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Pedestrian Tugger Make 14k lbs. Stillages a One-Man Job at Profine

Single operator moving heavy stillage in manufacturing

Manual handling equipment is a commonly-used term, but in fact is something of a misnomer. It is, after all, mechanical handling equipment that, when installed, removes the need for manual handling. Nonetheless, manual handling equipment it is, and, whether prompted by the lure of greater efficiency or the threat of future litigation, businesses are buying more each year.

Tackling Manual Handling One Move At A Time

Whether it’s pulling, pushing, lifting or lowering, it’s no longer sensible (or even legal, in some cases) to expect your workforce to take the strain.

MasterMover supplies manual handling equipment and specifically pedestrian tuggers units. All are used in diverse applications from automotive plants to food and drink manufacturers.  

A Focus On Reducing Manual Handling

Profine contacted MasterMover to solve a manual handling problem and boost storage efficiency. The company manufactures plastic profiles for windows and doors. Profine needed a solution for moving products around its 55,000ft² facility.

As Stefan Seidel, Operations Manager, explains: “It was vital to have facilities where we could store our stillages in a more efficient way. But we then needed a pedestrian tugger of some sort to make the best use of them. We looked at a number of solutions and suppliers, before choosing MasterMover. We were not only given a clever solution that worked, but they were also prepared to customize the equipment for our needs.”

Single operator moves heavy load with electric tugger at Profine

Improving Safety & Boosting Efficiency

Using a MasterTug gives one person the ability to pull 14,000 lbs. stillages stacked six high. The amount of product that can be stored in the warehouse is far greater without needing to leave space for a conventional forklift. 

Before we needed four people to move the stillages – now I can do it on my own.

Why and When Would You Need An Electric Tugger?

Hugh Freer, Sales Director, believes customers usually contact MasterMover for one of two reasons. “The first is focusing on staff welfare and morale; they are looking for safer and easier ways to handle goods. Their whole approach is ‘safety first’ and they assess the risk of each operation and task. Others are more reactive; they approach us because they’ve been asked to by their staff, because there has been a near miss or, worse still, an actual incident.”

Interested in learning more?

Contact us to discuss how electric tuggers can drive safe and efficient load movement within your industry.