The Manitou Group, market leader in all-terrain materials handling trucks, is pursuing its commitments to reducing its environmental footprint. Its Reduce Fuel Eco-program has increased transparency with regard to the fuel consumption of handling machines and helps support customers in reducing their own consumption. Reduce TCO helps customers choose their equipment taking into account all of the costs of ownership of the machine.
In order to reduce these costs, the Manitou Group is putting numerous actions in place, including prolonged engine oil change intervals for hydraulic systems which not only helps reduce maintenance costs for the customer but also reduces the ecological impact by reducing emissions from polluting products.
|(Breakdown of TCO for a machine used in construction at a rate of 1,000 hours per year)|
According to the breakdown of the costs of ownership of a machine, 30% are charged to fuel. The Reduce Fuel Eco-program helps to reduce this consumption.
Furthermore, 20% of the costs of operating a machine are linked to maintenance and repairs. To act on this analysis and its environmental objectives, the Manitou Group is optimizing the frequency of oil change maintenance for hydraulic systems so as to meet the expectations of its customers. Initiated in 2014, the approach called for new test protocols to be set out and performed on 16 telescopic trucks with different types of oils for different applications in several countries followed by extensive analyses of the results. After two years of studies, the results of the test have shown that the engine oil change intervals for hydraulic systems, initially set at 1,000 hours, can be extended to 2,000 hours with no impacts on the condition and operation of machines.
This measure allows customers to save 50% on the costs of hydraulic oil and avoids, for example, 600L of oil being discarded for an MLT 735 (Telescopique Agri 7m/3.5t) over 10 years of operation.
“Our measure concerns MLT telescopic (Manitou Loader Telescopic) and MT (Manitou Telescopic) Stage 3B trucks with the priority on 5 ranges of “best-sellers”, i.e. approximately twenty models impacted. A large number of other TCO projects are also under way, with the aim of providing responsible and profitable solutions for our customers”, says Olivier Le Pesquer, Head of the Services Range for the Manitou Group.
The Manitou Group is leading the way in data transparency while guaranteeing the performance and quality of its machines. This latest measure confirms the Group’s commitment to protecting the environment. As proof, the Manitou Group is continuing its work on solutions to optimize TCO such as reducing fluid consumption.