A detailed analysis of operator comfort, forklift running costs and truck loading cycle times has worked in Linde’s favour with the world’s largest brickyard switching to Linde diesel forklifts for its materials handling tasks.
Midland Brick is the largest single site clay brick manufacturer in the world. It commenced operation in Western Australia in 1945 when a shortage in brick supplies encouraged brothers Ric and Gerry New to produce their own.
Locating suitable clays in Middle Swan, close to the WA town of Midland, they founded the Midland Brick Company and commenced the manufacturing of bricks. In 1990 Midland Brick became a division of Boral.
With more than 200 trucks being loaded with bricks per day, the effectiveness of Midland’s large forklift fleet and its 23 forklift operators has a major impact on productivity and customer service levels.
"While upfront costs are obviously a key consideration to any capital expenditure, there are some major issues with forklifts that have a far greater impact on our operation than any initial savings," explains Midland’s Forklift Supervisor,Steve Darch.
"One of the most critical issues is the comfort and safety of our forklift drivers. Prior to switching to Linde we had an issue with many of the forklift drivers feeling very fatigued in the afternoon.
Fatigue is a very serious safety concern when operating forklifts, so I measured the number of movements a driver does with his legs and arms on one of the other forklift brands.
I calculated that an operator on a typical day would go through 2,000 movements a day. Any driver that now operates the Lindes has no fatigue problem.