The lift truck has become a vital piece of equipment able to raise and transport things and heavy materials with both speed and efficiency. How a business utilizes this machine could significantly affect its productivity.
Free stacking pallets is the most popular storage method. Utilizing this storage system is both easy and economical for your lift truck. Free Stacking Pallets involves positioning one pallet over another to create a stack of products. This is a stable storage system and is recommended when handling large amounts of the same product, or many pallets of similar dimensions and height. The disadvantage of this system is that it just enables access to the things put last, so it does not enable a First In First Out system.
Pallet Racking is a technique which involves the stable storage of different sized pallets. Any pallet could be accessed at any time, that allows a Last In First Out or First In First Out system. It enables the rack to change shape and grow depending upon daily requirements. This specific system needs aisles which are adequately wide to enable a forklift to freely access the racks and maneuver easily. The downside is that this method means less pallets can be handled in the environment. This might not matter if there is enough space available.
Narrow aisle racking is similar to pallet racking in that it allows for a First In First Out or Last In First Out method. The difference in the method is how the special narrow lift truck is used. This means that smaller spaces are required between the aisles of pallets than in the Pallet Racking technique. The benefit is that much more goods could be stored in the same space. The downside is that you will have to transition to a different type of truck if you already own a typical forklift truck. The expenditure of acquiring special equipment might be a deterrent to implementing this method of storage.
It is essential to utilize your lift truck to its full capability. It pays to consider your time expenses in storage and retrieval of pallets. Afterward you can find out whether there are more effective means to use your lift truck in order to increase the usable area of your units or to accelerate the process. Greater efficiency means bigger productivity.