Home' MHD Supply Chain Solutions : MHD Jan-Feb 2016 Contents “We’ve got more on the way in the next year,
with a number of important new products and
Crown Equipment is celebrating its 50 year
anniversary with the introduction of three new
technologically advanced models.
Due to launch in 2016 are the highly versatile
SC 6000 Series counterbalance lift trucks,
the larger FC 5200 electric counterbalance
lift trucks, and the latest version of Crown’s
popular work assistance vehicle, the Wave.
All are powered by new Crown-designed and
- built brushless AC electric motors.
The new SC 6000 three-wheel and four-
wheel models offer a combination of stability,
manoeuvrability, advanced technology and
task-focused ergonomics for performing a
wide variety of material handling tasks, both
indoors and outdoors.
The FC 5200, which comes with a capacity
of up to three tonnes, incorporates a complete
new drive-train and steering design that
was conceived with a focus on increased
productivity and manoeuvrability.
The newly developed WAVE combines
technologically advanced AC drive motors
for exceptional manoeuvrability with inherent
safety features, providing man-up pick heights
of approximately 4.5 metres. It also offers
increased durability through a number of
design changes, an extended battery life and
an improved user interface.
Mr Takacs said Toyota Material Handling is
working to integrate alternative fuel sources
into material handling equipment. Research
and development departments in Japan, North
America & Europe are focused on producing
cleaner and more efficient technologies. Toyota
Industries Corporation owns a manufacturing
plant based in Greene New York which
manufactures Raymond lift trucks and this plant
currently produces battery electric Hydrogen
fuel cell powered trucks in conjunction with
conventional battery powered lift trucks.
Toyota Material Handling also has large-scale
manufacturing plants based in Europe, one of
which is based in Sweden and manufactures
the BT line of electric lift trucks. For some years
now BT have been offering the market lift trucks
that are lithium battery powered.
“As I see it, lithium battery power within the
material handling industry has a bright future
once some issues are overcome, predominately
being the expensive upfront purchase cost of a
lithium battery and charger combination,” Mr
Takacs said. “A lithium battery is ‘expected’
to have a normal life of up to fifteen years, so
the forklift may need to be replaced before the
battery, which means you will need to replace
your forklift like-for-like so the same battery
fits. Lithium battery end-of-life disposal is a
complicated and expensive process. Currently
the disposal of large old lithium batteries may
involve shipping them overseas.
“TMHA will be aiming for twenty per cent
growth in new equipment sales,” Mr Takacs
said. “And I expect that the Australian market
will follow Europe with increasing demand for
driverless forklifts and alternative fuel sources.
“Tried and proven to last the test of time
is the conventional internal combustion and
battery electric forklifts. With technology
entering the material handling industry at a
rapid rate my recommendation is to welcome
new advancement as anything that can improve
safety, efficiency and benefit the natural
environment is good for all of us.
“However, even with so many new forklift
options available don’t discount the good
old traditional style LPG or battery electric
forklift as they are also advancing quickly, with
internal combustion hybrid and electric lift
trucks adopting AC motors, improved output
and efficiencies from lead acid batteries.
“I’m not sure if some of today’s new material
handling options will be around in thirty years
time but I’m pretty sure that you will still be
able to see lots of 2.5 tonne container mast
forklifts around for many years to come,” Mr
Matt Houghton from Century Yuasa Motive
Power Australia also believes some exciting
technology is just around the corner.
“There is an opportunity to improve
technology and enhance services offered
to industry that meets the needs of material
handling equipment owners, and enhance
operations with cost effective technologies,”
Mr Houghton said. “For this reason, Century
Yuasa business has continued to emphasise
expenditure in R&D and marketing to enable it
to continue to enhance its product and service
offering and remain a leading supplier of
energy storage products and services to the
materials handling industry.”
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Crown SC 6000 with full cabin in action.
The Raymond 5000
Series order picker.
MHD SUPPLY CHAIN SOLUTIONS — JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2016
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