April 3, 2015

UniCarriers tailors lift truck model for cross-docking and trailer loading/unloading

Nissan Forklift Platinum II truck has developed a following among the largest U.S. freight operations.

By DC Velocity Staff

UniCarriers Americas' Nissan Forklift brand Platinum II lift truck has developed a following among the largest freight operations in the United States, thanks in part to a special option package that's tailored for cross-docking and trailer loading/unloading.

The Platinum II Series is powered by the company's K21 (2.1 liter) and optional K25 (2.5 liter) industrial engines. Standard features include a powertrain protection system that reduces the truck's speed when excessive heat or oil pressure loss is detected; programmable speed control; an operator presence system with a seat-actuated power-interrupt feature to lock travel and hydraulic functions if the operator is not seated; and a parking brake transmission interlock, which prevents the lift truck from switching into forward or reverse if the parking brake is engaged (available on equipment built beginning in November 2015).

Several optional features that UniCarriers designed into the lift truck are especially suited for freight handling environments. They include an 82-inch low mast, which will not puncture the roof of a trailer when the lift truck is inside. The mast also has extra forward tilt for maneuverability in tight spaces and extra ground clearance to prevent catching on dock plates. A damage avoidance system, which activates when the truck is driven in reverse, uses sensors to detect the lowered fork position and reduces speed to avoid damage due to the dragging of the forks. A legal-for-trade scale uses a wireless connection to transmit scale data to the onboard computer and the user's business system. And finally, beginning in November 2015, the company will offer a shift inhibitor system that prevents operators from shifting transmission direction at high travel speeds, limiting transmission shock and excessive wear for longer service life.

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