on connect: access control which includes access control via RFID chip or PIN, the management and organization of driver and vehicle data as well as the reporting function. The connect: data function group encompasses the documentation of operating hours, detection of shocks and error code transmission. Businesses wishing to obtain a detailed usage analysis for their fleet can use the connect: analysis function group. Individual, automated reporting enables the operator to evaluate and optimize the operating, non-operating and maintenance times for each individual vehicle.

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The revolutionary roadster

Linde Material Handling maximises field of view and safety with Linde E20R-E35R forklift trucks

Linde E20 to E35 electric trucks with a load capacity of 2.0 to 3.5 tonnes are among the best-selling electric forklifts in Europe. Overhead tilt cylinders are one specific feature of these trucks. Manufacturer Linde Material Handling is now using this technical advantage in a new, revolutionary truck concept. Designed without the A pillar and available with an optional overhead safety glass guard, the new Linde Roadster with models Linde E20R to E35R offers the driver a unique view of the driving path and surroundings, thus providing additional safety benefits.

A better view means increased safety during forklift operation. Thanks to the removal of the A-pillar in the new Linde Roadster, the driver can see areas which would otherwise remain hidden behind steel profiles.

Motorists would have a much better view of the traffic and their vicinity, were it not for the lateral cross beams of the A-pillar. This used to be quite similar in the world of industrial trucks, but Linde is now changing all this with its new Roadster solution. To this end, the manufacturer is making creative use of a unique design feature of its vehicles. Overhead tilt cylinders absorb the forces acting on the mast during operation and direct them backwards via the overhead guard frame. This eliminates the need for an A-pillar. A curved steel tube behind the steering column and dashboard serves as boarding aid and allows the attachment of optional equipment such as terminal, display for the Linde Safety Pilot assistance system, clipboard or mobile phone.

Designed without the A pillar the new Linde Roadster with models Linde E20R to E35R offers the driver a unique view, thus providing additional safety benefits.

Optimal field of view increases passive safety
Since an unobstructed view for the driver is an essential factor for passive safety in forklifts, the new Linde Roadster trucks basically offer advantages for all conceivable applications, but especially where an optimum field of view is particularly important. This applies, for example, to applications in logistics and industrial facilities with heavy passenger traffic. Due to the removal of the A-pillar, the field of view is significantly increased so that people or objects in the driving path, both close by and further away, can be spotted early on and the driver can react accordingly.

Indoor use preferred
To fully exploit the advantages of the concept, the new vehicles are suited in particular for indoor use, since cabins, doors or heating are not required here. Many comfort features requiring a holding device, such as the Linde Safety Pilot display, mobile phone or clipboard are available to the driver nevertheless at other positions. In addition, Linde also offers additional equipment options. These include, for example, a frameless windshield, which is also made of safety glass, and a frameless rear window.

Series model as a basis
The Linde Roadster is now available for all Linde E20 to E35 series forklift trucks. The basic technical and performance characteristics are fully compliant with the basic models. For instance, the Roadster also offers important features such as dual pedal control, Linde Load Control or the compact axle with dual-motor front wheel drive. The revolutionary roadster models were presented for the first time as part of the World of Material Handling 2016 in Offenbach in May this year.

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The future of intralogistics: Event "World of Material Handling" demonstrates a wealth of ideas and solutions

Under the title ‘Linked Perspectives’, the World of Material Handling event in May provides answers to the biggest questions which intralogistics will face in the future: automation, networking, individualisation and energy systems. Spanning over a space measuring 12,000 square metres, the event features exhibition areas, expert forums, product demonstrations and experience zones.

Press releases:

"Linde rises to new heights"

Article / Cover Story
Forklift SA Magazine, Issue May 2016

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Linde Material Handling optimises platform pallet trucks T 20/T 25 SP

New features for a successful model

Since the launch of model series T 20/T 25 SP in 2004, Linde Material Handling has sold over 33,000 such pallet trucks worldwide. This makes the manufacturer the clear market leader in the platform pallet truck segment in Europe and sets a benchmark in the field of intralogistics. Linde will be presenting a number of new, customer-oriented optional features for these successful models at its World of Material Handling (WoMH) 2016 customer event.

The new equipment options enhance driver comfort, efficiency and reliability for Linde T 20/T 25 SP platform trucks even more. The main innovation is the completely decoupled and damped stand-on platform. This has led to about 30 percent reduction in jolts and vibrations – both mechanical and human.

Around the world, these platform pallet trucks with two or two-and-a-half tonne load capacity facilitate the loading and unloading of HGVs as well as pallet transfer and order picking. Linde’s unique driving concept is key to the resounding market success: The main load of the transported goods rests on the drive wheel so that braking and acceleration forces are accurately transmitted. In addition, a hydraulic damping system with tilt sensors for the lateral support wheels ensures maximum stability and driver comfort in all situations. Whether cornering, on uneven surfaces or on slopes – the operator has full control of the vehicle and the load at all times.

Perfectly damped stand-on platform
The new equipment options enhance driver comfort, efficiency and reliability for Linde T 20/T 25 SP platform trucks even more. The main innovation is the completely decoupled and damped stand-on platform. Platform and steering system form a compact unit, which is decoupled from the chassis. This has led to about 30 percent reduction in jolts and vibrations – both mechanical and human.

Unity of man and machine
With this innovation, Linde takes another step towards the ergonomic unity of man and machine. This is because platform pallet trucks Linde T 20/T 25 SP feature proven e-Driver technology. This allows the driver to comfortably rest his back by leaning, while standing at a 45 degree angle to the direction of travel and steer the vehicle with one hand, with which he can also control all drive and lift functions. The 45-degree position provides optimum visibility of the route and load in an ergonomic body posture. In this way the driver can concentrate for a long time without getting tired and he is positioned in such a way that his health is not compromised.

LED work lights increase safety
To facilitate working in poorly lit environments, Linde has added LED work lights to its range of optional features. These lights help to make processes safer and more efficient, for example when loading and unloading truck trailers with dark interiors. The light is positioned within the vehicle contour, protected against damage, and can be switched on and off with a single move of the hand.

Driving speed of 12 km/h
In addition to process safety and driver comfort, customers particularly appreciate the high uptime and power of the platform pallet trucks. Both are assured by the truck’s 3 kW AC traction motor. Its high torque ensures powerful start up. After less than five meters, the vehicle reaches its maximum speed of 12 km/h. The trucks and their new optional features will make their debut at Linde’s WoMH in Offenbach, Germany which will take place from 9-25 May. Visitors to this customer event will be offered the opportunity to test-drive the vehicles themselves.

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Linde brand highly regarded among customers

Customers order over 100,000 industrial trucks from Linde Material Handling for the first time in 2015

The 2015 fiscal year resulted in a very special record figure for Europe’s foremost industrial truck manufacturer, Linde Material Handling: For the first time in corporate history, customers ordered more than 100,000 forklift and warehouse trucks within one year. Shortly before year-end, it was the world’s leading manufacturer of wood-based panels and wood materials, Kronospan, who broke through the six-digit barrier with an order for three electric Linde E80/900 forklifts.

“We are very proud of this extraordinary sales result,” expounded a delighted Massimiliano Sammartano, Vice President of Sales & Service Marketing & Operations at Linde, a couple of days after the publication of the KION Annual Report 2015. “We see this record as appreciation by our customers for our ongoing commitment to offer them the best possible support with their materials handling tasks by providing just the right products, services and software solutions.”

Currently, diesel trucks are used exclusively at Kronospan’s factory in Burgos, northern Spain, but very soon three of them will be replaced by electric trucks having eight tonnes load capacity. One of the three is the 100,000th Linde forklift ordered last year. This is much to the delight of (left to right): Carlos Navarro, Sales Manager Kronospan, Roberto Martínez, Head of Logistics Kronospan and Francisco Lausín, Subdelegate of Linde Spain in the Area.

The three new heavy electric forklift trucks in Kronospan’s fleet are destined for the company’s locations Burgos and Salas de los Infantes in northern Spain. There the Austrian company, a family-owned business with 14,000 employees worldwide and about 40 locations around the globe, operates a production line for melamine-faced panels. A total of 15 industrial trucks with load capacities of between 2.5 and 12 tonnes are used to transport wood fibre packages up to six metres long and 2.5 metres wide in-between the production area, drying chamber, rack warehouse and shipping area with truck loading bay.

“We chose electric forklifts for the first time because they are clean and quiet in operation, whilst offering almost the same performance capacity as diesel trucks,” says Carlos Navarro, Sales Manager at Kronospan. The trucks’ product features convinced Kronospan to choose Linde. “We trust in the safety, reliability, efficiency and productivity offered by the Linde brand and we certainly appreciate the company’s high standard of service.”

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Saving fuel hand in hand with high performance

Diesel and LPG forklifts Linde H50-H80 complete EVO series

With twelve new diesel and LPG trucks in the 5 to 8-tonne load capacity range, Linde Material Handling has raised the remaining vehicles of its 39X series to the advanced EVO standard. The customers, who mainly come from the beverage, construction materials and paper industry as well as from the foundry sector, can now benefit from up to 20 percent fuel savings compared to the previous version. In addition, numerous new technical features make the compact, yet powerful trucks Linde H50 to H80/1100 EVO even more efficient and safer to use. Moreover, the forklifts are cleaner than ever thanks to extensive exhaust aftertreatment.

State-of-the-art engine technology and the change to electronic drivetrain control ensure a high level of fuel efficiency. Along with the large ratio range of the variable displacement pump and motors of the hydrostatic Linde drive, optimised engine characteristics and high performance can be achieved at low speeds. Further saving potential arises from a choice between three different drive modes – Economy, Efficiency and Performance. These can be preselected so that vehicle performance matches individual customer requirements. Even more finely tuned hydrostatics and configurable driving dynamics manifest themselves to the operators by bringing about up to 20 percent reduction in fuel consumption. And this pays off: Based on 5,000 operating hours in accordance with the VDI cycle and an assumed price of one euro per litre of diesel fuel, savings add up to 4,500 euros.

Twelve new diesel and LPG trucks in the 5 to 8-tonne load capacity range from Linde Material Handling offer fuel savings up to 20 percent compared to the previous version. In addition, numerous new technical features make the compact, yet powerful trucks even more efficient and safer to use. Moreover, the forklifts are cleaner than ever thanks to extensive exhaust after treatment.

Transport of wide and swaying loads
Linde has retained a particularly proven design feature, which at the moment is only being used in this series: the torsion support and the associated torsion rack. The latter is attached above the overhead guard on the mast in addition to the overhead tilt cylinders and is fed between the torsion supports on rollers. Thanks to the firm connection between the mast and overhead guard, the torsional forces acting on the mast are reduced by up to 30 percent. Stability increases – especially when lifting wide or swaying loads, or goods with a high load centre, thus allowing faster handling. At the same time, the torsion rack takes over the function of an overhead guard, moving along when the driver tilts the mast forwards or backwards. This special design forms the basis for high residual capacities and therefore additional safety, e.g. when it comes to moving heavy paper rolls, laminated timber or block clamps. All the 8-tonne vehicles retain their full rated load capacity up to a height of 6.5 metres.

Further safety and comfort measures
The diesel and LPG forklifts of type Linde H50-H80/1100 EVO are equipped with the Linde Engine Protection System (LEPS) and the Linde Curve Assist as standard. Both features ensure greater operational safety, whilst increasing the availability and economic efficiency of the trucks at the same time. The LEPS monitors important engine parameters such as the oil level, oil pressure, cooling water level and temperature and it indicates any necessary maintenance to the driver on the display. Designed as a multi-stage warning and protection system, it will even revert to creeping mode, if necessary. The Linde Curve Assist reduces driving speed during cornering proportionally to the steering angle, thus ensuring operational safety. Linde is the only manufacturer worldwide to provide this function as standard, without any additional cost.

The driver’s workstation is designed to provide a relaxed seating position. Decoupled from the drive and steering axle via rubber-metal bearings, it absorbs a high level of vibrations and shocks and protects the driver from hazardous whole-body vibration. Thus the decoupled workstation makes a valuable contribution to the observance of human vibration limits according to EU Directive 2002/44/EC. This requires operators to measure and assess actual vibrations and to take appropriate action if limits are exceeded.

With twelve new diesel and LPG trucks in the 5 to 8-tonne load capacity range, Linde Material Handling has raised the remaining vehicles of its 39X series to the advanced EVO standard. The customers now benefit from fuel savings, higher efficiency and safety as well as increased cleanliness.

Clean AdBlue® technology
Just as in its new heavy diesel forklift trucks HT100Ds to HT180Ds, Linde employs the latest emission reduction technologies for its new H50-H80 EVO series too. The diesel engine from Deutz has in-engine features such as exhaust gas recirculation and additional aftertreatment with AdBlue® technology in order to reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx). This means it meets EU Emission Directive 2004/26/EC Level 4 in the performance range from 56 to 130 kW, which requires an 88-percent reduction in the allowable nitrogen emissions. However, not only does Linde meet these stringent limits, it goes above and beyond. The turbocharged 85-kW common-rail diesel engine with particulate filter and SCR catalyst using AdBlue® additive ensures that carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, hydrocarbon and particle emissions even remain on average 64 percent below the specified EU limits.

In exhaust aftertreatment, the emissions go through a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) after having passed the diesel particulate filter. The AdBlue® solution leads to a redox reaction of nitrogen and ammonia, in which a large part of the nitrogen is converted to water. Another, especially low-noise clean-up catalyst then removes the smell of ammonia. In commercial vehicles AdBlue® technology has been used for several years. Linde has now transferred this clean technology to its new EVO forklifts Linde H50 to H80. The customer benefits: Fuel savings and environmental protection hand in hand.

Attractive extras
Moreover, Linde offers a variety of optional extras for its diesel and LPG trucks. The whole vehicle can be fitted with LED lighting, for example, thus significantly extending the operating life of the lamps. Steered anti-spray mud flaps which follow the tyre movement and prevent dirt from the ground splashing against the counterweight can also be fitted. Furthermore, the new CS (closed shoulder) superelastic tyre from Continental is available for this series. Developed in cooperation with Continental, these tyres are available ex works exclusively and feature a special tread pattern and a closed shoulder, so that they offer reduced rolling resistance, cause less noise and have a longer operating life. LPG vehicles feature a significantly lower filling device that facilitates the refuelling process.

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Linde MH Supervisory Board extends contract of Chief Operating Officer Sabine Neuß

Sabine Neuß (47), Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Linde Material Handling: The Supervisory Board of Linde Material Handling GmbH has extended her contract by four years.

The Supervisory Board of Linde Material Handling GmbH has extended the contract of Sabine Neuß (47), Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Linde Material Handling, by four years to the end of 2020. She will continue to be responsible for production in Linde Material Handling’s plants in Europe. At the beginning of this year, Neuß took on the additional role of leading the further development of production systems at all KION Group locations.

“Sabine Neuß has done an excellent job over the recent years,” said Thomas Toepfer, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Linde Material Handling GmbH. “Significant process and efficiency improvements have been implemented in the Linde plants under her leadership and the level of quality has been further enhanced. Moreover, the production development program for Linde’s main plant in Aschaffenburg, designed to run until 2020 and comprising a total investment of EUR 60 million, has been developed and launched.”

The most recent success of Sabine Neuß is the on-schedule completion and commissioning of the currently most modern KION production plant in Stříbro, Czech Republic which relies largely on digitally networked systems, thus following the concept of a “Smart Factory”. The plant has a production capacity of 12,000 industrial trucks per year. Around EUR 14 million have gone into equipping the building that has around 24,000 square meters of floor space. Only 13 months passed between the ground-breaking ceremony and the start of production.

“I am delighted with this vote of confidence and I would like to thank the Supervisory Board of Linde Material Handling for the new mandate,” said Neuß. “Together with our highly motivated and qualified staff, we will consistently maintain progress along our path of continuously improving performance for the benefit of our customers.”

Sabine Neuß joined Linde Material Handling GmbH in early 2013, coming from automotive supplier TRW Automotive Safety Systems GmbH, where she held the positions of Managing Director und Director Operations Steering Wheel. Prior to that she was a member of the Management Board of Behr GmbH & Co. KG, in charge of global development of engine cooling systems for passenger cars as Group Vice President. In addition to her management position at Linde Material Handling, Sabine Neuß is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Continental AG.

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Linde Material Handling extends its range of robotic industrial trucks

Additional autonomous models for the warehouse

Linde Material Handling will be launching two new models from its innovative Linde-MATIC robotic truck series in time for the LogiMAT trade fair. The Linde T-MATIC pallet truck and the Linde L-MATIC AC counterbalance pallet stacker will complement the current range on offer. Linde’s goal for the medium term is to offer one robotic version for each of its major product series, in cooperation with French robotic specialist Balyo. Further models are to be presented as early as next May at the manufacturer’s World of Material Handling (WoMH) customer event which lasts for two and a half weeks.

Tomorrow’s intralogistics will be digitally networked and increasingly automated. With the MATIC series, one year ago Linde introduced its first warehouse trucks that are able to navigate autonomously in the warehouse without additional infrastructure. The trucks can react to obstacles in real time, are scalable and flexibly adjustable to new warehouse layouts. Routes and driveways in the mapped area can be learnt quickly and easily. The trucks perform their tasks independently of working hours and provide maximum traffic safety. In combination with wireless LAN modules (so-called COMBOXes), the vehicles’ supervision software ensures the connection with roller shutters, belt conveyors and pallet stretch wrapping machines, receives orders from corporate ERP or Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) and translates them into transport orders.

Linde Material Handling will be launching two new models from its innovative Linde-MATIC robotic truck series in time for the LogiMAT trade fair. The Linde T-MATIC pallet truck and the Linde L-MATIC AC counterbalance pallet stacker will complement the current range of robotic versions.

Linde’s robotic trucks offer logistics managers the possibility to network their internal material flow gradually, step by step: Where operating conditions are simple, the trucks can work on a stand-alone basis, without connection. In this case, transport orders are triggered directly via the truck’s touch screen or are programmed in the truck’s computer. In a next stage, the robotic vehicles communicate via the Supervisor software and interfaces with individual machines and installations, for example a bar code scanner or a presence sensor at the end of a roller conveyor. The robotic pallet stacker will then drive there, pick up the pallet and transport it to the requested destination, for example, the material buffer of a production plant. In stage three, the supervision software of the Linde-MATIC trucks can exchange data with the corporate WMS or the ERP system. The computing unit manages incoming orders, assigns route-optimised transport jobs, receives feedback from the trucks and manages the traffic, thus adding swarm intelligence to the fleet.

Tomorrow’s intralogistics will be digitally networked and increasingly automated. With the MATIC series, one year ago Linde introduced its first warehouse trucks that are able to navigate autonomously in the warehouse without additional infrastructure.

New trucks extend range of Linde Robotics
In spring 2015, Linde presented its first robotic trucks: the Linde L-MATIC pallet stacker and the Linde P-MATIC tractor. The pallet truck Linde T-MATIC following now features long forks for transporting two pallets at a time. To this end, the robotic truck has a lifting capacity of three tonnes. By comparison, the Linde L-MATIC AC counterbalance pallet stacker facilitates the transport of closed load carriers and is predestined for picking up loads at P&D stations that are not accessible from underneath by the load arms (e.g. roller channels). It can accommodate loads of up to 1.2 tonnes. The four currently available robotic models, which are all based on the respective Linde standard trucks, can cover a wide range of tasks in the warehouse.

Users in a wide range of industries
To date, the robotic trucks are mainly used in the transport of pallets and trailers. The distances covered can extend to up to several hundred meters. Usually the goods are moved between warehouse and the manufacturing area in order to ensure production supply and removal. The vehicles are also used to bring goods to an intermediate or bulk storage section after unloading from the lorry, or to consolidate different products prior to loading the lorry. Initial customers for Linde robotics trucks come from the automobile industry and automotive suppliers, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, mechanical engineering, food sectors as well as some of top 3PL (third-party logistics).The number of industrial trucks in a plant or warehouse ranges from just a few to fleets of 20 to 30 vehicles. Automated Robotic trucks are usually in use together with manually-operated industrial trucks, forming mixed fleets, and they interact with each other, for example, in the hand-over of load carriers.

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Modular powerhouse for heavy loads

New heavy truck series from Linde Material Handling with a load capacity of 10 to 18 tonnes

Linde’s new heavy diesel forklift trucks HT100Ds to HT180Ds with hydrodynamic drive are the second series in the load capacity range between 10 and 18 tonnes that Linde Material Handling (Linde) is offering its customers as an alternative to the hydrostatic drive concept. The compact trucks set new standards in their weight class in terms of comfort, safety, operational efficiency and ease of maintenance. Due to the new vehicle geometry, the driver always has a clear view of the load and route, and thus ideal conditions for fast and safe working. In addition, the maintenance interval has increased to 750 operating hours due to the new MTU diesel engine. This means that the Linde trucks are not only significantly better than the market standard, but also meet the growing demand for shortest possible downtimes by port logistics operators and industrial companies.

With the Linde heavy diesel forklifts HT100Ds to HT180Ds, Linde Material Handling is launching on the market a second series having a load capacity range of 10 to 18 tonnes. The trucks with torque converter set new standards in terms of comfort, safety, operational efficiency and ease of maintenance.

The new heavy trucks are suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications and they can handle a wide range of transport tasks where heavy loads need to be moved quickly and safely. So that customers can configure the vehicles according to their specific applications, Linde attached special importance to developing a modular basic concept. The compact powerhouses offer 10, 12, 14, 15, 16 or 18 tonnes of load capacity and are available with engine power of 129, 150 or optionally 170 kW. Moreover, almost all models can be provided with a load centre of gravity of either 600 or 1200 millimetres. Also on offer is a wide range of fork positioners that can be flexibly adjusted to the specific transport task and the type of cargo. For loading and unloading on difficult surfaces, for example, a fork positioner with level adjustment of +/- 5 degrees is available. Furthermore, users can choose between integrated, hook-on and bolt-on forks as well as shaft-guided forks.

Maintenance-friendly design
In addition to their large number of optional features and variants, the heavy trucks have even more to offer: first of all, they are characterised by compact design despite their load capacities. The exhaust aftertreatment system including exhaust pipe, air intake and combined cooler are integrated in the dynamic chassis and give the operator clear view of the route behind during reversing. Moreover, the large rear window, an almost central seating position and the intuitive layout of the control elements all ensure a high level of manoeuvring safety for the driver. When lifting loads, the driver has an unobstructed view through the panoramic toughened glass roof to the forks and the load. The tilting cabin in combination with the level integrated combined cooler secures ease of maintenance. While the cabin can be tilted forwards electro-hydraulically, the combined cooler opens backwards. The advantage of this is that the tilted cabin does not take up space laterally and thus the service technicians can access the components in the engine compartment from both sides. The compact vehicle design is complemented by particularly robust components for the mast, axles, hydraulic system and transmission. The MTU engine with integrated exhaust aftertreatment using AdBlue or Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) meets the current EU emission standards Stage IV and EPA Tier 4 and is quiet, reliable and fuel-efficient in operation. Maintenance is required no sooner than after 750 hours of operation, which makes it not only more service-friendly, but also more economical than other engines on the market that need to undergo maintenance earlier, after around 500 operating hours.

The new vehicle geometry of the heavy trucks Linde HT100Ds to HT180Ds offers the driver optimum view of both load and route. At the same time, the maintenance interval has increased to 750 hours due to the new MTU diesel engine.

Large variety of optional features
As is usual with Linde, there is an extensive list of additional features so that customers can optimize the trucks according to their specific applications. First and foremost, these include the Linde SMS (Service Monitoring System) which not only indicates important operating and usage data to the driver, but also calculates the service intervals for the truck based on this information. A new benefit is that, in addition to the operating hours, the system can also detect whether the truck is actually in motion or stationary but with the engine running. Thus, the number of oil changes for transmission, drive axle and hydraulic system can be ascertained based on usage and therefore significantly reduced. This opens up clear time and cost benefits. Other useful truck equipment options include, for example, 7-inch displays in the cabin, a rear-view camera with automatic reversing radar alarm and numerous attachments that facilitate the transport of bulky and long loads.

Heavy trucks for the world market
The new heavy trucks HT100Ds to HT180Ds with hydrodynamic drive are offered worldwide with two types of engines, MTU and Perkins, depending on the applicable emission class of the target region. Even before their launch on the market, the trucks have proven their worth in long-term field tests: for example, in harbour logistics in transporting bulk material and steel goods in the port of Flixborough, United Kingdom, and at BESTA Eisen- und Stahlhandelsgesellschaft in Lübbecke, Germany. Other potential fields of application for the new trucks include, for example, the construction, woodworking and automotive industries.

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Lithium-ion batteries on the advance

Linde MH expands its range of industrial trucks using lithium-ion technology

Since the introduction of lithium-ion (Li-ion) technology to Linde Material Handling’s (MH) product portfolio, these maintenance-free batteries have proven their worth in a wide spectrum of applications, including the cold storage and food logistics sectors, for example. Due to the positive response from the market, the company is now offering a significantly expanded range. In addition to the previously available pedestrian pallet trucks Linde T16 ION and Linde T18 ION, now pallet trucks with stand-on platform, low level order pickers and initial tow tractor models can also be ordered with Li-ion technology. Moreover, new and more powerful batteries with a capacity of 4.5 or 9.0 kWh complement the previously available spectrum of 1.8 and 3.6 kWh.

In addition to the previously available pedestrian pallet trucks Linde T16 ION and Linde T18 ION, now pallet trucks with stand-on platform, low level order pickers and initial tow tractor models can also be ordered with Li-ion technology.

More and more users from logistics and industry appreciate the benefits of Li-ion technology over traditional lead acid batteries. Experience gained in practical use confirms: With a guaranteed 2,500 recharging cycles, the life of a Li-ion battery is at least twice as long than that of lead variants, and in some cases several times as long depending on the application in question. In addition, the energy efficiency of the new technology is significantly better. More than 90% of the charged energy can be used to drive the vehicle, compared to only around 60% with the conventional technology. This means a clear gain in efficiency. What’s more, after reaching the guaranteed service time, the Li-ion battery is far from having reached the end of its lifecycle. Around 75% of the original storage volume is still available so that the battery can be used for up to 10 years and longer, depending on the application.

Flexible recharging and powerful batteries with 4.5 and 9.0 kWh
Currently, Li-ion technology is mainly suitable for logistical tasks that are not carried out continuously over a full shift, but are more typically associated with breaks in operation, for example, the loading and unloading of trucks. These breaks can be used to recharge the devices. Full charging is complete after 90 minutes. After just 40 minutes, 60% of the charge level is available again. In comparison to lead-acid batteries, the Li-ion components also benefit from their higher energy density. That means that the new technology allows the accommodation of more power especially in narrow vehicles such as pallet trucks and tow tractors. Following this approach, Linde MH has added even more powerful batteries with 4.5 and 9.0 kWh to its portfolio. Thus, the manufacturer now covers a wide capacity range from 1.8 to 9.0 kWh so that additional applications in the higher load range are possible.

Extended range and new lateral charging plug
Linde MH’s pedestrian pallet trucks Linde T16 ION to Linde T18 ION, featuring load capacities of between 1.6 and 1.8 tonnes, have been successfully positioned on the market since 2014. To cover even more logistical applications with Li-ion technology, the manufacturer is expanding its range with various new models. These include the pedestrian pallet truck T20 ION, the tow tractors P30 C ION and P50 C ION with towing capacities of 3.0 and 5.0 tonnes, the stand-on platform pallet trucks T20 SP/AP ION, T24 SP/AP ION and T30 ION, as well as the low level order pickers N20 ION and N24 ION – each of these in application-specific variants. The batteries can be recharged quickly and easily via the standard, lateral charging plug without the operator having to open the battery cover.

Suitable for use at low temperatures and in sensitive areas
The accumulators Linde MH uses for its 24 V vehicles are based on safe and reliable lithium-iron phosphate technology. The devices can therefore be used efficiently at ambient temperatures ranging from -35 to +45°C. This is why logisticians in the cold storage sector in particular rely on the new technology.

Industrial trucks with maintenance-free lithium-ion technology have proven their worth in a wide range of sectors, including cold storage and food logistics, for example.

Communication between vehicle and battery
As a result of their near-practice development, the lithium-ion batteries are perfectly matched to the vehicles from Linde MH. This is especially true for the safety-relevant attachment of the batteries, which must withstand vibrations of varying intensity in daily operation. When converting to the new technology, the corresponding charging equipment can also be supplied by Linde MH. The battery management system (BMS) fitted in the batteries communicates with the vehicle and the recharging device via a CAN bus interface. The BMS indicates the state of charge and the remaining battery life to the driver on the display. In addition, the BMS ensures that the Li-battery is neither completely discharged nor overcharged and thus contributes to its optimum service life.

Outlook for counterbalanced trucks
Preparations are already underway in Linde MH’s development department for the first generation of counterbalance trucks featuring lithium-ion batteries. Unlike the current warehouse trucks, these will not be designed for 24 V battery voltage, but for 48 V as is usual for forklifts.

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Increased safety with Linde SpeedAssist driver assistance system

Radar sensors set the pace
The transition space between the indoor and outdoor areas of logistics centres and production halls is usually a safety-critical zone. Outdoors forklift drivers quickly accelerate their vehicles to top speed. Upon returning, they should reduce their speed in good time to bring their cargo safely to its destination and to protect all employees in the work environment. The “Linde SpeedAssist” supports both the drivers and the warehouse and logistics managers in charge of this task. Featuring weather-independent radar technology, stepwise adjustable response times and adjustable sensor sensitivity, the retrofit solution from Linde Material Handling (MH) sets a new standard and noticeably increases the safety in intralogistics.

The efficiency of logistic processes depends on the reliability with which these processes can be implemented and repeated. Especially inside warehouse and production halls, this also requires clear speed limits for forklifts and other industrial trucks. Entering the indoor area too fast can endanger employees and require sudden braking manoeuvers that can damage the load and thus result in economic losses. The ideal driving speed in the hall always depends on the respective conditions on site and is usually determined by the warehouse or logistics manager, who is also responsible for ensuring that the speed limits are adhered to.

Outdoors forklift drivers quickly accelerate their vehicles to top speed. Upon returning, they should reduce their speed in good time to bring their cargo safely to its destination and to protect all employees in the work environment. Featuring weather-independent radar technology the "Linde SpeedAssist" supports both the drivers and the warehouse and logistics managers in charge of this task.

Sensor range of up to 24 meters
The new driver assistance system, Linde SpeedAssist, offers a number of benefits in order to ensure fast, easy and practical speed control. Unlike other solutions on the market, the system does not rely on weather-prone and relatively expensive infrared technology, but on radar sensors that cover a range between 1 and 24 m. The use of radar technology does not require any additional investments, such as additional sensors on the racks, for example. This is due to the fact that the radar sensor is mounted on the overhead guard and is both the transmitter and the receiver of its own signal, which is reflected from the ceiling. This tells the truck whether it is inside a building or outdoors and adjusts its speed accordingly. Operational reliability is not affected even by extreme weather conditions such as cold, heat or heavy rain. The permissible operating temperatures range between -40 and + 65 °C.

Flexible response time and smart sensors
The response time of the Linde SpeedAssist sensors is adjustable and can be set to four different levels, which means it can be easily adapted to the respective conditions on site. Moreover, the adjustable sensitivity of the sensors is another feature that makes retrofitted forklift trucks safer to use. Unwanted signals can be blocked upon request. Because of the individualised settings, the system detects both smaller objects and superstructures such as pipelines, porch roofs or treetops without reducing the desired speed right away. So operators can work with high speed and maximum efficiency in outdoor environments.

Retrofit solution for purchase and rental trucks
The Linde SpeedAssist is a useful solution for retrofitting in existing fleets and upon request can be integrated in new trucks from the outset. Due to the low number of components and the simple installation and removal of the solution, the driver assistance system is also a viable safety option for rental vehicles. It is basically composed of three elements: the sensor, a set of cables with relay and the installation kit including a retaining device. Retrofit by a Linde service technician takes only a very short time. The manufacturer offers three different sensor variants in order to ensure compliance with the specific telecommunications guidelines in the target markets of Europe, USA, Canada, Brazil, China, Australia and New Zealand.


Hydrogen technology recommends itself as an alternative drive for the future

Research report presents results of H2IntraDrive project
The BMW Group, Linde Material Handling and the fml Institute of Technical University Munich (TUM) yesterday presented the results of their H2IntraDrive project conducted at the BMW Group’s plant in Leipzig. The most important conclusion of the research report is that the jointly developed hydrogen drive for industrial trucks, which has proven its worth in practical use over about two years, is already marketable and under certain conditions provides an economical solution. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure has funded the research undertaken by the technological pioneers with a grant of EUR 2.9 million as part of the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP).

The project participants are pleased with the course of the H2IntraDrive project and its results (left to right): Wolfgang Axthammer, Programme Manager Special Markets, National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW), Christophe Lautray, CSO, Linde Material Handling, Dr. Michael Ströbel, Senior Manager Steering and Logistics CFRP Production and Purchasing, BMW Group, and Prof. Dr. Willibald A. Günthner, fml Chair Holder, TUM.

In the medium term, the use of fuel cell technology with hydrogen drives is considered to have good chances of replacing some of the conventional energy sources for industrial trucks. This is also confirmed by an independent survey carried out as part of the research project by the TUM’s Institute for Materials Handling, Material Flow and Logistics (fml) in the summer of 2015. According to this survey, 93% of 109 participating industry experts regard the use of hydrogen drives to be beneficial. At the same time, 80% feel they are insufficiently informed about the opportunities arising from this new technology. The research report presented in Leipzig can close this knowledge gap. It builds on the “Guide for the use of hydrogen-powered industrial trucks”, which was also created as part of the research project.

“That hydrogen technology has successfully completed this endurance test in BMW i car-body production and has reached market maturity is an important signal for our customers,” said Christophe Lautray, CSO Linde MH, during the presentation of results to media representatives, customers and business partners. “Thus, this innovative drive technology has recommended itself for the future. In addition, we were also able to gain important insights as to the further development of our vehicles. We see ourselves as an industry pioneer and with this project we have once again substantiated our claim to be technology leader.”

During the project period, the industrial trucks were used to supply parts to the BMW i car-body production area at the Leipzig site. There, the industrial trucks took over all the tasks that would normally have been done by conventional battery-powered vehicles.

Increased availability, lower space requirements
The documentation of research results shows that the fuel cell drive has delivered convincing results in practical use over a period of almost two years. From December 2013 to the end of October 2015, the tow tractors clocked up 10,000 hours of operation, and the forklift trucks even delivered around 11,000 hours. Under certain overall conditions such as highly intensive work in 2-3 shift operation, users are able to achieve significant economic benefits right from day one. For example, the use of hydrogen technology increases the operational availability of industrial trucks. This is because the vehicles can be refuelled within a short time, while the charging, replacement and maintenance of lead-acid batteries reduces the productivity of conventional industrial trucks. Analyses have shown that the refuelling of a tow tractor lasts 1.5 minutes. A battery change can be carried out in about 5 minutes, but it might also take much longer. With forklift trucks, the refuelling process lasted 2.2 minutes, while the time needed for a comparable battery replacement was shown to be around 10 minutes on average.

In addition, the use of hydrogen technology results in space savings. Lifting devices, ventilation systems, protective trays, emergency showers and other facilities required for the handling of lead-acid batteries are no longer necessary in the logistics centre. For the project in Leipzig, Linde MH had converted six tow tractors and five forklift trucks of type Linde E25 HL and Linde E35 HL to hydrogen drive technology, and continuously developed and adapted fuel cell hybrid technology over the course of the project. In this way, for example, the “Mean Time between Failures” of the hydrogen-powered vehicles was doubled within one year.

“The BMW Group has set high standards for sustainability at its Leipzig site for the production of its innovative i3 and i8 electric cars. The hydrogen drives in intralogistics are making a significant contribution in this context, among other things due to the use of regionally procured green hydrogen,” said Dr. Michael Ströbel, Senior Manager Steering and Logistics CFRP Production and Purchasing at BMW.

From December 2013 to the end of October 2015, the tow tractors clocked up 10,000 hours of operation, and the forklift trucks even delivered around 11,000 hours.

Long-term test at BMW plant Leipzig
During the project period, the industrial trucks were used to supply parts to the BMW i car-body production area at the Leipzig site. There, the industrial trucks took over all the tasks that would normally have been done by conventional battery-powered vehicles. In their report, the TUM researchers compared the two technologies based on the following parameters: energy efficiency, reliability, durability and environmental and economic sustainability. The scientists ascertained, among other things, the cost of the entire life cycle of the trucks, and carried out near-practice calculations for a fleet of 50 vehicles.

Results compared to conventional industrial trucks
Compared to the conventional electric vehicles, the cruise range of the hydrogen-powered tow tractors was above the standard, while the operating range of the forklift trucks was lower. A larger tank volume and higher tank pressure will further increase this range in the future. The efficiency of the fuel cell system is, according to the research report, still slightly lower than that of the classic lead-acid battery. In total, however, the hydrogen drive wins over with its high operational availability, the resulting lower staff costs and reduced environmental impact when comparing the conventional energy paths.

“We judge the results of our research project to be a clear success for logistics in Germany on its road to new alternative drive technology,” said Prof. Dr. Willibald A. Günthner, fml chair holder at TU Munich. “Our research report documents the achievement of an important intermediate goal. Further questions and detail refinements can be explored in follow-up projects.”

An advantage of industrial trucks with fuel cell hybrid drive is the short time needed for hydrogen refuelling.


Linde to host second "World of Material Handling" customer event in 2016

Looking into the future of intralogistics
Linde Material Handling has decided to stage the successful trade show format again with a focus on increasingly networked, digitised and automated in-house logistics. Visitors to the WOMH 2016 will be able to discover and experience for themselves the benefits of products and services. During the "World of Material Handling", numerous partner companies will present their solutions, providing added information value for visitors. The multi-week exhibition will be in mid-May, the venue is conveniently located in the Rhine-Main area near Frankfurt Airport.

In May 2016, Linde Material Handling will be staging its successful trade show format "World of Material Handling" once again. The customer event will focus on increasingly networked, digitised and automated in-house logistics.

Christophe Lautray, CSO Linde of Material Handling, is convinced that the concept of the event is ideally suited to satisfy the customers’ need for comprehensive information. "The very positive feedback from domestic and foreign visitors to the WOMH 2014 has reinforced our decision to stick to this format," he affirms. "Next year we want to show our visitors what products and services we have already implemented with regard to Smart Logistics and where this journey could lead us in the future. Offering them the opportunity to get a taste of it all will play an important part in this context."

Over two weeks, there will be specific events for various target groups, especially for customers and distributors from around the world, as well as for media representatives.

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Compact tow tractor supports lean production

Linde Material Handling expands its range of tractors with a two-tonne towing capacity version

Lean production is becoming the standard in more and more industrial sectors. Small and medium-sized businesses are following the examples of major automobile manufacturers and machine builders, and they are also adopting their logistical strategies of implementing lean manufacturing practices. Linde Material Handling (MH) now offers its compact Linde P20 tow tractor to ensure efficient production supplies. The new tractor has a towing capacity of two tonnes and expands Linde’s existing range of tractors, which previously covered a load range of between three and 25 tonnes. It is suitable, inter alia, for use in confined spaces.

Linde Material Handling (MH) now offers the compact Linde P20 tow tractor and platform truck Linde W04 for efficient production supplies. Other fields of application include airports, hospitals and wholesale flower markets, for example.

Electric tow tractors have become increasingly important during the past ten years. The market recorded an average annual growth rate of around seven percent within this period. At the same time ever new fields of applications have been emerging. The new tractor takes account of these developments and has been designed as a solution specifically for loads of up to two tonnes. This means it can be used as a tow truck to transport up to five small load carriers (KLT). Such tow trucks are deployed in the automotive industry and many other production environments. Optionally the tractor is also available as a platform truck with a load capacity of 400 kilogrammes, bearing the designation Linde W04.

Efficient and agile
Having a width of 600 millimetres, the new tractor from Linde MH is extremely compact and thus also offers a particularly tight turning radius. This means it is very flexible to use and can be reliably manoeuvred even in tight spaces. At the same time, the operator remains within the truck contours in every driving situation. Support wheels provide high stability during cornering. In order to adapt the tractor to the specific application requirements, the ground clearance can be increased from 40 to 80 millimetres. This means that the electric tow tractor is also suitable for outdoor use. A maintenance-free 1.5 kW drive motor and simple battery replacement ensure efficient operation. Battery replacement can be carried out both laterally and vertically.

Driving comfort and safety
The steering unit and backrest of the Linde P20 tractor can be individually adjusted to the respective operator. The ergonomic shape of the steering protects the operator’s hands and helps ensure that he remains safe within the confines of the chassis throughout the driving time. The backrest provides lateral support, which facilitates cornering and reduces the physical stress acting on the operator. A folding, height-adjustable seat is also part of the basic equipment and provides enhanced driving comfort during longer rides. The low boarding height of just 119 millimetres means that operators can comfortably get on and off the tractor.

Versatile special equipment
Various optional comfort and safety features are available to meet the wide range of different application requirements. These include, for example, a knee guard device in the tractor interior that protects the operator during heavy braking. In addition, various trailer couplings are available so that the tractor can tow different types of load carriers. LED position lights at the tractor front and rear form part of the standard lighting system. These can be supplemented with work lights upon request.

Lean production and other uses
Due to its compact design and up to two tonnes towing capacity, the Linde P20 tractor is suitable not only for the logistical requirements of a lean production. There are numerous other conceivable fields of application, such as the handling of luggage carts at airports, in hospitals or wholesale flower markets, for example.

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Linde Material Handling establishes ‘Hardware in the Loop’ software simulation as test standard for electronic control and assistance systems

At its ‘World of Material Handling’ customer event in Mainz last year, Linde Material Handling introduced a hitherto unique driver assistance system for forklift trucks – the Linde Safety Pilot (LSP). During operation, the Linde Safety Pilot continuously monitors essential truck parameters such as the lift height, load centre of gravity, load weight, mast tilt, steering angle and speed, and it alerts the driver whenever the truck starts operating in critical areas. If requested, the LSP system actively intervenes in the truck control, for example by decreasing the speed or restricting the mast movement. Thus Linde enables significant safety improvements to be achieved in the use of forklift trucks. Concurrently with the development of the LSP, the Linde test engineers set up the so-called ‘Hardware in the Loop’ testing procedure (HIL) which enables them to examine complex systems such as the LSP and other electronic control units and systems on virtual truck models and develop them further based on this. During this year’s ForkliftCup, Linde Material Handling provided exclusive insights into its test centre in Aschaffenburg to a selected trade audience and presented the new HIL procedure.

The HIL system (hardware in the loop) is used to test complex control and assistance systems like the Linde Safety Pilot on a virtual model – cost and time efficient.

The Linde Safety Pilot was made available first of all for the company’s electric forklift trucks in the load range from two to five tonnes. Linde Material Handling offers 34 different truck models in these two series, plus a number of different mast variants and attachment devices – the assistance system must be configured and tested for each of these variants. “Performing LSP field tests for every single available truck variant would not only exceed our financial framework, but it would also be far too time-consuming,” explains Hans-Joachim Wenzel. He can look back on 27 years of experience in Technical Design and Development at Linde and since 2003 has headed the truck testing area at Linde Material Handling’s R&D Centre. “With our Hardware in the Loop procedure this can be done much more quickly and cost-effectively – and what’s more, we can test new and enhanced developments on the virtual truck model and bring innovations to industrial-scale production much more quickly than before.” As Wenzel points out, such modern development technologies are essential for strengthening and further expanding Linde’s technological leadership.

Using data goggles the engineer is evaluating the visibility condition from the driver’s perspective. The 3D all-round vision is based on the CAD date of the forklift truck. Due to this new equipment like masts can already be tested in the development phase.

From manual control unit tests to fully automated software testing
Almost all functions of a Linde forklift truck are now controlled electronically. The truck drives and operates mainly ‘by wire’, i.e. without direct mechanical or hydraulic power transmission. The test engineers need to verify that all electronic systems and the safety-related systems in particular, including the electronic steering systems, mast control via joystick and complex assistance systems such as the Linde Safety Pilot, function reliably under all environmental conditions. In the event of failure, the integrated safety and monitoring systems need to bring the truck back to a safe condition.

To perform the necessary texts, in the past truck and control units were connected via measuring adapters and manually subjected to short circuits, open circuits and interference signals. These were to verify, for example, that all switching operations, redundant for safety reasons, would not allow unintentional truck movement. However, this procedure required several thousands of individual test steps to be carried out, evaluated and documented.

Linde therefore introduced a partly automated system for testing the electronic systems on real trucks, as was the case before. Step by step, this so-called ‘Vehicle in the Loop’ procedure is now being replaced by the HIL system. Based on countless data from the CAD system, as well as from measurements and tests, the computer-generated software models provide a virtual map of the forklift truck with all its driving characteristics. Every calculated model is then adapted to the corresponding data measured on a real reference truck until simulation and real tests provide the same results. In this way, a model kit comes into being which covers all types and optional feature variants and according to which the engineers configure their test trucks in the HIL system. So the impact of new developments on the driving characteristics can be evaluated without having to build and test prototypes – a time and cost-efficient approach.

Tougher than the toughest operating conditions – in the long term load test each new mast has to complete 50.000 cycles carrying nominal load which is loaded centrally and off-center. The truck itself is never allowed to lift the nominal load to the maximum height.

Virtual 360-degree view from the forklift truck

Software-based test methods make their entry at Linde Material Handling’s truck testing area, and they are also used in standard tests for verifying the operational reliability of forklift trucks. Together with software company Renow, Linde has developed an IT system for field of vision analysis according to ISO 13564. Based on CAD data, a 3D view of the vehicle is generated therein and a development engineer wearing data goggles can evaluate the visibility from the driver’s position in a 360 degree view. So field of vision tests can be carried out according to standard early on during the development stage and new lift mast concepts can be tested and improved in order to ensure optimum view through the mast.

110 engineers and technicians verify Linde’s performance promise

“For decades now, our trucks have stood for reliability, robustness and high performance. It is not without reason that Linde forklifts are often used in extreme applications,” emphasizes Hans-Joachim Wenzel. "Together with the truck development area, our test department is working to make sure that with each series our trucks continue to set the standards for these attributes and become better and better.” He says the new IT-based test methods are only one part of a comprehensive test programme in which Linde Material Handling ensures that the trucks comply with legal safety requirements and in addition meet the company’s self-imposed stringent requirements for safety, durability and performance even in the toughest of operating conditions.

To this end, Linde has developed a number of specific testing methods and over the past years has set up a test centre with six test tracks and a driving course, 25 large test stands for component testing, as well as a variety of small ones. 110 engineers, technicians and test drivers work there, putting sub-assemblies and components through their paces during months of endurance testing. Additionally they check the tipping stability of the trucks and their suitability for use in extreme temperatures, and also measure and assess the impact of accidents on the truck and on driver safety. Here, too, a whole series of crash tests and impact tests are performed, loads and objects dropped on the truck and components such as battery compartment doors hit with forklift tines to make sure that the battery does not get damaged and that both the driver and the environment are safe.


Brenton Alexander appointed as Managing Director of Linde Material Handling (Pty) Ltd, South Africa

It is with pleasure that we announce the appointment of Brenton Alexander as Managing Director of Linde Material Handling (Pty) Ltd, South Africa.

Brenton joined Linde in February, 2015 as Regional Manager, Gauteng. Prior to joining Linde, Brenton was involved in various management roles at both Terex Mining and Komatsu Southern Africa; finally accepting the position of Chief Operating Officer at Kemach Equipment where he spent the past five years.

He brings extensive capability in Sales, Parts and Service and his wealth of management proficiency and expertise will undoubtedly strengthen our position as a leading supplier of Material Handling Equipment.

Says Brenton “Linde is committed in its drive towards excellent service delivery and customer experience. This, and understanding the needs and requirements of our customers is key to a successful business relationship. The company is determined to provide the highest standards for all customers, delivering a dependable, responsive service for all”.



More and more customised industrial trucks

Linde Material Handling records significant increase in tailor-made solutions

Over the past 10 years, no other industrial truck segment has experienced growth comparable to that seen in Customised Options, known as CO for short. While less than 20 percent of all industrial trucks left Linde Material Handling’s (MH) production plants with technical modifications back in 2004, this proportion rose to approximately a third last year. With dedicated CO teams in the factories and adapted production processes, Linde MH is well prepared for the trend towards an increasing share of tailor-made solutions.

The compact counterbalance pallet stacker Linde L06 AC AP was developed as a customised solution. Due to its application potential in other sectors, it is now manufactured in series production.

“There has always been a certain share of customised versions, which is due to the fact that even with the large variety of products found in 85 Linde series and around 6,000 optional features, it is just not possible to meet all the specific individual requirements,” says Dr. Ralf Dingeldein, Vice President New Trucks at Linde MH. “What is new, however, is that customised vehicle solutions are being ordered more and more often to achieve further cost reductions through improved material flow.”

To be able to cope with the vast number of thousands of customised solutions annually, Linde MH has integrated the manufacture of these trucks into the series production process wherever possible. CO specialists accompany the process from order processing, design, development and procurement all the way through to manufacture, assembly, documentation and service, irrespective of the production plant in question. “Versatility, user friendliness, robustness and efficiency are the four major values of the Linde brand,” says Dingeldein. “And of course these apply to our customised solutions, too.”

All the more so because many of the developed COs are of interest also to other customer groups and thus make their way into series production. One example is the compact counterbalance pallet stacker Linde L06 AC AP. This self-supporting vehicle, which can lift loads of up to 600 kg and is equipped with a stand-on platform, was developed for one of the world's largest furniture company. In order to operate more sustainably and reduce costs at the same time, the home furnishing giant switched over to pallets made of corrugated cardboard that are ten centimetres lower than the previously used wooden pallets. Therefore it was no longer possible to use a standard pallet stacker. However, the counterbalance stacker Linde L06 AC AP offered the ideal solution. It combines the advantages of the counterbalance principle (cantilever forks) with very compact dimensions. With the ISO forks, it can lift any type of load carrier, including Euro pallets crossways, for example. And thanks to its shorter wheelbase and set back mast, this stacker with folding stand-on platform has a length of just over 2.4 meters.

“With this new customised solution, we open up a broad spectrum of applications, far beyond this individual case,” says Tobias Zierhut, Head of Product Marketing at Linde Material Handling, fully convinced. “Possible fields of application are found, for example, in production and assembly, or in warehouses with narrow aisles.”


A new dimension in automated solutions

Linde Material Handling launches first “driven by Balyo” robotic industrial trucks

The newly launched robotic stacker Linde L-MATIC L HP and the robotic tractor Linde P-MATIC are easy to install and navigate relying on the warehouse structural elements.

New technological developments bring unmanned, robotic industrial trucks into focus as solutions for even more efficient in-house material flow. Sold under the umbrella of Linde Robotics and developed in cooperation with robotics specialist Balyo, the devices are easy to install and navigate relying on the warehouse structural elements. With the Linde L-MATIC L HP robotic stacker and the Linde P-MATIC robotic tractor, the first models have now been put on the market.

Together with Balyo, an innovation leader in the area of automation, Linde Material Handling aims to become a full-range provider of robotic industrial trucks. The vehicles “driven by Balyo” are recommended for a variety of applications in the warehouse and the transport sector and can be connected to warehouse management and ERP systems. This means the trucks are already well on their way towards Industry 4.0, a concept envisaging that in the future machines should largely organise themselves and communicate with each other.

Who can benefit from robotic trucks?
The implementation of robotic warehouse solutions is worth considering especially for operators whose load handling processes provide only low added value, are repetitive and involve longer distances. If, on top of that, the trucks will be used in two-shift operation or even more, then all essential conditions are met to benefit from the advantages of robotic logistics. These include, for example, a higher level of process transparency and the associated productivity gains. Another cost saving potential lies in optimization of operational resources.

Intelligent standard equipment
The Linde L-MATIC L HP robotic stacker has a load capacity of 1.2 tonnes and accelerates to 1.6 m/s maximum, both with and without load. The Linde P-MATIC robotic tractor has a towing capacity of 5 tonnes and reaches a maximum speed of 2 m/s.

Both robotic models are based on the corresponding Linde standard device with powerful maintenance-free 3 kW AC drive motor, automatic brakes on slopes, lateral battery change and easy service access as well as numerous additional options such as the Linde Blue Spot. In addition, the Linde-MATIC versions feature a navigation laser, safety front and rear scanners, a 3D camera or a curtain laser, an embedded computer with seven-inch LCD screen, as well as visual and acoustic warning indicators, plus an emergency stop button at each side. These innovative features allow the robotic trucks to work in the same environment together with people and other vehicles. Obstacles are detected in real time and the robot behaviour is dynamically adjusted.

The robot-controlled Linde L-MATIC L HP stacker and Linde P-MATIC tractor are recommended in particular for operators whose load handling processes provide only low added value, are repetitive, involve longer distances and run at least in two shifts.

Compared to traditional automated guided vehicle systems (AGVs) or automated industrial trucks with laser reflectors, the robotic Linde trucks “driven by Balyo” travel without infrastructure. They rely on existing structural features such as walls, racks, or columns. This solution is more economical, easier to install, and can easily accommodate changes in the environment. Moreover, the vehicles can be easily integrated into existing fleets or warehouse layouts and allow for gradual expansion.

More robotic “driven by Balyo” models will be launched under the umbrella of “Linde Robotics” this year and next. Before long, pallet trucks, heavy stackers, counterbalanced stackers, reach trucks and narrow aisle trucks (VNA) are to be added to the stacker Linde L-MATIC L HP and tractor Linde P-MATIC. Robotic devices of the Linde-MATIC series are already successfully proving their worth in initial customer applications in the chemical and automotive industries.


Flexible warehouse aid with comfort and power

New pallet stacker generation from Linde Material Handling

Available either as a pedestrian version or with folding stand-on platform, the new pallet stackers Linde L14-L20 for lift heights of over 5.30 metres feature numerous new functions.

With its pallet stackers Linde L14 to L20 in the load range between 1.4 and 2.0 tonnes, industrial truck manufacturer Linde Material Handling is launching a new generation of flexible warehouse aids. Designed either as pedestrian models or models with a folding stand-on platform for lift heights of up to just over 5.30 meters, the new pallet stackers come, for example, with a standard weighing device, a battery cover for optimum view and a large number of mast variants, and they are optionally available with up to 33 percent higher lifting speed. Unique on the market is the folding stand-on platform of the ride-on version. It has full suspension and, together with the tiller head and the folding side guards, it forms a constructional unit that is decoupled from the chassis. This means that shocks from uneven surfaces are largely cushioned.

The pedestrian pallet stackers Linde L14 to L20 and the models with folding, stand-on platform with full suspension and side guards, L14 AP to L20 AP, respectively, are equipped with a powerful, maintenance-free 2.3 kW AC motor, which accelerates the vehicles to a driving speed of up to 10 km/h. In order to protect the operator from cornering too fast, the Linde Curve Assist reduces the speed proportionally to the steering angle. Risky driving manoeuvres can thus be prevented and warehouse safety increased. The built-in weighing device, which is active up to 1.50 m lift height, serves the same purpose. It measures the load with an accuracy of +/- 50 kg; the value is shown on the display.

In order to protect the driver against injuries, there should a sufficient distance between the user and the vehicle at all times. In case of the pallet stackers Linde L14 to L20, this is ensured by the “Safety Speed” function which reduces the driving speed at small tilt angles of the tiller.

Good view, durable materials, many variants
The better the view of the pallet and load, the more confidently and safely drivers can manoeuvre the pallet stacker in narrow aisles or on narrow paths. With a battery cover that is bevelled to the front, Linde takes account of the request of many operators for even better visibility. With lowered forks, the driver can see the fork tips and steer the vehicle safely around corners and obstructions.

“Soft Landing” is another standard protective function. This prevents the jerky depositing of load and resultant damage by automatically reducing the lifting speed before reaching the rack or ground so that the load is placed gently.

The active weighing device of the new pallet stackers Linde L14 to L20 measures the load with an accuracy of +/- 50 kg and indicates the value on the display.

Pallet stackers are considered to be all-rounders in the warehouse. To meet the diverse application requirements, customers have a choice between 26 standard, duplex and triplex masts. Optionally available for applications with high lift requirements is the “Lift Speed Booster” with which the lifting speed of 0.3 m/s without load can be increased by another 33 percent. If ramps and loading bridges form part of the usual environment, the pallet stacker can be equipped with initial lift.

Ergonomic driving, reliable braking
Together with the tiller head and folding side guards, the full-suspension stand-on platform of the AP version forms a solid unit that is decoupled from the chassis via rubber-metal bearing supports. This solution, which is unique on the market, provides special driving comfort and effectively protects the driver against human vibrations. With a value of 0.68 m/s2, these remain well below the strict standard for the first time. As a result, the driver can concentrate fully on his work for a longer time, and is protected against musculoskeletal disorders in the long term. Comprehensive development expertise has also gone into tiller and tiller head. All control elements are duplicated, so that the pallet stacker can be operated with both the right and the left hand. Due to the shape of the tiller head the hands of the employee are protected at all times.

In order to protect the driver from leg and trunk injuries, there should be a sufficient distance between the user and the vehicle at all times. In case of the Linde pallet stackers, this is ensured by the “Safety Speed” function: The driving speed of the stacker is reduced at small tilt angles of the tiller. The vehicle stops when the tiller moves into its upper or lower end position. The same applies when the driver releases the throttle or changes the direction of motion. In such cases, as well as when driving up a slope, the vehicle brakes automatically and rolling backwards is prevented. For special situations, such as narrow truck loading areas, where the driver can only manoeuvre with the tiller vertically, the stacker can be moved very slowly by holding down the “creep speed” button.

Important information such as load weight, fault codes, operating hours or service intervals, is displayed to the driver on the new, large coloured display. When using the on-board charger, real-time information on the charging process is shown in addition.

There are two different options when it comes to battery replacement. In addition to the standard vertical change, the stackers are also available with optional lateral battery change. In this case they feature a roller channel inside the battery compartment and a lever for battery ejection which aids withdrawal of the battery onto a replacement frame or trolley. In any case, access to the battery is very simple: All you have to do is remove the engine cover.


Small EVO, great benefit

New Linde Diesel, LPG and CNG forklift trucks in the 1.4 to 2.0-tonne load range

With the launch of its new diesel, LPG and CNG forklift trucks Linde H14 to H20 EVO, industrial truck manufacturer Linde Material Handling has taken its smallest series in the 1.4 to 2.0-tonne load capacity range to the next level. Recognizable by the black design element, which extends into the red-painted chassis, the small EVO now also features significant functional improvements, including the Linde Curve Assist for appropriate driving speed during cornering, a more comfortable seat and armrest generation and a choice between three different driving modes that enable adjusting the energy consumption and power requirement to match the operating conditions.

The newly launched diesel, LPG and CNG forklift trucks Linde H14 to H20 EVO fea-ture fundamental functional improvements, including the Linde Curve Assist for appropriate cornering speed, a more comfortable seat and armrest generation and a choice between three different driving modes.

To prevent critical situations during cornering from arising in the first place, Linde now also equips its small EVO diesel, LPG and CNG forklift trucks – and thus all its electric and IC counterbalance trucks in the 1.4 to 5-tonne load range – with the Linde Curve Assist. This system automatically adapts the speed during cornering to the steering angle, thereby protecting the driver against risky driving manoeuvers.

Noticeably enhanced comfort
At the same time, drivers of the new small IC series can look forward to the latest generation of seats, which gives them the advantage of simple weight adjustment, optimized seat pressure distribution, improved vibration behaviour and a choice of mechanical suspension or air suspension. The optional “Super Active Comfort” seat with climate control is available for particularly exacting requirements. Furthermore, the redesigned armrest with Linde Load Control also adds to their comfort. Drivers can easily adjust the length and height of the armrest to their body size using the single-point adjustment mechanism. The armrest also features an integrated storage compartment for wallets, keys or mobile phones.

Economical, robust, comfortable and powerful – these attributes apply to the new diesel, LPG and CNG forklift trucks Linde H14 to H20 EVO.

Economical and durable
Even though the price of diesel is currently lower than it has been for a long time, fuel efficiency continues to be a topical issue. In addition to components such as an economical 26 kW engine and the unique Linde hydrostatic direct drive, the Linde H14 to H20 EVO models now also feature an electric fan which individually adjusts the temperature of the hydraulic oil, cooling water and charge air, thereby ensuring an energy efficient cooling system. Moreover, three different performance modes allow the driver to select the most favourable ratio between fuel consumption and power requirement: the Efficiency standard mode, the more energy-saving Economy mode and the Performance mode for maximum handling capacity. A recent performance test carried out with a diesel forklift H16 D and an LPG-powered forklift Linde H18 T showed that with this new series Linde is clearly ahead of competitors as regards energy consumption and handling capacity.

Reliability in use is one of the most important requirements for all operators of industrial trucks. For this reason, the electronic Linde Engine Protection System is installed in the new Linde H14 to H20 as standard. It monitors the most important vehicle parameters, shows error messages on the display in case of impairment and, if necessary, reduces the power output to protect the engine from further damage. The monitored parameters include the engine oil level and oil pressure, the level and temperature of the cooling water and the temperature of the hydraulic oil, for example.

Mud flaps: Small detail – great effect
With an unassuming, but all the more effective additional feature, Linde ensures a significant reduction of dust and dirt on the counterweight and taillights. The new mud flaps are mounted on the steering axle and are protected from damage inside the vehicle contour. Their advantage lies not only in reduced cleaning effort. For vehicles with road traffic specifications clean taillights are also an important safety feature.

Drivers of the new small IC series Linde H14 to H20 EVO benefit from the latest generation of seats and the newly designed armrest with Linde Load Control.

New regulation: Dynamic stability test
So far, the stability of counterbalance trucks was tested statically according to ISO 22915. This was done with a stationary vehicle on a tilting platform. However, in practical operation there are still accidents with industrial trucks tipping over to the side due to incorrect use. This gave rise to the call for a dynamic stability test. As a consequence, a Technical Committee within the CEN (European Committee for Standardization) devised a dynamic stability test (EN 16203: 2014) based on which the lateral stability of counterbalance trucks with a load capacity of up to 5 tonnes must be additionally verified by the manufacturers.

In the so-called L-test, an unloaded vehicle with lowered forks drives on a precisely defined route with initially 90 percent of its maximum speed. After entering the manoeuvring area, the driver must steer the vehicle quickly and steadily around a 90-degree curve. During this manoeuver, the boundary of the course, which is defined in accordance with the vehicle dimensions, must not be crossed. Linde trucks passed all these test runs also without Curve Assist thanks to their design with high-mounted steering axle and low centre of gravity.


Faster and safer logistics with Dynamic Mast Control

Linde Material Handling presents new intelligent operator-assist system for reach trucks

Linde Material Handling (MH) is announcing the release to the market of an important and innovative new operator-assist system for reach trucks at the end of March. This unique Linde system is currently completing its final field test phase and will be available for the existing reach truck series Linde R14 – R20.

“The market trend for ever higher storage racks in warehouses and distribution centers is continuing apace,” says Alexander Schmidt, Head of Reach Trucks & Tractors Linde Material Handling. “This means that there is an increasing demand for reach trucks with lift heights of over eight meters. While only 38 percent of all Linde reach trucks sold in 2005 were designed for such heights, this increased to 52 percent last year.”

'Dynamic Mast Control' is the name of the innovative assistance system for reach trucks that Linde Material Handling will launch on the market at the end of March and which can help to significantly increase handling capacity and safety.

However, higher lift heights place more demands on the skill of the operator. With the mast fully raised, the dynamic mast oscillations produced during reach movements are more pronounced particularly when laden. Furthermore, with the pallet load fully raised, the forward deflection of the mast increases.

When placing pallet loads onto a rack, the operator must first wait until the dynamic mast oscillations have ceased, because even with small oscillations it is difficult to position the load accurately into the rack location. This makes the operator’s task much more challenging and in the worst-case scenario, the load could damage the rack or displace the load stored behind. This eventuality could happen because the bigger the mast deflection, the more likely it is that the pallet load will be placed too deeply into the rack space and the load/pallet faces in the racking will therefore not be uniform along the aisles – the “chimney-effect” occurs.

At high lift heights, this non-uniform positioning of the pallet loads in the racking also makes it more difficult for the operator to retrieve goods efficiently. This is because the deeper the pallet load is placed into the rack the greater the center of gravity becomes.

When the reach truck approaches a rack position to retrieve such pallet loads, it is not possible for the forks to be positioned completely underneath the pallet on the first approach. This means the operator has to bring the pallet forward slightly before lifting it off the rack and this increases the cycle times. In addition, there is a possibility that the deflection of the mast while lifting the pallet load from the rack could cause the pallet load to impact with the rack or with the load stored behind, especially if the load behind is also positioned too deeply.

The new sensor-controlled "Dynamic Mast Control" (DMC) operator-assist system for reach trucks provides highly effective support for the operator, providing a stress-free, and highly efficient working environment. Key to the system is a very precise electric linear actuator housed in the reach truck’s motor compartment. The unique and innovative “Linde Electric Reach” automatically ensures smooth, simultaneous lift and reach movements for optimum productivity.

The Linde DMC system automatically compensates and minimizes mast oscillations and mast deflections through precise and seamless counter-movements of the reach carriage – It does this rapidly, precisely and energy efficiently. This means that the operator of a Linde reach truck fitted with DMC does not suffer the waiting times associated with mast oscillations and deflections and can therefore store pallet loads faster, uniformly and more safely. In addition, when retrieving a pallet load from the rack the forks will always be fully inserted into the pallet on the first approach, which results in faster cycle times, and the risk of damaging the rack or the load stored behind is virtually eliminated.

To control the dynamic oscillations and deflections of the mast as smoothly and effectively as possible, Linde MH decided against a hydraulic system and opted for a much more precise and energy-efficient electric linear actuator. An additional benefit is the simultaneous lift and reach feature without speed reduction, which enables increased productivity ratios to be achieved.

This Linde innovation will provide a powerful and valuable new tool for our customers to meet the daily challenges of delivering highly efficient and cost-effective logistics, safely, and on time every time.


For indoor and outdoor use

Linde Material Handling presents its latest series of reach trucks with super-elastic tyres

New reach truck models for both indoor and outdoor use are now available from Linde Material Handling in the 1.4 to 2-tonne load category. Equipped with large super-elastic tyres and featuring more ground clearance than standard versions, these industrial trucks can cope even with uneven or wet surfaces and are therefore ideally suited for the loading and unloading of trucks, as well as for use at ramps, high racks or in outdoor areas.

This flexibility makes these Linde reach trucks with super elastic (SE) tyres extremely interesting, for example, for builders’ merchants or DIY stores. Here items such as paints, tiles and electrical appliances are stored in enclosed salesrooms and halls, while building materials, gardening equipment and plants have their place on outdoor racks. In other fields, including for example food retailers, distribution service providers, building material manufacturers and companies in the metal and beverage industries, the robust reach trucks are needed to avoid additional interfaces between their warehouse, goods receiving and shipping areas. Operating these trucks in goods receiving and shipping too, they thus increase their productivity.

New reach truck models for both indoor and outdoor use equipped with large super-elastic tyres and featuring more ground clearance are now available from Linde Material Handling in the 1.4 to 2-tonne load category. Optionally they are available with a modular weather protection.

To meet the associated requirements, the new reach trucks Linde R14G-R20G feature load wheels with diameters of up to 458 millimetres, super-elastic tyres and mast ground clearance of 168 millimetres. In addition, they have a wider chassis of between 1,398 and 1,458 millimetres, a larger wheelbase and wider support arms. The elevated seating position for ideal load control can be comfortably accessed by the driver via an additional step on the chassis. On uneven surfaces the special drive unit suspension and the height adjustable air suspension seat deliver benefits to the operator. The position for optimum seat suspension travel adjusts itself automatically, depending on the driver’s weight. Moreover, new damping elements separate the workstation from the rest of the chassis, which additionally protects the driver against impacts and jolts. Equipped with a 6.5 kW drive motor, the reach trucks achieve maximum driving speeds of 14 km/h.

Available in three different performance modes, the trucks offer a choice between maximum handling capacity and minimum power consumption. And they come with numerous options too: For example, the torsion-resistant tilting masts can be fitted with standard masts or triplex masts. Both versions offer the driver a wide view of the lift mast which is up to 7,700 millimetres high.

Another feature is the optionally available modular weather protection. The basic version has a cab fitted with safety glass towards the mast side. A further configuration is equipped with additional glass windows at the sides and the full protection version comes with a glazed door, cab lights, heated front and rear windows as well as a bumper on the door. All versions of the weather protection cab feature a 28-millimetre reinforced glass roof as standard and, depending on the model, wipers and spraying system for all glass panes. The windshield door is another optional feature. Even without glass windows, it ensures enhanced comfort, as it protects the driver’s legs from unpleasant draughts.


Agreement for cooperation sealed

Linde Material Handling and Balyo sign an exclusive cooperation agreement to jointly develop innovative robotic solutions

Linde Material Handling (MH) and robotics specialist Balyo have agreed to enter into a strategic partnership. With this cooperation, Linde MH seeks to intensify its activities in the field of robotic industrial trucks, while Balyo aims to achieve a significant market penetration for its innovative technological solutions. The two companies are planning to collaborate in development, manufacture and sales under the umbrella of “Linde robotics”, which is expected to extend Linde MH’s solution expertise in this field.

The demand for automated industrial trucks is growing steadily. In particular, operators of warehouse trucks want to standardise their in-house material flow by deploying semi or fully automatic solutions, which will enable them to use their equipment flexibly regardless of worktime specifications, as well as to prevent incorrect operation and accident risks, and reduce personnel costs too.

“Our aim is to extend our range of automation solutions to offer our customers solutions having different levels of complexity. With Balyo we were able to persuade the technology leader in robotics for materials handling equipment to cooperate exclusively with us so that we can now combine the best of both worlds,” said Christophe Lautray, Chief Sales Officer at Linde MH, who is convinced that the envisaged close cooperation will be successful. “Our plan is to integrate Balyo’s innovative technology into most of our products step by step, whilst utilising synergies in production and sales at the same time. At the LogiMAT trade show, we will be presenting the first jointly developed products, with more to follow soon.”

Have entered into a strategic partnership: Chief Sales Officer Christophe Lautray, representing Linde Material Handling (left), and Chief Executive Officer Fabien Bardinet, representing robotics specialist Balyo.

“Linde MH is the European market leader in industrial trucks and comprises great product knowledge and a very densely knit consulting and service network. For us, they are the ideal partner to create the most advanced robots to serve best our common customers,” says Fabien Bardinet, CEO of Balyo, explaining the decision to start this joint development with the industrial truck manufacturer. “At Balyo, we produce a unique driving system for materials handling, together with Linde MH we will offer disruptive solutions to help our customers to optimize their in-house material flows and achieve major cost savings.”

Based on standard Linde trucks, robots driven by Balyo technology do not require any navigation infrastructure such as laser reflectors, tracks or magnets. Rather, they use an embedded autonomous laser-assisted technology, which relies on structural features such as walls, racks or columns. This exclusive technology allows a fast and easy installation process. First, the warehouse is charted and the data is converted into a two-dimensional map. Next the order of the routes through the warehouse and the missions assigned to the robots are defined. Equipped with laser, processor unit and digitised map, the vehicle locates itself in real time.

Changes in the warehouse, missions or routes can be implemented at any time very simply. A comprehensive software suite ensures a full integration in the warehouse environment, including connection of the robots to WMS and ERP and a simple control of the robots for the warehouse operators via an intuitive user interface.

The new robot family comes with a very advanced security solution allowing an easy cooperation with the operators and an automatic restart of the truck after a previously detected obstacle has been removed and the route is clear again. Contrary to other solutions, the robots analyse in 3D its environment and can restart autonomously.