Did you know there are several different types of forklifts? The differences are more complex than simply the type of fuel or energy used to drive the lift. Various designs work quite well for tasks in warehouses and on production floors. Here are some examples of why just one lift design is not enough for your operation.
Lifting and Transporting at the Ideal Angle
As part of the production process, you sometimes use pallet of one size to haul in raw materials. The pallets used to stack and store containers of finished goods are another size. While a standard front loading lift works fine in some cases, it can be awkward when transporting the loaded pallet from the side is a better approach. If you have a side loader as well as a front loader, it’s easier to decide which one to use and reduce the potential for damaging those pallets of finished goods.
Making the Most of Warehouse Space
Organizing a warehouse involves arranging the contents so they can be easily reached when the time is right. This is true for storage spaces containing finished goods, but it also helps when the space is used to store replacement parts, general supplies, or raw materials. You need a lift that can will help you make proper use of every nook and cranny.
When it comes to more efficient use of space, nothing beats moving goods into position with the aid of a narrow forklift. Space that would otherwise remain open and unused can suddenly become home to some of the smaller or more narrow pallets of stacked goods. This is especially helpful if the warehouse space is temporarily more crowded than usual as your employees work to fill a large customer order that must be shipped in a single load.
Making Things More Efficient on the Loading Dock
How will you manage things when several different freight lines show up to receive goods for multiple customers? One approach is to start at one end and use the single lift to fill each trailer until they are all ready to go. A better approach is to press one or more of your other lifts into service and get the goods ready to go sooner rather than later. Doing so will mean the orders will be on the way to your customers earlier in the day. It also means any truckers waiting for a spot on the dock so they can make a delivery will not have to park on the street.
There’s Always a Backup
Having more than one type of lift handy helps out in other areas of your operation. While those outbound orders are being loaded, other lift drivers can continue hauling raw materials to the right departments and transporting finished goods from the inspection area to the warehouse. The right number and types of lifts ensure that your employees get more done during each hour they are on the job.
Even if you think one lift is enough, consider how a couple more that are slightly different in design would aid your business model. You could find that the initial investment does wonders for the efficiency and productivity of the entire operation.