Transport, Handling & Storage products

Transport, Handling & Storage products

Signs Express

Vehicle signage

Blanchford & Co took to Twitter recently to show the ‘splendid’ new graphics supplied and applied by Signs Express Oxford on the merchant’s new Volvo for its Princes Risborough branch. Signs Express has over 65 centres across the UK & Ireland and the firm says that it can match the requirements of any contract, large or small, from a simple individual sign to an entire sign system.

Offering a range of solutions from outdoor business signs, window graphics and vehicles, the company is also currently offering a number of Covid-19 related signs and graphics, including social distancing floor markers, cough/sneeze guards, branded banners, notices, crowd barriers and Health & Safety signage.

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Transport, Handling & Storage

Hoppecke Industrial Batteries

Post-lockdown battery care

As lockdown continues to lift and operations get back to work, rarely has it been more important to pay proper attention to forklift batteries that have been out of action for several weeks. Accordingly, Hoppecke is reminding businesses to treat the live wet chemistry in lead-acid batteries with due care when bringing trucks back into use, otherwise capacity could be seriously reduced.

Stuart Browne, General Manager at Hoppecke UK, said: “These days, more than 98% per cent of warehouse fleets are electric and businesses rely on batteries to keep their supply chains moving. It’s vital to be aware that, during a prolonged period of downtime a battery will undergo changes that affect its performance.”

The company explains that there a series of simple steps that can be followed to get forklifts up and running again and batteries should return to their full capacity relatively quickly. However, as Stuart adds: “Take the wrong approach and you could cause irreparable damage at a time when you really need to ramp up productivity.”

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Toyota Material Handling

Thorough Examinations check

As a critical part of maintaining workplace safety, Thorough Examinations help to maintain essential services, reduce component failures, damage and accidents. And Toyota is reminding businesses that, unlike MOTs, there is no revision of Thorough Examination guidance from the CFTS, FLTA, BITA or HSE — they still need to be completed as normal.

Toyota says that with its CFTS-accredited 32-point check, operators can be sure that the equipment is thoroughly inspected. Through its highly skilled, independent team of CFTS specialists the company conducts Thorough Examinations on all manufacturers’ MHE and not only Toyota. Its Thorough Examination complies to LOLER ‘98 with all lifting parts of the truck checked, and PUWER ‘98 with checks on other safety parts including steering and braking.

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Asset Alliance Group

Mercedes-Benz Arocs 5
Glasgow Brickyard has leased a new 26-tonne flatbed Mercedes-Benz Arocs 5 from its preferred supplier Asset Alliance Group as part of a five-year deal. The new truck, which is equipped with an Atlas A135.A11 Crane and Kinshoffer KM331 Grab, will be in operation five days a week distributing brick works to commercial and domestic customers across the whole of Scotland.

Managing Director Ken Kelly said: “When the contract on our previous vehicle was coming to an end, it was a no brainer for us to stick with Asset Alliance Group. Throughout the five years we’ve worked with them we’ve had no issues and they have always been on hand to provide us with the support and guidance we need. The quality of service really is second to none.”

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Elliotts refurbishment

Prior to lockdown, Greater Manchester-based Ripple was selected by Elliotts to transform its Ringwood branch in Hampshire, creating a new interior format and design to improve operational efficiency, customer experience and sales.

The merchandising and display equipment was designed and manufactured by Ripple specifically for Elliotts, and includes multi-purpose over-pallet merchandising, promotional displays, door displays, counter impulse stands and a variety of brick, flooring and tile displays to accommodate a spectrum of product categories.

Given the current circumstances confronting businesses, Ripple has a range of Covid-19 ‘Back to Work’ solutions including screens, signage and sanitiser stations.

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Centurion Fire & Safety

CCTV Systems

The Myers Group, which operates 19 builders’ merchant branches, three Readymix concrete plants and the Johnsons Wellfield stone quarry, has invested £200,000 in the install of artificial-intelligence (AI)-enabled CCTV systems across its sites as part of the group’s ongoing efforts to upgrade security and boost profits.

The technology has been designed, installed and maintained by Huddersfield-based Centurion Fire & Security. Centurion designed a complex network of 335 HD cameras, 22 HD recording units and a PA system — enabling direct communication with any trespassers — to observe the sites, and now carries out out-of-hours remote monitoring of the system.

Paul Bradley, Group Operations Manager at Myers Group, said: “We already had CCTV in place, but it was outdated and unreliable, with many cameras being out-of-action, meaning that we experienced issues surrounding missed health and safety incidents, as well as trespassing. We were aware that better technology was available, and that we could improve staff and visitor safety, whilst simultaneously having an immediate and positive impact on the bottom-line.”

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Transport, Handling & Storage

B&B Attachments

Griptech mobile weighing products

Mobile weighing technology allows the integration of weighing systems in industrial trucks, with the aim of being able to weigh the load directly and eliminating the need for stationary scales. This means no additional routes, no waiting time on stationary scales, less energy consumption and a lower risk of accidents.

B&B Attachments recently announced it has secured exclusive distribution rights throughout England and Wales for Griptech high-performance weighing systems for forklift trucks. B&B’s Sales Director Neal Fowler said: “Griptech has many years of experience developing and producing electronic measuring instruments primarily for industrial applications. This makes Griptech mobile weighing systems the ideal product range to add to B&B’s ever growing offering of material handling solutions.”

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