Extending Forklift Lifespan

There’s no question your investment into your forklift fleet is a substantial commitment.  Why, then, wouldn’t you want to ensure your forklift lives a good, long life?

Of course you would- and here’s how you can make sure that happens.

You already know that your forklift can take a beating, carry a heavy load (literally and figuratively) and be the workhorse you need it to be in your facility.  That doesn’t mean it doesn’t like a little TLC.

If not properly maintained and cared for, your forklift’s life can be shortened, and that costs you money and time.

Take the time to set a comprehensive short and long-term maintenance plan. Pay more attention to your fleet during heavy use periods. Compare last year’s usage patterns to current hours and see if you’re asking too much of your fleet and need to augment with more units.

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Using Safety Tape in Your Warehouse

We talk a lot about safety in your facility, and one of the tools you can use to help keep your warehouse as safe as it can be is multiple colors of floor tape, to mark off areas and keep your people, your equipment, and your materials far from harm.

Here are some suggestions you can start using today to make your facility safer:

Use different colors of floor tape to delineate separate areas in your warehouse to make it as functional as possible. Mark off Shipping, receiving, machining, storage and inspection areas with different colors so there is no question which function each area performs.

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Aerial Platform Inspections

Like any piece of heavy equipment, there are rules and regulations that affect the operation and maintenance of aerial work platforms as well.

The regulations set forth by the American National Standards Institute require an annual inspection of your platform every year. The inspection must be performed by a qualified technician who has been specifically trained on that exact unit.  The platform must be taken out of service until such time as it is certified safe to operate.

Annual inspections must include the following platform components:

  1. Drive, lift and emergency controls
  2. Safety accessories, horn, parking brake
  3. Batteries and charger
  4. Limiting switches
  5. Chains, hoses and belts
  6. Lubrication
  7. Structural components
  8. Warning and control markings
  9. Emergency lowering controls

In this inspection, the technician is looking for overall operation and safety of the unit itself. He/she is checking for worn and compromised belts and hoses.

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Choosing Pallets

Pallets. They’re all the same, right?

Sort of.

Developed in the early 1920’s to aid in the moving of large materials, the invention of the pallet is considered one of the most important developments in the global economy, so much more than the seemingly cobbled together series of planks found under more important stuff.

An article in a 1931 rail magazine emphasized the importance of the pallet by spelling out the advantage. According to the article, a boxcar loaded with 13,000 cases of unpalleted goods used to take three days.

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