STILL Materials Handling, leading supplier for the intelligent control of intralogistics, was awarded its seventh FLTA award – more than any other manufacturer – at the 2009 FLTA Awards for Excellence.
STILL was a finalist in no less than three separate categories at this year’s Fork Lift Truck Association Awards ceremony, held on February 14th at Birmingham’s Metropol. Having been nominated in both the Environment category for the RX 70 Hybrid and the Innovation category for Blue-Q energy optimisation, STILL picked up the award for its autonomous FM-X which was nominated in the Safety category.
RX 70 Hybrid – Nominated for 2009 Environment Award
This is the first true hybrid forklift truck to be launched in the world and uses an energy storage system, Ultra Caps, to store and reuse energy which would otherwise be lost under braking. This latest development further strengthens the RX 70’s position as the market leader for fuel economy and emissions levels.
Blue-Q Optimisation – Nominated for 2009 Innovation Award
STILL’s energy saving innovation, Blue-Q, helps to reduce energy consumption by up to 20%. It does this through the intelligent optimisation of the truck’s drive characteristics and by switching off any electrical components not being used. For example, the driver only needs reverse lights when travelling backwards. In this instance, when driving in Blue-Q mode the truck automatically dims the spotlights to the front. Blue-Q also switches off the driving lights and cabin heater when the truck has been standing for a while, or if the driver has left the truck. These so called ‘additional consumers’ can make up to 35% of a truck’s total energy consumption.
FM-X Autonomous – Winner of the FLTA’s 2009 Safety Award
The autonomous FM-X is fully computer controlled and uses a laser system to monitor its environment. A rotating scanner, with 180 degree opening, continually watches its surroundings. The FM-X can be used manned or unmanned, but in both modes it breaks new ground in safety thanks to its ability to detect anyone walking in its work area. When this happens, the truck automatically slows to a stop. In autonomous mode, the computer, using maps stored in its memory, can accurately localise the truck within millimetres. The system uses a high powered computer chip coupled with extremely precise sensors and intelligent algorithms. Lifting dangers are reduced by an integrated height control system, ensuring the correct height and fork alignment for each task.
The autonomous FM-X marks the seventh FLTA Award for Excellence that STILL has won – more than any other manufacturer – which is just one of the reasons it can claim to be first in intralogistics.
Tony Hall, Sales & Marketing Director for STILL, commented: “Winning this seventh award stands as a testament to STILL’s relentless hard work in research and development. But what’s really pleasing is that these awards are primarily voted for by the users of materials handling equipment.”
It’s a fair assumption then that STILL customers are amongst the most satisfied materials handling equipment users. And with good reason, because STILL offers some of the safest, most cost effective and environmentally friendly forklift trucks and warehouse handling equipment available today.