17 February 2020
Cat® Lift Trucks has introduced two new-generation double pallet handlers to its materials handling product range to speed up the loading, unloading and horizontal movement of palletised goods.
Great benefits from faster work
The great benefit of The Cat® 1.6 tonne NPP16PD pedestrian and 2.0 tonne NPV20PD platform double pallet handler models is their productivity advantage, as they can carry two pallets simultaneously. Not only does this halve the number of transport movements required, but with one pallet carried above the other there is no need for wider passage space.
There is also the benefit of greater efficiency from these double pallet handlers, boosted by fast travel and manoeuvring, thanks to their latest AC drive technology, easy control and compact dimensions. Using the NPV20PD’s foldable ride-on platform, pallet loads can be transferred with minimal effort over short, medium and long distances. The pedestrian handler, NPP16PD, additionally specialises in shorter shuttle work.
Both double pallet handlers are operated via a new-style ergonomic tiller head, shaped to suit all hand sizes. Its large and easily reached lift/lower, speed and other controls enable highly controllable operation even when wearing gloves. The tiller arm has an inbuilt keypad and display, for quicker forklift activation, setting selection and availability of information such as battery status. On the pedestrian handler model, the tiller arm’s offset position allows the operator to walk alongside and this also improves vision.
The control of the pallet handlers is enhanced by various aspects of the products’ engineering. The pedestrian version features patented 4-point Friction Force suspension, which ensures constant drive wheel pressure on uneven surfaces for greater stability, traction and steering control. The platform model’s five-point chassis uses a friction force system and anti-rollback functionality to improve ergonomics and safety.
Both forklifts are extremely comfortable to operate and ride. The platform for the NPV20PD pallet handler stays down for quick remounting and folds flat against the chassis to save space when not needed. Its cast-iron structure safely resists deformation, and offers excellent cushioned comfort for the user, with the added bonus of a low step height for easy on-off access. Comfort is enhanced as the platform is specially angled to encourage drivers to bend their knees, creating a relaxed standing position which makes use of the body’s natural suspension.
The double pallet handler platform truck also offers electronic power steering as an option. Its design avoids physical connection between the tiller arm and drive wheel, preventing transmission of bumps, twists and turns to the driver’s hand. The system is progressive – adjusting sensitivity according to speed and tiller angle. It also provides resistance and feedback from the drive wheel to help optimise the driving experience.
Economical operation and maintenance
Both pallet handlers are easy and economical to maintain, with long service intervals, fast access features and an onboard computer which simplifies diagnostics and condition monitoring. PIN code login prevents unauthorised use. A BDI (battery discharge indicator) helps prevent damaging deep discharge and supports optimal timing of battery changes.
Amongst the many optional extras are Li-ion batteries. These make continuous operation possible, without battery changes, using fast opportunity charging during short breaks. Other options on the NPV20PD model include foldable sidebars, fixed platforms with a choice of barriers and entry/exit points, and increased travel speed (10/12.5 km/h with/without load).