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Kalmar launches F-generation container handler

Kalmar launches F-generation container handler

“Empty container handling is a fast-paced job, with customers demanding ever higher levels of productivity and availability, as well as safe and environmentally sound operations,” said Dan Pettersson, product line manager, Kalmar Heavy Lift Trucks & Empty Container Handlers. “With our new [model], we have focused on these demands and developed a machine with a more powerful powertrain, increased reliability of components, fast and efficient diagnostics and troubleshooting, and enhanced safety and green credentials.”

The DCF 80-100 is based on the same modular platform as the DRF reachstacker, and is available with either a hook or a twistlock attachment. It offers 10% faster lifting speeds, thanks to improved hydraulics with variable pumps. A new electronic/hydraulic system makes it easier for the driver to make fine adjustments, resulting in greater responsiveness. A more powerful engine and a fully automatic TE17 transmission provide 25% better torque and acceleration than comparable models on the market, according to Kalmar.

The machine’s Tier 3 engine complies with the strictest noise and vibration standards, while also ensuring more efficient combustion to reduce emissions. Reliability has been improved, with service intervals extended to 500 hours, which means that the machine needs to be taken out of service no more than six times a year.

A CAN-bus control system provides fast and accurate troubleshooting, alerting the driver on a need-to-know basis and providing guidance via the control panel screen. For driver comfort, the F-generation unit has a separately suspended cabin, with a fully adjustable seat and 360º visibility. It also features improved working lights located on the mast.

The DCF 80-100 has undergone successful trial operations at Felixstowe and Southampton in the UK and at Los Angeles in the US, as well as with longtime Kalmar customer Kramer Group in Rotterdam. Kramer has ordered five units, three for delivery this year and two early in 2008, while a further unit has been delivered to another Dutch customer, Barge Terminal Tilburg (BTT).