Electro-Hydraulic Control Solutions for
Material Handling - Forklifts

The material handling industry encompasses a variety of vehicles and machines that specialize in efficient lifting, rapid transport, and accurate placement of goods and materials of all sizes, shapes, and weights. Telehandlers and fork lifts are the mainstays of this industry, operating indoors in factories and warehouses, or outdoors on farms and construction sites. Safe lifting of materials and safety for the operator are paramount in this field and new safety regulations are requiring redesign of equipment.

HydraForce has a wide range of expertise in material handling applications

We can provide numerous opportunities to improve the control, efficiency and safety of material handling equipment through the use of hydraulic cartridge valves.

Choose your Material Handling Solution option:
Telehandler   Forklifts

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more about our Material Handling Solutions for Forklifts.


Main Controls
Variable Speed Fan Drives
Steering and Brakes
Electronic Controls
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    Flow Sharing Solutions for Forklifts
    • Operate multiple work
      functions simultaneously
    • Multi-function valves regulate
      flow while load holding
    • Load holding with precise and
      stable flow control

    Single-Acting Lift
    • Typical application for a
      single-acting lift cylinder using
      HSPECxx-34 valves for the
      lowering function
    Flow-sharing with higher flow cartridge valves can provide full system control for lifting, lowering and auxiliary functions.
    The use of higher flow electroproportional valves is another easy way to gain greater control of multiple machine functions. With greater flow, you can develop a flow-sharing scheme with the flexibility to handle auxiliary and priority functions.

    • Operate multiple work functions
    • Multi-function valves regulate flow while
      load holding
    • Load holding with precise and stable
      flow control
    Flow Sharing "Bridge" Circuits
    • Provide superior motion control performance
    • Flow-controlled meter-in with pressure controlled meter-out


    More responsive and more flexibly packaged motor and cylinder control with pressure compensation and a superior degree of controllability than other directional control options can provide.
    Electric Counterbalance

    • SPCL valves for fast “closing” response
    • Multi-function valve regulates flow while load holding
    Gravity Lowering
    …can augment or act as an efficient alternative to power down systems
    • Use the force of nature for load-lowering rather than engine power
    • Improve efficiency
    • Save fuel – up to one gallon of fuel per hour

  • Transmission Solutions for Forklifts

    • Compact, cost effective and fuel efficient
    • Fast, reliable response, smooth
    • Contamination-resistant, IP69K-rated
      coils and corrosion resistant plating
    A typical two-speed transmission
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    Fan Drives

    • Control valves provide variable fan speed control depending on air temperature,
      load and cooling requirements independent of engine RPM
         - Up to 30% HP vs traditional
    • Checks protect the motor from cavitating
    • Two-position valves can reverse fan direction to help remove dust and
      debris from radiator
    • Precise control of coolant temperature and reduced engine wear
    ERT 120 Sensor available
    • Designed for use in demanding applications

    Model                          Temp range                       Output signal
    ERT120              -40 to 150 °C (-40 to 300 °F)            436 to 5428 Ω
    ERT130              -40 to 135 °C (-40 to 275 °F)            46 to 18.5 kΩ
    ERT150              -40 to 150 °C (-40 to 300 °F)            33 to 26 kΩ

    ERT 120 Temperature Sensor

  • Priority Steering and Brake Solutions for Forklifts

    • Provides priority flow for brakes / steering
    • Store hydraulic energy for use upon
    • Fail safe load shuttle
    Simple Brake Circuit
    Provides reduced pressure to power off the brakes

    Alternative Brake Circuit
    includes hand pump for emergency pumping of the brake

    Dynamic Steering
    • Serviceable 3 pos / 4 way valve replaces sub-plate valves
    • Double-blocking valves eliminate leakage concerns
    Four wheel drive series-parallel crossover with torque dividers
    Torque Divider
    • Balances the pressure drop across each
    • Efficiently sized to accommodate the flow
      difference between motors
  • Attachments for Forklifts
    Plug-in valve drivers provide flexible and self-contained control for material handling attachments.

    • Clamps or arms for awkward loads such as
      crates, bales or tires
    • Efficient solutions for a range of flow rates and
      operating pressures
    • Easily integrated electronic control options
  • HydraForce is pleased to offer a full line of electronic vehicle control products integrating engine, transmission and other machine functions into a common J1939 or CAN Open Data Link control circuit.

    These systems consist of rugged, field-proven components suitable for heavy-duty operating conditions. PWM digital signal logic maximizes efficiency, response and signal integrity under harsh environmental conditions. Reliability has been proven through extensive testing, as well as years of real-world application experience.

    This is a complete line of the most rugged, heavy duty vehicle machine controllers, monitors, displays and electrical connectors for motion control and integrated machine control applications in mobile, off-highway and material handling equipment.

    • Reliable operation in the most demanding mobile
      equipment applications
    • Operating temperatures from -40 to 85°C
    • Chemical splash immunity
    • Moisture resistance to IP67 specifications
    • Fully resistant to EMI/RFI
    • Vibration resistant to 8 Grms (random) 24–200 Hz,