Yale dealer HFT Hebe- und Fördertechnik GmbH provided over 100 trucks to metals industry customer Silbitz Group for their new forklift truck fleet. The Silbitz Group forklift truck fleet features the latest engine and drive technology for LPG and diesel engines, which has significantly reduced fuel consumption.

Background of the Silbitz Group

Since the establishment of its Rasberg foundry in 1896 the Silbitz Group has expanded, with three foundries and a mechanical machining facility across four sites in Germany and Slovakia. Improved logistics between the foundry and their network of customers is one of the key elements to meet their strategy.

The Silbitz Group also selected Yale blue LED Pedestrian Awareness Light for use in their plants to aid pedestrians in seeing the trucks, particularly in dark or noisy environments.  The red lines projected onto the floor provide an additional reminder for pedestrians to keep away from the truck.
The Silbitz Group selected Yale blue LED Pedestrian Awareness Light to aid pedestrians in seeing the forklift trucks, particularly in dark or noisy environments.  The red lines projected onto the floor provide an additional reminder for pedestrians to keep away from the truck.

Yale provides the best overall value

Yale Europe Materials Handling has been a part of Silbitz Group’s innovative journey for the past 20 years. HFT Hebe- und Fördertechnik worked closely with Silbitz Group to understand the needs of the three new locations. Using its expertise from supplying the foundry at the Silbitz site, the Yale dealer recommended a solution ideally suited for each plant’s individual requirements.

Yale was able to provide the tailored solutions to meet the specific needs of the Silbitz Group. Over 100 were provided to Silbitz Group’s forklift truck fleet across its four locations on a 72-month rental agreement with full service.

Tailored solutions were found for numerous problems in order to improve future work in the plants. For example, the company’s Zeitz facility selected the GDP16EC12 counterbalance forklift truck, which increased the load-bearing capacity from 12 to 16 tonnes. This means that the forklift truck can now move significantly more parts and the bottleneck in crane loading is reduced.

The latest technology is also used to manage the fleet of forklift trucks, with the Yale Vision fleet management tool allowing all trucks to be managed centrally. Driver activation is also controlled, since all forklifts can only be started with an operator key card, ensuring that the truck is only used by authorised drivers. If damage does occur, the built-in sensors detect this and automatically reports it, enabling repairs to be planned quickly and reducing equipment downtime.

Yale in conjunction with Yale® Dealers, provide the people, products and productivity solutions that can help your business to optimize your materials handling fleet performance. Yale Vision wireless asset management technology can now help to further increase your businesses levels of efficiency and productivity and return on investment.
Yale continues to provide the best solution for the company’s requirements, and the flexibility in its solutions to provides each location with a that meet its individual needs.

 “We’re proud to continue our working relationship of twenty years with Silbitz Group,” said Jens Assmuth, Branch Manager, HFT Hebe- und Fördertechnik GmbH.

Through understanding how Silbitz Group operates, Yale have been able to offer materials handling solutions that not only aids work efficiency, but also keeps energy efficiency at its core.

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