Keep On Trucking

DN Staff

April 24, 2006

3 Min Read
Keep On Trucking

Just in-time for the National Design Engineering Show in Chicago, IL, March 21-23, the Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp. introduced its EFG 110-115 series of compact electric three-wheel forklift trucks. Designed for easy maneuvering in tight spaces, the lift trucks have load ratings of 2,000, 2,500, and 3,000 lbs, and lift heights of up to 196 inches (EFG 110), 216.5 inches (EFG 113) or 171 inches (EFG 115). A three-phase ac motor powers the rear-wheel drive unit.

The smaller versions of Jungheinrich's three-wheel forklifts, which can lift up to 4000 lbs, have a low step for easy entry into the 82.3-inch high cab. The optional "container specification" version has a height of 77.6 inches. In either case, an adjustable steering column and three-way adjustable seat provide operators comfortable access to the machine's controls.

The standard SOLO-PILOT control combines the common functions of lifting/lowering, turn signal and horn into a single control lever. Additional levers, located directly next to the SOLO-PILOT lever, control other functions such as forward/backward tilting and fork side-shifting (optional). The optional MULTI-PILOT control combines all drive and hydraulic functions into one central control lever, so the operator can execute all control commands with one hand - without reaching around. The complete controls include hydraulic power steering, low-force operating lever(s), and a standard automotive pedal layout that provide both ease of use and safe operation.

An easy to read display informs the operator of important data, including operating hours, battery charge level and brake system status. The display system also stores all relevant servicing data. For safer operation an optional feature, dubbed Curve Control, automatically reduces travel speeds around curves based on the degree of steering lock, providing ride stability and protection from tipping over in sharp corner maneuvers.

The power for the new line of counterbalance trucks rear-wheel drive and lift functions comes from established Jungheinrich microprocessor-controlled, three-phase ac motor technology. The control minimizes torque gaps and speed loss in normal or rigorous driving conditions. Enclosed for Ingress Protection (IP) 54 per DIN EN 60529 (VDE 0470), the brushless, temperature-controlled motor meets requirements for operating in dust, dirt, and moisture environments,

either indoors or outdoors. Similar to the latest hybrid electric vehicles, regenerative braking feeds back energy to the battery during braking. This extends the time between charges up to two shifts depending on the application.

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