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It's oh so quiet… shh… shh

11 January 2019

Yale Europe Materials Handling has unveiled two options for its pedestrian power pallet truck range. The precision control tiller head and noise reduction options allow the trucks to be used in a wider range of applications.

In a bid to decrease costs, cut fuel consumption and reduce travel time, there is a strong business case for scheduling deliveries outside normal business hours. The downside to this trend is the potential for increased noise pollution and disturbing neighbouring residents. With Yale noise reduction technology, customers can rest assured their Yale equipment is a quiet solution for out-of-hours operations.

“We’ve adapted our standard MP16-18 Series pedestrian pallet truck to minimise the noise transmitted during its operation,” says Monica Radavelli, warehouse product manager at Yale. “Customers who work in noise sensitive environments or round-the-clock delivering finished goods to stores can be confident that the Yale solution allows them to continue into the early hours.”

Awareness and action

For practical solutions to common safety problems, check out the Safer Logistics Zone at the Health & Safety Event, which takes place from April 9-11 at the NEC in Birmingham. Toyota Material Handling UK is the sponsor of Safer Logistics.

The seminar programme includes presentations on:

Driver Health: Asking the awkward questions

HGV drivers can face sleep, fatigue, drug, and alcohol problems among a wide range of driver health issues. This presentation gives managers the tools to develop a proactive approach to tackling the problem.

Andrew Drewary, road risk consultant, the Logistics Safety Forum of The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT)

The importance of taking responsibility for lifting equipment maintenance

The recent collapse of a crane at Falmouth docks was not a one-off, says the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA). It shows the absolute necessity of implementing a strict maintenance regime for all logistics and industrial cranes and lifting equipment. Here, LEEA illustrates the importance of monitoring crane design working periods.

Ricardo German, Technical Assistant, The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA)

Rack safety - can you afford to risk everything? 

Cutting corners on rack safety can cost millions, a life, or your freedom.

Jonathan Bennett, chair SEMA Distributor Group, and Simon King, ex-chair of SEMA Distributor Group

Forklift accidents: 10 common causes, 1 recurring theme

Stuart Taylor breaks down ten common causes of forklift accidents and reveals the theme that links them all. You’ll be given practical tips that can be easily applied on your site to significantly reduce the risk of accidents at a relatively low cost, keeping you compliant while retaining profitability.

Stuart Taylor, managing director of Mentor Training, on behalf of the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA)

Forklift training myths – are you wasting money?

RTITB discusses the common forklift training myths many employers are making which could be costing them money in unnecessary training. The discussion will identify where employers are wasting money on unnecessary operator training and explore when forklift training is essential to ensure that delegates leave with methods to achieve safety, compliance and reduced costs in their business.

Laura Nelson, Managing Director, RTITB


Toyota Material Handling UK is the sponsor of Safer Logistics.

The PIEK certified MP16-18 with noise reduction option is designed to work at below 60dB(A) to meet the noise limit set for out-of-hours deliveries in regulated areas. Open cell foam reduces noise propagation outside the motor compartment, and a clamp has been added to prevent movement of the battery. Steel-to-steel contact points have been removed, and a softer drive tyre enables a quieter operation.

Isolation of the hydraulic pump and a triple roller assembly also ensure the MP16-18 with noise reduction option can continue to work efficiently without disturbing the neighbours.

In confined areas

For customers operating in congested spaces, the MP16-22 now comes with the option of a precision control tiller head, offering further improvements in manoeuvrability without compromising on the core Yale ergonomics.

“The precision control tiller head is perfect for applications with tight, busy spaces and its compact configuration offers greater control for the operator,” said Monica.

Ideal for operators working in congested store aisles or trailers, the precision control tiller head is designed to be used in an upright position, reducing the space required to operate the truck. There is no need for the operator to keep moving the handle up and down, making the truck well-suited for picking applications in corridors and narrow spaces.

Auxiliary traction control, as well as the lift and lower buttons, are in prime position on the handle, allowing the operator full command of the truck’s functionality. The operator’s hands are ergonomically positioned and protected by the handle. The precision control tiller head retains the ease of steering of the MP16-22 range and allows the operator to stand closer to the truck for increased visibility. Should the operator need to move the truck away from themselves while in the confined space, a red traction reverse button is conveniently positioned on the leading edge of the handle.  

The traction activation switch features a comfortable rocking action with variable traction input in both directions. The throttle actuators allow for multiple hand positions with proportional speed control in both directions.

“The new solutions for our pedestrian power pallet truck range are advantageous for applications that require quiet or precise movements in their operation,” said Monica. “We’re delighted that it’s now even easier for our customers to find the right Yale solution to meet their logistics needs.”

Yale releases light duty tilting reach truck

Following the launch of the award-winning MR14-25 Series reach truck, Yale Europe Materials Handling has extended the range with three tilting mast models: the MR10E, MR12E, and MR14E.

Benefitting from a tilting mast feature, the new range of reach trucks is particularly well-suited to light-duty and low-height applications as well as those where space is at a premium.

Ideally suited for smaller fleet users, the tilting mast reach truck is a cost-effective solution for customers operating in minimum aisle widths, with the narrow chassis facilitating in-aisle passing of two machines. Although not restricted to retail stores, the new range of trucks is well-placed to function in back-of-store or smaller retail outlets where the loads are lighter and handling is intermittent.

While sharing many features with the existing Yale MR Series, it is the front of the tilting mast truck that gives the new models their most apparent differentiator. The 3-Stage Full Free Lift mast uses C+J+J channel profiles with different dimensions and stiffness to give the best stiffness-to-weight ratio, and as a result provides a rigid mast.

The tilting mast helps manoeuvring in tight confines and creates more room during operation with oncoming traffic. User visibility is also optimised with the tilting mast making it easier for the operator to see the load, reducing the risk of damage when placing or removing items from racking.

“For customers where aisle width and height are limited, the tilting mast reach truck is a new, cost-effective solution built upon proven Yale philosophies and technologies,” said Monica Radavelli, warehouse product manager at Yale. “We set out to expand upon our reach truck range by designing a truck that would fit specific application requirements, with high performance and low operating costs.”