When Konecranes Lifetime Advantage was launched in 2019, its first upgrade package focused on safety. In 2020, the second upgrade centered on productivity. Now, as part of this long-term commitment to improving lift truck performance, Konecranes is introducing one more safety and two more productivity enhancements for its customers around the world.
All the upgrades are specific solutions that can be retrofitted to Konecranes lift trucks on customer sites. They are not service packages but are intended to improve equipment performance with the latest available technology.
“Safety is our highest priority, but we have excellent productivity upgrades available at the same time,” says Johan Kårhammer, Global Spare Parts Operations Manager at Konecranes Lift Trucks. “So, we’ve decided to release our next three upgrades simultaneously, to give our customers the best choice of what package to install on anything from an individual truck to their whole fleet.”
The first of the three new upgrades, Cabin Movement Auxiliary Control, enhances safety. Some trucks are already fitted with a cabin sliding movement option to enable easier maintenance access, but it can only be operated from inside the cabin. This external cabin control allows personnel to operate the sliding movement from a control panel on the outside of the cabin, attached to the chassis. This reduces the risk of unexpected movement and gives more flexibility to equipment servicing. It also offers an additional control option in the unlikely event of an emergency.
Productivity can be easily improved with the two other new upgrades. The first of these, Automatic Greasing System, greatly reduces the time required for maintenance with a direct line lubrication system that can be installed on a wide range of Konecranes lift trucks. It also eliminates the risk that a lack of grease might result in blocked joints or other mechanical faults.
The second productivity upgrade is TRUCONNECT® Premium+, a remote monitoring solution that gives Smart Connected Lift Trucks customers the ability to track their Konecranes lift trucks in real time, and take those insights to optimize operational efficiency and increase productivity. Using SMS and email notifications for instant, up-to-date monitoring, the system makes asset maintenance forecasting easier, helps maintain safety in operations, and by seeing how the trucks are used, identifies driver training needs. In addition, the oil monitoring function saves costs and waste by reducing the frequency of hydraulic oil replacement, which can be substantial amount across an entire fleet of lift trucks.
As with the previous releases, the Konecranes global distributor network will again play an important role in bringing the new Lifetime Advantage options to a constantly changing world.
“After the successful launch of our previous upgrades, I’m very excited to see the new range coming on to the market,” says Patrik Lundbäck, Director and Head of Sales and Distribution at Konecranes Lift Trucks. “The Konecranes Lifetime Advantage is full of initiatives to support our customers in their daily challenges and help build their current operations to their fullest potential. Ultimately, it aims to maximize their uptime and extend the lifecycle of their lift truck