Press Release Summary:
CoastPRO(TM) Auto Coast Control System allows pallet truck operators to fluidly engage and disengage coast without flipping levers or plungers. Engagement buttons are placed within easy reach of operator's thumb for tactile activation. Truck is limited to speeds under 3.5 mph whenever coast system is engaged. Indicator light is positioned on top of control handle to assist operator in knowing when coast is engaged and disengaged.
Original Press Release:
Raymond Introduces Exclusive CoastPRO Electronic Coast Control for Pallet Trucks
Greene, NY- The Raymond Corporation introduces its patented CoastPRO(TM) Auto Coast Control System, which allows pallet truck operators to fluidly engage and disengage coast without flipping levers or plungers. CoastPRO was developed in anticipation of recent changes made by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) to the safety standard for standard for Low Lift Trucks (B56.l) in regard to coast control.
Previous versions of this safety standard did not require that the coast control design prevent the use of rabbit mode to accelerate to top speed with the coast system engaged. The current version, effective with any trucks manufactured in May 2001 and afterward, requires that the truck be limited to pedestrian speed (approximately 3.5 mph) whenever the coast system is engaged. The new standard requires that, when the operator boards the truck, he will need to disengage the coast system before he can accelerate to top speed. In addition, when he reaches his next pick slot, he must once again reengage coast. The operator now must learn two additional steps in his orderpicking routine. The added steps will have a significant impact on the operator's productivity, particularly if engaging or disengaging coast requires flipping levers or plungers.
CoastPRO provides thumb activation or "engagement" buttons and an indicator light. The engagement buttons have been placed within easy reach of the operator's thumb for effortless, 'tactile' activation. The indicator light is positioned on top of the control handle to assist the operator in knowing when coast is engaged or disengaged. After the operator has completed the first pick, the operator simply hits the jog button to utilize coast to approach the next pick slot. When the operator boards the truck and hits the rabbit button to reach top speed, the coast system automatically disengages-saving the operator valuable time and energy.