Campbells Shortbread, the oldest bakery in Scotland, have been operating a new state-of-the-art Hyster Fortens H1.6FT-A lift truck supplied by Barloworld Handling.
In 1830 Campbells produced their first shortbread at the bakery in Callander, Perthshire, and for the last twenty years have built a good working partnership with Barloworld Handling who supply their materials handling needs.
Although it is not a heavy-duty application the lift truck still plays a vital part in the day to day operation of the bakery. It is used unload raw materials and take them to the bakery. Then finished product is then stored in the warehouse on pallets in racking up to 6 metres high. The final use is to load lorries for despatch all over the country, a total of around 60 pallets per week.
The raw material is mixed in the bakery and then sent through various product lines depending on the size and shape of shortbread being made. The finished product is then packed in a variety of packaging, boxed up and taken to the warehouse that has capacity for 150 pallets that consist of up to 70 boxes per pallet. This operation is carried out five days a week from 7.30am to 5.00pm.
The new Fortens H1.6FT-A, 1600kg capacity, LPG powered lift truck has many features that have made life more comfortable for the operators at Campbells. The H1.6FT-A has access via a 3-point entry with a non-slip step only 37cm from the ground and within the truck the horn button is now situated on the overhead guard so it is easier to use when reversing.
Other features that the operators have found of benefit is the adjustable armrest with Touchpoint mini-levers, the LPG indicator that shows when the gas bottle is getting low, and the swing out LPG bracket that simplifies bottle changing.
Paul Westwell, Warehouse Manager, comments “Although we don't have an intensive operation here at Campbells, it is a joy to drive the new truck as it is extremely comfortable and well designed.”