Two lightweight mobile platforms from Thorworld Industries Ltd have brought improved efficiency and safety to unloading operations at East End Foods Plc, one of the country's leading spice, lentil and rice importers.
With a £100m turnover, the company produces, packs and distributes over 60,000 tonnes of foodstuffs each year from its £15 million state-of-the-art processing plant in West Bromwich.
The two Thorworld mobile platforms replaced a previous smaller, older model. They solve the problem of the lack of a conveniently located loading bay in an area where the spices are offloaded, before being stored inside a 300,000 sq ft warehouse.
Built to East End Foods' specifications they measure 2.4m wide x 2.2m long with a 3,000 kg capacity. Fitted with 1m high handrails, counterbalanced safety bars and dock bumpers, and finished in anti-slip paint, they fully meet Health & Safety regulations.
Supplied by McLeman Fork Lift Services, they also feature fork truck lifting pockets on all sides for quick and easy repositioning of the platforms within the unloading yard.
Four container vehicles are offloaded each day. The spices, in boxes or sacks, are placed on pallets on the platform and a fork lift truck drives up alongside to lift them down and take them into the warehouse.
The versatile platforms have adjustable legs operating to plus or minus 250mm so they can be used with containers of varying floor heights.
Said East End Foods' director Jitendra Wouhra: “The mobile platforms can be positioned in the most convenient spot for the unloading of containers and have made us much more efficient. They also provide a far safer working environment for our warehouse staff.”
Thorworld's standard mobile platforms are designed to take 2 tonne single axle loads, for lightweight loading/unloading applications, and can be manufactured in sizes to suit customers' individual requirements.
Thorworld provides a one-stop, single source for a wide range of high quality loading & unloading equipment and loading bay accessories & safety aids, such as: dock shelters & seals, dock levellers, dock plates & boards, dock & vehicle bumpers, modular loading docks and wheel chocks, together with the provision of mobile yardramps, for purchase or rental on a sale or return basis through their specialist RentARamp operation, as well as Truckloada mobile yardlifts, Dockloada scissor lift platforms and a low cost Economy ramp.
The company's 2007/8 Catalogue contains details of Thorworld's comprehensive product range – all designed to help ensure safe, efficient, profitable working and the protection of vehicles, plant and personnel.
Firmly established as a leading supplier to the loading bay and materials handling sectors, Thorworld has numerous prestigious customers in warehousing, distribution, logistics, transport, retailing, food, drink, manufacturing, recycling and the service industries.
For more information about Thorworld's market-leading loading and unloading equipment, and to obtain a copy of their latest product range catalogue contact: Thorworld Industries Ltd, Station Lane Industrial Estate, Old Whittington, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 9QX. Tel: 01246 260981. Fax: 01246 260493. Email: email@example.com Web: www.thorworld.co.uk