New Hyster ‘barge’ handling reachstacker lowers fuel costs

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As part of the new range of low emission Hyster Big Trucks, the company has launched a new reachstacker for barge handling operations, which can deliver fuel savings of up to 20%, depending on the application.

The new “negative lift” Hyster ReachStacker is designed specifically for barge handling operations where containers are transferred from the quayside onto a barge. The new model can lower containers to 1.90m below ground level (even lower, upon request) and shares many of the same features as the standard Hyster ReachStacker, which provides lower emissions and significant fuel savings. 

The Hyster RS 46-41LS CH with barge handling features includes 2.10m extension legs that can flip down and are integrally mounted on the container spreader and operated by a switch in the cab. When the legs are opened, the twistlocks at the bottom of the legs are automatically coupled to the spreader’s twistlocks, and are then instantly ready for use. 

The barge handling model also features Powered Pile Slope (PPS) convenient for ‘barge’ container handling, helping to level the spreader easily when lifting containers from confined spaces. It offers hydraulically powered sideways articulation of +/- 6.0 degrees, and free (non-powered) sideways articulation of +/- 1.5 degrees. The PPS also gives a 0.31m ‘drop’ of the container spreader. In addition, an extended rotator head provides a ‘drop’ of 1.22m. 

In practice, containers can be handled down to minus 1.90m below ground level to the top side of the containers, or more upon request. This includes a 0.44m theoretical clearance. This negative lift capability does however affect stacking heights, but it is still possible to stack 5 x 8’6” in the first row and 4 x 8’6” in the second row with the extension legs in the up position. 

Another important feature of the LS model is a stabiliser mostly inside the front wheelbase which only protrudes 100mm, helping Hyster to maintain the side stability and increase capacity in the third row by seven tonnes. Computer software calculates how best to spread the load. This allows the truck to handle the same capacity whilst taking five tonnes off the counterweight. This is a perfect example of the Hyster philosophy of providing customers with the lowest total cost of ownership as this feature also helps to reduce tyre wear and improve fuel savings even more. 

The Hyster “Barge” container handler shares many of the same features as the standard Hyster ReachStacker which has long been regarded as one of the most reliable and robust container handlers in the world. It meets the requirements of Tier 4 interim(i), Stage IIIB emissions regulations.

Low emissions are achieved using the new Cummins QSL9 (up to 370 hp, 276kW) diesel engine. Combining cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR*) with an improved High Pressure Common Rail (HPCR) fuel system enables cleaner and more efficient combustion, and effectively controls NOx emissions. The fully integrated Cummins Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) also reduces particulate emissions by over 90%.   

In addition to the Cummins engine technologies, Hyster has also introduced new performance optimisation developments, such as cooling on demand, load sensing hydraulics, RPM management and alternate engine idle speed, to help further reduce the total fuel consumption in all applications. 

Hyster has achieved fuel savings of up to 20% with EGR engine technology, which means that the end user does not have to change the way it operates. Diesel fuel is added to the tank in exactly the same way and the engine does the rest with no additional equipment, additives or maintenance regimes, unlike SCR technology. 

Operators can also select either an ECO-eLo “fuel efficiency” or HiP “high performance” mode. The HiP mode is the normal operating mode, whereas the ECO-eLo mode reduces the maximum engine speed and optimises fuel efficiency. 

The new Cummins engines deliver rapid boost at low engine rpm and then maintain high boost at higher rpm independent of engine speed, thanks to the Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT™) which varies the exhaust gas flow into the turbine wheel. 

The machines have been designed to achieve maximum space utilisation on container terminals thanks to outstanding manoeuvrability and superior handling speeds.  

The series is available with oil-immersed brakes, robust drive-axle and powertrain protection against potentially damaging operational procedures or faults, helping to maintain maximum productivity and dependability in the most demanding applications. 

Hyster ReachStackers include the Powered Sliding Cab for optimum visibility and the container weight display (also showing distance and height), to allow the driver to anticipate the truck’s capabilities before the weight limit is reached. A speed limiter also decelerates the truck if it is driving with a container with the legs down.  

The Hyster ‘Vista’ cab offers outstanding ergonomics and total driver comfort, with air conditioning options integrated into the ventilation system, low noise and vibration levels, and a choice of conveniently placed controls located to the right of the driver, to ensure maximum front-low level visibility. Large windows, fitted with tinted safety glass ensure the driver has clear, all around visibility, particularly overhead. This is further enhanced in poor weather conditions by a fresh air inlet, an effective heater and defroster and wipers and washers on front, top and rear screens. Details such as sunshade screens are fitted on the top and rear windows and well positioned mirrors assist with the driver’s daily duties. 

Responsive, fully hydraulic brakes and an automotive style pedal layout further contribute to driver comfort, with autoshift transmissions offering power and control to the driver with smooth gear changes. 

Hyster products are distributed and supported through an extensive network of authorised, exclusive dealers, providing extensive local coverage through their sales and service locations across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), the Americas and Asia-Pacific.