Yale Reach Trucks Help Keep Frozen Food Fresh
Newark Refrigerated Warehouse (Newark, N.J.) is the definition of a demanding lift-truck environment. The facility moves 15,000 pallets of exotic frozen foods from around the world in and out of the warehouse every month.
“The key to our business is in keeping the product fresh, which means keeping products solidly frozen from the shipping container, across the docks, into our freezer warehouse,” says Jerry von Dohlen, president of Newark Refrigerated Warehouse. “Our biggest challenge with our previous fleet was the trucks that were always down for repair due to the demanding requirements of the loading and unloading of product for our counterbalanced equipment, and the low temperatures for our reach truck fleet in the warehouse. And the longer the trucks are down, the more difficult it is to keep everything fresh.”
Three years ago, Skip Russo, president of Barclay (South Plainfield, N.J.), a Yale dealer, provided von Dohlen with eight Yale narrow aisle double-reach trucks with freezer modifications. Newark Refrigerated Warehouse tested the new Yale fleet, and worked with the dealer and Yale engineering to develop a list of design changes that would optimize truck performance in its demanding freezer application. The team came up with a number of ideas to increase truck productivity and solve the freezer problem and Barclay and a team of Yale engineers retrofitted all units with 28 suggested design changes.
“Yale replaced our entire fleet with these upgraded lift trucks,” reports von Dohlen. “Each truck was far superior to the previous fleet in terms of productivity and efficiency in the freezer sections of the warehouse: increasing our productivity by 30%.”
Today, the warehouse is equipped with a fleet of 26 lift trucks, including 14 reach trucks and 12 counterbalanced trucks. Yale has incorporated the aftermarket changes made for the Newark Refrigerated Warehouse fleet into its current lift trucks.