Konecranes launches first 11-ton empty container handler

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Konecranes Lift Trucks has announced it is launching a new empty container handler with a double stack capacity of up to 11 metric tons, this month (May 2019). The SMV ECC 6/7 110 DS is the first empty container handler in this class in the Konecranes range, and the first to use new Smart Lift operator assistance technology.

Dubbed the ‘No limitations Empty Container Handler’, the vehicle also makes full use of the ELME 580 Innovation, an 11-ton telescopic side lift spreader for handling two empty containers simultaneously. With horizontal lifting hooks and side clamps, loads are always secure and safe.

Specifically designed for heavy-duty double handling applications, and less sensitive to eccentric loading, it can even lift double reefer containers with aligned refrigerators. Hydraulic Powered Pile Slope (sideways articulation), a popular feature that makes it easier to attach containers from the side, is now standard.

“This is also the first lift truck to use Smart Lift, an automatic height positioning system for empty container handlers,” says Håkan Andersson, product manager, Konecranes Lift Trucks. “Driver stress will reduce and that will greatly improve efficiency.”

Add to this a stronger, lighter and more robust design for extended uptime and reduced maintenance. With an optimized hydraulic system, better visibility and comfort for the driver, and the ability to zip around terminals on a D8 engine, this lift truck is one of the most dynamic and powerful currently available.

Just like other Konecranes lift trucks, a flexible design allows modification for different height requirements and a range of customizable options, which include Truconnect, a remote monitoring service that creates smarter lift turcks by monitoring usage with real-time data and enabling geofencing.

Onboard the vehicle, container weighing, alert notifications and overrides can help prevent dangerous overload for better safety. And Power Drive, a Konecranes Ecolifting solution, represents an environmentally-sound choice which maintains full performance while reducing fuel consumption and carbon emissions by up to 15%.

“We’ve seen an increase in demand for empty handlers with double handling and 11-ton capacity, especially from countries that export a lot of fruit in reefer containers,” says Patrik Lundbäck, director of sales and distribution, Konecranes Lift Trucks. “This truck’s ability to lift offset loads means increased productivity for operators, as it can handle any type of empty container.”

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