Caterpillar introduced the new 48V and 80V EP range of 3 and 4 wheel electric counterbalance forklifts, from 1,3 to 5,0 tons. In developing the series designers aimed to make the operation extremely smart and give the operator a strong sense of confidence and control. The relevant features to the operator include “touch” power steering, which requires only half the effort of a conventional system and provides operation “feedback” to enhance the accuracy.
Improved comfort is provided by the extremely smooth and quiet operation of the steering motor. The average noise level for the vehicle as a whole, in a standard industry test, is less than 66 dB (A) for 3-wheel forklift and 67 dB (A) for a 4-wheel. This is about the level of normal human conversation.
Caterpillar has used for its approach to satisfy the needs of drivers. This is reflected, for example, with a particularly large, flat and neat floor space and a large round visibility as well as a comfortable driver’s seat, a wide step and an extremely large entrance.
The company highlights the attention to detail in the design and placement of each control, including hydraulic levers with a sense of precision movements. Buyers can also opt for “fingertip” controls, which is based on the award-winning adjustable armrest company.
In some ways the new series of lift trucks actually "thinks" for the driver. Having innovative system interlocking and hydraulic routing (Integrated Presence System - IPS), this prevents all movements if the driver is not seated, while providing warning - reminder to activate the parking brake and engage the seat belt.
For added security, the IPS applies automatically (electronically) the parking brake when the driver leaves the seat. And when the vehicle is moving uphill it prevents the truck from rolling backwards- and naturally the accident - even on steep ramps.
For the managers of the fleet of forklifts, the most attractive feature is that the new range includes very low maintenance requirements (1000 intervals) and at the same time very high energy efficiency. Caterpillar also promotes the two-battery changer (roller system and output side, without using hoist), which makes the procedure faster and safer.
With a capacity from 1.3 to 5 tons, with a variety of battery capacity, and compatibility with existing accumulators formulation DIN and BS of the customer, there is a model for every application and budget.
Designed for indoor and outdoor use, the new sealing implements according to the industry standard IPX4 is resistant not only to operation in rain with wind, but also on quantity of water that falls with force from all directions. Meanwhile, protection for the operator including the various types of cabins, which feature award winning roof (Hi-VIS).