Hyster Lowers Handling Costs For Paper Recyclers


As the collection and recycling industry continues to grow, intensive paper recycling operations often need to reduce cost and maximise efficiency, explains David Reeve, Industry Manager for Hyster Europe.

Intelligently designed Hyster® forklift trucks are tough enough to support operational demands while delivering a low cost of operation. However, for maximum efficiency, we help businesses identify which truck is the right choice to meet their specific application needs.

Paper recycling applications present many particular materials handling challenges, so operations need high quality Hyster® trucks that are tough enough to avoid downtime and unplanned maintenance costs.

Materials handling equipment used in the paper recycling industry is often required to operate on uneven ground, for long hours and in dirty and dusty environments indoors and outdoors, all at optimal efficiency. Furthermore, specialised attachments are often required to handle the paper bales which can absorb rain water resulting in additional weight.

Hyster® counterbalance lift trucks are built to the highest quality standards with strict quality measures and testing help to ensure durability in the most demanding paper recycling operations. For instance, with more durable paintwork, highly tested components and robust tyres.

Extensive research and testing with paper recycling industry customers also helps to feed the design objectives of Hyster® trucks, ensuring the focus is on what owners and operators want and need

Tough Hyster® Electric Trucks

Recycling businesses are no longer restricted to only using tough ICE trucks as Hyster® electric trucks are tough enough for most operations, but the choice depends on how the trucks will be used.

Switching to electric trucks can provide zero-emissions and reduce energy costs, something that interests firms focused on sustainability. With fewer required maintenance intervals and less wear, it may also reduce maintenance costs.

While electric trucks can have a higher acquisition price than ICE trucks, the reduced operating costs delivered means that the investment can be recovered over a contract period.

Hyster is well known for producing tough trucks and the electric forklift range is no exception. Built for both indoor and outdoor use, a weatherproof all-steel cab provides operator comfort even in the dirty, dusty environment of a paper recycling application.

Operators frequently have to chisel loads out from tightly packed bales on a vehicle. These trucks are built for such operations which can cause massive shock loadings to the attachment, mast rollers and carriage. We can even add built in load weight indicators to give the operator reassurance when lifting uncertain load weights.

In some cases, however, lead-acid or lithium-ion battery options may be quickly discounted as there simply may not be enough power to provide the necessary operating hours each day.
Therefore, diesel or LPG options may achieve a lower total cost of ownership compared to electric trucks.

The Hyster® ‘Cool Truck’

Some of main problems of using a standard ICE truck in a recycling application include engines overheating and radiators getting clogged up due to dust, dirt and debris in the environment. Indoor waste paper stores also tend to have poor air circulation and are often confined spaces. The heavy-duty banding wire is another common issue if not carefully disposed of. It can be picked up and transferred to the transmission and axle of the lift truck during travel risking damage to exposed truck components. This costs businesses money in downtime and regular maintenance.

The Hyster® ‘Cool Truck’ is a lift truck option specially designed to overcome these challenges. Oil immersed brakes also help keep brakes and tyres cool whilst preventing the ingress of paper debris into the braking system.

The ‘Cool Truck’ is designed to enhance efficiency and reduce unnecessary expenditure specifically in the difficult environments of recycling plants. Options include a fully enclosed frame and vented hoods, side panels and radiator covers to reduce the vacuuming of dirt and debris from the floor into the engine.

The package is available on both Hyster® Fortens® lift trucks and heavy-duty forklifts, has also been developed for use with a wide range of attachments, so can be tailored to suit specific applications.

The Hyster® Duramatch transmission assists bulldozing applications. Its integrated Auto Deceleration System can reduce brake and tyre wear by up to 50% and Controlled Power Reversal reduces shocks through the transmission and helps prolong tyre life. The Hyster® DuraMatch transmission electronically controls braking, direction changes and ensures the truck operates smoothly.

Choose low cost of ownership

Hyster® is one of the leading global brands of materials handling equipment. The company invests heavily in research and development to ensure Hyster® products are at the forefront of the materials handling industry providing maximum dependability for demanding operations everywhere. Quality service and maintenance support from the global network of local distribution partners is also key to a low cost of ownership.

For more information about the extensive range of Hyster® solutions to support paper recycling operations visit our website.

*http://www.cepi.org/node/20802 The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is a non-profit-making organisation.