Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Fork Lift Truck Announcements from Two Manufacturers Well Placed in the Supply Chain

Enhancement to Established Equipment and Guaranteed Safety Production Techniques Now Assured
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UK – News from two fork lift truck manufacturers particularly popular with European players in the supply chain in the past few days include the release of the latest addition to Jungheinrich’s hydrostatically driven 3s, 4s, and 5s series of engine-powered counterbalanced forklift trucks and confirmation that Flexi Narrow Aisle, ‘bendy’ truck maker, has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace.

Flexi, wanted to show its commitment to a uniform level of safety across its business and Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors. The West Midlands manufacturer felt that Safecontractor accreditation will further enhance its ability to attract new contracts and the company’s commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the company’s liability policy is up for renewal.

Safecontractor is applicable to most sectors although it is particularly relevant to food manufacture, property, facilities management, retail and leisure sectors, all of which are big users of contracted services. John Kinge, Technical Director of Safecontractor said:

"Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place. More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Flexi has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector. Safecontractor plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process.”

Under the Safecontractor scheme, businesses undergo a vetting process which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website. Client-organisations who sign up to the scheme can access the database, enabling them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot on site. These clients agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation.

Over 210 major, nation-wide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishment or electrical and mechanical work. The Safecontractor accreditation follows the recent announcement that Flexi Narrow Aisle has had its ISO 9001 Accreditation renewed. John Maguire, Flexi Narrow Aisle’s Sales and Marketing Director, commented:

“ISO 9001 Accreditation demonstrates our compliance with proven international business practices and appropriate standards and is invaluable to our operation, particularly when it comes to tendering for contracts with larger companies. ISO 9001 recognition shows that all aspects of our business comply with best practice standards that are acknowledged the world over. Flexi Narrow Aisle has been ISO 9001 compliant for many years, but our recent audit was particularly pleasing because our quality control systems and procedures were shown to exceed the requirements laid down within ISO 9001.”

Jungheinrich meanwhile has launched the latest addition of its hydrostatically driven 3s, 4s, and 5s series of engine-powered counterbalanced forklift trucks. Thanks to a new control system, the trucks feature a high degree of energy efficiency and deliver top performance, coupled with extremely low fuel consumption. As part of the re-engineering process, the trucks feature a new hydraulic pump which delivers exactly the right amount of oil required for the trucks’ operational hydraulics. In practice this means an increase of up to 20% in the efficiency of the lift and hydraulic functions.

A new engine design means that the trucks not only meet the stringent requirements of the latest European emissions directive, but offer significantly improved energy efficiency that results in a reduction in fuel consumption of around 8%, thus saving money and reducing CO2 emissions. A new compact mast means that driver's field of vision has been significantly enhanced whilst a strut-free, safety glass window in the overhead guard affords the operator an unobstructed upward view when stacking and retrieving pallets. Craig Johnson, Marketing Manager of Jungheinrich UK Ltd, comments:

“Hydrostatic drive ensures excellent driver comfort and high throughput rates, especially in intensive operations. We are sure truck buyers and operators will appreciate the tremendous value added benefits Jungheinrich has made with this range of engine counterbalanced truck models.”