Delta-Q Technologies Includes J1939 Capabilities to Better Support Electric Vehicle Manufacturers

New support of J1939 automotive standards provides superior charging solutions for CAN bus equipped vehicles

VANCOUVER, B.C.– [March 22, 2018]—Delta-Q Technologies (Delta-Q), a leader in battery charging solutions for electric drive vehicles and machines, has announced the expansion of its capabilities to support the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J1939 standards in its battery charging solutions. Delta-Q now offers the two leading Controller Area Network (CAN) bus communication protocols: CANopen and J1939.

J1939 is the preferred CAN standard for in-vehicle networks for trucks and buses in industries such as construction, material handling, electric automobiles, speciality utility vehicles and outdoor power equipment. With J1939 CAN protocol capabilities on Delta-Q’s chargers, the company can support machines approved for these uses.

The expansion to J1939 provides original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) the ability to integrate the battery charger’s data into a vehicle system, which includes telematic applications, in a simple and functional manner. This adds to Delta-Q’s full CAN bus capabilities for charge control, and/or charge monitoring, for a more integrated lead acid or lithium system. It also provides OEMs with the flexibility to update battery algorithm and charger software through CAN programs to ensure quality in a vehicle’s battery charge or provide full autonomous control of their applications.

“As one of the few charging solutions to offer this capability, we’re excited to better support our customers that use this protocol standard across their products,” says Trent Punnett, Delta-Q’s vice president of sales, marketing and product management. “With the goal to constantly evolve and serve our customers’ needs, the new ability to meet J1939 requirements opens opportunities—for our OEM customers— in system level design and support to integrate chargers into equipment needing telematics.”

The J1939 communication model creates an open interconnected system that allows Electronic Control Units (ECUs) belonging to different component manufacturers to communicate with each other. Integration of J1939 into Delta-Q’s charging solutions further enforces the company as a charging supplier to with capability to support products in industry fields such as e-mobility, golf and military.

The SAE created the J1939 standards as a higher protocol built on CAN. J1939 covers the design and use of equipment that communicates signals among vehicle components. Deployed as an application, J1939 runs communication between the engine, battery, battery charger, transmission and vehicle body controls, as well as other relevant subsystems.

Delta-Q Technologies is a leading provider of battery charging solutions that improve the performance and reliability of electric drive vehicles and industrial equipment. The company has become the supplier of choice to the world’s leading manufacturers of electric golf cars, lift trucks, aerial work platforms, motorcycles and scooters, floor care machines, and utility and recreational vehicles. The Delta-Q Technologies Software Development team has a combined 60 years plus of CAN programing and customization experience. This team works directly with Delta-Q’s OEM customers to deliver CAN based charging solutions specific to their needs. Delta-Q is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada with a local presence in the U.S., Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit www.delta-q.com.

OTTO Motors Introduces API Integration Solution, Enabling Connected Industrial Automation for Manufacturers

(Kitchener, ON, Canada – March 9, 2018) OTTO Motors is proud to officially release the OTTO Industrial API, solving one of the major hurdles in manufacturing today:  achieving a fully connected and optimized smart factory. The Industrial API addresses the challenge of machine-to-machine communication and full industrial automation by simplifying the process of connecting equipment and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) to OTTO.

“OTTO Motors is really setting the bar high for system accessibility and ease of integration in their market. This new API allows Ignition to seamlessly access the data as OPC tags and integrate them with our built-in components and scripting,” said Don Pearson, Chief Strategy Officer, Inductive Automation. “We are excited to see how this API can remove connectivity barriers that have prevented some people from utilizing self-driving vehicles in the past.”

As a collaborating company with Inductive Automation, OTTO Motors integrated Ignition software as part of the Industrial API architecture. Ignition is a software platform with a feature set that includes the translation of different protocols to the ones needed to speak to PLCs within manufacturing environments; therefore, contributing to a closed loop automation system.

“The industry has long struggled with the challenge of connecting industrial machines built by different companies,” explains Simon Drexler, Director of Product, OTTO Motors. “Pieces of equipment from the same company generally communicate easily with each other but creating a connection that enables data to be exchanged across products from different vendors can be complicated, costly, and time-consuming – and sometimes impossible. This problem is, at best, a barrier to attaining the benefits of a smart factory that many companies aspire to. At worst, it’s a severe limitation on productivity.”

Available now, the OTTO Industrial API connects self-driving vehicles to existing automation systems and processes, providing faster integration of OTTO with robust and standardized integrations with industry-standard software and protocols. The industry-leading Ignition server software creates total system integration for the plant floor. Together, Inductive Automation and OTTO Motors are driving manufacturers towards greater efficiencies and increased productivity through higher quality and long-term reliability.

“This is a game-changing solution for the manufacturing industry,” said Matthew Rendall, CEO, OTTO Motors. “It has been our mission since day one to improve productivity and efficiency for our customers, and with the OTTO Industrial API, manufacturers can quickly, painlessly and more cost-effectively scale their business.”

OTTO™ Motors designs, manufactures and operates self-driving vehicles to automate material movement inside busy factories and warehouses. Using self-driving technology much like the Google Car, the easy-to-use OTTO vehicles move inventory in a safe and flexible manner throughout the indoor supply chain. Customers include Fortune 100 brands like General Electric, John Deere, and Toyota. For more information, visit www.ottomotors.com.

Latest ProGMA Video Highlights Loading Dock Hazards: 42% of Forklift Accidents Involve Workers Getting Pinned by Tipping Vehicles

 

The Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association (ProGMA), a product group within trade association Material Handling Industry (MHI), is promoting the third in a series of educational videos about preventing accidents and injuries at loading docks. The videos can be seen at mhi.org/progma/videos.

Following ‘Essential Safety Barriers for Automated / Robotic Workcells’ and ‘Proper Safeguarding for Elevated Work Platforms’, the latest video titled, ‘Prevent Accidents and Injuries Near Loading Docks / Doors’, focuses on the busiest and most dangerous area of a facility. The 2:05min-long video provides a visual interpretation of a busy, working loading dock, highlighting the inherent hazards involved with the fast-moving environment.

Ray Niemeyer, chairman of ProGMA and director of business development at SpaceGuard Products, said: “The loading dock is the most active area of any facility; if a company isn’t shipping and receiving product, it isn’t making money. It is here where personnel either on foot or riding powered operated equipment can find themselves in dangerous situations, unless proper protective guarding and safety equipment are installed. Buildings and product can also be damaged.”

The video starts with an alarming statistic that 42% of forklift accidents involve workers getting pinned by vehicles tipping over. It also states that a single forklift accident can lead to $100,000+ in related costs. The animation goes on to address the potential for employees, products, or moving equipment to fall off the dock at an unprotected door. ProGMA members offer safety gates, mesh door netting, bumpers, bollards, guardrails, truck wheel guides, truck driver cages, and other products that keep personnel and product safe, directly contributing to a company’s bottom line.

ProGMA hopes floor managers, health and safety managers, upper management, and shift workers will gain knowledge through the visual content. In just over two minutes, the video successfully walks target audiences through the entire loading dock environment, from outside spaces where larger trucks maneuver in tight areas, to the bustling aisles and traffic ways of a typical high-traveled loading dock-and everything in between.

Niemeyer said: “The causes, severity, and types of potential accident are varied. Worker safety and protective guarding equipment should not be seen as a cost but an investment that not only ensures people go home to their families at night but also reduces cost in the yearly maintenance budget, particularly when it is designed into a facility from the outset. Be mindful that management and co-workers are left to deal with the immediate and long-term impact of a lost time accident, whilst hoping that the injured employee can return to health and their position of employment.”

There are many different types of loading dock across the U.S., depending on the kind of business activity and a building’s operational function. There may be 200 loading docks at a single site, for example. Warehousing and distribution sites will have a higher percentage of loading docks on multiple sides of a building, while a manufacturing facility might have fewer docks with a greater spread across a site to facilitate in and outbound shipments.

Niemeyer concluded: “The videos are being well received by industry employees, managers, health and safety personnel, and insurance companies. They provide a real life overview of the various areas of a company’s operation, inside and out, where guarding and protective barriers should be considered for protecting employees and the building from costly accidents and facility damage.”

The latest video can be seen at <a href=”http://mhi.org/progma/videos” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>mhi.org/progma/videos</a>.

 

Forklift rental? Choosing the best forklift financing option

Is forklift rental, lease or purchase right for you?

Forklifts and other materials handling equipment can be purchased with a number of repayment options, rented on a short-term basis from 90 days to 12 months, leased over several years, or purchased through your dealer, according to Alex Teager, Yale Financial Services Manager.

The advantages and disadvantages of each option are complex and are often dependent on a range of factors such as the organization’s policies, practices and the size of the operation. This is why Yale would recommend seeking professional advice, notes Teager. Information on the types of products, the working environment and quantity of vehicles ordered are taken into consideration when the financial services organization prepares the quotation.


Also read: Forklift Lease or Buy – What’s Best for Your Business?


 Material handling equipment acquisition is a big decision: get the right advice

“The acquisition method for materials handling equipment can be a big decision for any business,” Teager says. “Customers often focus on the build quality and features of products, whereas here at Yale we would encourage them to also look at the wider picture. The tailored support of the Yale® dealer can be invaluable in ensuring that the whole package is right for their particular application and situation, including how the vehicle or fleet is financed.”

“At Yale, initial consultations are carried out by Yale dealers with the team at Yale Financial Services, in conjunction with our financial partners, providing professional support and assistance from the beginning to the end of the leasing lifecycle. Yale is committed to the long-term support of its customers and with its extensive lift truck expertise offers financing solutions for new and used trucks to suit budget requirements via a range of tailored plans.”

Most lease agreements range between two and seven years in length, with a five-year contract being the most frequently selected. Repayment schedules and types of contract are flexible, meaning that the dealer can work with their customers to devise the most appropriate product selection and payment schedule for their specific needs. The finance solutions offered may include customised rental profiles in support of a customer’s cash flow requirements or inclusive rental and maintenance packages.

This determination to find the best available solution was a positive for José Manuel, from Hispania de Manutención in Spain. He said: “I have this deep appreciation for the hard work that Yale Financial Services and their finance partner DLL have been doing. Their commercial focus and energy are the key differentiators when it comes to their structuring of complex solutions and ability to distinguish themselves in a competitive marketplace.”

Look for a comprehensive range of options

Yale customers expect a comprehensive range of products and services. The financial services package and securing project financing through Yale Financial Services was a key consideration for Yale CZ in concluding a long-term contract with Skylog s.r.o., to supply materials handling equipment, rack equipment and other equipment within the warehouse operation. As Mr. Krejci from Skylog said: “One of the key factors in the final decision to conclude a contract with Yale CZ was the offer of financial services that respected our specific requirements. Effective and efficient negotiations with the representative of UniCredit, the partner of Yale Financial Services for the Czech Republic was of real benefit.”

Yale and its dealers remain on hand throughout the tenure of the agreement to provide repair and maintenance work for its products, meaning that customers can rest assured that they can receive professional and reliable servicing for the duration of their contract.

For more information on Yale Financial Services please visit www.yale.com.

Yale Announces Attachment Ready Trucks to meet Demand for Integrated Solutions

GREENVILLE, N.C. – Specialized applications have little tolerance for attachment integration issues or malfunctions that could cause downtime and eat into profits. To streamline installation and improve reliability of its integrated solutions, Yale Materials Handling Corporation has announced a new line of attachment ready trucks. Engineered with a modified front end, these trucks allow for Bolzoni Auramo paper roll and bale clamp attachments to fit seamlessly on a broad range of Yale® cushion tire and pneumatic tire lift truck models.

The truck-to-clamp interface minimizes installation inconsistencies and can enhance attachment performance. Yale attachment ready trucks help assure that operations consistently use proper hydraulic hose sizing, hose routing and hydraulic fittings. This can extend the useful life of the lift truck and attachment by reducing the risk of hydraulic and engine overheating, and engine component stress.

“Every minute in customer operations is critical. They simply can’t afford unexpected downtime and depend on their equipment to be up and running to meet demanding productivity schedules,” said Chris Murtha, Brand Manager, Yale Materials Handling Corporation. “This is especially true for operations that rely on specialized solutions like clamp-equipped forklifts. The attachment ready trucks offered by Yale exemplify a commitment to meet our customers’ needs for integrated solutions that keep critical operations moving.”

Bolzoni Auramo paper roll and bale clamps are specifically designed for use in heavy-duty applications like paper and recycling. Controlled clamp force, customized opening ranges and a wide selection of arm lengths and configurations are available to fit unique operational requirements.

Toyota Material Handling UK launch two semi-automated order picking trucks equipped with t-mote remote drive

Toyota has launched two order picking trucks equipped with the remote drive feature t-mote to help increase productivity in picking processes, improve ergonomics by reducing operators’ fatigue and contribute to a safer work environment.

Toyota forklift t-mote

Toyota has launched two order picking trucks equipped with the remote drive feature t-mote. The company’s goal is to increase productivity in picking processes, improve ergonomics by reducing operators’ fatigue and contribute to a safer work environment.

Order picking is a labour-intensive process. Operators of traditional order picker trucks are frequently stepping on and off their trucks in order to pick goods and to move their trucks to the next picking location. This is a repetitive and time-consuming activity for the operator.

The BT Optio OSE250 order picking truck and OSE250P order picking truck with operator platform feature the t-mote remote drive feature. This technology improves safety and increases productivity. Using a small finger operated remote control, the remote drive function allows the operator to advance the truck forward without having to ride on it. This feature allows the operator to walk alongside it and pick goods from the racking to a load carrier, reducing the need for an operator to repetitively step on and off the truck.

The remote drive concept shortens the time a working cycle takes, which in turn increases the picking productivity of operators. The use of remote drive trucks can show an increase of up to 20% in productivity gains for identical picking cycles versus manually controlled trucks.

The truck is also fitted with safety scanners which detect objects up to 1m in front of the truck and cause it to stop automatically or adjust its path to prevent collisions. In remote mode, the truck moves at a speed of 4 km/h and a warning light flashes to warn bystanders of the truck’s movement.

“We understand that businesses are constantly looking to increase productivity and efficiency in their order picking processes,” stated Jon Buckley, Commercial Director. “By developing a machine which offers flexible, safe and efficient order picking, we are displaying our commitment to developing and delivering products which will deliver our customers increased gains in efficiency and productivity.”

Toyota receives four nominations at the FLTA awards

Toyota Material Handling have received four nominations for the FLTA Awards for Excellence 2018. The event is one of the biggest and most prestigious in the Materials Handling industry calendar.

The awards were launched to encourage and reward excellence in the materials handling industry.  Now hugely popular, people flock from around the world to see who will scoop the world renowned ‘Archie’ trophies.

The four principal categories are Environment, Ergonomics, Safety and innovation. This year, Toyota has one nomination in the Ergonomics category and a  three nominations on the Innovation shortlist – the only company to do so.

The BT Reflex R,E and O series of reach trucks have been shortlisted in the ergonomics category thanks to their innovative design and range of features which help to increase operator comfort and visibility of the fork tips and load at all heights.

The three products nominated in the innovation category were Natural Navigation, the Toyota Autopilot range of fully automated trucks and the Autopilot TAE050 semi-automated guided cart.

Natural Navigation is a new method of navigation for their range of automated warehouse trucks called natural navigation.

The introduction of this system expands the offer of automated trucks suitable for a range of operations. Natural Navigation is quicker to install with a simpler set up process, providing a more flexible automated solution. The navigation technology uses recognizable landmarks or reference points or landmarks within a warehouse such as racking, walls and other fixed objects to calculate the trucks location.

The Toyota Autopilot automated trucks are a selection of automated warehouse trucks which can utilise dual navigation. This is a combination of laser navigation using a series of scanners, sensors and reflectors and natural navigation which scans landmarks within the trucks natural environment to calculate its location within the warehouse. Because of this, these trucks provide a more flexible and adaptable automated solution.

The Autopilot TAE050 from Toyota Material Handling, simplifies, standardises and optimises customer operations. The Autopilot TAE050 is simple and compact, with a towing capacity of up to 500kg and a lift capacity of up to 175kg it allows the automation of simple, repetitive tasks and allows team members to be utilised on more complex aspects of operations. The TAE050 is simple to install and program and offers a flexible, simple automation to be implemented in a range of applications.

To find out more about the nominated products from Toyota, visit www.toyota-forklifts.co.uk and to find out more about the FLTA Awards visit http://fork-truck.org.uk/flta-awards.

Wildeck Receives “Most Valuable Supplier” Award

Commitment to business excellence earns MVS Award from MHEDA.

Waukesha, WI – Material handling equipment and safety products manufacturer, Wildeck, Inc., has earned the prestigious MVS (Most Valuable Supplier) Award for 2018.  The MVS Award is granted by the industry’s trade association, MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association).  According to MHEDA, this prestigious award recognizes companies who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to their dealer network, their employees and their community.

To qualify for the MVS Award, Wildeck was required to meet a series of criteria in a number of areas important to its distributor companies.  In addition to confirming an on-going commitment to safety, MVS Award winners must also demonstrate an overall commitment to business excellence by documenting programs in the following areas:

  • Industry Advocacy
  • Distributor Advocacy
  • Business Networking
  • Continuing Education
  • Business Best Practices

“It is with great pride that Wildeck has received MHEDA’s 2018 Most Valuable Supplier Award,” stated Wildeck President, Greg Larson. “We are grateful to work with our dedicated dealer partners, systems integrators, and end-users throughout the country. The employee owners of Wildeck truly deserve this honor as they are committed to helping our customers’ projects run smoothly every day.”

“MHEDA members represent the best of our industry; and those who earn the MVS Award have documented that excellence and commitment to their dealers, community, employees and the material handling industry,” said Scott Lee, MHEDA’s 2017 Chairman of the Board and President of Schaumburg, IL based Conveyor Solutions, Inc. “MHEDA is very proud of our MVS Award winners.”

The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) is the only national trade association dedicated solely to improving the proficiency of the independent material handling distributor.  MHEDA represents nearly 650 companies in the material handling equipment business.  Located in suburban Chicago, the association provides services to companies seeking to improve their business through education, networking, benchmarking and best practices.  For more information, visit www.mheda.org.

Wildeck, Inc. – based in Waukesha, WI – is a member of MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association), MHI (Material Handling Industry Association), the FMA (Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International), and the NAEC (National Association of Elevator Contractors).  The company is the largest manufacturer of safety guarding products, structural steel mezzanine platforms, manual and automated vertical lifts (VRCs), and rideable material lifts (RMLs) in North America.  A complete line of industrial rolling ladders, custom-designed work platforms and other high access products are also available.  Wildeck products improve supply chain productivity and provide additional capacity, efficiency and safety in manufacturing plants, warehouses, distribution centers, and many other facilities.  They are sold through a dedicated and experienced network of customer-service-oriented dealers and systems integrators nationwide.

Wildeck, Inc. is a subsidiary of Holden Industries, a 100% Employee-Owned Company.  Please visit www.wildeck.com.

Crown Equipment Helps Northgate Markets Achieve Lowest Injury Rate in 11 Years

NEW BREMEN, Ohio – Northgate Markets, a chain of supermarkets in Southern California, is reaping the results of its recently fortified safety and compliance efforts at its distribution center in Anaheim. Working with Crown Equipment, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, the family-owned and -operated business has achieved its lowest injury rate in 11 years and reached full compliance with forklift operator pre-shift inspection requirements.

Looking to improve inspection documentation and impact avoidance, Northgate Markets implemented Crown’s InfoLink® wireless operator and fleet management system to monitor and manage every motorized vehicle in its fleet. This includes more than 100 Crown forklifts and non-Crown equipment. From setting impact thresholds for each forklift to electronically filing vehicle inspection data and impact reports, InfoLink has helped Northgate Markets improve operator compliance, productivity and safety. In fact, since implementation, the company has seen declining workplace injury rates for the past three years.

“With Crown’s InfoLink, I get pre-trip inspection reports on every piece of equipment that every individual gets on every day, period,” said Keith McCarron, director of distribution, Northgate Markets. “In every operation I’ve ever been in, it’s really difficult to fill out a piece of paper and turn it in every day at the beginning and end of a shift. Now I get 100 percent return. No matter what, I know that piece of equipment is being operated safely.”

Northgate Markets material handling fleet varies from forklifts working in the elements outdoors to reach trucks working on smooth floors indoors. According to McCarron, the ability to adjust InfoLink’s impact thresholds to meet these various applications has been crucial to minimizing impacts while also modifying operator behavior.

“The ability to set each individual piece of equipment at a different impact threshold is key,” said McCarron. “Now operators are more aware of that threshold and hitting a rack or bumping a pallet. Prior to InfoLink, they wouldn’t have given it a thought. We’ve had a steady decrease in injuries and Crown’s operator and fleet management system is a part of that program.”

For more details of how Northgate Markets and Crown work together, visit the Customer Results section of the Crown website.

New Hyster Rider Stacker Truck Helps Manage Variable Demand

Hyster Europe adds a new Rider Stacker truck to its warehouse equipment range, providing more options for busy warehouse operations that experience variable demand, such as those in distribution, food and drink, retail, and logistics. 

“The tough new Hyster® RS1.6 Rider Stacker truck has been designed to support demanding warehouse operations, especially in tight confines,” explains Monica Radavelli, Product Manager – Warehouse for Hyster. “As we approach the festive season, this reliable truck will help many applications to manage the increased intensity of their operation due to seasonal demand.”

Commonly used for stacking goods up to 1.6 tonnes in single and multiple shift applications, and back-of-store warehouse operations, Hyster® Rider Stacker trucks are designed for working in small spaces. Available with 2- or 3-stage masts and offering a lift height of more than 6 meters, the truck can work in aisle widths as small as 2.5 meters.

The Hyster® Rider Stacker truck also meets the needs of mixed applications, such as warehouse picking. The new Hyster® RS1.6 model can function as a medium-distance platform stacker and a long-distance rider stacker. This means that operations carrying out varied applications may no longer need to choose between two types of machine for different tasks.

To further ensure that businesses can specify the right truck for the particular needs of their industry or application, a number of bespoke options are available for the Hyster® RS1.6, including keypad access, support for telematics display and attachments for holding clipboards, drinks, and more.

“A cold store version is available to help food and drink manufacturing or wholesale applications,” explains Monica. “While a busy retail warehouse with high racking, or an operation handling heavy loads at height, can consider a choice of overhead guard protection add-ons.”

To help aid efficiency at particularly busy times, and during long shifts, the Hyster® RS1.6 offers enhanced operator comfort and control. The truck offers extensive visibility through the mast, and a choice of three driving positions to cater to the preferences of the operator or the application. The operator can easily adjust the seat from a supported standing position for loading and unloading, to a supported perch.  With an award-winning seat design, a fully seated position can be effortlessly adapted for traveling medium or long distances.

Particularly in the run-up to peak times like Christmas and Easter, many companies, such as retail, food and drink manufacturing, wholesale, logistics and couriers, experience an increase in demand. The tough Hyster® RS1.6 stacker keeps up with the high demands of a warehouse at peak times, with a travel speed (both laden and unladen) of up to 9 km/h and fast lift and lowering speeds.

The RS1.6 gives a strong performance, with speed-sensitive 180° electric steering and AC traction and steering motors. It can also operate in tight warehouse spaces, with a turning radius of just 1640 mm (with 1150 mm forks) making it suitable for a 2536 mm working aisle. This provides even greater benefit at peak times when warehouses can become overstocked and the available space for maneuver may be more limited.

“Equipment should be available to use whenever required, especially during busier periods,” says Monica. “The Hyster® RS1.6 is designed to be sturdy and reliable, providing a low total cost of ownership in the most demanding warehouse applications.”

To ensure minimal downtime for any routine or unplanned maintenance, it is also designed to offer excellent serviceability. It features comprehensive fault diagnostics, and a hinged floor plate that enables easy access for checking key components and oil levels. For multi-shift operations, lateral battery extraction also helps to reduce the downtime usually associated with battery exchange.

The extensive range of Hyster® warehouse products is supported by a global network of local distribution partners. For more information please visit www.hyster.eu.

Hyster Trucks Overcome Tough Tests at Sand-lime Brick Factory

From large quantities of dust to extreme temperature variations, Hyster® forklift trucks help overcome the tough conditions at Radmacher Kalksandsteine, a sand-lime brick production plant in Wendeburg, Germany.

The family business has been producing sand-lime bricks using only sand, quicklime and water since 1963. The blocks are hardened in 15-bar pressure autoclaves where more than 60 employees ensure continuous production in a three-shift, around the clock operation. Due to the demands of the application, including a climate that varies from -15°C in Winter to more than 30°C in Summer, the business tested various forklifts thoroughly before selecting new trucks.

“No stone is moved without a Hyster® forklift”

The sand-lime bricks are manufactured in standard sizes as well as in varying dimensions dependent on customer requirements and specific building plans. Hyster® trucks ensure a continuous, reliable process, from production to storage of the blocks.

“No stone is moved without a Hyster® forklift,” says Christian Baars, Production Manager at the plant, who is especially pleased with two new Hyster® H13XM-6 heavy-duty forklift trucks. These trucks, with a lifting capacity of 13-tonnes and a load center of 600mm, were acquired after testing several different trucks from well-known manufacturers.

Hyster® trucks handle slopes easily

While all trucks tested performed well when unloading trolleys and equipping saws, one competitor was unable to deliver the required performance working on the ramp. The heavy forklifts, fully loaded with sand-lime bricks, have to manage a short ramp with a grade of approximately 12 percent. Although some competitor trucks with strong engines managed the ramp, they consumed significantly more fuel than the Hyster® H13XM-6, which is equipped with a powerful six-cylinder Cummins QSB 6.7 litre engine.

“The engine power was not the only deciding factor though,” says Hyster Dealer Torsten Franke, Managing Director of GS-Gabelstapler Service, in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. “The truck has to be a good overall fit, from the 3-speed ZF hydrodynamic transmission to the transmission ratio.”

High performance with lower fuel consumption

“For us, the high-power reserves and low fuel consumption of the Hyster® H13XM-6 were key,” says Christian Baars. “After all the testing, we put the first forklift into use in our sand-lime brick factory in Uslar, and then ordered another 13-tonne truck, with an S + H stone clamp, to use at the Wendeburg plant.”

The state-of-the-art heavy-duty trucks, which comply with Stage IV / Tier 4 final requirements, consume around 20 percent less fuel compared to their predecessors.

Good all-round visibility is delivered by the ergonomic Hyster® cab, and further enhanced by the VISTA® mast with external chains and three, instead of four, hydraulic lines. The noise level has also been reduced, enabling the driver to concentrate during the shift.

Additionally, the wide chassis and wide drive axle ensure maximum lateral stability when using attachments.

Persuaded by the Cool Truck at Hyster® HUB

The business connection between GS Gabelstapler Service and Radmacher Kalksandsteine has developed over 30 years, with the Hyster® dealer offering advice, fast service and relevant solutions. For example, at the Hyster® HUB in Weeze, Germany, Baars was able to learn first-hand about the latest technologies, such as the Hyster® “Cool Truck”.

Based on the H4.0-5.5FT product range, Hyster has developed the Cool Truck especially for use in the dusty conditions found in the paper and recycling industry. The Cool Truck has numerous functions and adaptations to prevent the common problem of the motor overheating due to dust deposits. Hyster® heavy-duty forklift trucks, such as the 13-tonne truck at the stone works, are also designed for use in the toughest operating conditions.

Protection against dust and variable temperatures

To avoid the problems caused by dust, there is an option to extend the air inlet of the pre-filter. This reduces the amount of polluted air that is sucked in when the standard pre-filter is no longer sufficient. An automatic lubrication function can also be installed to keep dirt out.

Drivers also benefit from the Hyster® VISTA Cabin which features an easy-to-clean air filter.

Temperature fluctuations pose no problem for Hyster® forklift trucks as they leave the factory in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, ready to withstand operation at temperatures from -18°C to 50°C.

Hyster® forklifts provide up to 3,500 operating hours per year

Four Hyster® H3.0FT Fortens ICE forklift trucks are used by Radmacher Kalksandsteine to their maximum performance, reaching up to 3,500 operating hours per year. The trucks are primarily used to transport the sand-lime blocks around the site.

Equipped with Superelastic tires and the maintenance-free Hyster® Stability Mechanism (HSM), which improves side stability, the rugged Hyster® Fortens forklifts support the heavy demands of the operation.

Set to the ECO-eLO fuel efficiency mode, these are among the most fuel-efficient forklift trucks available, another deciding factor for Christian Baars.

Visit www.hyster.eu for more information.