There can be a range of different ways that raise or lower lifts on a forklift: rack and pinion lifts, scissor lifts, screw lifts, telescoping lifts and articulated lifts. Scissor lifts utilize crisscrossed folding supports and a screw system used to draw the members together. Rack and pinion lifts use a pinion, which is a small drive gear, to drive a straight-toothed rack to lift the cargo. The telescoping lift mechanism is made with many sections that retract and extend into and out of each other to attain lifting action. Screw lifts utilize threads to raise the lift. Articulated lifts use a mechanism which involves many parts which articulate or unfold. An articulated lift example is the "cherry picker."
Lift truck Material Handling
There are many reasons to keep up with innovations in material handling processes. Material handling processes and the machines can be used to handle more SKUs, increased geographical coverage, and the need to lower inventories. Machinery which are well ahead of the technological curve can help productivity maximization and increase effectiveness.
Forklift Battery & Charging Technology
The decision to convert from conventional, IC lift trucks to electric lift trucks is a wise one because the latest series of electric lift trucks offer higher capacities and longer run-times than ever before. Battery and charger combinations are offering a lot more power for a lot longer periods than older systems could achieve. Improvements in both battery and charger technologies are not just making electric lift trucks more productive but they are making it possible to have more environmentally friendly warehouse operations.
The electric powered equipment utilize Li-ion batteries or Lithium-Ion batteries. The Li-ion batteries show remarkable promise, but this technology is still quite new. They are not only smaller but are capable of holding up to six times the charge of conventional lead acid batteries. Li-ion batteries have very low maintenance needs and can maximize opportunity charging through zero memory technology.