Konecranes has added three upgrades as part of its Lifetime Advantage safety program.
The upgrades can be retrofitted to Konecranes forklifts on customer sites
All the upgrades are specific solutions that can be retrofitted to Konecranes forklifts on customer sites. They are not service packages but are intended to improve equipment performance with the latest available technology.
"Safety is our highest priority, but we have excellent productivity upgrades available at the same time," says Johan Karhammer, global spare parts operations manager at Konecranes Lift Trucks. "So, we've decided to release our next three upgrades simultaneously, to give our customers the best choice of what package to install on anything from an individual truck to their whole fleet."
The first of the three new upgrades, Cabin Movement Auxiliary Control, enhances safety. Some trucks are already fitted with a cabin sliding movement option to enable easier maintenance access, but it can only be operated from inside the cabin. This external cabin control allows personnel to operate the sliding movement from a control panel on the outside of the cabin, attached to the chassis.
Productivity is also addressed with the new upgrades. The new Automatic Greasing System greatly reduces the time required for maintenance with a direct line lubrication system that can be installed on a wide range of Konecranes trucks. It also eliminates the risk that a lack of grease might result in blocked joints or other mechanical faults.
The second productivity upgrade is TRUCONNECT Premium+, a remote monitoring solution that gives Smart Connected Lift Trucks customers the ability to track their Konecranes trucks in real time, and take those insights to optimise operational efficiency and increase productivity.
As with the previous releases, the Konecranes global distributor network will again play an important role in the upgrade program.
"After the successful launch of our previous upgrades, I'm very excited to see the new range coming on to the market," says Patrik Lundback, director and head of sales and distribution at Konecranes Lift Trucks. "The Konecranes Lifetime Advantage is full of initiatives to support our customers in their daily challenges and help build their current operations to their fullest potential. Ultimately, it aims to maximise their uptime and extend the lifecycle of their lift trucks."
Konecranes is a world-leading provider of lifting solutions and service, with a track record in pioneering, leading, and shaping developments in the industry.
Konecranes customer service and lifting equipment keep production processes up and running around the world, meeting tough end-user demands for increased uptime, reliability, safety, top performance and the lowest possible lifetime costs. We have the right equipment - large and small - to help our customers run their operations very efficiently, whatever the field they are in, from paper, primary metals, mining, ports, and shipyards to power generation, waste management, plastics, automotive manufacturing, and numerous other applications.
We also lead the industry in the development of preventive service and offer that expertise to our customers through a global network of service professionals operating from more than 370 service depots worldwide.
Our extensive service network provides us with a valuable source of experience and know-how, and we use this input in further developing our expertise. In particular, we focus on areas such as advanced automation, preventive service, remote monitoring, product design, operator ergonomy and safety, and environmentally sound solutions.
We are organized along three global business areas: Heavy Lifting, Standard Lifting and Service.
Konecranes sales totalled EUR 1,483 million in 2006, and we employ approximately 7500 people in 41 countries. KCI Konecranes Plc's shares are listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange (symbol: KCI1V) and our shareholders represent a cross-section of international investors.