The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: South Africa (CILTSA), recently partnered with the Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC), for a networking event aimed at highlighting new developments in warehousing and logistics.
In recent years, modern logistics has changed the face of industrial warehousing. Amid modern globalisation where international businesses are now shipping their products outside of their regions, logistics has become a significant part of many companies. Industrial warehousing has since become integral to the process.
These are some of the issues that warehouse expert, Martin Bailey, tackled at a recent CILTSA networking breakfast, which was hosted in partnership with GLTC in October. Martin explored new developments in warehousing and logistics, as well as the future of the industry. Some of the topics of discussion included the trend towards more automation in warehouses; better systems to drive workers; better WMS; better labour management; better interfaces; better storage; better picking; and more energy efficient machines.
This was followed by a facility tour of Goscor’s premises. The tour included GLTC offices and its 24/7 call centre, as well as the workshop, repair bay and the recently-launched world-class merSETA accredited training centre.
In a milestone achievement, GLTC recently became the first forklift supplier to attain both the ISO 9001: 2015 and OHSAS 18001 accreditations in South Africa.
Meanwhile, to build a pool of technical skills it needs to better support its product range, the company recently established its own merSETA-accredited training centre. The facility is aimed at breeding new forklift technicians, as well as offering skills improvement, refresher courses and continuous product upgrade training.
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) is the international professional body for Logistics and Transport professionals. With a network of National Councils and Sections in over 30 countries, CILT services the interests of over 30 000 members.
GLTC has been a member of CILTSA for several years in support of its endeavours regarding training and upliftment of the industry, wherever possible. “We have worked closely with Martin Bailey for decades, and when this opportunity presented itself, it was only natural to be able to be part of the drive to impart knowledge and growing technological advancements within the industry – to the industry,” says Kasha Vorster, marketing manager at GLTC.
Doosan 7 Series showcase
Guests at the event were also treated to a new product showcase. GLTC displayed all of its latest forklifts and materials handling equipment. However, it was the unveiling of the new Doosan 7 Series, the latest forklift range on GLTC’s arrival lounge, that took centre stage.
The new Doosan 7 Series forklift range ticks all the right operational boxes, from maximum productivity to cost-effective and safe operation across an array of applications – attributes that are high up on every warehouse or DC manager’s checklist when evaluating and selecting materials handling equipment.
“With the launch of the Doosan 7 Series, we are offering an ideal tool for a range of applications, all the way from lifting building materials, fibre and paper handling, chemicals, wood, to recycling, industrial equipment manufacturing and wholesalers, among many others,” explains Patrick Barber, Sales Director at GLTC. With five diesel models – the D20, D25, D30, D33S-7 and the D35C-7 – operating capacities vary from 2t to 3,5t. The range is powered by a Yanmar 3.3L diesel engine built to meet the latest emission regulations. The in-line, 4-cylinder, water-cooled, overhead valve engine provides high torque (191Nm) at low engine speeds (1 600rpm) in applications requiring ramp loading and unloading, fast lift speeds and heavy hydraulic flow.
Safety has become a major parameter when it comes to the operation of any forklift under any circumstances. In response to customer needs, this forklift range comes with an array of features aimed at increasing safety on sites. At the forefront is the Operator Sensing System (OSS). The OSS prevents any unintended forklift movements when the operator is not seated.
“Tilt, lift and lowering functions are disabled if the operator is not in the seat, even when the ignition is on. An audible alarm will sound if the operator leaves the seat without applying the parking brake. A seat belt warning light on the dashboard reminds the operator to fasten their seatbelt,” Patrick concludes.