Site capacity increased
12 December 2012
A fleet of JCB Teletruks has saved recycling firm WasteCare 40 minutes per trailer, effectively increasing site capacity by 40% By using a JCB Teletruk telescopic lift truck instead of a traditional counterbalance fo
By using a JCB Teletruk telescopic lift truck instead of a traditional counterbalance forklift, specialist recycler WasteCare is saving 40 minutes on each trailer at its Leeds headquarters. An average 15 to 18 trailers arrive for unloading and cross re-loading each day.
This means a theoretical 10-12 hours is saved each day. In practice the time saved is absorbed by a greater HGV throughput without the need to increase the size of the site. WasteCare estimates it is achieving a 40% increase in site capacity.
In this way JCB Teletruks are helping WasteCare cope with strong growth in business. The recycling and waste management company acquired ten JCB TLT 25D Teletruks in June 2010 for use across its network of depots. Four of these 2.5 tonne diesel Teletruks have replaced seven traditional, masted counterbalance forklifts at WasteCare's busy Leeds headquarters.
Yard manager John Kell says: "Working with JCB Teletruks is faster and safer. The JCBs have changed the way we work.We used to work with long fork extenders which are cumbersome and awkward to use especially with double deck trailers because you can't see onto the top deck.With fork extenders it took two men and two forklifts to tip a 40 foot trailer. Now it is one man, one forklift. Fork extenders don't fit totally snug to the forks so you've always got some play and therefore some wobble on the pallet. It's not an easy job. But with the Teletruk we can see where the forks are at the top of a double decker.We've more control and therefore we suffer far less damage to IT equipment and monitors." Kell is also impressed by the forwards fork tilt to near vertical, enabling pallets of waste to be tipped into high sided containers.
Also, bins and cages of scrap IT equipment can be emptied into high sided containers by means of a 360 degree rotator.