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Payback from Materials Handling Equipment

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Safetech  designs and manufactures lifting as well as materials handling equipment including scissor lifts, pallet handling systems, crane systems, goods hoists and stretch wrappers.

The decision to purchase lifting or materials handling equipment is often delayed or put off whilst a business decides if it can afford the expense. In many situations the reality is the reverse: the longer the delay, the greater the lost opportunity.

Three recent cases illustrate this point:

Low Level Cold Store Tilter

Considerable labour was expended on manual unstacking and restacking pallets of frozen meat products to allow the removal of freezer sheets from between product layers. 

The purchase of a low level tilter provided labour savings that paid for the equipment within three months. After that it was all profit.

Pallet Inverter

A central Victorian seed company was spending hundreds of thousands of dollars per annum paying for pallet hire in its seed warehouses.

Two in-house pallet inverters returned their investment within 7 months through the de-hiring of pallets that was made possible by using the pallet inverters to de-palletise onto in-house pallets.


The purchase of 7 Palifts allowed a New South Wales brewer to reduce palletising time by 15%, which quickly turned a profit whilst helping to prevent injury and worker fatigue.

Palift has a long history of successfully increasing worker productivity and its benefits have been proven in more than 50,000 applications around the world.

The same kind of financial returns are routinely seen with many kinds of materials handling products. True cost-benefit analysis can be the way to demonstrate to financial managers that the decision to purchase is more profitable sooner rather than later.

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