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Jungheinrich Forklift Trucks

New Driver Workstation

New Driver Workstation for Jungheinrich Counterbalanced Trucks

In addition to showcasing new trucks, Jungheinrich will be spotlighting ergonomics, safety and productivity at CeMAT 2014 – the world’s leading fair for intralogistics.

Jungheinrich will be presenting a range of completely redesigned and reengineered driver workstation innovations to an international specialist audience at the world’s leading fair for intralogistics (CeMAT 2014) from 19 to 22 May in Hanover, Germany. These new developments have already been integrated in the latest series of Jungheinrich hydrostatic drive trucks as well as the Series 4 and Series 5 electric counterbalance trucks.

Stefan Pfetsch, Head of Product and Portfolio Management for Counterbalanced Trucks at Jungheinrich, declares, “We want to provide truck drivers with an optimised workstation. To this end we did not go the reductionist route and consider the various parts as standalone components, but instead took a holistic approach to developing a driver-oriented operating concept.”

Technical innovations in and around the driver workstation include the new Duo Pilot control unit, integrated in the multi-adjustable armrest, giving the driver precise and responsive control of all truck operations. The driver can freely configure the new Duo Pilot – just like the further developed Solo Pilot and Multi Pilot controls – to adapt it specifically to the driver and actual truck operations. Stefan Pfetsch underscores this, commenting that the precision steering combined with excellent all-round view of the payload further increased the truck’s handling turnover rates.

New Compact Mast Significantly Improves All-round Visibility

The newly developed compact mast further improves all-round visibility. For instance, chains and hoses now lie inside the uprights and the mast is now even more compact in design. Stefan Pfetsch continues, “This gives the driver an even better all-around view than the excellent view through the mast already achieved in earlier Jungheinrich forklifts.”

A completely new interactive driver dialogue system rounds off the new workstation in the latest generation of Jungheinrich counterbalance forklifts. While driving, the multi-function display keeps the driver informed in real time on the status of all situation relevant details. The layout is easy to read, yet displays all crucial information. “The display shows the driver only the information relevant and necessary for the actual situation,” adds Pfetsch.

The control panel features freely assignable function keys, for example, to activate optional modules, such as driver assistance systems. This means even simpler menu navigation. The driver directly selects the desired module. Pfetsch remarks: “In addition to improving ergonomics this further enhances safety and improves productivity.”

Apart from the ergonomic aspects, developers working on the new driver workstation also focussed on practical detail solutions to improve the routine work of the driver. That is why they fitted a generous storage compartment under the arm cushion and a USB port as a power source – for instance, for recharging smart phones.

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