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The trend in industry and commerce is towards the transporting of multiple pallets: an for example is the unloading of road trucks on one side only with two latticed box pallets on top of each other. As a result, forklift truck drivers have restricted forward visibility. They are forced to travel lengthy distances backwards - with all the attendant negative side effects. The rotating cabin truck EFG D30 from Jungheinrich here sets new standards. On this truck the driver sits in an ergonomically favourable position, facing the direction of travel and with an unobstructed field of vision.

The Hamburg company is the first supplier in the world to launch a battery-powered forklift truck with a rotating driver's cab onto the market. This entirely new forklift truck solution world-wide - a further development of the "Future Truck" study presented by Jungheinrich in the year 2000 - is based on a Jungheinrich battery-powered truck from the "4" series with a lifting capacity of 3,000 kilograms. The EFG D30 is mainly distinguished from its "mother", the EFG 430, by the rotating cabin (D = Dreh), which can be rotated through 30 degrees to the left as well as through 180 degrees to the right with the Multipilot control. Such trucks are currently undergoing their field trials. The start of series production is planned for April 2005.

Jungheinrich rotating cabin truck: travelling and rotating at the same time After the load has been picked up, the driver can drive off straightaway and at the same time rotate the cabin through up to 90 degrees. This position offers an adequate and comfortable view to the rear for short and medium-long distances - comparable with a reach truck. For travelling over longer distances, the driver can rotate the cabin through up to 180 degrees - in which case, due to the automatic switchover function for the direction of steering and the direction of travel, this is only possible when the truck is stationary. At the same time a Memory System allows the operator to have the angle of his choice set automatically. In practice to date it has been found that the angles of 90 degrees (seated sideways as in a reach truck) as well as 45 degrees (for entering and leaving the truck) are to be recommended.

Three-phase ac technology: performance comparable to that of an IC engine drive system

The rotating cabin truck EFG D30 offers the same advantages as all its "relations" in the series of battery-powered trucks from Jungheinrich. Thanks to the use of three-phase ac technology the truck achieves performance values comparable with those of the IC engine powered forklift trucks.

This truck, which weighs in at less than 5,100 kilograms, can reach speeds of up to 20 kilometres an hour. Plus the highest handling turnover rates due to its peak values for acceleration, travel and lifting. The lifting speeds with and without load are 0.50 and 0.67 metres a second respectively. Lying between these values are the lowering speeds - 0.56 and 0.57 metres a second respectively (with and without load). At the same time longer operating times are guaranteed through optimum efficiency as well as through effective energy recovery.

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