Amber Tiles selects Koala’s Manitou Solution
Amber Tiles previously used a fleet of Toyota forklifts from a leading provider. Our flexible rental solution has improved their safety and efficiency with an added bonus.
National Tile retailer Amber Tiles selected Koala Forklifts as its long-term materials handling solution provider to manage and maintain its Manitou forklift fleet at its Blacktown distribution centre. Prior to Koala Forklifts’ involvement, the existing fleet of Toyota’s were not performing to the customers requirement. Upon the initial site audit completed, there were some critical issues that needed resolution to improve the safety and efficiency of the fleet. Additionally, Amber Tiles were looking for flexibility with their provider to expand or change the fleet at times with their expected growth.
Upon review with the Supply Chain Manager, the Manitou fleet of 10 units was selected with a mix of container entry masts and 5500mm high reach masts. The fleet was also fitted with 4th valves for future enhancements to productivity by adding specialised attachments. In this case, due to the nature and sizing of tile pallets, a fork positioner in addition to the side shift. This future attachment is aimed at reducing the amount of time the operator takes in adjusting the forks to suit the pallet size – mount/dismount time and adjustment time. This will improve the efficiency when it’s required.
From a safety perspective, with multiple units travelling throughout the warehouse and a mix of pedestrians, additional safety measures were required other than the standard amber flashing light. A mix of LED front and rear work lights was installed, and blue safety lights (front & rear) to warn pedestrians of their movement visually. During the initial site audit, it was also noticed and advised that the existing halogen lighting system throughout the warehouse was dated and expensive to run. A solution was advised and implemented once the extensive savings were calculated. An added savings bonus for the customer.
Amber Tiles originally opened in 1973 and has since expanded its presence in NSW, ACT & QLD to 28 stores.