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Final Report - ECOPAT (Development of a cost-effective and lightweight hand pallet truck for application in material handling)

Project ID: 262595
Funded under: FP7-SME


This is the final report of the ECOPAT project which was funded under the European Commission (EC)'s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The project aimed to design and develop the new generation of all-plastic, lightweight, chemically passive and cost-effective HPTs to be efficiently used in material handling applications. The report notes that this purpose has been achieved thanks to the production of one full-scale HPT prototype made of glass-reinforced plastic which has allowed the final evaluation of the performances of the product and the benefits on health and safety in handling environments. The novel HPT is more than 55% lighter than traditional steel pallet trucks which turns into easiness of use, greater manoeuvrability and reduced noise and is also deemed to have better aesthetical quality, easiness in keeping it clean and strong resistance to corrosion. The novel HPT has therefore considerably improved handling performances over existing products though still allowing the safely lift of loads up to 1000 kg. The report concludes by covering the conclusions achieved by the project.

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Record Number: 16264 / Last updated on: 2013-06-17
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