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This is issue #305 - 12 April 2007 of the weekly newsletter for industry professionals.
“Yale Europe predicts strong growth for 2007.”


Forklift operator loses court case
New Doosan US forklift president appointed
Yale Europe expects a significant growth year in 2007
Linde expands stacker line
Crown uses RFID to manage indirect materials
New cranes for ports in Belgium and France
Intermec introduces EPCglobal certified reader
Forklift features in TV challenge

Safety seminars free for all
Move to bigger warehouse

CITA 2007 3rd China International Forklifts & Parts Exhibition (Shanghai)

Warehouse Safety Solutions introduces the latest product to their range.

Materials Handling + Logistics Middle East
Expose your business with a ShopFront!

FORK TALK: FLTA offers financial incentive to promote safety

SAFETY FIRST: Dave Hoover: Pre-shift safety inspections

Michael Lavelle
Alicia Whiffen, Combilift Australia

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Forklift operator loses court case
NEW YORK, NY, United States

A 44-year-old forklift operator who lost his right leg while working on a TCM forklift has lost a lawsuit against the forklift manufacturer and its distributors.

Strongin, Rothman & Abrams, the law firm that represented TCM Manufacturing USA Inc, Mitsui Machinery Distribution Inc and Acculift Inc, said in a press release that the jury was unanimous in its decision.

“The defendants were successful in proving the accident was caused by the fault of no one but the plaintiff,” the statement said.

Benvenito Marte Ozoria had his right leg amputated after being hit by the forklift at Urban Foundations Engineering, in Queens, New York, on December 12, 2003.

In a two-week trial at the New York State Supreme Court, Ozoria claimed the forklift’s park brake failed because it was capable of being placed in a “false brake” position.

Ozoria’s expert witness Dr Robert Ehrlich testified that the hand brake was capable of being pulled back and released without retracting to the “off” position. It gave the operator the false impression it was engaged.

The defendants presented an accident reconstruction analysis and testimony by expert witness Dr John Johnson, TCM, Mitsui and Acculift representatives, and Ozoria’s work supervisor. They introduced product literature to show Ozoria had failed to apply the park brake and follow forklift safety procedure when he parked the forklift on a slope, and that he failed to lower the forks to the ground and tilt the mast forward. The defendants successfully proved the forklift was properly tested and inspected.

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New Doosan US forklift president appointed

Michael J Lavelle has been appointed Doosan Infracore America Corp US forklift division president.

Lavelle has been Doosan vice president of sales and marketing for the past 10 years. He replaces Tom Yoon, who has been reassigned to Doosan’s South Korean headquarters in an overseas sales and marketing managing director posting.

Lavelle has 33 years’ experience in the forklift industry. He began his career with Clark Equipment in 1974. He has held sales, rental and leasing, and management positions in the industry.

Doosan Infracore manufactures 3,000lb to 36,000lb (1,360.7kg to 16,329.3kg) gas, LP, diesel and electric forklifts.

Lavelle said he looked forward to leading the organisation, its employees and its dealers to greater heights.

Click here to read Lavelle’s profile.

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Yale Europe expects a significant growth year in 2007
FLEET, United Kingdom

Yale Europe Materials Handling is anticipating a “significant increase” in demand for its counterbalanced and warehouse forklifts in Europe this year.

Yale Europe’s managing director Bill Pfleger said in a statement that demand for Yale forklifts had been “positive” following development of the Veracitor VX series forklifts.

“The Yale distribution network continues to expand and the quality of our products, combined with our commitment to customer satisfaction, continues to attract new dealers and customers.”
Pfleger said Yale Europe employees were working flat out to ensure growth objectives were achieved.

Yale Europe Materials Handling is part of the Nacco Materials Handling Group Ltd. Globally, the company operates 16 manufacturing facilities and five distribution centres. Yale’s distribution network has more than 350 dealers in more than 62 countries.

Bill Pfleger was travelling this week and could not be reached for further comment. News will publish a news story about Yale Europe’s ambitions for 2007 in an upcoming newsletter.

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Materials Handling + Logistics Middle East

Materials Handling + Logistics Middle East is the regions premiere event for the full range of products and services required by the Warehousing, Transportation Services and Logistics industries.

Visit the show and see over 125 exhibitors from 20 countries representing the leading brands in Warehousing, Transportation Services and Logistics from across the globe!

Also see the DIC / transPARK Demonstration Area, showcasing new and innovative products in the industry.

If you want to visit Materials Handling + Logistics Middle East, register now to attend. Please visit to register.

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Linde expands stacker line

Linde has expanded its range of stand-on stackers with a new generation, the L12/L14 double stackers.

The L12L/L14L stackers have lifting capacities of 1,200kg or 1,400kg and lift heights up to 3,824mm. The L12L HP (high performance) stacker has a lifting capacity of 1,200kg and a lift height of up to 1,574mm.

Double stackers can hold two loads, one above the other, speeding goods transfers  and loading of trucks.

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Crown uses RFID to manage indirect materials
NEW BREMEN, OH, United States

Crown Equipment Corp, of New Bremen, Ohio, has used RFID technology to make its tool crib inventory system available to workers 24/7.

Before Crown implemented the CribMaster Accu-Port inventory management system, employees sacrificed precious time picking up tools from the crib.

The system allows employees to access a secured area using their RFID employee identification badge. Workers selected the required tool by retrieving a tagged bag from a coordinate system. The bag contains the labelled tool and an RFID tag.

Workers remove tools from the bags and place the bags in a “mailbox” for restocking.

The tagged bags are reused to minimise tag costs and saved time in restocking.

Crown Equipment buyer and supervisor Brenda Hughes said:
“We really needed to get product to the operators on the machines. We felt our replenishment was effective but unavailability for all three shifts was hurting production.”

Crown wondered if it were possible, using RFID technology, for employees to walk into a crib, pick up supplies and return to work.

Their research uncovered the CribMaster Accu-Port, an off-the-shelf inventory management system specifically for managing indirect materials.

CribMaster partnered with Symbol Technologies to provide the antennae and readers to power Accu-Port and designed a plug-n-play portal specifically for managing indirect materials. The system uses passive RFID technology and Gen2 passive tags.

Hughes said Crown’s daily inventory usage had reduced more than 20 per cent since implementing the Accu-Port crib and it took less than four months for a return on investment.

Other cost reductions came from eliminating staff needed to man a 24-hour tool crib. Having a central crib reduced employees’ travel time, increased tool accessibility and enabled employees to grab what they needed and go straight back to work.

Hughes said there could be nine to 10 Accu-Ports across Crown facilities by 2010.

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New cranes for ports in Belgium and France

Gottwald Port Technology will deliver six Generation 5 G HMK 6407 B four-rope grab mobile harbour cranes to logistics provider Sea-Invest’s terminal facilities in Belgium and France.

The orders are two cranes for coal, scrap and other bulk products handling at CBM Ghent, two cranes for mineral handling at ABT Antwerp and one crane each for bulk handling applications at the Sogema Rouen and Carfos Marseille Caronte terminals.

They are Sea-Invest’s first Generation 5 cranes from Gottwald.

Sea-invest chief engineer Eddy Haerens said good experience with Gottwald’s mobile harbour cranes of previous generations was a deciding factor in the latest order.

The G MHK 6407 B has a 35-tonne grab curve, a maximum outreach of 48 metres and a maximum hoisting speed of 110 metres a minute.

Gottwald Port Technology spokesperson Peter Klein said the company would not disclose order values.

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Intermec introduces EPCglobal certified reader
EVERETT, WA, United States

Intermec has introduced the latest version of its vehicle-mount RFID reader, the IV7C.

The New York Stock Exchange-listed RFID technology developer claims IV7C is the only forklift RFID reader on the market that is EPCglobal certified compliant and interoperable.

EPCglobal, a joint venture between EAN International and Uniform Code Council, was established to achieve world-wide adoption and standardisation of electronic product code technology. A main focus is to create a global standard for RFID.

The IV7C, working with warehouse management software, can capture the location of a pallet pick, which doorway it passed, the path the forklift travelled and where the pallet will be placed.

The system was developed to meet physical and wireless demands in mobile, industrial environments, an Intermec statement said.

Intermec introduced the adaptable load backrest at ProMat 2007 in Chicago ( News #293).

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Forklift features in TV challenge

A singer drove a Linde E16C forklift and used it to fire three lighters in a Chinese TV show challenge.

Yin Xiangjie, a well-known Chinese singer, used the forklift to light three lighters in 200 seconds with help from his partner, Yu Wenhua.

The task was part of CCTV-3’s “Star Challenging” TV program. The Linde E16C forklift also featured in other challenges aired on CCTV-3.

CCTV is China’s national television network.

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Safety seminars free for all
SYDNEY, NSW, Australia

Safe handling of LPG and changes to Australian Standards are two topics on the table at a series of free forklift safety seminars across NSW, starting next month.

The half-day seminars, hosted for the first time by WorkCover NSW and the Australian Industrial Truck Association (AITA), are aimed at middle management.

“We’re expecting managers and supervisors from the shop floor,’’ said Ian Blume, from WorkCover NSW. “They’re the ones with the influence to impact on safety procedures.”

Blume will speak about workplace health and safety, traffic management and warehouse layout.

Standards Australia forklift committee chair Stan Palmer will detail proposed changes to the Industrial Truck Code and invite public comment.

LPG Australia industry development manager Phil Westlake will speak on safe use of LPG in forklifts and changes to the Australian Standard for storage and handling.

“This is an area that is rarely discussed,” Blume said. Westlake would also give details on recent recalls of LPG cylinders.

Seminar co-ordinator Todd Brennan, of safety consultant Forkpro, said his talk would focus on the “hierarchy of control”.

“I’ll be speaking on the subjects of lateral stability, which is the thing that kills most forklift operators, and pedestrian interaction with forklifts, the other major fatality causer. Simply painting lines on the ground these days is not a suitable control measure.”

Forklift attachments and their bearing on operation will be handled by industry stalwart Norm Crompton, of Cascade Australia.

“Norm has been around forklift attachments for 100 years,” Brennan said. “He’s very knowledgeable about the effect attachments have on forklift stability and load capacity.”

Barrister Martin Shume will update the audience on the legal consequences of shop-floor incidents.

“His role is to scare the hell out of people,” Brennan said.

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Move to bigger warehouse
CHELTENHAM, Victoria, Australia

Stoddart Food Service Equipment has relocated to a new 800sq m warehouse at Cheltenham, Victoria.
The move from Clayton means four times the floor space, 6m high pallet racking and delivery of a new general-duties Nissan forklift, general manager Brad Shadforth said.
He hopes the move, which brings the company closer to Melbourne’s Moorabbin airport, will mean quicker deliveries to customers in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

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CITA 2007 3rd China International Forklifts & Parts Exhibition (Shanghai)

Asia's biggest professional, annual grand ceremony for forklifts & parts, CITA 2007 3rd China International Forklifts & Parts Exhibition (Shanghai) is the best platform for any buyer, seller and professionals from all over the world to display high quality products, advanced technology and communicate with Chinese partners face to face.

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Warehouse Safety Solutions introduces the latest product to their range.

Early Alert is a state of the art pedestrian warning system that uses in ground loop technology. The magnetic field detector is base on the principle of steel or metal objects moving towards a magnetic field detector. Approaching forklifts cause changes to the weakness of the magnetic field, this signal is sent to a central control unit and triggers the warning lights, alarms or gates in the workplace.

Click here for more information on this product, including pictures.

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FLTA offers financial incentive to promote safety
ALTON, United Kingdom

The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) is offering discount vouchers to help forklift owners and operators make their work environments safer.

Click here for the full Fork Talk feature, including pictures.

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Dave Hoover: Pre-shift safety inspections
NEWARK, OH, United States

Almost every country requires inspections of powered industrial trucks before they are used. In the US, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OHSA) states ...

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Michael Lavelle

Michael Lavelle began his forklift career on January 2,1974, at Clark Equipment Co’s then branch in Cleveland, Ohio. Thirty-three years later, to the day, he was named president of Doosan Infracore's lift truck division.

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Alicia Whiffen, Combilift Australia
SPRINGVALE, Victoria, Australia

Alicia Whiffen may have missed her calling as a circus juggler. She enjoys keeping several balls in the air at a time. Whiffen, 28, is business and administrative manager for Combilift Australia, a new division of MHF Imports that imports Combilift and Aisle-Master forklifts from their manufacturing base in Ireland.

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Upcoming Events

1. MHL 2007
Auckland, New Zealand
11th and 12th July 2007

Lodz, Poland
24th to 26th April 2007

3. bauma 2007
Munich, Germany
23rd to 29th April 2007

4. Forklift Safety Seminars - NSW Australia - No Charge
Various venues in NSW, Australia
May to September 2007


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Fast Facts

1. TVH has introduced the TC2000 weighing system.

2. CITA 2007 3rd China International Forklifts & Parts Exhibition (Shanghai)


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Editorial Calendar 2007

Review of 2006
US forklift market
Turret trucks and order pickers
Forklifts and global warming
Fleet management systems
The global attachments market
Forklifts in harsh applications
Materials handling in Eastern Europe
Engines and drive trains
Forklifts in cold rooms
China’s forklift market
End of Year review


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