N.C. (April 9, 2019) Industries such as
aerospace, automotive, chemical, petroleum, construction, food, pharmaceuticals
and plastics often have designated operating areas where lift trucks may be
exposed to explosive gases and combustible dust particles. It is critical for certified Explosion Proof
(EX) trucks to be utilized in these areas.
Hyster-Yale Group is pleased to
announce a new offering which converts their 6,000 lbs. capacity Hyster® electric counterbalance lift truck to a certified EX model
through RICO Manufacturing, Inc. (RICO).
With over 70% of the parts and truck systems remaining intact,
authorized Hyster dealers will be fully equipped to service and
support the RICO-branded EX trucks.
Based in Medina, Ohio, RICO has over
30 years of experience and is the leader in manufacturing certified EX
solutions for the North American market.
“The development of this program expands our existing partnership with
RICO for the exclusive distribution of the RICO Pegasus Elite line of
large-capacity, cushion-tire electric and internal-combustion counterbalance
products,” says Martin Boyd, vice president of product planning and solutions
for Hyster-Yale Group. “Our industry-proven Hyster lift truck platforms as the foundation for a high-quality EX conversion by
RICO helps meet the market’s need for a high-quality, certified EX truck,” Boyd
EX-rated lift trucks have specific
protection measures which allow them to operate in hazardous locations with
potentially explosive or flammable vapors, liquids, dusts or fibers. Some
examples of these protection measures include rigid metal conduit,
mineral-insulated cabling, intrinsically safe electrical circuits, static
conductive tires, protection against mechanical sparks, and explosion-proof
enclosures for electrical components. The RICO certified EX conversions have
been developed for operations in Class 1 – Division 1 & 2 Group D (gas) and
Class 2 – Division 1 & 2 Group G (dust) environments. In addition to the initial EX conversion,
RICO also offers a comprehensive recertification program to ensure that
equipment continues to meet stringent EX compliance.
For more information about EX
products, please contact your local Hyster dealer.