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Our European Toyota Logistic Design Competition 2014 has received international attention. Magnus Oliveira Andersson, Head of Design at Toyota Material Handling Europe (TMHE) introduces the top three winners and talks about how inspiring the proposals were. The 2014 competition with the theme “Tow Tractors: Industrial Machines in Need of a Makeover” focused on making the tow tractors innovative and stylish. Toyota also aimed at promoting industrial design among students in the material handling area.

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iVT International presents the Toyota Logistic Design Competition

  1. 1. 14 tows RICHARD CARR, IVT INTERNATIONAL TOYOTA MATERIAL HANDLING’S FIRST OPEN-INVITATION DESIGN COMPETITION FOCUSED ON ADDING A TOUCH OF GLAMOUR TO THE OFTEN WORKADAY TOW TRACTOR earth, realistic designs – no flying tow tractors here! The terms of entry granted TMHE an exclusive option to acquire the intellectual property rights to any designs, so the key question is, will we see any of these trucks – or just some of their features – making their way into Toyota’s line-up soon? “We didn’t take any patents out from this competition,” Andersson replies. “I expect three times more entries next year, so probably there will be something there that we can develop. But they inspire us, and we need to invest in the new generation that’s coming through.” Set to be a biennial event for the foreseeable future, the theme of the next competition – which may be fully international in scope – will be revealed at the end of this year. “Heavy-duty, strong and reliable, tow tractors carry huge loads over long distances, saving time, energy and money. Prove to us that they can and should be stylish, too!” That was how Toyota Material Handling Europe (TMHE) invited all European design students and 2013 graduates to enter its first Logistic Design Competition on the theme Tow Tractors: Industrial Machines in Need of a Makeover, when it began seeking design proposals for tow tractors intended for use at airports, production facilities and railways. While prospective participants were encouraged to be inventive, original and daring in their approach, while not forgetting aesthetic value, they also had to bear in mind the many industrial challenges, such as sustainability when creating a product to reflect the Toyota heritage and its core product values of safety, durability, productivity, driveability and simplicity. Advanced Lift-truck Technology International 2014 Approximately 150 entries were received, which were whittled down to 30 proposals that received input from a worldwide mix of Toyota designers for further development, before a shortlist of five entries was presented to the final jury and the winners announced at TMHE’s pre- CeMat event this March. “Students don’t really know about materials handling, but they have a lot of ideas and sometimes they don’t realise how innovative they might be,” TMHE’s head of design Magnus Oliveira Andersson told iVT. “Sometimes their ideas made us say, ‘Oh, maybe this could work,’ so it’s more about inspiring us internally.” Surprisingly, however, despite the future-oriented theme, the entries were almost invariably down-to- ABOVE: Magnus Oliveira Andersson, head of design at TMHE BELOW: The international jury gave advice to help develop the initial entries – left to right: Tadayuki Yakushi, assistant manager; Koichi Sumigama, assistant manager; Magnus Oliveira Andersson; Yoshitaka Sato, general manager; Hiroki Mori, assistant manager
  2. 2. 15Advanced Lift-truck Technology International 2014 Magnus Oliveira Andersson’s view: “This is modularly built and very practical. It’s a basic design – a clean, simple shape as well, which is a good point. It’s a great example of how a design can be simple but there’s so much going on behind it, like an iPhone” 3rd place A down-to-earth approach won Mohammad Moradi, from the School of Art Weissensee Berlin, Product Design, Germany, the third prize. His Ultractow was designed with the driver’s needs in mind: with solutions for devices and a focus on safety and sustainability. It begins with a universal platform, to which a variety of modular structures can be added to transform it into a tow tractor, stacker or even a sweeping machine. But even when used as a standard tow tractor, a variety of attachments enable it to be optimally customised to a specific need – a bigger battery can be chosen when necessary, for example. With a low step-in height, a rotating platform to increase the operator’s field of view without the need to fully turn the head, a steering arm that follows the driver’s position and a choice of height- adjustable controllers, ergonomics have been well catered for. An active magnetic field on the dashboard keeps the operator’s tools within reach at all times. LOGISTIC DESIGN COMPETITION
  3. 3. 17 LOGISTIC DESIGN COMPETITION Advanced Lift-truck Technology International 2014 Magnus Oliveira Andersson’s view: “We liked this one for the innovative thinking about the future. The general shape is very interesting too – the design team especially liked the key sketches. Is it a realistic option? Thomas has found this technique and applied it, so why not? We did tell them to think about the future, after all!” 2nd place Second prize went to Thomas Jankauskas from Pforzheim University, Transport Design, Germany. Certainly the most unusual of the winning designs – if not of the 150 entries – ‘Toyota NPS’ stood out due to the unique angle and futuristic approach to intralogistics. Standing for Nano Plasticity System, NPS acts as a baggage carrier and conveyor replacement, and even a catering truck when required. It uses a non-sticky nano-gel in a triple-layer architecture – an outer shell, contracting middle with a memory structure that enables height adjustments to be made, and an inner layer that imitates osmosis to deliver items direct to the aircraft bay. Since NPS is completely autonomous, it will be able to form vehicle trains to provide more efficient delivery. Artificial intelligence computer will allow NPS to gain experience over time and provide even better service as it progresses Central hive controls all autonomous units and calculates optimised routes
  4. 4. 18 Advanced Lift-truck Technology International 2014 LOGISTIC DESIGN COMPETITION 1st place First prize was awarded to Nea Kosonen and Elisa Määttänen from Turku University of Applied Sciences Industrial Design, Finland, for ‘Bubo’, a tractor designed to handle the hostile conditions of arctic airports. The name is no coincidence – Bubo shares more than a passing resemblance with an owl, its namesake in Latin, as it was inspired by the eagle owl, which is fast, strong, and operates in the dark. Because baggage handlers in these airports wear bulky clothes and enter and exit the vehicle constantly, only a roof and windscreen – i.e. no doors – provide shelter. Neither does it have a traditional seat – the driver stands in the vehicle or leans against the cushioned backrest for a more ergonomic driving posture. A key factor in the design’s success was its suitability for different driver sizes, via a low step-in and telescopic steering arm. The innovative control panel enables the driver to control reversing, see relevant flights, the target plane, area map, travel speed and the level of energy and fuel (electric in summer, diesel in winter) remaining. ALT TOW TRACTOR FOR THE ARCTIC AIRPORTSBUBO ARRIVALS Empty wag Handlers se the informa After drivin set the traffi When the w returns to t DEPARTUR Wagons are Bubo Handlers se the informa Handlers d Magnus Oliveira Andersson’s view: “Bubo is very user-friendly; the vehicle was clearly designed around the driver. That was the main reason it won, and from an aesthetic point of view it was a nice, clean industrial design approach. It has character!” ON THE WEB View full presentations online at: www.iVTinternational.com
  5. 5. 19 LOGISTIC DESIGN COMPETITION Advanced Lift-truck Technology International 2014 “We had a first screening with the industrial design jury in Takahama, where we gave grades and comments on how to improve all the proposals, such as, ‘How is that display working?’ These two girls were particularly good at picking up on our advice” NEA KOSONEN , ELISA MÄÄTTÄNENTUAS FINLAND 2014 BUBO IN ACTION m the area map on xit the vehicle and ggage, Bubo ll and attached to m the area map on the vehicle ther the traffic box back to the NEA KOSONEN , ELISA MÄÄTTÄNENTUAS TOW TRACTOR FOR THE ARCTIC AIRPORTSBUBO BUBO IN ACT ARRIVALS Empty wagons are attached to Bubo Handlers seek the right airplane from the area map on the information screen After driving to the plane, handlers exit the vehicle and set the traffic cones in place When the wagons are loaded with luggage, Bubo returns to the luggage hall DEPARTURES Wagons are loaded in the luggage hall and attached to Bubo Handlers seek the right airplane from the area map on the information screen Handlers drive to the plane and exit the vehicle After the plane is loaded, handlers gather the traffic cones and place them in the storage box Handlers enter the vehicle and drive back to the luggage hall NEA KOSONEN , ELISA MÄÄTTÄNENTUAS FINLAND 2014 TOW TRACTOR FOR THE ARCTIC AIRPORTSBUBO ERGONOMY AND USABILITY ERGONOMIC STEERING In the control panel the driver can control reversing, see relevant flights, his target plane, area map, his speed and the level of energy and fuel. Steering is adjustable and supported. Telescopic arm fits drivers of different heights. ERGONOMIC DRIVING POSITION Baggage handlers enter and exit the vehicle constantly – this is why Bubo doesn’t have a traditional seat. The driver stands in the vehicle or leans to the cushioned backrest. This way of driving is more ergonomic as the distances are not long. SWIPE TO SEE IN-COMING FLIGHTS OR AREA MAP MOVE FINGER TO SCROLL FLIGHT DATA TOUCH R TO REVERSE TIGHTEN GRIP TO START THE ENGINE AND TO START MOVING LOOSEN GRIP TO BREAK IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, RELEASE HANDS TIGHTEN GRIP TO START THE ENGINE AND TO START MOVING MOVE FINGER TO SCROLL FLIGHT DATA TOUCH ‘R’ TO REVERSESWIPE TO SEE INCOMING FLIGHTS OR AREA MAP LOOSEN GRIP TO BRAKE; IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, RELEASE HANDS

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