Wednesday 27th May 2020 - Logistics Manager Magazine

Fortens concept offers significant savings

Hyster has invested heavily in “the best virtual, bench and field testing equipment and processes” to ensure that its new customer tailored H2.0-3.5FT internal combustion lift trucks offer unprecedented reliability and dependability. The investment in the new Fortens series marks a breakthrough in how forklifts are designed and built.

The new H2.0-3.5FT Fortens series also boasts the lowest cost of operation, operator-preferred ergonomics and application matched performance. Hyster projects that this new lift truck concept will help fleet operators make significant savings each year while delivering greater peace of mind.

According to Hyster research, about 70% of industrial lift truck downtime results from problems with the powertrain, electrical system, cooling system or hydraulic system. The Fortens series delivers significant improvements in all of these areas to reduce downtime by up to 30%.

All the Fortens are equipped with a durable powertrain controlled by the Hyster-developed Pacesetter VSM (Vehicle System Manager), featuring a CANbus communications network. This computer ‘brain’ of the truck monitors and protects key truck features to maintain world class dependability. Hyster has also developed and fitted its own electronically-controlled DuraMatch transmission on the Fortens Advance and Advance+ models to boost performance while reducing operating costs. It will lessen wear and damage, to reduce costly downtime.

Its adjustable Auto-Deceleration System (ADS) can be programmed to slow the truck, with varying degrees of deceleration, when the accelerator pedal is released, allowing the truck to be tailored to suit the needs of the driver and requires less brake pedal usage, leading to a 60%.increase in brake life.

There are three truck packages to choose from – the Hyster Fortens, the Fortens Advance and the Fortens Advance +. Within those packages, there is a choice of engines, transmissions, hydraulics and cooling systems so that users can match the truck configuration to their individual application.