Hyster Europe has launched an empty container handler, which has double handling capabilities for any container type.
The machine, which has a capacity of up to 11 tonnes, can be used to handle two reefers simultaneously with the refrigeration units on the same side, which would normally cause an offset load.
Elmer Dammers, global product manager for Hyster Big Trucks, stated: “These days, it is not uncommon for empty containers to exceed a tare weight of 5 tonnes, particularly reefers with wet floors.
” With many empty container operations relying on double handling for maximum productivity, it makes sense for them to operate equipment that can double handle any type of container with ease, without being selective.”
The new series of empty container handlers has nine models including four single handlers up to eight high and five double handlers up to nine high.
The machines have newly designed reinforced spreaders featuring CANbus controls and ‘reefer correction’ sideshift as standard, and there is a choice of several different container engagement systems, for fast handling of single or double containers of the most common types.
The mast has also been redesigned to accommodate the heavier weights and offset loading, and for better performance and durability, with innovative features to lower stresses and increase the service life.
Dammers added: “Container handling companies are continuously pushed to strive for more efficiency, and reducing the cost per container move . The productivity often dropped when moving two reefers as they would have to be handled one-at-a-time, increasing the time and effort to process them.”
The empty container handlers feature the same Cummins Stage IV QSB 6.7 engine as in previous models.
They also have on-demand cooling and has various performance modes to suit the needs of the operation and to try to minimise fuel consumption.
According to the Dammers, the hydraulic system is on-demand and load-sensing, only drawing engine power when required and thus offering low running costs.