Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) has introduced a new, pared-back version of the Toyota Levio LPE200 electric pallet jack: the LPE 200B.

The new electric pallet jack comes with many standard features including pin-code entry, safety gates, speed control, heavy-duty load wheels, and fixed battery-locking. Also, TMHA said, it will be warehouse-fleet-management-system compatible.

TMHA product manager warehouse equipment Michael Marks said he expects the Toyota LPE200B electric pallet jack to be more attractive to many customers. “It's an entry-level version and as such will be more competitively priced," he said.

“It will appeal to customers who don't need all the available options and who would prefer a more standardised unit for a lower price-point.”

He said the models are more alike than dissimilar. “The LPE200 and the new LPE200B are essentially the same machines, having all the standard equipment and usual TMHA service and support.

“The only difference is that the 200B comes as-is; there are fewer additional options available for it. If that's what a customer wants then of course we still have the LPE200, which can be configured with all available options.”

Marks said another advantage of the 200B is a reduction in lead-times. "We can keep them readily in stock because we know there's no need to change their configuration," he said.

“It's pretty standard to have a factory lead-time if you've ordered a customisable LPE200, but with the LPE200B we will be holding stock. And that's nationally.

“So, there's a substantial speed-to-market benefit for customers; they can get their machine shuttling pallets, faster.”

TMHA said the LPE200B is ideally suited for high-performance horizontal transportation, order-picking, docking applications, and has pedestrian/walk-behind functionality.

Both models are built by Toyota Material Handling in Sweden.

“TMH Sweden employs the same exacting Toyota Production System used internationally, so you are assured the same high levels of QDR - a cornerstone of our Toyota Advantage - with the new model,” Marks said.

“The LPE200B is a price-point machine, but its productivity, reliability and safety aren't compromised.”

Toyota Materials Handling Australia is a member of the Australian Packaging & Processing Machinery Association.

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