January 22, 2009

Concept pallet truck displayed

By DC Velocity Staff

Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp. introduced several new products and ideas at the show, including a model of a theoretical "ride-on pallet truck." This pallet truck differs from a traditional end-rider pallet truck by offering a "floating" type of rise for the operator, says the company. The truck's cushioned, noise-free chassis gives the operator the sensation of "floating" with the truck—rather than riding on it, according to Raymond.

The company noted that the concept truck could provide greater efficiency in its use of lithium-ion batteries. Jungheinrich also showed its new electric reach trucks, which offer increased load capacities and lift heights through moving mast mechanisms rather than pantograph devices. This leads to better visibility for the operator which improves his or her confidence and productivity, explains Greg Mason, general manager, products and training.