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MATERIALS HANDLING: Scissor Lift Alternative At Indigo Brands


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EAZI Sales & Service, a specialist in the sales and service of access platforms and sole distributor of JLG equipment in South Africa, recently delivered a JLG 4069LE electric scissor lift to Indigo Brands, manufacturer and distributor of Yardley cosmetics and other world-renowned brands since 1955.

The scissor lift will be used for inventory management, such as stock counts and light stock picking, as well as general maintenance purposes such as replacing light bulbs, at its Cape Town warehouse facility.

Using forklifts to get to height is a very common practice in industry. However, this practice is neither safe nor productive,” explains Larry Smith, who heads up Eazi Sales & Service. By following this practice, forklifts that are required to move products in and out of the warehouse, are tied up and this often halts production. The cost of additional labour is also not to be overlooked as a forklift requires an operator as well as warehouse staff to work on the platform or pallet.

While the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act allows for the use of an engineer- certified man basket to be bolted to the forks, it puts the person doing the work at risk as he has no control over the movement of the forklift. “Some companies allow staff to work on pallets attached to forklifts which is a contravention of the OHS Act and carries the highest risk of fatalities. The Eazi Group has been working closely with forklift companies as well as warehouse concerns to educate staff on the risks of such practices,” says Smith.

Indigo Brands, having previously used forklifts, required a safer, more productive and practical mobile elevated work platform that would enable the operator to reach heights exceeding 10m, with sufficient space on the platform for the operator as well as stock and maintenance equipment.

Electric scissor lifts are ideal for tasks such as maintenance, stock picking and stock control, as they are compact enough to manoeuvre and fit narrow spaces, such as the aisles found in Indigo Brands’ warehouses,” says Smith. The JLG 4069LE Electric Scissor Lift is the ideal solution as it is able to lift over 360kg to a maximum height of 14m, has a deck extension of 91cm and overall width of 1.75m. Rugged terrain tyres allow Indigo Brands to move over rough surfaces between its various warehouses, without difficulty.

Indigo Brands has already reported an increase in productivity. Where it was only able to achieve 50% of its stock taking objectives previously, it now achieves 25% more than the initial objective. “Productivity is no longer affected by the availability of forklifts and the lack of additional operators, thanks to the easy operation of the JLG 4069LE,” says Ricardo Cyster, demand manager, Indigo Brands. In addition, Indigo Brands have also noticed cost-savings on rental costs, as they periodically had to rent a scissor lift for maintenance purposes.

Indigo Brands became familiar with the capabilities of the machine while hiring a JLG 4069LE Electric Scissor Lift from Eazi Access Rental. “This allowed the customer to establish that the machine would indeed meet its individual requirements, before making the financial commitment,” comments Smith.

Eazi Sales & Service will also provide training and maintenance services through the Cape Town-based Eazi Access Rental branch, part of the Eazi Group national network.

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