Briggs flexes its fleet solutions for demanding cable operation

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A leading provider of specialist high performance subsea cables and umbilical systems has turned to Briggs Equipment for a bespoke handling solution when it needed a diverse range of materials handling equipment.

JDR Cables Systems Ltd, winner of Queens Award for Enterprise, has been supplied with a mixed fleet of 12 machines including four Yale VX25 diesel counterbalance trucks and a series of other equipment ranging from five tonnes to 40 tonnes. The equipment has been supplied across JDR's site in Hartlepool and its headquarters in Littleport, Cambridgeshire to help deliver products throughout the offshore oil, gas and renewables market.

Richard Dade, Central Region Sales Executive for Briggs Equipment explained: "JDR's processes are extremely complex because its products change from day to day which require different handling methods. It was vital that we explored all avenues of their business to supply trucks which could cover a wide range of handling operations."

Briggs has supplied the fleet on a long term flexible hours contract which consists of six month intervals to review the usage of the equipment.

"JDR needed the flexibility to use machines more or less than the contract's planned hours. Variation would then be charged or credited to the next six-month period. A fixed scale of charges means that there is transparency and confidence in the fairness of charges," Richard continued.

A range of truck features including collision impact sensors have also been fitted to the majority of the machines which automatically shut the trucks down on impact and can only be restarted by a supervisor. In addition, these machines also include key pad operator access to help monitor driver behaviour.

Other customer specified features include load weight indicators which let the operators know how much weight the forks are lifting to help reduce CO2 emissions and tyre ware. These have also helped to minimise costs as well as improve safety and reduce damage.

"Briggs has really broken the mould in its services to provide an ideal solution and we are equally impressed with the capabilities of Briggs' engineers to maintain the whole of the mixed fleet," commented Greg Brown, Supply Chain Director at JDR.

Richard added: "Our relationship with JDR is going from strength to strength as we continue to support them through their continued growth."

JDR's total fleet includes four Yale VX25 counterbalance trucks, two Flexi narrow aisle electric trucks, a five tonne and seven tonne counterbalance, one 16 tonne and 28 tonne reach stacker, a 40 tonne LPG counterbalance and a Genie MEWP with short term hire machines on demand when needed.

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