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.
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Quality material handling equipment is vital to creating a safe and efficient working space in a warehouse, loading dock or retail store setting. Material handling equipment allows for the safe and efficient transportation, movement storage and protection of products during the manufacturing and distribution process.
Material handling equipment consists of four major types. 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. And storage equipment is employed to safely and efficiently store product while maximizing the use of storage space.
The efficiency of a warehouse, distribution center or other business that needs to store stuff, including restaurants and retailers, is only as good as the industrial shelving systems that are used. Industrial shelving is the heavy duty, glamour free shelving you see at warehouse stores. Used right, industrial shelving can save you thousands of dollars in storage costs.
With industrial shelving, you can turn a modest sized warehouse or storage environment into an efficient and effective storage system. It can even mean the difference between having to expand to another building for storage or not. With that kind of money on the line, it is important to get the right kind of shelving for the job. Below is a brief intro to industrial shelving and how it can be used to increase the overall storage capacity of your business.
A conveyor system is an essential component of any efficient materials handling system. Conveyor systems allow for the rapid movement of large items and products that would otherwise have to be moved around by human labor, forklift or truck.
The versatility of conveyor systems allow a warehouse, manufacturing plant or distribution center the ability to move objects with minimal effort while reducing the potential for injury or damage to the product.
While working with a well designed and installed conveyor system, workers are less likely to hurt themselves moving heavy materials and are kept at a distance from any hazardous material. A conveyor system also provides a cost effect material handling solution, requiring fewer workers to be involved in the shipment of materials.