The driver must make contact with three points, otherwise they will be unable to move the combination forklift: the hand sensors on the control panel as well as the dead-man’s switch on the cab floor. This prevents incorrect operation which may lead to accidents. For the safety of the driver, there are also electrically monitored side cabinets which must be closed when the platform height is above 1.2 meters. The optional personnel protection system continuously scans the aisle and stops the truck if people are in the vicinity. For additional safety, an optional Aisle Safety Assistant detects RFID-tagged or barcode-marked unevenness, obstacles in the shelving, on the floor or on the ceiling and automatically limits the speed, lift height or fork extension at these locations. Service technicians can program general travel, lift and lowering end stops in the truck system, which can be adjusted. The standard, load and weight variants within the 'Linde System Control' assistance system assist the driver by adjusting speed and optimizing driving behavior depending on the lifting height, load recognition and load weight.
The new control panel has an ergonomic design. In addition, its position can be adjusted across three axes – for example to aid comfortable working in both a standing and sitting position. The driver can also adjust the height and incline of the folding seat. The color display of the control panel shows all the important information such as the time, speed, lifting height and steering angle at a glance. To make work easier, several storage options are available in the large, draft-protected cab. The chassis and the cab are decoupled from each other so that less shock is transmitted to the driver. Tilting side barriers are also available as an option. They swing outwards if the driver leans on them. This decreases the driver's distance from the shelving and makes order picking easier for the operator.
Even at high lift levels, the modern drive train technology of the combination forklift can achieve a high speed. In addition, the high residual lift capacity as well as modern RFID assistance systems enable navigation in the warehouse and handling on the shelving to be carried out more quickly. When using the Linde connect: fleet management system, it is also possible to optimize the whole usage cycle of the trucks. Additional support for handling is provided by functions such as the automatic lift height pre-selection and the automatic forks cycle. In this process, the truck automatically carries out three movements during pallet placement or removal at the press of a button. In the new version of the K truck, the main and auxiliary lifts can be raised or lowered simultaneously. This allows the driver to reach high-bays in a single step without having to operate the main and auxiliary lifts successively. The forks can also be put into position considerably more quickly through simultaneous control and can be controlled very easily at a convenient height. The energy generated by braking and lowering the load is restored to the battery. This improves usage duration and cost-effectiveness equally.
The robust technology of the Linde K combination forklift ensures low service costs and a long service life. Its CAN bus connection enables technical problems to be rapidly diagnosed and rectified using a notebook. Like the three-phase motors for lift and movement, both of the independent braking systems are maintenance-free. With the battery carriage frame, which is available as an option, lateral battery changing is completed rapidly.