A pair of automated transfer cars and two automatic pallet stacking systems from Kaufman Co. (Toledo OH) has brought significant improvement to the Owens Brockway glass plant in Oakland. By performing the work formerly done by drivers in forklift trucks the new equipment * allowed Owens to reduce the number of forklift drivers by two or three per shift * helped reduce damage to cases caused by forklifts and * limited the chance for injury due to collisions between fork lifts and people. Maintenance supervisor Ray Bettencourt has this to say about the improved outlook for safety: "If forklifts and people on foot occupy the same area there's always a chance for an accident no matter what precautions are taken. Now the forklifts can be kept on the outside perimeter away from most of the foot trafic." Also from Kaufman are two automatic pallet stackers that complement the transfer vehicles. Before these stackers arrived pallet stacking was a three-step operation. Fork lift drivers had to set one pallet down lift a second pallet onto the first and then lift the pair onto the turntable of the stretch wrapper. Now the operators aren't involved at all. The machines do it automatically. Not only does that free them to perform other needed tasks it also reduces the number of opportunities for damage to a case by a misguided fork.