A Thorworld mobile yardramp took centre stage in front of an international audience as part of a demonstration by JCB Industrial for its highly versatile Teletruk range.
The demonstration attracted record numbers to JCB’s headquarters at Rocester, Staffordshire, where the Thorworld loading ramp was used in conjunction with a container vehicle to showcase the performance of the market-leading telescopic forklifts.
The Teletruks feature a small working footprint and are able to carry a very high load capacity over most surfaces and gradients, making them perfect for use in busy and congested yards. JCB Industrial hosts its annual demonstrations to provide customers and dealers with the opportunity to see Teletruks in action, to show just how effective and versatile the machines are in real-life working situations.
This year, the event attracted more than 200 people from the transport, logistics, waste recycling, builders’ merchant, industrial and materials handling sectors, as well as JCB’s forktruck dealer network. What’s more, visitors weren’t just from the UK, with delegates travelling from as far afield as Germany, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Austria and even India, to attend the demonstrations.
This is the fourth consecutive year that JCB Industrial has chosen to use a mobile loading ramp from Thorworld. The ramp is designed and built specifically to allow the safe and efficient loading and unloading of vehicles by fork truck in environments where there are no raised loading docks – such as within JCB’s demonstration arena.
A JCB spokesman said: "We held the demonstration because we want to show our customers just how effectively the Teletruks perform in a working environment. The event includes a variety of real-life tasks such as unloading the container lorry as fast as possible, which is where the Teletruk and Thorworld’s mobile yardramp really come into their own.
"We used a Thorworld mobile container loading ramp for our demonstration because we have absolute confidence in their products. They are extremely strong and rigid so you know they’re not going to shift as the Teletruk drives up and down the ramp – particularly when carrying a full load – and the serrated deck gives good traction in all weathers, allowing a container lorry to be loaded or unloaded quickly, safely and efficiently."
Thorworld mobile yardramps feature a steel superstructure and solid beam construction. Available as Standard, Deluxe and Super Deluxe (light, medium and heavy duty) models, with 6,000kg, 7,000 kg, 10,000 kg, 12,000 kg or 15,000 kg capacities, they can be purchased outright or hired through the company’s specialist RentARamp operation with a sale or return option.
Hydraulically operated down to 890mm, the ramps have a serrated open grid deck for positive traction in all weather conditions, are CE marked and fully meet all European safety standards and directives.
Bespoke models can also be supplied to meet individual customer requirements and a comprehensive service and maintenance back-up facility is available to help ensure that the ramps are always kept in a tip-top, safe working condition.
"We are delighted that JCB has once again chosen Thorworld to supply the yardramp for their live customer and dealer Teletruk demonstration, especially as this year’s event attracted such a large and international audience," said John Meale, managing director of Thorworld Industries.
"As the VIP guests at JCB’s demonstration will have seen, the ramp can be quickly and easily moved around a site using a forklift truck. Then, once in position, the vehicle can be backed-up and secured to the ramp using the safety chain and wheel chocks, to enable loading or unloading to commence. This means the ramp can provide companies who don’t have a dedicated raised loading dock with a safe and effective method for loading and unloading goods from lorries, whenever and wherever needed."
Thorworld is firmly established as one of the foremost designers, manufacturers and suppliers to the loading bay and materials handling sectors and is recognised as both a market leader and innovator in the supply of quality engineered equipment.
The company provides a one-stop, single source for the UK’s widest range of high quality loading bay and materials handling equipment, safety aids and accessories, including dock shelters and seals, dock levellers, modular loading docks, dock plates and boards, dock and vehicle bumpers, wheel chocks, vehicle restraints, traffic lights wheel guides and alignment curbs and mobile yardramps (available for purchase or rental), together with the Truckloada mobile yardlift and the Dockloada scissor lift platform.