Optimised Mechanical Handling Design Keeps Commercial Vehicle Emissions Down
It is well known that the pollutants in vehicle emissions are not only a significant source of air pollution but may also lead to ill health, such as respiratory problems, contribute to roadside pollution levels in urban areas and contribute to climate change.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) which exists to support and promote the interests of the UK automotive industry at home and abroad, has the opinion that the automotive industry recognises the challenge of vehicle emissions, the concern of the public and the efforts by government and local authorities to improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions in the UK.
The industry continues to invest billions of pounds in research technology to cut all emissions. The SMMT feel that this goes some way to showing the commitment to air quality improvement and to helping consumers make informed judgements when selecting a new car or commercial vehicle.
It is well known that when buying new company vehicles, it is important to select models with low carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and high fuel efficiency. This has been made easier since the fuel efficiency of a vehicle can be easily obtained from the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) or Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Ltd (SMMT). It is therefore natural that the weight implications of any ancillary items such as racking, lighting or mechanical handling equipment is now under increased scrutiny.
The new Penny Hydraulics PH Hydraulic Crane Range from Penny Hydraulics is seriously lightweight, the ideal solution for light commercial vehicles. The hydraulic crane range, suitable for pick-ups and trucks includes models between 0.5 and 5.1 tm lifting capacity with unit weights from just 74 kg.
Penny Hydraulics used its in-house advanced CAD and finite element analysis tools to re-engineer its hydraulic truck and pickup crane range to reduce weight through optimised design and use of alternative materials which replace some steel components with lighter alloys.
Richard Short, Sales Director of Penny Hydraulics comments “Operators can now install one of these devices with reduced impact on the overall vehicle weight to leave more carrying capacity for improved operational flexibility and productivity. Although this helps with all types of vehicle it is especially useful for those in the 3.5t and 7.5t classes where remaining within the overall weight and carrying capacity limits are always of concern to operators.”
Less is certainly more with high-performance materials; PH cranes are manufactured from the latest high quality steels, including Domex and Weldox. This means that the crane structures are high strength and durable yet lightweight, helping to reduce emissions, maximise fuel economy and maximise payload. The full PH Crane Range can be viewed online at http://www.pennyhydraulics.com/products/vehicle-mounted-lifting-equipment/cranes/.