Whether you’re operating a warehouse, garage or factory, you know how much of an obstacle heating buildings can be. The high temperatures that result from electrical equipment, poor ventilation or hot weather can put an immense amount of stress on employees. It’s important that you keep the heat down to protect the health employees and keep productivity up. While there are a wide variety of cooling options to choose from, Portacool is one of the best cooling solutions available.
What is Portacool?
Portacool is a line of portable evaporative cooling machines. These machines can cool as much as 6250 square feet with one fan. The coolers plug into standard electricity outlets and require a connection to a water source such as a hose. Once the pump is on, the water is circulated into the evaporative cooler. The fan will then spread cool air throughout the entire space.
More Effective than Fans and Air Conditioners
One problem with portable air conditioners is they are often ineffective in circulating cold air. Fans are effective in circulating air but they don’t do anything to bring down the temperature. They only circulate the hot air. The Portacool evaporative cooler can do both. The evaporative cooling brings down the temperature and the fan helps circulate the air. It can also cover more surface area than air conditioners or fans.
More Affordable Than Installing a HVAC System
While an HVAC system is a long term solution to the temperature problem, it’s not ideal for many business owners. HVAC systems can cost tens of thousands of dollars in large industrial warehouses or factories. Portacool models range from a couple of hundred dollars to the low thousands depending on how powerful the machine is. If the budget is tight, you can opt for a Portacool rental rather than buying one from a Portacool distributor. Instead of buying a system, you can test out how effective these machines are by renting them.
The Best Choice for Flexibility
Installing or extending an HVAC system can be time consuming and costly. HVAC systems can also limit the focus of the cooling rather than get it to the area where it is needed. Portacool is the perfect cooling solution if you’re looking for flexibility. The machines are open wheels making it easy to transport from room to room. They can also keep your employees cool when they are working outdoors in hot weather. All you need is an electricity and water source. No other cooling solution offers this much flexibility.
Consumes Less Electricity
Utilities can eat into profits. Especially in industrial warehouses and factories where electrical equipment is largely used. A large commercial HVAC system can run a monthly bill in the thousands. Portacool can cool as much as 5625 square feet and run a bill as low as $31 a month. This is because the units run on 115 volt power and consume a low amount of electricity. These cooling units can be used as needed and do not need a warm up or cool down period like HVAC systems.
Perfect for Workplace Productivity and Safety
Providing cooling for your industrial warehouse or factory is not just a luxury. It can help you save money and help your business run effectively. Employees working under hot conditions can lose productiveness by 12%. This is a consequence of fluid loss and the stress caused by the heat. High temperatures can also put your employees at serious health risks. It can lead to heat exhaustion and in the most serious cases, heat strokes. These issues can result in employee downtime or even worker’s compensation claims. This is why an effective cooling solution is good for your business and your employees.
If you’re looking for an economical and effective cooling solution, you can come to us for a Portacool evaportive cooler rental. Reno Forklift is a material handling solutions company offering a complete line of dock equipment and services. We have a wide variety of Portacool models, so you can choose one that fits into your price range and is effective for the amount of square feet you need covered.
Get in touch with us and learn more about the various products/services we offer.
09 Dec 2016
Winter is coming, and that means that the holidays are on their way. It’s the perfect time to feel the holiday spirit and try to help your fellow man. There are a lot of different ways to do that, so it’s easy to find something that can make a difference for a small part of the world that anyone can handle.
The Red Cross always needs blood donations, but the need increases during times when people are more likely to be injured. People travel a lot around the holidays, which means there are more accidents and thus more injuries, so blood banks can run into trouble during the holidays. Blood also spoils quickly, so you can be sure that your donation is needed, especially if you have a rare blood type. Donating blood is quick, easy, and free, so it’s a great option for people who are interested in giving back to others without going to too much trouble.
The best way to donate blood is to schedule a visit to a local blood drive. Most blood drives will advertise for several days before the event, so it’s relatively easy to find one. The Red Cross can also help you to find the nearest blood drive if there aren’t any local advertisements. If there aren’t any blood drives to attend, consider organizing one of your own. It takes more work, but blood can save lives, so it’s certainly worth the effort.
Volunteering as a Tutor
Education is one of the keys to building a better life, but sometimes getting an education is easier said than done. Volunteering your time as a tutor can give the gift of knowledge to someone in need, and that gift can pay dividends for years to come. There are several ways to do this, so most people can find some way to help.
Literacy is one of the most important skills because it enables people to learn other things, but some people have trouble with it. Children need to practice reading if they’re going to get good at it, but they don’t always get that chance at home. Providing it is a great way to give back to the community. Simply handing out simple books and giving children the chance to read to you as you fix their mistakes can be a big help. Reading to them is also useful, and almost any adult can do it.
Older students often need help with specific subjects. Helping them requires more specialized knowledge, but you can still do it if you understand the subject. Adults with specialized skills, like woodworking, can also take the chance to pass those on. They aren’t always taught in school, but they’re still useful.
The best way to get involved through tutoring is to contact a local school and ask if they need help with any of their clubs or programs. Libraries are also a good choice, especially for people who want to help with literacy issues. Even if they don’t need volunteers themselves, they can usually point you towards a program that does.
Cook a Feast
Most holidays involve big meals with big groups of people. If you’re filled with the holiday spirit and want to give back in a way that fits the season, you can’t go wrong by contributing to a meal for the community.
These community meals help to solve several different problems at the same time. At a basic level, they can help to fight hunger in the community. They can also spread some holiday joy to people who aren’t able to afford the traditional meal on their own. One meal may not seem like much, but it can make a big difference to people who are on the verge of poverty.
Community feasts also offer a hidden benefit. It isn’t much fun to be alone for the holidays, but it happens to a surprising number of people. These events give those individuals a chance to come together with other people for the holidays that would otherwise be denied to them. That’s a powerful gesture, and it can make the holidays much brighter.
Remember the Essentials
In the end, the holidays are a time to give back to the community. Even a small effort can make a big difference, so there’s no reason not to do something to help others. As long as you remember the golden rule when you volunteer, it’s hard to go wrong.
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28 Nov 2016
Scissor jacks are devices that are used to slowly and carefully lift vehicles off of the ground. They are called scissor jacks because they are made of diagonal pieces of metal that contract and expand in a way similar to that of a pair of scissors. They are very useful, handy, and easy to carry around because they are compact when in the contracted position.
There are two main types of scissor jacks:
- Hydraulic or Electronic Scissor Jacks – these are the ones often found in automobile shops, vehicle service centers, and related businesses. These jacks lift vehicles up off the ground to perform certain tasks, including maintenance, repairs, and diagnostics.
These are definitely the right choice for more professional car inspections and repairs. Hydraulic scissor jacks are necessary to have when performing complex procedures on the vehicle.
- Manual Jacks – these are the more common type of scissor jacks. Laymen are familiar with this kind of scissor jack. It is much smaller and often comes with both used and new vehicles, along with a spare tire. It can easily fit inside the trunk of a car. It is a necessary tool to always have with you because you can easily use it in case you have a flat tire situation while on the road. If you are buying a used car, be sure to check the trunk and make sure this jack is also included, together with the owner’s manual.
Manual scissor jacks are usually used to lift only one corner of the vehicle. You place the jack right behind the wheel, and it lifts up that side of the car. This allows you to check out or work on a wheel that might be flat or damaged. However, if you require a more complicated maintenance or repair service, it’s good to have more than just one of these jacks around. A lot of car owners who do DIY repairs and diagnostics invest in having several jacks so that they can get access to the vehicle’s underside. Making sure that the jacks are sturdy and solid is crucial in keeping the position of the car steady, at the same time ensuring the safety of the person inspecting the vehicle.
Depending on where it will be used and who will use it, finding the right type of scissor jack is crucial in the task at hand. For both types, quality is important to ensure safety and security for the person and the vehicle.
Scissor Jacks with Reno Forklift
31 Oct 2016
There are various lift equipment designs for specific tasks. Lift equipment are machines that lessen the load for the workers and complete tasks quickly and easily. Here are some of the most common types of lift equipment:
- Telescopic Boom Lifts – these lifts are often preferred for tasks that need the maximum elevation height. They have straight and extendable arms where a work bucket is often mounted, while the boom rests on a turntable that rotates. The bucket can accommodate only one person every time. With this said, this kind of lift is ideal for tasks that only need one person, but require high altitudes, such as electrical repair, facade cleaning, and other maintenance tasks.
- Scissor Lifts – these got their name from the cross-braces. They move upward as they squeeze together and propel the platform up at a certain level. There are limited uses for this kind of lift, since it needs to be placed directly below the work site. They can provide ease and convenience, though, if used properly with other kinds of lift equipment.
- Bucket Lifts – these are often used in pruning trees. They have long boom arms that carry a bucket where a worker stays while the machine reaches altitude. A big advantage to using this equipment is that the boom can be mounted on a regular truck, which means it can withstand road travel with standard traffic and speed. A lot of electric companies use these lifts to ascend their workers towards transmission lines. It is critical to regularly check them to ensure proper insulation, especially if used in applications that pose potential shock hazards.
- Articulated Boom Lifts – these are also called “knuckle lifts”. They have an articulated arm which is useful in maneuvering around obstacles. The machine’s base has a turntable that lets the machine turn its lift at 360 degrees. They are utilized for maintenance tasks, repairs on electrical pipes and poles, and other similar applications. They also let workers reach difficult spots and navigate uneven terrain. A driver controls the equipment on a platform and extends the boom.
There are many other types of lift equipment on the market today, each serving a specific purpose. Most of these are common in industries like construction, repair, maintenance, electrical utilities, and others. Thanks to ever-evolving technology, these machines not only help in completing construction projects, they also assist workers in various manual and maintenance tasks in different fields and industries.
Lift Equipment with Reno Forklift
29 Sep 2016
When materials handling organizations look to purchase new forklifts for their operations, the final decision is often made based on input from a number of different departments involved in the supply chain operation. From finance to IT and logistics, the purchase of a new fleet of forklifts effects everyone in the company. Unfortunately, however, the people who are often left out of the process are the ones actually tasked with operating the forklift. Companies rarely purchase forklifts with an eye towards operator comfort. They don’t do this out of malice. It’s just the nature of managerial nearsightedness. They simply don’t know about the issues facing operators.
We want to help. Let’s take a look at some of the forklift design issues facing operators. Being aware of these issues can increase employee morale, contribute to safety and ultimately boost productivity.
Before deciding on a forklift, take some time to ask your forklift provider about operator specific issues. Here is a list of questions to get clear answers to before purchase
1. Is the visibility appropriate for the tasks the operator will be
required to perform?
As a safety concern, proper visibility is essential. Operating a forklift in the narrow confines of a warehouse can be hazardous for both operator and workers on the floor. The many blind spots that exist in the warehouse layout are hazardous enough. Ensure that these hazards are not exacerbated by a poorly designed forklift with impeded visibility. Get feedback from your operators to ensure that what is promised in a spec sheet actually performs on the warehouse floor before purchase.
2. How readily will the truck accommodate different body sizes?
In the 1950s, the US Airforce discovered the flaw of cookie cutter accommodations based on average height, weight and extremity length. They discovered that this flaw was contributing to crashes and deaths and needed immediate rethinking, forever changing the way airplanes are designed.
Before making a decision on a forklift purchase, ensure that the forklift design takes into consideration the fact that people are not all the same size. What is good for an operator who is 5’7’’ may not be good at all for an operator who is 6’3”. In this case, the forklift needs to offer adjustable seating or other options to accommodate all operators.
3. How will an operator’s posture impact comfort and fatigue?
Bad posture is one of the leading causes of fatigue and lost productivity. Before making a forklift purchase, make sure that the forklift is designed with operator posture in https://www.renoforklift.com/forklift-services-reno/mind. If a forklift design you currently use contributes to bad posture by forcing an operator to strain or use compensatory techniques, your organization may want to think about replacing these forklifts.
Getting answers to these question is not just a matter of reviewing the spec sheet and checking each off. It is important that you ensure that what is promised on the spec sheet actually manifests in the working environment and operator conditions of your warehouse. The best way to get clear, unbiased answers to these questions is to consult with your operators on each and let them test the forklift you are thinking of purchasing for issue in design. This will go a long way to ensuring that your warehouse is a safe, efficient and employee friendly environment.
Forklifts with Reno Forklift
No matter what forklift design you decide is best for your company, Reno Forklift can help outfit your operations with new and used forklifts. Come Check out our products and services and contact us today!
29 Aug 2016
The efficiency, safety and reliability of a warehouse is only as good as the materials handling equipment it employs. Inadequate equipment means inadequate operations. And without the essential warehouse supplies, the warehouse is just a building. This essential warehouse equipment will make moving, manipulating, storing, organizing, and maneuvering easier and more efficient.
Space is an expensive thing in warehouses. Efficient movement and storage of inventory and merchandise are a must in order to optimize every inch of space. Essential warehouse supplies like forklifts, pallet jacks and industrial shelving will greatly help for this purpose. Let’s take a look.
This is a vital item in a warehouse. It helps optimize space, specifically vertical space. Industrial shelving will help make use of vertical space to free up more floor or horizontal space. This is taking advantage of cubic footage over square (floor) footage.
There are many different types of industrial shelving, depending on the required function. Shelving for stacking and storing pallets are the most commonly used type.
Pallet jacks and hand trucks
Items in shelves, especially in higher levels, will be a challenge to place and retrieve without pallet jacks and hand trucks. These are necessary in transporting heavy, large, bulky objects. Without these, movement of items will be a real pain.
A pallet jack is a hand pallet truck. These are simple to operate so as to move and lift pallets. The front wheels of the pallet jack are placed inside the fork ends. These forks will vertically separate from the wheels as the hydraulic jack becomes elevated. This movement will move the load upwards.
For moving large items horizontally, a power pallet truck or electric pallet truck will do the job better. These are ideal to use if the warehouse has a large space or for outside use. These are simple to operate and safe to use. Maintenance requirements are also minimal. Power pallet trucks work similarly to hand pallet trucks. The main difference is on the use of AC electric motor. Some models have a platform where the user can stand on during the entire operation. There is also a brake that can help keep the equipment in place during certain operations.
This trusty, unassuming equipment is a mainstay in any warehouse. This is one of the most basic warehouse supplies that acts as the backbone of all warehouse operations.
Forklifts help in moving merchandise around. With the bulky, large and heavy objects involved in warehouse operations, forklifts really come in useful. Imagine having to lift enormous boxes by hand.
The forklift is also designed to fit into tight spaces. This makes it the perfect tool to retrieve or to store items in a packed warehouse safely and easily.
Essential Warehouse Equipment with Reno Forklift
If you are looking for essential warehouse supplies in Reno, Reno Forklift has what you need. We are the premier provider of warehouse supplies and materials handling equipment to the Northern Nevada area. Come check out our catalog and contact us today!
01 Aug 2016
Scissor lifts are a great help to warehouse operations. They provide a safe working area for those needing to perform certain jobs and activities at high locations. For example, electricians can safely and comfortably work at electrical poles and wires. Structural engineers can perform more thorough inspections of areas located at elevated positions. There are many other applications of scissor fork lifts and many different types. Let’s take a look at the types of scissor lifts that are used in warehouses.
Types of Scissor Lifts
There are more than 1 type of this useful materials handling equipment. Most people only know of the MEWP or the Mobile Elevated Work Platform. There is also the hydraulic scissor lift, electrical, diesel and pneumatic lifts.
Hydraulic Scissor Lifts
This type uses hand powered or engine driven pressurized hydraulics to lift loads. The change in pressure of the hydraulic oil is responsible for moving the work platform upwards and downwards.
The presence of oil affects the efficiency of the hydraulic lift. Oil is affected by environmental conditions and consequently influences how the lift will function. In warmer temperatures, oil is less viscous and circulates better. This will result in faster lift operation compared to when using the lift in colder weather. Oil becomes more viscous in colder weather, making it slower to circulate.
This problem is only present in older models. The oil-weather problem has been addressed in newer models.
Diesel and Electrical Scissor Lifts
These are the most commonly used scissor lift types. The electrical lift is more often used for jobs done in enclosed spaces. This is the choice when using diesel types. Enclosed spaces do not have enough ventilation, contributing to the buildup of dangerous fumes from burning diesel.
For outdoor activities, diesel lifts are the preferred type to use. These lifts can be extended up to 10 meters. Some can even be extended to 18 meters high.
Pneumatic Scissor Lifts
This type works with the use of air pressure as a mechanism of lift. This is an eco-friendly type because it does not emit any harmful fumes or by-products in the environment. Most models do not even have to use electricity in order to operate.
A pneumatic scissor lift works by sucking in and compressing atmospheric air. Due to the fact that its doesn’t have any emissions, this type can be used in almost any kind of working environment. It only needs air to operate. Pneumatic Scissor Lifts are great for work both inside and outside the warehouse. Since there are few moving parts and no engine, this type of scissor lift also requires very little maintenance.
Types of Scissor Lifts with Reno Forklift
Whether you need the simplicity and durability of a pneumatic scissor lift or the power and versatility of the pdiesel or electrical model, Reno forklift has the types of scissor lifts you need for your warehouse, store or garage. Reno Forklift is the premier provider of materials handling equipment to the Reno and Northern Nevada area. Come check out our catalog and contact us today! We look forward to working with you!
29 Jul 2016
Basics of Materials Handling Equipment
Materials handling equipment are mechanical equipment that are utilized in moving, storing, controlling, and protecting products and materials throughout the cycle processes of manufacturing, distributing, consuming, and disposing. There are four major types of these equipment:
- Transport equipment – These are designed to transfer materials from the point of origin to the point of destination. For instance, materials need to be moved between different workplaces, to and from shipping docks or storage facilities. The main equipment under this category include industrial trucks, cranes, and conveyors. There is also the option of manually transporting materials without the use of any equipment.
- Positioning equipment – These handle materials at one given location at a time. They are designed to orient, load and unload, and feed materials to ensure proper positioning for future machining, handling, transfer, or storage. These equipment often stay put on-site for long periods of time.
- Unit load formation equipment – These are used to limit materials in order to keep and protect their integrity during single load transports or storage.
- Storage equipment – These mainly buffer and hold materials for long spans of time. Each piece of storage equipment is designed (together with the warehouse it is kept in) to minimize costs of handling, allow easy access for material retrieval, and maximize space utilization.
The process of materials handling requires a whole network of manual, semi-automatic, and automatic machinery and systems that allow the supply chain to work while supporting the company’s logistics.
It is important to adhere to the best practices when designing (and implementing) a materials handling system. This makes sure that each process and piece of equipment (manual, semi-automatic, or automatic) will work hand-in-hand in a given facility as one unified system.
Almost every industry today takes advantage of various materials handling equipment. These industries include: food and beverage, automotive and aerospace, hardware and construction, consumer goods, appliances, pharmaceuticals and hospitals, retail and e-commerce, manufacturing and materials processing, chemicals, plastics, paper, and warehousing and distribution.
By understanding the underlying principles of materials handling, implementing the right chain of command in between processes, and proper maintenance of equipment and facilities, businesses and industries can effectively pursue operations – be it manufacturing, storage, or transportation and delivery of their products and goods.
Materials Handling Equipment with Reno Forklift
Reno Forklift is the premier provider of materials handling equipment, forklifts and service to Reno and the surrounding Northern Nevada area. Our forklift service and maintenance team can both equip you with the materials that you need and service the equipment that serves you and your business. We offer quality forklift repair services and sales. Come check out our online catalog of materials handling products and contact us today! We look forward to hearing from you!
Forklifts are among the most common materials handling equipment in almost all industries. They are considered to be rugged machines that can withstand tough conditions. With this in mind, regular servicing of forklifts is a must as part of maintaining a fleet of materials handling equipment. Regular forklift maintenance will ensure that there will be no disruptions in the workflow involving this piece of equipment.
How Often Should You Maintain a Forklift?
The very first thing to do is to determine the frequency of maintenance needed. This begins with having the equipment undergo an engineering analysis. This assessment will take a look at the forklift’s age and current condition, its overall value, how long it has been used (hours of operation), how hard it has been working, safety requirements according to standard regulation, any vulnerability to damage, readjustment needs, its service record, and if there is any previous maintenance work order put in place.
This analysis goes hand-in-hand with checking in with the operators and maintenance personnel handling the forklift.
After analysis, the maintenance schedule can be determined. It can be conducted on a daily, monthly, quarterly, semi-yearly, or yearly basis. By sticking to the recommended schedule, the forklift can be kept in top shape, prolong its use, and reduce any repair costs and production losses in the future.
Tips on Forklift Maintenance
Here are some general pointers to keep in mind when maintaining and handling forklifts:
- Keep the forklift clean all the time to make detecting defective and worn-out parts easier. Use water when cleaning and stay away from any flammable cleansing products.
- Only a trained professional should be allowed to inspect and maintain forklifts. Only qualified servicemen should be allowed to perform any repairs.
- When replacing or repairing parts, only licensed gas fitters should be called on. The same applies for tire fitting – only qualified tire fitters should be put on the job.
- Always tag the vehicle accordingly and promptly report problems to authorities when dealing with damaged forklifts.
- All parts must be well-lubricated at all times.
- Forklifts need to be fueled and charged at all times.
- Ensure proper functioning of forklift gauges before every use.
Forklift Maintenance at Reno Forklift
Reno Forklift is dedicated to providing you with all your forklift maintenance needs. We pride ourselves on offering the Reno area materials handling industry with top notch forklift maintenance services. Whether you need regular maintenance, parts, or a big forklift repair, Reno Forklift can get the job done.
29 Jun 2016
Evaporative cooling has been around for centuries. Used by the ancient Romans, Persians and Greeks, evaporative cooling methods have proven their effectiveness. While most of us are familiar with the more commonly used compression refrigeration and air conditioning units used in homes and refrigerators, evaporative cooling still has a role to play in both large and small scale cooling needs. Let’s take a look at the many benefits of evaporative cooler units. But first, let’s learn a little about the evaporative cooler process.
What is Evaporative Cooling?
Evaporative cooling exploits the tendency of warm, dry air to cool when passed over or through water or wet surfaces. The method has been around since ancient eqypt. Long before the advent of electrical fans, Egyptians were hanging wet blankets across there doors and windows to cool the harsh desert air. Over the centuries, evaporative cooling was used in a variety of ways, but it wasn’t until the invention of he electrical fan that evaporative cooling became an increasing effective and widely used cooling method. Let’s take a look at the modern evaporative cooler.
Modern Evaporative coolers
Affectionately called “swamp coolers” by their designers and mechanics for their tendency to humidify dry air, evaporative coolers use modern technology to give a boost to the methods used by the ancients. A modern evaporative cooler uses either electic fans or blowers to move large quantities of dry external air through evaporative pads. Water is distributed evenly over the evaporative pads, which are made of a special fibrous material through which the air can easily pass.
Benefits of Evaporative Coolers
Evaporative cooling units offer a number of benefits over there traditional air conditioning cousins. Because evaporative cooling does not require a compressor, it is much cheaper to operate than traditional AC. The simple design of the evaporative cooler requires fewer moving parts and components that can fail, making them more reliable. And unlike traditional AC units, the only thing required to operate a evaporative cooler besides electricity is water.
Evaporative Cooling with Reno Forklift
Reno forklift now carries Portacool evaporative coolers. Reno forklift committed to providing the best to the Reno area materials handling industry. And that includes providing equipment that keeps workers cool and comfortable.