Fallsway Equipment Company News

Fallsway Equipment has been part of the Akron community since 1959. Learn about the latest news and recent events at Fallsway Equipment.

Jungheinrich’s Lithium-ion Deal!

We would like to show recognition to Jungheinrich for receiving a major order for more than 1,000 lithium-ion vehicles.  The largest order ever awarded for vehicles fitted with lithium-ion batteries anywhere in the world and also the largest vehicle order volume in the company’s history.

Of the 1,000-plus industrial trucks, 700 consists of vertical order pickers designed for narrow-aisles in warehouses.

Lars Brzoska, a member of the Jungheinrich board of management in charge of marketing and sales, say’s the order is “a new milestone for electro-mobility (which) underscores Jungheinrich’s unrivaled mastery of lithium-ion technology”.

Lithium-ion batteries are produced at the Jungheinrich plant in Norderstedt, Germany, which Jungheinrich claims to be the world’s only manufacturer of industrial trucks to produce its own lithium-ion batteries.  The batteries are intelligent and can communicate with the vehicle as well as the charging device.

Jungheinrich has experienced an annual 300% increase in sales for lithium-ion batteries over the past three years.  With the continued strong global demand for this product, the group is planning to expand its manufacturing capacity in the future.

To learn more about Jungheinrich lithium-ion technology contact us at 330-633-6000 and talk to specialists today!

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MCFA Celebrates 25 Years

Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. (MCFA) our proudly supported product line is celebrating a major milestone, marking 25 years of quality materials handling production and distribution.  Founded July 1st, 1992, MCFA has expanded its Houston-based manufacturing facilities over the last several years to accommodate the growth and demand for all products offered.

“MCFA has undergone a remarkable transformation over the last 25 years,” says Ken Barina, president of MCFA. “From a small operation of 335 employees to the nearly 1,200 we have today, MCFA has continued to make significant strides in not only the Class IV and V internal combustion forklift market, but also in the electric segment with our innovative Class I, II and III warehouse products.”

Take a look at a few of the advances made by MCFA over the last quarter of a century:

  • Adding Jungheinrich- branded warehouse products to the existing product lines of Cat lift trucks and Mitsubishi forklift trucks expanded the ability to offer customers access to all five classes of lift trucks.
  • Opened up a new facility dedicated to electric assembly, a move that brought a 40% increase in production capability and created new manufacturing jobs in Houston.
  • Localized product of several key products, such as Cat and Mitsubishi 6-16 ton internal combustion models to Houston reduced the lead times on these machines.
  • Introduced Warehouse Navigation Technology in North America,  for customers who are looking for a semi-automated solution to operating lift trucks in narrow aisle applications.
  • The joint venture with Jungheinrich AG to form industrial components of Texas, LLC (ICOTEX), this new company will manufacture industrial components.  There has been a dedicated 71,000- square-foot facility dedicated to being built in Conroe, Texas, and is scheduled to open in August 2017.

Marking another huge milestone for the company, MCFA will celebrate the production of its 450,000th forklift later this year.  They will also begin the second expansion of its electric assembly building, doubling the amount of production space dedicated to electric forklift models on MCFA’s Houston campus.

To learn more about our product lines Jungheinrich, Cat, and Mitsubishi from MCFA,  contact us at 330-633-6000!



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Jungheinrich Lithium-Ion Battery Option for EJE120

We are excited to introduce the new lithium-ion (110 Ah) 24-volt battery option for the Jungheinrich EJE 120 walkie pallet truck.  Using the latest lithium-ion technology, Jungheinrich’s battery option offers maintenance-free and an impressive life expectancy of up to 3,000 discharge cycles.  To put that into perspective, the average service life for a lead-acid battery ranges from 900 to 1,200 cycles.  That is more than double the number of discharge cycles a standard lead-acid battery has.13050027

The newly designed lithium-ion battery provides a high level of efficiency when charging – allowing it to quickly reach 50% charge after 85 minutes with its onboard charger.  As a result, this provides an energy savings of more than 20 percent!

Below are some of the unique benefits of the lithium-ion battery option in a Jungheinrich EJE walkie pallet truck:

  • Unrestricted usage and fast charging capacity-  The Jungheinrich lithium-ion battery emits no gas or acid, allowing it to be used in sensitive
  • applications like food storage.
  • More run time and high-level efficient energy usage-  The battery can be used in multi-shift operations.  The Lithium-Ion Batteryincreased efficiency in comparison to a conventional lead-acid battery will reduce energy costs significantly.
  • Optimized charging with high-frequency charger- Extremely short charging times gives a high level of vehicle availability and flexibility for the day-to-day warehouse usage needs.  As stated before 50% of the battery is reached after only 85 minutes of charging and 210 minutes for a full charge.  Also, note that the charge can be interrupted at any time with no adverse effects.
  • No more battery maintenance – Enjoy maintenance-free with the lithium-ion battery, thus eliminating the cost of battery upkeep, maintenance, and infrastructure.  The enclosed design (IP54 rating) protects the battery from dirt, dust, and splashed water.
  • Integrated Battery Management System (BMS)- Jungheinrich BMS continually monitors energy management and ensures safe consistent operation.  The charge status will appear on the vehicle’s display (SOC) and includes the recovery of battery power.

For more information about the new Jungheinrich lithium-ion battery option for the EJE 120 walkie pallet truck contact us at 330-633-6000.


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Annual Green & Clean Event in Downtown Akron

This past week member from the various departments at Fallsway proudly participated in the annual Green & Clean event in downtown Akron.  The Green & Clean event started back on April 22nd for Earth day and continued every week leading up until the end of May.  Our dedicated group of employees spent the afternoon putting in some TLC on the landscaping for the Howe House/Lock 2.  Our team went IMG_0815through the beds and weeded and mulched to give this building even more of a curb appeal than before!  If you are in downtown Akron check out the Howe House and enjoy its peaceful “Ohio Themed” folk music and sights.  We proudly support this project to make an impact on the community we live and work in every day!


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Jungheinrich EJG Electric Counterbalanced Walkie Stacker

Take a look at the new Jungheinrich EJG series of electric counterbalanced walkie stackers!  The EJGJungheinrich EJG 212-216 Electric Counterbalanced Walkie Stacker Back is a great addition to any warehouse that has tight spaces and no room for a wide walkie stacker with support arms.  With weight capacities ranging from 2,600-3,500 lbs.  The EJG is mainly used for loading and unloading cantilever type storage racking.  Read more about the Jungheinrich Advantage below:

Cantilever Stacking Design:

A cantilever racking system design where inference from support arms allows the transport of sideways or special load carriers.  The 7.5-inch load wheels allow for travel over uneven surfaces and low thresholds.  The short overall length allows for easy maneuverability in confined warehouse spaces.

Precision, Comfort, and Sturdy Design:
Jungheinrich EJG 212-216 Electric Counterbalanced Walkie Stacker front

Pilot style handlebar, allowing for the control to be at your fingertips.  Just like every Jungheinrich walkie series, they are built with safety features such as Crawl speed, emergency safety stop, and electrical steering for effective control.  The EJG has precise load lifting speed- control and noise-reduced hydraulic motor for the safety and comfort of the operator.  A gentle deposition of load using proportional hydraulics and an automatic reduction in speed with raised loads will keep your load secure at all times.  Also designed with an 8mm steel frame, proven to last in the harshest of applications.

Innovative control and Drive Technology with the EJG:

The EJG offers a high level of efficiency with excellent energy management. Engineered to have powerful acceleration at maximum capacity and a rapid directional change while maintaining the safety of the workload.  Built with Jungheinrich’s highly credited, 3-phase AC motors with electronic control. Tuned to your specific application, while offering a high level of performance in conjunction to lowering overall operating costs.  Don’t sacrifice performance for efficiently, have the best of both worlds with the EJG.

For more information please visit our page on Jungheinrich’s EJG series or give us a call at 330-633-6000!


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Jungheinrich ECE Center Control Riders

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Jungheinrich ECE series of center control riders in North America.  This center-controlled rider is capable of lifting up to 8,000 lbs of product through your warehouse without losing any torque.  The ECE 227/236XL through a combination of the latest technologies and an ergonomic design has optimized both the cost and speed of order picking.  The ECE standouts from the competition with its high-performance output and its ergonomic design built for the comfort of the operator.   Take a look at the following features and benefits to owning this exceptional machine.

Innovative technology:

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The ECE is built to outperform and reduce operating costs.  It has high energy efficiency with reduced energy consumption when performing any applicable task.  Built with rapid acceleration for high productivity and shorter long distance travel times.  In addition to its high acceleration, it also has quick and secure changing of travel direction without pausing in the neutral.

Comfortable operation:

Built for any skill level or application with Speed Control offering a comfortable and secure travel based off of driver characteristics.  The travel speed, which can be set by the driver, will maintain a constant speed regardless of operation during travel times up or down an incline.  Has regenerative braking with energy recovery when reducing travel speed for a smooth and safe ride.

Rugged Construction:

The ECE is built to last in even the hardest applications.  The chassis is made from high-quality steel and an extra high raised apron on the front cover.  Tension-proof fork sections with strong, pull-rod design built even for the heavy loads and long forks.  Capacity up to 8,000lbs for carrying up to three non-stacked pallets.

Smooth Steering:

The ECE offers electric steering using the JetPilot steering wheel.  A secure grip, similar to driving a car gives your operators comfort and familiarity.  The operator does not need to contort their body when traveling around corners providing operator control and more importantly, comfort.  The design allows for single-hand control with its automatic return to its straight-ahead travel position.

For more information on this Jungheinrich product, contact us at 330-633-6000




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Are You This Passionate About Your Forklifts?

Hughes Brothers in Seward, Nebraska, is a family-owned company that manufacturers wood, steel and fiberglass components for the electric industry. A hardworking business, Hughes Brothers relies on their lift trucks to move tens of thousands of material, all day, every day.

Watch this video to see why they rely on the Cat® small IC pneumatic tire forklift for their tough operation.


“If you ain’t driving Cat®, you ain’t driving nothin.” – Mick Shepard, forklift operator

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Jungheinrich 2 Shift 1 Charge Guarantee

An industry-exclusive for North America, Fallsway’s “2 Shifts, 1 Charge” Program guarantees that several key Jungheinrich order pickers, reach trucks, turret trucks, and electric pneumatic tire models will run for TWO full shifts on ONE battery charge – with no interim charging, no battery changing and no additional charging equipment needed.

Jungheinrich has 60+ years of experience with electric lift truck design, and guarantee the following trucks were engineered to increase operating efficiency while also reducing overall costs over the lifetime of the lift truck.  We are proud to back our product from Jungheinrich by guaranteeing that these key machines will run 16 straight hours on a single battery charge, or the extra battery is on us.

Below is a list of what you will save when using these key Jungheinrich products covered:

  • Time:
    • Less time charging, more run times, increasing up-time and overall efficiency.
    • No wasted time on battery swaps.
  • Money:
    • Save on charging equipment; fewer batteries and charging stations.
    • Save on battery maintenance.
    • Charging batteries after each shift can reduce the lifespan of the battery; where charging it after 2 shifts will increase the lifespan.
  • Space:
    • Fewer batteries and charging stations open’s up additional floor space for more product.

We are putting our money where our mouth is by offering this guarantee on several key Jungheinrich order pickers, reach trucks, turret trucks, and electric pneumatic tire models.

We are also offering FREE demo’s on all Jungheinrich products so you can feel the difference in efficiency that Jungheinrich lift trucks have to offer.

Jungheinrich 2 Shift 1 Charge Guaranteed

Are you ready to step into a new generation of material handling products?

Terms and conditions apply to applications covered, please contact us to learn more!

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Cutting your Forklift Travel Time

Do you feel like you are wasting precious time on extended forklift travel lengths in your warehouse/application?  Time is money so stop wasting it!  Below are a few tips that you can utilize to cut forklift travel times furthermore result in greater efficiency and saving you money.

1st Recognize some Challenges:

  • Frequently handled product is separated due to size or storage handling requirements
  • Stock-Keeping Units or SKU’s has increased to increased demand for products
  • New product lines are being stored wherever there is room
  • Aisles are congested with people, equipment, and product
  • Floor conditions are poor forcing operators to slow down
  • Your fleet is small and may require more trips
  • Warehouse layout may cause inefficient workflows

Once you recognize some of the challenges, let’s look at the factors that can reduce forklift travel time:

Warehouse layout design:

If you were to draw an arrow reflecting the path of which product flows in your operation. Maintaining a single-direction flow from receiving to shipping to optimize travel time.

If the arrows you draw go in different directions, double back, or go opposite to the desired location, there are your problem areas.Bottlenecking Example

  • Try to minimize travel distances between pick up and drop off areas.
  • Reduce the amount of forklift and other congestion in high-travel locations.
  • Improve the access to product areas.
  • Reduce bottlenecking ( See Image Right ).
Do you know what cross-docking is:
  • Cross-docking is the process when product from a manufacturer or supplier are distributed directly to the customer or retail outlet with minimal handling and storage time (Fast moving inventory).
  • Identify the products that can benefit from cross-docking.  Usually, the best products are bar coded with high inventory carrying costs and easy to predict demand.
  • Move your cross-docked inventory from inbound delivery, directly to outbound shipping.
Consider the space you have:
  • Investigate different types of racks for high volume SKU’s.
  • Consider vertical or narrow aisle strategy for better use of space.
Strategically position products:
  • Place your high traffic products close to their destinations.
  • Store fast-moving or heavy products close to ground level for minimized retrieval time.
  • Determine inventory trends based off of seasonal movement, and adjust based on traffic.

For more information or tips on reducing your fleets travel time, contact us at 330-633-6000 and we will be more than happy to provide solutions.

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Warehouse Operations: Finding your Aisle Dimensions

Correctly finding your aisle dimensions is a task that needs to be taken very seriously and with precise accuracy. The need to obtain the correct measurements the first time will save your company the headache of purchasing a forklift that won’t work in your application.  Following these guidelines will start you in the direction of finding the correct aisle dimensions for your warehouse operation.

All of the following measurements have been done with MCFA products specification sheets and using a standard pallet racking system (42” frames) with standard 48’’L X 40” W pallets.

Sit-Down Counterbalanced Forklifts

Sit-Down Counterbalanced Forklift Aisle Clearance

Sit-Down Counterbalanced Forklift Aisle Clearance


A Sit-Down counterbalanced forklift with a capacity rating of up to 6,000 lbs. will require aisle widths of approximately 13-feet for handling standard 48″ long pallets. This will also take into account the use of right angle stacking for placement of loads inside the storage racks.






Aisle Dimensions for Sit-Down Counterbalanced Forklifts

Aisle Dimensions for Sit-Down Counterbalanced Forklifts

Aisle Dimensions for Sit-Down Counterbalanced Forklifts


When using a sit-down counterbalanced forklift of any fuel type, with a capacity of 4,000 lbs. to 6,000 lbs., handling standard 48″ long pallets of materials, the standard requirement is 13-foot wide aisles for storing and retrieving pallets from the pallet racking.

When using a 3,000 lbs. capacity Sit-down counter balance forklift, you will require a 12-1/2 foot wide aisles, which won’t differ much from the 13-foot aisles mentioned above. You won’t get extra storage out of a lower capacity forklift.

For every additional double-row of racks added to the layout shown below, you are required to have an additional 21-feet of building width to accommodate the double rows of racking and the additional clearance width to access those racks.

When looking at your layout, you must take into account all building columns, utilities, and other obstructions that may affect your layout and prevent you from optimizing the number of pallets available.

 Narrow Aisle Stand-up Counterbalance Forklifts

Narrow Aisle Stand-up Counterbalanced Forklift Aisle Clerance

Narrow Aisle Stand-up Counterbalanced Forklift Aisle Clearance


Narrow aisle stand-up counterbalanced forklifts will require aisle widths of approximately 11-feet for handling any standard 48″ long pallet loads, for right angle stacking of loads in storage racking. This is true for most narrow aisle forklifts that are rated capacities of 3,000 lbs. to 5,500 lbs.

Narrow Aisle reach trucks with a single reach application is also known as a pantograph forklift can operate at capacities up to 4,500 lbs. in aisles as narrow as 8 ½-9-feet wide.




Aisle Dimensions for Narrow Aisle Stand-Up Counterbalanced Forklifts

Aisle Dimensions for Narrow Aisle Stand-up Counterbalanced Forklifts

Aisle Dimensions for Narrow Aisle Stand-up Counterbalanced Forklifts


When using a Narrow Aisle Stand-up counterbalanced forklift with a rated capacity of 3,000 lbs. to 4,500 lbs. while handling a standard 48″ pallet, you require an approximately 11-foot wide aisle for storing and retrieving pallets in a standard racking system.

For each additional double row of racks added to your layout shown below, you will require an additional 19-feet of building width to accommodate the double rows of racks and the additional width needed to access those racks.

When looking at your layout you must take into account all building columns, utilities, and other obstructions that may affect your layout thus prevent you from optimizing the number of pallets available for use.

Turret or Swing-Mast Very Narrow Aisle Forklifts

Very Narrow Aisle Forklift Clearance

 Very Narrow Aisle Forklift Clearance


Turret or Swing-Mast Narrow Aisle forklifts require aisle widths approximately 6-foot with standard 48’’ long pallets with loads to be placed and retrieved inside the racking system.  This type of forklift has an articulating swivel mast that pivots to place pallets on either the left or right of the machine into the standard racking system.

This type of narrow picking is accomplished with the first-in-first-out inventory system; which has many types of the same SKU (Stock Keep Units) and very few or only one or two loads of each is held within the inventory.

Aisle Dimensions for Turret or Swing Mast Forklifts

Aisle Dimensions for Very Narrow Aisle Forklifts

Aisle Dimensions for Very Narrow Aisle Forklifts


When using a Swing Mast or Turret Truck from 3,000 lbs. to 3,500 lbs. capacity that is handling the average 48″ pallet with a load you require approximately 6-feet wide aisles for storing and retrieving pallets out of the racks.

For each additional double row of racks added to the layout shown below you would require an additional 14-foot of building width to accommodate the double rows of racks and additional aisle needed to access those loads.

When looking at your layout you must take into account all building columns, utilities, and other obstructions that may affect your layout and prevent you from optimizing the number of pallets available for use.


Narrow Aisle Double Reach Forklifts

Narrow Aisle Double Reach Forklift

Narrow Aisle Double Reach Forklift


Stand up rider narrow aisle double reach or deep reach forklifts will require an aisle width of approximately 10-feet for standard 48″ long pallets with loads for placing and storing on standard racking at a right angle.

These forklifts have double scissor pantograph allowing for storage and retrieval in two deep standard racking.




Aisle Dimensions for Narrow Aisle Double Reach Forklifts

Aisle Dimensions for Narrow Aisle Double/Deep Reach Forklifts

Aisle Dimensions for Narrow Aisle Double/Deep Reach Forklifts


When using a Narrow Aisle Double Reach forklift that carries approximately 3,500 lbs on a standard 48″ pallet with a load you are required to have approximately 10-feet wide aisles for clearance when placing and retrieving pallets from the racking system.

For each additional quad-row of racking you must add to the layout (see below), you will be required to have an additional 26-feet of building width to accommodate the four rows of racks and additional aisle need to access those racks.

When looking at your layout you must take into account all building columns, utilities, and other obstructions that may affect the layout and prevent you from optimizing the number of pallets available.




Finding your aisle dimensions is important for choosing the correct truck for your application. This can be a tricky situation if you don’t know where to measure. Ensure that you don’t make costly mistakes by giving us a call today so that we can be your supplier for all material handling needs.  Request information to have one of our experienced forklift experts come out and assist you with the measurements.

Contact us with any questions or call 1-800-458-7941


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