SANY SRSC45H9A Hybrid Reach Stacker has been selected to be the winner of the IFOY Award 2020 (International Intralogistics and Forklift Truck of the Year) in the Category of Special Vehicle. This is the second time for a Chinese company to be rewarded the IFOY Award (BYD's all-electric forklift ECB18C had won the award in 2016).
Decisive factors for the jury's decision were energy efficiency and the intelligent use of known technologies for greater customer benefit. “The SRSC45H9 from SANY Europe is beyond meeting the high demands on reach stackers.
Various professionally implemented innovations offer the user great advantages in terms of productivity, fuel consumption, ergonomics and safety,” the jury stated.
The reach stacker offers lifting capacities in the first, second and third row of 45, 31 and 15 tonnes. According to an internal Sany test, the productivity gains are at least 15 percent compared to the company's own standard truck, and fuel consumption is 20 percent lower. The advantages are due to a hybrid system that is based on raising and lowering the boom with the spreader. Two additional lifting cylinders are connected to batteries that store the (pressure) energy released when the boom is lowered and release it again in a direct flow of force to raise the boom. The hybrid system works in parallel with the main lifting cylinders and provides up to 70kW of additional power. The system has already proven itself in other industries but is new to container reach stackers.
The main lifting cylinders are also slimmer, which enables faster lifting with lower engine power and less energy consumption. At full load, the lifting speed is 13 percent faster, according to SANY. Because only one instead of two beams were used on the spreader, the weight is one to two tonnes lower. The use of only one beam is familiar from empty container handling, but it is also new for handling loaded containers. Sany achieved an additional weight saving at the boom head and counterweight, which in practice reduces fuel consumption. In addition, the lower weight and the movable counterweight (optional) increase the lifting capacity in both the second and third row by one tonne.
The reach stacker has a stacking height of five instead of four containers in the second row, which increases productivity (containers per hour) by up to 23 percent. Fuel savings are up to 11.5 percent, which leads into 20 percent fuel savings per container. Depending on the customer's conditions, the additional costs compared to a standard product are therefore amortized in a relatively short time of about one year, according to the Innovation Check.
During the IFOY test drive, the comfortable and spacious cabin stands out. The frameless windows offer the driver an unrestricted view of the working environment. The sliding function of the cab also allows the driver to find the best working position. The seat by the manufacturer Grammer is fully adjustable and available with air suspension. The steering wheel can be easily adjusted. Sound insulation exceeds the highest industry standards. In addition, numerous equipment features are already included in the standard machine, such as the hydraulically movable cab, rear view camera, air conditioning, responsive joystick control, colour display and adjustable steering column.
This year, the IFOY Award selected 17 machines and solutions from 16 manufacturers, including Sany, Bosch Rexroth, Toyota and Hyster, with a panel of 27 renowned logistics media professionals from 19 countries.