Going beyond the truck
06 November 2018
Increased demand and diversity in materials handling operations is driving the development of solutions that go beyond trucks, according to Hyster Europe.
To enhance the tough range of 2-3.5 tonne capacity Hyster Fortens ICE trucks, a wide variety of solutions and customisations tailored to specific application needs are now available for 2019 models.
Matthew Allen, product manager for Hyster Europe says: “Increasingly customers need specific solutions that meet their particular application or industry requirements.
“For instance, to alert pedestrians of an approaching vehicle in busy warehouses with blind intersections or high noise environments, pedestrian awareness lights can be fitted to the front, rear, or both.”
Automatically activated when the truck moves, one option projects a blue beam of light on the floor indicating presence and travel direction of the truck. Other additional options include red zoning lights on either side of the truck to help indicate to pedestrians the distance they should keep from the truck.
Hi-vis intelligent seatbelts can be included on the new H2-3.5FT trucks, which not only helps managers to check that operators are using the seatbelts, but also contributes to awareness of the forklift operators among pedestrians.
To increase visibility in low ambient light environments, the Hyster H2.0-3.5FT trucks are now supplied as standard with LED lights, which are resistant to the damaging effects of harsh weather conditions as well as to shock and vibration.
A panoramic mirror is another available option, complementing the intelligent truck and mast design which optimises forwards and rear visibility.
“For multi-shift operations with a large number of drivers, and operations that require drivers to frequently mount and dismount their forklifts, it is important to keep track of who is using which vehicle,” says Matthew.
An operator password function is now included as standard on the H2.0-3.5FT range which can help restrict truck use to only trained and designated operators. This prevents unauthorised operation across the site and tracks who is operating which truck for increased accountability.
Tracker telematics system
This can be further supported with the addition of the Hyster Tracker telematics system, which can not only support operator access control but also be utilised to offer the benefits of better truck utilisation and cost monitoring.
Designed for indoor and outdoor use, tough Hyster H2.0-3.5FT LPG-powered forklift trucks are ideal for handling operations required to move goods between exterior areas and indoor warehouses and manufacturing areas.
To enhance these “in/out” operations where variable speed limits often apply, a roof detection system from Hyster detects when the truck is under a ceiling, limiting the truck’s movement to a pre-determined travel speed. This helps to protect infrastructure, such as indoor flooring, from damage, while adhering to site speed limits.