This system worked well for many years, but in 2016 the company decided to introduce a back-up factor into its warehousing logistics by buying a second heavy duty forklift truck, especially since the previous model had already been in service for several years. In addition to technical details, the building materials producer also kept a careful eye on total cost. “It’s no help if the initial investment costs are low but we have high operating costs, long stand-still periods or high maintenance costs,” Olaf Lilie explains. The crucial thing here is long-term economics, which also includes the matter of service response time. Mr Lilie, “The bottom line is we need robust stability.” Which means a heavy-duty 12-tonne forklift, because the building materials company didn’t want to chance a smaller truck to handle the frequently heavy loads and risk longer break-down periods. The new truck had to be heavy duty and reliable and be able to move quickly around the grounds.
Baustoffwerke Havelland made several enquiries, received many tenders but quickly selected the Yale unit. MF Gabelstapler offered a model that was comparable with the existing pincer stacker with which they had gathered good experience over more than five years. Lilie, “We chose that which we know and like. We did not want any experiments.” They had faith in the Yale product based on past experience.