Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. Introduces New Jungheinrich® Easypilot Follow, a Semi-Automated Control Unit For Low-Level Order Picking

EasyPILOT Follow Uses Advanced Technology For Improved Accuracy, Productivity

HOUSTON – Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA), the provider of Jungheinrich® lift trucks and narrow-aisle products in the United States, Canada and Mexico, announced today that it has enhanced its automated offering of forklifts and warehouse products with a remote control unit for its ECE series low-level order pickers that maximizes picking efficiency.

The Jungheinrich easyPILOT Follow semi-automatic control unit allows the order picker to follow its operator, enabling error-free picking processes and maximum efficiency in the warehouse. The unit connects via wireless technology through a controller that the operator wears or carries. With its reliable connection, the lift truck follows as the operator moves forward and stops with extreme accuracy.

“Jungheinrich’s new easyPILOT Follow sets a new standard for the use of semi-automated technology in the warehouse,” said Perry Ardito, general manager, Jungheinrich Warehouse and Automation Products Group at MCFA. “Available on the Jungheinrich ECE center control rider, the easyPILOT remote control unit eliminates the need for the operator to enter and exit the lift truck to complete tasks, helping to increase order picking accuracy. Our solution maximizes efficiency and minimizes error frequency while reducing the strain on the operator.”

The easyPILOT Follow uses modern laser scanners to continuously check the area in front of the truck.  This helps provide safe and reliable navigation and positioning in rack aisles. If the scanners detect an obstacle in the path of the order picker, the truck stops.  This feature eliminates failure of the truck to respond due to visual obstacles or other sources of interference.

“Customers are continuing to seek new ways to streamline and improve their operation’s efficiency, productivity and cost of doing business,” said Ardito. “Jungheinrich has a longstanding reputation for delivering efficient and advanced lift truck technology for more than 65 years, and we’re excited to bring this latest semi-automated technology to our customers in North America.”

Today’s release further enhances the company’s automation technology portfolio. Earlier this year, Jungheinrich announced the release of the EZS 350a NA automated guided electric tow tractor and the EKS 215a automated guided medium-to-high-level stacker. The easyPILOT Follow is one of several semi-automated solutions designed to meet the unique challenges of low-level order picking.

For more information on the ECE center control rider and easyPILOT Follow remote control unit, visit https://www.mcfa.com/en/jungheinrich/forklifts-pallet-trucks/Jungheinrich/ClassIII/Center-Control-Rider/ECE-227-236-XL or view the technology in action at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZFOQvuE5Qw&t=5s

About Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA)
Manufacturer of High-Quality Material Handling Equipment

Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA) is a leading manufacturer of high-quality forklifts and warehouse products in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Based in Houston, Texas, the company distributes three distinct brands – Mitsubishi forklift trucks, Cat® lift trucks and Jungheinrich® warehouse products – through its extensive dealer network. All products are backed by industry-leading customer service and superior product support.  For more information about MCFA or any of its brands, visit Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America, Cat Lift Trucks, Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks or Jungheinrich Forklifts.

About Jungheinrich
Leading provider of warehouse products for more than 60 years

Jungheinrich ranks among the world’s leading brands of material handling equipment and warehousing technology, offering a broad range of technologically-advanced forklifts and very narrow aisle lift trucks. With more than 60 years of electric lift truck design and manufacturing expertise, Jungheinrich is known for developing energy-efficient warehouse products – many of which operate up to two shifts on one charge in various applications.

In North America, Jungheinrich forklifts are distributed through Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc.’s (MCFA’s) extensive dealer network located throughout North America and a number of these trucks are manufactured by MCFA. Based in Houston, MCFA has more than 340 dealer locations across the U.S., Canada and Mexico and is backed by five local parts distribution centers in Texas, California, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania and a 24-hour parts delivery guarantee. For more information on Jungheinrich, please visit Jungheinrich Forklift Trucks, Jungheinrich Forklifts on Facebook, Jungheinrich Forklifts on Twitter, Jungheinrich Forklifts on YouTube and Jungheinrich Forklifts on LinkedIn.