GREENE, N.Y., May 22, 2019 — The Raymond Corporation’s Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator has won the International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) Award in the Special of the Year category. Fifteen products were tested and evaluated across six award categories. The Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator was announced a winner April 26 at the 2019 awards ceremony in Vienna, Austria.
“After rigorous testing and evaluation by the world’s top material handling experts, it is an honor to be named an IFOY Award winner,” said Michael Field, CEO, The Raymond Corporation. “In a time where, globally, the manufacturing industry’s skills gap has reached a critical point, we wanted to create a product to help coach lift truck operators efficiently and confidently. The skills the Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator teaches can be applied to any forklift operation job, anywhere in the world.”
IFOY aims to identify and recognize the world’s best intralogistics and manufacturing products and solutions. Made up of an international expert jury, IFOY assesses solutions and equipment objectively based on performance capability and innovativeness. Following several days of testing and evaluation by world-class experts in Hanover, Germany, during March 2019, IFOY judges recognized the unparalleled innovation by the Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator, a first in the industry.
The Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator utilizes an existing Raymond® forklift truck by plugging the virtual reality system into the company’s patent-pending sPort, or Simulation Port. After such simulation use, the truck can be introduced back into the warehouse for actual material handling use. With different modules for a variety of forklifts, the virtual reality lessons increase in complexity to build upon skills learned, giving operators a chance to learn best practices and increase confidence before reaching the warehouse floor. In addition, the simulator gives customers the ability to prescreen incoming forklift applicants. The tool provides managers and operators with a detailed picture of user performance, so they can identify opportunities for improvement, better retain talent and build upon learned skills, all while practicing in a virtual environment.
About The Raymond Corporation
For more than 95 years, The Raymond Corporation has built a reputation on innovation, quality and service. Raymond® manual and electric forklifts — with the industry’s first integrated intelligence — meet a variety of material handling needs and offer advanced end-to-end warehouse solutions that enable operations to run better and manage smarter. This philosophy helps ensure Raymond and its customers are always evolving, always running, always moving ahead — and always on. The portfolio of advanced offerings includes the iWAREHOUSE® fleet management and warehouse optimization system, featuring real-time location tracking; automated lift truck solutions for the warehouse of the future; and the Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator, a supplemental instructional tool that helps customers improve their operations and meet industry labor demands. Raymond also provides industry-leading customer support through a network of skilled technicians and its authorized Sales and Service Centers. Raymond’s work in energy solutions, space utilization, ergonomics, manufacturing quality and fleet optimization — combined with best-in-class products and services — work together to increase efficiency and lower costs throughout material handling operations.