New Kalmar ECH Completes Cargotec’s F-generation Line

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The Kalmar DCF70-40E is the latest and final machine to join Cargotec's range of 'F'- generation counterbalance equipment. The new empty container handler (ECH) is based on proven technology and features a cleaner engine with better fuel efficiency; new hydraulic and electrical systems; improved maintenance intervals; a more ergonomic cabin; and a state-of-the-art diagnostic system—all helping to lower the machine's total cost of ownership, according to Cargotec.

Mikael Persson, vice president of Cargotec's reachstackers and ECH, said the new machine was designed to help customers cope with their ever-shifting inventory of empty containers. "At ports, inland terminals and distribution centers, customers' operations are increasingly overcrowded with empty containers, placing a great strain on their profitability. The need to quickly and effectively handle empties is a major industry concern.”

The new DCF70 “is the ideal solution for customers requiring lifting capacities of up to 7.72 tons and stacking heights of four or five high,” he continued. “Although it is the smallest empty container handler offered by Cargotec, the machine has been built as a workhorse, able to handle a great deal of wear and tear with unmatched reliability and cost-effectiveness."

The ECH, which replaces the previous DCD model, shares the same advanced technical platform as the current DCF80 machine, with an 8.82-ton lifting capacity. Both machines feature a distributed, redundant system for controlling electrics and hydraulics, further signifying the excellent dimensional and operational characteristics of the F-series design.

With better torque and smoother gear shifting, the ECH is powered by a 129-kW engine offering quick acceleration, better maneuverability, and the industry's fastest average lifting speeds—equalling more moves per an hour, according to the company. The new machine is also equipped with a drive train that complies with emission requirements, in addition to sound and vibration standards. It also abides Step III and Tier 3 regulations.

The machine's maintenance intervals have been extended from 250 to 500 hours, to reduce downtime and enhance productivity. Availability is further ensured with a CAN-BUS control system providing fast, accurate troubleshooting and alerting the driver of any problem.

The Kalmar DCF70 features the Spirit Delta cabin, designed for driver comfort, safety and efficiency. The separately suspended and isolated cabin offers 360° visibility, strategically placed working lights, and the typical controls placement of an F-generation cabin.