Applications open for 2024 round of intralogistics awards

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by Emily Atkins

The application portal for the International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) Award is now open until October 30, 2023.

Intralogistics companies worldwide can apply to be considered for an award with their new products and projects. Forklift trucks and warehouse technology equipment as well as custom-built special vehicles are welcome to enter the competition.

The IFOY award.

Eleven categories covering all areas of intralogistics are up for voting in the twelfth edition of the award for 2024. Automated and autonomous industrial trucks, stationary and mobile robots, software and outstanding technical details or components, such as ergonomic innovations, safety solutions or warehouse aids, now represent the largest IFOY field of applicants. Awards are also given for successfully implemented integrated warehouse and automation projects at customer sites.

A separate IFOY award will be presented to start-up companies.

Applications can  be submitted at www.ifoy.org.

The jury makes its decisions independently, according to transparent criteria and on the basis of professional expertise. The nominees are not compared with each other, but with their competitor products on the market.

In April 2024, candidates undergo the three-stage IFOY audit, consisting of the IFOY Test, the scientific IFOY Innovation Check and the jury test. This event format is all about hands-on testing of selected innovations and new developments in warehousing and material handling technology.

The 2024 IFOY Award categories are:

  1. Counter Balanced Truck up to eight tons.
  2. Heavy load forklift and special vehicles including forklifts/vehicles for special tasks, special vehicle construction, drones, cargo bikes,container forklifts, heavy load forklifts over eight tons.
  3. Warehouse truck “highlifter Warehouse trucks from circa 2nd rack level such as high rack, narrow aisle and reach trucks, pedestrian operated high lift trucks, order pickers, etc.
  4. Warehouse truck “lowlifter”. Mainly manual warehouse equipment up to approx. 1st rack level such as pedestrian-controlled low-lift trucks, tractors, tugger trains, horizontal order pickers etc.
  5. Mobile robots. Mobile autonomous or automated robots, such as AGVs, AMRs, cobots, robots for automatic unloading and loading of trucks, automated industrial trucks, etc.
  6. Stationary robot. Automated storage systems, stationary robot-based solutions for intralogistics applications such as palletizing and depalletizing, cobots, picking robots, etc.
  7. Intralogistics software. Apps and intralogistics system or software solutions in the context of Apps and intralogistics system or software solutions in the context of application possibilities, such as warehouse management systems, forklift control systems, driver assistance systems, fleet management systems, etc.
  8. Integrated customer solutions. Integrated warehouse projects successfully implemented for a customer.
  9. Special of the year. Components or technical equipment that significantly improve profitability, sustainability or the physical or psychological conditions for the user, such as ergonomic innovations, safety assistance solutions, automation solutions, drive technologies, supporting devices in the warehouse, forklift attachments, etc.
  10. Crane and lifting technology. Cranes for various applications, such as gantry and bridge cranes, bracket and wall-mounted travelling cranes, slewing cranes, suspension cranes, light cranes, etc. Lifting equipment for various applications, such as chain and rope hoists, winches, magnetic and vacuum lifters, lifting table and working platforms, etc.
  11. IFOY Start-up of the Year. Innovative prototypes or functional developments, intralogistics products, software, vehicles or components from start-up companies.