MSE-FORKS will be increasing its telescopic fork (KOOI-REACHFORKS®) production capacity with an investment of approximately €1 million. Current machinery is no longer able to meet demand thanks to the enormous growth in sales over the past few years.MSE-FORKS
ROLLERFORKS RFCU. Click for larger image.
started implementing a lean manufacturing
concept in 2006, but after thorough analysis it became apparent that certain cycle times could not be achieved. A year later, the decision was made to invest almost €2 million into new machinery including six deep-hole drilling machines that boosted productivity by 30%. In just five years, MSE-FORKS
will have to expand once again with an additional three deep-hole drilling machines bringing the total to eight. These special-purpose machines will be installed in the course of 2012. Since April, a dual-shift system has been in place in order to meet current demand. This will remain in place for the time being.
A combination of intensive marketing campaigns, expanding importer networks and lean manufacturing
has resulted in KOOI-REACHFORKS®
becoming increasingly popular and more affordable. In turn, this is leading to accelerated market acceptance. Growth originates from Europe, but sales figures in the USA are shooting up thanks to increasing numbers of European forklift truck brands establishing themselves on the US market. In Europe, telescopic forks are used for double-deep storage
in warehouses or for one-sided loading/unloading of lorries. In the USA, pantographs have traditionally been used for this type of handling, but are expensive, heavy and maintenance more intensive. MSE-FORKS
anticipates generating a turnover of almost €10 million this year.Introduction of 463L Air Cargo Pallet equipment
The HCU 6/E or 463L Master Pallet
is a standardized pallet used for transporting military air cargo. It is the main air-cargo pallet used by the United States Air Force and was designed for loading and unloading modern-day military airlifters, as well as numerous civilian Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) cargo aircraft.RFCU-Model ROLLERFORKS®
are ideally suited for lifting and placing aircraft containers and/or air cargo pallets, e.g. 463L pallets. Patented ROLLERFORKS®
are solid forklift truck tines fitted with two layers of rollers that rotate in opposite directions to one another. The tines have a special-purpose, parabolic nose shape that can be easily inserted beneath cargo pallets. Because the rollers rotate in opposite directions, the load remains stationary and the forks can be rolled easily into place beneath the load.
463 L freight pallet. Click for larger image.
The ease with which cargo pallets can be lifted using ROLLERFORKS®
is also due to the chamfered lower edges of the pallets/containers used. The rollers descend as soon as the pallet/container is raised and the ROLLERFORKS®
have been lifted clear of the floor. This allows the load to descend onto the flat portion of the forks rather than rest on the rollers so that the load is fixed and cannot roll off. Rollers have to be in contact with a surface in order to be able to remove the load from the ROLLERFORKS®
In most cases, the cargo pallets will have to be lifted because the cargo pallet has to be pushed into the hold of the aircraft. An option exists to modify ROLLERFORKS®
so that rollers do NOT
descend allowing the load to remain on the rollers even once the forks have been lifted clear of the ground. Another advantage of this model RFCU
is that the load can be lifted directly off the floor because of the parabolic taper. Special-purpose solutions are then no longer needed for placing airfreight pallets on blocks as is the case with Rollerized Tine Extenders
.ROLLERIZED TINE EXTENDERS (RTE)
Rollerized Tine Extenders (RTEs)
ROLLERIZED TINE EXTENDERS. Click for larger image.
form an alternative solution. RTE forks consist of a hollow cross-section with a single layer of rollers on each side. They can be fitted to regular forklift truck tines like a sleeve and secured using locking pins. Used in this way, rollers are unable to descend so the load remains seated on the rollers at all times. RTE forks have been fitted with a stop
to prevent the load sliding off the rollers whenever the forklift truck brakes. The load can be pushed or rolled off the forks manually if the mast is tilted forwards and the stops have been folded out of the way.
RTEs are available in various types and ratings. They can also be fitted with a profiled nose and rubber bumpers.MSE Forks
St. Jacobiparochie, Netherlands
Telephone: +31 518 492929For more company and product information visit the MSE Forks ShopFront