IFOY testers spent a week evaluating new products.
ISMANING, Germany – From March 1 to 8 the nominees for the International Forklift of the Year (IFOY) awards were put through their paces by scientists, an official tester and 29 jurors.
Fifteen devices and solutions nominated from a total of a dozen manufacturers had to face the international intralogistics test audit over several days. New developments from Cargometer, Clark, Combilift, Hubtex, Jungheinrich, Raymond, SAE, Still, Torwegge, UniCarriers, ProGlove and Trône Seating were included.
More than 120 guests from 19 nations travelled to Hannover to follow the test procedure on the premises of IFOY partner Deutsche Messe AG. Among those present were members of the international jury, consultants from industry, logistics services and science as well as the manufacturers’ test teams.
The machines first underwent individually tailored driving or functional tests, including the IFOY Test protocol, which comprises around 80 criteria and determines cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency, sustainability, safety and ergonomics of the nominees.
In the second part of the audit the IFOY Innovation Check was carried out. Scientists from four renowned institutes and universities assessed the finalists in terms of market relevance, customer benefit, type of design and degree of innovation.
The audit was concluded by the evaluation of the finalists by the jurors and their accredited consultants. The decisive factor for the jurors in their vote is that the nominees are not compared with each other, but with their competing machines or solutions on the market.
The IFOY Award Night will take place on April 26 at the Vienna Hofburg in Austria.