All Directions… Making Short Work of Long Loads

Narrow Aisles? Tight Accesses? Storage Constraints? Combilift can do it!
Two engineers combined 40 years of knowledge and practical experience has created the ultimate long-load material handling solution: The Combilift.

Combilift is suitable for both inside and out use, and the multi-directional forklift can operate in aisles as narrow as 2 meters (80″). It has total flexibility like Three Machines in One: “Counterbalance Forklift; Sideloader; Aisle Truck.”

Combilift is the world’s first IC engine-powered all-wheel-drive multi-directional forklift, and a sideloader, it is highly maneuverable, very safe, truly cost effective, and supremely efficient. The Combilift is an engine-powered, multi-directional forklift designed primarily for handling long loads in confined areas. Robust construction provides maximum strength and reliability while its low profile platform design ensures optimum stability and safer product handling.

Narrow Aisle Truck

Suitable for use both inside and out, the multi-directional forklift can operate in aisles as narrow as 2 meters (80″).

Total Flexibility – Three Machines in One: “Counterbalance Forklift; Sideloader; Narrow Aisle Truck.”

Combilift is the world’s first IC engine-powered all-wheel-drive multidirectional forklift, and a sideloader, it’s highly maneuverable, very safe, truly cost effective, and supremely efficient. The Combilift is an engine-powered, multi-directional forklift designed primarily for handling long loads in confined areas. Robust construction provides maximum strength and reliability while its low profile platform design ensures optimum stability and safer product handling.

Combilift Multi-Directional Forklifts
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Combilift Multi-Directional Forklifts
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Combilift Capabilities:

  • Handling engineered wood is just one of an increasing number of applications benefiting from the Combilift’s versatility.
  • A ‘quick-release’ four-fork attachment is available for use with extra long loads.
  • Block stacking and high-bay storage are easily accommodated with the flexible Combilift.
  • The Combilift can also work as a conventional counter balance forklift handling cube loads.
  • The Combilift is capable of working in un-paved yards and semi-rough terrain.
  • Space savings can be more than 50% in warehouses and yards, depending on the type of product stored and the existing aisle width.
  • 4 way multi-directional steering system means you move forwards, backwards, and sideways… it’s anything but ordinary.
  • Productivity is enhanced through reduced driver fatigue and superior control.
  • Ergonomically designed cabin maximizes operator safety, comfort, control, and visibility.

If you’re interested in additional information on Combilift and or would like to request a quote, please use the form below to submit your request or contact your local KMH Representative at 888-564-7978.

Forklift Driving – Comfortable and Safe

Focus on Ergonomics
Next year, the forklift will celebrate its 100th birthday. The issue of workspace design and ergonomics has become increasingly important particularly in the last 30 years, an ergonomic driver’s workspace is one of the most important criteria in the acquisition of new forklifts and technical warehouse equipment. Which solutions have a particularly positive effect on the posture and health of the driver?

There are now many solutions and equipment variants that should protect the driver from the high levels of strain and maintain performance. The human vibrations that occur particularly during travel and the typical head and arm movements are frequently the cause of health problems with the back and specifically the neck and shoulder area for forklift drivers.

Forklift Ergonomic Design
The ergonomically driver’s cab offers comfort and avoids signs of fatigue during forklift operation.

A study in Gothenburg in co-operation with UniCarriers Group has shown that forklift drivers turn their head more than 1,000 times per hour and make up to 2,000 arm movements. The protection of health above and beyond the statutory requirements is increasingly becoming a focus of employers. Thus, the issue of ergonomics is also a decisive factor for an increasing number of operators in the purchase of new equipment.

An ergonomic and user-friendly workspace improves safety in the subsequent operation of the vehicle. This includes the layout and functionality of the intuitive controls as well as a comfortable seat and good visibility on all sides.

Forklift Ergonomics
Tapered ribs in the protective cover ensure good visibility even when stacking at great height.

Ergonomics – the best protection against accidents
An investigation by the “Energie Textil Elektro Medienerzeugnisse” (energy, textile, electrical, media products) professional association shows that 77 percent of all forklift accidents are impact accidents, 33 percent of which happen when reversing. With a high seat position, large fields of vision, mast profiles and optimum arrangement of the hydraulic hoses and electrical cables the protective cover ensure good all-round visibility. UniCarriers offers its forklifts with an anti-reflective colored coating of the cab roof. To help, camera systems can improve forward or rear visibility.

UniCarriers Forklift Ergonomics

Relaxed Posture and Smaller Strains
To avoid strains on the body the sideways seat direction is part of the industry standard. The driver’s seat can be adjusted individually for size and weight to an optimal position. Premium suppliers such as UniCarriers offer a height-adjustable floor and comfort seats and individually adjustable lumbar supports. In 2011, Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden conducted an ergonomic study with reach trucks from different manufacturers. “The result shows that the Tergo reach truck from Atlet by UniCarriers allows a more ergonomic posture than other reach trucks.

Safe Forklift Driving
The on-board computer saves the personal user profiles of different forklift drivers.

Innovative technologies for greater productivity
Ergonomics has a long tradition in the history of UniCarriers and TCM. The strains on drivers were investigated in 1989 to 1991. The findings had an impact on the development of new drivers’ workspaces and vehicles. With the merger of the brands Atlet, Nissan Forklift and TCM to form the UniCarriers group in 2011, this tradition and the endeavor to constantly improve vehicle ergonomics were continued.

Forklift Joystick
With the Ergologic joystick, all the hydraulic functions can be controlled effortlessly and safely

With the new Tergo URS swivel reach truck from the Atlet by UniCarriers product family, the driver can recall numerous individual settings at the start of driving by a personal PIN code. For an ergonomic posture in all work stages, the backrest can be tilted backwards by up to 18 degrees. This strain is reduced by the seat tilt function. To relieve the strain on the driver’s arm and shoulder area, UniCarriers has developed the individually adjustable “floating” armrest. At the end of this mobile, sprung armrest is the patented mini steering wheel, an ergonomically optimized solution with its palm-sized functional surface.

All operating elements for the lifting functions can be reached from the right armrest in the form of mini levers and buttons.

Premium manufacturer UniCarriers also offer an integrated joystick as standard, with which all the major functions of the lift mast can be controlled. This allows the forklift to be easier to operate, saves time and increases the handling rate, as several functions can be performed simultaneously. Both armrests are height-adjustable to encourage a relaxed sitting position.

The driver travels forwards for around 70 percent and in the direction of the forks for around 20 percent of the working time. Here, the left arm is employed with moving the steering wheel for up to 74 percent of the time.

Forklift Driver

Pleasure in Stacking
A forklift driver should feel comfortable in the workspace. This is accomplished by ergonomic vehicle and cab equipment, which reduces strains and thus protects the health of the driver. Signs of fatigue can be prevented and staff shortages due to illness can be reduced. The manufacturers offer numerous equipment variants and innovative solutions. The trend is towards greater capacity for personalization of the forklift. Additionally, the vehicles are becoming ever quieter. The winner from this development is not only the driver but also the operator.

Ultimately, the operator benefits from high productivity and operating safety.

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KMH is committed to and focused on Forklift Ergonomics. Contact your local KMH Representative at 888-564-7978 or use the form below if you would like more information on UniCarrier Forklifts.

Industrial Fans

It Will Be HOT Soon! Industrial Fans Can Help

Almost all industries need industrial fans or blowers to ensure proper ventilation for the health of its employees and customers. Industrial fans provide air and gas movement that is absolutely necessary for many factories and other industrial sites. The health of thousands of workers and customers is protected every day through the function and utilization of quality industrial fans.

Places to Install:

  • Manufacturing Areas
  • Docks
  • Enclosed Area
  • Construction Sites
  • Factory Work Areas
  • Chemical Industrial Areas
  • Automotive Facilities
  • Racking Aisles

Benefits:

  • Energy Efficient
  • Quiet Performance
  • Provides Cool Gentle Breeze In Summer, De-stratifies Heat In The Winter
  • 230,000+ CFM
  • Blade / Gearbox Modularization
  • Chemical Industrial Areas
  • Unique Blades / Hub / Tie Safety System
High Velocity Fans

Our High Velocity Ceiling Fan has a new, 5-blade design not only provides easier maintenance and service, but the unique Double Chain Drive-train has removed the entire downward axial load from the gearbox and places it directly on the heavy duty housing structure. The gearbox no longer supports the weight of the hub and blades, therefore relieving stress on the gearbox, a major point of failure in other designs.

The High 5 Ceiling Fan
The High 5 Ceiling Fan
Industrial Ceiling Fan

Each fan has a different function or purpose and your business will benefit much more when the correct type of fan is utilized to alleviate whatever problem you are facing.

If you would like a quote on any industrial fans or additional information please call: 888-564-7978 or fill-out our request form below:

Solar Solutions

Off The Grid Energy Solutions

For clean, cost savings alternatives to standard fossil fuels KMH offers the DC Solar Line off the grid energy solutions.

By harnessing, storing, and distributing the sun’s power through mobile energy products, your off-grid needs are met whole also helping you to reduce both noise and air pollution. We are committed to the environment and continually seek ways to develop and distribute products that reduce our collective carbon footprint. Our line of Solar products deliver power, light and cell coverage – no matter how remote the area – in an environmentally friendly manner.

Solar Eclipse SCT20 – Generators

The Solar Eclipse line of mobile solar generators has been developed to meet the off-grid power needs of environmentally conscious customers across a variety of industries, including emergency preparedness/relief, events, entertainment, electric vehicle charging, telecommunications, agriculture and construction.

Solar Eclipse SCT20

The DC Solar towers deliver superior performance, use no fuel and are completely noise and emissions free.  Coupled with extended maintenance intervals it reduces the overall cost of operation, comes with excellent customer service and is your environmentally friendly energy solution even in remote areas.  With masts reaching up to 21’ you can light up 1-2 acres without using a drop of fuel.

Solar Eclipse SCT20 – Towers

The Solar Eclipse SCT20 hybrid light tower brings state-of-the art LED lighting to both local and remote areas. Deployment is simple and the retractable towers provide up to 20 hours of clean, renewable light with only five hours of sunlight. Plus, no noise, and no emissions!

Solar Eclipse SCT20 Hybrid LT

Why Solar?

The most obvious reason to use a solar powered generator is because it is a “green” choice. It doesn’t harm the environment because it is fueled by the sun, and it does not run off of nonrenewable energy sources, like gas or coal. In addition, because the sun is a free resource, the energy that it generates is also free. Although the initial investment into the generator is often costly, it is possible to save money in the long run.

One of the most common misconceptions about solar generators is that they cannot be used when it is cloudy or rainy outside. The generator actually stores power on the days when it is sunny, meaning that you will still be able to use the device in inclement weather.

KMH is committed to reducing our carbon footprint as well am making sure you have the power you need in any area.  Contact your local KMH Representative at 888-564-7978 to learn how you can invest in your Solar future and utilize these state of the art resources for your company.

Forklifts Designed To Raise Productivity While Lowering Costs. Indoors & Out!

Platinum II® NOMAD Series

A UniCarriers Exclusive

NOMAD is the only forklift that offers the versatility of indoor maneuverability with outdoor traction

Solid Pneumatic Tire

Fuel-efficient, clean burning K21 engine

3,000 – 3,500 – 5,000 lb. capacities

No other forklift is designed to move so seamlessly from indoors to outdoors. Nomad’s exclusive design combines a compact, high maneuverable chassis to navigate warehouse aisles. With a rugged frame and wide stance for exceptional outdoor performance.

Nomad is ideal for:

  • Rental operations
  • Small fleets
  • Warehouse & dock applications
  • Nurseries & garden centers
  • Home improvement centers

Nomad features the industry’s best standard, limited warranty. But that’s only the beginning. Nomad Delivers Greater Versatility:

  • Dual-fuel flexibility – gas and LP
  • Tighter turning radius
  • Solid pneumatic tires to work on a variety of surfaces
  • Clean running, high torque K21 engine

Nomad Delivers Greater Uptime, Advanced three-stage cooling system for greater dependability, On-board diagnostics for faster, easier servicing, & Simplified LP tank changes.

Nomad Delivers Greater Operator Comfort, Spacious compartment has generous foot, leg and head room, Comfortable full-suspension seat features lumbar support, & Superior visibility.

Would you like a FREE QUICK QUOTE on the Nomad or any other type of forklift new or used? Used the button below to fill-out our RFQ:

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Forklift Maintenance

Forklift Maintenance: Tips & Evaluations

OSHA requires that all forklift operators undergo safety training, which must be renewed every three years. While employers are responsible for ensuring their employees are trained on the specific equipment they use on the job, a general safety training course prior to operating any forklifts is a requirement. KMH provides you with training classes as well as regular maintenance services for your fleet. Staying ahead of the game on safety keeps you running, saves you thousands of dollars in repairs and complies with all the requirements of law you need to stay in business.

Your forklifts need to be regularly serviced; there is no substitute for good maintenance. It ensures forklifts can perform at optimum levels, can detect and rectify minor problems before they affect productivity, and will prolong a forklifts life.

Some Initial Evaluations

  1. Past maintenance work order
  2. Hours of operation
  3. Severity of service
  4. Susceptibility to wear, damage and getting out of adjustment
  5. Service record

It is also helpful to conduct interviews with maintenance personal and operating supervisors who are familiar with the equipment on a daily basis.

Maintenance Schedule

Your maintenance schedule should specify tasks to be performed daily, monthly, quarterly, semi-annually and annually.

Adherence to your maintenance program will help keep your forklift in good condition, prolong its useful life and minimize downtime and costs associated with major repairs.

Daily Maintenance

Forklift operators should perform daily maintenance at the beginning of each shift. They can visually inspect for leaks, obvious damage, and tire condition, the operation of safety lights, service, parking brakes, horn, and steering. They can then check the mast operation by raising and lowering the forks both with and without a load, and finally check the levels of engine oil, fuel, radiator water and hydraulic fluid. Items to be aware of are:

  1. Lubrication of chassis and mast components
  2. Replacement of engine oil
  3. Cleaning of the air filter element
  4. Adjustment of engine idle speed and ignition timing on engine powered trucks
  5. Inspection of lift and tilt cylinder operation, drive belt tension, and for engine powered trucks, spark plugs, distributor point, cap and rotor

Maintenance Tips

Simply tasks that will keep costs and downtime to a minimum you can enforce on site are easy steps everyone can take to keep the fleet rolling. Some ideas to begin with are:

  1. Keep forklifts clean so it is easier to detect worn or defective parts. Clean with water, not flammable liquids
  2. Use only a trained, qualified person to inspect, maintain or repair forklifts
  3. Use only licensed gas fitters to repair and/or replace parts on LPG forklifts
  4. Establish a procedure for dealing with unsafe or damaged forklifts, including tagging the vehicle and reporting the problem to the appropriate person
  5. Keep all moving parts well lubricated
  6. Keep your forklift charged or fueled
  7. Ensure forklift gauges are functioning properly at all times

For a multiple point inspection and regular maintenance program for your team, KMH offers a ready fleet of techs that can come to you on a regular basis and keep your fleet and team up to speed with your company’s goals.

To learn more how we can work with you so you can focus on your production and products while we keep you going, call: 888-564-7978 or fill-out our request form below:

Operational Audit

Making Your Business More Efficient & Profitable

Operational Audit is a systematic review of effectiveness, efficiency and economy of operation. Operational audit is a future-oriented, systematic, and independent evaluation of organizational activities.

Objectives

  1. Appraise the effectiveness and efficiency of a division, activity, or operation of the entity in meeting organizational goals.
  2. Understand the responsibilities and risks faced by an organization.
  3. Identify, with management participation, opportunities for improving control.
  4. Provide senior management of the organization with a detailed understanding of the result

Advantages

In addition to making the business more efficient and profitable in the long run.

An operational audit almost always provides a company with some new, fresh perspectives.

It makes executives aware of problems that might not have been found otherwise and lets them evaluate risks for the future.

Managers also can use results to motivate employees, as the company always has something to work toward to improve desired results.

Areas to Evaluate

  1. Warehouse Layout
  2. Product/Inventory/Orders processing\
  3. Receiving
  4. Storing
  5. Material Handling Equipment
  6. Housekeeping
  7. Safety
  8. Inventory Control Systems at the end of the process.

Steps

  1. Preliminary preparation
  2. Field Survey
  3. Audit Program Development
  4. Audit Execution
  5. Reporting and Follow-up

Further improvements can be gained by organizing the warehouse so that product is easily found and retrieved. Review warehouse layout and product storage, and make improvements to the overall layout and product storage strategy

To schedule an Audit with your local KMH representatives call: 888-564-7978 or fill-out our request form below:

Dock Seals

A Quick Guide to Loading Docks & Seals

Dock Seals provide an effective seal between the truck trailer and building wall and are the best choice for a tight seal. Dock Shelters are used on larger door openings. Shelters are also best for loading docks serving a variety of trailer sizes. They allow full access to trailer openings and in many situations out-last Seals. A dock seal or shelter can help you save money on energy costs.

Benefits of Dock Seals & Shelters

• Prolong Life of Dock Equipment Seal out moisture, dust and elements that reduce equipment life
• Save Money On Energy Costs
• Seal in warehouse heating & cooling
• Reduce Employee Injury and Absenteeism Seal out wind, rain, ice and dust that cause employee illness and accidents
• Reduce theft. Close the gap between truck and door, and eliminate theft

No matter how well-built your loading dock is, there is likely some issue you face that could go a little bit better. That’s when accessories like dock seals come into play.

Loading Dock Seals

Dock Seals
Loading dock seals protect your structure, trucks and products. A seal provides a tight closure between the truck and your loading dock. This keeps temperatures consistent and keeps insects, dampness and other things out. If you have a particularly delicate load, this can be vital.

Dock Seals also can provide an airtight seal–whereas a dock shelter is not quite as tight. Since the seal is airtight, it does require a bit more attention to the size of the truck and the dock–there is less flexibility. Using a loading dock leveler may make it easier, depending on the situation. When everything comes together and fits, a dock seal provides the best possible protection to your most important loads.

Dock Levelers

Dock Leveler
An efficient, reliable dock leveler maintenance routine can minimize the chances of dock board repair. It also increases efficiency and reliability of your operations, extends equipment life, lessens wear and tear, and reduces the chances of malfunction.

Regular maintenance helps you establish a relationship with professional experts, so that you know when to call us when you need us. Moreover, it puts you on a priority list so that you don’t tie up your maintenance personnel to fix the problem.

We provide replacement, maintenance and dock leveler repair services for a wide variety of leveler types, including mechanical leveler, hydraulic leveler and others. If you need dock lift repair, don’t wait to give us a call. The smooth operation of your daily routine depends on it.

Check out all the variety of dock equipment we offer: http://www.kmhsystems.com/products-solutions/dock-equipment/

Request Your Free Operational Audit Today…

FREE Forklift Evaluation

When Should You Replace Your Forklift(s)?

When running an efficient operation, it’s important to keep in mind the right time to replace older, less efficient forklifts. This can reduce your maintenance costs, improve your productivity and most importantly, save money and maximize your return on investment..

Downtime can decrease profits and ultimately, your bottom line is affected, as costs increase due to maintenance when efficiency could be elevated. So how do you determine the right time to make a new, significant purchase?  Downtime, due to non-productivity of forklifts, results in a loss of income and should therefore be avoided if possible.

Forklift Life Span

Facilities tend to make the mistake of focusing on how long a forklift remains useful rather than focusing on its effectiveness. Some forklifts may remain useful for many years, however, these forklifts may no longer be a good economic investment. For every forklift, there is a limit to its economic effectiveness. At some point, the cost to maintain it exceeds the cost to replace it. It’s important to consider:

Cost of Maintenance

How much is each forklift in your fleet costing you to maintain?  How much money are you generating by using each forklift?  You’ll start to notice on your older machines that the cost to keep them running perfectly is getting higher and higher.  If one machine is consistently going over budget, that could be a sign that it is time to trade in and upgrade.

Downtime

The actual bill for the repairs is not the only money you’re spending when your forklifts are being repaired.  Every day that a truck is down, it isn’t generating the income that it could be generating for your business. The older it gets the more it will cost which means that the machine will be out of commission longer for more costly hours.

Value

How much your forklift is worth?  If it needs major repairs, would it be worth it to repair it, then sell it?  Should you sell it for parts?  Should you trade it in?  You can look around online to see what similar models in similar states are going for, which will help you make an informed decision.

These three considerations, combined, will give you an idea of when the optimal time to retire your forklift is.

Planned Replacement Is Key To Success

A key component of any successful fleet management program is planned replacement.  Substantial cost savings are available through the implementation of a fleet management program that incorporates the philosophy of planned fleet replacement once a unit has reached its optimal usefulness threshold.

In order to run an efficient and productive operation, the timely replacement of machinery is crucial. You can avoid costly maintenance procedures as well as loss of profits due to downtime and delays. By replacing your forklifts at the optimal economic time, productivity and profits can increase within your business.

For a FREE evaluation of your fleet contact KMH at: 888-564-7978 or use the link below for a free forklift quote / evaluation that only takes a couple minutes:

QUICK & FREE FORKLIFT QUOTE

 

Warehouse Systems

Maintain a Productive Warehouse

Productivity in the workplace doesn’t happen by accident. The most successful business owners will tell you it takes a team, procedures and the productive daily flow of your operation.

Here are five tips from Team KMH to add to your success:

Easy Systems

Regardless of whether you run a warehouse, shop, or office every business thrives on systems and procedures.  When, how and who in the organization can be contacted for your next move in a timely manner ups your efficiency and flow.  Timely movements of your needle change everything in a millisecond and with the world moving at the speed of light thanks to the internet efficient systems of communication are crucial to your success.

Warehouse Systems

Clear Lines of Communication

Clear communication amongst your team and management is also a sign of a business with the intention to succeed and excel at interpersonal excellence. It allows the most junior of employees have the opportunity to voice concerns or thoughts about the operation of the business. Good two-way communication has been shown to cut down on injuries, workplace mishaps, and business angst.

Communication

Build a Team

This helps them feel comfortable in the work environment and on the job. When you have a good culture with employees that fit, your turnover rate is lower. Developing a successful team over time is only possible if you retain their interest in companywide success – this lifts your top talent. Designing a system where employees routinely work together during these processes helps develop team chemistry. Each team member also develops a sense of commitment to the work place and the company’s bottom line

Team Building

Evolve & Grow

Once your team is formed and has reached an initial goal, raise the stakes. Look for a larger goal and encourage more complex approaches. The novelty of being on a team can wear off if the team performs in a repetitive way.

Evolve & Grow

Celebrate

One way to help a team stay strong is to celebrate victories. Pay for a night of celebration at a local restaurant or bar when your team reaches a goal. The sense of common accomplishment and shared congratulations can help a team bond.

Celebrate

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