Jungheinrich is launching a new generation of the EKS medium/high-level order pickers. As a result of new developments, the lift truck achieves optimum performance with high storage density in a small space and is claimed to be the fastest truck with the largest order picking height for use in high-bay warehouses.
“We have trimmed the new EKS 412s for maximum performance, and in all matters that are important for use in the warehouse: performance, efficiency, ergonomics and safety,” explained Jungheinrich board member for marketing and sales Christian Erlach. “This enables us to offer our customers significantly higher throughput in a narrow aisle warehouse.”
New high-performance mast
The EKS is equipped with a novel staging-free triplex telescopic mast, which is said to be unique in its class. At more than 14 metres, the EKS offers the tallest order picking height of all vertical order pickers on the market. With a lifting speed of 0.5 metres per second, the EKS 412s is 25 per cent faster than its predecessor, which is currently the fastest available.
The new EKS 412s combines performance and energy efficiency. By using a fuel-efficient synchronous reluctance motor, Jungheinrich has halved the energy losses on the motor side and increased the efficiency of the motor. In addition, the redesign has significantly reduced the weight of the EKS. Combined, this results in energy savings of more than 10 per cent.
Jungheinrich offers the EKS 412s with two battery options: proven lead-acid batteries and modern lithium-ion technology. The company guarantees that the lead-acid battery powered EKS can cover two shifts with just one battery charge. This saves time and reduces operating costs. The use of lithium-ion technology guarantees high performance and maintenance freedom, fast charging time and a particularly long service life. Jungheinrich offers customers a 100 per cent satisfaction guarantee for its lithium-ion technology with a full conversion right.
During development of the EKS, great importance was attached to the needs of the driver. The transition-free strokes of the new telescopic mast avoid shock impacts, ensure comfort and enable high-performance operation. Thanks to the optimised operating concept with all functions within reach, handling the EKS 412s is particularly easy.
All relevant information can be viewed at a glance through the operator’s large colour display. Additional windows in the cabin rear wall ensure significantly improved all-round visibility.
Another focus in the development process of the new EKS 412s was the issue of safety. Intelligent assistance systems ensure maximum safety combined with high travel dynamics and performance. These include a mobile personal protection and collision protection system, which ensures that the EKS complies with the necessary safety clearances thanks to obstacle detection by laser scanners. This enables the use of multiple trucks in a narrow aisle.
The Jungheinrich warehouseNAVIGATION system allows for additional performance and efficiency. Using the Jungheinrich Logistics Interface software, the truck can be easily and safely integrated into the IT system landscape available to the customer. Using RFID transponders in the ground, the truck detects its current position within the aisle. The operator simply has to give the travel/lift command and the truck approaches the pallet location automatically in diagonal travel mode.