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Killer forklift devastates another small business

25th Feb, 2021
Operating a dangerous forklift has left one teenager hospitalised with serious injuries and a businessman’s livelihood in ruins. Dangerous trucks Courts in the UK recently heard of how a 17-year-old worker was left hospitalised for two weeks after having his leg trapped by a poorly maintained forklift. The truck, which was on loan from another business for six months, had a catalogue of defects, including stuck ignition keys and faulty steering. Wo...

Advice for young engineers: Grow your EQ for success

24th Feb, 2021
*Jay H. Wadhwani is Chief Operating Officer at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Asia Pacific. As part of a new series offering advice to young engineers, he reflects on his own career, the people who helped him along the way, and why EQ is a key ingredient of success. * What advice would I offer young engineers just starting their career? The main pointer would be to develop your emotional quotient (EQ), something which is also referred to as emotional in...


23rd Feb, 2021
1. WALK THE FLOOR Active floor supervision helps managers improve performance in the distribution center in three ways – space utilization, product flow and work flow. 2. MEASURE AND MONITOR Measurements or metrics can be used to monitor your overall operations (cost-per-order shipped or lines picked per man-hour) or specific improvement issues (lost-time injuries or error rate per hundred orders shipped). 3. LOOK AT SPACE UTILIZATION Start by e...

Prevention is better than cure: building ergonomics into forklift design

22nd Feb, 2021
Gone are the days when employees were expected simply to work hard and be productive. Nowadays we understand that workers’ wellbeing is a key to greater job satisfaction and higher productivity. In materials handling – and especially when it comes to forklift equipment – there are many corrective measures you can take to improve ergonomics. For example, if you want a more user-friendly driver’s compartment, you may consider replaci...

The U.S. takes steps toward a clean hydrogen economy

19th Feb, 2021
The age of hydrogen may be dawning. With plentiful supply on Earth, the lightest atom holds promise as a limitless, nonpolluting source of power. And while hydrogen isn't new, with varying technologies surrounding its production, only recently has it been seen as a versatile answer for a different conundrum: how to store excess renewable energy, especially in the United States. Making renewable energy more reliable Increasingly, renewable resources make ...

Three technologies to power Europe’s hydrogen ambitions

17th Feb, 2021
As the European Union (EU) strives to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, hydrogen will play a crucial role in cutting emissions across all sectors. Central to that ambition is the European Commission's (EC) hydrogen roadmap. Adopted in July 2020 as part of the Green Deal strategy, it outlines a plan to boost Europe's hydrogen production capacity six-fold by 2024, increasing availability and driving down costs. Now, governments across the region are prepar...

Shell, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Vattenfall and Wärme Hamburg sign Letter of Intent for 100MW Hydrogen Project in Hamburg

16th Feb, 2021
The companies Shell, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Vattenfall and municipal company Wärme Hamburg are planning how they can jointly produce hydrogen from wind and solar power at the Hamburg-Moorburg power plant site and utilize it in its vicinity. To this end, the four companies have now signed a letter of intent. In addition to the construction of a scalable electrolyser with an initial output of 100 megawatts, the further development of...

Forklift tyres: the crucial test that too many companies fail

15th Feb, 2021
Forklift tyres: the crucial test that too many companies fail Your forklift's tyres do a lot more than help your truck move around the warehouse... Unlike car tyres, those on a forklift are absolutely necessary to keep your operation stable and safe. But how do you know when a tyre becomes dangerous? And how can you stay safe for longer? Frighteningly, it's an area where 28% of companies get it wrong: 3% of tyres are replaced too late (which puts opera...

How working together can help keep Asia Pacific cybersecure

21st Jan, 2021
Cybercrime is a fact of life in our digitally connected world. We are all vulnerable to criminals who seek to spy on, disrupt, or snatch control of digital systems. Outsmarting ever more digitally sophisticated lone criminals, organized gangs, or even state actors, is no simple task and there's no cure-all solution. However, by working together, there are ways to make systems robust and minimize the threat digital criminals pose. Asia Pacific attacks A...


15th Jan, 2021
1. Complete A Daily Lift Truck Pre-Shift InspectionOccupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires forklift vehicles to be inspected at least daily or after each shift when used around the clock1. A forklift inspection form or sheet is the easiest way to check your lift truck from carriage to counterweight.   2. Complete Annual Operator Training For EmployeesProperly training your forklift operators helps ...

Advice for young engineers: failure is a good teacher

14th Jan, 2021
Engineer, researcher, entrepreneur and businessman: Mario Gaia is all of these and more. As a graduate he joined the research team of Professor Gianfranco Angelino at Politecnico di Milano, investigating Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) thermodynamics and design. ORC systems generate electric and thermal power from multiple sources, including renewables, traditional fuels, and waste heat from industrial processes, waste incinerators, engines, or gas turbi...

Maximise forklifts battery life

7th Dec, 2020
Rising fuel prices and environmental concerns have encouraged many forklift owners to make the switch to electric trucks. While battery power delivers substantial savings - especially in the current financial climate - these can quickly be lost by poor battery care. A typical forklift battery is worth up to 30% of a new truck's value and offers you approximately 6,000 working hours. It is your fuel for the next five years or more... providing you look afte...

How COVID-19 could accelerate industrial automation

4th Dec, 2020
In the movies, regardless of how bad the situation gets on screen things usually return to normal in time for a happy ending. But in the post-pandemic real world, what ‘normal’ will look like is a little less clear. One of the many likely long-term effects of the coronavirus crisis is a reassessment of how we work, and when physical presence and proximity are necessary. The need to protect employees from infection as they return to offices, fa...

Second-hand trucks: Used and abused?

30th Nov, 2020
Our Forklift Briefing readers have asked us to cover one topic more than any other – guidance on buying a used forklift. If you are one of those who requested this article, please let us know how you get on! When to buy used Right now, there are some very attractive deals on used equipment – but it’s also a very good time to buy new, so you need to be extra careful to get the best overall deal. Like buying a used car, the seller may ...

How the pandemic will affect energy transition

27th Nov, 2020
After a virtual exchange on the topic of 'The First Defence: Demand-Side Management' on Jun 18, 2020, organizer and host Climate Action caught up with Yasushi Fukuizumi, Vice President of Energy Systems at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), to discuss whether the pandemic will aid or hinder the transition to cleaner technologies. Q. Yasushi, it was a pleasure to have you join us for the digital event. What would you say the main takeaway was from the sess...