26 05 2016
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 Shifter Forklift Attachments
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.
Paper Roll Clamps
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.
Forklift Attachments with Reno Forklift
No matter your forklift attachment needs, Reno Forklift can help. Providing the Reno, Sparks, Carson and Northern Nevada areas with nearly 50 years of professional forklift services, repair, parts and other material handling equipment, Reno Forklift is well positioned to to service and enhance all your forklift, warehouse and materials handling needs. With an emphasis on quality and customer service, our professional and experienced staff pride themselves on equipping our customers with the best forklifts, materials handling products and services in the industry. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services. Or check out our online catalog and get Forklift accessories shipped to your door.
31 03 2016
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.
Types of Forklifts: The Standard forklift
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.
Types of Forklift: Narrow Aisle Forklift
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.
Types of Forklifts: Swing Mast 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.
Forklifts with Reno Forklift
Serving the Reno area for nearly 50 years, Reno Forklift has the expertise and knowledge to help you with all your forklift needs. Contact us today or check out our online catalog for quality material handling equipment and forklift rental, sales and maintenance.
08 03 2016
A warehouse is only as good and efficient as the equipment used inside of it. You could have a 100,000 square foot warehouse, but if you don’t have the equipment to store, move and manipulate your products and inventory or whatever it is you are storing, then much of that area is going to go to waste. Warehouse equipment allows for the efficient and easy storage of the merchandise or inventory needing storage. Space is at a premium, real estate is expensive, so you need the right kind of equipment that will help get the maximum efficiency out of your warehouse. Keep reading to learn the essentials of warehouse equipment.
So you have this great warehouse space, and you are wondering how to use it the most efficiently. The key to warehouse efficiency is to think in terms of three dimensions. Your storage space is not limited to the square footage but the cubic footage. This means maximizing the use of the vertical space offered by the warehouse (This should also be taken into account when renting or purchasing a warehousing facility.)
Industrial shelving is a type of warehouse equipment that enables you to maximize the usefulness of your warehouse in three dimensions. Industrial shelving comes in a variety of different types. The most commonly used type in a warehouse is shelving designed to store and stack pallets.
Hand Trucks and Pallet Jacks
Speaking of pallets. Without hand trucks and pallet jacks, you aren’t going to be able to get the stuff you want to store on the shelving if you cant get it there. Pallet jacks and hand trucks are a type of warehouse equipment used primarily for the purpose of transporting large, heavy objects and pallet stacks to where they need to be. Without them, your warehouse will be of little use.
Perhaps the most commonly utilized warehouse equipment is the trusty old forklift. The forklift has been vital to
warehouse operations since the beginning of the 20th century, and as the size of pallets and the stuff they hold has continued to grow along with the size of warehouses themselves, forklifts have become ven more necessary than ever. While the standard pallet jack is good for moving a lot of merchandise around by hand, sometimes the size and weight of the product or merchandise is just too large to be easily manipulated without the aid of a forklift. Designed to squeeze into the tight aisles of a warehouse, the forklift also gives workers the ability to safely lift large and heavy loads to shelving heights that the pallet jack cannot.
Warehouse Equipment with Reno Forklift
Providing the Reno, Nevada area with quality warehouse equipment for nearly 50 years, Reno Forklift is the place to go for all your warehouse equipment needs. Specializing in pallet racks, shelving, conveyor systems, dock equipment, workstations, work benches, scales, balers and compactors, wrapping equipment, strapping equipment and more, Reno Forklift has what your warehouse needs. Come check out our online catalog or contact us today. We look forward to helping you create a safe and efficient warehouse environment.
28 02 2016
A good, sturdy and accurate scale is an essential component of any materials handling operation. The scale needs to be rugged enough to endure large, heavy items and repeated use. Scales allow workers to get an accurate weight of objects that need to be moved and stored. This is a vital part of warehouse safety. Many tools and materials handling equipment require accurate measurement of the material weight. An improperly loaded piece of equipment can fail and cause damage or injury. Making sure that you have the right scale for your business can reduce worker injury and cut costs.
The floor scale is the most commonly used type of scale in a materials handling equipment setting. The ability to quickly load and unload large pallets onto the floor scale is ideal for loading docks and warehouses. There are two types of floor scales. There is a standard floor scale and then there is a scale called the platform scale. Both scales sit on the floor, but there are some differences.
Platform scales are a type of floor scale that feature an elevated platform attached to a display which indicates the
weight. Platform scales are typically of the mobile variety, with wheels recessed in the bottom of platform. This design has its benefits, but also its limitations. The smaller size of the mobile platform scale limits the weight capacity to between 500 and 1000 lbs., depending on the specific model. Due to its slightly elevated platform, a ramp may be needed to position an object on the scale.
Standard Floor Scales
A standard floor scale is used for weighing bulky objects. The scale is positioned into place on the floor and the object is either rolled or maneuvered by pallet into position. The floor scale is not mobile and so has no wheels or hubs, which allows objects to be maneuvered into position by means of a built in ramp. The floor scale can weigh objects between 1000 to 5000 lbs. Load cells inside of the scale signal the weight of the object to the attached indicator.
Whether you plan to use a floor scale or a platform scale depends on the type of objects you are weighing, the floor space you have available and whether you need the floor scale to be mobile.
Floor Scales at Reno Forklift
No matter what type of scale you need for your materials handling operation, Reno Forklift has what you need and our friendly professional staff is here to help you get the right scales for the right job. With nearly 50 years of service to the Reno and northern Nevada area, Reno Forklift is the area’s number one materials handling equipment supplier. Come check out our catalog and contact us today!
03 02 2016
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.
Telescopic Boom Lifts
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
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.
Boom Lifts at Reno Forklift
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!
27 01 2016
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.
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.
Scissor lifts are hydraulic powered lifting platforms that can raise and lower heavy loads or workers. They get their name from the telltale scissor design of the lift supports, which unfold as the lift is raised and fold back up when lowered. This telescopic yet stable design allows the lift platform to be raised directly above the base. Positioning the weight above the base in this way provides platform stability that is unmatched in other aerial working platforms.
Industrial operations require a good degree of accuracy and precision when it comes to moving large, bulky or heavy items. The safety of employees, the desire to limit potential damage to moved product and warehouse and operational efficiency are constant concerns. When it comes to safety, moving heavy objects presents a small margin of error. One wrong calculation could lead to the failure of equipment and cause severe damage or injury. In order to reduce these risks, industrial scales are used to weigh objects and material. The weight of the object dictates how it can be moved, where it can be placed and what equipment can handle the job.
Industrial scales are also used to get an accurate weight measurement of items and product for the purposes of inventory and sale value. Some industrial scales are small and offer the precision needed when weighing small objects. Other industrial scales, like those mentioned above, are larger and are used to get an accurate measure of heavy objects. To help you get a better grasp of what type of scale best suits you needs, below is brief introduction to the types and limits of industrial scales.