Product Design DESIGNED TO PERFORM. A rigorous process makes for rugged trucks From concept to launch, every new Hyster® product follows a carefully structured development process in defined stages. Each step confirms the product will deliver all intended benefits to future users. Thorough testing and life-cycle simulation verify the dependability of the design, while close cooperation between manufacturing and the marketing and service functions ensures new products meet uncompromising quality standards at every stage. Extensive customer research feeds into design objectives, making sure Hyster understands all aspects of customers' demanding operations. During development, Hyster engineers utilize cutting edge CAD (computer aided design) techniques to maximize the structural integrity of the design. Component positioning in the truck is optimized to assure protection while allowing service access. Hyster consults renowned experts to help develop operator compartments and driver interfaces for improved ergonomics. Hyster has product development and test centers in the United States, Italy, India, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Japan. At these world-class test facilities, components and prototypes undergo test cycles equivalent to years of continuous equipment operation in extreme conditions. Field testing in “real life” application sites allows Hyster to gather further feedback and confirm the product is meeting all design targets prior to launch. Finally, when new forklift trucks roll off the production line, they are ready for the strenuous work for which they were designed. Use the Product Selector to find the right solution for your application or use the Dealer Locator to find your nearest Hyster® dealer.