Forklift Education

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Forklifts Operated On a Grade

Forklifts often have to be operated on an incline or grades at a facility.  Operating a forklift on a grade improperly can result in serious injury or damages.  It is best that you have your operators develop some best practices when moving up and down ramps with or without products.  This can result in keeping your warehouse safer and more efficient.    Follow these 5 tips to keep the product, operators, and everyone around safer.


CHECK THE MANUAL

Check your Operation and Maintenance Manual (OMM).  Every forklift manufacture provides an OMM with their forklift that each operator should read before getting on the machine.  Make the OMM part of operator training and keep it accessible to anyone who gets on the machine.  Most manufacturers have an area dedicated for the safe storage of the manual.  If you are missing your OMM for your forklift, contact our parts department for a replacement!

TRAVELING ON GRADES

No matter what, you should always drive a loaded forklift with the forks pointed up the grade.  This will ensure that the load is secure and will not slide off the forks.  Also, regardless of the direction, you should always travel with an unloaded forklift with the forks pointed down the grade.  This helps improve traction and braking while traveling the ramp.

SPEEDS WHILE ON GRADES

The key to operating any type of grade is simply maintaining a consistent and slow speed.  This will minimize the risks of tipping.  You should follow this practice whether you are carrying a load or not.

DIRECTIONAL CHANGES ON GRADES

At all cost, directional changes on a slope should be avoided.  Any type of directional change on a grade can result in serious risk or injury.  The sudden change can create an imbalance in the equilibrium of the forklift, which can cause a tip-over.

In order to prevent this, have your operators familiarize themselves with their surroundings.  Plan the route on the straightest path up and down the grade.  Ensure there is nothing in the way of that path and always travel slowly.

KEEP IT BASIC

Remember the basics that you retained from your operator training course.  Keep it slow and maintain a constant speed while descending or ascending grades.  Apply the information you learned from your operator training to keep everyone safe.


Our forklift operator training programs can help keep operators knowledgeable and safe while operating equipment.  For more information about our training programs contact us at 330-633-6000.

 

 

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What to Know When Buying Forklift Tires

Today, fleet owners are offered a large variety of types, sizes, and application-specific lift trucks that serve a specific purpose.  Equipment choice ultimately factors into the overall throughput, efficiency, and safety of the operation.  When it comes down to it, the choice of tires for the forklift can be one of the most influential factors in efficiency and operating costs for that machine at the application.  Now let’s get into some of the key points when picking forklift tires:

Cushion or Pneumatic Forklift Tires:

The type of tires your forklift has been specifically designed for the surface the machine will be operating most efficiently on and choosing the right tire will impact your machines maximum performance.

  • Cushion tires should ONLY be operated on smooth concrete surfaces, most commonly at indoor working facilities.  These tires are typically smaller than comparable capacity pneumatic models.
  • Pneumatic tires can go indoors and outdoor surfaces like blacktop, stone, or dirt, but not on rough terrains like fields or severely unsurfaced lots.  These tires have a wider versatility of where they can be operated on, thus giving them more resale value.

Tire Tread and Profile Style

Not only are there different types of tires (Cushion or Pneumatic), but there are also different treads and profile styles you can get with your forklift.  Depending on the type of application it is driven on will affect the tread or profile style you may need.  The options available are:

  • Smooth tires:  Typically for dry indoor applications and all steer axles.
  • Traction tires:  A general-purpose use in wide variety of applications.
  • Grooved tires:  Designed for larger-capacity trucks where loads and operating conditions are extreme.
  • Wide-track traction tires:  All-season indoor or outdoor use tire.

The quality and consistency of material are major factors when determining tire performance.  If you want your tires to last longer and perform better, determine the correct tread and profile style for maximum efficiency.

For help with selecting the right forklift tires for your application, contact us at 330-633-6000

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Electric vs Internal Combustion Forklifts

Selecting what forklift to use is an extremely important decision for any company that deals with material handling as the ideal forklift will save both time and money. However, there is not a standard solution to everyone’s problem because every work environment and application is different. This is why knowing the pros, cons, and application of electric vs internal combustion forklifts is particularly important. This article will assist you in learning which option would best suit your business.

Internal Combustion Forklifts

CAT Internal Combustion Forklift

Mitsubishi Internal Combustion Forklift

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internal Combustion (IC) is the more traditional form of lift truck, being fueled by a replaceable and refillable Liquefied Petroleum (LP) tank. A key advantage of an IC forklift is how easy it is to refill, done simply by loading a new or refilling the old gas tank. This process can take as little as a couple of minutes. In terms of performance, IC forklifts are generally utilized in heavier-duty applications where larger capacity is required to move the load. Below are some pros and cons of using an IC propane forklift compared to the electric alternative:

Pros:

  • Lower initial cost
  • Better for long runs
  • More power when using at high speeds and going up ramps
  • Capacity of over 35,000 lbs.
  • Easy to refuel
  • Ideal for outdoor use

Cons:

  • More maintenance and inspections required
  • Higher fueling cost
  • Good ventilation required for indoor usage

Electric Forklifts

Cat Electric Forklift

Cat Electric Forklift

Jungheinrich Forklift

Jungheinrich Electric Forklift

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electric lift trucks are battery powered machines and traditionally are outdone by IC in terms of capacity. However, advances in engineering are resulting in more power and utilization of outdoor applications. A key advantage of using electric forklifts is the significant fuel cost savings over time. In addition, there are less moving parts in the engine, requiring less overall maintenance and lowering costs. The biggest consideration of an electric forklift is the process of recharging the battery, which takes 8 hours to recharge completely and 8 hours to cool down before using. It is common in an operation with multiple shifts to purchase additional batteries to decrease downtime. The duration of a single charge depends on the application but can be anywhere from 3 hours with older batteries to 16 hours with the 2 Shifts 1 Charge Guarantee from Jungeinrich.

Below are some pros and cons of using an electric forklift compared to the IC alternative:

Pros:

  • Zero emissions produced
  • Reduction of maintenance costs
  • Decreased noise levels when running
  • Decreased fueling cost
  • Economic life is longer
  • Decreased aisle width requirements

Cons:

  • Must have a battery charging station
  • Additional training for battery maintenance
  • Limited availability over 15,000 lbs.
  • Higher initial cost when purchasing

In conclusion, finding the perfect forklift for your operation depends on several different factors. To learn more about the differences between electric and IC forklifts, as well as which best fits your operation’s application contact your local territory manager today.

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Jungheinrich ETR: Pantographic Reach Trucks

The Jungheinrich ETR: Pantographic Reach Truck is a leading industry stand-up end control reach truck, built for longer run times and excellent stability for exceptional operator confidence.  The ETR series combines Jungheinrich’s technological advances and design to guarantee these reach trucks are energy efficient, dynamic in accuracy and control for outstanding productivity for your business.


AC Technology: No competition:

It’s no secret… Jungheinrich has set the industry standard with their advances in 3-phase AC technology.  They have continued to improve and perfect this technology over the past 20 years.  This advance in technology  has been integrated into each one of the new reach trucks, delivering:

  • Lower energy consumption.
  • Longer run times (2 Shifts 1 Charge).
  • Powerful acceleration.
  • Lift speeds up to 160 feet per minute.
  • Excellent energy management.
  • A quick change in direction of travel without delay.

Speed, Precision, and Handling: Results in Performance:

Moving more pallets quickly is what every operator and business owner wants right?  With the technological advances in the ETR reach trucks, precisely handle pallets with confident stability – even at high lifting heights.  The intuitive control handle and security features provide operators with greater productivity through their shifts.  Top benefits with the ETR include:

  • Intuitive operator controls.
  • Added security like:
    • Automatic speed reduction or curveCONTROL.
    • Steer with control.
    • Automatic parking brake.
    • Three programmable performance levels.
    • Customized for max performance in your business.

Reaching New Heights:

The ETR reach truck delivers industry-leading performance with its unmatched high lift height stability.  Keep your operator feeling confident, while reducing the risk of costly product damages.  Some of the top benefits include:

  • Jungheinrich ETR pantograpic reach truck visibilityJungheinrich ETR pantograpic reach truck Superior stability with:
    • Baselegs welded to chassis.
    • Dual-articulating load wheels.
    • The advanced mast for increase load stability.
  • Informative display monitor.
  • Operator compartment comfort includes:
    • Soft rubber back, arm, and knee cushions.
    • Ergo-cushioned floor.
    • Low entry step.
  • Enhanced visibility through the compartment.

Jungheinrich ETR pantographic reach trucks are leading the industry in performance and efficiency that your business demands.  For more information about these innovative forklifts, contact us to speak to our Jungheinrich specialists.

 

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Renting a Forklift: Factors and Advantages

Flexibility is essential for any business and renting forklifts can be a different approach to lowering costs on a short-term basis. Understanding a lift truck rental agreement will help maximize the benefits you can gain from using a short-term forklift rental, thus aligning with your business’s particular needs.  


Factors to Consider:

The first factor to consider would be if there will be a demand for more forklift capacity in the future. Depending on the need, the cost to rent a forklift on a short-term basis can save you money if you’re able to secure a low rate. Short-term rentals are ideal for:

  • Replacing forklifts that are out for service or repairs.
  • Temporary goods demand larger capacities or extended reach.
  • Seasonal demand increases.
  • Need to maintain productivity until a new forklift works with the budget.
  • Testing different models to determine what fits best.

Rentals are Temporary Costs:

Forklift rentals are a temporary expense for decision-makers to have a much greater flexibility when managing the budget. Not every business can go out and spend money on a new or used forklift, especially when other business questions should be answered first, for instance:

  • Is there room for in your budgeting for flexibility?
  • Will growing the business require more equipment needs?
  • Are you providing your own forklift maintenance or leaving it to someone else?  (Local forklift dealer)
  • Does your business demand guaranteed uptime? (Full-Maintenance)

Rental Agreements:

If you need to go beyond the short-term rental, consider speaking to one of our local territory managers first to make sure you get the most out of the rental. Talk to us about the type of loads (weights & sizes), height required to lift, operating condition and surface, or any special requirements your facility has.

Once you feel like you have a general idea of your forklift needs, we can talk specifics like:

  • Is there a need for additional features, like attachments, alarms, or warning lights?
  • If you use an electric forklift, you will need to review the battery charger requirements.  Do you need professional help for installation? Ask us what options we would recommend for your application.
  • Establish a general idea of how long you will need the rental. This can help reduce the rates, thus saving you money.

For more information about forklift rentals call our rental department at 330-633-6000 or visit our forklift rental page.

 

 

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AGV: The evolving material handling industry at a glance

The material handling industry is evolving with new technology every day.  Companies are finding new ways to move products at efficient rates, saving both time and money.  AGV’s or Automated guided vehicles are forklifts that do not require an operator to function. The goal of an automated solution is to improve your operations warehousing efficiency and thus increasing profitability while reducing the overall costs.

Why choose AGV’s?

Automated Guided Vehicle application single stack

  • Operators are eliminated, along with the error that comes with them.  There are no damages to customer products, buildings, or machinery, thus saving costs on replacing misuse and abuse.
  • The increase in warehouse safety will dramatically increase safety records.
  • Reliably work 24/7 in critical 3 shift operations.  Sleep easy at night knowing that your warehouse is still hard at work!
  • Every AGV’s path is traceable, thus being able to identify product movement in your warehouse.
  • They have a low life-cycle cost.
  • Dramatically reduce operation and maintenance costs from hefty repair bills on machines

Automated Guided Vehicle Application double stack

Traditionally automation projects have been expensive, slow, or inflexible to implement, but technology has been changing and developing to make the futuristic warehouse more of a reality.  With the help of our experts, we can design a warehouse capable of full automation with various units all working in sync towards one common goal, efficiency.  Automation can show impressive cost savings to the warehouse, especially in areas that your employee is handling longer load transfers.  It will save employees for other tasks around the warehouse instead of cookie cutter, routine tasks automation can handle.

Take reliability and efficiency to the next level with AGV’s.  They are a durable, flexible, and modular solution that will deliver a short ROI.  The technology has been around for decades and has been proven to work in various applications.

 

For more information contact us at 330-633-6000 to speak with a material handling expert.

 

 

 

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7 Tips to a Improved Material Handling Warehouse

Below are seven tips we learned from some of our customers on how to improve material handling and efficiency. By following some of these tips you will notice an improvement in your workplace’s efficiency, thus saving time and money!

1. LEAVE IT TO THE PRO’S FOR PUT-AWAY

Jungheinrich order-picker

  • Don’t assign new employees to put-away duties.  An experienced driver in receiving will know the products and understand where things go.
  • Have the new employee start by filling orders.  This will help them learn and understand the products, customers, and paperwork system.

2. KNOW THE TRUCK ARRIVAL SCHEDULE

  • Don’t waste valuable time waiting in the yard and unwanted pressure on receivers and shippers.
  • If your truck arrival schedule is efficient, the fewer dock doors you will need to operate.  This will save you money on utilities.

3. ASSIGN DIFFERENT SHIFTS FOR SHIPPING & RECEIVING

  • With an assigned shift to one task, you can reduce the staging area requirements by receiving goods during one shift and shipping during another.

4. SET A PACE FOR UNLOADING

Jungheinrich truck unloading

  • Trucks sitting around only cause congestion in the warehouse.
  • Measure how fast your team unloads a truck.  Is there any room for improvement or anything that can be done differently to shave off time?

5. KEEP THE WAREHOUSE CLEAN

  • Don’t let pieces of debris on the floor reduce your productivity.  This will slow down operators in the workflow.
  • Check for cracks or uneven floor sections.  These can cause serious damages to trucks and expensive down-times.
  • Floor defects can also lead to loads tipping and causing serious injury or damage to the product.

6. IMPROVE PACKING

  • Get packers complete orders so they don’t waste time looking for missing items.
  • Do they have enough space?  Observe them at work and make sure they’re not bumping into each other or tripping over boxes.
  • Keep the workflow consistent so packing doesn’t change between dead periods and rush hour activity.  If there is a change, this could mean that the order picking process is not operating as effectively and needs further attention.

7. WHAT DO THE OPERATORS SAY?

  • Keep your operators up to date on new process improvements across the warehouse for improved efficiency
  • Ask your operators their opinion on how to improve a certain task that they perform around the warehouse.
  • Watch your best forklift operators to discover tricks they currently do.  Use that operator to teach others on how to be efficient.

For more tips and tricks on how to improve your warehouse contact us at 330-633-6000 to speak to a warehouse specialist!

 

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OSHA Fine Updates

traiingDue to an amendment made to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, OSHA fines will increase for the first time in over 25 years. With this change being made OSHA is in the final processes to initiate the ruling starting in 2016. It is projected that the rates will go up 70 -80% from where they currently are set. This law compensates for the stoppage of penalty increases that had been in place for the last quarter century.

OSHA was originally created back in 1971 as a way to make the work place a safer environment for all employees and guests. As this change takes effect it is more vital than ever to have your employees properly trained and certified on forklift safety. The price of proper training will far out weigh the price of these increased OSHA fines that could occur.

To learn more about OSHA and Forklift training contact Fallsway today!

 

 

 

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Winterizing your Forklifts

As the winter months are quickly approaching, many are beginning to get their businesses ready for the changing weather conditions. Taking care of priorities such as snow removal, salting parking lots and making sure all heaters are cleaned and ready to go. But many forget one very important item that needs to be ready for winter as well, and that is prepping the forklifts and all other material handling machines.

Taking care of your material handling machines before the frigid temperature arrive is a must. Often times, preparing your forklift for the winter months is not on your first to-do list, more of an afterthought after something goes wrong.

There are many issues that can arise by not properly getting your forklift cold-weather ready, such as leaks in tubing, dead batteries and cracked radiators. It is also important to note that in the winter months; it is easier for your forklift to overheat than in the summer weather. Checking the freezing point of your antifreeze to ensure it is not too low is a great place to start before the harsh weather hits, but it is not always enough to protect your machines. With the winterizing services that Fallsway Equipment can provide, most of these issues are preventable.

To help make these non-issues, we are able to include all of these adjustments in our regularly scheduled planned maintenance programs. In our planned maintenance program, the certified technicians that come to you, will give your forklift a full servicing every 500 hours to make sure that your machines are continuing to run at its peak performance. As mentioned above, it is during these planned maintenance times that adjustments can be made for the winter months as well. Preventative maintenance such as this will help keep your operating costs low and prevent downtime due to larger repairs such as damaged radiators or cracked tubing caused from the changing weather conditions.

Call Fallsway Equipment today to ask more about winterizing your forklift and getting set up on a planned maintenance program.

Fallsway Equipment
(330) 633-6000
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New Kalmar Demo Unit

Fallsway Equipment Company is excited to announce that a new demo of the Kalmar DCG 160-6 forklift is now available. For those jobs that need a little more power than the average lift this Kalmar is able to provide all the assistance needed. Some of the specifications on this incredible unit include:

  • 2015 Kalmar DCG 160-6
  • Capacity- 36,000 lbs
  • EGO Cabin (Air conditioning)
  • 157 in reach

This new Kalmar is designed, tested, and proven to be at the top of its class. Don’t just take our word, check out the video below to see for yourself before setting up your demo.

Kalmar

 

Please contact Fallsway Equipment if you you would like to set up a personal demo of the Kalmar lift truck, or if you have any additional questions.

Fallsway Equipment

(330) 633-6000

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