17/02/2015 - 18:14 pm

Forklift targets heavy cargo

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has launched a new heavy forklift truck, the Kalmar DCG180-330, in the 18 – 33t (20 – 36ton) capacity sector. Designed to boost productivity and reduce operational costs, Kalmar has completely redesigned the machine, using customer feedback as an integral part of the development process. The DCG180-330 is aimed at heavy cargo handling in industrial applications, such as steel and manufacturing industry, as well as ports and terminals. 

The Kalmar DCG180-330’s EGO cabin provides the operator with high visibility, low noise levels and “intelligent” ergonomics. The operator console is described as an extension of the operator’s arm as it is easy to understand, use and adjust. With high levels of flexibility, the console puts controls, switches and indicators within easy reach, ensuring efficient forklift operation.

The operator can also select from three different drive modes using the control panel. Each is optimised to meet particular operational requirements, the operator simply shifts between modes to adapt the forklift to each type of application. The ‘Power’ setting increases the number of tonnes moved per hour. ‘Normal’ setting balances power and economy to optimise profitability. If the total cost of operations outweighs the need for performance, then the ‘Economy’ mode is preferred. 

Compared to the previous model, the new DCG180-330 consumes up to 15% less fuel in standard configuration. By using the Economy-mode, another 15% of fuel saving can be made. Add Kalmar’s renowned product quality and reliability, improved efficiency and higher uptime, and you see the true value of Kalmar equipment.

Lift speeds have been increased through the variable hydraulic system that senses the load in every operation and adjusts the oil flow accordingly. Lifting cycles can be up to 40% faster compared to the previous model, preparing the machine faster for the next lift. 

The Kalmar DCG180-330 features Cummins and Volvo engines, which provide optimum power, yet contribute to a significant overall reduction in fuel consumption while ensuring compliance with the latest EPA Stage IV/EU Tier 4 Final emission standards.

Thomas Malmborg, vice president of Forklift Trucks, said, “Kalmar continues to set the standard for forklift productivity, safety and low ownership costs. Purchase price is only one of many factors affecting total cost of ownership. In fact, price is a minor cost factor over the lifetime of a forklift. What truly matters in the long run is cost control and operational efficiency and they will show clearly on the customer’s bottom line.”

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