Handling paper reels? Hyster introduces “damage avoidance” solutions

18th July 2019

For businesses in the paper supply chain, damage limitation is among the most important factors when handling giant paper reels, whether in storage or production areas, or on the ships or quayside.

By reducing paper reel damage with a combination of damage avoidance solutions, Hyster Europe is helping to improve the efficiency and productivity of drivers, while also reducing overall handling costs.

Hyster® paper reel clamp solutions

Paper reels range from 500mm to 4.6m in height, with widths usually up to 2500mm (sometimes more), and a weight between 500kg and 8 tonnes. These differences are due to the paper type, from tissue, board and Kraft liner, to newsprint, high quality magazine product and more.

Whether a single or double tower clamp, or a rotating clamp, different grades of paper require different clamping pressures. So, for damage free handling, Hyster works closely with attachment suppliers, such as Bolzoni Auramo, which has a wide selection of clamps. Hyster also help set the correct pressures as insufficient or excessive pressure can result in damage to the reel. This can become expensive, as the reels of paper may then need to be re-pulped.

Driver awareness

To help avoid damaging paper reels, Hyster has a range of options for truck-to-truck, truck-to-object and truck-to-pedestrian detection systems. Combined with cameras, telematics and other technologies, “connected” Hyster® fleets are delivering greater productivity and visibility.

Implementing the Hyster Tracker Fleet Management System can also increase driver accountability in these operations, helping to implement better driving practices and ultimately reducing impact damage and consequential downtime.

Reliability and cost of ownership

To help to switch between clamps, forks and other attachments with flexibility, Hyster® lift trucks feature quick disconnect hydraulic couplings. To protect the hydraulic system from damage caused by oil degradation, leak free O-ring fittings reduce the risk of product contamination, while multi-viscosity hydraulic oil maintains lubricity longer when operating at consistently high temperatures.

Vented hoods minimise the vacuuming effect from under the truck. As well as improving operator comfort by absorbing shock loads, the hydraulic accumulator also provides protection to the hydraulic system and truck from shock loads and prevents hydraulic slippage.  Load Sensing Hydraulics help keep hydraulic pump usage to a minimum and keep hydraulic oil cool.  Hyster® trucks also offer the ECO-eLo mode to increase fuel efficiency.

Avoiding wrapper damage

A common issue in the paper industry is wrapper damage caused by slack chains. With Hyster® lift trucks, a chain slack prevention valve prevents the mast chain from losing tension when the clamped load is stacked so when opened, clamp arms will not slip and damage the roll wrapper.

To learn more about damage avoidance solutions and customisations that can complement your Hyster® lift truck and optimise paper industry operations, talk to your Hyster® dealer.

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