IFOY award winners revealed

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Jungheinrich, Locus Robotics, Noyes Technologies, robominds, SSI SCHÄFER, and SYNAOS all took home top honours in the 2022 International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) Awards.

The juried program recognizes the year’s best intralogistics products and solutions, using a three-phase audit. Entries are judged against a test protocol that includes about 80 criteria,a scientific IFOY Innovation Check, and tests by the international panel of jurors who are members of the trade media. The decisive factor is that the nominees are not compared with each other, but with competitive products on the market.

Jungheinrich won the Special Vehicle category with its ERD 220i double-deck stacker. According to the jury, the truck sets new standards for a safe, optimally protected and yet super-compact electric pallet truck. Its performance was first-class and challenged the competition, the jurors added.

Locus Robotics was the winner in the Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV/AMR) category with its AMR Solution. The collaborative AMR, which was judged to provide retailers, contract logistics companies, and industrial companies with a means to improve their efficiency, scored points with the testers and innovation checkers due to its high degree of innovation and its high market relevance in the light of the rapid growth in online trade, and the demand for cost-effective solutions to increase throughput.

Start-ups

A total of three young companies qualified for the final round in the Start-up of the Year category, with their innovative products and solutions. The winner in the end was the Munich-based start-up Noyes Technologies with its first robotically operated, automated and highly flexible nano-logistics system Noyes Storage for urban logistics. The IFOY Innovation Checkers awarded the solution the highest possible number of points in the categories of market relevance, customer benefit, degree of innovation and functionality/type of implementation. The fact that customers from almost all industries can benefit from significantly improved space utilization also impressed the test team and the jury.

The Robotics + Automation Association within the VDMA entered the Robot category as a sponsor. The Munich-based company robominds won with its AI-based robobrain.NEUROS – an industrialized operating system for intelligent robotics. According to the jury, a manufacturer-neutral and reliable robotics operating system with support for AI-based processes won points for its very high market relevance.

The Integrated Warehouse Solutions category SSI SCHÄFER prevailed with its IKEA Project Flat Pack Picking. With Flat Pack Picking, the company had implemented an automated and turnkey system solution for safe and volume-optimized palletizing of heavy and large items. The use of gantry robots enables the efficient handling of a very diverse range of articles. The IFOY testers rated the solution as well-engineered and interesting – also for other industries.

This year’s winner in the category “Special of the Year” was SYNAOS with its SYNAOS IMS – Vehicle Localization for the complete localization of transport vehicles. “The simple real-time localization of all types of industrial trucks with the help of this very convincing localization system helps customers on their way to the complete digitization of intralogistics,” the IFOY testers said. In the IFOY Innovation Check, the solution scored points for its high market relevance.

Applications for the IFOY AWARD 2023 start on August 1, 2022.