Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Yet Another Fork Lift Truck Equipped for Specialist Freight Movement

Some Cargo Provides Particular Problems When Handling
Shipping News Feature

UK – Experienced fork lift drivers understand that all freight needs handling in a particular way to ensure safety and secure transfer without damage. Reels of paper are an excellent case in point, to the untrained eye these are simply sturdy rolls, usually weighing in excess of a tonne. In fact the slightest knock to the edge of a reel will generally render it useless. When speciality card, paper and board makers, Slater Harrison & Co needed another truck to add to their 30 strong fleet they therefore opted for a machine with a bespoke clamp attachment to handle incoming rolls of raw materials as well as finished products.

Most of the materials handling equipment on the Cheshire site, pedestrian operated stackers, reach trucks and gas and electric powered counterbalanced trucks, is provided by Jungheinrich UK Ltd and the latest addition is no exception. The most recent addition to the fleet is a gas-powered counterbalanced truck from Jungheinrich’s TFG Series 5 range featuring a hydrostatic drive engine which allows the truck to accelerate quickly yet switch direction smoothly making it ideal for applications which involve a lot of shuttling work.

In addition, due to hydrostatic drive technology having only a few mechanical components, Jungheinrich claims the trucks are low maintenance and easier to service and as a result, truck downtime is kept to a minimum and whole life operating costs are low.

Incoming reels of raw material, which can weigh anything up to 1.3 tonnes, are unloaded from trailers by the new forklift and delivered to one of Slater Harrison’s on-site storage facilities where they are block stacked or, if they are smaller in size and weight, put away in racking using a Jungheinrich ETV reach truck. When required in the converting facility the raw material reels are delivered by the gas trucks and placed just inside the entry door where they are collected by a pedestrian operated stacker, again fitted with a bespoke reel handling attachment, and transported directly to the conversion machinery.

Depending on the size of each batch, finished product leaves the production facility in reel or sheet form and is taken to the finished goods store using either the counterbalanced truck or a reach truck where it is stored to await onward delivery to Slater Harrison’s clients. The new counterbalanced forklift has been acquired on a five year contract hire package. At the end the five year period Slater Harrison intend to purchase the machine and keep it as a back-up vehicle. The company did this with the truck that the new TFG has replaced. Nick Murphy, commercial manager of Slater Harrison, commented:

“Because of the nature of our business, we require materials handling equipment that is robust and reliable and the Jungheinrich products tick all the right boxes.”