Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Materials Handling Group Provides Fork Lift Trucks to Speed Humanitarian Freight in Supply Chain

Support for UK Government Efforts as Company Releases Two New Models
Shipping News Feature

UK – IRAQ – With all eyes on the region the cry for humanitarian aid to assist the Yazidi refugees stranded in the mountains in Iraq has been heeded internationally and British Prime Minister David Cameron recently visited the Department for International Development’s (DfID) UK Aid Disaster Response Centre at Cotswold Airport to personally witness the government’s response. The DfID facility is the key logistics centre of operations for the distribution of millions of pounds of UK aid to be freighted to crisis points around the world. It is the hub for the distribution of clean water, improved sanitation facilities and hygiene kits as well as food, shelter and other support equipment and medical supplies.

One of the companies which makes up a link in this essential supply chain is materials handling specialist Jungheinrich which provides the storage racking which holds the supplies pending shipment and also has three fork lift trucks on hand including two new Diesel Stratus counterbalanced trucks, as shown in the photograph, and an ETV114 reach truck.The racking was designed and installed by Jungheinrich’s Systems & Projects Division and the company’s Mark Epton, who worked closely with DfID’s logistics team on the design of the unit, commented:

“Clearly time is often the critical factor in DfID’s work so reliable materials handling equipment is essential. We are delighted to be able to support DfID in their operations with our products and services.”

Jungheinrich have also recently announced the launch of two new highly compact reach trucks with the release of the Series 1 models ETV 110 and 112 which both have lift capacities of 1,200kg and are just 1,120mm wide. Their narrow chassis width means the trucks can operate in aisle widths as narrow as 2,455mm and the trucks have also been designed to be particularly energy efficient. Field tests have shown that the ETV 110 and 112 trucks consume up to 10% less energy than their predecessors which makes them the most energy-efficient trucks in their class.

Extra thought has gone into ease of operation with a newly developed electric steering system, based on the electric steering fitted as standard in other Jungheinrich reach trucks. This means that when travelling straight ahead, the steering wheel spinner knob is always in the optimum ergonomic position for the operator. Other operator-friendly features include a high-quality driver's monitor for displaying the main operating data, such as direction of travel and wheel position while three separately adjustable drive programs make it easy to customise the ETV 110/112 to suit each application’s distinct requirements.

As is the case nowadays a number of driver assistance systems are available to further enhance operational efficiency. Options include a fork-mounted camera and operator monitor. By viewing the special display, the operator can accurately check payload storage and retrieval even at lift heights of more than seven metres and, in addition, to avoid exceeding the lifting capacity of the truck, at the push of a button the driver can check the weight of the load, which is then shown directly on his display to make operating the new trucks even safer.

The Position Control system can also be fitted which speeds stacking and retrieval by utilising pre-set storage heights, increase the speed on the control lever and the system automatically moves the forks to the next pre-set racking level making manually selecting the height a thing of the past and helps further prevent damage to both goods and racking.