Beverage Equipment Becomes Very Popular with Frozen Foods Industry

CF Foods LLC Celebration Foods of New Britain, CT distributor of Carvel Ice Cream Cakes orders additional Hand Truck Sentry System units for their RSR’€™s to equip their new Penske Freightliner M2 fleet trucks arriving in Phoenix, Arizona April 2010. Celebration Foods’€™ National Asset Manager Jim Gust who also facilitates monthly safety meetings for Carvel Ice Cream, continues to research new truck equipment innovations, supply chain and logistics technology to make their Carvel Ice Cream delivery routes safer and more productive.

HTS Systems National Accounts Manager Carl Boettcher stated, ‘€œIt was Jim’€™s idea several years ago to take our HTS beverage equipment into the frozen foods industry. The Hand Truck Sentry System can be found on many different brands of beer, soft drink and liquor delivery trucks. Many beverage distributors and wine wholesalers have already discovered the safety and ergonomic benefits, along with the powerful payback of the HTS Ultra-Rack! Carvel Ice Cream Celebration Foods has been using our HTS products on Freightliner M2 trucks in five states for over three years. The HTS Ultra-Rack is an ergonomic and safety device that reduces lifting, reaching, climbing, thereby preventing work related injuries. We now have our HTS units traveling down the highway on all types of ice cream and refrigerated trucks from Brooklyn, NY to Los Angeles, CA.”

The HTS Ultra-Rack is a safety and ergonomic retaining apparatus for securing hand trucks aboard commercial delivery vehicles. It incorporates a cab dash release system for quick access of the hand truck. Loose hand trucks that bounce or get thrown within a cargo area often puncture or break open food containers. The HTS eliminates cargo-to-container contamination caused by hand trucks. The HTS is commonly used by the beverage, freight, and the refrigerated frozen foods industry because it reduces open door time, saves fuel and delivery time, and increases cargo space. The HTS-10T works well with refrigerated, freezer or dairy body delivery trucks. It reduces dangerous lowering and lifting, and eliminates unnecessary climbing. After the delivery or pick-up, the driver fully inserts the hand truck into the HTS receiving chute and moves the hand truck forward contacting the HTS push-bar. The driver then rocks the hand truck forward firmly to a complete locked position for safe travel. This loading action can be done quickly and safely using one hand. If the hand truck is not loaded aboard the vehicle or the HTS Ultra-Rack is not properly locked, the LED indicator light and alarm will sound when the truck is started.

“The HTS Ultra-Rack has really helped our RSR’€™s on the Carvel units we have installed the Hand Truck Sentry System, it has made their jobs safer and the equipment is lasting longer due to less wear and tear. We are very happy with the system as well as the excellent service and follow up.”
Jim Gust – National Asset Manager – Chicago – CF Foods LLC – Celebration Foods – Carvel Ice Cream – July 2009


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