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Japanese lorry manufacturer improves speed and control when moving 11-tonne trailers


Manufacturers in the commercial vehicle industry face a real challenge when making sure that operations run as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

Toho Vehicle Co, one of the largest trailer and lorry manufacturers in Japan, was looking to reduce its reliance on forklift trucks in what is a busy and time-pressured production plant.

A more efficient material handling solution was needed when diesel-powered forklifts had previously meant high servicing costs and delays while waiting for a licensed operator to become available.

What’s more, in a congested manufacturing area, there was a high risk of collision using a machine that was simply not designed to move trailers weighing up to 11 tonnes.

Working closely with the MasterMover team in Asia, Toho chose a Trailer Moving System TMS1100+, which allows a single pedestrian operator to move unladen articulated lorry trailers with ease.

The TMS1100+ features automatic braking, hydraulic weight transfer and a king pin lock system to ensure the load is kept safe and secure. Unlike the method previously used, operators now have complete visibility around the trailer so can safely avoid obstacles when moving the trailers.

Renee Ooi, of MasterMover, said: “Toho is really pleased with the TMS1100+, which has transformed the way the company moves trailers around the plant. Now, instead of hold-ups caused by waiting for forklift availability, there is less waste resulting in cost-savings and improvements to the flow line.”

MasterMover machines are used by commercial vehicle and automotive manufacturers throughout the world to reduce non-value added time and therefore implement leaner, more efficient processes.

Our electric tugs are designed and manufactured at MasterMover’s headquarters in the UK, with a sales and servicing network that extends throughout Asia and across the globe.

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Published : 22/11/2019

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