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

COVID-19 Business Update

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!

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6 Steps to Prepare for AGVs

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 Information

You will 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.

Once this 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?

Using this 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.

Jungheinrich 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.

Step 2: 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.

Some 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.

Step 3: 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.

During 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!

Step 4: On-Site Installation and Integration

Your 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 worked independently.

Since AGVs are generally used in operations with both manual trucks and pedestrians it’s best if your employees get to know their new “colleagues.” A safety briefing is heavily recommended, See our video for the top 5 rules of working with AGVs.

Once 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.

Following 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 training course.

Next step is to hand over the operating system to your operators and key users.

Step 5: AGVS Start Operation

Once your 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 directly.

During 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.

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.

Rest assured 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.

Ready to Get Started?

From step 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.

Contact Fallsway Today to find out more!

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Turret Trucks

Turret Trucks what are

Before 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.

Increase Warehouse Capacity

Jungheinrich Turret Truck EKX5156k
Jungheinrich EKX516k

Is your 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!

Increase Productivity

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.

Turret Trucks from Jungheinrich

Selling more 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.

Energy Efficiency

Jungheinrich EKX man-up Turret Truck
Jungheinrich EKX 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.

Productivity

For 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 Jungheinrich.

Ergonomics

Jungheinrich EKX 516k turret truck controls
Jungheinrich EKX 516k

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.

Intelligence

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!

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Police Vehicle Upfitting

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.

Police Vehicle Upfitting Outfitting Mount

From computer mounts to window armor, we represent the top brands in the industry for:

  • Weapon mounts
  • Dog cages
  • Lighting products
  • Computer mounts
  • Partitions
  • Window Armor
  • Push bumpers
  • And much more!
Example of a Police Upfitting Computer Mount

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.

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Forklift Load Capacity

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:

Forklift operator training
  • be trained
  • 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:

Several life-threating hazards can occur if you go over the maximum capacity. Some included are:

  • Dropping the load.
  • Collision.
  • Loss of steering control.
  • Tipping over.

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 information:

forklift data plate
  • 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.
  • Tilt degree.
  • Load capacity.
  • 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 height ratings.

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. 

Increasing operator awareness and proper training will prevent accidents in the workplace. 

If you still have questions regarding your forklifts load capacity, contact one of our Forklift Specialists for assistance! 

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Snorkel Aerial Equipment

Snorkel aerial lift scissor lift boom lift

Who is Snorkel?

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 Equipment

Snorkel has a wide range of equipment based on your specific needs and application.

Snorkel scissor lift aerial lift

Scissor Lifts

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.

Snorkel Boom Lifts Aerial Equipment

Boom Lifts

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.

Contact Fallsway today to learn how your operation can benefit from the high-quality materials and ergonomic designs only offered by Snorkel.

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Truck Mounted Forklifts

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

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

Navigator Truck Mounted Forklift loading back of a trailer
  • 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

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!

Manitou Truck Mounted Forklift mounted on the back of a trailer

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!

Click here to contact one of our Truck Mounted Forklift specialists and get a quote started!

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Online Forklift Parts Store

Quickly access the parts you need to keep your forklift fleet operating at its best through our online parts store. Whether you’re performing a tune-up, replacing a broken tail light, or rebuilding an engine you can quickly check part availability and pricing for over 4.2 million replacement parts, regardless of your forklift make and model. Streamlining your parts ordering allows you to spend less time maintaining your forklift fleet and more time running your business.

Search Options:

You are able to search by
– Truck Model
– Part Number
– Product Catalog

In addition, you have access to OEM Parts Manuals.

Site Features:

Purchase parts online 24/7
View parts pricing and availability
Search and view previous orders
Manage purchases for all assets in your fleet
Access parts orders and fleet information

Contact us today to take advantage of our online forklift parts store! It is quick and easy to get set up, and even quicker and easier to search for forklift parts.

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Jungheinrich ETV: First Reach Truck with Lithium-Ion

Jungheinrich has done it again by introducing the world’s first reach truck with a fully integrated lithium-ion battery. The ETV 216i sit-down moving mast reach truck inspired by the previous ETV 2 series of reach trucks.

ETV 216i Features

  • Fast Lifting & Lowering
  • High Residual Capacities
  • Mast & Fork Tilt
  • 360 Ah Integrated Lithium-ion Battery
  • Adjustable Armrest & Steering wheel
  • Storage Trays & Compartments
  • Color Display

Lithium-Ion Advantages:

  • Fast Charging
  • No battery exchanges
  • Maintenance-free with no odors from electrolyte leakage
  • 5-year battery warranty
  • Longer service life and lower maintenance compared to lead-acid
  • You can interrupt the charge anytime without negative results

Reliability:  The ETV combines a zero maintenance lithium-ion battery and added load stability due to its cabin design and counterweight to increase operator confidence and reduced down-times.

Ergonomics: Operators can work in comfort with the roomy compartment with plenty of legroom. The adjustable armrest and steering wheel position helps to support any operator during long shifts.

Operation: The compact design of the lithium-ion battery gives the operator increased visibility of the forks when lifting at higher heights.

Performance: Increased lifting and lowering speeds than conventional vehicles will increase productivity over time!

Want to learn more about the new Jungheinrich ETV 216i sit-down moving mast reach truck with fully integrated lithium-ion battery? Contact us for more information!

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Fallsway Partners with Rightline Equipment Attachments

Fallsway Equipment Company is proud to announce that we have partnered with Rightline Equipment Inc. We are now an authorized distributor of Rightline forklift attachments in Akron, Canton, Youngstown and surrounding areas. Continue reading »

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