Wednesday , 19 September 2018
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Kalmar launches new range of shuttle and straddle carriers

Kalmar has launched the latest generation of its shuttle and straddle carriers featuring new mobile drives and a redesigned electrical system for the upper frame and spreader.

The machines also have a more spacious electric cabinet layout as well as LED working lights as standard.

Shuttle and straddle units made by the Finnish manufacturer now share common electrical components and technical solutions, making maintenance easier and cheaper for customers operating both types of machines.

Kalmar claims that the complete electrical and technical redesign will bring increased reliability and productivity.

Mikko Mononen, vice president of intelligent horizontal transportation at Kalmar, said: “In terms of driver comfort and improved operational safety, LED working lights provide vastly improved visibility of driving routes, while the new larger touchscreen in-cabin display makes controlling the machine easier.

“The completely renewed electrical systems will significantly improve the reliability of the equipment, while the built-in automation capability will support the increasing number of terminals around the world that are adopting automated equipment in order to improve efficiency and productivity.”

The units now feature a new mobile drive designed to operate reliably in the harsh working conditions frequently experienced at container terminals.

The redesign of the battery system is meant to improve starting reliability, with two of the four batteries used for starting the diesel engine and two for powering the control system and lights.

Complexity of the electrical systems – including those for the spreader – has been significantly reduced noted a Kalmar statement, with fewer cables and connection points and a simplified electrical cabinet layout.

Maintenance and troubleshooting are further simplified with the addition of new easily accessible control units that technicians can use to perform tasks such as diagnostics and software updates.

The Kalmar Stradmonitor software application has also been completely renewed to make it easier for technicians to troubleshoot problems and configure the equipment.