Southern African Hyster dealer BHBW (previously Barloworld Handling) has added to its electric Hyster range with the introduction of two rider tow tractors designed to enhance efficiencies in automotive manufacturing and other line-feed operations.
Capable of towing up to 7 and 8 tonnes respectively, the new Hyster T7.OHS3 three-wheel and T8.OHS4 four-wheel tow tractors are ideally suited to the manufacturing and engineering industries and for any type of line-feed application. “Tow tractors are increasingly used for the transport of material to and from production lines, to meet just-in-time requirements and optimise space line side,” says Tracy Brooks, industry solutions group manager at the Hyster-Yale Group. “Rather than delivering full pallets to a single station, many applications have adopted a ‘milk run’ concept, using tow tractors pulling several trolleys to deliver kits along a predefined route while at the same time collecting empty containers.
“In automotive assembly plants, for example, tow tractors today comprise up to 60% of materials handling equipment,” says Tracy, who earlier this year visited South African automotive manufacturers operating Hyster fleets. The Hyster T7.OHS3 three-wheel and T8.OHS4 four-wheel models are available with or without a cab and can operate both inside and out.
Compact yet powerful
To meet just-in-time requirements with optimum efficiency, tractors are compact yet powerful, with excellent manoeuvrability. The four-wheel model also allows for good stability over rough, uneven or broken surfaces, and has power steering.
Features include an anti-roll back device for improved control on gradients, regenerative braking and inching control to assist with trailer hitching. In addition, easy service access minimises downtime for routine or unplanned maintenance. Productivity enhancing ergonomics includes easy one-step access, a comfortable suspended seat and intuitive controls. Advanced control features, such as easy diagnostics via a handheld controller, help to deliver a low cost of ownership.
Options include four different battery sizes and battery extraction options, a choice of tyres, and roll-up PVC curtain side doors.
Choice of trolley types
In combination with the tow tractors, Hyster of-fers a modular tugger train system, with a choice of trolley types to meet the different needs of specific applications. “This ensures that the most suitable trolley can be chosen based on what will be handled on the manufacturing line, the weight of the load, and the type of container the load needs to be transported in,” says Tracy.
The Hyster tugger train system is suited to a broad range of line-feed applications, as well as mail distribution services, transport and health care. “Regardless of the industry, it provides an intelligent solution for smarter, more efficient operations.”
The Hyster tow tractors and tugger train system were developed following consultation with customers to fully understand their line-feed logistics requirements. “This has enabled us to provide a reliable, flexible solution that can be customised to suit their exact needs,” Tracy concludes.