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Fixed fuel tanks offer greater ease of use

12 December 2012

In the present economic climate, businesses of all shapes and sizes are looking to increase efficiencies and reduce costs; those in the logistics, handling and storage sectors are no exception. For these businesses, forklif

In the present economic climate, businesses of all shapes and sizes are looking to increase efficiencies and reduce costs; those in the logistics, handling and storage sectors are no exception. For these businesses, forklift trucks and the fuel they use are likely to account for a significant proportion of each year's expenses.Andy Kellett from Calor Gas argues in favour of LPG from fixed fuel tanks.

For businesses currently using diesel or electric forklift trucks, switching to LPG-fuelled trucks can increase energy efficiency, especially when partnered with Calor's fixed fuel tanks. These propane tanks are permanently attached to the back of the truck and are refilled from a bulk tank using a pipe and nozzle, in much the same way as a car. The main benefit of fixed fuel tanks is an increased capacity,with 55 litre and 70 litre capacity tanks available from Calor.

Fixed fuel tanks' extra capacity allows trucks to function for longer without pausing to refuel. This gives Calor LPG forklifts a distinct advantage over electric models, whose regular and lengthy recharging account for a great deal of downtime. Not only this, the quick and easy refuelling of LPG trucks means no money need be wasted on back-up vehicles to deliver continuity of operation.

Calor's fixed fuel tanks can, in most cases, function well throughout a full shift.When they require refuelling, the job can be completed in a matter of minutes, shaving hours off the time wasted re-charging electric forklifts. The refilling of the cylinders mounted to the forklifts couldn't be easier. There is no need to remove or lift the cylinder - it's simply a matter of filling up at the pump - meaning Calor LPG is a true 24/7 fuel. In addition to reducing refuelling downtime, LPG trucks cope well with uneven surfaces and difficult terrain, both of which can present challenges for electric powered forklifts.

Calor has conducted its own fixed fuel tank calculations and has discovered that businesses can save hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds each year by switching from exchangeable to fixed LPG fuel tanks. An assessment and calculation of current usage to demonstrate potential savings with Calor's fixed fuel tanks is available upon request.

Calor's fixed fuel tanks don't just present a more efficient alternative to electric trucks; they also offer significant advantages over diesel-fuelled forklifts. The reduction in downtime from a fixed fuel tank, as well as the higher average cost of diesel compared to LPG, means switching to LPG fixed fuel tanks can give a business double savings.

What's more, recent independent tests at Millbrook Proving Ground have found that LPG forklift trucks emit a staggering 97% less particulate matter than diesel trucks. In a warehouse environment, this would mean no tainting of packaging or goods, as well as a better quality of air within the warehouse.

This consequently makes LPG fuelled counterbalanced forklifts ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.

In addition to the operational efficiency and low emissions of LPG, Calor goes the extra mile to give its customers peace of mind. For example, all new Calor customers are offered free forklift refuelling health and safety training. This is accredited and approved by the RTITB, the UK's largest HSE-recognised forklift truck training accrediting body. Also, Calor's emergency support team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
 
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