Cargotec announces the UK launch of its new G-Generation Kalmar lift trucks with its DCG90-180 counterbalance range, delivering improved fuel efficiency, safety, serviceability and ergonomics with reduced environmental impact.

With capacities from 9.0 to 18.0 tonnes for the new DCG90-180 range, the G-Ggeneration features – which include a revolutionary cabin design – will eventually be incorporated on all forklifts, empty and loaded container handlers, reach stackers and log stackers, as Cargotec aims to extend its market leadership in these sectors.

Lower lifetime costs

Improved synergy between truck and driver gives lower total cost of ownership (TCO) values. Each model in the range is designed to keep truck uptime and driver productivity levels high while keeping lifetime operational costs low.

Revolutionary cabin design

The EGO cabin featured on the new G-Generation range delivers major improvements to ergonomics and visibility, leading to greater productivity, efficiency and safety.

Spacious design with curved front and rear windows give exceptional visibility through all planes. High capacity wipers provide over 90 percent surface coverage of the front window, and roof wipers have been intelligently integrated – maintaining good visibility and safety, even under extreme weather conditions.

The combination of a side-tilting steering wheel, comfort pedals, a rotatable and fully integrated Kalmar seat and complete climate control all combine to further enhance operator comfort and posture. This makes the new EGO cabin a luxurious and flexible working environment which can be tailored exactly to the driver’s needs.

For improved health and safety, the EGO cabin uses a solid safety cage construction with profiled beams that eliminate blind spots. Additionally, in the DCG90-180 lift trucks, noise levels are reduced through the use of variable-speed pumps and a temperature-controlled cooling fan that runs only when needed.

The most innovative generation yet

Other features associated with the G generation of counterbalance equipment are the new electronic steering system and human-machine interface (HMI) which ensures the same set-up, regardless of which Kalmar vehicle is operated. Operators gain greater operating control and precision thanks to the well-placed, ergonomically improved instruments, levers, pedals, panels, switches and display.

Simple and intuitive, the intelligent system will feed the driver exactly the information needed at each moment. The result is a machine that is simple to operate for new drivers, yet allows experienced ones to excel and maximise their skills.

Performance and efficiency

New electric and hydraulic systems, constantly monitored via CAN-bus electronics, mean quicker response, higher lifting speeds and increased control. Together with new load-sensing hydraulic pumps these enhancements ensure the DCG90-180 range optimises lifting efficiency and fuel consumption on every lift.

The robust and reliable drive train and electronically controlled gearbox ensure safety and efficiency at all driving speeds and precision response of lifting equipment.

Sustainable, compliant engine options

A choice of Volvo or Cummins EU Stage IIIB / EPA Tier 4i emissions-compliant diesel engines offering particulate emission reductions of 90 percent and nitrogen oxide emissions by 50 percent ensure Cargotec remains at the forefront of environmental sustainability.

Maximum power and torque are delivered at low rpm and, with a new cooling system, ensures improved fuel efficiency, operational reliability, durability and performance.

Ease of serviceability

Service accessibility has been dramatically improved for the DCG90-180 range with fast and easy access to all serviceable components and daily inspection points. Service intervals are 500 hours.

Cargotec improves the efficiency of cargo flows on land and at sea – anywhere in the world where cargo is on the move. Cargotec’s daughter brands, Hiab, Kalmar and MacGregor, are recognised leaders in cargo and load handling solutions around the world.  Cargotec’s global network is positioned close to customers and offers extensive services that ensure the continuous, reliable and sustainable performance of equipment. Cargotec’s sales totalled EUR 2.6 billion in 2010 and it employs approximately 10,000 people. Cargotec’s class B shares are quoted on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki under symbol CGCBV.

Cargotec’s expertise in container and heavy load handling is represented in the global marketplace by the wide range of Kalmar solutions.

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