17 Oct 2016

More than two thousand years ago, Archimedes, said, “Give me a lever ... and a fulcrum strong enough, and I will lift the world.”

Spin a globe of the world, and you’ll find a Sydney-based company doing just that, in its own unique way - and in a way Archimedes would truly have appreciated.

As the company designing and manufacturing in heavy lift trucks – the Omega D-Series of Dedicated Container Handlers - Clark Equipment Australia is literally lifting performance in countries all over the world, as far afield as Korea, India, Bosnia, New Zealand, Fiji, and the USA.

But the parallel with Archimedes is also much more than symbolic.

Bisalloy Steels is widely known as Australia’s only manufacturer of quenched and tempered steel, and, like Clark Equipment Australia, for its technical expertise and product quality.

The ingenious scientist defined and solved many fundamental problems in mechanics concerning the centre of gravity of solids - resulting in ideas that far outreached the technology of his time, and principles that are still applied today.

By applying unique ideas in design, and steel technology to some of those same principles, Clark Equipment Australia developed the Omega 0-Series heavy lift trucks- a range of seven models from 20 to 50 tonnes capacity.

In the process, the company re-defined container handling performance, with the top-of-the-range Omega 54-D outreaching its competition, being capable of lifting a 40 tonne container and stacking it five high.

Omega 54-D presented a major challenge.

To begin with:

  • optimise strength for high capacity loads
  • reduce materials section for visibility through the upright
  • reduce materials cost to ensure the final product was competitive.

To meet a unique challenge, Clark Equipment Australia involved another proudly Australian company with a unique advantage: Bisalloy Steels.

Bisalloy Steels is widely known as Australia’s only manufacturer of quenched and tempered steel, and, like Clark Equipment Australia, for its technical expertise and product quality.

As a result of the collaboration, BISALLOY® Structural 80 steel was used in the manufacture of the Omega 54-0 lift truck’s mast channels.

In a perfect demonstration of the principle “less is more”, combination of greater strength and lighter weight enabled a much smaller mast section to be used, reducing both the lost load centre of the lift truck (ie. the weight in front of the centre point of the vehicle) and the loading on the mast rollers - allowing a heavier load to be lifted higher.

The smaller mast section also resulted in far better visibility for the driver, greatly enhancing safety and maneuverability.

Another Clark product is the Cascade top lift frame used by Omega to lift laden containers. By fabricating it entirely from BISALLOY® Structural 80 steel, weight was reduced by two tonnes with no loss in strength).

Clark Equipment Australia bears a very familiar name.

The company actually began operation in Sydney in 1952, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the American Clark Equipment Company, but since a management buyout in 1987, all Clark models have been designed, fabricated and manufactured in Australia.

With such commitment to excellence, it’s not surprising that, like its fork lift trucks, Clark Equipment Australia continues to go from strength to strength. And why not?

With Omega equipment regularly exported, companies around the world are finding that Clark lift trucks literally stack up better than the opposition.

BISALLOY® steel’s greater strength and lighter weight/ enabled a much smaller mast section to be used on the Omega lift truck, reducing the loading on the mast rollers - in turn allowing a heavier load to be lifted higher.



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