Lift trucks get smarter
Toyota Industries Corp. (TICO) launched an internal combustion hybrid lift truck in the Japanese market in 2009.
August 20, 2010 - MMH Editorial
Regardless of the style, lift truck suppliers are developing technologies that drive productivity improvements for users. With emissions control regulations and an increasing desire among users to be more environmental and cost-conscious about energy use, a number of trends have surfaced in the industry.
“Suppliers are looking at technology to improve productivity,” says Jeff Bowles, product marketing manager for Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America (MCFA, 713-365-1000), manufacturer, marketer and distributor of CAT, Mitsubishi and Jungheinrich lift truck brands. “Typical truck and warehouse designs, as well as regulations, can limit things like maximum truck speed, for example. So the trucks have to become smarter to become more productive.”
Developments include increased use of AC and alternative power sources, green technologies, better monitoring of fleets and outsourced maintenance. Here are five of the hottest trends in lift trucks.