Gold Metal Recyclers is one of the largest metal recycling companies in the United States. The Dallas processing yard encompasses about 15 hectares (38 acres) and ships approximately 200 to 300 trailers of scrap metal and concrete a week. Forklifts are primarily used to transport the scrap from trucks to bailers or other types of processing machinery.
Gold Metal’s forklifts operate in heat of 38 degrees Celsius or highter (100 degree heat or higher) with heavy thick dust and debris in the air. Working seven days a week with two shifts a day, Gold Metal runs each of its forklifts approximately 3,000 hours a year on average. The forklifts move large pieces of scrap metal and concrete. Given the heavy use and high hours, the customer’s number one challenge is downtime, often due to clogged radiators and overheated transmissions. According to Joel Back, production manager at Gold Metal, his operators were manually clearing the radiators on competitor trucks at least once a day. Each clearing would take 15 to 20 minutes and require that the forklifts be in the maintenance bay.