During these uncertain times, Fallsway Equipment Company is dedicated to continuing the support of essential businesses, as they support their customers and communities. We also are remaining committed to the safety and health of our employees, customers, and partners. Closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, CDC guidelines, in addition to national, state and local government directives, we are taking proactive steps in each unit of our business to reduce the spread and impact of the virus, while continuing to provide as much uninterrupted service as possible. We truly appreciate your understanding and cooperation with the preventative measures we have put in place to keep our employees and yours safe and healthy. Thank you for your business, confidence, and trust as we work together to overcome this tremendous challenge.
Learn more about the actions Fallsway is taking to confront COVID-19 and support our customers, team, and community by reading the letter from our President, Jeff Zimmer, below:
To Our Valued Customers,
As we all continue to navigate the unknowns of COVID-19 and its effect on our daily lives, Fallsway Equipment is committed to standing with you during this difficult time. As outlined below, we are taking precautionary measures to reduce the spread of the virus and ensuring we can safely and dependably continue our services to your business.
Continued implementation of CDC’s precautionary guidelines.
Suspended all non-essential business travel.
Implemented remote working alternatives for employees where available.
Equipped technicians with surgical gloves while working on control areas of customer’s equipment.
Established internal process to avoid direct employee contact.
Encouraged any employee who is symptomatic in the least to stay home and focus on their wellness.
The challenges and disruptions to normal business created by COVID-19 are very real and are fluid. As such, we understand the need for many of our customers to limit vendor access to their facilities or require flexible alternatives to the services they provide. Fallsway Equipment is fully supportive of whatever changes you may have enacted to ensure the safety of your employees. We are also available to continue service to your company in a flexible capacity if deemed appropriate. Our team members are making every effort to communicate with you on what that flexibility may look like for your business.
Examples of flexible service alternatives:
Pick up your equipment and repair in our shop – provide a heavily discounted rental rate while your truck is down.
Repair equipment outside in a safe, designated area.
Repair equipment after hours. No after-hours fees will apply until further notice.
Shipment of parts directly to your facility.
Rest assured, we are well stocked and supported by the best, most well-capitalized manufactures in our industry, and we do not anticipate any slow down or disruption to supply of any kind.
Partnerships are easy when things are good… they are tested when things are difficult. We are proud that our customers are part of our nation’s critical supply chain and we feel a deep responsibility to help you operate as normal as possible during this difficult time. We will get through this together, we always do, and we will be stronger on the other side!
Stay safe, and God bless, Jeff Zimmer President Fallsway Equipment Company
Feel free to contact us with any questions or inquiries!
For companies that operate in warehouses, especially in the manufacturing industry, it is well-known that Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) offer benefits such as unmatched productivity and cost-saving benefits. However, like most innovative technology, implementing AGVs can be a daunting and complicated task. To simplify the process, Jungheinrich has recently developed a tried and tested process that ensures a smooth and successful implementation. Learn more about the 6 steps to prepare for AGVs below.
Step 1: Gather
need a detailed analysis of your intralogistics requirements, which serves as a
foundation for implementing AGVs. Reviewing your transport matrix, we will work
with you to establish your required transport volume and assess the condition
of your pick-up and drop-off points, also known as sources and destinations.
Many other factors are assessed, such as types of loads, loading aid requirements,
travel routes, and special considerations.
information is obtained, the next step is to consider the warehouses IT setup. First
question to ask is if you are already working with a warehouse management
system, whether a wireless network is already in place, and finally which
system interface will need to be considered for your specific equipment?
information, Jungheinrich determines which AGVs systems are suitable for your
business. This includes a charging concept, type and operating times of the AGVs,
and necessary peripheral parameters. Many customers often find they want signal
units such as buttons for any conveyor technology as well as the I/O boxes that
communicate with external controllers for doors, sensors, etc.
offers a variety of Automated Guided Vehicle solutions that allows us to
recommend the best AGV tailored to your needs. Whether you want your AGVs to be
a standalone system or integrated with your warehouse management system, you
will benefit from the fast, straightforward integration.
Define Your Processes
When you are
preparing for a functional specification, you will want to map out the
foundation for all processes and scheduling of your project. This is to ensure
the smooth application of the AGVS. Depending on how complex the future AGVs
system is, it can be useful to factor in a real-time simulation.
Using CAD data of your warehouse, we may consider creating a layout of virtual travel routes. Individual vehicle properties are also considered including visited stations and battery charging processes. This real-time simulation considers borderline situations such as performance peaks or bottlenecks.
companies may prefer to commission a real-time simulation from a specialist,
allowing you to further assess the deployment of AGVs into your company. This
provides vital decision-making basis and offers flexibility when it comes to
awarding the contract.
You are now
ready to order your automated guided vehicles.
Preparation for Implementation
Now that we
have chosen and ordered our AGV, setup and installations of software for the
AGVs is next. Testing of software will be performed in order to conduct the
individual or prepared programming of the master computer and necessary
programmable logic controller interfaces. Testing of the function of the I/O
boxes will also need to be performed before installation.
preparation, the signal units and I/O boxes will be installed in your
warehouse. Based off our practical experience we recommend the preparation of
the environment, such as the electrical wiring, be completed by YOUR inhouse
technicians as they are more familiar with conditions. Depending on the
environment, fitters may install reflectors for the AGVS laser navigation.
Luckily, with Jungheinrich AGVs there is no need for conversion work, another
reason to go with Jungheinrich!
On-Site Installation and Integration
operators and key users will need to receive specialized training to
familiarized themselves with the new AGVs. Employees must be familiar with
troubleshooting operations, vehicle engagements, and charging, in order to be
delivery is complete, you will want to check the functionality of the AGVs and
make necessary fine-tuning by designating a test area for the AVGs. Next you
will test whether the AGV follows the optimum routes on the programmed travel
paths. Trained technicians should follow the vehicle, record any deviations,
and correct them afterwards.
successful integration tests of connected conveyor technology, lifts,
high-speed doors, etc., your customer-specific documentation will be completed
and transferred. Throughout this entire process, attention should be paid
closely to safety, which also should be covered separately in a dedicated
Next step is
to hand over the operating system to your operators and key users.
AGVS Start Operation
AGVs goes live, this begins the start of the commissioning phase and a turning
point in the intralogistics process. Throughout this phase, you will likely
need start-up assistance to your operators and relevant employees, so it will
be critical to have someone available to contact regarding all your questions
and issues that you may experience. Luckily, yet another advantage of
Jungheinrich is that they will be available to you for all your questions as
well as provide start-up assistance to your operators and rectify any problems
training, your employees may discover the advantages and disadvantages offered
by the AGVs, but they may have some concerns about changes to their work
environment. Having someone available to them to answer their questions will go
a long way in demonstrating the interaction between man and machine, making the
day-to-day easier. The commissioning phase concludes when a quality assessment
of your automated system is completed.
After this step, everything is implemented and working smoothly, which leads us to step 6.
Maintenance and Support
Once things start settling down with your new AGVs, if there are any faults or general questions regarding your system Jungheinrich is just one call away. Your AGVs may be running during non-business hours, so it is CRUCIAL to have support that is available 24/7 and 365 days a year.
that by partnering with Jungheinrich, we will provide support round-the-clock
with our 24/7 support hotline staffed by AGV experts. We can quickly solve most
issues remotely but can also send a local service engineer if need be.
Depending on your warehouse, you can choose between multiple levels of product
support and maintenance options.
one to step six, Jungheinrich knows what it takes to get AGVs up and running.
Our systematic automated guided vehicles process considers YOUR specific needs
and provides you with the AGVs solution that maximizes your productivity. As a
Jungheinrich dealer, Fallsway Equipment Company has the knowledge, training,
and resources to help you throughout the 6 steps to prepare for AGVs.
diving into why your operation should consider adding a turret truck to your
fleet, the first order of business is answering the question, “What is a turret
truck?”. Turret trucks are very specialized machines for very-narrow-aisle (VNA)
applications. Immediately drawing attention due to its unique design, there are
traditionally two options available, man-up, the more common option where the
carriage and operator are lifted to retrieve and store pallets, and man-down,
where the operator stays down while picking orders.
operation limited because you don’t have enough room to store inventory? Turret
trucks are designed to increase warehouse capacity by reducing aisle widths,
thus making room for more aisles. Since the
forks are mounted on a smaller front mast that can rotate 180 degrees, the
operator has access to both sides of the racking aisle without rotating the
unit. VNA turret trucks can reduce aisle width by 50%. Save space and increase
warehouse capacity with turret trucks!
With a pallet throughput 3x as high as the standard counterbalance forklift, no equipment can handle more pallets and loads than turret trucks. However, not only are turret trucks implemented in operations that are looking to increase volume and productivity, but also for those looking to cut costs. When turret trucks are added to a fleet, fewer operators are needed to produce the same output. Whether looking to increase productivity or cut costs, turret trucks are designed to optimize your operation.
Trucks from Jungheinrich
turret trucks worldwide than Crown, Raymond, or Yale, Jungheinrich is your
industry leader for quality and cost-savings. German designed, you will find
unmatched energy efficiency, productivity, ergonomics, and intelligence in each
Jungheinrich turret truck.
A pioneer in AC forklift motors, Jungheinrich has unmatched technology and the most experience relating to energy efficiency. For example, they are the only turret truck manufacturer on the planet that can guarantee two shifts (16 run hours) on one battery charge. Regardless if your operation is one or two shifts, you will need to charge your battery less frequently, resulting in a significant increase in battery life and cost savings. In addition, exclusively Jungheinrich offers reluctance AC motors, reducing energy losses by up to 50% when driving, steering, and using hydraulics. Energy efficiency saves you money, and none do it better than Jungheinrich.
Jungheinrich, performance is just as important as energy efficiency. Not only
do they manufacture turret trucks with the highest reach on the planet at an
impressive 708”, but put head-to-head against competitors, Jungheinrich is also
more productive and has a higher lift speed. They work smarter so you can work
harder. Enjoy unmatched productivity and performance with turret trucks from
Turret trucks from Jungheinrich increase efficiency and performance through operator comfort and optimized design. Your operators are guaranteed to love the spacious operator compartment with extensive legroom and a full suspension seat with adjustable armrests. In addition to a flexible concept for comfortable sitting or standing, Jungheinrich also implements intuitive and comfortable operator controls.
Jungheinrich Warehouse Navigation is a form of semi-automation that uses RF transponders to pinpoint and navigate to the next order in the quickest time and using the least amount of energy. Implementing this technology could increase productivity by up to 25%. Warehouse Navigation can be to be integrated with your warehouse management system, eliminating operator errors and make every operator a top performer!
When choosing a turret truck, Jungheinrich is a clear choice. Experience the difference for yourself and demo against the competition. Not only will your operators love it, but the increase in productivity and cost savings will take your operation to the next level. Contact Fallsway today to find the perfect fit for your operation!
We are proud to announce that we have been mentioned in the
December Edition of Modern Work Truck Solutions, along with our partnership
with VMAC, a supplier of truck-mounted air compressors. The Modern Work Truck
Solutions is a premier source for industry information and insight into the
operations, maintenance, technology, and safety of light-duty, medium-duty, and
heavy-duty work trucks. Their magazine is a great way to stay up to date with
the latest stories and news in the industry.
Fallsway is a proud supplier of VMAC, the leader in compressed air innovation, and has been for the last 15 years. We work with them to provide high-performing and affordable truck-mounted air compressors to our customers. Thanks to unmatched support, great products, and high-value, Fallsway and VMAC have enjoyed an extremely successful relationship.
This article in Modern Work Truck Solutions Magazine goes
into detail about how VMAC and Fallsway worked together to be a solutions
provider and create a great relationship with a customer. Thank you to all
At Fallsway we are committed to exceeding your expectations.
One way we exceed that expectation is by offering a wide range of products and
services to our clients. One of these services is for outfitting police
vehicles with the client’s best interest in mind. Not only do we carry a variety
of products for law enforcement vehicles, but we also work with our suppliers
to develop products to fit your specific needs and applications.
From computer mounts to window armor, we represent the top brands
in the industry for:
And much more!
With years of experience working with law enforcement we work
tirelessly to provide the best solution. Whether it’s our professionals using
their time with your police department or our mechanics implementing the vision,
our goal is to fulfill your needs. With each police department receiving a specific
outfitting for their needs we are confident that you will find a solution that
leaves you satisfied.
We currently service police stations in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Let our EVT-certified technicians come out and see if Fallsway is the right fit for you. Click here to visit our website.
Safe forklift operation is essential for any business. An important detail to know when operating a forklift is the capacity of your forklift limit. Below we will explain what forklift load capacity is, as well as what you need to know to safely operate your forklifts.
Safety is a top
priority for any business owner and operators should:
know safety devices and functions of the lift truck.
use the forklift as intended to be used.
not drive recklessly.
space out forks properly.
never exceed the rated capacity of the forklift.
What is Capacity and How to Determine the Weight You Can Carry?
OSHA requires that ALL
forklifts have an updated data plate that indicates information like capacity,
load center, and maximum lift height. Loads can come in various shapes and
sizes, not just symmetrical boxes. Forklift max capacity is determined by the load
center of the product you’re picking up.
Figuring out the
maximum weight your forklift can carry, you must consider several factors. The load size, position, weight distribution,
and the stability of the truck all affect lifting capacity. As an example, if
you have a 4,000-pound rectangular box standing up vertically, the forklifts
load capacity will be higher than if it was positioned horizontally with the
long end of the box overhanging the forks. That is why the center of your loads
plays a critical part in determining the maximum capacity.
Risks to Exceeding Forklift Capacities:
hazards can occur if you go over the maximum capacity. Some included are:
Dropping the load.
Loss of steering control.
To avoid these
hazards, operators should:
know where the forklift’s load capacity plate located.
understand a load’s weight, shape, size, and position.
have the heaviest part of the load closer to the mast.
keep the distance from the front wheels to the load’s center of gravity minimum.
Note that having different
forklift attachments will change the characteristics of how each forklift will
operate, including the load capacity. It is crucial to keep each data tag
updated with each attachment and have operators understand the de-rated
capacity of the forklift so they can know their limitations.
How to Locate Load Capacity Data
All forklifts have a
load capacity data plate. They are usually within viewing distance when the
operator enters the forklift, but this varies depending on the make and model
of the forklift. The plate differs and may display some or all of the following
General information like brand, model, serial number, and forklift type.
Information on components and parts: Tire type and sizes, mast type, and tire tread.
Forklift and battery weight.
Attachments in weight calculation.
Load center distances.
Max lifting height.
Lift trucks with high
masts will have a different capacity rating for the various heights; as an
operator, you should refer to the manufacturer’s capacity plate for the mast
Avoiding Load Capacity Issues
These are some of the
basic rules you can follow to avoid running into forklift load capacity issues
and creating a safer work environment.
Train operators to check load capacity plates and never make assumptions.
Never go over the forklifts stated load capacity.
Purchase equipment with load capacities slightly greater than you need for the job.
Instruct operators to read and follow instructions in the operator’s manual.
Make sure each forklift has the correct information and is legible to read.
Travel at a safe speed that will maintain control of the forklift with and without a load.
Keep the load at a safe traveling height of 2-4 inches from the ground.
awareness and proper training will prevent accidents in the workplace.
Founded in 1959, Snorkel started out as a firefighting
equipment company that developed an aerial work platform specifically designed
for aerial firefighting and rescue work. They quickly made a name for
themselves in the industry, setting the standard for aerial firefighting
equipment. About 20 years later, Snorkel entered the construction and
industrial markets with its first telescopic boom lifts. Premiering the first
aluminum upper booms and platforms in the industry, this new product line
utilized technology from their firefighting equipment, including
state-of-the-art hydraulic and electrical systems, to become an industry leader.
Since then, Snorkel has continued to grow and currently manufactures aerial
lifts of all types and sizes. Whether you are looking for a scissor lift or
boom lift, Snorkel has you covered. Also, if you have a unique need, they work
with you to provide a custom solution.
Snorkel has a wide range of equipment based on your specific
needs and application.
Choose from a full line of scissor lifts suitable for indoor
and outdoor applications. Ranging from low-level, rough terrain, or electric,
the Snorkel line of scissor lifts spans maximum working heights from 12 ft. 6
in. to 45 ft. and maximum platform capacities from 500 lbs. to 1,500 lbs.
Whether you are looking for articulated, electric, telescopic,
or towable, the Snorkel family of boom lifts combines power and precision for
efficient working at height. Ranging from 41 ft. 9 in. to 132 ft. in maximum
working height, and maximum platform capacities ranging from 425 lbs. to 600
lbs., there is a Snorkel boom lift for almost any application.
Snorkel and Fallsway: A Perfect Pair
Snorkel and Fallsway are the perfect pair. For starters, we were both established in 1959, currently celebrating our 60th year in business! This is not simply a neat coincidence, but it also shows both Fallsway and Snorkel have the knowledge and experience to provide solutions to even the most difficult problems. If you have ever done business with Fallsway in the past, you know firsthand the pride and trust we have in the products we offer. Not only does Snorkel offer a product that is unmatched when it comes to quality and value, but they also provide first-class support for service and parts.
What do electricians, oil and gas crews, HVAC workers, construction teams, utility workers, and people from many more industries have in common? They all rely on custom-built trucks every single day to get their job done. But with all these different industries, how can each business, township, city, and department spec the ultimate work truck for their specific needs? Furthermore, what are the criteria and considerations that go into the specification process?
In this blog, we will cover everything you need to know when designing and spec’ing a work truck, including how to choose the right chassis and service body.
The first step is always to consider the application of the
truck. Make a list of the tasks and functions that the truck needs to be able
to perform in addition to the estimated time for each task. It is crucial to
visualize the truck and have an accurate picture of how your truck will be used
on the job.
Questions to ask:
Is your truck primarily a mobile workshop or hauler?
How much will it be used?
How many people will be using it?
Is it used at night?
How much time does it spend on the road and how frequently does it stop? Will it need to tow anything?
Building on the application, it is important to consider where the truck will be used. There are a variety of surfaces that trucks can run on, including unimproved roads, snow, mud, steep terrain, busy streets, and off-road. If you list all the locations, surfaces, climates, and conditions that will be encountered, you will be able to properly identify any special capabilities needed.
The third consideration is access. A truck that is difficult
to navigate and retrieve cargo from wastes time, thus lowering productivity. Access
is heavily influenced by application, industry, and cargo.
Questions to ask:
Where and how will materials and people move throughout the truck body day after day?
Do drivers need access to the cargo space from the cab, curb, or back of the truck?
Will users need to enter and exit frequently?
Will materials be transferred in and out of the truck bed? If so, how?
What will you be moving? Heavy equipment, bulk material, palleted goods, or something else?
Accurately determining load size plays a significant role in spec’ing the ultimate work truck, especially in selecting the right chassis. Every truck has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), the maximum operating weight/mass of a vehicle as specified by the manufacturer. It is important to consider and calculate everything that will add weight (the crew, their tools, cargo, any additional equipment, etc.). One of the most common errors made with spec’ing a work truck is getting a chassis with too small capacity. This results in costly losses in productivity and excess wear and tear on the vehicle.
Everything needs to be accounted for; everything needs a
place. List any additional equipment that will be needed on the work based on
the application, such as ladder racks, hoists, or cranes. Also, make sure to layout
and record any additional items that will be carried, such as liquids, spooled
materials, pipes, and bulky items.
It is important to be aware of and understand all the regulations that govern vehicle operation. They vary state to state but have a huge impact on the design and specs of a work truck
Choosing The Right Partner
Even though it is mentioned last, who you complete the
process with and choose as your partner is arguably the most important step in
the process. There are many companies that sell and install truck bodies; however,
the best ones work with you throughout the entire process to make sure you are
getting the perfect chassis with a service body customized to your specific
needs. Don’t spend too much time designing your work truck, let the dealers do
the work! This is where Fallsway comes in. With a consultative approach to
selling, we make sure to get to know you and your needs before we start
providing a solution. Enjoy experienced experts that are among the best in the
industry at solving problems and providing solutions. Trust Fallsway to spec your
ultimate work truck!
Looking to design and spec the ultimate work truck for your operation? Just have a question? Our experts are happy to help. Contact us today!
Fallsway Equipment specializes in providing custom solutions catered to your specific needs at our state-of-the-art facility in Akron. Representing the best manufacturers in the industry, including Reading for commercial truck bodies and Whelen for lighting, along with our team that has industry-leading experience, knowledge, and resources, you are guaranteed to get exactly what you need.
Truck-mounted forklifts, also known as piggyback forklifts are mounted on the back of a truck or trailer and load and unload materials from the trailer bed. A truck-mounted forklift is a valuable asset for any driver who handles materials from the back of their trailer. This equipment allows workers to manage worksites without a loading and unloading bay. They tend to be lighter and more agile compared to industrial forklifts.
At Fallsway Equipment we proudly supply two brands of truck-mounted forklifts in Manitou and Navigator.
Navigator truck-mounted forklifts offer a dynamic range of uses in various work environments. They have lifting capacities up to 6,500 lbs for handling larger materials when loading a back of a trailer.
Key Features Include
Highly maneuverable rear-wheel steer
Integrated counterweight, adding strength and capacity
Dynamic with options based on the application requirement
Engineered to be robust and reliable
Time-Tested, proven design
Manitou truck-mounted forklifts offer a simple and effection solution to your material handling. Designed for top performance on rough terrains and can reduce unloading times due to its robust telescopic boom!
Key Features Include:
Telescopic boom, capable of extended reaching
Compact and lightweight for easy transport
360-degree view with no blocked vision
High Traction and stability with extra-wide, lugged tires.
Both the Manitou and Navigator truck-mounted forklifts are great options to have for rough terrain environments. If you are undecided on which one would suit your business needs, give one of our experts a call to help you make a decision!
Jungheinrich EZS 7280NA: Electric Tow Tractor (Tugger)
With a compact durable design, the all-new 64,700 lb. capacity electric tow tractor from Jungheinrich is designed for towing heavy-duty loads in any industry. Enjoy a small turning radius, high performance when moving on ramps, an ergonomic workstation, corrosion protection, and energy efficiency while transporting heavy loads across the airport tarmac or industrial facility. Learn more about the Jungheinrich EZS 7280NA tugger and why it might be a great fit for your operation.
The EZS 7280NA reaches speeds of 15.5 mph (unloaded) and 7.5 mph (loaded). This allows your operators to quickly and effectively get where they need to go.
Designed to make life easy on your operators and save time, the touch mode feature makes it easy to attach and detach trailers.
Have ramps or inclines? No worry, the EZS 7280NA tows up to
9.5 tons, 21,000 lbs., on 10% grade ramps.
All parts and components are easily accessible; therefore,
it is easier and faster to service.
The Jungheinrich EZS 7280NA provides maximum productivity
without sacrificing safety.
Driver Visibility – Enjoy a clear driving view with minimal blind spots. Also, cutouts on the rear panel provide an excellent view of the coupling.
Automatic Parking Brake – The tow tractor and trailer are
secured automatically when it stops.
Hill-Start Assist – While on a ramp or incline, start
without any roll-back. Paired with anti-skid control (ASC), you are ensured
smooth, reliable acceleration in the toughest situations.
curveControl – This option automatically reduces speed while
turning corners avoids tipping and ensures control over the load.
The EZS 7280NA comes with proprietary 3-phase AC technology
from Jungheinrich, thus consumes less energy, extends the battery life, and
increases run times.
For 24/7 operations and high usage applications, the Jungheinrich EZS 7280NA has an XL option, which enables a larger battery size. As a result, there will be an increase in performance and energy efficiency.
Ergonomic workstation features several designs implemented
with the operator in mind, such as:
Automotive-style interior and operation with foot-pedal and adjustable steering column
Spacious cabin with an optimum all-round view, including great visibility of the coupling from the operator’s seat
Low entry step with level foot-well
Outlet vents that prevent fogging
Total Cost of Ownership
Across its product line, Jungheinrich implements productivity features, energy and awareness designs, ergonomics, and uptime to minimize the total cost of ownership. The Jungheinrich EZS 7280NA is no different. Save time and money with 1,000-hour service intervals.
If you are looking to take the total cost of ownership even lower, consider getting it with the lithium-Ion package.
Fast charging with no need for battery exchanges
Maintenance-free and no odors from gases or acidification
Longer service life
Charging can be interrupted at any time without damage to the battery
5-year battery warranty
Basic Capacity (lbs)
Length To Fork Face
Chassis Width (in)
Chassis Height (in) ¹
Gross Weight (lbs) ¹
EZS 7280 NA XL
Learn more about the Jungheinrich EZS 7280NA tugger and why it might be a great fit for your operation.