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The client's principal business activity was the mixing and blending of liquids. This was carried out in a variety of containers ranging in size from 200 to 2500 litres. Some were mounted on wheels, some were on raised bases for movement by pallet jack, whilst others were moved by forklift. All were lifted onto stands by forklifts for filling out to final packages. Operations in the plant were characterised by inefficient materials handling practices. Production bottlenecks occurred when the appropriate means of moving tubs was being utilised elsewhere. Whenever a forklift truck moved a container, its tynes required adjustment. A variety of filling stands were required to suit the various container sizes.

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Richard Hall & Associates reviewed the operations and devised a universal base which was retrofitted to each container. The base had standard forklift tyne slots which also fitted a standard pallet jack. This eliminated the need to continually adjust forklift tynes, and allowed all containers to be able to be moved by forklift or pallet jack. The suitability for pallet jacks meant that use of forklifts was only necessary when a container had to be lifted. The standard base configuration also meant that it was no longer necessary to have a range of filling stands to suit all containers.

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