Our long lasting collaboration with Kalmar Industries has covered most aspects of a strategic Industrial Design mission from an overall & coherent design strategy down to product realisation throughout the complete product portfolio. We have designed machines and components with the target to offer the best & reliable machines on the market.
Kalmar offers a wide range of products and within the Forklift truck segment there are 3 categories ranging in the following span: LIGHT 5-9 ton capacity, MEDIUM 9-18 ton capacity and HEAVY 18-52 ton capacity.
Kalmar EGO Cabin
The EGO CAB is built on a modular structure to fit all the requirements throughout Kalmar’s complete range of counterweight trucks. This project was a real challenge but we believe what we now hear ”that it is probably the best cab on the market within this field”. We were fortunate to work in close collaboration with ambitious, structured, open-minded, intelligent, innovative and creative people from Kalmar as well as other sub-contractors. We are still amazed about the thoroughness in not compromising at any time. The common goal was very clear, no arbitrary out of context solutions. In the end we can now say that we were probably involved in defining every possible cubic millimetre, sketching, building mock-ups and prototypes down to interfaces and surface modelling.
The EGO CAB provides best possible visibility, an extremely important functional aspect in safe and efficient cargo handling within often complex manoeuvring environments. This was achieved by analysing the shape and structural demands on all pillars A-B-C. One of the challenges was to fit the actual needed space envelope adequately and comfortably inside, since inner dimensions were determined by exterior parts such as lift-booms, hoods, tilt-cylinders, etc, all located differently depending on truck model. Nevertheless, of course the complete drivers environment can rotate within the cab, including both floor and pedals.
One size fits all: To fit all people around the world several user studies were conducted, analysed and revised. To meet all the different needs, flexibility was incorporated through several possible adjustments of the drivers’ environment.
A great effort was spent on designing an ergonomic, intuitive and user friendly HMI (Human Machine Interface) for all possible applications across the product range. Several mock-ups and prototypes were built and field-tested both by end users and cognitive ergonomic specialists.
One Kalmar identity. As mentioned earlier, nothing was left aside. As part of the HMI we also created a consistent GUI navigating down through the complete function menu for all systems in an electronic CAN-Bus system.
More than 6000 reachstackers are in operation throughout the world. These machines are designed to handle both empty and full containers efficiently in various conditions and spaces such as ports and intermodal facilities. Due to the demanding operations a significant challenge has been to optimize visibility without compromising on other functions. The Kalmar reachstackers are available in a numerous amount of possible configurations to optimize each customer specific demands.
These trucks will operate weight loads in the span from 10 – 45 tons and depending on model it will offer a stacking height up to 8 containers, high up in the air.
Kalmar TR618i, Terminal Tractor
As part of the work, with an overall & coherent design strategy for Kalmar Industries, our mission has included product implementation accordingly. This new “icon” Terminal Tractor is designed for towing in heavy duty industrial, ro-ro and port applications. Extent work has been spent on improving the operators environment for optimized functionality and performance focusing on ergonomics and comfort. This now provides improved functions such as; increased visibility and space, excellent access in and out of the cab, rotating seat and steering wheel for optimal operations also in reverse. Considerations for efficiency, repair and maintenance resulted in an electronic CAN-Bus systems, facilitating speed diagnosis of all systems.