Hyster advances ergonomics, controls in new Big Truck series cabs

Engineers have packed a new cabin and control system for the company’s Big Truck range—H190-360XD, H360XD36 and H360XD48 models—with productivity-enhancing features in an efficient, cockpit-style design that positions all vehicle information and function levers within easy reach. The new cab prioritizes ergonomics, starting with a door whose width and generous height afford easy entry and exit. An industry exclusive lateral seat slider allows operators to find the ideal working position and make room to accommodate an extra seat for trainers. An adjustable steer column uses a unique foot pedal design that allows operators to keep hands on the wheel while finding the right position.

Operators can access key diagnostic and performance information directly through a 7-in. integrated display without connecting a computer. The standard control arm eases hydraulic operation with touchpoint mini-levers that work in tandem with the display to bring all functions within easy each. All controls are visible and controllable in one area. The interface automatically dims in low light situations to reduce the risk of distraction, while control arm panels have backlight options so operators do not fumble for the right switch in the dark.

The cab’s one-piece, curved glass boosts front and rear visibility. The top glass is reportedly the largest length in the industry and scratch-resistant to keep overhead visibility clear. The redesigned mast and carriage further boosts visibility of fork tips at ground level, as modified lift chains, inner channel and carriages net a wider window of view.

“The new cab combines traditional ergonomic fundamentals with the latest technology advances,” says Hyster Vice President, Big Trucks Lyndle McCurley. “Our customers are constantly pushed to get more out of a limited labor pool. The tools and design of this new cabin can help boost labor efficiency and keep operators more comfortable and focused all shift long.”

Big Trucks models offer maintenance-friendly features like LED lights on broken fuses to save time on troubleshooting and replacement, plus unique wear pads that allow smoother fork repositioning and wear more evenly than roller designs. Adjustable steering angles enable operators to select between steering behaviors, maximizing maneuverability and reducing friction to increase tire life.Hyster Co., Greenville, N.C., www.hyster.com