Mitsubishi's EDIA EM
Reading, United Kingdom
One of the EDIA EM series' driver-friendly features is its FeatherTouch electric steering.
Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks says "driveability" is the principle behind the development of EDIA EM, its latest three-wheel and four-wheel, 1.3-2 T electric counterbalance forklift series.
Designers aimed to make the forklift operation of the EDIA EM series "highly intuitive" and to give the driver "a strong sense of confidence and control".
One of the forklift series' driver-friendly features is its FeatherTouch electric steering, which Mitsubishi says requires "only half the effort of a conventional system".
Warehouse simulator used in Dubai
Fleet, United Kingdom
Yale Europe Materials Handling's warehouse simulator was recently used to determine the optimum design and equipment for one of the Middle East's largest warehouses.
Together with SSI Schaefer, Yale was involved in the development of the 375,000 sqft. (34,839 sqm) facility at Jebel Ali South, Dubai, operated by Clarion Integrated Logistics Solutions.
Clarion wanted to know the optimal number of pallets that could be stored and moved and the simulation software was used to show how maximum efficiency could be achieved in the space.
Reach truck makes debut
Doosan BR-7 reach truck made its European debut at this week's LogiMAT exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany.
The BR-7 features "PIN code access via the graphical user interface, soft-stop mast function, simultaneous hydraulic controls and several adjustable operator parameters".
Doosan says since acquiring German warehousing specialist ATL, it has gained an in-depth understanding into the qualities, which make reach trucks key to many European logistics operations.
Jungheinrich adds to engine and electric range
Jungheinrich has added the VFG Series 5s internal combustion counterbalance forklifts and EFG 425-430 electric counterbalance forklifts to its product range.
The VFG Series 5s, available in diesel and LPG, are powered by a Volkswagen engine and have a maximum lift capacity of 5 T. Like other Jungheinrich engine counterbalance trucks, the forklifts feature hydrostatic drive technology.
The EFG Series 4 has a maximum load capacity of 3 T. The forklifts feature fourth-generation AC technology and are available with a choice of chassis lengths.
Cargotec introduces SmartPower
Cargotec has introduced the Kalmar SmartPower rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) crane.
The crane is equipped with an intelligent power management system and a significantly smaller diesel engine compared to conventional RTGs. The technological innovations lead to a fuel consumption of 9 l (2.4 gal.) per operational hour in typical RTG applications. Cargotec says this is the lowest fuel consumption without energy storage in the industry.
Product manager Marko Rasinen says: "In a typical RTG operation, between nine and 18 containers are handled per hour. This is a very good fit for the SmartPower RTG, which provides the perfect balance between productivity and cost efficiency''.