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Why A Forklift Service Is Required

Forklift Service August 12, 2017

forklift servicing

We can not stress this enough when it comes to your forklift or materials handling equipment.  The importance of regular Preventative Maintenance services carried out on your Materials Handling equipment cannot be overlooked.

Quite often equipment such as forklifts work in harsh environments, they rely on various lubricants to keep them in good working order. With regular servicing your oils and lubricants are changed and/or checked regularly, safety components are also checked and full report given. Regular servicing of your Materials Handling Equipment also ensures less downtime between services. Continue reading …

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Flameproofing Forklifts

Forklifts August 9, 2017

flameproof forklifs

Flameproofing forklifts, is actually a very common requirement in the necessary environment. Flameproofing of material handling equipment is the science of reducing the risk of an explosion or fire by means of specialized principles and technologies.

The risk occurs wherever a flammable or combustible material is handled. This is not only confined to the mining but also petrochemical, oil platforms, paint, grain handling and food industry to name a few.

It is essential that all equipment used in these areas comply with the appropriate government rules and relevant standards.  If you are looking for information or and guidance on area classification, it can be obtained from the Australian Institute of Dangerous Goods Consultants (AIDGC). Continue reading …

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A Forklift Checklist And Why You Need To Use Them

Forklift Attachments, Forklift Safety July 5, 2017

Forklift Checklist

It is part of forklift licencing in Australia that before starting a forklift checklist should be completed on the forklift, or what is referred to as a pre-start forklift checklist. Below you can find examples of 4 areas that should be done as part of a Forklift safety checklists that should be carried out by forklift users.

Please note that safety checklists should always be modified to be specific to each individual application and type of equipment, the lists below are intended as a guideline only: Continue reading …

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6 Things You Need To Consider For Forklift Hire In Your Business

Forklifts, Rental January 26, 2017

Forklift hire

As much as we want to say forklifts are sexy, forklifts really are a business tool.  Forklifts are designed to do a function and forklift hire is no different, instead of outlaying your capital and buying a forklift.

You have another option and that is to think about forklift hire and paying a fixed rate per day or week, instead of buying a forklift outright.  That’s right you get to leave your hard earned capital in the bank.

Here are the 6 most common things you need to consider when hiring a forklift.

Length of Time of hire

If you are looking to hire a forklift, you need to be very clear on the length of time you will be hiring it for.  If it is a short time (generally under 12 months) or a long time (over 12 months up to 7 years), can really change the price of forklift rental you will be paying.

It can also decide whether the forklift you will be hiring is a new forklift or if it has some years on it.

The Application You Will Be Working In

Always a big thing to look at when considering forklift hire.  When talking to a forklift rental business, they will ask you about the application it will be working in.

  • Is it clean ?
  • Is it a dirty ?
  • Is there hazards ?

If it’s a building site, you can expect to pay more than if the same forklift is working in a clean warehouse on concrete floors.

Can you Expect Service/Back-up

As in any industry there are pirates, you know what we are saying the types of service businesses, that once they have your money you never hear from them again.

When you call them because the forklift you are hiring has broken down, they take a week to turn up and repair the forklift.

Make sure you are dealing with a reputable forklift business, unfortunately there still are plenty of shady back yard businesses out there.

How Many Hows Per Week – Utilization

Forklift utilization is all about how many hours will it be doing.  If you are only using it a few hours a week, then you can expect to pay less.

However, if you are wanting to operate it multiple shifts per day, 7 days per week. You can and should expect to pay a lot more.

How much will I have to pay

That really is affected by the above points, forklifts are an expensive outlay of capital, especially for a business that specializes in forklift hire.  So you can expect to pay a rental fee that really is commensurate with the forklift you are hiring.

But as always you should shop it around for the best price you can get. After all its your money that you are parting with.

Does a forklift brand really matter ?

That’s a funny question, as long term people in the materials handling industry. We know the “reputable” brands from the “less then reputable” brands.

Considering the factors above, if you are looking to hire a forklift for a short time, its probably not that much of a issue.

If you are looking to hire a forklift of 5 years in your business. We always suggest getting a demonstration of the forklift on your site.

Forklift dealers will generally be keen to demonstrate their forklift on site and usually free of charge.  Then it’s best to let your operators trial the forklift and give you feedback.

If you think about it like a car, do you prefer driving a Mazda or a Hyundai ?  They both have plenty of features and benefits, but both cars will get you to where you want to go.

Always remember that a forklift is a tool to be used, and forklift hire is no different, you need to think about the above, and the requirements that you have for your business.

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Learn About Hyster Forklifts in Australia

Forklifts January 21, 2017

hyster forklifts

With out a doubt Hyster forklifts are well known throughout Australia for being a tough and reliable forklift for the Australian market. Hyster have been making forklifts for over 80 years now, so you would expect them to get it right., with one on the biggest ranges of forklifts available in the market.

Hyster’s Parent company is NACCO Industries, which is a Cleveland Ohio (USA based public listed company, with the control and management of the Hyster brand being through NMHG, short for Nacco Materials Handling Group.

NMHG, sold out of their retail operations in Australia, in 2009, with the Hyster forklift retail operations being bought out by Adaptalift.  The Hyster acquisition turned Adaptalift into one of the biggest forklift companies in Australia.

Founded in 1982 Adaptalift started as Forklift Engineering Australia, designing and manufacturing forklift attachments.  Adaptalift has grown to become the largest Australian privately owned and operated forklift company, with a fleet of over 10,500 units nationwide.

Hyster forklifts, have a complete range of forklifts available, from powered pallet trucks to 50 tonne reach stackers, with a variety of fuel types including LPG, Battery Electric and Diesel.

Although the Hyster brand is American owned, and building forklifts throughout manufacturing factories across the world,  They have recently made the decision to bring a Chinese made Forklift into the Australia Market.  So the UTILEV is now supported by NACCO Materials Handling Group in Australia as the cheap alternative to a fully optioned Hyster branded forklift.

If you have looking for a decent quality used forklift, and are starting to look around, you will most likely find more Hyster forklifts than any other brand available, this is mainly due to the length of time that Hyster has been making forklifts.

With parts readily available, through the Adaptalift dealer network or After Market Parts Sellers like TVH.  But talking to any dealer you will most likely get parts to suit your Hyster forklift.

If you are in the market looking to buy a new or used forklift, and if you haven’t made your choice yet to which forklift brand you want to choose then, you really should give the Hyster forklift some decent consideration.

There is more than a decent chance it will suit you environment and application very well.  With the back up and support you need and can expect from a forklift manufacturer with over 80 years experience.

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FORKLIFTS and Rated Capacity

Forklift Safety November 23, 2016

All forklifts have a rating, which is the maximum weight that they are designed to lift safely, often referred as SAFE WORKING LOAD (SWL) or WORKING LOAD LIMIT (WLL).  Depending on the type of forklift depends on how they are actually calculated.

Counterbalanced forklifts

The rated capacity for counterbalanced trucks shall be expressed as the maximum load in kilograms that a truck is designed to transport and stack, operating on a hard level surface, with the mast vertical, with maximum lift height and at load-centre distances.

Reach and straddle trucks

The rated capacity of reach and straddle trucks shall be expressed as the maximum load in kilograms that a truck is designed to transport and stack, operating on a hard level surface with the mast vertical, with maximum lift height and at load-centre distances.

Four-direction trucks, single-side-loading trucks, order-picking high-lift trucks and turret type high-lift trucks

The rated capacity of four-direction trucks, single-side-loading trucks, order-picking high-lift trucks, and turret type high-lift trucks shall be expressed as the maximum load in kilograms that a truck is designed to transport and stack, operating on a hard level surface, with any lateral leveling mechanism leveled, with maximum lift height and at a specified load-centre distance as specified in AS 2359.3.

Low-lift platform trucks and pallet trucks

The rated capacity of low-lift platform trucks and pallet trucks shall be expressed as the maximum load in kilograms that the truck is designed to transport, operating on a hard level surface.

Rough terrain lift trucks

The rated capacity of rough terrain lift trucks shall be expressed as the maximum load in kilograms that the truck is designed to support and stack, operating on rough terrain, with the mast vertical, with maximum lift height and at load-centre distances as follows:

(a) For rated capacity supported by forks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 500 mm or 600 mm.

(b) For rated capacity supported by attachments . . . . . . . . . . . the specified distance.

Remember, whenever you add an attachment to a forklift, (ie. Work cage, slippers, e.t.c), you must get the Forklift re rated by the Original Equipment Manufacturer.

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Having The Right Forklift Tyres, Can Save Your Business Money

Forklifts November 15, 2016

Having the right forklift tyres on your forklift, is something that forklift owners often don’t think about. But it is one thing on a forklift that can save your business a lot of cost.

The most common types of forklift tyres are solid or pneumatic.

Pneumatic – Think of these being just like your car tyres. They have tubes and are filled with air.

Solid – These tyres are generally referred to as Puncture Proof, and are a solid rubber filled pneumatic profile tyre

Different forklift tyres from different manufacturers will vary, with different ply ratings, made from different compounds and will have a different tread.  When choosing your forklift its important to make sure that the right tyres is used in the right application.

By making sure your forklift tyres remain in good shape, it can really help reduce wear and tear on the forklift transmission, fuel efficiency is improved and the forklift driver will have a much more comfortable ride.

Application and Your tyre

Depending on what application your operating your forklift in, will dictate what type of tyre your forklift will be running.

There are several different types of forklifts tyres

Pneumatic tyres

These are just like your car tyres, filled with air, and are made from thick wear resistant rubber.  They are generally best used on uneven or rougher surfaces.

Solid tyres/Puncture Proof

A solid tyre, is now one of the most common tyres.  Generally a pneumatic profile tyre that is solid.  The great thing about these types of tyres is that they will usually last 2 – 3 times longer than pneumatic tyres, and being solid means they won’t get punctured.

Cushion tyres

A cushion tyre is a thin rubber tyre that is pressed onto a metal band.  Generally these types of tyres are found on forklifts, that are used in warehousing or places with concrete flooring.  The forklifts are designed in a way that they will have a lot smaller turning radius.

Non-marking tyres

Are exactly the same as solid/puncture proof tyres, but instead of being made from black rubber, they are made from white rubber.

The difference being that the white rubber tyre will not leave Black scuff marks on a otherwise clean concrete floor. The only downfall with these types of tyres are that they have a shortened life span.

Polyurethane wheels

Are almost exclusively used on warehousing and indoor forklifts, like walkie stackers or reach trucks.  They can range from a small castor wheel found on the front of a straddle leg to the large drive wheel on the back of a reach truck.

Foam Filled

Are basically a pneumatic tyre that is filled with a special resin.  They can give slightly more cushioning then a Puncture Proof tyre on the forklift.

Way to Make sure your tyres last

When it comes to storing forklift tyres, it is best to avoid storing them for longer then a few months at a time.  They need to be stored in a cool and dark dirt and oil free area.  Just like your car tyre, the hard and faster you drive them, and spin your tyres the  quicker your forklift tyres will wear out a lot quicker.  Maintain them, drive you forklift normally and you will get maximum life out of them.

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Chinese Forklifts Value or Not, Here’s The Truth

Forklifts November 13, 2016

chinese forklifts

In the last five years sales of Chinese forklifts have exploded throughout Australia, now Chinese Forklift are almost 20% of unit sales.  But the truth is the Chinese have been selling forklifts here in Australia for nearly four times as long.

The reason why so many people think this is a recent phenomenon is a simple matter of pacing. In the old days Chinese forklifts arrived in drips and drabs, but nowadays, of course, the Chinese don’t do anything in small measures. In fact, China has grown so much over the past decade, and at such an unprecedented level, that it’s almost impossible to remember a time when China wasn’t the massive manufacturing and export powerhouse that it is today. To put it bluntly, it’s looking like China is going to take over the world. Continue reading …

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The Truth About Forklift LPG Inspections

Forklift Safety November 12, 2016

Laws change all the time, and as a business it is crucial that you keep abreast of those changes.  It happens with forklifts all the time, the rules change, which is just what happened with the LPG systems on forklifts and forklift LPG inspections that are required under law by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

Under the new laws and regulations from September 2016, the LPG system on forklifts now need to be inspected every six months if they are a commercial vehicle and if its a hire forklift the hire company needs to be checked before every hire.

Now under Australian Standards AS4983-2003,  A LPG installation shall be re-exammined annually to ensure that is has not deteriorated to unacceptable degrees.

The following annual checks should be carried out :-

(a) Leakage check

(b) Fuel container/cylinder life

Check the container/cylinder date stamp. If it will exceed the retest date before the next annual inspection, initiate the procedures for re-inspection and re-certification in  accordance with AS 2337.2 for LP Gas, and AS 2337.1 and AS 2337.3 for CNG.

(c) LP Gas container damage

Inspect the LP Gas container and any fitted protection for any evidence of damage by impact or by fire. Refer the container to a test station if any of the following faults are present:

(i) A dent which does not penetrate the surface material, but whose depth exceeds 10 percent of the mean diameter of the dent, or which is located on a weld and exceeds 6.5 mm in depth.

(ii) A sharp impression or crease which does not penetrate the surface of the material, but whose length exceeds 75 mm or whose depth exceeds 25 percent of the wall thickness.

(iii) A cut or gouge which penetrates the surface material, of dimensions as in Item (ii) above.

(iv) Bulging, to the extent that the circumference varies by more than 1 percent.

(v) Fire damage.

(d) LP Gas container corrosion

Inspect the container for evidence of deterioration by corrosion. Pay particular attention to the drip line under the container, to areas where water could accumulate, and to the area covered by clamping bands, especially those that pass under a container or intersect the drip line. Release bands where necessary to ensure adequate examination.

NOTE: Care should be taken when releasing bands to prevent damage to any component or piping.

Refer the container to a test station if any of the following faults are present:

(i) A pit which reduces the wall thickness by 50 percent or more of the original or which leaves less than 1.1 mm of metal remaining. Adjacent pits less than 85 mm apart shall be treated as general corrosion.

(ii) Any corrosion which exceeds 75 mm in length or which leaves less than 75 percent of the original wall thickness.

(e) CNG cylinder damage and corrosion

Inspect the cylinder and its mountings, pipework, compartments or subcompartments, guards and heat shields to ensure that they have not suffered impact damage, corrosion or heating by fire or loss of integrity due to fatigue.

(f) Container/cylinder attachment

Check for the following:

(i) Rust, corrosion, abrasion, or impact damage.

(ii) Tightness of and damage to fasteners, loose bands and wear under bands.

(iii) Correct orientation of fuel container, (for LP Gas installations).

(iv) Adjustment of quick release container bands, (for LP Gas installations).

(v) Cracks and metal fatigue.

(g) Automatic fill limiter (LP Gas only)

Check the accuracy of the automatic fill limiter (AFL), if fitted, by means of fixed liquid level gauge or a re-fuelling dispenser meter in accordance with Clause 7.12. If there is no AFL fitted retrofitting of an AFL shall be encouraged.

(h) Safety fuel shut off system (LP Gas only)

Test as described in Items (i) or (ii) depending upon the type of system fitted at the container/cylinder.

(i) Automatic fuel shut-off device on a fixed container Deactivate automatic fuel shut-off device at the container by isolating the power supply and run the engine until the fuel service line is empty and the engine stops.

(ii) Excess-flow valve Deactivate automatic fuel shut-off device at the container by operating the current limiting device or removing the fuse or by open circuiting an insulated connector in the automatic fuel shut-off device wiring circuit. NOTE: If the fuel service line is to be disconnected, first remove the negative lead from the battery and take steps to ensure that discharging gas does not become a hazard.

(i) Test of fuel control systems

Check that the automatic fuel shut-off device(s) and the fuel change over system are present and  functioning correctly.  NOTE: Where an automatic fuel shut-off device is not installed at the container (LP Gas systems), retrofitting is to be encouraged.

(j) Manual valves

Open and close all manual valves and test around glands and connections for leaks in both positions.

(k) Compartment or sub-compartment

Check for structural damage. Check around all joints, conduit connections and pipe bulkhead seals for leakage in accordance with Clause 7.8.2. Check conduits for deterioration, damage, kinking or punctures.

(l) Refuelling connection

Check for damage to the refuelling connection and for the presence of foreign matter, and check that the dust cap is present and captive by a chain or similar device. Check that the sealing washer is in place and in satisfactory condition. Check that the housing containing the refuelling connection is soundly attached to the industrial equipment, and that the remote fill line is not deformed or damaged by twisting resulting from a loose housing.

(m) Hydrostatic relief valve (LP Gas only)

Check for damage, blockage, or tampering.

(n) Protrusions from mobile equipment

(i) For forklifts, tow tractors and elevating work platforms, check to ensure that any containers/cylinders, flexible and rigid piping and components remain within the overall contour of the industrial equipment.

(ii) For other mobile industrial equipment, e.g. sweepers, check to ensure that any containers/cylinders and attached components that protrude from the overall contour of the industrial equipment are adequately protected so that the possibility of damage from impact, accident or loose objects is minimized.  Flexible and rigid piping and other components shall remain within the overall contour of the industrial equipment.

(o) Equipment marking

Check that all required plates and markings are present and legible.

You need to make sure that you you have a LPG trained technician working on your LPG forklift at all times.

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The Development Of a New Brand – Unicarriers

Forklifts November 8, 2016

Unicarrier

UniCarrier’s are a new very forklift brand, with a very old History.  Lencrow Materials Handling is the Australian dealer for Unicarrier’s in Australia.  So lets take a look at Unicarrier and how they have developed to become a world leading forklift brand.

UniCarriers Group – UniCarriers Holdings Corporation – UniCarriers Corporation

2013

• TCM Corporation and Nissan Forklift Co., Ltd. are integrated as UniCarriers Corporation.

• Establishment of the regional headquarters in Europe (Germany), Americas (USA), Asia (Thailand) and China.

• Reorganization of both TCM and Nissan Forklift direct sales network in Japan market.

• Production of forklifts is consolidated in both Japan & the US markets.

(US – South Carolina production is moved to Marengo, Illinois)

(Japan – Totsuka of Takada Kogyo is moved to Shiga)

• Establishment of Global Component Technologies Corporation.

2012

Nissan Forklift Co., Ltd. and TCM Corporation join UniCarriers Group, each becomes 100% subsidiary of UniCarriers Corporation.

2011

 Establishment of UniCarriers Holdings Corporation.(Previously called UniCarriers Corporation)

TCM Corporation History

2011

Founding of TCM Forklift (M) Sdn.Bhd. (now called UniCarriers Malaysia Corporation), a joint marketing venture of the forklift sales & service in Malaysia

2010

Each of the wheel loader and snow-plow businesses has been transferred to Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.

2009

Three US subsidiaries merged to form TCM America, Inc. TCM Corporation becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery Co.,Ltd.

2007

Parts center opened in Thailand. New drive unit factory completed at the Shiga Plant.

2006

Founding of TCM Anhui Machinery (now called UniCarriers China Corporation) in China, full ownership by Japanese companies including TCM.

2005

Founding of TCM Distribution USA, Inc. in New Jersey, USA.

2004

iNOMA Series placed on market.

2001

Founding of TCM Asia Distribution Co.,Ltd. (now called UniCarriers Asia Co.,Ltd.), a subsidiary based in Thailand.

2000

New generation forklift ACROBA placed onthe market.

1999

Shiga Plant acquires ISO 14001 certification. Company renamed TCM Corporation on it’s 50th anniversary. Agreement for joint manufacture of wheel loaders with Hitachi Construction Machinery Co.,Ltd.

1997

Shiga Plant acquires ISO 9001 certification

1993

Founding of Anhui TCM Forklift (ATF) Co., Ltd., the first forklift plant in China operated by a Japanese firm

1990

Founding of TCM Europe S.A., in Belgium, a marketing subsidiary

1988

Founding of TCM Manufacturing USA, Inc., a forklift manufacturer in South Carolina, USA.

1976

Founding of TCM America (MBK),Inc., the company’s first joint marketing venture.

1954

Company name changed to Toyo Umpanki Co., Ltd.

1949

Founding of Toyo Carriers Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Production of the first Japan-made forklift.

Nissan Forklift Co., Ltd. History

2010

Nissan Forklift Co.,Ltd. is established, succeeding Nissan Motor’s industrial machinery business.

2008

AGRES Li CONCEPT (Lithium ion battery forklift as a concept model) is exhibited at Logis-Tech Tokyo 2008.

2007

Nissan Forklift celebrates 50th Anniversary. Atlet AB (now called UniCarriers Manufacturing Sweden AB) joins Nissan Forklift group.

2001

Takada Kogyo succeeded the Nissan Forklift production from Nissan Motor’s Murayama Plant.

1995

Nissan Forklift Espana (now called UniCarriers Manufacturing Spain S.A.) is established after separating from Nissan Motor Iberica, S.A.

1993

Nissan Forklift Corporation, North America (now called UniCarriers Americas) which coordinates Nissan Forklift manufacturing and sales activities in North America is established.

1989

Local manufacture of forklifts in Spain begins at Nissan Motor Iberica,S.A.

1988

Nissan Motor acquires shares of Barrett Industrial Trucks Inc. of the USA; local manufacture of forklifts begins.

1975

R & D, manufacturing and sales are consolidated at Nissan Motor’s Murayama Plant; all-inclusive and in-house operations are established.

1965

Export to USA begins.

1961

Shinnikkokukogyo Co.,Ltd. (now called Nissan Shatai Co.,Ltd.) commissioned to design and manufacture forklifts.

1957

The first Nissan Forklift rolls off the assembly line at Nissan Motor’s Totsuka plant.

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