has launched a new forklift truck designed for the paper industry to overcome
the common problem of engines overheating due to dust and paper debris. The new truck will be on show publically for
the first time at a resource
efficiency and waste management event, RWM,
in Birmingham, UK from 15-17 September.
“When operating standard forklift
trucks in the paper industry, the radiators can easily get clogged up causing unnecessary
downtime,” says David Reeve, Industry Manager, Counterbalance Solutions. “This
is not only frustrating; it costs businesses money in lost production and can
lead to other problems.”
Known as the “Cool Truck”, the new Hyster®
forklift is packed with features to overcome the difficult environments found
in the paper supply chain, particularly paper recycling
and manufacturing operations.
Based on the current Hyster H4.0-5.5FT
range with capacities from 4-5.5T, the Cool Truck is built for recycling centres or paper mills where there may be large areas full of recycled paper bales ready for pulping. A five tonne capacity Hyster
H5.0FT model Cool Truck will be displayed on stand number 5W85 at RWM.
“First of all, we had to reduce the
amount of debris entering the engine compartment and getting stuck on the
transmission or in the radiator,” David explains, adding that the baling wires can also get trapped and even damage the fins on the
“As a first line of defence, we
developed a fully enclosed frame and vented hoods, side panels and radiator covers to reduce the vacuuming of
debris from the floor into the engine compartment,” says David. “But
it’s the radiator that is the clever part.”
The Combi Cooler radiator fan changes
direction every 20 minutes, for 20 seconds, blowing out the unwanted dust
collected whilst sucking air in. It keeps the truck running
longer, minimises radiator cleanouts and keeps the truck cool in high ambient
operating temperatures. Furthermore, the
Combi Cooler radiator cools both engine coolant and transmission oil.
optional Load Weight Display featured on the Hyster Cool Truck makes lifting heavy or awkward loads easier, saving
time and increasing reliability for the end user.
“Paper bales have
non-standard dimensions and weights. Frequently left outside, the bales can
absorb rain water resulting in additional weight,” adds David Reeve. “To reassure drivers, we have built in load
Chiselling loads out
from tightly packed bales on a vehicle can also cause massive shock loadings to
the attachment, mast rollers and carriage. David explains that the risk in this
instance is serious damage to transmissions and front end equipment, whilst
potentially overloading the forklift’s engine and cooling system.
The Hyster® Duramatch™
transmission, with its Controlled Power Reversal, reduces shocks through the
transmission and helps prolong tyre life, again adding to the dependability of
these tough trucks.
hydraulic load accumulator, featured as standard
on the cool truck, acts as a dampener to the lift truck’s mast,
cushioning the load and the attachment, helping to reduce shocks. The
rugged front end is designed for use with a wide range of attachments to suit
any paper application.
The Cool Truck package has a number of truck
modifications, including a rubber guard over the drive axle, brake line guards
and ballistic nylon covers for the tilt and steer
cylinders. There is a solid belly pan under the engine
compartment, heat resistant protection over the
turbo, and a high air intake with pre-cleaner.
“This truck is designed
to keep going in these tough applications,
increasing the reliability and dependability that end users need from their
equipment,” David adds.
include powertrain protection, premium monitoring and TouchPoint Mini-Lever
oil immersed brakes also contribute to reduced
maintenance and extended truck dependability, and high temperature
hydraulic oil helps improve oil life and maintain lubricity at high
temperatures. Load sensing hydraulics pump oil only when it is required,
reducing the temperature of hydraulic oil, and reducing fuel consumption,
saving money for many businesses.
Optional extra features such as pedestrian awareness
lights, automatic indoor speed reduction, and the Hyster Tracker fleet
management system, are available across the Hyster Fortens range.
RWM is Europe's premier event for resource
efficiency and waste management solutions, covering all aspects of the waste
hierarchy, bringing the industry together to rethink waste as resource.