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  • 5 Forklift Safety Tips

    Forklifts are heavy machinery that allow us to move and organise massive or oversized items within our area of operations. If not properly handled or driven without proper training, your forklift may cause severe injury or even death. In this article, we'll give you five safety tips to help you use your machine safely. Tip 1: Train your operators. The first step in practising safe forklift operations is training your operators. Even before they touch your machine, your workers need to be prepared to operate your forklift safely and be guided on how to act accordingly if the machine moves or manoeuvres unexpectedly during emergencies. It will also help if you familiarise your operators with handling different types of forklifts to build their skills. Tip 2: Maintain your forklift. A faulty machine can be the cause of serious injury. Make sure you and your operators check the status of your forklift before and after use to ensure breakdowns are mitigated, and safety is maximised. Regular check-ups for these areas are a must. • Seat belts • Tyres • Lights • Horns • Brakes • Backup alarms • Fluid levels • Moving and load-supporting parts If you or your workers find worn-down signs and faults during your inspection, wait until it is fully repaired before resuming operations. Tip 3: Observe the rules while operating. Your operators must always abide by safe operating habits while using your forklift. During their training, you must educate them on proper operating procedures like driving at the appropriate speed, using mirrors and spotters for visibility, and using headlights when operating at night or in dimly-lit areas. Tip 4: Remember the "stability triangle." Forklifts operate on a three-point suspension system. These support points form what is known as a "stability triangle", which starts at the two front wheels and ends in between the rear axle. To avoid tipping over, operators must always stay inside this triangle and keep their loads within or near it. While operating your forklift, keep in mind these five things: • Always check if your load is stable and safely secured before driving. • Do not carry loads that are too heavy or beyond your forklift's carrying capacity. • Drive slowly, especially when the floors are wet and slippery. • Turn corners with care. • Try to avoid making any abrupt stops and starts. Keeping your load within the stability triangle is crucial when carrying heavy loads with your forklift. Always take care and observe these tips to avoid tipping your machine. Tip 5: Load your forklift safely Proper loading can be the most crucial part of operations. Improper loading can cause you to break or lose your products or even cause workplace accidents and death if done incorrectly. Before loading, always assess the dimensions of your load, the terrain's stability, and your machine's. Some useful loading tips include: • Slightly tilting your forklift's upright backwards. • Moving the forks apart before loading. • Lifting the load at least 4 inches above the lowest stack. • Keeping the heaviest loads at the bottom and the lightest on top. • Lowering the forks first while placing the load before backing away. For more tips on forklift safety, read this article. With these five tips, you can start using your new forklift safely and securely! Scantruck delivers all your forklift needs in Singapore. For recommendations, please view our catalogue of Komatsu forklifts here. For more information, please email us at marketing@scantruck.com.sg for a free consultation!

  • THE SINGAPORE WORKPLACE SAFETY AND HEALTH ACT: A RUNDOWN OF INCLUSIONS AND PENALTIES

    Implemented in 2006, the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Act of Singapore holds stakeholders and business owners accountable for keeping their workers safe. This act covers all workplaces except those exempted, hazardous substances like explosive, corrosive, flammable substances, and machinery and equipment, like MHE, such as forklifts. Four key features mark the WSH act: 1. The placement of all responsibility on its stakeholders to ensure safety at the workplace. 2. A focus on the outcomes of these measures, not mere compliance or observance. 3. The proper enforcement through the issuance of remedial orders. 4 . Imposition of higher penalties for violators. To give you an idea of some of the higher penalties, here is a list of offences and their corresponding fines: 1. For general penalties: • Individuals must pay $200,000 after their first conviction and $400,000 for any repeat convictions – they could face up to 2 years imprisonment, too. • Corporations must pay $500,000 after their first conviction and $1,000,000 for any repeat convictions. 2. For refusing to comply with an order: • For refusing to comply with remedial orders, the initial fine is $50,000, with an additional $5,000 for each day. • For refusing to comply with stop-work orders, the initial fine is $500,000, with an additional $20,000 for each day. • Both could result in up to 12 months of imprisonment. The WSH ensures that businesses under this act will keep their workers safe and avoid injuries while operating their equipment, such as the forklift. Being the sole distributor of the Komatsu forklift in Singapore and West Malaysia, Scantruck understands the advantages and costs of owning and operating material-handling equipment such as the forklift. That's why we offer a forklift service contract to all our partners that include: • Discounted prices for spare parts • Regular maintenance checks • Repairs and breakdown services at lower prices – we'll coordinate all the necessary transportation! Contact us for a FREE consultation! We’re more than happy to help you get the service or products that you need.

  • How to Get The Most Out of Your Tyres: 5 Tips

    Tyres affect vehicle performance more than you’d think! Here are 5 tips to ensure you’re maximising yours. Apart from allowing a forklift to move, the type of tyre actually affects the vehicle’s performance, too. Whether a forklift can carry a heavy load or can run on different types of terrain without breaking down, that all boils down to the tyres. So how do you know you’re getting the most out of your tyre selection? We compiled a few things to look out for to help you out: 1. Select the correct tyre While there are a number of tyres available on the market, there are three main types you need to look out for. Here’s what each do: • Pneumatic: can withstand high speeds and long distances and driven over different types of terrain • Solid: made using pure rubber and meant to be used exclusively on smooth surfaces • Resilient: a hybrid of both, they have an anti-abrasive layer, a soft shock-absorbent layer, and a rigid base to keep the tyres secure 2. Make sure your tyres are high quality When it comes to buying tyres, do not be afraid of spending a bit more – this will actually lower your costs in the long run. Manufacturer-approved tyres are less prone to wear and tear than cheap tyres, which will keep your breakdown and repair costs lower in the long run. 3. Let your tyres cool down All tyres, even the highest quality ones, have one weakness: high heat. Since they’re made of rubber, exposure to too much heat may cause them to melt and break down. At most, tyres can go 2 kilometres nonstop before they need a 15-minute break to cool down. 4. Look out for tyre marks Some forklifts are designed to preserve a tyre’s quality for longer, like Komatsu, for example. This doesn’t mean they won’t need replacing eventually. An easy way to check whether or not a tyre needs to be changed is by keeping an eye out for black skid marks on the floor, which only happens when a tyre has been thoroughly worn down. Aside from tyre marks, here are 4 more signs your tyres may need replacing. 5. Check your tyres before driving – every time Driving a tyre with cracks or holes could lead to accidents. The best way to prevent this is simply by doing a tyre check before driving the forklift. Need extra tyre assistance? As your one-stop shop for all your vehicles and material-handling equipment needs, Scantruck offers a one-for-one solid tyre replacement program. On top of this, we have a forklift service contract that includes the following: • Discounted prices for spare parts • Regular maintenance checks • Repairs and breakdown services at lower prices – we’ll coordinate all the necessary transportation! If you are interested in any of these services, our selection of forklifts, or material-handling equipment, feel free to give us a call at 6305 6600. We’ll even throw in a FREE quote!

  • Your Go-To Guide For Buying A Forklift in Singapore

    From the basic necessities to optional features, here's ALL you need to know about purchasing and owning a forklift in Singapore. The Basics: What you should look for in a forklift 1. Tonnage/Capacity The load size of your goods determines the forklift tonnage you need. Here's a rule of thumb: a suitable forklift should have a gross weight of at least 1 ton more than the stated lifting capacity. So, for example, a 2.5-tonnage forklift should have a gross weight of around 3.5 tons. 2. Fuel Type Many factors determine the type of fuel that powers your forklift. The main two types are: Diesel – Affordable, low maintenance, and emits smoke. Electric – Costs more but has cleaner emissions. Forklifts also come in gasoline, LPG, and hybrid models, but these are less common. Most forklifts in Singapore use diesel for general applications. However, some industries, such as those operating in the food sector, require non-diesel forklifts. 3. Lifting Height, Mast, and Overall Height Before buying your forklift, two good questions to ask are: • How high do you need to lift goods? • Will the machine be operating in an area with a height restriction? You'll need a machine with a low overall height when working in a space with height restrictions. For example, in Singapore, container loading and unloading is a common job for forklifts. So when you need your forklift to access the inside of the container, you'll definitely need a machine with a low mast! A lower mast is achieved by adding extra stages to the mast extension. A basic model forklift only has 2-stages. Adding additional stages to the mast will entail a higher cost but lower mast height; therefore, a 3-stage (low-mast) forklift is more expensive than a 2-stage machine. Forklifts with low masts are usually 2.2 meters tall, small enough to fit inside a container that's 2.3 meters in height. Opting for a high mast model can save you money on your initial purchase if the overall height is not an issue. However, if you plan on reselling your forklift, buyers typically prefer low mast models, at least in the Singapore market. Lastly, your machine's lifting capacity is also important to consider. Lift capacity decreases the higher your forklift lifts. For example, if you need to raise 2 tons of goods to a height of 4.5 meters, you'll need a forklift with a 2.5-tonnage capacity instead of a 2-tonnage forklift. Optional Parts & Features: What you should consider Factor these features based on the types of jobs you want your forklift to do and the location of your operations. 1. Fork length This depends on the base dimensions of your goods and pallets. Fork lengths usually come at around 1,220 millimetres in length here in Singapore, so ensure the fork is long enough to reach the loaded good's centre of gravity. 2. Attachments & accessories Entry-level forklifts will have lifting and tilting as primary functions. The most common attachment is the side shifter which is an additional valve that allows your fork to move side-to-side. Most forklifts in Singapore will feature a side shifter. Buying a machine that doesn't have one may save you a few hundred dollars; however, the resale market prefers forklifts with a side shifter. 3. Tyres In Singapore, almost all forklifts use a solid tyre because It's puncture-proof and safer but also costs more than a pneumatic tyre. On the other hand, pneumatic tyres offer more steering comfort and are more affordable than solid tyres but are more prone to punctures. Necessary considerations: These will determine which forklift you'll choose. 1. Price Price is what drives the majority of your purchasing decisions. Some brands may offer very low prices but poor value with their products. When purchasing a forklift, always check if the machine's price tag matches its value – an example would be checking if its resale value is high or if the seller offers flexible payment options suited to your needs. At Scantruck, we believe in providing value to all of our customers! 2. After-sales support Beyond your purchase lies additional maintenance costs and servicing. You better make sure that whoever sells you your forklift has a good record of after-sales support. Always ask your forklift seller what they include in their after-sales support (or if they even have one). Scantruck is the sole distributor of Komatsu forklifts – a 100% reliable Japanese brand – in Singapore and West Malaysia. We'll provide you with ALL the information you need to make an informed decision. Invest in or rent a forklift from us, and we'll provide you with the types of forklifts suited for your needs. We also offer flexible payment options and excellent after-sales support for 100% customer satisfaction. Request a FREE quote on our Komatsu forklift today at 6305 6600.

  • Visit Scantruck at Automechanika Dubai 2023

    Scantruck is joining the Automechanika Dubai Expo this year–here’s what you can expect! If you want to get better acquainted with the automotive industry, mark your calendars for Automechanika Dubai 2023. It’s the largest international trade exhibition for the automotive aftermarket and service industry in the broader Middle East, and this year marks its 20th, so expect an exciting expo! Guests are welcome to expand their network, explore new opportunities, get updates on the latest trends and solutions, evaluate market trends, and exchange expertise with other attendees, making it an ideal one-stop trade platform for many businesses. From 02 October until 04 October 2023, you can find Scantruck at Hall 3, Booth G-09 at the Singapore Pavilion, Dubai World Trade Center. Since 1984, Scantruck has been handling the distribution of the industry’s proven top-quality OEM and aftermarket brands, such as: ZF Friedrichshafen AG Aftermarket Wabco Sachs Knorr-Bremse Hengst Mitsubishi Electric Mann Filter Kongsberg Automotive HELLA Kolbenschmidt Pierburg Bosch FTE Automotive Dayco Nissens SEG Automotive Paccar DT Spare Parts Cojali Euroricambi CEI Weweller Vaden Original Komatsu Scantruck has built a strong network of partners and customers in Asia and beyond, and we’re excited to grow this even more at Automechanika Dubai. Looking for the right spare parts for your European Commercial Vehicle? Register for Scantruck at Automechanika Dubai at marketing@scantruck.com.sg to schedule an appointment and get a free limited souvenir!

  • Is Weweler-Colaert A Good Brand?

    One of, if not the most crucial supplier in the European automotive industry, Weweler-Colaert (WC) produces high-quality OEM parts in the independent aftermarket industry. Starting as a merger of two companies, Usines Colaert and Weweler, WC became a juggernaut in the industry by inventing the groove found in leaf springs. Since then, they have grown into 104 operating companies across 20 countries under the VDL Groep. WC produces high-quality leaf springs for commercial trucks, trailers, buses, street sweepers, airport trucks, agricultural trailers, and light commercial vehicles. When you’re looking for quality suspension systems for your machines, WC should be at the top of your list. WC partners enjoy the benefits of their “All-Makes Program,” which provides suspension and chassis parts on top of a complete line of genuine replacement components. This includes more than 80,000 springs and accessories adaptable to various brands, and they can also supply within 24 hours to European vehicles registered under the program. Are you looking for leaf springs, suspension components, or even a custom job for your specific commercial vehicle needs? Weweler-Colaert comes highly recommended by us as an official distributor of their products. We believe in Weweler’s ability to create high-quality, European-made components that meet the OEM customer’s needs. For our parts catalogue, click here. Scantruck is an official distributor of Weweler-Colaert products in Singapore and Indonesia. If you’re interested in a specific product, give us a call at 6305 6600 or email us at marketing@scantruck.com.sg.

  • Is MANN + HUMMEL A Good Brand?

    Founded in 1941 in Ludwigsburg during the middle of the Second World War, Mann+Hummel Gruppe (M+H) started as a textile-producing company but has since switched to the production of high-quality filtration systems for engines for over eight decades. Having partnered with brands such as Volvo and Scania, M+H filters are highly-regarded as OEM-quality despite technically being an aftermarket manufacturer. They’ve forged a decades-long relationship with various OE customers and dealers worldwide. This means their product catalogue spans a wide variety of applications – from vehicles, such as motor cars, harvesters, compressors, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, to water purification and wastewater treatment systems. Their most popular products include: • Air filters • Oil filters • Fuel filters • Air Dryer filters • Steering Filters • Aircon Filters • Gearbox Filters So is M+H a good brand? We think so! We believe in M+H so much that we’ve been an official distributor of their products in Singapore for over 20 years. Are you interested in purchasing Mann + Hummel filters? We always have their filters in stock for your convenience. You can be sure to find the right Mann + Hummel filters for your Volvo or Scania machines with Scantruck! For our catalogue, click here. Interested in a specific product? Give us a call at 6305 6600 or email us at marketing@scantruck.com.sg.

  • WHICH IS BETTER: PURCHASING OEM OR AFTERMARKET PARTS IN SINGAPORE?

    Since the onset of the pandemic, many businesses, perhaps including yours, had to make adjustments in order to keep the operations lean, functional, and up to speed. Now, more than ever, our financial wisdom is a must for the warehousing and logistics sector. And when it comes to your commercial vehicles, finding the right parts can be frustrating. This applies most especially when you are working within a stricter budget with one too many options to choose from. For this, you need a simplified way of purchasing the right parts for your commercial vehicles and material handling equipment. In this article, we’ll focus on differentiating an OEM versus an Aftermarket parts available in our Singapore branch so that when it’s time to purchase spare parts, you will have both ease and confidence. The Two Choices You will come across two major classes of parts when you scroll through the different sites and stores: Aftermarket and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). Aftermarket refers to parts and equipment that are more commonly known as ‘replacement parts.’ These are parts that are not produced by the same manufacturer of the original part that is up for a change. Many suppliers offer alternative parts that offer the same function but with several distinctions by a competing supplier. These parts may come with customizations, variations, and most of all, a generally lesser price than the original manufacturer. This is the general appeal of Aftermarket parts and equipment. For the most part, they are cheaper. And at first glance, that gives them quite an edge when it comes to buyers looking to replace their equipment. On the other hand, we have OEM parts. These are made by the same company that your vehicle’s manufacturer gets their parts from. With these parts, you can be assured that you will get the exact same part with the perfect fit and function. Before, you can only get these OEM parts directly from official suppliers or dealerships. But today, these manufacturers have made their parts available in many different outlets to better provide for their customers. If you’re the type who wants to adhere to the original form of things, and you want a part that will be ‘plug and play’ with no added complications, then getting an OEM part is the way to go. Now as a customer, you have the daunting task of choosing whether it is wiser and more cost-efficient to acquire Aftermarket alternatives or get an OEM part straight from the source. The Pros & Cons It is difficult to say outright which strategy is better. There are different arguments on both sides of the fence on which is the smarter move to make. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of Aftermarket and OEM parts. Right off the bat, an OEM part is the safer choice. You are assured of the quality, function, and fit of the exact part you are trying to replace. Many original manufacturers even provide additional services when you purchase replacement parts from them. Also, as a general rule, parts from the same original manufacturer work well together. So, there is much less of a likelihood for complications to occur. Troubleshooting is also much simpler if you have OEM parts. As you can determine exactly how each part is performing and it is easier to spot malfunctions without having to worry about defects or incompatibility issues. If you want a worry-free decision despite the usually higher cost, an OEM part is the way to go. What about Aftermarket parts? Years ago, considering the purchase of parts not made by the original manufacturer would have been unheard of. Terms like ‘knockoffs’ or ‘fakes’ were thrown around and almost everybody preferred the original. But the service and quality of competing manufacturers have greatly increased in recent years. Now there is a steady supply of viable alternatives to all kinds of machine and trucking parts that consumers can choose from. These second-option manufacturers have stepped-up their game and improved the service that they provide. Many have proceeded to integrate customizations in their machine parts, offering additional features or variations. Others present the option of being custom-built, creating parts and accessories according to the buyer’s specifications. Aftermarket parts have now entered the market with a strong position, giving options that are both viable and affordable, and even with greater available supply. One of the key elements of Aftermarket parts is the cost. Straight-up, they are a cheaper alternative. Since they do not carry the branding and the quality-control of the original manufacturer, these parts can be produced much cheaper and much faster. If you are in the market to replace your part or unit under a tight budget, these secondary-option parts may be the right fit for you. The Test of Quality If cost is the first thing that comes into mind when it comes to shopping for replacement parts, a close second would be the product’s quality. So when it comes to quality, do OEM parts trump Aftermarket parts? The answer is a complicated yes and no. Quality assurance is one of the strong points of the bigger manufacturing companies. Backed by decades of production and consumer satisfaction, original equipment manufacturers have a reputation to uphold when it comes to the parts and services that they provide. This said, their products come with a definite guarantee that is supported by the name and capability of their company. Simply put, they will stand behind the quality of their products with confidence. And as a consumer, you are assured of that as well. On the other hand, Aftermarket parts are supplied by newer and younger companies that are in to take a part of their share in the market. Many of these manufacturers are in the phase of starting out and introducing their name to buyers as an alternative to the established brands. With this said, there is very little that a shopper can know about the quality and capabilities of their product. There is very little information, testing, or user experience and recommendation. Apart from maybe a little word-of-mouth or other means, you would have very few sources to relay to you about the quality and usability of these new alternative products. This does not always mean though that they are poorer or inferior in quality. The materials used may be different and the location where they were manufactured may be in another place entirely, but this does not mean that they are made in bad quality. Especially for the layman, as long as the replaced part works and is affordable, the problem is simply solved. Supply and Demand While the debate can go on about the pricing and quality between Aftermarket and OEM parts, one consideration has to be taken into account: market availability. Regardless if a product comes from the original manufacturer or from an alternate supplier, a consumer’s question is ‘is it available?’ Supply is also an important factor that buyers look for when it comes to looking for a replacement part. Sometimes there is a quick demand for the quality-tested option from the original manufacturer but because of the long process it takes to order and acquire a specific part, customers become disgruntled and opt to go for another option entirely. It can also happen that because of the large demand for cheaper replacement parts, a customer can no longer find the part that is needed because they are always out of stock and off the shelves. The Verdict The question of whether it is better to purchase OEM parts versus Aftermarket parts can go on. But one question we can give to help potential customers decide is simple; ‘how bad do you need it?’ If you want to be rest assured that your part is backed up by quality and service as well as it can work well with the original equipment, then a part from the OEM may be the best answer for you. But if you are up for a quick replacement to hop on back to work as fast as possible, then Aftermarket parts can offer you the quickest and possibly the cheapest alternative. All in all, it boils down to your choice. Are your needs immediate? What is your budget range? Are you particular with a specific set of brands? Do you want new customizations? These are questions that you need to get to in order to decide on the better alternative. The good news? Both OEM and Aftermarket parts are readily available at Scantruck. We have an extensive catalog of parts for various vehicles and equipment. Email us at marketing@scantruck.com.sg and our expert can simplify your purchase experience.

  • THE FOUR STEPS FLEET MANAGERS NEED TO TAKE TO REDUCE REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE COSTS

    Fleet management is not for everyone! It’s quite tough to keep the costs down, and thus you would need to look for ways to reduce repair and maintenance costs. If you are a fleet manager, this resource is for you! It’s a fact that there are some costs that cannot totally be eliminated, but most of them can be minimized. By taking a proactive approach and applying the right steps, it would be possible for you to reduce the repairs and maintenance costs and actually save money! Read on to find out how you can do so. Step #1: Focus On Preventive Maintenance You are quite aware that your commercial vehicles would require maintenance and adjustment at regular intervals. As a proactive approach, conduct preventive maintenance services where full vehicle check is part of the package. Check for your vehicles' condition, parts, and performance through preventive maintenance before any breakdown happens. It’s better to catch the problem sooner before it causes bigger problems that would require more extensive repair. Repair costs definitely generate more expenses in general. It becomes tougher to plan your budgets when you have unexpected repair costs eating away on your budget! So, preventive maintenance means reduced unexpected costs. Conducting preventive maintenance services and checks result in these benefits: • You extend your vehicles' life when their health’s properly maintained. • You reduce the need for purchasing expensive parts replacement. • You avoid the unexpected breakdown that may disrupt your operation. • Your fleet operators become more productive, driving better results for your business. • You can expect a better resale value for your vehicles. Step #2: Reduce Fuel Consumption Fuel price is not in anyone's control, but fuel consumption is. Consider the following: • Plan your fleet's route, so your vehicles don't cover unnecessary miles. Reduce mileage, and you reduce fuel consumption. • Take your truck for regular preventive maintenance services and checks. The truck engine will operate more efficiently when it's properly maintained. • Get corporate discounts for fuel. Options are plenty: Shell Fleet Card, Esso’s Wholesale Fuel, Caltex StarCard are some of your choices. • Take advantage of modern technology including: 1. Turbochargers to power diesel engines for fuel consumption efficiency. 2. Electrification of accessories so that there is less fuel burnt while your vehicles accessories are relying on electricity. 3. Telematics to analyze the fuel management of your vehicles. An Electronic Logging Device can automatically track hours when your vehicles are in operation, giving you insights into your fuel consumption. Step #3: Implement A Truck Fleet Safety Plan As a fleet manager, it would be wise to implement an effective safety plan. You can consider the following for an effective truck fleet safety plan: • Make sure you are hiring drivers with a high degree of compliance. Take LTA Violations seriously. Don't take any risks in this area. The driver you are hiring should be your asset and should add value to the company. • Provide incentive to push your drivers to prioritize safety. Training may be a necessary component to this. • Learn from the driver’s mistake. Make it a learning example for all other drivers not to follow. Find out what's causing the incident. Try to reach the root cause of ongoing issues. • Make vehicle inspections and maintenance a must. Impose penalties when necessary. • Strictly implement the above Safety Plan as part of SOPs (Standard Policies and Procedures) of the company. Step #4: Pay More Attention To Your Vehicles' Tyres With proper maintenance, you can increase the truck tyres' life expectancy. • Make sure the tyres are properly inflated. Overinflated or underinflated tyres can cause damage to them, and eventually, the vehicles themselves. You can reduce your fuel bill by 3.3% if your tyres are properly inflated. • If you are not focusing on tyre balancing, then be ready for a costly replacement. Encourage your drivers to give prompt feedback whenever they feel their tyres are getting out-of-balance. This will save you a lot of tyre replacement cost money! Wrapping It Up As a fleet manager, there's a lot in your hands. You are taking care of various moving pieces–quite literally! Consider partnering with a company that can help you oversee the health of your vehicles. At Scantruck, we value your fleet as much as you do. We've been helping thousands of commercial vehicles to be on the road for more than 35 years and we are taking our work quality seriously. We are also partnering with the best global brands for spare parts to give you the best value for your money. We’d like to talk more with you and see how we can help you reduce your maintenance cost. Call us now at 6305 6600 and get a free quote for your fleet servicing needs!

  • 4 Reasons Why You Must Have Fork Guidance Lasers

    Wondering what fork guidance lasers are, and if your trucks need them? This accessory, approximately the size of a walnut, is attached onto a forklift and projects a laser beam that helps operators determine whether they are in the right position. Sounds simple, but this actually has a great impact on your operators, goods, and overall business profitability. Here’s why: 1. Improved operator safety and productivity Without the guidance of accurate technology, a regular operator may need to keep moving goods back and forth throughout the day to make sure it’s properly aligned, especially for shelves that are too high to see or for warehouses that are too narrow. With a fork guidance laser, they don’t necessarily have to see the exact target to know that they’re positioning pallets correctly. The high degree of laser precision allows for better visibility, letting the operator handle more uninterrupted lifts per day and even spot any damage easier. 2. Reduces product damage Unstable lifting, lack of proper shelf alignment, and improper placement are common culprits behind damaged goods in the warehouse. Operating blindly, an unguided fork might pierce the goods due to lack of proper alignment, or cause them to fall off because of their incorrect placement whether horizontally or vertically. Instead of setting aside the budget to cover for damaged goods, you end up saving more by investing in an accessory that prevents them from happening in the first place. Spotting forklift damages, checking alignment, and assessing lifting positions are all easily handled by fork guidance lasers. 3. Rechargeable battery for higher productivity and reduced operation cost Did you know that fork guidance lasers run on a long-lasting, rechargeable battery? Chargers are compatible with any standard volt outlets, and a single charge can last up to 3 months. Meanwhile, the batteries themselves are single-cell, lasting several years. They also come with built-in protection that reduces damage from overcharging or excessive heat, which means less downtime and fewer maintenance costs to worry about. 4. Easy installation and operation A forklift laser guide system can be mounted and fully operational in under 5 minutes! Its technology is compatible with any forklift in the market, making it easily adaptable for any fleet–from installation to operation. Laser beams also project a much thinner light compared to alternatives such as LED, providing a higher degree of accuracy for smoother operations. Where to buy reliable, high quality fork guidance lasers? Scantruck has a selection of guidance lasers suited for your fleet! Check out more information about these accessories, our selection of forklifts, or any of our other services here. Have other forklift concerns? Call us at 6305 6600 for a FREE Consultation today!

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