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Aisle-Master's sweet solution

Antrim-based Steve's Cakes is a relatively young company, but destined to go far if the ambitions of its MD Stephen Gamble are anything to go by. He has sourced the best equipment of its kind for the 20,000 ft2 manufacturing and distribution facility, including an Aisle-Master articulated forklift which takes care of the handling and storage of pallets of raw materials and the much tastier finished product.

The 2 tonne capacity Aisle-Master forklift was brought in to replace a counterbalance truck in the warehouse, after Aisle-Master's design engineers had drawn up plans to illustrate how to achieve extra storage space in the existing premises. "This free service was an eye opener," explains Stephen. "Compared to our old counterbalance truck, the Aisle-Master's articulated design and versatile operation have been of great benefit as it can work in much narrower confines. By racking out the warehouse according to its capabilities, we have a good 40% more storage space in the same area. This will allow us to increase production without having to worry about buying extra space or relocating. The extra pallet positions have also allowed us to do away with external storage and keep everything under cover."

Steve's Cakes produces 800,000 individual traybakes per week, and supplies the multiple and independent sector in the UK and Ireland. Growth has doubled year on year since the company was founded in 2002, and as Stephen anticipates further expansion, a watertight materials handling system able to cope with a steady increase in volume is therefore crucial for the efficient running of operations.

The Co. Monaghan-based manufacturers of the Aisle-Master range offer both electric and LPG powered models. In this instance, electric power was necessary due to regulations governing the food manufacturing industry, and the non-marking tyres fitted also ensure a clean operation in the warehouse. The long life battery allows for non-stop operation throughout the duration of a shift, and the two designated drivers love the truck. Stephen reports a track record of 100% reliability, which leaves him free to concentrate on developing his range of quality cakes and expanding the business.

The Aisle-Master range can work in aisles of just 1.75m, with capacities up to 2.5 tonnes and lift heights of up to 12.5 metres. All LPG models are fitted with 3-way catalytic converters as standard, with CNG power also an option. The company has a global track record of reliability, with build quality and safety featuring uppermost on the company's agenda. All the fundamental aspects of the Aisle-Master's design, from the overhead guard for enhanced driver protection, the ergonomics of the controls, down to the high quality seating, guarantee the highest level of operator safety and comfort.
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Aisle-Master Ltd
UK Tel: 07725 642 472