A group of three students from the master's program in
transportation design was awarded with the 3rd prize in Toyota
Logistics Design Competition 2016, for their forklift "Toyota
The goal for Toyota Material Handling Europe is to provide
superior transportation solutions. For the second time they
launched a Logistic Design Competition. The brief this time was
'Forklifts. Like you've never seen them before' and over 550 people
Viljami Räisänen, Antti Laukkanen and Sami Laiho
"We were asked to revamp or revolutionize the look and function
of Toyota forklifts" says Antti Laukkanen, one of the three
students from UID "Our starting point in the design process was to
decrease working phases and make logistics more efficient. Listing
down the most common problems in warehouse working we noticed one
relevant problem, which could be solved in really simple way" he
continues "The most used tool in warehouses or factories are
usually small size pallet jacks and bigger counter balanced trucks,
which are used in different types of tasks. We decided to combine
these two tools as one"
The Toyota KAMU is a modular hybrid forklift truck that makes
working easier and efficient. By combining a small autonomous unit
with a bigger main forklift truck they made it able for the user to
decrease working phases and ease working in tight spaces. The
smaller unit of the truck can operate autonomously and the main
unit is for tasks that are more advanced.
"Eventually these units work as one, efficiently combining
humans and automation." The group member Viljami Räisänen describes
"Our concept pays attention to ergonomics and safety. With a new
kind of working position we wanted to emphasize on healthy and
successful working environment"
"The design is based on functionality. We placed the features we
wanted to the concept and after that we built a body around it.
Still we wanted to keep a basic structure of a counter balanced
forklift truck to express the combination of two different types of
forklift truck" says Sami Laiho the third member of the group.
The Design Award Ceremony was held in Hannover as a part of
CeMAT pre-press event, where Toyota presented their upcoming
innovations and new products, and Toyota described the Toyota KAMU
with following sentence:
"Together they designed the Toyota KAMU, which portrays a
perfect harmony between man and machine and fits very well into the
Toyota way of thinking".
Read mote about the competition at the website:
The Toyota KAMU can collect a pallet from a truck container
without using a conventional pallet jack or driving the forklift
truck inside the container.