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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