Flexi Narrow Aisle Ltd has announced the launch of the new Flexi EURO VNA articulated forklift truck.
The unique four-wheel, electric-powered Flexi EURO VNA is designed to offer faster, safer work cycles with optimum stability in aisles as narrow 1600mm wide.
The new model, which can lift pallets to heights of up to 7.9 metres, is supplied as standard with treaded cushion rubber tyres for maximum traction in wet outdoor conditions, while twin front wheel drive means that the weight of the truck and the load is evenly divided between the front two tyres to further enhance traction and minimise tyre wear.
At the heart of the truck is a unique compact axle design which, combined with the Flexi EURO VNA’s ability to truly articulate through 220 degrees, allows easy stacking in 1600m aisleways.
Instead of ‘pivot’ steering the Flexi EURO VNA’s "true articulation" turning system means that the Flexi EURO VNA trucks require minimal manoeuvring in the aisleways. This, in turn, results in faster pallet put-away and picking. In a 1600mm wide aisle the Flexi EURO VNA needs only one articulation to put-away a standard ISO (or Chep-style) pallet.
Flexi Narrow Aisle say that comparative tests have highlighted the fact that some three wheel articulated trucks with ‘pivot’ steering technology, require up to four movements to achieve the same result.
John Maguire, sales and marketing director of Flexi Narrow Aisle, commented: "Some articulated trucks require the operator to perform a five-point turn in the aisleway before a pallet can be put-away or picked. The Flexi EURO VNA , with its ‘True Radius’ design requires one turn to enter or de-stack a pallet.
‘This is hugely significant and results in very significant time savings. In any application involving articulated trucks the amount of time spent in the aisleway picking and putting away pallets has to be minimised if optimum operational efficiencies are to be achieved.
"We believe that with its True Radius articulation principle, the Flexi EURO VNA can reduce the amount of movements that an operator has to make in the aisle during the stacking and de-stacking cycle by half."
The Flexi EURO VNA retains many of the design features that have made the Flexi range of articulated forklift the number one choice for European logistics professionals. For example, the True Radius chassis design enables easy turning in the aisles and, thanks to its elegantly contoured styling, minimises the risk of product or rack damage. In addition, stacking at all levels is made easy and safe by the Flexi ‘HiVIS’ Cantilever operator overhead guard.
The Flexi EURO VNA also uses the same proven component parts that feature on other models in the extensive Flexi range.
The use of high quality components – sourced mainly from Europe – is one of the reasons why the Flexi range has always enjoyed an excellent reputation for long term reliability and low lifetime cost of ownership. Furthermore, because spare parts are available at very reasonable cost, the residual value of a used Flexi is consistently high.
"The Flexi EURO VNA is another unique space saving product from Flexi Narrow Aisle Ltd," says John Maguire. "We believe that it will be an attractive option for existing users of guided VNA trucks. It can work in equally narrow aisles as most VNA trucks and, thanks to its fast work cycles, offers comparable productivity for a fraction of the cost – and with the ability to work outside to load and unload trailers."