Advances in Fork-Lift Truck Engine Technology

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High-pressure gas storage vessels represent one of the biggest and fastest-growing markets for advanced composites. Since the dawn of fossil fuel powered engines; companies, individuals and governments have collectively strived for cleaner alternatives. At Hitec Lift Trucks we feel it appropriate; and enjoy having an active involvement in the discussion of new technologies relevant to our sector;
[Hybridity in Engines]

Hybrid technologies in the fork-lift truck sector are fairly new. It wasn't until 2011 that these technologies where harnessed and brought to market, but at the time the technology existed but only in cars. It was only a matter of time until hybrid technologies became achievable in fork-lift trucks. The result is a much cleaner, efficient, quieter and more efficient engine within the fork-lift truck. This cleaner technology has implications not only for the general environment where these machines will be operated in but help the user of the fork-lift save on fuel and time.


Now a wholly new, innovative and pioneering technology has emerged into the forefront of the industry leaders attentions. These people; due to the complexity and scale of operations within logistics, are looking to find solutions that improve efficiency whilst decreasing costs and carbon output.
[High Pressure Composites]

High-pressure gas storage containers represent one of the biggest and rapidly advancing growth-area markets as transportation markets demand alternative fuels like CNG and Hydrogen for motive (producing physical motion) power systems. Composite world have suggested that:

“Although they are used in self-contained breathing apparatuses and provide oxygen and gas storage on aerospace vehicles, the primary end-markets for composite-reinforced pressure vessels are bulk transportation of compressed natural gas (CNG) products, and fuel storage in passenger cars, buses and trucks with powertrains dependent on CNG and hydrogen alternatives to gasoline and diesel.”
Composite Staff 1/12/2015
[A Healthy Concern for Air Quality]

And of course the concern for being environmentally aware can often over-power any notion of any other health benefit or direct causes of eliminating machines powered from crude-oil derivatives. In fact the US’ P.C McKenzie Company claims that:

“Propane produces about 1.40 grams per mile of carbon monoxide, reactive hydrocarbon, while natural gas produces only .01 grams per mile. With cleaner burning natural gas, forklift operators and fellow workers are exposed to considerably less emissions. Cleaner indoor air also means less air changes and lower heating bills for those of you located in the colder climates.”
Natural Gas Forklift Refuelling.

There are clear benefits for personnel in terms of the air quality within a working environment of close proximity like a warehouse situation. And the advantages are wide ranging, apart from being cheaper and less dangerous than propane, the cleaner burning alternatives means less maintenance of machines. As the above statistic demonstrates the carbon output of any company utilising high pressure composites will have a considerably lower carbon footprint to what they did previously.
[Natural Gas Refuel Stations]

As well as being cleaner and cheaper it is also easy to gauge how much fuel is available in your tank and US providers have even got the ability to install natural gas refuel stations that keep your business topped up and running from a convenient station.

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It’s sometimes amazing how innovations and technological advancements in completely unrelated areas can sometimes come together in a harmonious conjunction.  So watch this space for our next blog on the internet of things and its applicability to the fork-lift truck/ logistics sector for use in a wide range of efficiencies in business methods and ideas.

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