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J-tec Industries Inc.
www.jtecindustries.com / HQ: East Peoria, Ill. / Employees: 110 / Jon Peterson, president and
co-owner: "Our system allows our customers to reduce or ultimately eliminate fork truck activity."

a j-tec industries' assembler
secures dunnage on a parts
rack.

Forking Over

j-tec industries' systems can eliminate the use
of forklifts in factories. by russ gager
Lean manufacturing methods
have proven effective in speeding factory production, but sometimes they
require specialized material-handling
equipment to realize their full potential. This is the specialty of J-tec
Industries Inc., which has the ability
to custom-design carts that can be
pulled in a train, turn in tight spaces
and mate with auxiliary carriers handling specialized equipment.
J-tec Industries' flagship product
is the patented CarryMore® Tugger
Cart System. With the mother cart
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moving the weight and the daughter cart carrying the parts, the carts'
tandem "mother/daughter" design
reduces costs and improves delivery
times to production lines.
"It is unique in the simplicity, functionality, maintenance and operation
of the system itself," co-owner and
President Jon Peterson says. "That is
what our customers say they like the
most when it comes to the product
and the way they use it."
The cart "train" is towed by a tugger tractor and can make smooth,

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tight turns that are crucial in a factory with narrow aisles. "The amount
of aisle space can be a challenge for
forklift trucks in that you need room
in many cases for your employees to
be walking and then also to be moving
material," Peterson notes. "A lot of
facilities will utilize one-way traffic to
help minimize congestion. Therefore,
if possible, they are always tugging in
the same direction as they move material through the plant. They also can
incorporate drop-off and pickup areas
at various locations in the plant."
Peterson maintains that bringing
components to the factory floor with
the CarryMore Tugger Cart System
can save as many as five trips with a
forklift truck. Additionally, a forklift
frequently requires more space in
which to operate.
"Our system allows our customers to reduce or ultimately eliminate
fork truck activity in the areas that
would be utilized by assembly or other factory-related work, where people
are present and the dangers of a fork
truck accident would exist," Peterson
declares. Besides safety, tugger trains
allow one operator to transport many
more pallets than could be moved by
that person with a forklift.
The daughter carts, which ride on
the mother carts, are available in a
variety of shapes, styles and types.
"The daughter carts that are most
popular are a flatbed-style cart, which
would be used to transport bulk-type
containers or pallets in a variety of
sizes," Peterson says. "The other popular style is a kit cart, which we have
named the All-in-One kit cart. Those
are for the customers that are going to
a kitting environment where they are
taking bulk material and warehousing
it offline and bringing it to the point of
use as a kit at specific timed replenishment intervals.


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