Product focus: Rapid Spray marks 10 years with Toyota forklifts
Hunter Valley plastic tank and spray equipment manufacturer Rapid Spray has recently marked a decade with Toyota forklifts at its factory and warehouse.
The company is currently using four Toyota 8-Series LPG counterbalance forklifts and one Toyota BT reach truck at its manufacturing plant in Singleton, NSW.
Rapid Spray manufacturers a range of water and diesel tanks in various shapes and sizes, as well as cartage units and spray equipment. Due to the variation in the shape of the products, the company needs the ability to modify equipment to suit particular needs.
"A lot of the work carried out by our forklifts involves lifting the plastic tanks we manufacture here on site from steel or aluminium moulds," Rapid Spray workplace health and safety manager Geoff Ford says.
"They are irregularly shaped and need to be handled carefully without clamping to avoid damaging them when they are being moved."
To prevent that damage, Rapid Spray’s Toyota forklifts are fitted with attachments that have a chamfered edge.
"The local Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) branch at Beresfield has always fitted these attachments prior to delivery, and it really makes a huge difference for us knowing our products will be protected when in transit," Ford says.
Apart from the forklifts, Rapid Spray is also using a Toyota BT RRE160R reach truck in its warehouse operations.
This reach truck has a high ground clearance and large-diameter load wheels with a braking function. This allows the truck to be used both inside the warehouse and outside in the driveway and delivery area, where a conventional forklift would normally be used, without the need to switch to a different machine.
"It's really well suited to our inner warehouse and outer warehouse area," Ford says. "To maximise storage space we made the aisles narrower than usual, and the BT reach truck can get into tighter spaces than a regular forklift can. It's perfect for our needs."
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