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Hand and power tool distributor, Toolbank, has installed a Penny Hydraulics Mezz lift at its warehouse in Exeter to handle items between the ground floor and mezzanine stores area.

The company was able to free space for other tasks, improve efficiency, introduce greater flexibility into its operations and handle new types of load.

Toolbank specialises in the distribution of quality hand and power tools made various tool manufacturers and operates from 12 warehouses throughout the UK.

The company had previously been using a conveyor at its Exeter branch to move items between the ground and mezzanine floors, but this was proving to be unreliable.

It was also taking up a lot of space.

The business has been growing and the company wanted to introduce new materials handling equipment that would enable it to move items more easily between the two floors.

The company’s Dartford branch had previously looked at the Mezz lift from Penny Hydraulics and recognised it would be suitable for use in the Exeter facility.

The Mezz is a robust platform lift for handling all sorts of loads up to 300kg.

It offers users a way to comply with manual handling regulations and reduce the risk of injury to employees.

The entire handling process can be undertaken by a single person without any manual lifting to promote safety and productivity.

The compact and self-contained design of the Mezz lift enabled Toolbank to specify the unit and free up a considerable area in the warehouse, which it was then able to use for other tasks such as storage and order processing.

The integrated hydraulic systems deliver smooth operation with no need for a floor pit, which meant that Penny Hydraulics was able to complete the installation quickly and with very little disruption.

The lifting speed of 0.5m/s means that items are now handled between the ground floor and mezzanine quicker than with the old conveyor.

There is also greater handling versatility because, unlike the conveyor, the Mezz Lift can handle picking trolleys and carts as well as ordinary packs and cases.

A hold-to-run system promotes safety by stopping the lift whenever the control lever is released.

Additional safety features include overload protection.

Penny Hydraulics supplied the Mezz lift with interlocked gates to prevent entry to the working area while the lift is moving.

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