Choosing The Right Forklift

There are many factors to consider when choosing the correct forklift for your warehouse.  Some factors include frequency of loads, maneuvering space, and duties of the operators.  Your current forklift selection process may be working now, but you could be missing out on a more efficient way of moving materials or goods in your warehouse.  There could be a model that can reduce the fatigue of the operator,  load trailers in a cost-effective way, or allow your operators to get more done.


Below are three factors to consider when deciding on a lift truck model:

1. How Often Are You Loading Trailers:

If your shipping department only loads a few semi-trailers or box trucks a week, consider using an electric walkie or walkie end-rider if:

  • Jungheinrich EJE Electric Walkie Pallet Jack

    the load capacity is between 3,000 and 8,000 lb.

  • loads are not stacked vertically inside trailers
  • there are no sensitive loads to handle.  The transition from the dock floor, dock leveler, and into the trailer can be harsh to riders.  If the transition is smooth then a smaller load wheel, like the electric walkie or end-riders can be ideal for traveling over dock plates.

Now, if you are constantly loading trailers, a stand-up end control forklift may be ideal over a walkie.  These lift trucks can easily fit into standard trailer doors and their masts allow for stacking if needed.  Capacities can range between 3,000 and 4,000 lbs.

2.  What Type of Space Are You Working With:

Cat  Electric Three-Wheel Forklift

Some warehouses have lots of room for operators to maneuver in and out of aisles with. Others may be filled to max capacity and have limited space for larger equipment.  This may call for a three-wheel electric forklift to perform smoother in tighter turning radius areas.

If space is not a concern, choosing between a three or four-wheel forklift should be based on:

  • what the operator prefers.
  • the capacity required to move the product or materials – three-wheel electric trucks max out at 4,000 lbs, so if you are lifting more, you will need a four-wheel model.

3. What Are The Operators Duties:

Jungheinrich ETG Stand-Up End Control Forklift

An important factor to consider before choosing a forklift is what are the duties each operator has when moving materials.  Are they not only loading trucks in shipping but are they also replenishing lines, storing inventory on racks, delivering paperwork, scanning barcodes, etc..  They can be constantly getting on and off lift trucks, which can cause major fatigue, and you should consider a stand-up option for easy access.

While in other applications, drivers may be on the machine for seven or eight hours a day.  Loading and unloading fairly similar load types constantly, so they don’t have to mess with paperwork or adjust for different loads.  This application may call for a sit-down counterbalance truck with add comfort to improve their efficiency during the workday.

 


Need help finding the right forklift for your application?  Contact one of our experienced account managers to help you choose the best lift truck solution for your business. 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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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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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?

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  • 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

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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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