Palfinger is offering a quiet option
Faced with competition from electric competitors, Palfinger has developed a Silent Pack for its F3 151 truck-mounted forklifts (TMF).
The company boasts that its versatile "lightweights" can be operated with precision and lift up to 1,500 kg. They are also extremely light and manoeuvrable.
The new optional Silent Pack significantly lowers noise emissions, thus meeting the growing demand for increasingly low-noise machinery. According to Palfinger, the add-on even makes it possible to deliver in residential areas and in the early morning hours.
For the Silent Pack, the engine's cooling air intake was redesigned, which reduced the noise generated by the suction fan and cut the noise emitted by the engine further still. In combination with larger flange surfaces, reinforced engine support brackets curb the transfer of vibrations into the main frame, further reducing noise caused by vibrations. This effect is heightened by the hydraulic engine mount which is also built in. The Silent Pack model also uses sound-insulating materials developed for the engine compartment with an Austrian specialist from the automotive industry, and a completely re-engineered muffler to further cut noise levels.
"Our truck-mounted forklifts are continuously optimised," says Franz Hettegger, TMF product manager at Palfinger. "They're becoming even smaller, more powerful, and audibly and measurably quieter," he adds.
The Silent Pack solution is already available to order as an additional feature.