Hyster fan innovation shortlisted for design4safety awards 2019

9th August 2019

A unique bi-directional fan solution designed by Hyster to prevent forklift engines from clogging and overheating has been shortlisted for a Design4Safety Award in the Industrial Trucks and Ancillary Products category.

Hyster® lift trucks for recycling and paper applications

Recycling sites, with their accompanying large amounts of dust and debris in the environment, may face potential fire hazards every year. Standard forklifts operating in paper applications require engine compartment cleanouts much more frequently to prevent overheating.


To help tackle this issue, Hyster® Fortens™ forklifts up to 5.5-tonne capacity are available with a unique bi-directional, radiator fan which automatically changes direction every 20 minutes, for 20 seconds, blowing out the unwanted dust and debris collected whilst sucking air in. The patented self-cleaning fan reduces clogging and risks of overheating in recycling and paper applications.

It reduces the amount of debris entering the engine compartment and getting stuck on the transmission or in the radiator, minimising radiator cleanouts and keeping the truck cool, even in high ambient operating temperatures.

To support the innovative fan technology, Hyster® forklifts can also be provided with venting on side panels, a solid multi-piece belly pan and tough rubber guards over the drive axle.

Design4Safety Awards and IMHX 2019

Winners will be announced during the Design4Safety Awards on Thursday 26th September, which takes place as part of The Logistics Awards 2019 at the Vox, Birmingham, UK.

The Awards coincide with the UK’s largest materials handling event, IMHX, which is taking place from 24th – 27th September 2019 at the NEC, Birmingham.

For more information visit www.imhx.net .

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