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Linde upgrades tow tractor systems

03 June 2020

These all-rounders are mostly used as towing vehicles for logistic trains, for example to supply production in industrial plants, or towing “shelves on wheels” in warehouses and distribution centres.

Linde Material Handling has released three new tow tractor models – P40C, P40CB and P60C – that have a narrow chassis and are said to offer outstanding maneuverability, versatile equipment features and a wide range of safety systems. Each comes with a choice between lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries.

All models have a width of 800 millimetres and can fit in narrow aisles between production machinery or narrow corridors. From the operator’s platform, the operator has an unobstructed view of the working environment, trailer, coupling and load. 

The tow tractors are designed so that the operator’s torso and limbs remain protected within the vehicle contours at all times. In the event of a collision, bumpers absorb the force. 

These tractors are equipped with numerous safety systems as standard. For example, the Linde Curve Control which reduces travel speed when cornering, depending on the steering wheel angle; the optional Linde Blue Spot that projects a blue pool of light onto the ground in front of the tractor warning pedestrians of the approaching vehicle; glare-free LED headlights give the operator an excellent view of the road ahead, even in poorly lit aisles.

The vehicles are brought to a standstill by three independently operating brake systems. An electromagnetic servo brake (Linde Brake Control) is connected to the emergency stop switch and automatically acts as a so-called ‘dead man’s brake when the traction control is released or when the operator steps off the platform. The hydraulically assisted braking system in turn reacts proportionally to the load weight: the heavier the load, the greater the braking force.

Other advantages of Linde tow tractors include the optimised platform suspension which reduces human vibrations by up to 30% compared to previous models. For optimum shock absorption, it can be adjusted to the weight of the operator. The wide, low entry step, the height-adjustable steering wheel and an adjustable backrest with folding seat offer the operator a high level of comfort. Double castor wheels ensure optimum stability and in all driving situations. Four types of traction wheel in different materials and offering different grip properties are available, to suit the ambient conditions and the ground to be driven on. 

If the tow tractor is part of a logistic train, there is an optional remote control available for the trailers.

The optional, modular Linde Connect fleet management system provides access control, vehicle and driver administration, maintenance planning, shock sensing and usage analysis as well as zone-dependent speed adjustment.