New driver’s seat tractors and platform trucks from Linde Material Handling
Greater towing power, increasing diversity
Linde Material Handling (MH) is launching a new product family of tractors and platform trucks onto the market. In addition to a six-tonne tractor, the forklift manufacturer also offers a device with an eight-tonne towing power in order to open up more market segments. Another extension to the product range is the Linde W08 load transporter with a capacity of 800 kilograms and a towing power of 7 tonnes. With state-of-the-art technology, all of the devices have car-like ergonomics and three different driving modes, an automatic holding and parking brake, sprung and de-coupled wheel attachments, the Linde Curve Assist, lateral battery change and, last but not least, a wide range of options for accurately equipping the devices for any application.
Typical areas where Linde P60 to P80 tractors are used include both production halls and external areas of industrial companies and airports. The equipment is also being increasingly used as towing trucks for tugger trains and logistics trains. Thanks to the towing power of six to eight tons, they even tow their loads over hills or loading ramps and, thanks to the high level of ground clearance, effortlessly overcome obstacles such as rails, beams or potholes. In this process, the de-coupled and sprung wheel attachment absorbs vibrations caused by uneven ground on all three wheels and therefore ensures pleasant and healthy working and flexible uses for the equipment. Due to the loads to be transported, the sprung elements are also additionally reinforced on the rear axle of the load transporter.
With a new product family of tractors and load transporters, Linde Material Handling is simultaneously expanding the product range.
Tractors and load transporters are driven by a maintenance-free enclosed 4.5 kW rotary current motor, which accelerates the devices to a maximum speed of up to 20 km/h. Three different performance modes (Performance, Efficiency and Economy) now also allow the operator to choose between maximum handling performance and the most economical energy consumption within this equipment class. The driver can use the ECO button on the display to switch from Performance or Efficiency mode to Economy mode at any time in order to save energy and extend the remaining battery runtime. This is particularly advisable if the task to be achieved does not demand high speeds and acceleration. The effect on the remaining runtime can be seen on the updated display. Battery capacities of 240 and 375 Ah offer optimum adjustment to the most wide-ranging uses and runtimes. This means that the users can vary output and usage time and optimise their costs.
The new tractors and load transporters from Linde Material Handling offer the driver, among other things, easy access, more leg room, an individually adjustable cab and numerous storage options.
Comfortable driver’s cab
The new product line also offers noticeable improvements in terms of ergonomics. The driver can conveniently access the driver’s seat from both sides via the deep access area with large, non-slip steps and rounded edges. Once at the seat, he will find intuitive control elements arranged in the same way as in a car, as well as numerous places for storing documents and personal items to make work easier. In the standard design, the devices are started with key switches, and alternatively there is also the PIN code release version at no extra cost. This minimises the risk of unauthorised use, which could result in injuries and damage.
The chassis, which is 150 millimetres longer than in the previous device, but has the same turning radius, has been used by the Linde development engineers to expand the foot well and create more leg room for the driver. So that the cab corresponds as precisely as possible to the driver’s needs and stature, multiple adjustments can be made to both the steering column and the sprung seat. The new, interactive display with two different menu interfaces provides the operator with important information such as the current battery status, the number of operating hours worked or the driving speed. It is also home to important switches such as those for creep speed, ECO mode or options such as windscreen wipers and lights.
The newly designed chassis is designed for optimum all-round visibility and maximum stability due to a low inherent centre of gravity, and offers the operator a safe working area, as well as a free view of the rear coupling, which makes connecting attachments easier. Four independent braking systems also provide even more security in all driving situations. If the driver takes his foot off the pedal, or if he switches to driving in the opposite direction, then the device brakes automatically and produces regenerative energy, which flows into the battery and increases the battery life.
Another important safety feature is the automatic parking brake. It is activated when the pedals are released. This means that the driver can leave the device at any time, even on a hill, without having to think twice, because the parking brake will only release when the accelerator is pressed again. On hills, an integrated hill approach assistant also prevents the truck from rolling back on the approach. In addition, each wheel is equipped with a self-adjusting hydraulic drum brake, which safely slows down the device and the load being transported. The standard Linde Curve Assist prevents driving too quickly around bends. It reduces the speed depending on the steering angle and therefore contributes to a safe working environment.
The six millimetre thick steel chassis, a CAN bus access for quick error diagnosis and adjustment of the truck parameters, a new, robust drive axle, innovative control technology, extended service intervals or replaceable seat pads make the new series durable and easy to service.
The battery change of the new tractors and load transporters from Linde Material Handling is carried out quickly and easily via a lateral flap on the truck using roller conveyors or a pallet lift truck.
A further innovation is the lateral battery change, which means that a crane system is not needed. The battery change is carried out quickly and easily via a lateral door on the truck using roller conveyors or a pallet lift truck. If necessary, the battery can also be changed using a crane system as before.
The tractors and load transporters from Linde Material Handling use state-of-the-art technology and can be adjusted to the widest range of applications using additional equipment.
A wide range of optional equipment ensures custom-fit devices. These range from different seats, couplings, two lateral creep speed buttons for reduced speed and pedestrian operation, to sun protection, front, roof and rear windows, side doors and full cabs, through to truck lighting and various platform options.