21 Jul 2019
In construction, companies tend to evaluate experience and craftsmanship over machinery. After all, equipment can be relatively universal, depending on the job. Skill, on the other hand, is not. But skill demands the right tools. You wouldn’t trust an electrician without the right set of pliers. Or a mechanic without a wrench. And when it comes to industrial construction, you shouldn’t trust an operator who doesn’t know the basic differences between scissor lifts.
Scissor lifts aren’t cheap. Quality machinery rarely is. But they’re invaluable. And investing in the right lift means knowing their fundamental differences.
Not every scissor lift is going to be appropriate for every kind of job. Some can only be used outdoors as a result of emissions, while others can be used in enclosed spaces as well as out in the open. And while the right lift is somewhat dependent on the specifications of your job, knowing the difference between them will help save you time, money and injuries. If you’ve ever needed to know what type of scissor lift is best for your site, we’ve put together a quick introduction to help you decide.
What Is A Scissor Lift?
A scissor lift is essentially a motorized construction lift guarded by a railed platform which raise straight up. As opposed to other aerial forklifts (such as a boom lift), scissor lifts are capable of holding multiple workers at once—making the cost of rental or purchase ultimately more effective.
However, unlike other aerial forklifts, scissor lifts can only reach moderate heights. They’re ideal for intensive technical work, including close inspections, cable wiring, and storage material handling. But for jobs in which high elevation is critical, alternative aerial forklifts will be a more appropriate alternative. You also want to keep in mind that scissor lifts can only operate vertically, not horizontally or diagonally.
There are three types of specifications to keep in mind when using a scissor lift:
- Stroke: The height range which can be attained.
- Size: The dimension of the work platform
- Capacity: The maximum amount of personnel or freight which can be safely supported
If you’re working primarily on sites where intensive technical knowledge is critical, you may want to consider a stationary lift. They’re generally more affordable; and while neither ideal nor convenient for all work sites, stationary scissor lifts adapt effectively to changes in temperature and elevation that mobilized lifts can prove resistant to.
Types Of Scissor Lifts
Hydraulic Scissor Lifts
Hydraulic lifts are one of the more basic and popular options for scissor lifts. Since they can be powered by both hand-operated and engine-driven hydraulic systems, they’re relatively simple to operate and don’t require extensive training.
However, it’s important to remember that hydraulic systems are operated by oil, which means they’re much slower to respond in colder temperatures as a result of subsequent viscosity. Unless you’re working indoors in a temperature controlled environment, you may want to consider whether maximum speed and horsepower are necessary for a hydraulic scissor lift to complete your project.
Diesel Scissor Lifts
While diesel lifts are one of the most common sights on construction jobs, they’re neither environmentally friendly nor quiet. You’re more apt to find diesel scissor lifts on outdoor sites where sound and emissions can be less hazardous.
The chief benefit of a diesel scissor lift is their scalability. Unlike other lifts, diesel scissor lifts can reach heights of up to thirty feet, and in newer models, even higher (a diesel scissor lift reaching 60 feet is not uncommon in newer, higher end models.)
Electric Scissor Lifts
One popular alternative to diesel and hydraulic models in recent years has been electric scissor lifts. And while they’re quieter and more environmentally safe, they can also be more complicated to operate. They’re better suited for indoor projects which don’t require intensive mobility and stroke.
Rough Terrain Scissor Lifts
If most of your jobs take place outdoors where terrain isn’t consistently level, it should come as no surprise that rough terrain scissor lifts are an ideal option. They’re well equipped to handle even poor weather conditions and come powered in a variety of options: diesel, gas, propane and dual fuel. With heights reaching up to 50 feet, rough terrain lifts can be invaluable in tackling even the most challenging of major construction jobs.
Pneumatic Scissor Lifts
One relatively new and affordable option for industrial construction has been pneumatic scissor lifts. Since pneumatic scissor lifts are powered by air pressure, they’re more sustainable if you’re looking to reduce emissions and fuel costs. Subsequently, they’re also limited in horsepower in comparison to traditional lifts. But since pneumatic scissor lifts simply require air to operate, they’re well suited for just about any environment—indoors as well as outside.
Are you looking for a wide variety of lift options and supplies for your construction needs? At Reno Forklift, we’ve been serving Nevada and California for almost 50 years. Why not find out what we can do for you? Visit us at renoforklift.com or call our certified contractor team at (775) 329-1384
The transport of packages is one of the most important processes that take place in a warehouse. While there are several ways to do this, automating this process can help increase the productivity of a warehouse operation. This is where a conveyor system comes in handy.
A conveyor system enables the safe and efficient transfer of items from point A to point B within the warehouse facility. It may take up more space inside the facility but it ensures an organized and safe transportation method to avoid potential trouble. With the help of a conveyor system, forklifts will no longer have to do all the heavy lifting around your warehouse. Keep reading and learn how to maximize your productivity with a conveyor system.
Know your load
Knowing your load is one of the most important things to remember when selecting a conveyor system. Consider the items that the machine will be transporting. Also take note of their dimensions, such as the height, length, and weight. These things are important because they will impact your conveyor’s performance. Also, pay attention to the load orientation to avoid incorrect placement of the item on the conveyor.
Be familiar with its application
Another important thing to consider is how the conveyor system will work in your operation. Think about whether it has to be permanently situated in one location or if you need it to be portable. Again, don’t forget to take the characteristics of the goods you’ll be loading into account – as to whether they are light, heavy, flexible or rigid. Taking into consideration all of these factors will help you decide the conveyor system that will work best for you.
Select the right incline conveyors
Incline conveyors come in handy when goods require transport from one elevation to another. They are usually used in warehouse facilities that incorporate loading bays or mezzanine floors. Because incline conveyors impact the performance and productivity of your operations, be sure to carefully pick the right type.
Besides the load characteristics, it’s also important to consider the travel distance, proximity to employees, in-feed or discharge points, as well as safety devices. Also, be careful with conveyors that exceed 30-degree angles as the load may stumble or slip.
Take time to test your conveyor system
Conveyors are machines that involve many different moving parts. Like any other system used in a warehouse, it needs extensive testing. When testing your conveyors, pay close attention to safety guards. Do a visual inspection to make sure that stickers are in place. Also, make sure that emergency stops can be accessed easily.
Then, take the time to test out each and every control and consider potential operator errors. See what happens when the wrong buttons are pushed or when more buttons are pushed than necessary. Also, find out how long it’s going to take for the system to recover should there be any downtime as it can potentially cost you time and money.
Implement regular maintenance schedules
Make sure your conveyor system is always in perfect working condition by performing regular maintenance. Not only does regular servicing ensure the proper functioning of conveyors, but it also reduces the risk of breakdowns. Pay attention to the components that are prone to wear and tear and replace them at regular intervals. Also, don’t neglect regular housekeeping to maintain your machine. Keep it clean and always do inspections of the controls.
Be familiar with basic troubleshooting
Minor issues with machines are inevitable. More often than not, they look worse than they actually are. So, before reaching out to a service guy, take the time to assess the problem yourself. See if there’s something you can do on your end to tackle the situation. Be familiar with basic troubleshooting as it can save you a lot of time and money.
Follow safety precautions
Any moving machine, no matter how slow it is, can still pose a threat to your employees. Be sure to follow safety precautions and have employees trained in all aspects of safety.
Conveyor systems are extremely useful tools in a warehouse facility, but you can make the most of these powerful machines if implemented properly.
If you need help and information on anything related to forklifts, industrial material handling systems and other storage systems, please feel free to visit Reno Forklift.
Working in a warehouse can be an incredibly risky and dangerous job. It poses a number of health and safety risks. Workers and warehouse managers deal with the use of heavy equipment, moving parts, as well as harmful chemicals and substances.
16 Apr 2019
With the use of heavy machinery, hazardous materials and large storage facilities, warehouses are no doubt one of the most dangerous places to work. It is in warehouses that a majority of workplace injuries and accidents take place. Therefore, following warehouse safety precautions is paramount.
This is the perfect time to celebrate all things saucy because it’s National Sauce Month! National Sauce Month is celebrated during the whole month of March. The creator has not been identified but historically speaking, sauces were invented back in 200 A.D. when the Romans used sauces to cover or mask foods that were no longer fresh or pleasant to eat. Then, in 1965, the most popular sauce in the 17th century, Sauce Robert was invented. Many years after that paved the way to the evolution of many other sauces which we all enjoy today.
So what are you waiting for? Sauce it up without feeling guilty! Celebrate National Sauce Month with these delish sauce recipes!
Steak bites with Bloody Mary dipping sauce
Whether you want something satisfying for appetizers or you need some finger foods for your cocktail party, these steak bites are a must-try!
Here are the ingredients:
- Extra virgin coconut oil
- Chopped 1 whole small onion
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- Half cup of vodka
- 2 tsp hot pepper sauce
- 1 tbsp horseradish
- Tomato sauce, 1 cup
- Ground black pepper
- Steak seasoning
- 1 and 1/3 lbs. beef sirloin cut into bite sized cubes
- Bamboo skewers
This steak bites recipe is very easy to prepare.
- Start with heating a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Add oil and saute onions for 5 minutes.
- Then, add vodka and allow the sauce to reduce by half.
- Next, add the hot sauce, Worcestershire, horseradish and tomato sauce.
- Stir the sauce and wait for it to bubble.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
Once the dipping sauce is ready, you can now prepare your steak bites.
- Heat a nonstick skillet over high heat.
- Before cooking your meat, make sure it is coated in oil, salt and pepper and seasoning blend.
- Cook the meat for about 2 minutes on each side.
- Once done, you can have your meat bites transferred to a serving platter together with your dipping sauce in a small dish.
Raspberry Crepe with Lemon Sauce
Crepes are a perennial favorite. Whether you want it part of the main course or have it to satisfy your sweet tooth for dessert, there are plenty of ways to play around with crepes. This time, we are sharing a crepe recipe with delicious lemon sauce.
Here are the ingredients:
- Flour, 1 and 1/2 cup
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 cups half and half
- Salt, 1/2 tsp
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- Raspberry pie filling
- 2 tbsp melted butter
For lemon sauce:
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- Sugar, 1/2 cup
- 1 cup water
- Salt, 1/8 tsp
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp grated lemon peel
To make your crepes:
- All you have to do is mix all your ingredients together.
- Then, spread butter on a crepe pan and preheat it.
- Pour about 1/3 of your batter onto the pan and make sure to spread it out to the edges using a rotating motion.
- Cook until bubbles appear or it is light brown in color.
- Cook the other side and transfer it to a plate.
- Fill it in with raspberry pie filling.
As for the lemon sauce:
- Simply bring the water, sugar, salt and cornstarch to a boil.
- Then, add the lemon juice and lemon peel.
- Pour it over your crepe while warm or feel free to reheat if needed.
Dark chocolate sauce
When it comes to desserts and ice cream, you can never go wrong with dark chocolate sauce. This recipe, though, is not your ordinary chocolate sauce. Its intense flavor is something you can’t find from the store-bought chocolate syrups.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe.
- 1/2 cup water
- 6 ounces of 77% dark chocolate bar, shredded
- Heavy cream, 8 tbsp
- Sugar, 1/2 cup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ounce butter
- Make your dark chocolate sauce by combining the sugar and water together in a saucepan.
- Stir occasionally over low heat until it forms a syrup.
- Then, transfer the syrup to a double boiler over low heat where you add broken or shredded pieces of butter and chocolate.
- Whisk occasionally until the dark chocolate is melted.
- Slowly add in vanilla and cream until the mixture is smooth and well blended.
There are so many sauce recipes you can explore this National Sauce Month. While you try out these three on the list, feel free to experiment and play around some more. After all, we all have the right reasons to enjoy all things sauce-y!
27 Mar 2019
When you look around warehouse facilities, it would be hard to find one without industrial shelves. Industrial shelving is one of the most important storage solutions used in most warehouses. It is the strongest, sturdiest and most space efficient type of storage system used to store small goods.
27 Feb 2019
In warehouse management many professionals use a proper pallet racking system that helps them manage inventory more efficiently. The system improves how materials flow from the supplier to the customer as well as proper use of vertical space inside the warehouse. However, the use of this racking system is more complex as it may cause damage.
Too many times we forget the impact that simple gestures can make – a kind word, a lending ear, a comforting hug, or a warm and simple smile. We often forget that these simple things actually have the power to turn lives around and make someone’s day brighter. This is exactly why National Random Acts of Kindness Day is being celebrated – to encourage everyone to spread kindness.
When people speak of success, they often talk about how they got their career started and how far they were willing to go to reach their goals. One of the ways to reach your goals is to find someone who will personally guide you. Remembering them this month is one thing, celebrating the success you reached with their guidance is another!