FLT driver awareness
To minimise downtime, optimise productivity and improve safety, the Hyster Fortens lift truck series features a number of driver awareness ‘add-ons’. The company’s lift trucks feature operator cabs that are designed to provide good visibility, optimal comfort and intuitive controls alongside object detection solutions, a camera and flashing front and reverse lights in addition to pedestrian awareness spotlights.
Load overload detection systems can also be integrated to lift trucks for operations challenged by handling loads with variable or unknown weights. An auto-deceleration system is also present to help reduce tyre and brake wear by up to 50%.
Hiab Nugent Crane Trailer
Hiab has partnered with Nugent to develop a small crane on a small trailer, suitable for lighter lifting jobs. Both parties have labelled the product a ‘versatile, easy-to-handle, back-saving’ piece of kit. The crane is a standard Hiab T-CLX 018, but with the shortest legs possible, and has a lift capacity of 1.8tm. Featuring its own power source, it can be operated independently of the towing vehicle.
The trailer — a Nugent F3720H 3.5 tonne Flatbed — is said to reduce vibrations and suspension chatter, minimising stress on the chassis and cutting shockwaves to the towing vehicle.
Linde Material Handling
Linde Material Handling showcased its new H35D diesel truck at UK Construction Week last October and the 3.5 tonne capacity diesel truck is said to be packed with safety devices designed to reduce the occurrence of accidents.
For example, the reverse proximity sensor alarm is an audio-visual warning and automatic truck slow down system whereby ultrasonic sensors detect objects or personnel to the rear or side of the truck and automatically reduce its speed in accordance to the distance from the object or person. Heavy duty trucks can also be fitted with TruckSpot, a visual driving path warning device.
RTB Roofing case study
Rainham-based merchant RTB Roofing Supplies has been able to start trading in rapid time, due to MV Commercial’s ability to supply a high-spec MAN TGM brick grab in just two weeks. The 6×2 truck incorporates a Hiab X-HIDUO 158 brick grab and is equipped with a Euro VI engine, ensuring it can be used in clean air zones, and incorporates a variety of driver comfort and safety features including heated mirrors and a reversing camera system.
Rob Slattery, Director, RTB Roofing Supplies, says: “We wanted to get on the road as soon as possible, but manufacturers were quoting lead times of six months. MV Commercial had what we needed, and it was ready for immediate delivery.”
Five year warranty
Commercial vehicle bodybuilder Bevan Group is offering what the company describes as the sector’s most comprehensive commitment to customers by introducing a five-year warranty. Building more than 60 commercial vehicle bodies each week, the warranty covers all elements of the manufacturing process, including frames and sub-frames for the West Midlands-based firm’s range of dry freight box bodies and curtainsiders, dropsiders, tippers and Lutons, and extends to trucks and vans built for more specialised applications.
Ancillaries such as tail-lifts, cranes, roller shutter doors and crash cushions are included too, whilst the equipment itself will also continue to be covered by the relevant third-party supplier’s own warranty.
Formerly known as Filplastic, Fil has worked with James Burrell Builders’ Merchants in Rotherham, South Yorkshire to launch the firm’s tenth branch. The storage and display specialist redesigned the two-acre site on Wortley Road, converting it into an office, trade counter, yard and warehouse. Fil also supplied and fitted shop shelving and racking for the warehouse and yard.
Tony Hall, Head of Operations at James Burrell said: “We’ve worked with Fil for the past three or four years — they do the majority of racking for us — and they are always great to work with.”
Fil has also reported a 60% rise in turnover last year after supporting an increased number of merchants with the opening of their new branches.