Jungheinrich unveils 'two shifts, one charge' Kombi Stacker

Jungheinrich has announced the launch its new narrow-aisle Kombi Stacker – the EKX 514-516 electric order picker and trilateral forklift. With a payload capacity of 1.6 Tonnes and a lift height of 18 metres, the new model is claimed to offer maximum versatility for order picking and stacking operations.

Just one battery charge for two shifts

The truck is equipped with state-of-the-art control technology, completely new motor technology and an efficient energy management system. Its intelligent design makes use of high-strength steels, resulting in a weight reduction of 150 kilograms. "This means we can guarantee the efficient and economical operation of the stacker over two shifts with a single battery charge," says Steve Richmond, Director of Jungheinrich's Systems & Projects Division.

The new Kombi Stacker eliminates the need for extra batteries on a two-shift operation and cuts down on requirements for charging stations and extra manpower. Richmond continues: "This is no idle promise. If a battery fails to hold a charge for two full shifts, Jungheinrich will replace it free of charge."

Motor efficiency: 93 per cent of energy converted into output

Completely new motor technology developed by Jungheinrich is at the heart of the EKX 514-516. For the first time the high performance and energy efficiency of a synchronous motor has been combined with the low maintenance and cost advantages of a three-phase AC motor.

The new motor technology converts around 93 per cent of the energy consumed into actual output, cutting energy losses by half. "This means that energy consumption has been reduced by a further 15 per cent compared to the previous model," says Richmond. "And this, despite the truck's much higher performance," he adds.

Vibration damping reaches new heights

For the first time Jungheinrich is also equipping this series with a patented vibration damping system. The optional Floor Pro module reduces lateral vibration of the mast and driver's cab caused by uneven floors. "This system enables the user to travel more smoothly and up to 30 per cent faster on substandard surfaces," says Richmond. "Narrow-aisle trucks can now work safely and efficiently on floors that were originally designed solely for reach trucks – even at lift heights of 10 metres".

The new EKX 514-516 is fitted with a number of different modules for process integration, including RFID technology, height and distance measurement and the Jungheinrich Logistics Interface. Throughput can be enhanced by up to 25 per cent using the optional Jungheinrich warehouse navigation system with semi-automatic target approach.

Richmond concludes: "By combining intelligent assistance systems with high-performance synchronous motors, Jungheinrich has made a giant leap in optimising energy efficiency – putting us in great shape to meet the future challenges of Intralogistics."

Jungheinrich's new Kombi Stacker EKX 514-516 will be unveiled at the LogiMAT 2016 exhibition, 8th – 10th March, in Stuttgart (hall 9, stand 9B02 and 9B04).

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