Hyster Forklift’s and the Timber Industry
Filed under: Materials Handling
Hyster has a long association with the timber industry globally.
The association has been built on Hyster’s superior reliability when working in difficult conditions in timber production facilities, saw mills and timber yards.
Hyster’s diverse range of forklifts cater to all materials handling requirements for timber businesses with small electric trucks for indoor warehousing and storage operations right up to rugged big trucks able to operate outside in timber yards no matter the weather conditions.
This blog explores reasons why Hyster forklifts are ideally suited for the timber industry.
Timber operations require forklifts need to navigate across a variety of surfaces (indoors/outdoors/concrete/dirt) as well as dodging obstacles such as employees, plant equipment and raw or manufactured materials.
To provide maximum operator visibility Hyster forklifts for timber operations are designed and engineered with the air intakes and exhausts positioned on the rear counterweight providing operators with unobstructed views.
Hyster patented Vista Cab (available on forklifts 8T and above) is specifically designed for maximum visibility. The Vista cab’s extensive glass windows provide optimum all-around visibility for the driver, whilst the clever overhead guard design creates a panoramic upward view.
Heavy Duty Cooling
Outdoor conditions in timber yards are some of the harshest environments for forklifts to operate in, with extensive dirt, dust and extreme weather factors.
With Hyster’s superior cooling system design and engineering and optimum temperature controls for critical engine and hydraulic oils ensure units operate effectively no matter the conditions.
Hyster forklifts contribute to lower cost of ownership with superior fuel efficiency even when units are operated 24/7. With efficient usage owners will enjoy increased fuel economy from Hyster’s fuel saving features installed on all units.
During operations operators are subject to many outside influences including noise, vibration, weather and dust. The superior design of Hyster’s operator cabins, including Vista cabs on the big truck range ensure operator comfort for the length of their shift.
Ergonomic features include:
- Fully adjustable suspension seat
- Standard cabin fan with optional climate control systems
- Cabin mounted on anti-vibration isolators to reduce noise and vibrations
Through the intense operating time cycles of the timber industry easy servicing is essential to ensure maximum unit up-time. Hyster’s manual or electric tilt cab design provides easy access to essential components for servicing.
Hyster also uses smart engine technology to provide longer service intervals as well as leading components to reduce faults and failures.
With space at a premium in timber yards the manoeuvrability of Hyster trucks provide operators with the necessary precise and nimble movements required when handling long loads amongst obstacles.
Hyster is able to supply forklifts with a range of attachments to increase the abilities of their forklift fleet. Spreader bar attachments offer improved stability when carrying long loads increasing productivity and safety in timber yards.
Forktrack Fleet Management
Adaptalift’s Forktrack fleet management software is the industry leading telematics and safety system for the timber industry.
The system provides a number of safety features such as impact detection, safety warnings (seatbelt) and operator ID controls to ensure forklift fleets are operated to the highest safety standards.
Telemetry data also provides management with information regarding the performance of all units in a fleet (fuel economy, battery life), allowing for early recognition and solving of problems whilst also allowing for scheduled maintenance planning preventing unforeseen breakdowns.
- Europe, H. (2018). Hyster® forklifts for the timber industry. [Blog] Hyster Europe Blog. Available at: https://blog.hyster.eu/hyster-forklifts-for-the-timber-industry/ [Accessed 27 Feb. 2019].
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