UniCarriers has revised its product family of three and four-wheeled electric counterbalance forklift trucks: from May 2017, there will be a total of ten new TX models available with maximum lift capacities from 1.25 to 2 tonnes. The series is characterised by high energy efficiency. With energy consumption of 4.2kWh/h, TX is one of the most economical electric counterbalance trucks currently on the market. Additionally, the new TX models boast many safety and ergonomic features.
With the TX electric truck, UniCarriers offers a multifunctional series for indoor and outdoor use. The revised product family comprises seven models with three wheels (TX3) and three models with four wheels (TX4). The TX4 is now available in two chassis lengths and TX3 in three to fit perfectly to all kind of applications. All models are designed for lifting heights of up to 7,000mm and can reach a maximum speed of 16km/h (TX3) respectively 17km/h (TX4).
The new TX differs considerably from its predecessor in terms of technology. Significant innovations include electric steering with a steer-by-wire-system, a fully automatic parking brake, and the efficient high pressure hydraulic system. These technologies do not only improve energy consumption but also safety and ergonomics for the operator, as the steer by wire provides force feedback for an intuitive safe operation. The maintenance free brake, with improved energy regeneration and special low friction tyres, reduce rolling resistance. Combined, these optimisations generate a noticeable increase in efficiency: with average energy consumption of 4.2 kWh/h (on 1,6 t model), the TX3 is the most economical vehicle in its class. There have been significant improvements in noise levels too. The noise volume when handling loads has fallen by 8.2 dB to 63.3 dB compared to the former model, enabling the quietest operation of any comparable counterbalance forklift truck.
Clear view of fork and load
The chassis of the TX has been tailored to the driver with precision and offers the best ergonomic design and comfort. The special design of the mast and overhead guard with slim pillars and bars corresponds to the UniCarriers ProVision Concept and highly optimizes the visibility. The instrument panel has been reduced as much as possible to increase visibility of the fork tips. Parts of the operating panel have been made transparent so the operator can gain view of load corners at the fork’s heel. At the same time, the seat, pedals and slim steering column have been designed to give even the tallest driver, plenty of legroom. Getting in and out is also easier thanks to the new step, which at 415mm is particularly low.
The comprehensive TX safety package, included as standard, makes use of 16 functions. The Stability Support System (S3) ensures safe operation for all driving and lifting functions. The technology continuously measures speed, steering angle, mast movement, lift height and load weight, and intervenes as required. This means, for example, that the driving speed can be adapted to the load and lift height or automatically reduced when turning. An interlock control system halts truck operation as soon as the operator leaves their seat. Access control is provided for by PIN codes which unlock a personal user profile for every driver.