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Stacks more from new Hyster empty container handler

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Stacks more from new Hyster empty container handlerWith reports of increasing global container trade, the new 5-8 high Hyster® empty container handler promises excellent flexibility and performance for terminal operators faced with an increasing number of empty containers.

"As container slot capacity grows worldwide, an increasing number of empty containers are usually expected to fit into the same yard space, quickly," says Chris van de Werdt, Sales Manager - Hyster Big Trucks. "The result is higher stacks, a significant increase in double handling and an extra shift a day in some cases.

"The new 5-8 high Hyster empty container handlers are designed and built for the operational needs at terminals looking beyond 2020," explains Chris. "They are fast and accurate delivering exceptional reliability where equipment availability is operation critical."

Hyster offers nine different engagement system options on the new H18-23XM-12EC, designed for handling single containers or for the increasing trend of double handling. The machine will stack up to eight containers (two on six) high and helps to reduce cycle times when loading lorries, bringing two boxes down onto a truck, then lifting the top container ready for the next. It is also quick to reduce stack size when high wind speeds are expected.

"We have spreader options that can lift 20', 40' or 45' on 40' pick-up points easily and quickly, all of them designed to reduce the chance of miss-picks," he says. “We also deliver spreaders capable of lifting 45’ boxes at 45’ pick-up points.”

Terminals are seeing higher volumes of different container widths which don't usually present a problem for gantry crane, reachstacker or straddle carrier 'top' lifts, but can cause problems for some empty container handlers which handle from the side.

"Hyster has overcome this problem with systems that easily adjust from 2.44m to 2.50m, and sometimes 2.60m widths for single handling, and can provide systems to suit all needs," he says, adding that the 600mm side shift for reefer correction comes as standard.

The new Hyster H18-23XM-12EC empty container handlers will also help operations reduce their fuel bill significantly, without loss of performance.  The company claims that its Stage IV / Tier 4 final trucks deliver a 25% fuel saving compared with previous, and competitor, models. Hyster has proven data from many applications and says that a lower fuel usage without loss of performance can be achieved.

Featuring the latest Cummins QSB 6.7 engine and a 5 speed ZF transmission, the 5th gear acts like an overdrive and lowers engine RPM by 30% whilst keeping the same drive speed. The powerful empty container handlers also have load sensing hydraulics which allows a high lifting speed at low RPM. 

With engine, transmission and hydraulic protection systems, Hyster ensures excellent reliability in the most demanding port and terminal operations, whether in sub-zero or tropical conditions. Oil-immersed brakes, a 'cooling on demand' system and many other features ensure excellent reliability, as well as offering a low total cost of ownership.  They are also faster to service.

A selection of previous Hyster models is still available for sale to regions outside of the EU and North America.

"Even at 8 containers high, experienced drivers have extreme confidence in the Hyster empty container handler and are always quick to recommend the machine because they can perform better, more easily," he says. "They enjoy the speed of response, low noise levels in the comfortable cabin, great visibility, low centre of gravity and great manoeuvrability."

Hyster empty container handlers are used in ports all over the world and are supported by a global network of local Hyster distribution partners who play an important role in ensuring maximum uptime and optimising the lifetime costs of the machine.  The Hyster Tracker fleet management system is available on all Hyster container handlers and provides further operational benefits such as tracking who drives the equipment and how they drive, monitoring productivity, fuel costs and mandatory daily checks.

Hyster offers a full range of materials handling equipment for ports, terminals and warehouses located in the port areas. For more information please visit