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Bengt Kristiansson

Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing

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Infographic: Li-ION vs. lead-acid forklift batteries - which is best for your operation?

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2019-06-19

The traditional lead-acid forklift battery is a tried-and-tested technology. However, Li-ION (lithium ion) batteries, which power your laptop, smartphone and maybe even your car, are now a viable energy solution for forklifts. But what advantages does this new technology offer?

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How many of these does your service partner offer?

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2019-06-17

You can have a fleet of the most technologically-advanced trucks on the market, but if you don't have a decent service partner to rely on, your operation will really suffer.

Downtime is a major threat for any materials handling operation, especially if you have high turnover rates and tough delivery deadlines. That's why the ability to get a machine back up and running after something goes wrong should be one of the most important factors you should consider when choosing a forklift service supplier. 

But what makes a good service partner? There's lots of different qualities, and the correct answer for you will depend on the unique details of your operation. However, the best service partners will be able to provide things like these.

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How your truck's step-in height affects your operation

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2019-06-06

If the surface you step on to get into your forklift is well-designed, you probably won't even notice it at all. But a lack of care from the manufacturer when it comes to this small detail adds to the strain that drivers experience on the job, which will ultimately affect your operation and increase costs.

Generally speaking, the step-in height on a forklift should be as low as possible. This means that it takes less effort for the driver to climb on or off the truck during a busy shift.

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Case study: How to grow a logistics operation

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2019-05-29

Picking, packing and dispatching 3,500 customer orders every day in a 118,000mdistribution centre is a constant challenge. However, Skechers makes it happen at their facility near Liège, Belgium, with a fleet of UniCarriers trucks to help.

However, the operation hasn't always run at such an intense level. Skechers began working with UniCarriers in 2002 when the European sales and distribution network was being set up, when they ordered six forklifts.

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Condensation: A cold store truck's worst enemy

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2019-05-23

Cold stores, warehouses where frozen goods are stored, can reach temperatures as low as -35°C and are some of the most demanding environments that forklifts can operate in.

Fortunately, most forklift suppliers offer machines that are capable of working reliably in such cold temperatures. Freezing environments can make steel more brittle, make the oil and lubricants more viscous and reduce the truck's battery capacity, but adaptations can be made to forklifts to reduce the impact of these issues, ensuring both safety and reliability.

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What happens when the goods you handle don't fit on standard pallets?

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2019-05-06

Since the advent of containerisation and the forklift truck, the pallet has become vital for the storage and transport of goods around the world. Palletising goods make a lot of sense - pallets are a consistent size, meaning businesses can be sure they will fit in their racking, and ensuring that all kinds of forklifts will be able to pick them up.

Pallets are also lightweight and strong in comparison to other storage and handling solutions. Pallets are everywhere, but what happens if the goods you handle are much, much bigger than the standard Europallet?

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Forklift costs: Which cost should you focus on?

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2019-04-18

When purchasing new forklift trucks, it's tempting to get caught up comparing different options on the purchase price alone. The graphic above should hopefully show you why that's not the best option. 

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The benefits and drawbacks of mobile racking

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2019-04-05

When it comes to making efficient use of space in your warehouse, mobile racking is one of the leading options. With this storage system, the racking itself stands on motor-driven wheels which move in rails built into the floor.

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Warehouse planning: How it worked for Britvic

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2019-03-15

When planning a new warehouse, there's a huge amount of different factors that have to be considered - the type of items being stored, the available floor space and height in the building itself, and the correct storage system that will both maximise the use of the space available but also make it easy to access pallets.

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First visit fix rate: What is it, and how does it affect you?

Written by Bengt Kristiansson, 2019-03-10

All trucks require maintenance sometimes, especially in high-intensity materials handling operations. The important thing is how quickly you can get the truck back in operation afterwards. This is where your service supplier's first visit fix rate becomes important.

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