Wednesday, August 31, 2011

More Product in your Warehouse Using Slip Sheets

Found this great video today from a great company Rehrig Pacific.  This video provides an incredible insight into two material handling products that allow you to fit more product in your current warehouse space,slip sheets and push/pull attachments for your forklift.

What this video will demonstrate to you is how much space a pallet takes up and when you eliminate it with a slip sheet, like the ones from Rehrig Pacific, you can pack a lot more. in.

So sit back and watch this video.  When your done, if you have questions or would like to pursue this sort of material handling setup for your business, call your friendly Hyundai Forklift of Southern California salesperson for a personal consultation.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Dramatically Reduced Maintenance Costs With Wet Disc Brakes

If you didn't already know, there are two types of brakes commonly found on a forklift.  

The first type of brake system you might find is the traditional Drum Brake system, so called because the braking part is drum-shaped. Inside the drum, two large, curved brake pads push outwards, slowing you down.

At the top of the picture to the left is a 'slave cylinder' which pushes the two brake pads outwards when you press the brake pedal. The pads rub against the inside of the drum, and the friction slows you down.

Drum brakes are good because they're simple and reliable.

The second type of brake system you will find on a forklift are Wet Disc Brakes.  Seen here in the photo to the right, the wet type disk brake, mounted on the output shaft of the drive motor, delivers smooth and reliable operation in continuous use.
Ideal for heavy-duty applications, Wet Disc Brakes virtually eliminate traditional drum brake maintenance and can help you save thousands of parts and service dollars over the life of your forklift.

Wet Disc Brakes are:
  • Excellent for demanding jobs that require frequent application of the brakes
  • Fully sealed to prevent corrosion or contamination from harsh/dirty environments
  • Brake disc assemblies that are fully immersed in oil to help ensure longer component life
  • Power assisted brakes reduce pedal effort and reduce operator fatigue
In heavy duty operations, brake maintenance can significantly contribute to higher operating costs. Traditional drum brakes require service usually every 1500 hours of use. With Wet Disc Brakes, traditional brake jobs can be eliminated saving money on parts and service and increasing uptime.

Most manufacturers install these cost savings brakes on their larger forklifts, usually over 10,000 lbs as standard equimpment.  They offer them as optional equipment on trucks 4,000 to 10,000 lbs.

On Hyundai Forklifts, you will find these costs saving brakes on any forklift 4,000 lbs or larger as standard equipment.  So not only will you get a quality forklift for a below market price, but you will bet Wet Disc Brakes that will save you money on parts and maintenance cost while increasing truck uptime.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Nissan Forklifts, Almost As Good As Hyundai Forklifts

I found a blog post on a competitor’s website today that struck me as pretty incredible. The local Nissan Forklift dealer announced, that they are offering a special warranty until the end of the year, on their gas and electric forklifts. The warranty they are offering is a two year unlimited warranty on the entire truck and a five year 10,000 hour warranty on the drive train. Wow, that is a very good offer.

This action by the local Nissan Dealer caused me to ponder several questions. Nissan makes a very good quality product for which they charge a premium price. So why is Nissan just now offering this warranty? Why is this warranty only good until the end of the year? Why is this warranty only good for two years?

Hyundai Forklift has been offering all of their forklifts with three year 4,000 hour warranty. They have been offering them like this for over a year now. Their forklifts are all built to the latest CARB requirements. They typically come with engines that are as much as twenty percent larger than the competition engines. The kicker here is that Hyundai Forklifts come with all of this and more and then they regularly sell for $3-$4,000 less per unit less than the closest Nissan model.

So good try Nissan, but not good enough. You still have a ways to go to be in the same class with Hyundai Forklifts.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

California Air Resource Board Relaxes LSI Requirements

The California Air Resource Board (ARB) recently made changes to the requirements for operators of in-use Large Spark Ignition (LSI) equipment. 
The original LSI Fleet Requirements included limited hours of use (LHU) provisions. These provisions allowed LSI equipment operators to exclude LHU equipment from calculations to determine compliance with the fleet average emission level (FAEL) standards contained in Section 2775.1(a) Table 2 of the LSI Fleet Requirements if the equipment were used fewer than 251 hours per year on a three year running average. The original LHU provisions expired December 31, 2010.

 According to Mark Williamson, Air Pollution Specialist with the ARB, this provision is being relaxed by the ARB due to economic concerns and subsequent reductions in emissions.  The ARB has decided to extend the previously enforced LHU provision  indefinitely.  As a result, operators with LSI equipment can use the LHU provision for equipment with usage of  less than 251 hours in 2010 for their calculations in 2011.  In 2012, operators will need to use a value of less than 200 hours for their equipment to fit in this category.

For further details on this ARB change, please reference ARB Mail-Out #MSC 11-22