Nichiyu Australia ’s new compact FBT-75 Series of 3-Wheel battery-electric forklifts incorporate a host of features that make the performance of the new models more efficient. The wider tread of the dual rear wheels provides high stability during turns and when lifting to heights.
Nichiyu Australia’s synchronised tyre rotation system and curved rear counterbalance have enabled the FBT-75s have a minimum turning radius and the ability to right angle stack in aisles. The new FBT-75s electric forklifts come with IPX3 waterproof rating, enabling their use outdoors, even on a windy or a rainy day. These electric forklifts have reduced the materials handling operating costs.
Nichiyu Australia’s high-mount hydraulic levers make the task of getting on and off the forklift easy on either side. The overall performance and pedestrian safety is also enhanced by having the horn on the hydraulic lever, meaning the operator need not take their hands off the wheel and hydraulic lever during normal operation. Lifting, tilting and other hydraulic operations can also be controlled using the armrest-mounted fingertip lever option, which greatly reduces operator fatigue in high volume applications.
An easy to read operator display provides eyes-up viewing enhancing safety and providing data such as travelling speed, battery status, time and operating hours at a glance. The display makes it easy for the operator to select from multiple driving and three acceleration modes to suit the application. The operator display’s self-diagnosis function also alerts the operator with an icon or message in case of any problem, thereby simplifying and speeding the maintenance.
Nichiyu Australia’s electric forklifts also comprise of an inbuilt digital scale monitoring system. Available as a software upgrade option on the operator display panel, the load indicator instantly shows the weight of any load, preventing drivers from lifting loads that are too heavy for the forklift or the storage system. Another option is the Laser Beam Pointer, which simplifies fork positioning, improving the speed of operation and reducing the risk of damage to pallets and goods through mishandling.
The driver safety is ensured by an Operator Interlock system, which locks travelling and hydraulic functions if the operator is not seated correctly for more than two seconds. Safety has also been improved with the new wet disk brakes providing more powerful and stable braking. Brake maintenance is reduced by preventing the ingress of water, dust and typical warehouse flotsam such as packing tape that wraps itself around and damage axle bearings and/or brakes on conventional brake systems.
Nichiyu Australia also aim to improve safety and reduce the maintenance costs for users by designing the overhead guard as a bolted three-piece system. If this guard is damaged, operators can cost-effectively repair it by simply unbolting the damaged section and replacing it.
The FBT-75s are available in 1.3/1.5/1.8 and 2 tonne capacities and are powered by Nichiyu Australia’s proprietary 48 Volt AC drive system, which provides smooth, quiet, vibration-free operation. Some of the technical features of these electric forklifts include regenerative braking, speed suppression on down slopes, coasting and plugging enhancing energy efficiency and maximising battery-life.