There are a variety of different ways that lower or raise lifts on a forklift: rack and pinion lifts, scissor lifts, telescoping lifts, screw lifts and articulated lifts. Scissor lifts employ crisscrossed folding supports and a screw mechanism utilized to draw the members together. Rack and pinion lifts utilize a pinion, that is a small drive gear, to drive a straight-toothed rack to lift the cargo. The telescoping lift mechanism is designed with many sections which retract and extend into and out of each other to achieve lifting action. Screw lifts use threads to raise the lift. Articulated lifts utilize a mechanism which involves multiple parts that articulate or unfold. An example of an articulated lift is the "cherry picker."
Forklift Material Handling
There are a lot of reasons to keep up with innovations in material handling processes. Material handling methods and the machinery could be used to deal with increased geographical coverage, more SKUs, and the need to lower inventories. Tools that are well ahead of the technological curve can help maximize production and increase profitability.
Forklift Battery & Charging Technology
The decision to convert from traditional, internal combustion lift trucks to electric lift trucks is a smart one since the newest line-ups of electric lift trucks offer longer run-times and higher capacities than ever before. Battery and charger combinations are offering a lot more power for longer periods than older systems were capable of achieving. Improvements in charger and battery 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 machines use Lithium-Ion Batteries or Li-ion batteries. The Li-ion batteries show incredible 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 could maximize opportunity charging through zero memory technology.