IFOY AWARD 2017: Still iGo Neo is the Warehouse Truck of the Year
- International jury of trade journalists chooses the Still iGo neo CX 20 as the winner in the category "Warehouse Truck".
- Dr. Jochen Köckler, Deutsche Messe, presents IFOY trophy.
- Colourful IFOY Award ceremony at BMW World in Munich during the transport logistic.
The winner was a well-kept secret up to the last moment. Last Tuesday, the name was revealed at the IFOY Award Night at BMW World in Munich, when Dr. Jochen Köckler, member of the Managing Board of Deutsche Messe AG based in Hannover, presented the metal and glass trophy to the delighted recipients.
IFOY Award – Warehouse Truck of the Year 2017
The key factor in the decision of the jury was the highly innovative character combined with an outstanding and a very professional implementation. “The iGo neo constitutes a milestone in the development of autonomous warehouse trucks. The worldwide first autonomous horizontal order picker closes the gap between robotics and intralogistics”, said the jury.
The IFOY Test shows that the savings compared to conventional order pickers are spectacular. It is more efficient and more productive in all test layouts whenever the pedestrian principle is used, and the test team found that efficiency can be boosted by up to 47 percent. The dynamic process that causes the machine to move at the same time as the operator ensures that the benefits of the system are fully exploited. The limiting factor is no longer the machine and its operation but the walking speed of the operator.
The most important innovation is its intelligence. The laser scanning feature to recognise the immediate surroundings gives the iGo neo cognitive capabilities which – together with the intelligent vehicle control system – ensure that the machine follows the operator on its own. Both the operating concept and the sensor and control technology are highly innovative, according to the scientific IFOY Innovation Check.
The iGo neo can be optionally used either manually or autonomously without preset defaults, infrastructure or external remote control. In the latter case, the truck then distinguishes between static and dynamic objects or persons and recognises the intention of the operator based or his or her movements. It is conceivable that modern robotics will in future permit vehicle control based on gesture recognition.
The 180-degree panorama view of the front-mounted laser scanner permits identification of obstacles, ensuring an anticipatory driving mode with adapted driving characteristics. Damage due to sudden full-on braking are a thing of the past.
In addition, an optical signal unit indicates the current working mode via a kind of visual pulse beat and a simple light code. This nonverbal user Interface ensures that the order picker can be used in all language environments and cultural settings as well as by all age groups.
The winners of the IFOY Award are selected once a year by an independent jury of leading international trade journalists. A neutral test and a scientific "innovation check" form the basis for assessment by the jury. Both test series compare the finalists with their respective competitors. Since 2013, the IFOY Award has become established as a benchmark for cost efficiency and innovation. Due to the specialised expertise it represents, it is seen as the most important innovation award in intralogistics. The sponsor of the IFOY Award, which enjoys the patronage of the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, is the VDMA Materials Handling and Logistics Systems Sector Association. Partners are Deutsche Messe with the leading international CeMAT trade fair for intralogistics in Hannover and the Munich fair with the transport logistic, bauma and IFAT events. IFOY pallet partner is CHEP, the global market leader in pallet pooling, IFOY technology partner is battery charging specialist Fronius.
2017 winners at a glance
Category: Warehouse Truck
- iGo neo CX 20, Still
- TORsten, Torwegge
- Indoor Positioning, Jungheinrich
- Tugger train with automatic loading and unloading, Still
The International Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY AWARD) recognises the year's best materials handling equipment and intralogistics solutions. The aim of the organisation is to document the performance capability and innovative drive of the materials handling and intralogistics sector, helping to boost competitiveness and raise the profile of the entire intralogistics sector in the public arena. The winners of the IFOY Award are selected once a year by an independent jury of international trade journalists. The sponsor of the IFOY Award is the VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Sector Association. The IFOY partners are Deutsche Messe with the leading international CeMAT trade fair for intralogistics in Hannover, and the Messe München trade fair company in Munich with the "transport logistic", bauma and IFAT fairs. The IFOY pallet partner is CHEP, the global market leader in pallet pooling, The IFOY technology partner is the battery charging specialist Fronius. The patron of the IFOY Award is the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The headquarters of the IFOY Organisation are in Ismaning near Munich.
Members of the jury: Vladimir Antonov, Editor-in-Chief of Sklad i Technika, (Russia), Snejina Badjeva, Editor-in-Chief LOGISTIKA magazine (Bulgaria), Dave Blanchard, Editorial Director Material Handling & Logistics/IndustryWeek (USA), Theo Egberts, IFOY tester and owner Buro Andersom/Andersom Testing (Netherlands, without voting rights), Harald Ehren, Editor-in-Chief Deutsche Logistik-Zeitung (DVZ) (Germany), Thilo Jörgl, Editor-in-Chief LOGISTIK HEUTE (Germany), Anders Karlsson, Editor-in-Chief Transport & Logistik iDag (Sweden), Klaus Koch, Editor-in-Chief Logistik&Fördertechnik, Handel Heute (Switzerland), Erik Kruisselbrink, Editor-in-Chief Logistiek Totaal (Netherlands), Allan Leibowitz, Editor-in-Chief forkliftaction.com (Australia), Valeria Lima de Azevedo Nammur, Publisher LOGWEB Magazin (Brazil), Øyvind Ludt, Editor-in-Chief Moderne Transport (Norway), Peter MacLeod, Editor-in-Chief SHD Magazine (United Kingdom), Bernd Maienschein, Editor-in-Chief MM Logistik (Germany), Marilena Matei, Editorial Manager Tranzit and Tranzit Logistica (Romania), Anton Mizunov, Editor-in-Chief Skladskoj Komplex (Logistics and Transport)(Russia), Maurizio Peruzzi, Editor-in-Chief Il Giornale della Logistica (Italy), Isabel Rodrigo, Editor-in-Chief Logística Profesional (Spain), Hans-Joachim Schlobach, Publisher-Editor and Editor-in-Chief BUSINESS+LOGISTIC (Austria), Sascha Schmel, Managing Director VDMA Materials Handling and Intralogistics Sector Association (without voting rights), Sabine Schulz-Rohde, Editor-in-Chief Beschaffung aktuell (Germany), Sebastian Śliwieński, Editor-in-Chief Warehouse Monitor (Poland), Jarlath Sweeney, Editor-in-Chief Fleet Transport (Ireland), Mats Udikas, Editor-in-Chief Transportnytt (Sweden). Executive Jury Chairperson is Anita Würmser, logistics journalist and Managing Director of wuermser.communications.