IFOY Innovation Check
Made by Fraunhofer IML and Helmut-Schmidt-University


  • From left to right: Sergey Stepanyuk, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Bruns (both Helmut-Schmidt-Universität) and Guido Follert (Fraunhofer IML)
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Bruns (Helmut-Schmidt-University)
  • Guido Follert (Fraunhofer IML)
  • Sergey Stepanyuk (Helmut-Schmidt-University)

 

One of the key assessment criteria for the IFOY Award is the innovative character of the nominated vehicle. To this end, the technology used in the various trucks is compared with the market standards.

Within the framework of the IFOY Innovation Check, the scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) in Dortmund and the Professorship of Machine Elements and Technical Logistics at the Helmut-Schmidt-University, Hamburg, assess all the nominated trucks. The Fraunhofer IML is one of the top names in logistics research, and the expertise of the institute is always in great demand for the development of new technologies for intralogistics. The Hamburg Chair of Machine Elements and Technical Logistics is famous for it´s expertise in industrial trucks.

The IFOY Innovation Check is only performed in the truck categories and focuses on assessment of the innovative character of the equipment in question. Alongside the result of the IFOY Test, the hard data provided by the Innovation Check forms a important support for the decision by the jury.

In order to set themselves apart from the competition, it is essential for manufacturers of ma-terials handling equipment to regularly develop innovative solutions that make their products unique in a segment characterised by the increasing convergence of functional properties. These innovations are the continuous outcome of new technical developments based on known principles or technologies. They may, however, also be based on inventions that un-derpin the USP of a particular solution. The key criterion is the relevance of the innovation, which can be measured in terms of the realisation of marketable products and the potential for successful market introduction in competition with conventional solutions. Only then is a new development or idea a true innovation.

IFOY Innovation Check procedure

For the IFOY Innovation Check, the written documentation submitted by entrants for the IFOY Award is analysed, and the outlined functions and features compared to the state of the art in this field. The innovations highlighted by the manufacturers of the trucks in their documentation and presentations are then examined on-site based on visual inspections and in some cases functional checks in order to verify the claimed functionality. The assessment process pinpoints and evaluates innovative further developments and successful new equipment combinations as well as true innovations.

IFOY Innovation Check

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Bruns, Professorship of Machine Elements and Technical Logistics 
Helmut-Schmidt-University, FB MB, P.O. Box 700822, 22008 Hamburg
Phone +49 40 6541-2855
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www.http://www.hsu-hh.de

 

M. Sc. Sergey Stepanyuk, Research Associate at the department of of Machine Elements and Technical Logistics
Field of Research: Stabilization systems of industrial trucks
Helmut-Schmidt-University, FB MB, P.O. Box 700822, 22008 Hamburg
Phone +49 40 6541-3639
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www.http://www.hsu-hh.de

 

Dipl.-Ing. Guido Follert, Head of Department machines and engineering systems
Fraunhofer IML
Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Straße 2-4, 44227 Dortmund
Telefon: +49 231 9743-253
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www.iml.fraunhofer.de