Com­bilift drives pro­duc­tiv­ity at Meyer New South Wales

Australasian Timber - - MATERIAL HANDLING -

Tak­ing de­liv­ery of the first Com­bilift ever de­liv­ered to Aus­tralia close to 20 years ago Meyer Tim­ber con­tin­ues to ben­e­fit from the in­creased pro­duc­tiv­ity and space sav­ings de­liv­ered by Com­bilift multi di­rec­tional fork­lifts.

Op­er­at­ing in Dan­de­nong Vic­to­ria since 1975 and com­ing un­der the Meyer ban­ner in Au­gust 2007, Meyer Tim­ber NSW took de­liv­ery of their first Com­bilift “Side loader” in 2001.

David Pullen, the Pro­duc­tion Man­ager at Meyer Tim­ber, says the rea­son be­hind the shift to Com­bil­fit was a sim­ple one. “When we first looked at Com­bilift, we were mov­ing 18 me­tre beams. The move to Com­bilift al­lowed us much more flex­i­bil­ity in the ware­house.”

While no longer shift­ing such long loads the value of the Com­bil­fit so­lu­tion has not de­creased. With six C4800 LPG, Multi di­rec­tional units in op­er­a­tion across the two New South Wales sites, with lift ca­pac­i­ties to 4800kg and lift heights to six and half me­tres, David says his Com­bilift’s still of­fer the same flex­i­bil­ity.

“We have been able to in­crease our stock­hold­ing by op­er­at­ing Com­bilift on site. It has al­lowed us to in­crease the amount of rack­ing, in­crease speed and ac­cu­racy of or­ders and de­crease lead times to cus­tomers.”

The syn­er­gies that ex­ist be­tween Com­bilift and Meyer do not stop there. With Com­bilift’s op­er­a­tion from its newly built 46,000 square me­tre pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity in Mon­aghan Ire­land in 2018 to co­in­cide with their 20th an­niver­sary, Meyer Tim­ber NSW is looking to grow into their own new 40,000 square me­tre fa­cil­ity in Pen­rith New South Wales by end of year.

David says of the new fa­cil­ity:

“Our new fa­cil­ity will sub­stan­tially in­crease our rack­ing ca­pa­bil­ity and this will in­crease our ser­vice of­fer­ing to cus­tomers.”

Meyer Tim­ber don’t just see the space sav­ings that will be de­liv­ered through the cus­tom built Com­bilift’s op­er­at­ing across their busi­ness ... with in­creased in­com­ing and out­go­ing move­ments, the OH&S ben­e­fits and op­er­a­tor com­fort can­not be dis­counted.

“The long-term op­er­a­tors like work­ing on the Com­bilift ma­chines, in par­tic­u­lar the space in the cabin and the struc­ture and lay­out of the cab make the Com­bilift a favourite of the op­er­a­tors,” said David.

From an OH&S per­spec­tive David also recog­nises the ben­e­fits of an­other Com­bilift so­lu­tion, the Com­bilift Strad­dle Car­rier. With the abil­ity to prestage loads, re­mov­ing op­er­a­tors from the vicin­ity of trucks and speed­ing move­ments in and out of a yard the strad­dle is gain­ing a lot of trac­tion in the tim­ber in­dus­try and some­thing David is keen to ex­plore with Com­bilift to of­fer a com­plete ma­te­ri­als han­dling so­lu­tion across Meyer sites.

“The long-term op­er­a­tors like work­ing on the Com­bilift ma­chines, in par­tic­u­lar the space in the cabin and the struc­ture and lay­out of the cab make the Com­bilift a favourite of the op­er­a­tors,” said David.

Com­bilift ... mak­ing work eas­ier and safer.

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