Big truck deal for Hyster forklifts

Hyster Company announced that it has been selected as the successful bidder by Pacific National for a 31-unit big truck deal. Pacific National, one of Australia’s largest rail companies has ordered 21 Hyster ReachStackers, five masted container handlers and five heavy duty forklifts with two boasting 48 tons of lifting capacity and three with 18 tons of lifting capacity.

Hyster along with one of its dealers, Adaptalift, worked with Pacific National to evaluate each site across Australia (Perth, Melbourne, Moolabin, Townsville, Adelaide and Sydney), where the trucks would be deployed in rail terminals, moving containers, trailers and steel coils.

“A good analysis of each site’s application, together with the detailed tender document allowed us to provide tailored solutions for each site, meeting Pacific National’s diverse requirements”, said Jan-Willem van den Brand, Manager of the Big Truck Application Center for Hyster. “The tender focussed on total cost of ownership, ergonomics and safety.”

“With system and option enhancements on the equipment, Pacific National was seeking to achieve safety, customer and performance benefits in line with its company values,” said Andrew Adam, General Manager, National Intermodal for Pacific National. “While at Hyster’s factory in Nijmegen, Pacific National staff witnessed first-hand the alignment of these company values that supported our safety motto, to ensure that operators, customers and all facility users return “home safely every day.”

Since Pacific National’s various rail sites handle different types of loads, ranging from high top containers with round roofs to curtain containers with bottom pick points, the company needed solutions that were adaptable. To meet these requirements, Hyster will provide customized ReachStackers that allow operators to easily swap between a standard container spreader to a piggy back spreader, enabling quick response to changing operational demands of loads and helping to optimize fleet usage.

In the company’s Melbourne steel handling location, a Hyster RS46-41XLS with 7500mm/295 inch wheelbase and stabilizers will be equipped with a tool changer, so it can switch between a c-hook for coil handling and a spreader for container handling. With the c-hook, the truck will be able to pick 32 ton coils from the second rail using the patented Hyster Stabilizer Control System. This Stabilizer Control System optimally spreads the load over the stabilizer and the tyres for good stability in all directions. Three 18 ton trucks will be supplied with special coil handling carriages optimized for this application, and chamfered forks.

The Hyster big trucks that will be deployed at Pacific National’s various Australian locations will feature modular designs helping to minimize the variation of parts needed to support the trucks, making servicing and operator training easier. All customized options chosen are also designed using similar components, having a positive impact on uptime and cost of ownership. All trucks will be fully serviced by Adaptalift Hyster, the nationwide dealer for Hyster in Australia.

“We are very excited that Pacific National selected our products which can provide the durability and versatility that their demanding operations need, said Brett Schemerhorn, president of Big Truck Products for Hyster Company. 

Adaptalift acquires Wholesale Materials Handling

Adapt-A-Lift Forklift Rentals and Sales has acquired Wholesale Materials Handling, formerly Nichiyu Forklifts Australia. This acquisition officially takes effect from Thursday 15th January 2015.

The Adaptalift product range includes leading brands Hyster and Combilift, and has further been strengthened by the acquisition of Wholesale Materials Handling, adding Fimap and Aisle-Master products.

Wholesale Materials Handling is a business with over 30 years experience in the industry, with a strong background in battery electric forklifts, offering a complete range of new materials handling products as well as quality used forklifts at competitive prices.

Managing Director of the Adaptalift Group Peter Whiffen said that Wholesale Materials Handling is a “mature business that brings with it a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Adaptalift Group, and is a great strategic fit for our organisation.”

“The combination of the two businesses will further strengthen the company’s position in the marketplace, continuing to focus on providing our customers with further materials handling solutions.”

Jungheinrich unveils new generation of IC powered forklifts

NTP Forklifts Australia presents a completely redesigned generation of IC (Internal Combustion) engine powered forklift trucks from Jungheinrich.

Engineered and manufactured in Germany, and introduced at CeMAT in May 2014 in Hanover, the new general purpose, reliable and rugged trucks deliver above-average throughput rates with simultaneous low fuel consumption. The new generation stackers handle payloads of up to 3,500kg, with maximum stacking height of 7.50 metres.

Jungheinrich is simultaneously launching two new series of internal combustion engine powered counterbalance forklift trucks – hydrodynamic torque converter drive trucks in the DFG/TFG 316-320 and DFG/TFG 425-435 model ranges.

The new forklift trucks manufactured at the Moosburg production plant in the German state of Bavaria are all powered by Kubota engines. Marek Scheithauer, Head of Product Management for IC Engine Powered Counterbalance Trucks at Jungheinrich explains that the industrial engines, tried and tested around the world in heavy-duty construction machinery, already deliver high torque at low revs.

The robust stackers boast high-grade, extremely durable, long-lifetime components and are ideally suited for extreme, tough operations in different climate zones. According to Scheithauer, the need for trucks that can operate in harsh operating environments inspired Jungheinrich to apply the latest in-house engineering developments to the new torque converter’s core components. These include innovations to the mast, chassis and steering column.

The counterweight on the new stacker is an integral part of the load-bearing chassis, while the steering column was integrated in the counterweight. The low centre of gravity, which is also optimally positioned between the axles lends the forklift truck outstanding stability and makes additional, electronic stabilisers redundant.

The proprietary Jungheinrich transmission shaft in the new torque converter features an integrated non-wear wet multi-disc brake. Compared to standard drum brakes, wet multi disc brakes mean almost no service costs. Thanks to their encapsulated design, brake performance is not impacted by the harsh external conditions. The high-performance cooling system functions fully even in very high ambient temperatures. The radiator is a single unit made of 100 per cent aluminium ensuring that the new truck with torque converter is well equipped to handle dust and other punishing ambient influences.

Key advantages of the new range of Jungheinrich forklift trucks also include fast, easy and economical servicing requiring minimum technical expertise thanks to the high-grade and rugged components; high stacker availability with minimal interruption of internal production and logistics workflows; excellent access to the engine compartment with the L-shaped engine bonnet tilt-able to almost 90-degrees and quick-release side panels; improved cab design for operator comfort; electric parking brake as standard; and a new lifting mast design ensuring improved view of the payload, forks and general working area.

For operator comfort, the slim steering column of the seat offers greater leg room compared with industrial trucks; adjustable seat for healthy and fatigue-free stacker operation; and multiple options for setting down or storing things such as beaker holder and clip pad, allowing the operator to maintain a well-ordered, uncluttered workstation.

Toyota launches new 8-Series large forklifts

Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) has launched a new range of counterbalance fork lifts designed to deliver fuel efficiency, high performance and environment-friendly operation.

Toyota’s new 8-Series forklifts incorporate all industry-leading forklift safety and ergonomic features normally available in its entire internal combustion forklifts range. Key improvements have been made to increase fuel and work efficiency, reduce emissions, enhance durability and reliability, and allow better operability, operator comfort and visibility from the operator’s seat. 

The new 8-Series range now includes 3500kg to 8000kg pneumatic-tyre models with the choice of LPG, dual-fuel or diesel options, as well as a compact cushion-tyre range of LPG-fuel models with 3500kg to 7000kg capacities. These forklifts also feature a new 65kW electronic fuel injection-equipped 3.7-litre LPG engine offering fuel savings of up to 20 per cent compared with the previous model. 

TMHA national sales and Toyota product manager Jim Lobow explains that the new forklift models suit a range of indoor and outdoor applications within the paper, timber and concrete industries as well as large distribution centres. 

Several key safety features have been included in the 8-Series models beginning with Toyota’s exclusive System of Active Stability, which helps reduce the likelihood of lateral or longitudinal roll overs, and works in conjunction with Toyota’s Active Mast Controller Function that automatically matches lift height and load weight to prevent dropped loads or tip-overs. A vehicle travel speed control system is also provided as standard equipment.

Toyota’s 8-Series forklifts come with three new fuel-saving features including a load-sensing power steering system to reduce power demand on the engine, an Economy or Eco mode to optimise the performance curve of the engine to work conditions, and a programmable Auto Engine Off feature on the LPG Dual Fuel engine models.

Toyota has also reinforced its core strengths of quality, durability and reliability, further improving uptime. 

Key enhancements in the 8-Series forklifts include a redesigned chassis and fully stamped steel plate construction, with significantly reduced use of cosmetic plastic; critical controllers and relays protected in a steel box and water-resistant connectors used throughout; rear combination lamps of long-life/low power use LED type, mounted high on the overhead guard for protection; and optimised reliability with a 55 per cent increase in engine radiator size and an external hydraulic cooler. 

Ergonomic improvements in the new 8-Series models include increased floor space, a larger step, a curvilinear overhead guard post shape and a smaller diameter steering wheel. The steering system now has an active synchroniser, so the angle of the steering wheel always corresponds to the angle of the steered rear wheels.

Manitou unveils new articulated forklifts

Manitou has launched a new generation of articulated site forklifts.

The new lift trucks are part of its EMA II range, which includes seven new models that have been designed to maximise site storage capacity. 

“With the extension of its articulated eletric site forklift series, the Manitou Group continues to enhance its expertise in industrial markets,” Louise Laumet, Manitou’s marketing manager, stated. 

“[These new forklifts are] a direct response to users’ needs for storage capacity optimisation. The EMA II can comfortably work in very narrow lanes with a working height of over 12 meters,” she said. 

The articulated electric site forklifts in the EMA II range can be used both for storage indoors and outdoors to unload trucks. This means the operators can avoid two separate load manipulations and reduce overall handling costs. 

The range includes the EMA II 13, 17, 20, 18 High Lift 1 and 2, and the EMA II 20 Heavy Duty 1 and 2. They have lifting capacities of between 1300 kilograms and 2000 kilograms, and lifting heights of between 7.62 meters through to 12.72 metres for the High Lift versions of the forklifts. Manitou’s new range can operate both indoor and outdoor due to a high ground clearance, unattached front axle, and four soft tyres. 

It’s narrow design also helps operators, with Laumet stating that “the articulated design of the EMA II range and its ability to work in narrow lanes enables us to help our client optimise their storage area”.

“By reducing the width of their lanes they can increase their vertical storage capacity by 45 per cent – the EMA II is therefore the perfect solution thanks to its compact size and lifting height.” 

TMHA launches versatile BT Reflex O-Series reach truck

Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) introduces a versatile new range of reach trucks designed to operate on outdoor surfaces.

TMHA’s BT & Raymond national sales and product manager, Dean Watson explains that the new BT Reflex O-Series RRE160R adds a new dimension to reach truck capability by combining the space-saving benefits of a narrow-aisle reach truck with the indoor/outdoor flexibility of a rubber-tyred counter-balance forklift.

TMHA’s BT Reflex O-Series reach trucks have a ground clearance of 145mm and super-elastic tyres. The increased ground clearance allows the reach truck to operate on rugged, loose surfaces while the specialist tyres provide secure grip on wet or high-temperature asphalt.

Designed to deliver maximum flexibility, increased productivity and reduced costs, the RRE160R reach truck is ideal for hardware and garden stores, construction companies, dairy and farm producers, and warehouse operators. 

Mr Watson says the BT RRE160R model continues to offer top-level handling performance when working as a traditional reach truck in racking systems.

Based on the class-leading BT Reflex R-Series model, with the wheel and gearbox configuration adapted to allow for effective work on outdoor surfaces, the BT Reflex O-Series has a payload capacity of 1600kg and lift heights up to 7500mm.

Special features include BT’s unique Transitional Lift Control (TLC) system for fast, secure working at height, an advanced driver cab with the BT ‘total view’ concept, powerful AC electric motors and 360-degree steering.

Toyota Material Handling Australia offers a one-stop shop solution for materials handling needs, stocking a comprehensive range of Toyota, BT and Raymond forklifts and warehouse equipment.

TMHA operates a national network of 15 company-owned service centres and more than 270 mobile service vans.

Manitou appoints new CEO

Manitou has appointed Michel Denis as its new president and CEO.

It comes as current CEO Domnique Bamas announces his retirement, less than a year after being appointed to the position on an interim basis.

Denis will officially step into the role on Monday, 13 January, for a four year term in the role.

Manitou’s Board thanked Bamas, who steered the company during a period “that required redefining priorities…to facilitate the return to increased operating performance while reaffirming the close human relationships with co-workers, dealers, and customers”.

Marcel Braud, Manitou’s chair, added that “he made himself available at a pivotal moment in our history that required a realignment between profitability and development”.

“During this period his stabilised financing for the next five years, reduced the debt and initiated a combination of optimisation programs and developments which the group should benefit from in the upcoming years.”

Braud went on to welcome Denis to the position, stating that “his experience will permit him to continue the operating reforms already launched and accelerate the Group’s adaption to the market’s evolution”.

Toyota Materials Handling opens new forklift branch in Tasmania

Toyota Material Handling Australia has opened a new branch in Launceston to serve its customers in Tasmania. The new branch is located in Connector Park, Kings Meadows

Having established a direct presence in Tasmania, TMHA aims to increase its customer support capability and confirm its commitment to local customers. TMHA estimates at least 3000 Toyota forklifts are in operation in Tasmania.

The new TMHA Tasmania branch in Launceston offers the full Toyota Material Handling range of BT lift trucks and Raymond forklift products, as well as Toyota's comprehensive Huski skid steer loaders. Toyota forklifts were previously sold and serviced in Tasmania by an independent dealer.

The new branch sales manager, Rob Cornwell said Tasmania now has a dedicated Toyota Material Handling team to provide pallet handling solutions, with direct manufacturer support. Offering both sales and service, the new branch has service vans based in Hobart and Devonport in addition to an area sales manager Rod Jones, who is also based in Hobart.

TMHA's general manager, branch operations, Cameron Paxton believes establishing a direct TMHA presence in Tasmania would have many benefits for customers including dedicated field support as well as a fully equipped service facility capable of handling all jobs. Tasmanian forklift and skid steer loader customers will now have access to factory-backed technicians as well as Toyota's national network of factory-owned branches and resources.

He explains the move to factory-owned branches is consistent with TMHA’s strategy to deal directly with customers, offering service as well as better access to their national stock of equipment, parts and short-term rental units.

Customers will also be able to engage directly with representatives from the factory, creating a better value proposition.

New forklifts help to boost midstate freight company’s expansion

Rental forklifts from Toyota Material Handling Australia are being used by a rapidly expanding Bathurst-based regional freight company so it can continue to concentrate on building the business.

In just four years Midstate Freight in Bathurst, New South Wales has grown from one depot and one truck to four depots, 40 staff and 36 vehicles. In late August the company commissioned an additional two 2.5-tonne payload Toyota 8FG25 forklifts from the Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) branch in Orange.

Managing director Mick Winwood-Smith explains leasing Toyota forklifts provides benefits in service and workplace health and safety compliance, allowing him to focus on his core business. The freight company used to buy their forklifts earlier; when shown the benefits of forklift leasing by TMHA Orange branch manager Richard Bopping, Midstate Freight chose the leasing option.

Mr Winwood-Smith said Midstate Freight’s relationship with TMHA Orange began with a service contract. TMHA Orange has an outstanding group of mobile service technicians covering the mid-west region. He adds that Toyota forklifts are reliable, easy to operate and versatile machines. 

Mr Bopping said the Toyota 32-8FG25 is one of the most popular models in the Toyota internal-combustion forklift range, with important features such as the Toyota System of Active Stability (SAS). Select models of Toyota 8-Series forklifts offer leading design and safety features such as Automatic Fork Levelling Control to level forks during loading and Active Control Rear Stabiliser, which locks the rear axle to help reduce the potential for lateral tip-overs.

Toyota launches ‘SpotMe’ warning system to increase forklift safety

Toyota Materials Handling Australia has launched the SpotMe warning system to improve forklift safety in busy warehouse.

The system is designed to guard against collisions at blind intersections or crossroads inside of warehouses using infra-red direction sensitive sensors, and is aimed at stopping both forklift to forklift and forklift to pedestrian collisions.

TMHA national sales manager Dean Watson explained that if a collision is spotted a SpotMe warning unit is activated to help avoid an accident.

"Warehouses are crowded, fast-moving environments requiring extra attention from forklift operators and pedestrians to maintain high warehouse safety levels," he said.
"In areas with restricted visibility, Toyota's SpotMe alerts forklift operators and pedestrians to the potential dangers of collisions, protecting the workers, the forklifts and the goods."

Watson went on to say that alternating flashing LEDs used by SpotMe were also found to be more efficient in preventing accidents than flashing beacons or other types of warning lights.

"SpotMe also provides benefits in reduced wear and tear on the forklifts, reduced energy consumption and lessc hance of damage to goods," he said.

"With the SpotMe system installed there are fewer panic braking stops -and therefore improved operator behaviour.

"SpotMe also helps reduce the risk of dropping goods and keeps your forklift in better shape, while also saving energy." 

The unit can be connected to a standalone battery or plugged into the mains, with the sensor battery lasting up to three years.

"The sensor and warning devices are simply fixed to the walls; no set-up is required on the mobile fleet," Watson added.

The system itself will be unveiled at the upcoming Safety Show, next month.

It will available nationally from TMHA branches or can be installed by Toyota technicians.

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