Powerlift puts safety first for transport company



Safety is critical … Simon National Warehouse Manager Peter Tennison

Simon National Carriers is one of Australia’s leading providers of transport and third party warehousing and distribution services. 
Established in 1973 with a single truck under the name of Simon Transport, the company now employs more than 360 staff, owns 200 trailers, 115 prime movers, 70 local trucks, 100 forklifts and 190 containers. 
Simon places great emphasis on best practice safety and environmental outcomes to provide clients with a complete transport and third party logistics solution. 
It owns warehouses throughout Australia covering all capital cities, as well as Toowoomba and Townsville. These facilities provide a total of 120,000 sqm under roof and offer a full range of warehouse pick and pack operations, assembly, de-stuffing of containers and a range of metropolitan and country distribution options.
To remain competitive and highly efficient Simons’ insists on the best equipment. 
Its warehouse equipment is critical to its customer service levels, safety performance and cost efficiencies. 
According to National Warehouse Manager, Mr Peter Tennison, the quality of warehouse equipment is critical to the success of the business.
“First of all we never buy on price. Our warehouses are full of Nissan Forklifts and Dexion racking, to name a few products. I could find cheaper products but we put our money where our mouth is with regards to safety and reliability, Mr Tennison says. “Our priority is the safety of our staff.”
This is reflected in my most recent forklift purchase.
Simon needed needed reach trucks for its new 40,000sqm warehouse in Melbourne that could reach 8m.
“We really took our time with this decision and trialled various brands in Sydney and Melbourne, Mr Tennison says. “The operators unanimously had a preference for the new Nissan RG series reach truck based on how comfortable the RG is and how much easier it is to control than the other brands.
“They also love the visibility of the RG – they really rate the mast lock system highly and find the automatic height selection system really assists their productivity especially when retrieving pallets at 8m high. On top of that the battery life on the RG series keeps the forklift working all day.”
Years in the making, the development of the RG Series has been undertaken with typical Nissan Forklift thoroughness and detail. Numerous truck operators and logistics managers have been interviewed and scientific studies have been performed regarding truck ergonomics and repetitive-strain injuries. 
The operator compartment in the RG series is multi-adjustable for left-and-right armrests and seat position. Even the floor height is electrically adjustable to accommodate all operator sizes. 
The specially shaped seat backrest is easily switched for looking to the left or right and the slide-down and tilt-back function supports the operator while working at high-lifting heights. The hands-free direction control and optimal placement of the LCD display and keyboard all contribute to a relaxed working space, resulting in a more productive operator. 
The RG Series’ performance is top notch, with drive speeds to 14.5km/h and lift speeds to 700mm/s and manoeuvrability in small aisles is also amongst the industry’s best. 
The RG Series features reach trucks from 1.2 to 2.5 tonne load capacity and a wide variety of masts, with lifting heights to 12.1m.
Powerlift Material Handling
Ph: 1300 550 607 

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