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Bespoke Thorworld solutions helps Niftylift to ‘widen’ its output

horworld Industries has reinforced its reputation as a manufacturer of bespoke loading & unloading solutions with the installation of two wide- access loading platforms for renowned access equipment provider Niftylift. The Milton Keynes-based company has recently moved into a purpose-built factory, reflecting its substantial growth as a one of the largest manufacturers of MEWP’s in Europe. As part of the transition to the new site,

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required a customised outdoor loading environment capable of meeting the needs of two very different types of vehicle, as Dave Allen, Manufacturing / Production Engineering Manager at Niftylift, explains. “Our products are generally transported on flat-bed trailers or standard container trailers. It was crucial that we have a solution flexible enough to switch between the two. “In addition, due to the nature of our range, the ramp had to be wide enough to accommodate all of our core products,” he adds. In choosing a company to devise a suitable solution, Niftylift looked to an existing supplier. “We have used Thorworld yardramps for a number of years,” confirms Dave Allen.

Thorworld Industries Ltd  01246 260981 

Curtiss-Wright launches New paddle joystick

urtiss-Wright Corporation today announced its Industrial division has launched the JC1200, a next- generation, cost-effective paddle joystick from the Corporation’s brand family of Penny & Giles. By using a long-life bearing system and non-contacting Hall-effect sensing technology, the JC1200 has achieved a long operating life of 25 million cycles while providing functionality that is smooth and easy to operate.

Key features of the JC1200 include: • An under-panel depth of 9mm, requiring minimal installation space • A spring-loaded return-to-center or return-to-end paddle movement • Integrated panel seal and IP67 protection – suitable for outside use • A choice of nine colored paddle ‘Tabs’, which can be factory fitted or supplied separately and added as part of the final customer installation process

The JC1200 launches with a 5Vdc supply voltage and the option for factory-programmable electronics configured to one of two analog voltage output ranges (0.5-4.5V or 1.0-4.0V). The joystick also provides safety functionality via dual outputs, which can be set to positive or negative ramps, or a combination of both. This offers system designers the option to compare the output signals for error checking. The JC1200 paddle joystick builds on the success of the potentiometric-based JC120 and is ideal for use in control panels and armrests found in industrial trucks, agricultural equipment and construction machinery, where cost-effective, long-life operator controls are essential.

Curtiss-Wright  01425 271444

Unique Yale rider pallet truck brings new levels of freedom, comfort and productivity W

ith its new MPT series rider pallet truck, offering unique sit, lean and stand functionality, Yale has introduced a whole new class to the market. Combining the key benefits of platform and seated models, the Yale MPT series rider pallet truck gives operators the freedom to stand or lean, and the comfort of sitting for long transfers. Its secret lies in a unique adaptive seat, as Matthew Wiacek, Yale’s Project Engineer explains. “When loading, unloading or moving in small spaces, it’s useful to be able to stand up and shift position to get a better view – as platform pallet truck operators do. For travel over longer distances, sitting down is less tiring – but a conventional seat causes restriction and discomfort if the operator wants to stand for part of the job.

Yale  +44 (0)1902 714957 

Combilift Wins Irish Exporter of the Year Award for a second time


he Irish Exporters Association (IEA), announced Combilift as the Exporter of the Year 2015 at the Export Industry

Awards which were held recently in Dublin. In their 15th year, the Awards are the premier event to recognise the remarkable achievements of companies working in the export industry in Ireland. Combilift took home the overall Exporter of the Year Award 2015 after also winning the hotly contested Multinational Exporter of the Year Award category earlier in the evening. This is the second time the award was scooped by Combilift as it won the same accolade in 2008 as an SME. Combilift developed the world's first IC engine-powered all-wheel-drive multidirectional forklift and today exports its wide range of handling products to over 75 countries. Sales in the period from 2012 to 2014 rose by 48%, underlining the company’s almost unprecedented success in its industry sector.

Combilift Ltd S18 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015  + 353 (0) 47 80500 | MATERIALS HANDLING & LOGISTICS 

Global Logistics leader specifies hydraulic dock levellers from Stertil


pecialist loading bay equipment manufacturer Stertil Dock Products has installed a series of 11

hydraulic dock levellers for a worldwide logistics company. The customer’s Amber Park warehouse in Derbyshire was recently upgraded and 11 outdated levellers were replaced with an installation of Stertil XP 2521 hydraulic dock levellers. Up to 80 rigid lorries and articulated vehicles are loaded and unloaded in a typical working day. These operations are undertaken by the 6000kg capacity XP 2521 dock levellers which feature an ingenious telescopic extending lip. Simple, precise positioning of this lip onto the rear of a vehicle’s deck enables loading by pallet truck right up to the rear doors thereby ensuring maximum use of available space.

Stertil UK Ltd  08707 700471 


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