Konecranes unveiled the Generation C series of lift trucks to its south-east Asian Pacific customers during a customer event on November 24, 2015. Approximately 100 attendees took part of the event held in Laem Chabang, Thailand.
The new C-series spans the entire Konecranes product range of lift trucks (i.e. 10-65 ton fork lift trucks, container lift trucks and the full range of reach stackers). The range was first introduced to Europe and North America at CeMAT Hannover 2014, and since then has enjoyed enthusiastic uptake in excess of several 100 units. The generation C lift trucks are already hard and reliably at work in the European and North American fleets.
The Generation C lift trucks
The C series lift truck includes a completely new driver’s cabin with first-in-class features to enhance safety, comfort and productivity. The C series also boasts increased reach stacker lifting performance, an enhanced TRUCONNECT® remote monitoring system and improved engine performance. The C series is equipped with common platform diesel engines that meet emission legislation levels EU Stage II / EPA Tier 2, EU Stage IIIA / EPA Tier 3, or EU Stage IV / EPA Tier 4f. These new engines are in general several decibels more silent and can save up to 6% in fuel consumption over previous ones. Most engines can be supplied with a start/stop function to further reduce fuel consumption, typically between 5 - 15%, and to extend the factual engine service life.
The new driver’s cabin offers operators class-leading spaciousness and superior visibility made possible by an even more ergonomic layout with integrated seat-mounted controls. The industry’s first 7” touch screen color display provides full truck monitoring including eco-drive, fuel management and driver login. The touch screen monitor also supports an optional integrated rear-view camera and tire pressure monitoring. The efficient HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system offers a 50% overall capacity improvement.
Patrik Lundbäck, Regional Sales & Service Director of the APAC Region, says “The Generation C lift truck is a collection of refinements and bold new technologies that improve our lift trucks in ways that make them safer, cleaner, quicker and more cost effective. We are very happy to be the first region outside of Europe and North America to launch the Generation C.”
Konecranes web based TRUCONNECT® remote monitoring service is also available for the new C series lift trucks. TRUCONNECT monitors everything from fuel consumption and travelling, to utility work, service actions and critical events – for individual lift trucks as well as fleet of machinery. TRUCONNECT® now enhances safety of operations with new features such as tire pressure monitoring and shock sensors that track impacts and shocks. In addition, the system continuously surveys the conditions of the hydraulic oil for optimal reliability and maintenance management. Alarms are received instantly via SMS and e-mail, and all lift trucks operations can be followed on-line on a digital map.