Hyster Europe announces several updates to help specific industries overcome unique challenges.
Whether it’s a lack of space in a retail warehouse or the Just-In-Time demands of an automotive factory, Hyster® solutions are meeting the needs of specific applications.
Large retail outlets are often challenged with storing and handling stock within the tight confines of a small warehouse. These warehouses often are designed with narrow aisle widths and high racking which can make handling difficult.
Hyster Europe recently previewed the R1.0E – 1.4E Reach Truck series, designed specifically to support this type of operation. Although it offers the same dependability and operator comfort as the existing Hyster® Reach Truck range, it has been developed for greater manoeuvrability in environments where space is at a premium.
The chassis is compact, and the mast can be tilted back, saving all-important centimetres so the truck can handle stock in the highest racking, even in narrow aisles.
For stock kept in the lower racks, there is the Hyster® S1.0E-1.2E Compact Stacker truck. Its streamlined size makes it ideal for efficient stacking, storing, transporting or picking in the tight spaces commonly found in retail warehouses. The series can lift up to 1.2 tonnes to 2.41m, or reach heights of up to 4.18m with lighter loads, and for added flexibility, forks can also be adjusted to an ergonomic working height for warehouse order picking.
The automotive industry is demand-driven, so dependable and efficient materials handling equipment is vital for optimum efficiency and meeting Just-In-Time requirements. Line feed productivity is particularly important.
To support automotive production applications, Hyster Europe has launched the new T7.0HS3 three-wheel and T8.0HS4 four-wheel Rider Tow Tractors. The new Hyster® Rider Tow Tractors offer excellent manoeuvrability thanks to the compact design, anti-roll back on ramps device, and external inching control buttons to assist with trailer hitching. The tow tractors, which offer optimal operator comfort, also feature adjustable acceleration and travel speeds that can be set to meet the different needs of specific automotive manufacturing applications.
For those operations with repetitive line feed tasks, tow tractors can also be automated. The knowledge of the local Hyster® dealer combined with detailed simulations, allows Hyster Europe to identify where automation can be used to improve efficiency.
The Hyster® LO5.0-7.0T Tow Tractor, Hyster® Pedestrian Counterbalance Stacker and Low-level Order Picker can all be robotised, offering the flexibility to deal with intermittent demand for different automated tasks in the automotive industry. The innovative truck based Hyster® solution makes automation accessible and adaptable to changes in building infrastructure.
Ports and Terminal
While moving and stacking empty and laden containers is a vital part of port and terminal operations, these applications have varied handling needs at every stage from ship to store. One common challenge is container stuffing.
For most terminal operations, the most convenient and efficient way to transport heavy or awkward loads into, or out of, the container would be with a counterbalance lift truck. However, the standard cab height often makes this impossible.
To overcome this, Hyster Europe offers lower cabin height options for restricted height applications, such as the back of lorries or loading in a container.
Low cabin height options are now available on a number of truck series including the H8.0-9.0FT series, for loads up to 9 tonnes.
Tough Hyster® lift trucks with lowered cabins also offer the power, performance and manoeuvrability needed to work efficiently through the harsh, wet and sub-zero weather conditions commonly found in ports and terminals.
Dusty environments are commonplace for lift trucks operating in the recycling, household waste or paper bale handling industry, meaning that the lift truck’s radiators can easily get clogged up. This can cause unnecessary downtime that costs businesses money in lost production, as well as contributing to other truck problems.
To tackle this issue and help operations to increase productivity and maximise return on investment, the new Hyster® ’Cool Truck’ package for 2-3.5 tonne capacity lift trucks has been designed to reduce the amount of debris entering the engine compartment and getting stuck on the transmission or in the radiator.
Developed following field trials in harsh paper applications, the truck features an innovative automatically reversing fan that significantly extends radiator cleaning intervals compared to a H2.0-3.5FT. Tilt and steer cylinder gaiters minimise the risk of damage to cylinders from debris, while tough rubber guards over the drive axle also minimise ingress of paper under the floorplates. Venting on side panels also helps to minimise the vacuuming effect of debris on the ground and a solid multi-piece belly pan under the engine compartment reduces the amount of loose debris entering the underside of the truck.
Supporting industry needs
Regardless of the industry, the global network of local Hyster® distribution partners use extensive knowledge and experience to find the best ways to overcome specific application challenges. With local service and support, Hyster® dealers help to sustain even the most demanding operations.
For more information or to find your local Hyster Dealer, visit www.hyster.eu.
Hyster® is one of the leading global brands of materials handling equipment and Hyster Europe, a trading name of Hyster-Yale UK Limited, a subsidiary of Hyster-Yale Group, Inc. (www.hyster.com), is a leading worldwide lift truck designer and manufacturer, offering more than 140 models of counterbalance trucks, warehouse and container handling equipment. The company invests heavily in research and development to ensure Hyster® products are at the forefront of the materials handling industry providing maximum dependability and low costs of ownership for demanding operations everywhere.
Hyster-Yale Group, Inc.is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. (NYSE:HY). Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. and its subsidiaries, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, employ approximately 6,800 people worldwide.
The volatility of the global steel industry has fuelled demand for highly efficient and flexible handling equipment. Botros Hanna from Hyster Europe explains some of the key handling challenges faced by the steel industry today, and how the company is making light work of the heaviest loads.
[Q]: What are the main materials handling challenges that steel customers face?
[Botros Hanna]: A consistent and efficient handling process is more important than ever to ensure that there are no delays in the supply chain. Reliable handling equipment that can do the job effectively is therefore critical, particularly due to the heavy, awkward loads and challenging environments.
Most steel customers use trucks over 8 tonnes lift capacity with some sort of front end attachment, a combination that requires robust trucks that are easy to drive and position loads.
Steel operators need a complete handling solution which is why Hyster has a dedicated steel industry solutions team that has significant experience to overcome their specific challenges and optimise steel handling applications.
[Q]: What has Hyster done to ensure reliability in steel applications?
[BH]: Hyster has become increasingly industry focused, paying particular attention to understanding the challenges and needs of different industries, including the steel industry. This has ensured that we can offer intelligently designed solutions that suit the many different applications that exist throughout the steel industry.
In addition, all Hyster® lift trucks up to 52 tonnes are built for the toughest jobs, but there are some important additions used in steel operations. For example, where dust is an issue, Hyster has introduced an extended pre-cleaner air intake to help avoid engine failure, on demand cooling to reduce fan induced dust and automatic greasing to force dirt out of critical wear areas.
Heat is also a factor that can seriously affect the reliability of a truck when semi-finished products in the form of slabs, blooms, ingots or bars exit the manufacturing process at approximately 900C. Hyster® trucks overcome temperature problems by fitting heat resistant hoses to prevent them from drying out and leaking, and a heat shield for hydraulic cylinder protection. An extended front fender will also prevent tyres from softening and a chainless monomast eliminates the need for a chain which could otherwise dry out.
In fact, Hyster has one of the toughest heat protection packages in the world for foundry environments to ensure that the forklift maintains a low cost of operation and reliability throughout its life time.
[Q]: What do you mean by a low cost of operation?
[BH]: To get the best value and performance from a lift truck, buyers must look at lifetime costs over a five-year period, sometimes more for larger trucks, in relation to their specific operation. Hours, ramps, continuous lifting at capacity, heat, dust and many other factors all affect the cost of ownership.
Our job is to provide the right truck to give the best performance, value, productivity and reliability in all applications.
One of our most significant technical developments over the last few years has led to significant operational cost savings for steel businesses and improved their environmental performance.
[Q]: How are Hyster® trucks saving steel customers money and helping them to improve their green credentials?
[BH]: Hyster has developed some of the most fuel efficient heavy duty forklifts on the market, helping steel customers significantly reduce their monthly fuel bills by as much as 25% in some cases. This adds up to a lot of money when you consider the size of the machines and fleets.
These savings were a byproduct of the company’s approach to meeting the Stage IV / Tier 4 final (T4f) emissions legislation, which all Hyster® trucks above 8 tonne lift capacity now adhere to. Most steel applications use trucks over 8 tonnes lift capacity.
[Q]: Steel comes in many shapes, sizes and weights. How can Hyster® trucks adapt?
[BH]: Whether an application is handling steel band coils, wire coils, pipes, tubes, structural steel or hot semi-finished products, Hyster has highly refined and tested solutions.
We have multi-purpose (integral or hook-type) side-shift, fork positioning carriages with a range of different "quick disconnect" fork and front-end attachments available. This includes rounded forks, grab clamps, coil manipulators, C-hooks, pipe stabilisers, hydraulic pipe clamps, coil rams (with up to 13 picks), twin rams, long rams, magnets and more.
We are finding some customers are wanting to invest in fewer machines to do more varied work. One customer, for example, needed to use the same Reach Stacker to handle containers, trailers and steel coils. A unique tool changer allows easy exchange of attachments, in that case a standard container spreader, an intermodal spreader and a C-hook attachment, offering maximum flexibility with minimal fuss.
[Q]: How does Hyster support such a global industry?
[BH]: Hyster is a global business with operations across the world and a global dealer network which offers rapid response locally. In addition, we have separate industry managers for different regions which helps to further ensure that customers are supported and have their specific needs met.
Hyster® is one of the leading global brands of materials handling equipment and Hyster Company offers over 140 models of counterbalance trucks, warehouse and container handling equipment. The company invests heavily in research and development to ensure Hyster® products are at the forefront of the materials handling industry providing maximum dependability and low costs of ownership for demanding operations everywhere.
Hyster Company (www.hyster.com) is a leading worldwide lift truck designer and manufacturer and is part of Hyster-Yale Group, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. (NYSE:HY). Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. and its subsidiaries, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, employ approximately 6,300 people worldwide.
Visit www.hyster.eu for further information.