Kalmar, part of Cargotec, launches its new drive train system K-Motion solution into the Asia-Pacific region. Kalmar K-Motion, embedded into the programming of the Kalmar Gloria reachstacker, increases the efficiency and productivity of reachstackers by improving uptime, ergonomics and safety while also reducing fuel consumption, and therefore reducing emissions and running costs. The APAC launch, taking place on 19 January 2016 in Shanghai, China, follows the successful introduction to European markets in 2015.
The new solution continues Kalmar’s long-term commitment to developing solutions that help customers meet their sustainability targets and minimise the environmental impact of their operations. Kalmar K-Motion’s combination of hydrostatic and mechanical technologies delivers a more efficient transmission and allows for a smaller engine, all without compromising drive and lift power. All of this adds up to a reduction in both fuel consumption and exhaust emissions of as much as 40%.
K-Motion’s smart control system improves precision in both low and high drive-speed modes by splitting the power to increase overall drive and lifting efficiency, while the improved joystick enables more precise driving. As a result, daily operations are safer as operators can focus on the task at hand and react more quickly to potential problems, while the improved ergonomics also help reduce fatigue.
Ken Loh, Executive Vice President, Kalmar Asia-Pacific, says: “Kalmar K-Motion has been developed as a result of listening closely to the needs of our customers. The support and feedback we receive from our customers and dealers is a key input to our R&D process. K-Motion is a continuation of our commitment to offering innovative technologies and world-class solutions that help our customers achieve their operational and environmental goals.”
The first equipment to feature K-Motion technology is the Kalmar Gloria DRG450 reachstacker, designed for container, intermodal and industrial handling. Because K-Motion technology allows for a smaller engine with a maximum speed of 1700 rpm, it helps reduce engine noise, thereby improving comfort both for drivers and anyone in the surrounding area.
Stefan Johansson, Director, Sales and Marketing, Kalmar Reachstackers and Empty Container Handlers, says: “Now more than ever, terminals are under pressure to increase their capacity, cut costs and reduce the environmental footprint of everyday operations. We at Kalmar have a long-term commitment to developing efficient and sustainable technology, and this includes the possible application of K-Motion technology across our entire range of reachstackers in the future.”