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Improve Your Palletising To Save Money And Increase Business Efficiencies

Willetton WA, Australia, Apr-20-2017 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — AccuPak are Australia’s leading supplier of packing, filling, bagging and palletising machinery and equipment, and they have the answers on how you can increase your productivity, reduce your personnel requirements and minimise the risk of injury. Accupak helps business owners save money and improve efficiencies with automated palletising systems. The advantages of automatic palletising are numerous, as detailed below.

Any industrial and warehousing operation that is still relying on manual palletising is likely to be compromising their productivity, quality and business efficiencies.

Manual palletising is no match for modern automated equipment in terms of speed, precision, productivity, safety, quality and outputs and in today’s highly competitive environment, businesses need to take every opportunity to improve.

Palletising is the final step in an assembly line whereby the products (such as boxes, bags, cases, cartons, bottles, sacks etc) are loaded onto pallets. Semi-automatic and automatic palletising systems have undergone major changes in recent years, with advances in robotics technology driving significant improvements in terms of pallet pattern flexibility, tooling flexibility, cycle times as well as the presentation of the stacked pallets.

In basic terms, a robotic palletiser utilises various end-of-arm-tools which alleviate the need for manual stacking of bags, cartons or drums onto a pallet, thereby increasing productivity and profitability while allowing greater flexibility and versatility.

Although automated palletising equipment requires a capital outlay, many businesses are surprised at just how quickly they get a return on their investment. It doesn’t take long before the companies’ bottom-lines reflect the improvements in productivity and efficiencies that are made possible by the new equipment – and customer satisfaction levels are also a lot higher.

Let’s take a closer look at how palletising equipment will benefit a business:

Speed of operation. Humans can’t compete with automated or even semi-automated palletising equipment when it comes to speed. The equipment works faster than any person possibly can, plus it can operate continuously.

Quality control. Because human error is eliminated, a robotic palletiser ensures that quality standards are consistent and deliveries/outputs are always correctly counted and packed. The overall consistency of the loading and unloading processes improves, thereby reducing costly stoppages required to fix errors and inconsistencies as well as reducing the likelihood (and therefore, the cost) of returns or damaged goods.

Reduce labour costs. Eliminating the human element or substantially reducing the level of human intervention leads to substantially lower labour costs and greater efficiencies. The likelihood of error and contamination from human handling is minimised plus there are the obvious productivity and profitability benefits as a result of lower labour costs. Another reason why automated palletisers can improve business efficiencies is that personnel who are no longer required on the manual packing line can be redeployed to other areas within the organisation and used to greater effect.

Greater flexibility. Versatile palletising equipment makes it easy to reconfigure systems to handle different shapes, case sizes, pallet stacking patterns, layers of product and weights as well as handle multiple production lines. This means faster turnaround times and productivity improvements.

Improved working conditions. An automated palletising system reduces the need for workers to do heavy lifting and repetitive work, and minimises the likelihood of OH&S issues. This means a safer working environment with reduced likelihood of workplace injuries and costly workers compensation claims.

Improved data handling and reporting. Computerized controls and a seamless interface with other business software systems allow improved data gathering, real-time reporting and analysis as well as reducing invoicing errors and enabling a more streamlined and secure information chain.

More efficient use of floorspace. A robotic palletiser generally occupies less space than a manual operation which means businesses can use their square meterage more cost-effectively. In some instances, operations are even able to reduce the size of their factory or warehouse, which results in substantial cost savings.

Find out more by calling the AccuPak professionals on 1300 793 476 or visit www.accupak.com.au to learn more about their extensive range of palletising equipment and solutions.

Sena’s new Tufftalk headset is designed specifically to meet the communication and connectivity needs of industrial applications

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SAN JOSE, Calif., 23-Aug-2016 — /EPR INDUSTRIAL NEWS/ — Sena Technologies, Inc., the global leader in Bluetooth communication devices for motorsport, outdoor and industrial solutions, announced today the release of its new Tufftalk headset, which is engineered with Sena’s almost two decades of industrial wireless Bluetooth expertise.

“Sena Tufftalk is the first fully Bluetooth integrated intercom device to both protect the user and supply a clearer communication channel.” said Tae Kim, president and CEO of Sena Technologies, Inc. “This device marks our continued commitment to the safety and efficiency of the industrial field.”

Sena’s Tufftalk, an earmuff Bluetooth® communication and intercom headset, is designed specifically to meet the communication and connectivity needs of industrial applications. Tufftalk sports a 1.4 km working Bluetooth range – the furthest of any product on the market today. Its sturdy design and tough manufacturing offers up to 15 hours of uninterrupted intercom communication between up to four headsets. Coupled with its seamless compatibility with other Bluetooth and two-way radio devices, including Sena SR10i which allows for wireless two-way radio communication, Tufftalk far outpaces the competition.

Breaking through the noise
In rough and loud environments, safety is key, and this is exactly where Tufftalk truly shines. Tufftalk’s secure earmuffs help protect users from harmful noise with an audio attenuation of 24dB. The ambient mode feature allows users to amplify external sounds – generating greater awareness of surroundings so important alarms or calls can be heard while still protecting hearing. For more active applications, Tufftalk offers an optional hard hat mount package.

“Poor worksite communication is costly for businesses,” Kim said. “With Tufftalk we applied Sena’s two decades of expertise to offer industrial strength seamless communication for the harshest of environments.”

Equipped with HD quality speakers, Tufftalk delivers crystal clear audio that industrial mobile workers need to stay safe on busy and noisy worksites. Tufftalk features Sena’s Advanced Noise-Control™ technology, which limits the interference of background noise while maintaining the full volume of voice communication.

Sena’s patented Jog Dial design is glove-friendly and easy to control, while the VOX technology allows users to answer phone calls, communicate and react to voice commands, all while hands-free. Tufftalk is also compatible with a Sena App to configure settings and presets easily through any smartphone. As with all Sena units, Tufftalk is completely firmware upgradeable to ensure it remains compatible with all of the latest Bluetooth technology.

Features
Firmware upgradable
Study design for industrial environments
Optional 1.4 km communication range, or 800 km with default antenna
Equipped with VOX for hands-free control
Pairs to smartphones and other Bluetooth enabled devices
15 hours of talk time with lithium battery or 12 hours with AAA batteries
Attenuation of 24dB
HD-quality speaker with Sena’s Advanced Noise-Control™ blocking external noise
Compatible with two-way radios
Optional hard hat mounting available
Bluetooth 4.1

Since 1998, Sena has been recognized as a wireless leader specializing in Bluetooth-based solutions that benefit both users and businesses at large. Drawing from its industrial solutions, Sena is a leader in consumer goods in the power sports and action sports industries providing communication solutions for this market since releasing the SMH10 in 2011.

Like all Sena products, Tufftalk comes with Sena’s industry-leading two-year warranty, and is now available on BuySena.com. For more information and the full Sena product line, please visit: www.SenaIndustrial.com.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Warranty on Trucks and Trolleys Extended to 10 years by The Workplace Depot

The Workplace Depot is delighted to announce that their range of Fetra trucks and trolleys will now be under warranty for 10 years; previously the warranty was for five years.

Many workplaces rely heavily on trucks and trolleys to move goods around and they can take a heavy pounding from regular, hefty usage. So it may come as a surprise that a company could guarantee the reliability of such an item for an extended period.

Ken Miller, Director of the Workplace Depot explained, “The reason we can give a 10 year warranty is because the equipment is now manufactured at highly efficient production facilities using some of the most advanced precision machinery. The Fetra range of trucks and trolleys are also powder-coated and undergo vigorous shot blasting pre-treatment.”

The new manufacturing process extends the product life as well as keeping the finish in tip-top condition for much longer.

There may be cheaper alternatives in the truck and trolley ranges provided by other suppliers, but buying an inferior item can be a false economy. This type of transport equipment has notoriously high levels of wear and tear, so lower quality equipment may only last a few years and therefore need to be replaced. This wastes both time and money versus the alternative of purchasing a reliable product that is guaranteed for 10 years.

Steve Miller, The Workplace Depot’s Managing Director commented on the quality of the Fetra products, “We are proud of the fact that if any of the Fetra products fail within 10 years, we will replace the whole truck or trolley, not just replace a part. We will of course do this free of charge. Our range is built to last and nothing says this more than a 10 year warranty.”

To view the full range of Fetra manufactured trucks and trolleys, visit the Workplace Depotwebsite.

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Shipping magnate Abdul Qadir Rahman Buhari, the Managing Director of The WAM International, has sealed yet another tender floated by the Tamil Nadu Electrical Board

Shipping magnate Abdul Qadir Rahman Buhari, the Managing Director of The West Asia Maritime International is beginning to raise a few eyebrows in the shipping corridors. In his dogged pursuit of owning ships and winning contracts, the captain of the Chennai-based Corporation has sealed yet another tender floated by the Tamil Nadu Electrical Board which, sources say is tailor-made for Mr Buhari’s self-unloading bulk carrier – the Gem of Ennore, which is intended to move thermal coal from Paradip in Orissa to Ennore/Tuticorin/Karaikal.

The haulier is currently time-chartered by the Tamil Nadu State-owned Poompuhar Shipping Corporation and its 10-year charter period ends Sept/Oct, 2012.

Interestingly, the TNEB’s fresh tender appears to be designed in such a way that no other ship in India has the capacity to bid for it (the tender for the contract has specifically asked for a self unloader feature on the vessel). It’s a home-run for the Gem of Ennore and a smooth transition from one deal to another.

One happens to wonder how a credible agency like PSCL, hired by TNEB for its coal procurement, can be so short-sighted while selecting a vendor. In a country that depends on its coasts for a wide variety of goods, it’s appalling to observe errors in judgement in significant projects with massive financial ramifications.

There is a project that is currently underway to install two gantry cranes at the Ennore port for discharging gearless vessels. The venture is expected to be completed in under 2 years’ time.

The TNEB, amusingly, has brought out a 5-year charter period. The value of a self unloader becomes moot in two years (the gantry cranes are being installed to do exactly what an unloader does). Therefore, the un-loader becomes redundant for the next three years (more of an additional burden to TNEB) and these are the years when the charter hire (around Rs. 20 lakhs plus per day) are 30% to 40% higher than the current rate.

Additionally, infrastructure (gantry cranes) built at huge costs will be under-utilised. These are the years, when having two gearless panamaxes will be financially more viable and sensible than operating the un-loader. In fact, chartering of two gearless vessels to achieve and maintain the same level of transport and supply efficiency at comparable costs would make more economic sense than a self unloader, especially since the gantry cranes are scheduled to come up within two years.

The gantry cranes are being built at the cost of the taxpayers’ money and the government ought to look into it and plug the loophole. Interestingly, the Gem of Ennore was converted more than 10 years ago to suit the requirements of charter.

It was built as a gearless Panamax in 2000 at the Hitachi Zosen Shipyard in Japan. In 2001, she was converted to a self-unloader with cranes and conveyor in China, exclusively for carrying thermal coal from Paradip port in Orissa to Ennore in Tamil Nadu for the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board. One wonders if the West Asia Maritime Ltd had an idea of things to come in future.

There are zero opportunities for the other bidders for whom there is no level-playing field. Comparatively, the rate for a charter hire per day is Rs. 14.49 lakh for GoE while a gearless panamax rate is 5.35 lakhs. It is evident that the cost per ton to TNEB on the unloader is much higher than carrying the coal on gearless panamaxes.

Why not float a tender for a period of one year instead of tying it down for five years? Even if TNEB considers chartering a self un-loader, the period should be limited to one year only and reviewed for continuation in 2013, considering the fast-changing ground realities.

The vessel has to be provided within the lay days which are less than two months away. A major conversion such as this takes no less than 5 to 6 months. Therefore, there is a conflict here. The chartering negotiations were going on as of 3rd week of July and the vessel is required no later than 15th October.

One cannot help but wonder about the track record of the shipping giant. WAMSPL (Singapore) entered into two contracts with Euroceanica, UK, in 2008 for the time-charter of 2 19,800 DWT chemical tankers – namely ‘LBU Onyx’ and ‘JBU Opal’ for a period of 5 years. WAMPSL is a subsidiary of West Asia and accordingly West Asia, Chennai, provided performance guarantees for each ship.

‘LBU Onyx’ and ‘JBU Opal’ were delivered to WAMSPL by Euroceanica in September 2008 and April 2009, respectively. The charter parties for the two vessels had a balance of approximately 32 months and 39 months to be performed when things started to go wrong.

WAMPSL failed to pay hire rates on time under both the contracts, as a result of which, Euroceanica arrested MV ‘Gem of Safaga’ in Australia as a security for their claim in November 2009.

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Hike Metal Announces HIKE30 Series Commercial Patrol Workboat 2011 Expansion Line

Hike Metal, the Preferred Custom Commercial Workboat supplier to the Police, Sheriff and law Enforcement Departments around the world, has announced their 2011 HIKE30 Series Commercial Workboat line expansion. Our HIKE30 Series Workboats are known as the “Workhorse” of the Commercial Boatbuilding Industry “Heavy Duty Workboats”. For 2011, Hike Metal has expanded the HIKE30 Series in 2 ft increments out to 38 ft, and every one of our 30 Series Workboats comes with our 10 year written warranty. We maintain the flexibility to customize to desired lengths.

The different working environments of the variety of law Enforcement Agencies around the world require flexibility in length, and we launched our 2011 HIKE30 Series to meet their demand. Our 25 plus years of time tested and proven precision engineering and production processes for the manufacture of our HIKE30 Series allowed us to standardize our 2 ft increment extended builds. There is quite a difference when you compare the vast patrol, search and rescue conditions in the Florida Keys or along the coasts of the Caribbean and South America to that of the rivers, lakes, bays and harbors of the world, and we know, because we deliver to them all.

Our streamlined and proven Hike Hull with its 18 degree modified V, precision engineered reverse chines, Lift Strakes and its low coefficient of drag is standard on all HIKE30 Series. We manufacture one of the most agile Workboats in the industry, and our precisely engineered Hike combination brings theHIKE30 Series 30 – 38’s up on plane and up to top speeds quickly, just like a Quarter Horse, and in a variety of sea, lake, river and harbor conditions.

The HIKE30 Series 10 year warranty is the Commercial Workboat standard for Hike, and our patented and proven “Harmonic Vibratory Stress Relief Process”; a process performed during the structural welding, that minimizes the inherent weld distortion, cracking and residual hull stress found in conventional boat and shipbuilding manufacturing processes. Our patented process consistently delivers extended service life. Every weld is performed by our highly skilled welders, who are all Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) certified.

Our Hike Metal ship and boatbuilding factory manufactures a variety of Workboats outside of the Law Enforcement Industry, which bolster our over-all Custom Commercial Boatbuilding performance. We are also a preferred supplier to the Fire Departments around the world for their Fire-Boats, like the heavy duty 90′ NFPA Type III Fire-Boat recently delivered to the Chicago Fire Department (CFD), and the 90 ft Custom Class “A” Fire-Boat delivered to the Baltimore City Fire Department. We build many types of Custom Commercial Work-Boats, such as “Self-Righting” Search and Rescue Boats (SAR) and Hovercraft for the Coast Guard and Custom Jet Boats like the 49” RIB delivered to the Blue Heron Company this July 4 th weekend for their Toberbory and Flower Pot Island tours, they even christened it the “Flower Pot Express”.The Hike Team takes pride in every boat, ship and vessel we build and deliver,and we’re proud to expand our rugged HIKE30 Series work boats to meet the demands of the Law Enforcement Agencies who protect and preserve our water ways around the world, and we provide every bit of personal safety and protection for them in every Workboat we deliver.

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Hike Metal Ships and Delivers Chicago’s 90′ Fire Boat

Hike Metal of Ontario, CA. delivers Chicago’s heavy duty NFPA Type III Fire-Boat. Designed and built to operate year-round in Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, and surrounding harbors. The Fire-Boat will be used to respond to the Chicago Fire Department (CFD), Rescue, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive incidents (CBRNE), Hazmat decontamination, dive operations, and other waterway related responses. Chicago’s Fire-Boat is named the “Christopher Wheatley”, in memory of a fallen 31-year-old Chicago Firefighter who died in the line of duty.

Unique Custom CFD Fire-boat features include ;

•  300 tons; Steel hull with Aluminum superstructure.
•  Twin 1,600hp Caterpillar diesel engines.
•  Two 30 KW diesel powered generators.
•  2,500 gallon diesel tank
•  Two 500 gallon foam tanks
•  Two 7,000 GPM pumps powered by 2-1,000hp Caterpillar Diesels.
•  4 monitors, 3 on the bow, 1 on the stern, stern monitor elevates to a height of 30 feet.
•  Mast can be lowered hydraulically to allow passage under the bridges on the Chicago River system.

The CFD heavy-duty Fire-Boat is designed to break up to 12 inches of ice so it can operate year-round. It can travel at 12 knots or at three knots through ice. The Custom Fire-Boat can be used with scuba divers for rescues, for firefighting with foam or water and as a pumping station to supplement the city’s fire-main supply of water. It can be run with a crew of 5 or up to 10 when fighting a fire. It has a full galley, washrooms, medical room, Hazmat crew protection quarters, and crew accommodations below decks.

One of the 4 monitor nozzles sits on a platform that can be elevated 30 feet, and the force of the powerful spray is enough to blast brick off the side of a building.

The heavy duty custom Fire-Boat represents a year of work at Hike Metal Products Ltd. It is one of many boats the Wheatley, Ontario shipbuilding factory has shipped out of the harbor and is larger than a similar heavy duty Fire-Boat we built and delivered to the city of Baltimore, MD.

Hike Metal has built over 180 custom commercial boats, ships and vessels up to 150′ since 1958. Wespecialize in unique and complex high quality projects ranging from Coast Guard self–righting SAR’s Vessels and Hovercraft, Fire and Police Department Fire Boats and Patrol Boats, Car and Passenger Ferries, Tug, Tow and Pilot Boats, Fishing, Diving and Research ships.

Our modern waterfront shipyard and factoryis strategically located on the North shores of Lake Erie, facilitating the complete construction of vessels up to 100 ft under climate controlled cover while enabling a full program of sea trials prior to delivery. Hike has delivered many turn-key custom commercial steel and aluminum boats and ships to governments, municipalities and private sectors around the world, including the USA, Canada, Central and South America, the Caribbean and the Middle East.

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AW Rostamani Trading Wins Exclusive Distributorship With ZNA In UAE

AW Rostamani Trading, part of the AW Rostamani Group, has signed an exclusive distributorship with Zhengzhou Nissan Automobile (ZNA) in UAE. Zhengzhou Nissan Automobile (ZNA) is one of China ‘s biggest automotive manufacturers established in 1993.

As part of the partnership, AW Rostamani Trading is also launching a brand new state-of-the-art showroom on Deira’s Airport Road in Dubai.

Commenting on the agreement, Mr. Abdul Wahid Al Rostamani, Chairman of AW Rostamani Group said: “We are proud to be partnering with one of the largest automotive group in China and look forward to the ­­vast experience they will no doubt bring to the region. The company’s outstanding reputation and excellent vehicle quality assures us of the success of this venture.”

Speaking on the appointment of AW Rostamani Trading as the exclusive distributor in the UAE, General Manager Overseas Business of Zhengzhou Nissan Automobile Co., ZHAO Hongwei said: “We are honoured to announce this partnership with AW Rostamani Trading part of AWR Group, a group with over 42 years experience in the automotive industry in the UAE. Highly successful and well known throughout the region, we look forward to a successful future working alongside the company.”

CEO of AW Rostamani Automotives, Michel Ayat said: “AW Rostamani Trading is honoured to be undertaking this joint venture with what is one of China ‘s biggest and most successful automotive groups, Zhengzhou Nissan Automobile Co. We are confident that ZNA’s high quality vehicles – which will now be distributed in the Middle East for the first time and which include the well known and reliable Nissan and ZNA brands – will ensure the future success of this partnership.

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Land Star Corp (LDSR) To Become A Reporting Issuer

Landstar Corp www.landstarcorp.com LDSR Hubai Chuguan Corporation, an operating subsidiary of the issuer Land Star Corp today after the market closed announced that it intends to begin filing documents with the SEC towards becoming a reporting issuer.

In other company news, Mark Li, CEO, President, Chairman of Land Star said “We wish to advise our shareholders that we are equally concerned about our share price and values that are reflected of our company. As previously announced we have filed our notice of intent on pink sheets (TAB under FILINGS) for our shareholders to view.
http://www.pinksheets.com/pink/quote/quote.jsp?symbol=ldsr

We are abandoning merger discussions with others, and are focusing on creating audited financial statements and doing registrations. We have retained corporate advisors to assist us in this task. Our plans for LDSR are to be quoted on the OTCBB. We are a strong healthy profitable company and at this level the market is just not indicating our true values by any stretch of the imagination. It is our hope that this plan of action will have some positive results on our share price.”

Safe Harbor statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Certain information contained in this release contains forward-looking statements that involve risk and uncertainties, including but not limited to, those relating to development and expansion activities, domestic and global conditions, and market competition.

Get the Facts Right. The issuer works hard to continue to keep our shareholders informed, and news is updated frequently via Press Releases, Pink Sheet filings (www.pinksheets.com), and updates to our websites. Other websites not sponsored, or recognized by the Company may provide misleading or disinformation to investors in order to manipulate trading patterns for a given stock. Always look for original content from trusted sources, rather than relying on ‘excerpts’ or discussion boards that may not give you the whole story. The Securities and Exchange Commission requires financial institutions or brokerage firms to provide their clients with documentation describing the risks of investing in penny stocks.

About LandStar

Hubei Chuguan industry CO.LTD is a high-tech shareholding and listed reserve enterprise ratified by Hubei people’s government. It has 256 employees. the headquarter of the company is located in Optic Valley ( Wuhan East Lake High-Tech Development Zone )

Main businesses: storage, transportation, filtration and handling facilities of petrochemical products.

 

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Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp. has reached an agreement with Equipment Depot of Ohio to further expand its dealership network in North America

Jungheinrich will complete a sale of assets and the virtual relocation of its factory store in Cincinnati to Equipment Depot of Ohio around March 1, 2009. The restructuring and transition to Equipment Depot of Ohio is a very significant and positive step for Jungheinrich’s business growth in this region, as this agreement allows Jungheinrich to extend its reach to many more potential customers, and provides opportunities for further expansion in the Northeast.

Equipment Depot’s dealer network in North America has achieved over $400 million in sales and employs 1,750 personnel. The network consists of five regional equipment dealers with 40 locations in 12 states, including the former Portman Equipment Company, recently renamed Equipment Depot of Ohio. The overall network locations span f r o m the Midwest to the Northeast, as well as a South Central region.

Equipment Depot is owned by the Pon family and is one of the world’s largest family-owned businesses. Ed Neyer, President and CEO of Equipment Depot, stated “Jungheinrich is truly a premier lift truck brand which now provides our customers with a broad selection of quality order pickers, reach trucks and other lift trucks for their warehousing needs. Their feature-rich line of turret trucks will be an exciting addition to our systems group, and will boost our ability to help customers optimize the flow of material in their warehouses and distribution centers. We welcome Jungheinrich to our successful organization and expect them to be a significant contributor to our continued growth.” Neyer also pledged to maintain the ‘local intimacy’ that has become the hallmark of the Pon family’s success as they sell and service Jungheinrich lift truck vehicles for customers.

John Sneddon, President of Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp., also stated “We are very excited about this move because the business opportunities are far greater with Equipment Depot than any other alternative approach we considered – including retaining our Cincinnati factory store. We have a very optimistic and positive outlook for the near future as we effect this transition over the next month or so.” Sneddon also indicated that “a number of the key Jungheinrich Cincinnati factory store staff will be transferring to Equipment Depot.”

All current customer contracts and agreements with the Jungheinrich factory store, including rental contracts, will be transferred and supported by Equipment Depot.

For more information about this new dealership agreement, contact Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp., 5601 Eastport Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23231. Call: 804-737-7400. Fax: 804-737-7467, or, visit the website at http://www.jungheinrich-us.com.

About Jungheinich
Jungheinrich is the world leader in warehouse logistics technology. Founded over fifty years ago, the company has grown f r o m its beginnings as a European manufacturer of materials handling equipment to an international supplier of industrial trucks, warehousing technology and materials-flow products. Today, it is a major supplier of forklift trucks around the globe, and offers a complete range of materials handling equipment, rack systems and services related to manufacturing logistics.

Jungheinrich’s growth has been due in large part to the high value it has always placed on leading-edge design and technological innovation. This is seen, for example, in the company’s proprietary 3-phase AC motor and controller technology, and in a host of productivity and ergonomic enhancements. Jungheinrich has more than 120 strategically-located service support centers and store operations in the U.S., and sales and service companies in countries around the industrialized world. 

About Equipment Depot
Equipment Depot was founded in 1975 as Central Texas Clarklift in Waco and Austin, Texas. It changed its name to Equipment Depot in 1995 to better reflect the company’s expanded product and service capabilities. In August 2000 it was acquired by Pon North America. Today, the five regional companies that make up the Equipment Depot dealer network represent more than 50 industry leading manufacturers – providing sales and service coverage in about 25% of the country with more than 40 locations in 12 states. Service vans with colorful racing decals are a familiar sight throughout its sales, rental and service areas.

In the past year the Equipment Depot dealer network exceeded $420 million in sales. It employs more than 1,750 employees, including more than 900 factory-trained service technicians. It offers 24/7 equipment service f r o m more than 600 radio-dispatched service vehicles. Additionally, it has more than 26,500 customer-owned units covered by service contracts. It has more than 800 units of used equipment in inventory as well as more than 7,500 units in its short-term rental fleet.

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Electric Reach Trucks Offer Substantial Advantages Over Pantograph Trucks

If you’re a company that currently operates pantograph reach trucks, you’re likely seeking higher residual capacities at high lift heights in narrow aisles, as well as fewer repairs to the load wheels and the reach mechanisms on your vehicles. If so, the ETM/ETV 214/216 mast-moving AC reach trucks f r o m Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp. are an excellent solution for you.

The increased load capacity and lift height of these trucks is a direct result of their design function, which inserts and removes loads by moving their masts rather than extending or retracting their forks via a pantograph mechanism. “The absence of a pantograph contributes greatly to improved operator confidence and productivity, since the view afforded the operator through the mast and fork carriage is much better, and the fork tips are easier to see,” adds Greg Mason, General Manager of Products and Training at Jungheinrich.

The ETVs differ f r o m  the ETMs in having more widely spaced outriggers (also called base-legs). Both models offer a choice of mast tilt, but the wider ETV is also available with fork tilt above certain lift heights. In addition, both chassis are available with patented mast-reach cushioning, which means the reaching and retracting of the mast assembly is smooth and precise. Integrated side-shifters are a standard feature on the trucks.

“Another way the ETM/ETV trucks differ f r o m pantograph designs is that the operator sits down to drive the vehicle. This configuration is ergonomically preferable in operations where the operator stays on the truck for long periods of time rather than constantly getting on and off,” states Greg Mason. The operator compartment has a low entry height, and the seat, armrest, and steering wheel are all adjustable. The trucks’ centrally-located MULTI-PILOT control lever activates all hydraulic functions, as well as travel direction and the horn. The controls are organized in a logical, highly visible manner, providing greater efficiency via the potential for simultaneous use of two hydraulic functions (e.g., lifting and reaching). The operator display is also centrally-positioned, and clearly shows both operational and safety-related data. It allows various travel programs to be selected or adjusted at the touch of a button.

Since the load wheels on these mast-moving reach trucks have a large diameter, they can negotiate rough floor surfaces better than those on most pantograph models. This means a longer tire life due to less wear, and reduced potential for damage – as well as a smoother ride. And the Curve Control program on the ETM/ETV trucks automatically reduces travel speed when cornering for added stability. This type of speed reduction is not typically found on pantograph-style reach trucks.

Jungheinrich’s proprietary 3-phase AC technology, present in the trucks’ drive, lift and steering systems, offers users higher efficiency and longer operating times per battery charge. Less maintenance, or downtime, is the result of the absence of carbon brushes, brush springs or commutators in the AC motors. Another key operational benefit of AC technology is that it leads to powerful acceleration and quick directional changes without hesitation. Energy reclamation during braking is a standard feature on the trucks, and energy reclamation during load lowering is an option.

For more information about these reach trucks, contact Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp., 5601 Eastport Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23231. Call: 804-737-7400. Fax: 804-737-7467, or, visit the website at jungheinrich-us.com.

About Jungheinich
Jungheinrich is the world leader in warehouse logistics technology. Founded over fifty years ago, the company has grown f r o m its beginnings as a European manufacturer of materials handling equipment to an international supplier of industrial trucks, warehousing technology and materials-flow products. Today, it is a major supplier of forklift trucks around the globe, and offers a complete range of materials handling equipment, rack systems and services related to manufacturing logistics.

Jungheinrich’s growth has been due in large part to the high value it has always placed on leading-edge design and technological innovation. This is seen, for example, in the company’s proprietary 3-phase AC motor and controller technology, and in a host of productivity and ergonomic enhancements. Jungheinrich has more than 120 strategically-located service support centers and store operations in the U.S., and sales and service companies in countries around the industrialized world.

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