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Review: Konecranes High-Capacity Forklifts


Product Name: 
Large Capacity Forklift
Manufacturer: Konecranes
Lift Capacity: 22,000 lbs or more
Interesting features: Truconnect & Load Sensing Hydraulics
Price Range:
 $150,000+, but the price varies depending on the capacity and style of forklift (reach stacker, empty container handler, etc.).
Value for the money:
Excellent - low overall cost of ownership
Optional Equipment:  
Konecranes lift trucks come with many great standard features. Available  factory add-ons include:
- FWD/REV Cameras,
- Electric Tilt Cab
- Central Automatic Greasing System, etc.

Konecranes in-house engineers can customize any lift truck to meet a customer’s specific needs  - above and beyond the standard and factory add-on options.

Best for:  Any operation which requires a 22,000lb or higher capacity forklift.  

Recommended Applications: Heavy-duty Konecranes are built for industrial material handling including

  • Steel, aluminum, and mining
  • Wood and building materials
  • Container ports and terminals
  • Transport, shipping, and logistics
  • Shipyards and marinas
  • Pulp and paper
  • Concrete, bricks, and rock
  • Automotive
  • General manufacturing
  • Produce
  • Oil and gas
  • Wind power
  • Nuclear
  • Waste-to-energy

Not recommended for: Small lift truck applications

When to Replace Floor Scrubber Parts


An industrial floor cleaning machine can give you cleaner, more hygienic floors while saving time and labor costs. To ensure you're getting clean floors, your auto scrubber needs its wearable parts replaced regularly.

How Electric Utility Vehicles Reduce Fleet Costs and Improve Sustainability


Low-speed electric vehicles (LSVs) are sometimes referred to as street legal golf carts. In reality, they’re much more versatile than a golf cart. The
Polaris GEM LSV can be customized with a flatbed for use as a utility truck, kitted out with toolboxes for facility maintenance, or used to comfortably transport up to six people. Plus, they can run for eight hours or more on a single charge.

In today’s post, we learn from electric utility vehicle product expert Russ Ziegler how he helps organizations with large fleets find the right vehicles based on safety, sustainability and budget.  Russ has extensive experience advising fleet managers who oversee higher education, transit and/or shuttle applications. Read on to learn more about the benefits of an LSV compared to conventional, gas-powered vehicles and how Russ helps fleet managers make data-driven decisions.

Build Pallets Faster with New Electric Order Pickers


The name Toyota is synonymous with continual innovation, and Toyota's new line of order pickers is no exception. The new order picker forklifts include customer-requested improvements including:
  • Intuitive, ergonomic controls
  • Low-maintenance AC motors
  • New Lift Logic technology
Toyota’s new order pickers can carry 3,000 pounds and are ideal for use in narrow-aisle, high-volume distribution centers including: 3PL, general warehousing, manufacturing, retail, food and cold storage. With lift heights of up to 390 inches and optional rail and wire guidance systems, operators can comfortably pick from even your tallest racks. Read on for four money-saving reasons to choose pallet picking equipment from Toyota.

Review: GEM Sapphire Fleet Management System


Product Name: GEM ONE Sapphire Fleet Management System                           
Manufacturer: GEM ONE
Notable features:  Impact notifications, GPS (last know position outside), daily operator checklist, operator certification expiration notification (30-days prior), cellular-based (no WiFi required).
Price Range:
 $2,500 - $5,900  
Value for the money:
Excellent
Options: 

  • Ability to add up to 4 cameras per unit
  • Fork Scale
  • Pin Code or Key Fob Sign on Options 
  • Indoor GPS (coming soon)
  • Can be installed on propane or electric forklifts as well as many other pieces of equipment (golf carts, scissor lifts, boom lifts, etc.)
  • Battery indicators (water levels & state of charge)

Best for: A fleet size of five or larger
Not recommended for: Extremely dirty or harsh (outdoor) conditions

Forklifts for Food Processing and Warehousing


Fast turnaround, frequent wash-downs, cold storage and corrosive fluids are just a few reasons food processing facilities and warehouses require superior material handling equipment. Sub-standard or unreliable machines can cause spoiled product, lost productivity and expensive repairs.

Downtime is something every material handling operation wants to avoid, but for food processing operations downtime is a dirty word. In today’s article, we’ll look at some of the best material handling equipment available for:
- commercial food processing
- cold storage warehouses
- food and beverage material handling

Sweepers: The Economical Choice to Reduce Stormwater Pollution

Industrial sweepers are an effective and relatively inexpensive way for parking lot owners, property owners and local municipalities to manage stormwater runoff and pollution. Wherever Clean Water Act (CWA) compliance is required, an industrial sweeper can effectively remove pollutants and play a key role in a stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP).

Review: Aichi Scissor Lifts

Product Name: Aichi Scissor Lift 
Manufacturer: Toyota Industries Company
Interesting Features:  500-1000 lb capacity, 24-volt AC Drive Motors, Zero Degree Inside Turn Radius, High-efficiency Batter Charger
Price Range: $14,250-$24,500
Value for the money: 
Excellent
Recommended for:  Construction, general warehousing, retail, facility maintenance, and general manufacturing applications.

TMH Employee Spotlight Fall 2018

In our latest employee spotlight, we'd like you to meet Ryan Chapman, one of our newest forklift technicians, and John Sullivan, Fleet Manager in Livermore.  Check out Ryan's great pic from his world travels, and learn how windmills helped John earn ice cream money as kid.

Is a Lithium Ion Forklift Battery Worth the Extra Expense?


In the material handling industry, productivity and efficiency are two important keys to success. There are only so many hours in the day, so whenever a company can find a way to do more in less time, they gain a competitive advantage. For some operations, especially food processing, 3PL and other multi-shift applications, lithium-ion forklift batteries provide that extra edge by reducing labor costs and improving productivity.

In this article we’ll answer common questions about lithium-ion (L-I) forklift batteries including:
- How long does it take to charge a lithium-ion forklift battery and
- When are lithium-ion forklift batteries worth the extra cost?

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