Platform Transporters have new Steering Mechanism

17th September 2020

Logistics BusinessPlatform Transporters have new Steering Mechanism

Providing a perfect platform for heavy and large loads, the self-propelled platform transporter from Hubtex transports machine parts, steel beams, coils, sheet metal, castings and injection moulding tools safely and reliably. The SFB series has now been equipped with a new steering mechanism in the load capacity range up to 25t. The single wheel steering is supported by a differential drive on the rear axle. Compared to the all-wheel steering available on the market, the new steering mechanism impresses with minimal turning radii and a more cost-effective compact design.

Platform transporters in the SFB series from Hubtex are compact, self-propelled vehicles for indoor and outdoor use that have a large loading area for the transport of bulky, heavy loads. The leading manufacturer of custom-made industrial trucks has now modified the SFB 25 and offers a platform transporter with a load capacity of up to 25 t with single-wheel steering on the front axle, supported by a differential drive on the rear axle. This steering principle was previously used in the RoxX electric heavy-duty compact forklift. It is now being gradually extended to platform transporters with different load-bearing capacity classes.

In contrast to the standard steering mechanism using an axle and cylinder with a maximum steering angle of 45°, the single-axle steering used on the front axle allows a steering angle of up to 70°. As a result of this increased steering angle, the overall turning radius can be significantly reduced. This means that the platform transporter can also be used in production or storage areas with limited space where manoeuvring is impractical. The SFB 25 offers a cost-effective alternative to trucks with all-wheel steering in the load capacity range up to 25t. The reduced complexity of the single-axle steering also leads to a significant cost saving. Another positive aspect of the new steering mechanism is the minimal amount of space required in the truck, meaning the designs can be more compact than those for hydraulic steering mechanisms.

The SFB 25 is 2,550 mm long, 1,750 mm wide and 900 mm high and can be ideally adapted to different customer requirements due to its modular design. With a powerful 80-volt drive, the SFB 25 features the unique division of the battery into two trays which contributes towards the compact design. The flexibility to operate on both even and uneven ground is key, which is why Hubtex offers the platform truck with soft elastic tyres. As a result, the SFB 25 is not limited to indoor applications on super flat floors. Instead, transport materials safely and efficiently both inside and outside on uneven surfaces. The self-propelled transport vehicle is operated via cable or radio remote control. This enables the platform transporters to be flawlessly integrated into automated processes, which is crucial as Industry 4.0 continues to transform future production processes.