Bluestar Global Logistics (Bluestar), a one-stop shop for logistics services such as national door-to-door deliveries; international freight forwarding; and state-of-the-art 3PL warehousing, has received 60 plus new forklifts and electric reach trucks.
United Forklift and Access Solutions (United) supplied over 60 units to Bluestar’s depots nationally. A combination of heavy duty and high-performance Caterpillar (CAT) 2.5t and CAT 3.0t LPG forklifts, as well as CAT 1.6t electric reach trucks, were delivered. Before submitting its recommendations to Bluestar, United visited each of Bluestar’s national offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, Brisbane in order to determine areas where it could best provide cost-saving solutions thereby optimising productivity and efficiency.
Mark Pemberton, United’s national major accounts manager, and his team identified two major problem areas where United could help.
“We discovered that the hosing and hydraulic cylinders in their old fleet were left too exposed, and they were having to replace them frequently due to damage,” according to Pemberton. “Our CAT forklifts have been fitted with a low-profile hose that is positioned further back, along with a custom-designed and manufactured cylinder protector. Both of these features reduce damage to these otherwise vulnerable parts and enhance the overall safety of the machines, ultimately reducing the cost of life to our customer,” he added.
“The other wear issue we identified was that the heel of the forklift tynes was wearing out over time, and once it’s worn past a certain point, the forklift is no longer standards or safety compliant,” Pemberton continued.
“We added a lift cylinder spacer, which means that when the front of the tines are touching the floor, the back is still slightly elevated. In addition to stopping wear from hitting the ground, it stops the heel scraping along the ground if the forklift moves with its tines down,” he said.
Peter James, Bluestar’s asset and compliance manager added, “In a competitive tender, United was the standout company, because their service truly went above and beyond.”
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