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Hyster Expands Forklift Operator Assist Lineup

Hyster Company announces two major updates to its operator assist solutions for forklifts, designed to help operators maintain equipment stability and best practices for safe operation. Hyster Reaction, the company’s operator assist solution, is now available on 59 lift truck models. This selection includes a wide range of electric counterbalanced forklifts with load capacities up to 12,000 pounds designed for the most demanding indoor applications. Not only that, Advanced Dynamic Stability (ADS), one of the foundational technologies in Hyster Reaction, is now available as a standalone option, giving operations utmost choice to equip their fleets with the technology that best matches their needs.

ADS continuously monitors forklift and load status, and automatically applies interventions in response to compromised stability. Previously, ADS was available only when packaged with other technologies as part of Hyster Reaction solutions. The standalone availability provides a more affordable, accessible option for applications that may not warrant investment in the detection technology or infrastructure required for other Hyster Reaction technologies. Since launch, customer deployments of Hyster Reaction technology have accumulated 14 million hours of run time in the field.

The full Hyster Reaction suite includes ADS on its own or packaged with one or more technologies, including object detection, proximity detection and real-time location sensing. Hyster Reaction keeps the operator in ultimate control of the lift truck, but depending on the package selected, automatically applies interventions in response to compromised stability, obstacles detected in the path of travel or in close proximity, and even based on rules specified for certain areas of the facility. Those performance interventions, such as a reduction to travel speed or a smoothing of forklift or tilt movement, are carefully measured to avoid abrupt shifts or jerks that can upset stability. The changes remain noticeable enough for operators to feel, and the system also communicates the cause through a display screen, providing an additional layer of feedback to help reinforce proper operation established during training.

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