• Assa Abloy: Wolverhampton, England

    Yale opens doors for Assa Abloy

    Yale VF forklift truckThe national distribution centre for Assa Abloy the global leader in door opening solutions.

    The materials handling requirement

    The 120,000 square foot distribution centre houses 8,000 pallet locations with over 7,500 SKUs in stock ranging from small door rim cylinders to large UPVC multi point locks that are over 6 foot in length when packaged. 

    Mark Beresford, General Manager at Assa Abloy’s national distribution centre in Wolverhampton, UK said: “With such a vast product range comes many different materials handling needs. It was essential that we had a range of equipment that could cater for the different sizes of packages and pallets we distribute. “But we also needed flexibility and the peace of mind that the fleet would be managed and serviced efficiently.”

    The solution

    The package proposed by Yale covered every aspect of the fleet’s management without any hidden costs. It included a tyre replacement programme, full service schedule, monthly KPI reports and regular review meetings to ensure the fleet continues to meet the customer’s needs as its business grows and changes in line with customer demands.

    New generation of electric counterbalance trucks


    Included within the 15-strong fleet are two Yale® electric counterbalance VF forklift trucks, the most manoeuvrable fourwheel electric forklifts currently available. Providing a turning radius comparable with many three-wheel forklift trucks in the market. The two 1,600kg capacity forklift trucks are used in the ‘Goods In’ area, unloading products from the three containers that arrive every day.

    Mark adds: “The Yale VF is an outstanding forklift truck. It is extremely comfortable for the operator and is very easy to manoeuvre, especially in tight and confined spaces, which is vital in our ‘Goods In’ area where space is at a premium.”

    Power to the fleet


    The Assa Abloy fleet also includes one 2,500kg capacity VG series cushion tyre electric counterbalance forklift truck, and four Yale® MP18 1,800kg Pedestrian Controlled Motorised Pallet trucks, used to pick smaller items and packages which are then deposited in the marshalling/despatch area.

    Operator comfort key to productivity


    Yale’s new generation of Yale® electric counterbalance forklift trucks, put operator comfort at the forefront of design and this impacted on the purchasing decision as employee welfare is high on Assa Abloy’s agenda.

    The fully adjustable suspension seat with swivel seat option allows operators to find a comfortable driving position unique to them and the three point access with the lowest step height in the industry makes getting on and off the truck easier and less fatiguing.

    Energy efficiency as standard


    “Energy efficiency was a major consideration when identifying the best fleet to suit our needs. Energy efficiency leads to a reduction in our overall running costs as well as providing us with significant environmental benefits,” says Mark.

    Assa Abloy is also making the most of Yale’s ebalance technology which offers the best energy balance on the market whilst delivering competitive productivity, all of the Yale electric counterbalance forklift trucks have been configured to Yale’s eLo setting to maximise battery life.

    New high frequency chargers have also been installed in the distribution centre making charging significantly more efficient and reducing overall electricity costs.

    What Our Customers Are Saying

    The Yale® VF is an outstanding forklift truck to drive. It is extremely comfortable for the operator and is very easy to manoeuvre, especially in tight and confined spaces, which is vital in our ‘Goods In’ area where space is at a premium.
    Mark Beresford - General Manager, Assa Abloy
    Yale’s response to the tender process was the most comprehensive received to the company’s brief.
    Mark Beresford - General Manager, Assa Abloy