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Thursday, 21 Jun 2007 ( #315 ) - BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
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Richmond exhibited a range of stackers at the Bribane Safety Show
Around 200 companies displayed products and services to improve safety performance in the workplace at this year’s Queensland Safety Show, hosted by the Safety Institute of Australia (Queensland and Northern Territory division).

Held over three days this week at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, the event included the Queensland Materials Handling Show, and a range of new features such as free industry workshops led by experts in various fields and a live demonstration area where OHS products were put to the test.

New to Australia, from Apex Associates, was the Hoppecke trak eco battery system which, explained associate director Andrew Paice, involves a unique concept, based on the use of a protective, insulating battery cover.

The system slashes maintenance costs as less time is needed to replenish water, clean and inspect the battery system. The encapsulation of the battery avoids damage to the battery cells and reduces contamination of the battery surface. The use of electrolyte circulation with adaptive pump interval control reduces the chemical loss of water. An innovative retention system also minimises physical water loss.

Promoting its range of Colby pallet racking products was Brisbane-based Elbowroom. The company provides a comprehensive range of products including Colby, which is considered to be the industry leader in safe pallet racking storage, with products such as Colby Safe Selective Pallet Rack, Double-Deep Rack, Drive-In Rack, Push Back, CLS and many other pallet storage products.

Among the exhibitors was Easy Guides Australia which had a range of learning materials available for the 1 July implementation of the Queensland RTO-VET licensing system

Also on display was EV Alert's innovative collision avoidance system for forklifts, other moving equipment and pedestrians. The product has been embraced for its practicality and flexibility. It addresses the safety needs of a variety of organisations offering many applications without the need for customisation. This flexibility and ease of operation also improves the cost-effectiveness of the unit.

Richmond exhibited its range of stackers, including winch stackers, manual stackers, electric stackers, fork stackers, hand stackers and counterbalance stackers. The company’s electric stacker dramatically reduces strain, increases safety and productivity in repeat picking applications.

Highlighted at the show was Toyota Material Handling’s new "8-Series" range of forklift trucks. The Toyota 8-Series of one to 3.5 tonne internal combustion counterbalance forklifts provide increased safety and ergonomics, reduced operating costs and greater environmental friendliness. The range includes 23 pneumatic-tyre internal-combustion models from one to three tonnes payload, the petrol/LPG and diesel models with the choice of manual or powershift transmission as well as a compact model.

Linde retail sales manager David Linfoot said many visitors to the show had shown interest in the company’s special promotion – the Linde L12 Walkie Stacker, with inbuilt charger and an infinitely variable lift control, which makes it ideal for fragile loads.

Over 5,000 visitors are expected to have attended this week’s show.
The Toyota 8-Series range of forklift trucks were highlighted at the show
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