Wednesday 26th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Wavin boosts safety with Lancer

Wavin, the pan European supplier of plastic pipes and fittings for the building, construction and utilities industries, has boosted safety with Lancer sideloaders.

The company has offices in 29 countries around the world and offers products for above and below ground, for hot and cold tap water, surface heating and cooling, soil and waste, rainwater management and last mile telecom.

Because of the length and weight of the tubes, moving materials within its plants was a major challenge, so to combat the problem, Wavin chose Lancer sideloaders to safely and properly handle the huge quantities of piping.

At Wavin’s Durham premises two diesel-powered Lancer LQ 60s have been put into service. The trucks pick up various pipes from the production facility and either take them to the storage area or load them directly on to lorries for immediate dispatch.

One of the sideloaders is quipped with a telescopic spreader beam for very long pipes meaning the operator can adjust the beam via a joystick in the cabin and the truck can safely lift and transport pipes from six to 18 metres in length.

When empty, the spreader is retracted to give the truck a compact profile.

Equally, the high ground clearance, long wheelbase and manoeuvrability are designed to provide constant safety for the operator, load and truck.

Lancer claims the sideloaders offer better handling and transporting of heavy materials on difficult ground condition thanks to their four large wheels which minimise damage on asphalt and non-paved sites.

The combined weight of the truck and load is designed to rest safely on the four wide wheels while travelling, which is very important when curving, accelerating and braking.

The operator always faces the direction of travel and has good all-round vision.

When picking up or setting down the load, the long wheel base ensures stability even when the cargo is lifted off centre.