Steel stockholder CBA Metals has bought two new generation multi-way reach trucks from Jungheinrich. The ETV-Q25 machines – one of the very first trucks of their type to become operational in the UK – replace two other ETV-Q machines that have provided CBA “with trouble-free operation for the past ten years”.
When looking to upgrade the two aging machines, CBA initially looked at alternative sources of supply, but decided on continuing with its long-standing relationship with Jungheinrich.
CBA works engineer Clive Williams says that although the new Jungheinrich trucks “were more expensive, we considered the build quality and general operation of the new ETV-Q machines to be far superior to other competitive types of trucks currently available in the UK market.”
Designed to provide 20% faster work cycles when compared with their predecessors, thus permitting increased pallet movements per single working shift, the 2,500kg capacity ETV-Q trucks were also favoured by CBA’s operatives following on-site equipment trials.
The Multi-Pilot triggers the horn and determines the direction of travel, as well as permitting two functions – such as lifting and forward reach – to be carried out simultaneously. To further simplify operation, when the operator steers the ETV-Q both the drive wheel and the load wheels turn, enabling endless 360° steering without stopping, although the driver can revert to 180° steering at the touch of a button.
Operating throughout a ten-hour daily working shift, one of the ETV-Q machines will be used for unloading incoming vehicles and the put-away of incoming goods into stock. The second machine is primarily used to retrieve goods from stock, as well as the movement of both bar lengths and cut pieces (bundles) in and around the stores area, prior to their loading onto outgoing delivery vehicles.
Jungheinrich is one of several materials handling equipment manufacturers exhibiting at Logistics Link North on September 22 and 23 at Doncaster Racecourse, Leger Way, Doncaster. For further information contact Richard Milbourn on 020 8661 1160 or visit www.logisticslink.co.uk