In the transport and logistics industries, there is a large focus on increasing and improving productivity and efficiency throughout an operation. And although most forklifts have built-in features which help achieve this (which you can read in our blog here), there are also a host of additional options available which you can add to your forklift to further improve this. In this blog, we’d like to discuss these with you.
Cabs and Weather Guards
It’s not only the transport and logistics industry where adding a cab or weather guard to your forklift would be beneficial, you would notice a difference in most applications where your truck is operating outdoors (you can never count on the British weather after all).
By adding a full cab onto your forklift, you are providing your operators with a more comfortable working environment which is protected from the elements, in particular the wind and rain. There are two main types of cabin available, either a full steel cabin or a canvas cabin and depending on the operating environment of your forklift; there are benefits to both. Let’s start with a full steel cabin.
A full steel cabin is a benefit to your operation if your trucks are used for prolonged periods of time and your operator is not frequently entering and exiting the truck. An additional benefit to this cabin is that because it is made from steel, you get added protection for your operator in colder temperatures; making this a great option when working in ports or coastal areas.
A canvas cabin is a more flexible option for many businesses, particularly if operators are stepping on and off the forklift truck frequently as part of its operational cycle; they simply unzip one side of the cabin and they would still have protection on all the other sides and above. Another benefit to this is that if we do get a (very rare) burst of hot weather, you can remove the sides of a canvas cabin completely and still have protection from the (inevitable) rain.
An example of a Doosan 2.5 tonne diesel forklift with canvas doors
Let there be light
In the transport industry, it is highly likely that your forklift truck is going to be operating outdoors for extended periods of time. This then presents challenges in the winter months when you have a limited window of daylight to operate in. A way to get around this is to add extra working lights on to your forklift which will allow it to operate outdoors in darker conditions; extending the amount of time during the day which your truck can be operated in.
You may also consider adding extra working lights to your truck if it is used to load and unload shipping containers or trailers. The confined space of these areas can be dark even in the lightest of outdoor conditions; which will make the addition of lights a benefit to your operation.
Did we mention containers?
As we’ve just briefly mentioned, containers and trailers have a very limited height; which means that you have to be aware of how high your forklift is. This observation needs to be made to both the height of the trucks mast when it is closed and also the height of the trucks overhead guard.
Most forklift manufacturers provide a dedicated container specification forklift which has a modified overhead guard and a specific mast which have lower than usual closed heights, allowing them to operate inside trailers and containers safely.
Along with improving working conditions inside and outside your forklift can increase the amount of time the truck can be used; have you thought about increasing the amount of product you can move at any given time?
By adding a double pallet handler on to your forklift, you enable your truck to transport two loads at the same time; a particular benefit in the transport industry when loading or unloading deliveries. Because you have doubled the number of pallets you can carry with your truck, effectively you are halving the amount of time it would take to load or unload a delivery vehicle; allowing for more deliveries to be undertaken during a working day (if driving hours allow of course).
These are just a few options which are available to help you improve your transport operation, but because we know that no two businesses are the same; we would highly recommend that you speak to one of our materials handling experts and have a full site survey taken.
A site survey allows one of our industry experts to get a full understanding of your operation, including the working environment of your materials handling equipment, the type of load which you are handling – including its size and how it is packaged and also the operating cycle of the trucks. This will then provide them with all the information they need to provide you with a tailored materials handling solution to benefit your operation.
If you would like to find out more about how Doosan can support the transport and logistics sector, you can view our web page. If you’d like to speak to a member of our team or arrange a site survey, you can contact us or call 01604 825 600 today.
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