Atlet’s reach truck Tergo® has been nominated for the IFOY Award – International Forklift Truck of the Year. The IFOY Award is presented in four categories and recognises the best new forklift and warehouse trucks of the year, as well as a successful system solution. In June we will know who the winner is.
New award with four categories
The award is all new and IFOY is an independent non-profit organisation that assesses solutions and equipment objectively. The organisation has the mission to engage in activities in order to assess outstanding technical and strategic achievements in intralogistics, and to generate stimuli for innovation. The award is presented in four categories – best new forklift and warehouse trucks, as well as a successful system solution. Atlet’s reach truck Tergo has been nominated in the Warehouse Trucks class. “We are very happy to see that our efforts in designing trucks together with users are paying off. We hope our Tergo will reach all the way to the top, but competition is tough,” says Jan Callderyd, Product Manager for Reach Trucks at Atlet AB.
Tergo® UMS nominated in the Warehouse class
An operator moves his arm 1,000 times per hour and his head 2,000 times, so it is understandable that ergonomics make a difference to warehouse productivity. For that reason the Tergo® has been developed alongside the operators. The design is built on extensive ergonomic studies into understanding what causes strain injuries and how to design a truck that eliminates these problems. When Chalmers University of Technology did a comparative evaluation study on reach trucks, they concluded that “the Atlet Tergo forklift offered more ergonomic working postures than the other forklifts”. Several patents are pending from Tergo innovations: the Dynamic Cornering Control that enables a high, safe cornering speed, and ASR which assures traction in slippery conditions are two of them. “Atlet has a strong history in truck ergonomics. Our previous reach truck was pioneered through extensive ergonomic studies, and with our new Tergo we have taken this a step further. In June we will know if will take us all the way,” Jan Callderyd continues.
The IFOY test
The IFOY test is based on the Andersom Test, which over 300 different forklift and warehouse trucks have undergone, leading to the biggest comparison database of independent test data in Europe. The IFOY test compares not only the various entered trucks, but also the innovative quality of each truck with that of comparable devices on the market.
All nominated trucks undergo testing based on a test protocol comprising measurable and soft factors. The test parameters include cost effectiveness and energy efficiency, sustainability, safety, ergonomics and design. The winners of the International Forklift Truck of the Year Award are selected by a jury made up of internationally reputed trade journalists and Europe’s leading logistics media. The IFOY Award will be presented in cooperation with the world’s leading fair for intralogistics, Deutsche Messe AG/CeMAT, in June 2013.