Eye level storage aids safety

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Belkin Components, which makes peripherals and connectivity solutions for computer and consumer electronic users, is using two high-lift Jungheinrich reach trucks which feature cameras and TV monitors at its European headquarters and distribution centre in Rushden, Northamptonshire. The two ETV 16 machines are believed to be the first of their kind in the UK to be equipped with cab-mounted colour monitors, enabling operators to safely and effortlessly store and retrieve goods at heights of more than 11m.

Commenting on the use of monitors, Peter Jones, health and safety manager and MHE trainer at Belkin, says: “Such tasks could be done manually but we have a duty to provide employees with a safe system of work. Hence our decision to eliminate any potential risk of injury or damage occurring by making the added investment in on-board operating aids.”

The two reach trucks are used primarily for replenishing stock locations, and topping up the first and second level picking locations.

In addition to the ETVs, Belkin has also bought 20 other trucks from Jungheinrich comprising four ETX Kombi man-up pallet handler/order pickers; four ESE 20 ride-on pallet transporters; eight ECP 100 low level order pickers; three EFG electric counterbalanced forklifts; and a TFG 20A lpg-powered counterbalanced forklift.

Some of the trucks were originally used at Belkin’s former premises in Northampton, with others added prior to the move to the new 20,000sq m distribution complex less than a year ago. The distribution facility holds 15,000-plus product

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