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Kalmar has launched the DCF series of toplifts, a new generation machine that combines high productivity and uptime with low operating costs and increased driver confidence.

The machine has been designed specifically for the North American market in response to the needs of the most demanding terminal operators. Designed and built to give the customers a clear advantage, the toplifts offer more container moves per dollar and maximum return on investment.

After-market support has been an integral part of the DCF series product development project. Optimised parts logistics and the training of support people have already been completed. Improved support also incorporates on-site training at delivery and optional on-site training six months and 12 months after delivery.

The Kalmar DCF series of toplifts offers customers a range of benefits:

1. Unrivalled performance
improved cycle times through faster travelling and lifting speeds (up to 50% faster than its predecessor); greater lifting capacity - up to 100,000lbs (45 metric tonnes) when lifting a 9'6" box to the five-high position.

2. Improved ergonomics
intuitive and responsive operator controls;
low noise and vibration levels.

3. More uptime
field-proven components and less maintenance – 500 hrs service interval;
fast troubleshooting thanks to in-built diagnostics.

4. Low overall costs
best power-to-weight ratio combined with state-of-the-art drive train technology = lower fuel costs; longer service intervals and reduced tyre wear = lower service costs.

Unrivalled performance
The new DCF series is truly setting new standards in North American toplift applications and is built to meet and exceed the customer expectations in this market, explains Dan Pettersson, Product Line Manager for Heavy Lift Trucks, Kalmar Industries. “With optional lifting capacities of 36, 41 and 45 tonnes (80,000, 90,000 or 100,000 lbs), customers get the best lifting power currently available on the market.

The machine operates at full capacity when lifting a 9’6 container to the five high position, even when the spreader is extended. Retained lifting capacity independent of the spreader position means that there is rarely a need to reposition the machine when placing a container.

It also offers significantly increased lifting speeds. The DCF 410, for example, can lift loads up to 50% faster than its predecessor. This is made possible by the use of the same technical solution adopted in reachstacker lifting cylinders, known as the re-generation system.

Travelling speeds have also been improved, while greater spreader mobility allows for more flexible – and therefore more efficient – operations.

Improved ergonomics
The DCF toplifts are true drivers’ machines. Improved ergonomics have been achieved by the incorporation of intuitive operator controls and improved noise reduction. Low vibration and noise levels of just 70 dB(A), improved 360 degree visibility from the cabin and “fingertip handling all make for a more comfortable driver experience and, ultimately, better productivity.

A low centre of gravity, together with a longer, six-metre/ 236 inch wheelbase and a wider steering axle, increases the driver feeling of stability, especially when lifting laden containers to the four- or five-high position.

More uptime
Kalmar has also put easy maintenance high on its priority list in the development of the DCF series with the inclusion of features such as a maintenance-free steer axle joint and mast lubrication at ground level. Scheduled main-tenance now runs at 500-hour intervals – the best in the industry.

Simpler hydraulics have also been incorporated to offer a well-organised layout and easy accessibility for service operations.

Thanks to the use of proven components and advanced diagnostic features, the machine is optimised for fast troubleshooting. Should there be a malfunction, the driver receives one of three different warnings, enabling him to determine the seriousness of the problem. In critical situations, the system stops machine operations altogether to prevent further damage, although the limp-home function will allow the machine to return to the workshop for repairs. Meanwhile, built-in self-diagnostics greatly reduces the time needed for identifying the problem and thus uptime is maximized.

Low overall costs
The maintenance features, combined with low fuel costs achieved by beneficial power-to-weight ratio and new-generation drivetrain control, make for a more reliable machine at a competitive cost. The machine can run for more than 50 hours without needing to re-fuel, which is a big advantage during the weekends when it can be expensive to call in the tank truck.

Meanwhile, the large tyres (18.00x33) on the DCF 410 and 450 models mean fewer wheel revolutions, less heat generation and reduced ground pressure, thus maximising lifespan and minimising costs.