The results are in! The third annual Readers’ Choice Product of the Year awards from Materials Handling Product News (MHPN) have come to a close, recognizing winners across 13 categories that drive greater performance in supply chain operations. The Yale® MC10-15 counterbalanced stacker Driven by Balyo came out on top in the automated guided vehicles (AGV) category, and the direct-store delivery (DSD) package for the Yale® MPB045-VG walkie pallet truck won in the lift trucks and accessories category.
The MC10-15 counterbalanced stacker Driven by Balyo is a robotic lift truck capable of both horizontal transportation and vertical movement, allowing autonomous load retrieval or deposit from elevated spaces. Its infrastructure-free navigation requires no wires or tape, enabling simple route adjustment and faster startup at a reduced cost compared to traditional AGVs. Robot manager software provides overall administration of Yale robotic lift trucks in real time by assigning transport orders, controlling traffic and interfacing with a facility’s ERP or WMS.
The DSD package for the MPB045-VG walkie pallet truck is a suite of features designed to optimize performance in direct-store delivery applications. The patented mid-mounted handle offers complete command of truck functionality while in full upright position, maximizing maneuverability, visibility and control in congested store aisles or trailers. The load retention strap and adjustable backrest keep product stable while navigating curbs and ramps encountered during deliveries. The package also includes a lithium-ion battery pack designed to help operators spend more time on deliveries and less time charging. It lasts up to five times longer than lead-acid batteries and can be charged anywhere with a 120-volt outlet, even in the trailer between deliveries.
“Gaining recognition for one product is an honor, but two is just incredible. We know the challenges supply chains face to get more value while keeping labor costs low,” says Chris Murtha, Brand Manager, Yale Materials Handling Corporation. “This recognition from MHPN validates Yale’s commitment to innovation and to helping customers achieve their competitive edge.”
The MHPN product of the year awards honor advances in materials handling solutions designed to drive greater performance in manufacturing and distribution environments. Readers cast more than 1,200 votes to decide the winners.