Flexi Narrow Aisle – one of the world’s foremost manufacturers of very narrow aisle (VNA) materials handling equipment for over 30 years – has announced details of the next generation of models in its best-selling Flexi range of articulated forklift trucks.
In all there are six distinct variations of the Flexi AC articulated truck within the Flexi range, each one developed to suit different industry sectors. In the new Flexi generation, the technology and all major components within each model have been enhanced to ensure that the trucks offer the very highest levels of performance demanded by today’s retail and industrial intralogistics environments.
The latest generation of Zapi AC motor controller technology is now fitted at standard across the Flexi range. A pioneer of AC motor controller technology, Zapi is renowned as a leader in the development of advanced control systems for battery powered vehicles and its products optimise vehicle control, operation, performance and efficiency.
In addition to the ZApi controller technology, all models in the Flexi AC range will benefit from an upgrade to high quality Schabmüller motors, which provide more power and extended service life.
Meanwhile, to ensure that the noise generated by functions such as the lifting and lowering of the trucks’ mast and other hydraulic function is minimised, low turbulence hydraulic pumps have been specified that significantly reduce operational noise levels to provide a safer and more comfortable working environment for employees.
With safety in mind LED working lights and reversing light are now standard across the range, a significant saving in battery energy per day. ‘Blue point’ LED personnel safety technology is also offered.
In simple terms, when trucks are reversing the ‘blue point’ system is activated and projects a pool of blue light on to the floor some 4 metres ahead of the vehicle to warn workers that a truck is approaching. Because Flexis are commonly used within aisleways where customer order picking takes place, the ‘blue point’ system can be an important safety enhancement to separate pedestrians and trucks.
And, to further improve truck safety and performance, premium ‘Finger Treaded’ Continental cushion rubber tyres – considered the optimal tyre for stability and long service life when dealing with heavy-duty operations – are now standard on all Flexi AC forklifts. These high quality Conti tyres are also available in non marking and electrostatic options.
The Flexi range also has a smart new livery: the unqiue Flexi ‘True Radius’ chassis in red paint finish remains but a silver logo replaces the original yellow Flexi symbol and silver trims added to wheel hubs.
The new design will be seen for the first time at the forthcoming CeMAT show.
John Maguire, sales and marketing director of Flexi Narrow Aisle, comments: "All the trucks in the Flexi AC range are reliable and proven products and, when it comes to product development for the next generation, our policy has been one of evolution rather than revolution. However, by using what we believe to be the highest quality component parts from tier one European suppliers to upgrade all our essential truck functions, we have enhanced our entire range to ensure that Flexis continue to meet the ever increasing demands of the modern logistics environment."