SIGMA OEM was approached two years ago by a major materials handling company who needed a better solution for the counterweights that balance their all-terrain forklifts. Prior to SIGMA OEM's involvement, the customer's counterweight consisted of a fabricated product of sheet metal, essentially a box filled with steel shot to create sufficient weight to counter the loads borne on the forklift.
The forklifts, which are used in the agricultural industry, require a counterweight of 5000 pounds to ensure that large cartons of harvested fruit remain upright and undamaged. These particular forklifts are used in California orange groves; the oranges are used for eating as opposed for juicing, and therefore must remain pristine.
Once the specifications to the counterweights were outlined, SIGMA OEM's design team created a prototype, identified the most suitable factory, and began manufacturing the products at Crescent Foundry in India. Two years later, we have continued to deliver quality counterweights that are cast, machined, and prime painted with the customer's logo prominently displayed on the exterior. We now stock these in our Chicago warehouse and ship JIT every month.
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