A low overall cost of operation is one of the key benefits delivered to Hyster lift truck customers, thanks to a number of contributing factors, including innovative, tough products an understanding of specific applications requirements, global distribution partnerships and specialist cooperation with strategic supplier partners.
At the recent Hyster HUB Event in Germany in May, key Hyster suppliers demonstrated how their products and expertise help to lower the cost of operation for Hyster customers.
Cummins – Engines
Cummins designs, manufactures, distributes and services diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies which feature in a number of Hyster products.
Collaboration between Cummins and Hyster has helped to lower the total cost of ownership through increased power density using smaller engines, particularly in the high capacity Big Trucks which has helped to significantly reduce fuel consumption.
Cummins has a broad power line-up providing Hyster with Tier 3 and Tier 4 engines up to 370 hp (276 kW) which are suitable for a variety of material handling applications while meeting stringent EU and EPA emissions regulations. Cummins has a clear focus on near-zero emissions engines.
Shell – Oils and lubricants
The partnership between Hyster and Shell has resulted in a number of benefits to Hyster end users including a joint Hyster-Shell oil program, which means; first fill of all trucks in all plants with Shell lubricants/fuels; extensive aftermarket offerings in all countries; and co-engineering of trucks.
Shell has been the leading global supplier of lubricants for nine years consecutively. Key Shell product offerings include a complete range of engine and hydraulic lubricants and greases, Shell LubeAnalyst, Shell LubeMatch, a worldwide network of blending plants and supply points and top tier lubricants technology – SHELL Gas To Liquid.
Trelleborg Wheel Systems – Wheels and tyres
"Our tyres are designed to deliver the best performance and we focus on whole life cost, which helps our customers reduce downtime and increase production," says Nicolas Nollé, Director Global OEM, Trelleborg Wheel Systems. "We work closely with Hyster to ensure our products match the requirements of today’s materials handling applications."
Trelleborg Wheel Systems is a leading global supplier of industrial tyres and wheels for the materials handling industry and has been working with NMHG, supplying for Hyster products for over 15 years. Trelleborg Wheel Systems products include solid resilient tyres, solid press-on tyres, industrial pneumatics and wheels.
"We have a true partnership supporting the counterbalanced forklift plants in the USA and Europe with JIT and sequence supply of complete assemblies," says Nicolas Nollé. "We also have a joint approach towards the Hyster dealers through a partnership with the Hyster Aftermarket organisations in USA and EMEA."
Bolzoni – Attachments
Bolzoni manufactures lift truck attachments, forks and lift tables and is an approved supplier to NMHG for Hyster products. Key products offered include paper roll clamps, pulp bale clamps, 360-degree rotators and fork positioners.
Alongside the sales and after sales activities (such as spare parts supply, repairs, refurbishing of used attachments, buy-back and rental programs) Bolzoni provides extensive product advice to customers. Hyster sales teams are also given excellent training to match the right solutions to the application.
ELME Spreader AB -Spreaders
On the larger trucks, ELME Spreader AB manufactures spreaders for the handling of containers, trailers and swop bodies, developing, designing, producing, marketing and servicing over 1150 spreaders annually.
The partnership between ELME Spreader AB and Hyster began in 1998 with a joint OEM agreement and has benefited end users through improved productivity in container handling applications.
ELME offers a range of Truck Spreaders including a series of spreaders designed for vertical mast lift trucks and reachstackers to handle ISO containers. Other attachments include ELME piggy back slave attachments, which are removable units for the handling of trailers, swap bodies and bottom lift containers. The attachments can be mounted under an ELME spreader or on forks on a lift truck. ELME also offers a wide range of special equipment for cranes and trucks including tool changer, slab-, coil- and tub handler and c-hook attachments.
RAVAS – Weighing systems
RAVAS provides the Hyster/NMHG distribution network with mobile weighing systems for forklift trucks and warehouse trucks, available through the Unisource aftermarket programme and through regular Hyster/NMHG sales channels.
Mobile weighing systems allow users to integrate weight information about goods, without having to take the goods outside the process, which can realise immediate cost savings.
RAVAS produces 27,000 mobile scales per year and is the global market leader in the field of mobile weighing. Key product offerings include RCS hydraulic scale up to 6,000 Kg capacity; RCS PLUS hydraulic scale – 0 to 6,000 Kg capacity; iForks scale forks for counterbalanced trucks; and Hybrid 1100 / 2100 pallet truck scales.
A full range of Hyster aftermarket services and products further contribute to a low cost of operation for the end user, including Hyster Financial Services, Unisource (a ‘one stop shop’ for warehouse operations) and Hyster Tracker, a Wireless Asset Management System.
Local service support is provided across the world through a global network of Hyster distribution partners, which also contributes to reduced lifetime costs, through scheduled maintenance contracts, providing a high level of support for demanding operations everywhere.