There is a lot of talk about going green and being more environmentally friendly. But what does considering environmental aspects actually mean?
It means tackling the full magnitude of this complex issue. It requires imaginative, tenacious engineers who can think on a complex level.
It means having a command of all technical subjects – from a power train to a brake, from the basic design through to the materials.
Linde Materials Handling too focuses on having a more positive impact on the environment with everything it does. Linde Materials Handling has been looking to solve issues such as emission control, eco-friendliness, and compliance with environmental and health policy regulations, in all design details.
The result is Linde PureMotion, a multifaceted solution to increasing energy efficiency, cutting emissions and limiting or eliminating any kind of undesirable effects.
An important feature distinguishing a Linde internal combustion Forklift is hydrostatic transmission. Linde Materials Handling launched the hydrostatic drive in 1958. Smooth operation, to the millimetre positioning, minimised wear.
The Linde forklift truck responds to every command with optimised precision. They require less energy and thus emit less CO2. In fact, Linde diesel engines are efficient that they achieve low particle emission values.
With the VDI work cycle on best time, the Linde H25D achieves a consumption advantage of 1.4 l/h. Projected over two years, this equates to a total of 26.8 t in Co2 emissions.
A similar situation is true with the particulate matter generated by the brake pads. Linde forklift trucks brake without conventional brakes. Instead, the hydrostatic drive decelerates in a controlled manner as soon as the driver takes his foot off the accelerator pedal.
This mechanism enables precise vehicle control and eliminates brake pad wear, thus eliminating the fine particles generated through brake pad use.
Over a two-year period, forklift trucks featuring conventional brakes generate some 700 g of particulate matter from brake pad wear alone. Compressed, this is equivalent to approx. 0.6 litres of dust.
What happens if this quantity of particulate matter gets into the atmosphere? Assuming an approved daily particulate matter average of 50 micrograms (50 millionths of a gram) per cubic meter, 700 g is enough to pollute 14 million cubic meters of air to its limit. Distributed over two years, this is about 19,000 cubic meters per day.
The Linde hydrostatic drive concept has completely eliminated this environmental impact. Linde’s PureMotion for the electric drive mirrors the achievement of the combustion engines. The Linde electric forklift trucks are energy efficient.
A whole range of technical developments ensure optimised use of the battery power to provide a good environmental track record while also achieving more pallets per charge.
At the core of this energy efficiency is the fully encapsulated compact axle, available in Linde Materials Handling’s new electric counter balanced fork lift range, E12 - E20.
The newly developed axle delivers high output for low input, combining compact dimensions with efficient performance and minimised maintenance work. It is technically powerful and resilient for precise, sensitive driving manoeuvres in hard applications.
Then there is the Linde energy management system for optimised use of the available charge. This includes enhanced energy recovery on braking and the new battery status indicator that displays the exact charge remaining and requests the next charging operation at exactly the right time, not too early and not too late.
The complete host of features in Linde Materials Handling’s entire electric range achieves greater energy savings and higher productivity. Linde Materials Handling’s focus on achieving energy efficiency is not limited to its forklift trucks, it also extends to its production facilities.
Linde Materials Handling now recycles heat generated from its plants in Germany. At just one of these plants, it is estimated to have saved around 16 million kilowatt-hours each and every year.