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manager, “and also the high quality standards we set ourselves and which the customers count on.” Quality awareness runs like a common thread through all aspects at Biaxplen, and logistical processes are no exception. In addition to high reliability and availability, the superb quality of the trucks was what convinced the decision makers at Biaxplen to go for Jungheinrich. And one should not lose sight of the ergonomics. Generous workspace in the cabins and standard automotive pedal layout, “lends the driver the feeling of actually sitting in a car,” says Spytsin, picking up the thread. Add to this the excellent visibility when driving and also of the pallet while storing and retrieving. Automatic speed reduction when cornering, thanks to Jungheinrich’s Curve Control system, makes for safe driving at all times, even at higher speeds. Low Revs, High Torque 03 The reach trucks needs less than three meters of aisle space for driving and shunting While the Jungheinrich reach truck (Image 03) takes care of efficient processes in the warehouse, Biaxplen employs internal combustion engine-powered counterbalance stackers from Jungheinrich for loading and unloading haulage trucks. As these vehicles operate both outdoors and in the hall, the Tomsk-based client chose LPGpowered stackers (Image 04) with hydrodynamic drive. “The hydrodynamic drive,” explains Spytsin, “offers efficient and dynamic power transmission, making it ideal for particularly high turnover rates.” The big industrial engines designed especially for forklifts already deliver high torque at low revolutions. “This also means lower fuel consumption and less noise generation,” adds Spytsin. The high quality standard was also a decisive factor in favor of the LPG-powered stackers, manufactured exclusively at the Jungheinrich plant in Moosburg, Germany. “Of course the fact that extreme frost doesn’t faze these forklifts also played a role,” says Sarychev. In winter, the temperatures in Tomsk regularly drop to below minus 30 degrees Celsius. But back to the incoming and outgoing goods: If a haulage truck needs loading or unloading, the little powerhouses from Germany scurry between the ramp, readied goods and the loading zone. Their turning radius is just over two meters. Small wonder then that this small – at first glance – area is completely adequate for the efficient loading and unloading of haulage trucks at Biaxplen in Tomsk. Photos: Jungheinrich 04 The hydrodynamic drive of the LPG-powered stacker ensures high turnover rates when loading and unloading the truck 44 f+h Intralogistics 3/2014

Feuilleton A short history of the Ruble Anja Reiter Novgorod in the Late Middle Ages: The city is bustling with Russian tradesmen as they bargain with heavily laden merchants from the Western world. Business is booming – and yet something is holding it back: There is still no suitable method of payment. And so it came about that the great-greatgrandfather of today’s Ruble was invented in North West Russia. In the 13 th century, tradesmen started using around 200 grams of heavy bullion as a currency for buying and selling. It was called “Griwna”, a name that is still used for the Ukrainian currency today. However, business was not always so successful in the trading metropolis of Novgorod that an entire bullion needed to swap hands. If the goods were worth less, a piece of silver was broken off the bar. And hence the Ruble was born! The word “Rubl” comes from the verb “rubit”, which means “to chop off”. “You have to remember that the medieval Ruble was only a unit of currency, and had not yet taken the form of coins,” says Oleg Chitalskij, Editor-in-Chief of the Russian Internet portal The first coin printed with “Rubl”, continues Chitalskij, was first brought into circulation in 1654 under Tsar Aleksey Mikhailovich. At the start, coins were only minted in Novgorod and Pskov, later in Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod and Suzdal, some of the most important trading centers of their time. The coins were minted manually, rolling the silver and cutting it into pieces of approximately the same size, resulting in slightly oval coins of similar weight. Grand Duke Ivan III standardized the currency system in Russia. Peter the Great, son and successor to Aleksey Mikhailovich, finally arranged for the necessary small change. As part of a comprehensive currency reform, he introduced a decimal currency system to Russia in 1704, the first country in the world to do so. From then on, a Ruble was worth 100 kopecks. The new currency units for bread and wine were the silver Ruble and the copper kopeck, the appearance, embossment and weight of which were determined. From now on, the Ruble coins would display the portrait of Peter the Great, or the twoheaded eagle of the Romanov dynasty. Under Peter’s charge, the first coins were manufactured by machine. In 1724, he built a new mint in St. Petersburg, where the “Sun Ruble” was produced. From 1876 onwards, he had an official coinage monopoly in Russia. It was Catherine the Great who lightened the load of the Russian purse by introducing paper money. The new banknotes were printed on white paper, adorned with a distinctive water mark. Despite this, forgery was rife and counterfeit Ruble notes made the rounds. During the middle of the 19 th century, these white slips of paper were replaced with the classic banknotes as they are known today: emblazoned with imperial buildings and grim portraits. Paving the way for the modern Ruble banknote. Photographs: Fotolia First published in the Magazine “Business in Russia” f+h Intralogistics 3/2014 45


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