Driving environmentally friendly at Madrid terminal
Located on a 300,000 square metre plot, Ute Tilo Madrid Abroñigal is the primary logistics centre in Spain handling up to 18 trains with a maximum length of 700 metres every day in loading and unloading operations. The facility has 15 tracks for the loading and unloading of trains and a 15,000 square metre heavy parking area for trucks and semi-trailers.
Ute Tilo Madrid Abroñigal is a joint venture between Renfe Mercancias and Grupo Transfesa created for the management of services in the logistics centre, with storage capacity of more than 3100 TEU and an annual throughput of 100,000 UTI. Intermodal transport unit handling services include loading and unloading in addition to a number of ancillary services.
Earlier this year, Ute Tilo Madrid Abroñigal took delivery of its first Kalmar Eco Reachstacker. “We have previously used several models of Kalmar reachstacker, including the DRF and DRG series,” explains Jose Cuberos, workshop manager.
Kalmar Eco Reachstacker proves quietly effective
Alberto Diaz is head of Ute Tilo Madrid Abroñigal Terminal. He says the Eco Reachstacker has a number of favourable features for the terminal, including reduced noise levels (7db quieter than the previous model) and improved fuel economy.
“We are particularly satisfied with its performance in terms of fuel consumption, with the new machine consuming 5-7 litres less fuel per hour than the DRF (which equates to a 45% reduction in fuel consumption),” says Diaz.
While this eco-efficient solution reduces fuel consumption considerably, its environmental appeal goes beyond lower emissions. Many customers refer to the quiet operation of the machine, particularly those operating in locations close to residential areas where noise limits are strictly enforced.
Quieter operation enables customers to use reachstackers in areas where they might not previously have been able to and also positively impacts the driver's experience. In addition, the drivetrain is much smoother, which reduces vibration and thus minimises driver fatigue.
Your driving makes the difference
According to Cuberos, another key feature of the Eco Reachstacker is its ergonomics. “It has smooth movements in handling operation and excellent driveability,” he says. “It is also very reliable.”
The growing use of Eco Reachstackers is evidence of increasing customer interest in machines that are not only cheaper to run and more environmentally friendly, but also improve the driver experience while enhancing productivity.