SSI Schaefer’s Weasel® automated guided vehicle (AGV) has won the “International Forklift of the Year” (IFOY) Award 2016 in the “Intralogistics Solutions” category. The award was presented in June on the first day of the CeMAT exhibition in Hanover.
The “International Forklift Truck of the Year” (IFOY) Award, an independent non-profit organisation, aims to recognise the best intralogistics products and solutions on an annual basis and to develop ways to assess the best technical and strategic performances in intralogistics and encourage innovation. The IFOY Award was presented by the Materials Handling and Intralogistics Association of the VDMA (German Engineering Federation). The winner was selected by an international jury of well-known specialist journalists in the European logistics industry, under the auspices of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
The system is being used as an internal fleet solution at the fashion logistics service provider, NextLevel Logistik® GmbH, which is active in the rapidly growing ecommerce sector in Germany.
It is unsurprising that the Weasel® was chosen as the best in its category; the system transports bins, cartons, trays and other products of various sizes (up to 35 kg) between work stations, goods-in, goods-out and the waste disposal areas. An internal AGV has been created, which in contrast to conventional AGVs, works without the need for complex sensors or control systems.
In just three days, all the hardware and software for the system had been installed and commissioned. Special features of the solution include the automatic RFID bulk reading in the goods-in zone and the flexibility and scalability of the system.
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