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Fast and safe logistics

05 May 2015

"The market trend for ever higher storage racks in warehouses and distribution centres is continuing apace," Alexander Schmidt, head of Reach Trucks & Tractors, Linde Material Handling, said. "This means there is an increasing demand for reach trucks with lift heights of over eight metres."

However, higher lift heights place more demands on the skill of the operator. Linde's new sensor-controlled "Dynamic Mast Control" (DMC) operator-assist system for reach trucks provides highly effective support for the operator, providing a stress-free, and highly efficient working environment. Key to the system is a very precise electric linear actuator system in the reach truck’s motor compartment.

The Linde DMC system automatically compensates and minimises mast oscillations and mast deflection through precise and seamless counter-movements of the reach carriage – it does this rapidly with minimum use of battery energy.

This means that the operator of a Linde reach truck fitted with DMC does not suffer the waiting times associated with mast oscillations and deflections and can therefore store pallet loads faster, accurately and more safely. Due to the accurate planning of the load, when retrieving a load, the forks will always be fully inserted into the pallet on the first approach. This results in faster cycle times, and the risk of damage to the rack or the load stored behind is virtually eliminated.

The system is currently completing its final field test phase and will be available for the existing reach truck series Linde R14 – R20.