Forklift maker Kion was busy highlighting a host of new products at Modex 2018, with its line of pallet trucks and other warehouse solutions taking center stage.
New this year, the pallet truck line features a standard 4,500-pound capacity truck, the MT20, as well as two lighter versions: the MT15, with a 3,300-pound capacity, and the MT12, with a 2,600-pound capacity. Company President Vincent Halma said the lighter versions are designed to meet the growing industry need for a more cost-effective solution for shorter distances and lighter loads.
"We think [demand for] these lighter capacities will be a growing trend," he said.
Kion also showcased its automated case picking solution, the iGo Neo case pick system, which merges Kion's fork truck capabilities with Dematic's supply chain solutions expertise. Kion acquired Dematic in 2016. The iGo Neo is a semi-automated industrial order picker that uses a walkie-type vehicle that alternates between automatic and worker-powered mode. The vehicle follows the order picker through the warehouse, stopping for the picking and loading of product and converting to a self-driven vehicle when the operator gets back inside. The system is already in use with customers in Europe but is being introduced in the Americas this year.
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