Heavy lifting is no easy task. Whether managing a single machine, or a whole fleet, the team at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Caterpiller Forklift America know that your operations and employees rely on forklifts every day to bear the load.
When Daikin Global - a global manufacturer of HVAC systems - was building their new 4.2 million square foot facility they needed a better way to move product around the factory floor, knowing that nearly every Daikin or Goodman HVAC product shipped in the U.S. would be passing through this campus. Management faced a two-pronged challenge that the Jungheinrich EFG 220 Series - from MHI and MCFA - was prepared to meet: operator comfort and long run times.
When building their state-of-the-art campus, Daikin management specifically wanted all new lift truck purchases to be electric forklifts.
At Daikin’s groundbreaking ceremony, Mr. Takeshi Ebisu, president and CEO of Daikin North America stated, “The operational efficiencies we achieve will be reflected in the superb quality of our high-efficiency, energy-saving heating and cooling systems.”
All of Daikin’s manufacturing facilities previously used internal combustion forklifts. With its new facility, Daikin was first considering three-wheel electric counterbalanced forklift options from several different forklift manufacturers, including Jungheinrich lift trucks.
As part of the decision-making process, Daikin evaluated and demonstrated several different competitors’ products in addition to the Jungheinrich EFG 220 series – a 2,500 – 4,000 lb., 3-wheel electric counterbalanced forklift. Overwhelmingly, Daikin’s management team and forklift operators preferred the Jungheinrich lift trucks due to the truck’s ability to run 16 hours on one battery charge, its leading comfort, ergonomics and ability to move smoothly across their large facility.
Today, Daikin now operates more than 300 Jungheinrich lift trucks in its Houston facility, including a mix of man-up turret trucks, three-wheel electric counterbalance lift trucks, tow tractors, four-wheel electric pneumatic forklifts, walkie pallet trucks, powered pallet trucks, high-level order pickers, stand-up end controls, and pantograph reach trucks.