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Handling tugs eliminate slip risk

12 December 2012

At Forbo Flooring Systems' manufacturing plant in Ripley, Derbyshire, rolls of sheet flooring are moved between processes on Aframes or chariots, which when loaded can weigh up to 2.5t. As the floor in the facility can

At Forbo Flooring Systems' manufacturing plant in Ripley, Derbyshire, rolls of sheet flooring are moved between processes on Aframes or chariots, which when loaded can weigh up to 2.5t. As the floor in the facility can become wet, employees moving the chariots found that drive wheels on existing chariot handling tugs were slipping.

After talking to a number of different handling machine suppliers, the company selected the MasterTug MT5-400 from MasterMover. "As soon as we saw a demonstration of the MasterTug at Ripley, we were convinced that this was the right solution. The unique weight transfer system on the machine and wet condition drive tyres meant that there was no risk of slippage on the wet floor.We even demonstrated this by pouring buckets of water over the factory floor and using the MasterTug to move a chariot. The results proved that the MasterTug was significantly safer than our existing tugs," says Ian Theyer, from Forbo Flooring.
 
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