Lifting Equipment for Reliable and Efficient Warehouse
Lifting technology is critical throughout the entire production areas. Warehousing relies on a variety of lifting equipment, from pallet truck and stacker to forklift. This equipment must withstand the pressure of moving thousands of pounds product, whether it is 2 kg Pallet, 50 kg Drums, or 200 kg goods. From front to back, the operation required safety, reliability and efficiency.
This blog, based on 10 years of experience with manufacturing and servicing Material handling equipment and lifting equipment, presents five elements to consider in the material handling equipment selection process. Follow this step by step guide to help you determine the best lifting equipment for your warehousing facility:
1. List your lifting needs.
2. List your process.
3. Find the various option of lifting equipment
4. Decide on Forks of the equipment.
5. Look beyond the equipment.
List Your Lifting Needs:
As you look at your options for lifting equipment in your facility, you may already have an idea of what you want. But are you sure it’s the best products for the job? The first step researching cranes is to business might look like years from now. To do this, consider these key questions:
- What type of lifting equipment do you need for your current production processes?
- What might change in your operation that could impact the type of lifting equipment you need in the future
- Examine your Operations.
To uncover the answers to these questions, study what goes on at every step of your operation. Start examining your process. Knowing your process inside and out helps determine the lifting equipment that will see the most use.
Analyse your daily operation and track the following data:
- During your process, which department require more movement? Loading – Unloading – Shipping, Stacking, Arranging or Transporting
- How much weight will be lifted?
- How high will the material be lifted?
- How far will the material travel and for how long?
- How many times per hour will the material handling equipment perform these tasks?
List your process:
All warehouse equipment are classified according to the intensity of the load and the number of cycles the equipment completes in a given period of time. A material movement equipment’s classification will range from infrequent service to continuous severe service. Determining your duty classification is essential when selecting lifting equipment so you get a product that will meet the needs specific to your facility.
Use the data you collected on the previous page and list the process you required in your warehouse.
Find the various option of lifting equipment:
A variety of technological advancements can be added to your warehousing equipment to increase safety and productivity.
Smart Features: Add-on features work together or individually to improve safety, cycle time
and load positioning. Most add-on assist the operator in controlling the crane by performing certain repetitive actions or compensating for misalignment and erratic movements.
Smart Features improve precision and accuracy when handling a load and can reduce the risk of impact with personnel or equipment. Additionally, smooth operation generally slows wear and tear on the goods.
Decide on Forks of the equipment
For optimal performance, Forks need to fit the pallet correctly. Imperfect attachment and load pairings can cause dangerous, not to mention expensive, errors. For example, when lifting equipment, an operator must select forks and pallets according to the weight of the load. If the operator chooses the wrong fork and pallet, the load is far more likely to slip and fall, putting workers at risk and halting productivity.
Match your pallets and forks attachment to the load you’re lifting.
Look beyond the equipment:
When considering lifting equipment for your warehouse, what’s not on the material handling equipment matters too. An effective preventive maintenance and parts program can significantly address potential maintenance and safety issues before they become critical and threaten employee safety, productivity and revenue. It also can have a positive impact on the performance and reliability of the material handling equipment.
To minimize downtime, ask these questions in relation to servicing your material handling equipment:
SERVICEABILITY How complicated is it to service the material handling equipment you’re
looking at? How long do component changes typically take?
SPARE PARTS How easy is it to procure and store spare parts for the equipment you choose?
INSPECTIONS Are inspections based on applicable regulations? Are inspectors and technicians trained, and where applicable?
MAINTENANCE Is routine maintenance performed at regularly scheduled intervals? Is the maintenance plan customized to your operation? Are risk assessments made to document component conditions, assess risks and provide recommendations for improvement?
CONSULTATION Are service visits reviewed with you? Do you get a thorough annual review of all maintenance activities?
DOCUMENTATION Are your maintenance records, service history and other important maintenance information available online?
TRAINING What type of training can your operators receive? Will your employees have to travel for training, or is on-site training an option?