When most people think of a forklift, they often imagine a large vehicle used to lift pallets up onto industrial shelving. They may envision it weaving in and out of the tight spaces of a warehouse, moving product and equipment from the loading docks to the shelves, or vice versa. Warehouse operations are, in fact, the most common place to find a forklift. And in a warehouse setting, forklifts are used to do a lot more than shift wooden pallets around. Let’s take a look at some common forklift attachments and accessories.
Side shifters are a forklift attachment that allow the operator to shift the fork tines from side to side without having to reposition the entire forklift. This attachment reduces fuel consumption and forklift wear and tear while increasing productivity and speed of movement. If your forklift has to operate I n tight spaces require precise positioning of the tines, a side shifter is an excellent forklift attachment to add to your forklift or forklift fleet.
Have you ever seen an industrial sized roll of paper? They are huge; and heavy. Paper plants use forklifts to transport the large paper rolls around the warehouse and to and from the shipping docks. The clamp grips the paper roll and can maneuver it up, down and rotate it to make positioning the heavy rolls easy and safe. The clamp pressure can be set to the needed strength depending on the materials being gripped and the weight of the load.
These forklift attachments are mostly used to transport rectangular or square-shaped cartons. They are usually used in the appliances, beverages and electronics industries, and they are used instead of pallet forks. They can carry fragile goods as well, and they can be set to transport loads vertically or horizontally, depending on what is needed.
Extended forks provide a forklift the added leverage to lift heavier loads. With the addition of a specially-shaped fork attachments transportation of specialized loads is effortless. These may include large bags and 55-gallon drums, for example.
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Beyond the forklifts and conveyors and the bins and totes, an often overlooked element of materials handling efficiency is the shelving that is used to store the transported material. Because shelving is used to store product and material when it is not doing anything, when it is in that grey area between delivery and sale, it is often the disregarded workhorse of materials handling equipment. But the efficiency of a warehouse is only as good as the shelving. Industrial shelving, such as pallet racks, increase the total potential storage area of a warehouse by utilizing the vertical storage space of the warehouse. Let’s take a look at pallet racks.
Pallet racks are so integral to warehouse operations that many warehouses are designed almost entirely around the placement of the racking. The most common type of pallet racking system is called selective pallet racking. Selective pallet racking can be broken down into two main types: roll formed and structural.
Roll Formed Pallet Racking is manufactured in a “tear drop” style – named for the tear drop shaped holes into which the cross beams are secured. Designed for both durability and adaptability, rolled formed pallet racking systems are one of the most common types of pallet racking systems.
Structural pallet racking systems are similar to roll formed except that they use a a bolt to attach the horizontal load beams to the uprights.
Roll Formed pallet racking is highly adaptable and easily installed. Rolled formed components are lighter and easier to maneuver than the structural variants. Roll formed pallet racking easily adapts to the weight, volume and size of loads. The teardrop style is interchangeable among different manufacturers and the tear drop clips allow for quick removal and repositioning to accommodate different sized loads and products.
Structural Pallet Racking is designed primarily for strength and holding capacity. The bolted horizontal beam connections yield a stronger and more rigid system than the tear drop variant. The robust construction of structural pallet jacks makes them ideal for high use and harsh conditions. While not as adaptable as the rolled formed type, structural pallet racking still offers a wide range of designs and load capacities. Common configurations include pushback, flow and drive-in applications.
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Materials handling products are essential to a great materials handling processes. In a warehouse setting, the materials handling process starts the very second material arrives at the docks, then to storage, to transport and shipment out to stores. For each stage in the materials handling process, there is a materials handling product that is designed to aid workers in the handling the often large, bulky or odd shaped materials.
Let’s take a look at the process and how quality materials handing products can help keep the warehouse running smooth and efficiently.
Material handling products consists of four major types; each type being focused on a specific element of the material handling process found in most warehouses.
Transport equipment is used to move goods and products from loading to storage or from storage to loading.
Positioning equipment is used to move and position goods and products in a specific area of storage or production.
Unit load equipment is used to organize and arrange products so that they can be easily moved by transport equipment.
Storage equipment is employed to safely and efficiently store product while maximizing the use of storage space.
Transport Material Handling products consist of tools and devices that aid in the manipulation of large or numerous products in a warehouse or retail store. Though not technically a product, forklifts are the most commonly seen type of material handling equipment in the warehouse setting. They are the backbone of the materials handling process, lifting, transporting and position product into place.
Unit load equipment materials handling products are designed to contain and restrict product movement during transport. An example of unit load equipment is the wooden pallet. Cheap, sturdy and reliable, wooden pallets are used as a platform on which product is placed for transport via forklift. Other forms of unit load products include tote pans, skids, bins/baskets, bags and crates. Unit load equipment helps maximize the amount of product carried per trip, decreasing the costs of material transport.
The name says it all. Storage equipment is material handling equipment used to store product once it has been unloaded and transported.
Industrial shelving is a type of storage material handling product used in warehouses and other settings to maximize the vertical storage capacity of the storage area. Pallet racks are a strong and reliable form of industrial shelving. The layout of the storage equipment in most warehouses is designed to find a balance between access costs (the ease of access to the item) and vertical storage potential of the floor plan.
Reno Forklift is northern Nevada’s premier supplier of industrial material handling products. Whether you need to purchase or rent a forklift, need the added space afforded by industrial shelving, or require a whole system of material conveyor equipment, Reno Forklift has the material handling products and experience to help with all your material handling product needs. Come check out our product catalog or contact us online today! We look forward to hearing from you!
When it comes to materials handling equipment, the forklift is the heavy lifter. They are used in warehouses, manufacturing operations and department store settings to handle material and equipment that would otherwise be nearly immovable. Forklifts provide the materials handling industry with an incredibly sturdy backbone without which much of commercial economy would be rendered inefficient and cumbersome. Because of the numerous places in which they are used, forklifts designers have responded to the needs of industry by designing specific forklift types for the variety applications in which they have proven useful. Keep reading to learn more about the types of forklifts that are found in the warehouse and materials handling industries.
The standard forklift, the kind seen in stores like the home depot, are designed for a comprehensive set of tasks.
Primarily used for manipulating merchandise laid out on pallets, the offer warehouse or other operation the ability to stack, move, shift and store product with ease. They are powered by either a gas, diesel, or electric motor depending on the power requirements for the job and the environment in which thy work. Electric forklifts are great for indoor uses such as warehouses where the exhaust from a diesel or gas model might cause a dangerous buildup of toxic air.
As versatile as the standard forklift is, it still has some limitations. One of the key aspects of good warehouse management is to design the storage area in the most efficient manner possible, using all the space to its maximum potential. This often requires that warehouse industrial shelving units be placed really close to each other, creating very narrow aisles in which workers and other materials equipment must negotiate. In response to the need to maneuver in these narrow corridors, the forklift industry designed a great solution. Called a narrow aisle forklift, this design allows entry into those tight warehouse spaces that are prohibited to other, standard forklifts.
The slim design of the narrow aisle forklift allows the operator to access the aisles of the warehouse and retrieve or store material with ease. Solving two problems in one, the narrow aisle forklift features a pivoting fork which allows the operator to position the fork perpendicular to the orientation of the forklift and raise or lower the object to the desired height without having to reposition the entire forklift.
Building on the lessons learned from the narrow aisle design, the swing mast forklift is a standard or narrow aisle design that feature a forklift mast that can be manipulated to position the load in alignment with the shelving unit or other hard to reach place. They are great for applications in which space is limited but the power of a standard forklift is required.
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The efficiency and storage capacity of a warehouse is only as good as the material handling equipment it uses. Apart from the structure itself, materials handling equipment allows warehouse workers to efficiently and safely transport, lift and store the various objects and merchandise in a warehouse. This equipment includes forklifts, scales, industrial shelving, pallets, pallet jacks and conveyors. Often overlooked is the vital role that warehouse cranes can play in your materials handling needs. These cranes are designed to aid workers in the movement of very large and heavy objects and even other equipment. In manufacturing warehouses, they allow workers to position heavy objects in position with a precision they would otherwise not be able to achieve. Keep reading to learn about the various types of warehouse cranes in use today.
Bridge cranes are used in warehouses, shipyards and construction sites to move and accurately place large and heavy materials. As the name implies, bridge cranes span a gap between two runway tracks. The crane mechanism, the hoist, travels along the bridge. This design allows the hoist to access much of the area beneath the bridge structure and manipulate objects on three axes of movement. These cranes are often used in single story warehouse operations such as manufacturing.
Jib cranes are another type of crane frequently seen in warehouse settings. More stationary than bridge cranes, jib cranes feature a crane or hoist on a jib or boom attached to a wall or stationary mast around which the boom rotates. In some cases, the boom is fixed to the mast and does not have the ability to laterally rotate. Jib booms are often used in manufacturing to move large objects into place.
Gantry cranes are, as the name implies, cranes that are designed to float back and forth between a gantry. A gantry is an overhead frame structure from which supporting equipment is suspended. The gantry cranes are very similar in design to a bridge crane, though the bridge crane category includes those cranes attached to a movable gantry, allowing workers to employ the crane only when it is needed.
If you are looking to optimize your warehouse efficiency with a warehouse crane or other type of material handling equipment, the professional and friendly team at Reno Forklift can help. Serving the Reno area for nearly 50 years, Reno Forklift has the knowledge and tools you need to make your warehouse the best it can be. Come check out our online catalog and contact us today. We look forward to helping you get the most out of your operation!
Pallet jacks are a widely implemented type of materials handling equipment. They are used to haul large loads in and around warehouses, factories, and department stores. They are usually used in combination with loads stored on wooden pallets. The pallet jack features a two pronged fork that can easily slide into place under a pallet. The fork is attached to a mast that operates a hydraulic lifting mechanism. The lifting mechanism allows the fork to be raised so that the pallet clears the fork wheels. Once the pallet is in the raised position, the pallet jack operator can maneuver the pallet and the load around the warehouse, factory, store or other facility to storage or loading dock for transport.
The manually operated pallet jack has been around since the early twentieth century. It use has allowed workers to more efficiently manipulate and store large loads of merchandise and other inventory. With the advent of the commercially available electric motor, electric pallet jacks have given workers and warehouses even greater efficiency when moving and storing objects.
Like the manual pallet jacks, the electric pallet jack provides a mechanical advantage to the operator. The electric pallet jack, also known as a walkie, pallet trucks, or a power jack has a hydraulic pump powered by either an electric motor or manual pump. Instead of the operator being required to pull or push the load, the electric pallet jack is powered by the electric motor. The power palled jack is able to handle very heavy pallet loads. The electric power keeps the worker from having to strain to move a heavy load and can prevent a runaway situation, where a heavy load builds up too much speed on a manual pallet jack, causing its operator to lose control. Because of this, the electric pallet jack is safer for the worker and prevents any damage to material while being maneuvered.
On some models, the operator stands on a small platform and uses a throttle to control the speed. In this design, the electric pallet jack is an intermediary model between a small, manually operated pallet jack and a full scale forklift.
To determine whether you need an electric pallet jack or a manually powered one, consider the type of loads you or your employees will be manipulating, the space in which they will be working, and the maintenance costs of the equipment.
Generally, electric pallet jacks are suited for heavy loads in a large warehouse. Due to the electirical motor and other
mechanical parts, the electric pallet jack is more expensive to buy and maintain. These costs, however, are often counterbalanced by the savings in manpower derived from the efficiency of the electric pallet jack.
Whether you need the low cost and flexibility of a standard manual pallet jack, or the power and durability of an electric pallet jack, Reno Forklift is your one stop shop. Reno Forklift features a large variety of quality manual and electric pallet jacks and our professional, experienced staff is here to help you find the best pallet jack for your needs. We serve both California and Nevada. Come check out our online catalog and contact us today!
As building techniques have progressed, structures of all varieties have grown taller and taller. The modern world now has endless miles of towering high power lines and ever taller buildings, creating particular difficulties for those men and women who are tasked with maintaining them. In the past, maintenance on high structures could only be accomplished with the aid of rickety and expensive scaffolding, which itself required considerable time and energy to erect and design. Today, boom lifts and other hydraulically powered aerial work platforms are used to get workers safely and efficiently to the high and hard to reach places of buildings, power and utility lines, large aircraft and other tall structures.
Boom lifts, also known as cherry pickers, are a type of aerial work platform that lifts workers to the desired height by means of series of hydraulically powered arms. The boom lift can be mounted to the back of a truck or van, such as those used by utility companies, or they can be fitted to a mobile platform. There are two main boom lift designs: telescopic and articulated. Each one has advantages and limitations depending on the work environment and height requirements.
A telescoping boom lift features a single straight boom which extends (telescopes) in a straight line out from the base of the lift. This design affords the user a great deal of horizontal reach. This horizontal reach can be advantageous if the lift cannot be maneuvered up to the side of the building or structure. While telescoping lifts are great for jobs that need a long reach and great height, the straight boom design can be cumbersome when the work area is in a tight and confined area. Straight telescopic boom lifts are ideal for jobs in open spaces where maximum reach and height are needed.
Articulating boom lifts feature a series of hinged booms that unfold and can be manipulated depending on the contours of the building design. The articulated design offers a balance between vertical height, horizontal reach and the ability to position the platform in hard to reach places. In addition to vertical and horizontal reach the folding booms can be adjusted so that the platform can be lifted above over and behind a structure or maneuvered with precision to the side of a utility line without blocking traffic. The articulating boom incorporates the space saving advantages of a scissor lift, where the platform is situated over the base, and the dexterity of telescopic reach.
Serving the Northern Nevada area for more than 50 years, Reno Forklift is the premier provider of boom lifts, forklifts, industrial scales, conveyor systems and other material handling equipment. The professional and knowledgeable staff at Reno Forklift will make sure that you get the right boom lift for the right job. Come check out our online catalog and contact us online today! We look forward to hearing from you!
The hand truck is one of the most common and versatile material handling aids. They are commonly used to move refrigerators, stoves and other large furniture when moving and in warehouses for a variety of tasks. The mechanical advantage afforded by the lever action of the platform and wheeled fulcrum make them a powerful assistant on any job where heavy things need to be persuaded into motion. Because of this, hand truck owners are always the first to be asked by family members, coworkers and friends to help them move. And if they somehow manage to escape the heavy lifting, the owner usually offers the truck on loan to absolve their laziness.
This is all in jest. Hand truck owners are good, charitable people willing to lend a hand at any time. And before they lend their muscle and equipment to a job, they do research on the type of hand truck they need. Let’s take a look at some different types of hand trucks and how they can help you as you spend your weekend moving your coworker’s 30 year old washing machine out of his basement. Besides giving you the ability to lift things without causing strain or injury, hand trucks are also a great way to make new friends.