Hydraulic systems & components


Forklift products and technologies

Second Quarter 2021 Hydraulic systems & components

The lift truck industry is growing not only in volume, but in sophistication. The demand for friendly interfaces, predictable performance, increased productivity, IIoT connectivity and environmental safety are raising the bar in lift truck design. Forklift engineering and design teams are confronting a number of challenges and are rapidly transforming major industrial markets worldwide.

• Operational safety continues to be a principal focus, driving changes in ergonomics and machine design.

• The need to control operational costs while addressing safety concerns has resulted in the rapid adoption of autonomous vehicles.

• Emerging IoT applications are creating the expectation of user-friendly telematics and big data analytics to improve productivity.

• Environmental mandates are encouraging manufacturers of larger forklifts to adopt electric machines to limit potentially hazardous emissions.

• In markets such as port machinery, heightened environmental concerns are also driving a move toward alternative fuel technologies.

Partnering with the right forklift component supplier can help forklift truck engineering and design teams take advantage of these trends by providing innovative design concepts. Parker’s forklift products and technologies provide next generation solutions. For example, in hose design an OEM’s initial investment in Parker’s high performance hosing is likely to significantly improve dealer and customer satisfaction. Another example is Parker’s silent fixed-displacement gear pumps for applications demanding noise levels less than 65 cb, where high power density is required; and Seal-Lok’s Trap-Seal technology proactively protects against O-ring fallout and pinch. The trapezoidal shaped seal sits snugly in Seal-Lok’s captive O-ring groove, ensuring improved retention and leak-free connections.

For more information contact Lisa de Beer, Parker Hannifin SA, +27 11 961 0700, lisa.debeer@parker.com, www.parker.com/za


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