New Hyster® RS46-36CH ReachStackers are
considered to form the backbone of the operation at Packing Center Hamburg
(PCH). Every year, approximately 35,000 TEUs are loaded and unloaded for import
and export at the PCH container packing station – and that number is growing.
the major ports in New York, Vancouver, New Delhi, Singapore and Shanghai, the
containers arrive at PCH in the heart of the port of Hamburg, where the company
unloads mainly consolidated cargo, also known as LCL (Less-than-Container Load). At PCH the goods,
which include crates of toys,
pallets of insulation materials, barrels, steel, tractors, printing presses,
luxury cars, helicopters and marine propellers, are turned over and transported
by hauliers to recipients across Europe.
to 350 HGVs leave the 100,000 square metre facility at Wollkämmereistrasse, in
the Hamburg suburb of Wilhelmsburg, every day. An especially secure hazardous
materials area that meets all requirements of the Federal Immission Control Act
allows even highly flammable goods to be stored. The company also processes FCL
(Full Container Load), flat-rack and open-top containers for over-width and
over-height heavy goods when required.
Total operating cost significantly reduced
now uses the latest generation of Hyster RS46-36CH ReachStackers, which meet
the Stage IV/Tier 4 final emission standards, to transport containers on its
premises. Currently, PCH has three of these big trucks in use, including the
1000th ReachStacker Hyster produced at its factory in Nijmegen, the
first few months under tough operating conditions have shown us that the new
Hyster ReachStackers really do use up to 25 percent less fuel than their
predecessors – while delivering the same performance," says PCH managing
director, Klaus Wachsmann.
to the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) technology used in Hyster engines,
combined with selective catalytic reduction (SCR), these models require only a
relatively low amount of urea (AdBlue). "The combination of technology and
lower fuel consumption has allowed us to significantly reduce the operating
cost of our trucks," he adds.
Cummins QSL9 engine delivering up to 370 hp / 276 KW provides the necessary
power in the Hyster ReachStackers.
far, we are very pleased with the ReachStackers. Based on our positive
experiences we will be increasing the number of our container handlers to a
total of six Hyster machines," he says.
ReachStackers are also used to stack the 20- and 40-foot marine containers in
the first, second and third row at the company's empty depot.
PCH switches completely to Hyster
expansion of the company's truck fleet is urgently needed. In September 2013
PCH moved into new premises together with Sacco Shipping GmbH and, at peak
times, the seven warehouses on the premises are operating at full capacity.
When moving goods between containers, warehouses and HGVs, every minute matters
and highest efficiency is the order of the day.
addition to the ReachStackers, PCH currently uses a total of 23 Hyster® trucks
to handle its goods – from hand pallet trucks such as the P2.0 through diesel
trucks from the H2.5 FT Advance series and four-wheel electric lift trucks like
the J2.5 XN Advance+, to the R1.6 reach truck.
Ensuring high truck availability
the future, we will only be using materials handling equipment from Hyster, as
it is reliable and robust enough to withstand the demanding challenges of shift
operation here," says Mr Wachsmann. "In addition, we have been
working closely with the experienced Hyster distribution partner, Norgatec,
since 1996, and they guarantee that our machines are always 100 percent
managing director Andreas Küstermann adds: "When the trucks are serving up
to 44 loading ramps at the same time, nothing can be allowed to go wrong."
also ensures that the trucks at PCH are optimally adapted to the operating
seats give the drivers additional support and help to prevent fatigue.
Intelligent locking systems ensure that each truck can only be used by its
authorised driver. Every employee is given their own electronic key with a
transponder that authorises them to use the truck.
addition, the system, which is similar to the Hyster® Tracker, can be used to
control and monitor the entire fleet.
reduce operating costs for the trucks and protect the goods against soiling,
the materials handling equipment is carefully adapted to its use at PCH. Take,
for example, the tyres. In the Hyster® Fortens H2.5FT Advance+ diesel trucks,
the Duramatch® transmission prevents wheelspin when accelerating and
loading/unloading. "This significantly reduces friction, which quickly
saves a set of tyres that costs around 1,500 Euros", says Küstermann. In
addition, PCH uses white tyres that are free of soot particles on many of its
trucks, thus avoiding black tyre abrasions settling on and soiling the goods.
To save money and energy, the trucks switch off automatically if they are not
used for two minutes.
the large number of trucks we use, keeping operating costs as low as possible
is a very important factor for us", says Uwe Zemelka, managing director at
PCH. "That's why we are increasingly using electric trucks from Hyster.
Compared to trucks with combustion engines they use less fuel and allow lower
maintenance intervals, while delivering the same performance."
over 140 different models, Hyster has the selection the company needs. PCH has
approximately 120 industrial and commercial staff who must be able to rely on
dependable trucks at all times, especially with growing deadline pressures.
Sometimes the window from "gate arrival" of the containers to goods
dispatch is no more than eight hours, including customs checks. "We need
trucks that are robust and always available," says Zemelka. "A
flexible service provider like Norgatec, who works with Hyster to implement our
particular requirements quickly and easily, helps us achieve that."