Linde’s range of advanced reach forklift trucks has the potential to usher in a productivity surge in Australia’s warehouses. The new R14 – R20 reach trucks have capacities from 1.4 to 2.0 tonnes and lift heights of up to 13 metres, but it is their combination of major improvements in performance, ergonomics and safety which sets them apart.

wider range of choices for mast/chassis/battery combinations together with additional optional features will allow Linde to work with local customers to specify reach trucks configured for the exact work environment in which they will be deployed. The R14 to R20 model range choice extends to standard, drive-in and cold-store versions with four different chassis widths, five different chassis lengths, over 200 mast options and seven different battery sizes up to 930Ah.

Performance

Performance enhancing features include clear-view torsion resistant fixed masts with integrated side shift and tilting carriage, induction-hardened reach channels, powerful maintenance-free AC traction, lift and steering motors, low-effort electric steering and four independent braking systems.

The contours of the new reach trucks are designed to suit the driver and the seat position, which has been rotated by 90 degrees. With the combination of the Linde double pedal and 180 degree steering, the turning radius is minimal, as the drive wheel is always at exactly 90 degrees to the direction of travel. Operators also have the advantage of automatic speed control when cornering and comprehensive digital instrumentation including lift height display above the free lift.

Performance enhancing features include clear-view torsion resistant fixed masts with integrated side shift and tilting carriage, induction-hardened reach channels, powerful maintenance-free AC traction, lift and steering motors, low-effort electric steering and four independent braking systems.

Load capacities up to 20 per cent greater than previously are just a part of productivity improvements. With the choice of three different settings – Performance, Efficiency or Economy mode, the perfect balance between performance and energy consumption ratios can be achieved depending on the application. This versatility means that if the highest Performance mode is not required for specific tasks or periods, but the many other benefits of the new reach truck are still needed, the performance setting can be switched to either Efficiency or Economy mode to achieve optimum cost and efficiency performance ratios. Despite the improved performance, energy consumption across the range has been improved by eight per cent.

Ergonomics

Once again Linde has set a new benchmark for ergonomics with its latest reach trucks. The revolutionary suspended Ergo-Space operator’s workstation is fitted with an air suspension seat which automatically adjusts to the operator’s weight.

The seat has height, rake, lateral and lumbar adjustments which together with the adjustable, integrated control console and the electric steering with variable torque, enables every operator to select their preferred working posture. The spacious workstation, comfort seat and intuitive location of all the operating controls, which include the finger-tip control joysticks, digital instrument display, compact steering wheel and the adjustable, integrated control console helps the operator to work with optimum efficiency and comfort through an entire shift, without fatigue.

Drivers can adjust the steering wheel, display, joysticks and armrest positions to suit their body dimensions, using the highly adjustable operating console. Innovative damping features protect the driver from bangs and knocks as the work space is uncoupled from the rest of the chassis.

Safety

For maximum safety the new Linde reach trucks have a cushioned mast stop at maximum lift, precision Linde Load Control, automatic parking and holding brake functions, load wheel brakes as standard, a seat interlock switch, dual, safety related electrical circuits and a battery lock interlock.

Linde has achieved a safe lift height of 13 metres for its new reach trucks by developing a lift mast concept with stronger profiles that reinforce the mast and enable a reduction in mast deflection in combination with a residual load capacity that has been increased by up to 20 per cent. Skilful design of mast profiles together with optimised positioning of chain guides and lift cylinders provides an optimised view through the mast. A panoramic High Vision armoured glass roof option gives the operator totally unobstructed upward visibility when storing and retrieving loads at height. This is a significant contribution to safety in narrow aisle storage applications. In particularly confined spaces or for larger operator’s, the optional shoulder guard offers additional safety.

Additional safety features (some of which are optional) also include the side hoop guard at shoulder height, the optional Linde BlueSpot with LED technology to warn the operator about pedestrians or truck drivers at confusing intersections, and the standard four-wheel braking system including holding brake for very short braking distances in scenarios where the operator needs to stop the truck abruptly. The truck contours for the reach truck are designed to suit the driver and the seat position, which has been rotated by 90 degrees. For more information on how Linde can help your business, contact Linde Material Handling today.

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