Criterion Equipment, which specialises in the supply and support of TCM forklift trucks, encourages the local market to invest in quality branded replacement parts.

“We encourage consumers to take special care when sourcing spare parts for forklifts from non-authorised suppliers. In order to minimise downtime of a machine and ensure efficient, safe and extended service life, it is critical that forklifts are regularly serviced, are professionally load-tested and that high quality replacement components form part of the maintenance programme,” states Brenton Kemp, Managing Director, Criterion Equipment, part of the Capital Equipment Group of Invicta Holdings Limited. “The initial investment in quality branded parts ensures greater safety, long term savings and higher productivity. Genuine replacement parts, which are designed for the specific forklift brand and model, ensure precise compatibility and guarantee optimum performance.

“Criterion Equipment supports its range of forklift trucks with a comprehensive stockholding of high quality and OEM approved components, which includes engine and electrical components, chains, bearings, filters and accessories. Our dedicated parts departments in major centres throughout the country, ensure the correct part is available whenever it’s required, to minimise downtime. Our field service teams assist our customers to resume normal operations as quickly as possible in the event of a breakdown, by providing reliable on-site maintenance, repairs and service of machines.”

According to Criterion Equipment specialists, sub-standard replacement parts may look the same as quality branded components, but some spares do not comply with a machine manufacturer’s stringent specifications. Inferior components often have a poor fit, inadequate tolerance and inferior welding, resulting in compromised quality, performance and safety.

The company considers the safe operation of forklift trucks as one of the most critical aspects in materials handling in manufacturing, warehousing and distribution centres, construction sites and transport facilities. Genuine parts, which are manufactured to the industry’s highest quality and safety standards, undergo an immaculate production process and thorough testing. Strict manufacturing and testing standards reduce the risk of premature failure, which results in accidents and injuries in the workplace.

Criterion Equipment advises its customers to maintain high productivity, by implementing a regular inhouse maintenance programme. This encompasses daily checks, to keep forklift trucks in a safe working condition and to ensure minimal downtime and long service life

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