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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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.
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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.
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.