Kalmar launches efficient K-Motion drive train system

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Unveiled in a Gloria DRG450 reachstacker at TOC Europe, Kalmar’s solution boasts 40 per cent fuel reduction.

Kalmar launches efficient K-Motion drive train system
Kalmar Gloria DRG450 reachstacker with K-Motion.

Cargo handling equipment manufacturer Kalmar has launched its new K-Motion drive train system, promising improved driveability and a 40 per cent decrease in fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.

Embedded in the Cargotec subsidiary’s Gloria DRG450 reachstacker, the K-Motion system combines smart programming with hydrostatic and mechanical transmission technologies to boost precision in low and high drive speed modes.

According to Kalmar, a fine-tuned joystick also provides more precise driving and the smart control system can split the reachstacker’s power to increase drive and lift efficiency.

"As the less efficient torque converter has been replaced by hydrostatic technology, the throttle works as an actual speed throttle," Kalmar says.

"The combination of hydrostatic and mechanical technologies delivers a more efficient transmission and allows for a downsized engine.

"This reduces fuel consumption and exhaust emissions, giving reductions of up to 40 per cent without compromising drive and lift power."

Launching the technology in the 6-6.5m reachstacker, which has a maximum engine speed of 1,700rpm to reduce noise, Kalmar Reachstackers and Empty Container Handlers’ director of sales and marketing Stefan Johansson says it has been a sizeable journey.

"Over the last ten years we have been on a quest to find the best solution for our reachstackers, and now we have arrived at our goal and are delighted to present K-Motion, the most efficient way to achieve major savings, increase productivity, and reduce fuel consumption and emissions with our reachstackers," Johansson says.

"Now more than ever, terminals are under pressure to increase their capacity, cut costs and improve the footprint of everyday operations," he says.

"Within Kalmar we have a long-term commitment to developing efficient sustainable technology, which includes the possible application of K-Motion across our range of reachstackers in the future."

The K-Motion is available in DRG models with 6m or 6.5m wheelbases covering container intermodal and industrial handling applications. Those available are:

Container Handling:
- Wheelbase 6.0 and 6.5 m
- DRG 420-60 S5 to DRG 450-65 S6HC XS
- Toplift spreader with twistlocks

Intermodal Handling:
- Wheelbase 6.0 and 6.5 m
- DRG 450-60 C5 to DRG 450-65 C5 XS
- Combilift spreader with both twistlocks and trailer bottomlift

Industrial Handling:
- Wheelbase 6.0 and 6.5 m
- DRG 500-60 A5 to DRG 600-65 Z XS
- Multi-functional Tool Carrier with twistlocks or dual Lift Hook

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