The lift truck is a very important tool to help workers raise and move heavy weight supplies and products with efficiency and speed without injuring their bodies. The way a company makes use of this machinery could considerably affect its productivity.
A popular storage method is Free Stacking Pallets. This is a way to use your forklift which is both economical and easy. Free Stacking Pallets involves positioning one pallet on top of another to create a stack of goods. This is a stable storage method and is suggested when dealing with huge amounts of the same product, or numerous pallets of the same height and dimensions. The drawback of this particular system is that it just allows access to the things placed last, so it does not allow a First In First Out system.
Pallet Racking is a technique which involves the stable storage of various sized pallets. Any pallet can be accessed at any time, which allows a Last In First Out or First In First Out method. It permits the rack to grow and change shape depending upon every day requirements. This particular method requires aisles which are sufficiently wide to enable a forklift to maneuver easily and to freely access the racks. The disadvantage is that this system means less pallets could be handled in the setting. This may not make a difference if there is adequate space available.
Like Pallet Racking, the method called Narrow Aisle Racking allows a First In First Out or Last In First Out system. It varies in that a special narrow forklift is used. This means that smaller areas are required between the aisles of pallets than in the Pallet Racking method. The advantage is that a lot more goods can be stored in the same area. The downside is that you would have to transition to a different type of truck if you already own a typical lift truck. The expenditure of obtaining special equipment might be a deterrent to adopting this specific method of storage.
Using your forklift to its fullest capability is important since it pays to consider your retrieval costs and storage costs of pallets. Then you can determine whether there are more effective ways to use your lift truck in order to speed up the process or to increase the usable area of your units. Greater effectiveness equals greater productivity.