Improved performance and reliability, increased health and safety, and lower costs are the benefits McVitie's is claimed to have seen since it took delivery of a new fleet of 18 Still forklift and warehouse trucks at its Manchester chocolate plant.
In operation, Still RX 20-16P forklifts unload lorries of palletised packaging material and raw ingredients. These are then taken to the paper stores and pre-production lines via two Still RX 50-15 electric forklift trucks.
The RX 20 features a lateral battery change. Since a hoist is not required, safety is increased as the risk of injury and damage is reduced. Still SU 20 ride-on low-lift pallet trucks are used to transport finished product from the production line to the holding area before being taken away by the RX 20s for loading via the dock leveller. Still's EXU pedestrian low-lift pallet trucks are used to transport pallets at floor level in the production areas and for stocking the factory shop.
All batteries and chargers are Hoppecke Trak-Air. They should save McVitie's nearly £40,000 over a five-year period by reducing the recharge time and the charging current. Each truck is fitted with the Still FleetManager fleet administration system including the EXU pedestrian pallet trucks - a first in the UK.
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