At IFAT, from 30 May – 3 June 2016 in Munich, Hyster® showcased its wide range of products and specially engineered solutions suited to the tough and intensive operating conditions encountered in the recycling and waste management industry.
With a comprehensive range of durable and well-engineered lift trucks the Hyster® product offering encompasses many options and solutions including both IC (internal combustion engine) and battery powered forklifts able to meet the specific needs and challenges of materials handling in waste and recycling applications, where dirt, dust, ramps and variable floor conditions, alongside a frequent need for attachment usage, can present particular challenges.
Maintain efficiency with the Hyster ‘Cool Truck’
To help operators in tough recycling and waste applications maintain efficiency, Hyster® offers the ‘Cool Truck’, a tough forklift with capacities from 4-5.5 tonnes, specifically designed to prevent the common problem of engines overheating due to dust, dirt and debris.
“When operating standard forklift trucks in the waste and recycling industry, the radiators can easily get clogged up, causing unnecessary downtime,” says David Reeve, Industry Manager, Counterbalance Solutions for Hyster Company. “This is not only frustrating, it also costs businesses money through reduced productivity and can lead to other problems.”
The Cool Truck Package encompasses a number of truck modifications and special features to help deal with the difficult environments commonly found across recycling and refuse processing operations. Enhancements for these applications include options such as a fully enclosed frame and vented hoods, side panels and radiator covers to reduce the vacuuming of dirt and debris from the floor into the engine. The rugged front end of the truck has also been designed for use with a wide range of attachments to ensure it can be tailored to suit any application within the recycling or waste industries.
Tough Electric Trucks
“A number of features are responsible for many waste and recycling companies making the move to electrics”, says Karen Calver, Product Strategy Manager for Hyster.
Four-wheel electric counterbalance trucks in the Hyster® J2.2-3.5XN (with 2.2-3.5 tonne lift capacity) and the three-wheel Hyster® J1.5-2.0XNT ranges have a stable chassis, rugged mast, and particularly durable and reliable components. A number of different weather protection options are also available, including all steel cabs, to provide operator comfort even in environments with a high level of dirt and debris.
These options also include solutions which facilitate regular cleaning of electric trucks for instance using power-washing equipment, which is a frequent requirement in these conditions.
Tough Hyster® electric trucks can also require less upkeep, with longer maintenance intervals and reduced wear on tyres. “In recycling and waste operations, ground conditions with debris and dust can contribute to tyre wear,” explains Karen. “However the gentler acceleration of electric trucks eliminates wheel-spin, thereby reducing tyre maintenance needs, keeping the cost of ownership low while improving uptime and productivity.”
For those using the durable Trelleborg Pit Stop Line tyre range on their trucks, Hyster® dealers can also exclusively offer the Trelleborg I-Rent tyre rental calculator and contract tool. This feature analyses application factors and historical data to predict the wear rate of tyres, helping even the most demanding applications to plan when tyres will need to be replaced and manage maintenance needs more effectively.
“A combination of features make Hyster® electric trucks suitable for intense waste and recycling applications, both indoors and out,” says Karen Calver “This enables companies to be much more flexible in terms of the way they deploy their fleet which can really help to improve efficiency while maintaining a low cost of ownership.”
Custom Container Pivot Attachment
Even on some of the largest container handling trucks in the range, Hyster has developed special solutions which are of particular interest in large scale waste and recycling operations.
For large yards where waste and materials are being transported in freight containers, Hyster® ReachStackers can be fitted with a custom container pivot attachment, to provide an efficient way to empty containers of recyclable or waste material, such as paper, wood chips, plastics or general refuse.
The solution, which was recently added to a Hyster® RS45-31 CH ReachStacker, allows 20ft containers to be lifted and tipped up to 60-degrees, creating the correct flow of material from the container in one simple, well-controlled movement. This provides an easy, efficient and cost effective way to handle and transport bulk loads.
Most trucks in the Hyster® range can also be fitted with the Hyster Tracker™ wireless monitoring devices which can help site managers and dealer service staff to monitor truck usage, detect damage and support truck operators, to optimize fleet utilization, manage service requirements, enhance productivity and help control costs.