iForks on reach trucks
Schneider Electric was looking for a way to determine pallet weights. In the flow, not in a fixed spot, which also represents an ergonomic improvement. The floor scale they used really was a bottleneck. Now both the weighing is done much faster, and they can manage the floor space much more efficiently.More about iForks
More productivity and improved load factors
Inbound and outbound
Rows and rows of pallets are stacked high in Schneider Electric’s logistic warehouse in Helmond. The cases on the pallets contain backup systems, climate control systems and security cameras for setting up computer data centers. And every single pallet is weighed. At goods reception, for verifying the content, and again at the shipping department, when preparing outbound orders.
Schneider Electric has won a lot of floor space thanks to the use of iForks on their reach trucks. Furthermore, they have eliminated one handling step on every pallet, meaning that they can immediately stack pallets two high in the shipping containers, optimizing the load factor and saving costs. And finally, the now prepare more orders for shipment at the same time, offering better service to their customers.
Extra long forks
Schneider Electric uses 4 Jungheinrich reach trucks with special iForks, long iForks with a reduced fork height. The choice for the lower forks stems from the need to weigh low pallets. But for Schneider the extra fork width of these special iForks represents another advantage.
Extra fork width
Schneider Electric handles many narrow, tall loads, which can be lowered from the warehouse racking with minimal wobbling, thanks to the wider forks. Safety is a major issue for them, and they value the opinion of their people on the work floor.
Mathijs van Geel, Warehouse Manager, Schneider Electric
‘I had not expected the impact to be this big. The floor scale really was a bottleneck. Now the weighing is done much faster and we can manage our floor space much more efficiently.’About Schneider Electric