Bed maker relies on Mitsubishi29 July 2019

Bed and mattress manufacturer Relyon has welcomed the delivery of a fleet of six new Mitsubishi forklift trucks and four ancillary machines from local dealer Bristol Forklifts.

To meet high demand for its products, the Somerset-based manufacturer consulted local Mitsubishi dealer Bristol Forklifts for a handling solution. Laurie Farley, logistics manager at Relyon, says that the firm wanted to expand its fleet of trucks “to meet the demands of our busy working environment”.

“Manoeuvrability and versatility were important factors. It was essential the trucks could operate in tight spaces. We also wanted to ensure operators had good all-round visibility, while themselves being highly visible for the safety of colleagues working alongside,” Farley states. “The distinctive jade green colour really achieves that by standing out in all locations around the site.”

Having surveyed the site in detail, Bristol Forklifts recommended three different models to accommodate the different working environments.

For indoor-outdoor duties the three-tonne, FD30N GRENDiA diesel truck was chosen and, in this case, fitted with the manufacturer’s VersaCab panel cabin. Farley says: “We required a reliable and adaptable yard truck that could operate in different weathers and temperatures. The heater and demister in the GRENDiA mean the cab is comfortable to work in and the windows are kept clear at all times.”

The package supplied by Bristol Forklifts also included three PBPL15 lithium-ion powered hand pallet trucks. These machines are said to bridge the gap between hand pallet trucks and conventional powered pallet trucks.

Paul Schock, who led the Bristol Forklifts team, explains: “We recommended this new breed of pallet trucks to avoid operators facing the strain of shifting heavy loads manually.”

Two PBP20VN flip-down platform powered pallet trucks were also supplied. Each with 1600mm long forks to accommodate the customer’s longer loads.

Farley continues: “The platform pallet trucks have been a huge success. The handling is very precise, with the long forks giving the stability necessary to manoeuvre high volumes of stock quickly and efficiently in narrow spaces.”

Relyon also took delivery of a new pedestrian reach truck, an electric scissor lift, a foam clamp attachment and a bespoke weighing platform (2000x2500mm) for weighing bales of foam.

“The fleet is proving really popular with the operators which is always important,” concludes Farley.

Adam Offord

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