The finalists for this year's IFOY AWARD (International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year), which are also known as the “Oscars of intralogistics”, have been announced on January 12th. The jury selected 17 devices and solutions to compete for the best intralogistics products and solutions of the year in a field of 36 applicants. “This year, the jury concentrated on a few top models in classic forklift trucks and warehouse equipment and placed a very strong focus on the warehouse of the not so distant future in its nominations. This is a clear statement of where the journey in intralogistics is going; autonomization, technology, software, and holistic solutions are more important than ever right now. The finals will be highly exciting,” says Anita Würmser, chairwoman of the IFOY jury.
The finalists include Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV’s), robots, special vehicles, software, and complex warehouse solutions. The selected companies are arculus, Cargotec Engineering, HAI ROBOTICS, Hänel, H+E Produktentwicklung, HHLA Sky, BMW subsidiary IDEAL works, Interroll Group, NIMMSTA, OPPIDUM TIC, STILL, SYNAOS, VOLUME, Lagersysteme, and WAKU Robotics.
HAIPICK A42N – Finalist in the Warehouse Solution Category
HAI ROBOTICS from Shenzhen, China, is represented twice in the final round. On the one hand, the jury was impressed by the brand new HAIPICK A42T, the world's first telescopic lift ACR (Autonomous Case-handling Robot). It enables intelligent "goods-to-person" order picking and covers an ultra-wide picking range of up to 6.5 meters with its telescopic lift function. Also nominated for the finals was a warehouse solution based on the HAIPICK A42N model. The A42N is the world's first autonomous carton-picking ACR to enable mixed picking of cartons and totes of different sizes. The manufacturer adopts 3D visual recognition technology that enables the machine to locate and directly access totes and cartons without codes.
HAIPICK A42T – Finalist in the AGV category
The finalists will go through the three-stage IFOY Audit during the international IFOY TEST DAYS from March 22 to 26 – in 2021 for the first time at the Messe Dortmund exhibition center. In the IFOY Test, experts use a standardized procedure to measure the key figures of the finalists. In the IFOY Innovation Check, scientists will evaluate the innovative potential of the nominated products and solutions. The Innovation Check is conducted by specialists from the Dortmund Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML), the Chair of Technical Logistics at the University of Dresden, and the Chair of Materials Handling, Material Flow and Logistics (fml) at the Technical University of Munich. The jury members are trade journalists from leading logistics media in 21 countries. The criteria assessed include innovation value, technology, ergonomics and handling, safety, marketability, design, customer benefits, and cost-effectiveness and sustainability.
The IFOY Award is one of the most prestigious and hotly contested international awards in the materials handling industry, honoring the year's best products and solutions. It is established as an indicator for economic efficiency and innovation within the intralogistics sector and is a well-known innovation price due to its professional expertise.
About HAI ROBOTICS
HAI ROBOTICS is a pioneer in autonomous case-handling robotics (ACR) system. The company is committed to providing efficient, intelligent, flexible, and customized warehouse automation solutions through advanced robotics technology and AI algorithms and creates value for each factory and logistics warehouse. HAI ROBOTICS focuses on the R&D and design of autonomous case-handling robot systems (ACR). The company realizes the independent R&D of core elements such as robot body, bottom positioning algorithm, control system, robot scheduling, intelligent warehouse management system, and has carried out global patent layout. In 2015, the company developed HAIPICK, the first autonomous case-handling robot system, and put it into commercial operation. Since then, it has been applied in 3PL, footwear, e-commerce, electronics, energy, manufacturing, medicine, and other industries. By using the HAIPICK system, customers can realize warehouse automation transformation in a week, increase storage density by 80% - 130%, and improve workers' work efficiency by 3-4 times.
Learn more: IFOY Award 2021