Peri, which produces formwork systems for the construction industry, has brought in a new fleet of lift trucks to handle increased levels of business and the need to lift heavier products.
To meet the new handling requirements, 16 Linde H 50, 5,000 kg diesel powered hydrostatic trucks were chosen for use in all of the three UK sites.
Peri is a German organisation with more than 42 subsidiaries internationally. There are three sites in the UK with the main facility based in Rugby. It moves some 40,000 tonnes of products a year. When the Rugby site opened, Peri acquired eight Linde H 40, 4000 kg diesel powered hydrostatic fork lift trucks on contract hire
The capacity upgrade was also an efficiency improving measure. Managing director Carl Heathcote says: “Formwork panels can measure 3.3 m x 2.4 m and weigh 400 kg each. We pack these in threes so the combined weight is 1.2 tonnes. With the new higher capacity trucks we can now reduce the number of truck movements while at the same time increasing productivity.” The trucks are specified to work in all weather conditions.
The loads being handled range from long lengths of steel to large, bulky pre-fabricated formwork structures which are manufactured at the Rugby depot. While some of these structures are not particularly heavy, they are bulky and can be awkward to handle. The Linde H 50s have been fitted with hydraulic fork spreaders forks to provide the versatility of handling various load widths and with long forks to cope with extended load lengths. All of the trucks have side shifting and clamping functions for additional handling versatility. Other specialist attachments used in the application include barrel clamps, a sweeper and a skip.
Terry Haste, manager for operations at the Rugby depot, says: “The truck cabs have been fitted with one hinged door and one roll-up flexible door.”