Thursday, March 8, 2012

New Fork Lift Trucks Offer Greener Option for Freight and Logistics Operators

Jungheinrich Unveil Latest Diesel, LP Gas and Electric Counterbalance Options
Shipping News Feature

UK - With all companies throughout the supply chain intent on reducing energy costs and emissions materials handling manufacturer Jungheinrich has announced the launch of new additions to its ranges of ic-engine and electric-powered counterbalanced forklift trucks specifically designed to offer the highest standards of energy efficiency, throughput performance and operator comfort. The brand is a favourite with numerous warehousemen engaged in the freight and logistics industry and the company make several claims for the new equipment which they say offer improvements to any current models.

For those who favour electric powered trucks the EFG 425-430 models feature fourth generation AC technology which allows trucks to accelerate far more quickly than less advanced systems enabling more loads to be moved per shift. Highly environmentally friendly, Jungheinrich says the latest AC technology gives trucks constantly low energy consumption with tests on the new EFG Series 4 trucks recording a 10% improvement in energy efficiency. These costs are further reduced through energy reclamation during braking, so that a battery change in most applications over two shifts is no longer necessary.

For the truck operator, the new EFG Series 4 features a number of design ideas. The truck’s slim steering column, intuitive seat and seat mounted armrest reduce fatigue whilst battery changing is simplified by way of a SnapFit adaptor which is fitted to a standard pallet truck that locks in to the underside of a 48 or 80 Volt battery effortlessly.

The EFG Series 4’s mast is 50mm wider than the model it replaces while the truck’s overhead safety guard offers a virtually completely unobstructed view and the machines all feature Jungheinrich’s Curve Control which automatically reduces the truck’s drive speed as it enters a corner by monitoring the truck’s speed, wheel position and steering angle which the manufacturer claims offers market leading stability.

With the conventional ic-engine models, the VFG Series 5 are available in both diesel and LP Gas options from VW with a 5 tonne lift capacity and all are fitted with hydrostatic drive technology which ensures reduced fuel consumption and low exhaust emissions – vital in partially enclosed environments. The Jungheinrich VFG Series 5s’s emissions are the lowest in their class and well below the limit required by the new EU IIIB legislation that is due to come into effect from 2013 and will see the legal limit for exhaust soot particles reduced by 95%.

The VFG Series 5s offers high levels of productivity. The engine speed automatically increases during the lifting process and all mast functions, truck acceleration and braking and changes of direction are smooth and precise. To further enhance handling performance and to maximize energy saving, five different operating programmes allow the driver to set the truck’s performance characteristics to match the load and the operating environment. Craig Johnson, marketing manager of Jungheinrich UK Ltd comments:

“We believe that with its combination of low energy consumption and operating costs and ultra low exhaust emissions, the VFG Series 5s sets a new benchmark in ic-engine counterbalance truck design. Not only is the truck the cleanest in its class, the hydrostatic technology requires between 20 and 30 per cent less fuel compared to the market average. This means less environmental impact and higher productivity.

“When a customer invests in a Jungheinrich truck they expect to get a top quality product. Our new Series 4 truck offers quality and performance from a truck designed to meet the requirements of clients operating in a broad range of industry sectors.” Photo:- One of the new electric models.