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Stainless-Steel Finish Makes Our Lift Table Shine.

Confectionery company gains a quality food grade table for their production line.

This table, set to be mounted on one of the customers specially designed trolleys, it’s finished with a Stainless-steel skinned platform, Galvanised base and 2 pack epoxy legs and cylinders. Continue Reading…

30 years clocked for Safetech’s First Staff Member

Bruce Cox, Safetech’s Technical Director, reached 30 years of service today.

 

Some would call him the brains of the company, others call him mentor, the rest of us just call him a top bloke. But there is one thing we all agree on;

Since joining forces with the Wakefield’s in the late 80’s to create the first ever Palift in his garage at home. His ongoing contribution to the development of innovative and refined products, sees Safetech continue to be market leaders in the Materials Handling and Lifting industry.

If you know Bruce at all (or even if you don’t) please help us to congratulate him on this milestone.

Toyota under cover loading bay fitted with Safetech Dock Levellers.

Toyotas new Parts and Accessories Facility has been fitted with the market leading Safetech Dock Leveller and Pit Bull vehicle restraints.

This undercover area provides a smooth and efficient loading zone for the international auto maker. The simple and intuitive controls, as well as clear traffic light indicators and signage, ensure a safe and stable working environment for the facility staff.

The semi-protected loading bay demonstrates yet another example of the quality and durability of all Safetech products.

For an assessment on the suitability of our products for your application, get in contact with one of our sales staff.

Custom dock heights are no challenge for Safetech

Gundagai Meats in southern New South Wales had an unusual problem with their current dock loading solution, which Safetech were more than capable of solving. Standard docks are usually built to work with a standard truck type, providing a narrow range of dock loading heights. But Gundagai Meats have a wide range of trucks coming in to load produce, both large and small.

The added complication of needing a climate controlled environment to protect the produce, as well as restraining vehicles to prevent truck creep was also important.

So, careful planning was required.

Enter the 2x custom step down 714h Dock Levellers, fitted with the Pit Bull vehicle restraint and the Safetech Inflatable Dock Shelters.

The Dock Levellers were made to service truck beds from 1000mm to 1600mm, which is well outside our standard Dock Leveller range. Sporting the optional galvanised finish, they were then mounted on our free-standing dock frame.

 

Controlling the Docks is intuitive, using the custom IDD panels from outside the docking bay.

Visit the rest of the website for more information about all our products. Or get in contact with one of our reps, to see if we can help provide you with a modern docking solution.

The new Safetech Tieman Dock Leveller brochure now available.

Dock Leveller Brochure
Dock Leveller Brochure

Your overview of the industry leading Safetech Tieman Dock Leveller is now available in print form.

The new and improved Dock leveller brochure provides you with all the information you need to know what our Dock Levellers are all about.

Check out images of some of its best features, or use it to get an understanding of how they work, including weight distribution, safety features and operation.

Dock Leveller BrochureDock Leveller Brochure

For a copy of the brochure, or for more information about our Dock Products and other Safetech lifting solutions, check out the rest of our website: www.safetech.com.au

You can also speak to one of our product specialists. Details can be found by filling out our Dock Products Enquiry form, or on our contact page.

AUSTRALIA VERSUS THE WORLD: Whats Your Point of Difference?

Lindsay Wakefield

By Lindsay Wakefield, Safetech GM

Ask most Australians and they will tell you that manufacturing in Australia is dead or dying.

Ford, Toyota, Holden – all gone. Their suppliers – doors shut. Harley Davidson rides no more. We can’t even share a lift with other Australians as our bus manufacturers are closing down (Custom Bus in Sydney).

When I tell people that I am a manufacturer I receive looks akin to those that the poor, last Thylacine must have got as he paced his lonely cage in Tasmania.

Yet for the past 16 months Australian manufacturing output has grown every month. How can this be? Shut down our biggest manufacturing sector and we still grow? Look a little closer and the patterns of success emerge.

Our Australian environment is renowned for its vast diversity of flora and fauna. Despite a harsh and infertile land we are host to more unique species of flowers, plants and animals than almost any country in the world. And without stretching the analogy too much I believe there are parallels between Australian manufacturing and this abundance of species.

To survive in Australia our animals developed unique abilities that enabled them to exist in regions too difficult for other competitors. They had to develop potent points of difference that gave them a competitive advantage. The same applies to Australian manufacturers and evidence suggests that we are doing just that.

Rokeby Farms is a dairy processing company that uses an innovative cold filtration process to produce milk with twice the protein and calcium of regular milk. An added advantage is the marketing cache gained by regional sourcing from farms around the small West Gippsland town of Rokeby. The market loves it and Rokeby Farms is thriving.

Other dairy manufacturers such as a2 and Nudie have also experienced explosive growth by developing unique food technologies.

It is possible to succeed in more traditional manufacturing industries if you understand your customers’ needs and your international competitors’ strengths and weaknesses. Analyse these and opportunity beckons.

Look for these points of difference.

Custom needs: Many engineered products require bespoke design to ensure they meet with local requirements or fit into a customer’s store or plant.
Overseas competitors are often unwilling to adapt to Australian companies’ wishes. Find these products and customers and develop a flexible fast-moving local capacity to meet their requests.

Time to market: 10 – 12 weeks on a boat is too long for many customers. Train your team to respond quickly and effectively to customers with short time lines and long international supply lines.

Product innovation: Invest in technology and design original products with unique features and benefits. As long-term protection against a foreign product invasion this is frequently the best weapon. Do it well and export opportunities may appear.

Size: Many engineered products are bulky and expensive to ship. The cost advantage of cheap foreign labour quickly disappears.

Complexity: Complex products usually require significant local support and expertise. The risk of buying from somebody in a different time zone and with poor English language skills can be too great. Become the local expert.

Smart, flexible, willing to take risks: that’s the blueprint for an Australian manufacturer in 2018. Find your point of difference and thrive.
Original article published in Industry Update Magazine 03.02.18.

Safetech Docks at Reckitt Benckiser’s new Oakdale Home.

Safetech Dock outside Reckitt Benckiser
Safetech Dock outside Reckitt Benckiser

Reckitt Benckiser have moved into their new distribution centre at Horsley Park in Oakdale NSW.

An integral part of these new facilities are the 10 new Dock Levellers, S3200 Snap Back Shelters, Aero Tech Fans with Swing Arm Lights, as well as some In Ground Wheel Chocks and SL80 PitBulls with Master Control Panels that have recently been installed in partnership with the highly regarded building company Qanstruct.

Safetech Dock inside Reckitt BenckiserSafetech Dock inside Reckitt Benckiser

 

These Safetech product solutions provide Reckitt Benckiser with the highest quality, climate controlled loading dock expected of the British multinational consumer goods company.

The centre will facilitate the distribution of Reckitt Benckiser’s products Nationwide, staffed by an estimated 150 employees. The 35,482m2 facility will include a 3,580m2 temperature controlled store, a 7,360m2 dangerous goods store, 800m2 work and re-work areas and 800m2 of office spaces.

For more information about our Dock Products, or other Safetech lifting solutions, check out our products page:

or speak to one of our product specialists. Details can be found on our contact page

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