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Hyundai forklifts adaptable to food safety requirements

Supplier: Flexilift Australia By: Val Pavlovic
01 February, 2010

The just-in-time (JIT) delivery method that has served Hyundai Forklifts Australia so well for price is being utilised yet again.

This time to facilitate specific modifications on any models to suit HACCP food safety requirements.

As Hyundai has chosen to deliver specifically to order through its representative local arm, Flexilift Australia, rather than stockpile for years on end, Hyundai can make all types of alterations to stock units and deliver in a fast turnaround of only four to six weeks.

Flexilift National Business Development Manager, Mr John Fisher, says the short waiting period is offset in a very big way.

"Not only does the customer receive a forklift tailored to HACCP guidelines by Hyundai's global manufacturing plant in Korea, the JIT approach also delivers a price advantage.

"This is because the item is purchased now - while the Australian dollar is strong against the US dollar - rather than from a stockpile that was imported about 12 months ago when the Australian dollar was worth about 60 cents US.

"Modifying forklifts to suit food handling and processing duties carries a high level of importance as it deals with the interaction of machinery and food items.

"Food Authority bodies around Australia have general expectations of machinery that is used with and around food and beverage processing.

"This impacts design and construction to protect food contamination during transport, the ability to effectively clean a forklift, sanitisation where required, and the deliberate sealing of parts that could possibly leak are among the many issues."

Hyundai can make all type of modifications to both its LPG powered and battery powered equipment.

Whether the forklift is used in a yard between truck and depot, within a warehouse or processing facility, or in a cold room, Hyundai will make any required modifications that are possible.

Types of modifications Hyundai has made in the past include:

  • Food grade stainless steel tyne extensions
  • Dust proofing of entire vehicle
  • Static nullification
  • Sealed enclosures to contain lubricants and engine oils
  • Flame retardant impregnation into body paint of vehicles
  • Anti-bacterial sprays for entire vehicles
  • Nitrile rubber to maintain tyre integrity
  • Marine standard wiring where required in humid environments
  • Fish oiling of an entire machine and seals wherever required
  • Cooled disk brakes to stop potential corrosion problems

"To add to the overall success of every modification, all Hyundai forklifts receive an ongoing, scheduled maintenance program to maximise the return from the unit," said Mr Fisher.

"In Managing Director, Mr Stephen Ritchie, we have arguably Australia's most recognised forklift technician, so any specially modified Hyundai unit is followed through with the right technical backup to ensure the most is gained from its use.

"Hyundai forklifts are made to a high standard and are duly recognised internationally, but working with food and beverages demands an even higher level of product certainty.

"So that is why we tailor modifications for this sector rather than offer a standard solution.

"Food Authorities around Australia have high expectations based on HACCP guidelines for the food and beverage sector and any equipment that falls outside these guidelines can be costly."