With an enviable reputation spanning over 50 years, Translift have consistently strived to, and succeeded in, offering its customers innovative and groundbreaking solutions that will ultimately save time, space and money. With a focus on the continual development and introduction of space-saving products, the partnership with the German manufacturer Hubtex was always going to be a winner: as was the latest offering – The Translift SpaceMate.
With the company celebrating its 35-year anniversary, Hubtex has launched two new game-changing products – MaxX and FluX – to mark the opening of its new production facility in Fulda, Germany. The introduction of the new machines will bolster its already impressive product portfolio by adding modular multidirectional sideloaders into the growing entry-level pricing bracket. Boasting a spacious operators cab, a multifunction joystick, a new-generation info display and easy battery change, MaxX and FluX are ergonomically designed for both indoor and outdoor use.
Hubtex has launched an industry first with its multidirectional counterbalance forklift featuring patented steering technology that goes by the name of FluX. The truck is available in two load-capacity classes – 3,000 kg and 4,000 kg – with a 48-volt power system and four-wheel chassis.
It is designed to be used as both a conventional front loading forklift as well as a sideloader, and especially suited to transporting standard type pallets and long loads. In addition to its fast operating speed of up to 12 km/h, Hubtex’s patented HX steering system also delivers major benefits. Thanks to the steering system installed as standard for the first time, the FluX doesn’t have to stop to switch from travelling forwards to sideways like existing trucks. The Flux can change direction with all wheels steering together in a way that causes minimum wear and tear to the vehicle. Depending on how it is deployed, operators can save a substantial amount of time, especially when the truck is used for handling both long loads and pallets.
The process of loading and unloading trucks is also much quicker due to the lack of mast travel. With the truck featuring a system that automatically reduces its speed depending on the steering angle, users can safely travel at faster speeds. The structure of the frame is also new. The forklift features a compact frame while offering substantial ground clearance for yard work. This allows pallets to be loaded easily, even at the end of aisles. The Flux comes as standard with a detachable frame for handling long objects that spans the entire length of the frame as well as hydraulically adjustable and sideshifting forks.
MaxX, the new electric multidirectional sideloader from Hubtex is available in three variants: with a load capacity of 3,000 kg and a powerful 48-volt power unit, or with a load capacity of 4,500 kg and a 48 or 80-volt power unit. As was the case with the FluX, particular focus was placed on the ergonomics of the driver's cabin when developing the MaxX. The spacious cabin provides drivers with a substantial amount of legroom and all-round visibility, while the new HIT3 multifunction display enables them to keep an eye on all key vehicle information, such as wheel position, speed and battery charge. Furthermore, the hydraulic suspension system installed for the drive wheels ensures that the vehicle never leaves the ground, boosting shock absorption. The vehicle chassis also offers key advantages for use both inside and outdoors. The four-wheel chassis allows the vehicle to achieve tighter turns while also offering higher residual load capacities. Able to operate for five to eight hours at a max speed of up to 11 km/h, the truck can be used for multiple shifts thanks to its quick and easy battery change method. With its standardised vehicle concept, the MaxX represents an ideal addition to Hubtex’s proven range of electric multidirectional sideloaders, which are all produced according to the customer's individual needs and specifications.
Translift Hubtex are planning a number of roadshows throughout the UK. Scheduled for April, you will have the opportunity to see the latest products in action and try them for yourself. If you are interested in attending or you wish to have further information please email us at email@example.com or give us a call on 01527 527411
After covering the launch of the Translift SpaceMate in our October edition, I caught up with Simon Brown, Managing Director of Translift, to see how much interest there has been in the SpaceMate.
Astonishingly! I can only compare it with the take-off of the Bendi which took ten long years to become established as an accepted product and now that it has, it has become a must have for all MHE suppliers. However, the amount of interest in SpaceMate is already equal to the level of activity of the Bendi in just a few months. I believe that the SpaceMate concept is easier to understand, people are seeing the SpaceMate and getting it straight away. Also, it has got a broader market appeal in new and surprising applications that are being brought to us daily. One big surprise has been the level of interest from other Forklift manufacturers who have a gap in their product line-up that the SpaceMate can now fulfil with one of their existing products. We are being inundated with request to be dealers of the SpaceMate from all over the world, and we expect to be making some big announcements towards the end of the year on this subject.
Yes, while the product trials taught us a lot before the NEC launch there’s nothing like the real life experience gained from multiple site demos and different applications and operators. Recently, as a result, the SpaceMate has had a software upgrade which gives some enhanced control features, and there’s also a new laser array for easy alignment. As the SpaceMate operates on sequential hydraulics from one lever in the forklift cab, we’ve added an operators display to inform the operator of where it is in the sequence and what’s going to happen next. This gives the operator more control over normal day to day events that may occur mid sequential cycle even driver decisions.
As eluded to before, half of the requests are coming from within the materials handling industry; from dealers and manufacturers alike where they’ve been approached by a customer to save space and money and all other options are considered to be too expensive. Many of the applications have existing articulated trucks working along side counterbalance trucks, and where at peak periods they need a bit more capacity in the narrow aisle and their counterbalance machines are stood idle. The SpaceMate has enabled better use of the fleet as a whole allowing the counterbalance to add peak support to the articulated trucks in the narrow aisles. Other uses of the SpaceMate have been with users of traditional VNA equipment who need additional peak period cover for the VNA trucks and can solve this by fitting a SpaceMate to a Reach Truck or Man Up Orderpicker.
The other half of the SpaceMate applications are existing truck users who need to store more, or the same in less space, and find the SpaceMate as the easiest, simplest and most cost effective solution by fitting it to their existing wide aisle forklift to enable it to operate in 1800mm aisles.
When it comes to the true potential of the SpaceMate, we’re sure we have only just skimmed the surface so far, and as more customers become aware of its capabilities, we will see this new and exciting market sector grow quicker than any other in the MHE today.
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