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The right equipment can get you around the warehouse easily

Warehouse operators often have to balance the best products available for moving and lifting products with the space that their facility allows for them.

However, with the right product, it’s possible for warehouse managers to accomplish all necessary tasks without sacrificing power, manoeuvrability or noise control in the workplace.

Skatework Battery Electric Stand-On or Sit-On Tug

Skatework Battery Electric Stand-On or Sit-On Tug

One of the best examples is the Skatework Battery Electric Stand-On or Sit-On Tug available from Spacepac Industries. This product is ideal for any warehouse work that must be conducted in narrow aisles and indoor, as the trolley was designed to fit into tight spaces and gives off zero pollution.

The design is extremely compact, making it the ideal choice for any plant manager worried about fitting powerful hauling equipment into the far corners of the facility.

The Skatework Battery Electric Tow Motor features a drawbar hitch that is perfect not only for pulling trolleys, but several other types of industrial equipment.

The machine is so powerful it can pull up to 1,000kg, and there are even some models available that have pulling power of 3,000kg.

But the machine isn’t all brawn and no brains. The powerful electric drive motor is controlled by an advanced microprocessor, which leads to pollution-free use that is compliant with regulations established by governments all over the world.

It’s dimensions were designed to fit most production and assembly lines, as well as standard confined spaces typically found in plants and other industrial settings.

Just because a warehouse has small aisles and spaces doesn’t mean you have to scrimp on power and speed. The right product could help businesses get more done areas previously unreachable by bulkier vehicles.

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Getting creative with Spacepac platform trolleys

To minimise superfluous spending and squeeze the most productivity out of facility assets, managers should look for products that not only offer versatility, but those that can perform well no matter what they’re tasked with.

Trolleys and wagons are an excellent way to move items from one area of a facility to another, but using several sizes and models of these pulling machines can take up floor space and lead to unnecessary costs.

To get the most out of a purchase, many facility managers are turning to Spacepac Industries’s Battery/Electric Platform Trolley – P400, which has a pull or push power of 1,000kg. The machine also features a load carrying capacity of 400kg, making it ideal for hauling and carrying.

Spacepac XL-P400 battery electric platform trolleys

Spacepac XL-P400 battery electric platform trolleys

The P400 is an industry workhorse that companies around the world have already used for myriad purposes. At some of the world’s busiest airports, airline ground staff use the electric trolley to move baggage bins and other goods across the tarmac.

Similarly, auto repair shops and car dealerships have implemented the trolley into their operations to haul tyres and other auto parts from one area of the facility to another.

Hospitals have also found several uses for the P400. Often, nurses and orderlies must transfer medicine cabinets, beds, shelves and other items through the long, snaking corridors of hospitals, which the trolley can handle with no problem.

Warehouse and distribution center managers may have found the most uses out of any group, though. Virtually any goods that need to be moved but aren’t set up to be carried by a forklift or other electric tug can be hauled with the P400.

Large bins, waste receptacles, oil drums, gas canisters and any other heavy items are all commonly found on the back of the P400.

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Ergonomics a growing part of industrial vehicle design

In any warehouse or distribution facility, it’s imperative to put employee health and safety first.

Not only does this mean keeping them safe from hazards like vehicle collisions and struck-by incidents, but also ensuring that industrial vehicle operators do their work in the most comfortable way possible.

This has given rise to intensive studies in ergonomics to determine what will provide an operator with the most protection, comfort and support. While it’s understood that anyone who sits for an entire shift may be a little sore, businesses should go to great lengths to find products that can minimise this employee fatigue.

Put simply, an industrial vehicle operator should be able to get just as much done at the end of the day as the beginning. To achieve this, it’s best to focus on suspension, hydraulics, fingertip controls, contoured armrests and other areas that ensure the operator won’t be worn down by the end of his or her shift.

Poor ergonomics can result in musculoskeletal injuries such as pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, upper back and forearms. This, in turn, can lead to worse employee morale and absenteeism.

Spacepac developed its DEC BULL-2 Sit on Battery Electric Tug to provide an electric tugging machine that the operator can easily ride for as long as needed without becoming sore. The seat is ergonomically designed to improve comfort, and can be easily adjusted to accommodate for each driver.

Spacepac DEC-Bull-2 Battery Electric Tug

DEC BULL-2 Battery Electric Tow Tug

Because it is a part of Spacepac’s line of electric tugs, it was also designed to be sleek and fit through narrow warehouse aisles while still hauling several trolleys and other loads.

Complete with a long life and low maintenance, the DEC BULL-2 with Seat is a great way to get work done without compromising warehouse worker health and safety.

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The hidden costs of fleet management

Any facilities manager understands that building a strong fleet of industrial movers is essential for efficient operations.

However, owning an entire fleet of vehicles comes with several hidden costs that, if gone unchecked, can lead to much lower profit margins in the long term. To keep these costs under control, many warehouse officials turn to asset management systems to keep their fleets in check.

Often, these asset management programs involve identifying areas where efficiency can be improved in industrial vehicles, which can also lower costs associated with repairs and scheduled maintenance. These also include making sound capital investment decisions in the first place, so a business isn’t stuck with money-sapping utility products for the long haul.

While these programs are a great way to ensure the hidden costs of fleet management don’t come back to bite you, there are other ways that you can take better control of your equipment.

By using Spacepac electric products, facility managers can significantly simplify their asset management programs. All Spacepac products are engineered to hold up in tough conditions and last for years.

Though durable, their simple design also ensures repairs will always be a snap, and if scheduled maintenance is a part of the asset management program, this too can be simplified with less complex products.

Spacepac XL-H400 Battery Electric Tug

Spacepac XL-H400 Battery Electric Tug

The Spacepac XL-H400 Battery Electric Tug, for example, is categorised as one of the company’s “standard” machines, but it can pull as much as 1,500 kilograms and is designed for multi-shift operations.

Some of the world’s largest companies have already integrated the product into their asset management programs, including Amsterdam’s Shiphol Airport, Unilever and General Electric. Considering the machine can operate for up to 24 hours on a single charge, it’s ideal for any operation that never sleeps.

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Look for versatility in electric tugs

Buying the right equipment to do the heavy lifting at any large facility is a wise expenditure.

Countless studies have been conducted in several countries that confirm it is extremely cost effective to ensure labour workers have the correct tools to make their jobs easier. This results in better employee morale, lower absenteeism, lower workers compensation costs and high productivity.

Moreover, by choosing an electric tug that is highly versatile and can be used for a number of different tasks, a facility manager can eliminate the need to buy several expensive products for various purposes.

In today’s world of constant progress and new technologies, it’s crucial for businesses to think long-term. Buying a heavy duty forklift that can only perform one function may work for some tasks, but it’s almost guaranteed that its best features will become obsolete as the years go on.

DEC BULL-2 Towing 1100 Litre Wheelie Bins

DEC BULL-2 Towing 1100 Litre Wheelie Bins

Spacepac has developed products that managers can easily integrate with dozens of attachments designed for specific purposes. Take the DEC BULL-2 Battery Electric Tug, for example. This product comes with the ability to attach several hauling options ranging from trolleys to hooks and clamps.

With the right attachment, this one machine can be used to transport heavy oil drums easily from one end of a facility to another. All it takes is a simple switch, and the same product quickly becomes the perfect carrier for a powered chassis designed for a company’s unique products.

The special hooks Spaceac offers with many of its products can be used for just about any industrial towing need.

Choosing movers and tuggers that can adapt with the world’s rapidly changing technology can give any facility manager peace of mind that an equipment investment won’t run dry in only a matter of years.

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Event planners can get a helping hand from electric tugs

Event planning is an all-encompassing term with several moving parts.

On the one hand, it takes disciplined planning, budgeting, research, social skills and creativity to pull off a successful event. Whether it’s for a corporate outing, a small party, a large convention or any other gathering, an event planner must take many factors into account.

However, there’s another side to event planning that isn’t quite as romantic or glamorous: moving lights, speakers, stages, podiums, chairs, tables and any other equipment the event may require.

This should be a serious consideration for anyone in the event planning business. Without a strong equipment moving plan in place, all the time spent budgeting and ensuring punctuality could go out the window.

One study completed by Certified Special Events Professional Dr Joe Goldblatt concluded that about $500 billion is spent on event planning around the world every year. However, the average profit margin for each project came in at only about 15 per cent.

With enormous potential for larger profits, event planners may need to rethink their strategies, adopting a more lean approach akin to what the global manufacturing industry has seen in recent years.

Spacepac XL-H400 Battery Electric Tug

Spacepac XL-H400 Battery Electric Tug

Perhaps one way to cut down on costs and increase margins is to do away with unnecessary workers. With the right electric tug moving equipment, such as Spacepac XL-H400 Battery Electric Tug, fewer employees could haul larger loads at one time.

This one change would spell huge differences. The total cost of putting on an event would be lower, making the organisation more marketable, and the reliability these products would bring could send customer satisfaction even higher.

Event planning certainly takes brains, but when this is paired with the right form of brawn, it can lead to enormous profit margin increases and business growth.

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Using Spacepac products to lower your carbon footprint

Over the past decade, the term sustainability has undergone a profound shift.

What was once a word that only dealt with green living and saving the trees has now become a standard business practice, with more of the world’s largest companies touting the financial benefits of running a sustainable operation.

Xerox, for example, has been a frontrunner in the race to lower carbon emissions. The company made it a priority to lower its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 per cent between 2002 and 2012, and by 2009, had far surpassed this goal.

In only seven years, Xerox slashed greenhouse emissions by 31 per cent, which it says led to enormous cost savings through the US’ Energy Star savings program.

Similarly, Wal-Mart recently underwent a major change, deciding to save energy and reduce emissions to lower overall energy and transportation costs. The company pledged to eliminate 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from its supply chain by 2015.

Spacepac XL-H400 Battery Electric Tug

Spacepac XL-H400 Battery Electric Tug

These are certainly large endeavors, but it all starts with small changes. One of the easiest ways to lower emissions is to switch to battery-operated industrial movers, which don’t require dirty diesel fuel and give off zero emissions.

Spacepac XL-H400 Battery Electric Tug is a great example of a machine that can help a warehouse keep its productivity high without sacrificing a commitment to a better environment.

The machine can pull up to 1,500kg, and can be used for either single- or multi-shift operations. When an optional second  24-volt battery is used, the tug can run for up to 24 hours before it needs to be recharged, making it perfect for continuously operated facilities, such as warehouses and airports.

Going green is no longer just for the environmentalists, it’s a sound business decision that can be made easy with the right products.

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DEC-Bull-2 rises to the occasion at airports around the world

Airlines all over the world rely on ground support equipment at international airports to maintain a schedule and operate as safely as possible.

When these systems are compromised in anyway, it can lead to delays, customer dissatisfaction with both airlines and facilities managers or even safety concerns.

One of the most common pieces of ground support equipment are the baggage transport trucks that haul trolleys full of luggage from the terminal to the aircraft. While these certainly have the torque to carry heavy loads, they also come with several added costs common to powered industrial vehicles.

DEC Bull-2 Battery Electric Tug

DEC Bull-2 Battery Electric Tug

Planned repairs and maintenance on large vehicles, as well as unscheduled downtime, can lead to inefficiency and lost productivity. In the commercial aviation world where punctuality is key to success, this can make a major difference in customer satisfaction.

To eliminate the risk of breakdowns, many facilities operations are shifting toward using alternative tugging and pushing products. The DEC BULL-2 Battery Electric Tug , for example, has been used in airports around the world to safely and efficiently haul luggage trolleys.

The BULL-2 runs on a long-life battery that does away with hefty fuel costs common to trucks and other hauling vehicles, and its sleek design makes it much easier to clean and maintain.

The product runs on a built-in 24 volt battery and AC motor, and has a maximum speed of 12 kilometres per hour. Weighing just 300 kilograms itself, the BULL-2 can be easily maneuvered between jobs and put away for storage.

It is also extremely versatile, and comes standard with an attachment hook, a battery charger a brake and other features.

If the user wishes, the BULL-2 can also come with custom hooks, ignition keys, a horn or non marking tyres.

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User-friendly equipment eliminates the need for temporary project workers

No matter what kind of business it is, virtually all companies will need to complete a project outside their expertise at one time or another.

Whether it’s a professional office that needs to move floors, a nursery that wants to alter its floor plan according to the seasons or a manufacturing facility that needs to move heavy equipment, there will come a time when management will have to ask additional duties of their employees.

Companies will often outsource temporary or contract workers to complete such projects. Although demand for these workers has grown immensely as the global financial crisis reshaped corporate and industrial HR procedures, many experts still warn against using this form of labour.

The most pressing concerns are the unexpected costs that come along with temporary and project employees. It may look good on paper to save time and energy by delegating a project to a temp, but in the long run, this method has proven to lower overall employee morale, worsen productivity and reduce work quality.

Instead of investing in temporary employees, offices and facilities could benefit from purchasing user-friendly machines that anyone can handle – not just niche experts.

Spacepac XL-H400 Battery Electric Tug

Spacepac XL-H400 Battery Electric Tug

Take the manufacturing facility that needs to redesign its floor plan, for example. By using a product like the Alitrak TT1000, a company could ask its own workers to operate the extremely intuitive machine, saving costs that would have been spent on outsourcing the work.

Spacepac designed its electric tugs to be used by anyone – not just experts. The simple designs make the products ideal for anyone in charge of the moving project, and with pulling power ranging from 1,000kg to 6,000kg, there is an exact model for what a business needs.

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The good business sense behind hiring electric tugs

Once a business has made the decision to invest in new machinery, the next course of action is typically to look at the cost benefit ratios of hiring this equipment versus buying it for the long haul.

Alitrak TT600 Battery Electric Tug Available for Hire

Alitrak TT600 Battery Electric Tug Available for Hire

While there are certainly advantages to both options, businesses operating under varying conditions or at different stages in their development may find it much more beneficial to hire new equipment. This is especially true for any project work that may only last a short period of time.

By hiring machinery, business can avoid capital outlay on large upfront costs, and then the business does not have to perform any of the required paperwork that goes along with equipment purchase. Depreciation, maintenance, storage and unscheduled repairs are also common costs associated with buying machinery, which won’t be passed on when equipment is hired.

Spacepac has developed a line of products that are especially useful when hired. For just $24 per day, any company can rent the Alitrak TT600 – a universal industrial workhorse that has several applications. For example, if a company is re-arranging its own heavy warehouse equipment, it can hire the Alitrak TT600 for as long as it takes to the complete the project.

Similarly, if a business is moving office space, it can use the product to carry server cases, printers, CPUs and other bulky equipment.

Once done, the Alitrak TT600 tug goes back to Alitrak, requiring no maintenance or storage on the part of the company. Alitrak is flexible with its pricing, and if it is needed for weeks or months at a time, there are price schedules to accommodate for this.

Designed for basic tasks and single shift operations, the Alitrak TT600 is ideal for any short-term moving work.

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