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Why A Forklift Service Is Required

Forklift Service August 12, 2017

forklift servicing

We can not stress this enough when it comes to your forklift or materials handling equipment.  The importance of regular Preventative Maintenance services carried out on your Materials Handling equipment cannot be overlooked.

Quite often equipment such as forklifts work in harsh environments, they rely on various lubricants to keep them in good working order. With regular servicing your oils and lubricants are changed and/or checked regularly, safety components are also checked and full report given. Regular servicing of your Materials Handling Equipment also ensures less downtime between services.

There are so many things that can be looked at when regular servicing is being done.  Things like excessive tyre wear significantly increases the risk of damaging components like steering & mast rollers.

Tyres should be checked during every service & breakdown visit by our Field Service Technicians.  A decent equipment dealer will have a computerized service system, that will both log any service work done, and as well as programming your equipment for service intervals as agreed.

With business these days, operating more and more hours, its important to look for a Forklift dealer that can provide you the flexibility to service when it best suits your business.

That way its less disruptive to your business schedule.  Most mechanical based business such as a forklift dealer, will have fully equipment service vans on the road, capable of handling any type of repair to your Materials Handling Equipment, whether it be a simple service to a full strip down and rebuild.

With Fully Trained Technicians and strict quality control systems in place your satisfaction should be guaranteed as well as ensuring that the most current WH&S requirements are covered.

A yearly Major Service and Respray can help keep your equipment running efficiently and looking new.

A lot of dealers also have their own tiltrays on the road, so they can actually pick your forklift up and take it back to their workshop for major repairs, don;t forget you can also ask for a support forklift for the interim period that they are working on yours.

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Flameproofing Forklifts

Forklifts August 9, 2017

flameproof forklifs

Flameproofing forklifts, is actually a very common requirement in the necessary environment. Flameproofing of material handling equipment is the science of reducing the risk of an explosion or fire by means of specialized principles and technologies.

The risk occurs wherever a flammable or combustible material is handled. This is not only confined to the mining but also petrochemical, oil platforms, paint, grain handling and food industry to name a few.

It is essential that all equipment used in these areas comply with the appropriate government rules and relevant standards.  If you are looking for information or and guidance on area classification, it can be obtained from the Australian Institute of Dangerous Goods Consultants (AIDGC).

When inquiring about or ordering a flameproof forklift from a dealer it is important to specify the area classification, and the type of hazard and its temperature class.

The general phases of the flameproofing conversion are analysis and design, manufacture, installation, duty cycle testing and specialized after sales service. Certification testing, when required, is conducted by one of Australia’s three internationally accredited testing facilities.

Forklift trucks, tow tractors, sweepers, scissor lifts and boom lifts ranging from 1 ton to 32 ton have all been flameproofed. Both diesel and battery electric powered materials handling equipment can be flameproofed.

Something to remember when you are looking for Flameproofing, LPG and Petrol vehicles are not permitted in any hazardous areas.

Flameproofed Materials handling equipment are designed and manufactured in such a way as to remove or reduce the risk of the equipment becoming the source of ignition.

Sources of ignition include flames and sparks from exhaust systems, arc and sparks from electrical equipment, hot surfaces and static build up.

Modifications are required to the basic equipment to ensure it complies with the relevant requirements for the specified hazardous zone that it will be operating in.

If you are still unsure if the area has been correctly classified in accordance with AS2430 series, you can ask a third party to perform an audit on your hazardous area mobile equipment is not only a good idea but a must to ensure correct and safe operation.

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Tips For Buying Used Forklifts

buying, Forklifts July 19, 2017

If you are out looking at used forklifts to buy, there has never been a better time in the materials handling market.  There are plenty of bargains you can pick up, weather its a 2.5T Yale forklift or a 16T SMV Forklift, but as always there are some things you really need to be aware of when looking at used forklifts.

Warranty

Does it have warranty.  It use to be very common to buy a used forklift with no warranty.  Well these days its fair and reasonable to expect some comfort in knowing that if you buy a used forklift you won’t get it home and have the engine blow up in the first week.

Most businesses will offer a 30 or 90 day standard warranty, if they don’t bring it up, ask them.   We’ve also started to see 12 month warranties being offered on used equipment.

Most new forklift manufactures will offer a minimum 12 month /1200 hour warranty on a new forklift, so getting a 12 month warranty for a used forklift might seem fantastic.  But read the fine print, a lot of these warranty policies, are bought for a few hundred dollars.

The policies are generally very tight, and don’t really allow for much, and you might fine that you get stuck with additional expenses like freight.

Beware the Liquid Overhaul

A lot of forklift dealers will tell you its been overhauled.  It might look shiny with a new coat of paint, but pop the bonnet and take a look underneath.  If you can see a dirty engine with visible oil leaks, its had a liquid overhaul  Ask for service records, most forklift dealers won’t mind giving these out at all.  Take a look at the last 12 months, if you can see service and breakdown jobs, you know it’s been well maintained.

Shop it around

With the internet people have gotten a lot smarter, with 20 minutes work, you are able to compare pricing for most things on line.  Used forklifts are no different, take your time and look.  If you like a Hyster H2.50DX model that you’ve looked at, compare the pricing on line, if you are thinking  you got good value at $20 000, you might be in for a rude shock if you see them advertised online at for $10 500.

 

Buying Used Forklifts at auction

We see so many people burnt doing this, you think you can get a good deal at an Auction, and this really comes under point 3.  We see people spend 10 or 20 thousands more then what they should, find that the used forklift has a problem and then want to sell it, and can’t get a return.

If you are going to an auction to buy, make sure you do your homework before you get there.  Most auction houses will let you inspect the forklift and start it before you start to bid on it.

Used forklifts are just like use cars, there are plenty out there, sometimes you can buy a lemon.  The trick to buying value is to do your research, and make sure you are buying something that has been well maintained, with a little bit of warranty on it. You won’t go wrong.

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Bolzoni Auramo release the Stainless Steel Coated Fork Tyne

Forklift Attachments July 16, 2017

Bolzoni Auramo

The latest release from Bolzoni Auramo is the stainless steel coated fork tynes which are perfect for the spark free areas

The stainless-steel-cladded forklift forks are the best option for areas that must be kept spark free. These areas include explosive environments where paint, chemicals and explosives are handled.

These forks are also a great choice for food preparation areas for hygiene purposes and when you need to avoid risk of spark generation due to rubbing between similar metal materials (i.e. between fork steel and the load steel) or rusty and light metals (i.e. between rusty fork and an aluminium or magnesium load).

Bolzoni Auramo cladded forks are covered under all the relevant Australian Standards with  AISI 304 L stainless steel as indicated by UNI EN 1127-1 regulation (6.4.4 paragraph) and are manufactured to  be used in Category 2 and 3 of European Directive 94/9/CE.

The forks are also equipped with a certificate, that testifies the execution by the rule book of the cladding and the quality of the material.

The Production Process

  •  Before starting with the coating all the edges are eliminated from the outer perimeter of the forks and the painting is removed from the tip and back side. These are the areas where the coating is anchored.
  • The stainless steel plates to be applied on the forks are prepared; the standard thickness is 2 mm but even a special 3 mm thick plate on request can be used. The plates are bended according to the fork’s geometry and they are then applied on the surface, so that the load surface is perfectly smooth and bald, without obtruding elements and without being influenced by welding processes, that could compromise the features and properties of the material.
  • A reinforcement stainless steel plate is realized to be welded under the heel of the fork.
  • The plates and the heel reinforcement are then welded on the forks with TIG welding; the standard plate covers the forks till 20 cm height of the back side (possible full back side coating on request).
  • All the surfaces are perfectly polished, in order to grant a smooth contact with the load.
  • An accurate check is moved forward to ensure the total lack of breaking areas in the coating.

Bolzoni Auramo Steinless Steel Cladded Forks Advantages

  • The geometric and chemical properties of the original forks are kept completely unaltered.
  • Excellent resistance to corrosion thanks to the quality of the material and thanks to the fact that all the loading surfaces are not interested and influenced by welding processes.
  • The internal surface of the fork (the surface under the coating) is protected by the painting, which has not been undermined by the temperature raising.
  • The reinforcement plate applied on the lower part of the fork’s heel grants a sensible reduction of the coating wear in this critical area; when worn out it’s possible to replace just the heel reinforcement plate.
  • The perfect load surface finishing avoids the risk of scraping and the detaching of coating parts.
  • The certification testifies the quality of the material and all the specific production processes.

On request:

  • Special 3 mm stainless steel plate thickness (instead of 2 mm);
  • Back height fully coated and covered (instead of standard 20 cm of the back height);
  • Coating for food and beverage environment with AISI 316 L, the best quality of stainless steel.

If you are interested in a quote contact Bolzoni Auramo direct or talk to your local forklift dealer

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Why You Need Forklift Driver Training

Forklift Attachments July 13, 2017

forklift driver training

Forklift Driver Training has changed plenty in the last year as has workplace training.  The onus is on the business to provide a safe workplace and training for its employees.  A business needs to make sure that their forklift operators are sufficiently trained as well as licensed to operate.

More and more in today’s business world we encourage employees to take accountability for their own actions. Productivity is gained through well trained and competent staff, together with the ability to minimize possible work related injuries; these all play a part in the overall productivity of your business. The duty of care legislation and WorkCover suggests correct Forklift driver training should be part of the normal ongoing training register for staff.

It is the duty of a Forklift Driver Training instructor to encourage students to operate their equipment in a productive and safe manner; an emphasis is also placed on the forklift truck and its requirements regarding safety. A safe truck may be driven safely and this will minimize the risk of injury or damage to equipment or product.

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Dealing With a Workplace Fire

Safety July 11, 2017

workplace fire

As we’ve developed out site and the more that we talk about Materials handling, we’ve come to realize there is a lot of planning in keeping your work place safe, and when you consider  around 55% of businesses that suffer a serious fire never recover.

Workplace fires are a serious issue which is covered by local government, state and national regulations including the Building Code of Australia, Australian Standards and OH&S. An efficient fire safety provider should ensure you are kept informed of any changes in the fire industry and help your business to comply with all relevant local, state and national laws.

Fire Prevention

It is imperative that your business is prepared against fire to reduce risks. Comprehensive risk assessments and a Routine Maintenance Program can prove to be invaluable.

Fire Detection

The early detection of a fire is of utmost importance to ensure all staff have sufficient time to respond and leave the premises safely. Some of the products to assist in fire detection include: smoke alarms; fire alarm panels; engineered detection systems which monitor for smoke, heat or flame; or even a video smoke detection system.

fire in the business

Fire Extinguishing

Rapid containment of any fire is essential to reduce the damage suffered. Once started, fires are difficult to contain without the correct fire equipment.

Regardless of whether the business operates in a warehouse, office building, laboratory or mine, there have been systems designed and developed to aid in the containment of fires.

Equipment which can be useful in fire extinguishing includes: fire extinguishers, fire blankets, fire hoses, fire hydrants and hose reels, sprinkler & deluge systems, foam systems, and various suppression systems.

Fire Evacuation

It is essential that staff are trained in the correct use of fire equipment as well as emergency evacuation procedures. Exit lighting, warning & evacuation systems and fire safety training are all essential.

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Safety Signs In The WorkPlace

Forklift Attachments, Safety July 8, 2017

Safety Signs

In Australia over the last 20 years, Safety has become a huge driver in Materials Handling.  So it is a very obvious thing when you go to a business and see Safety Signs throughout a workplace

Safety signs are generally used as an aid to:

•> Communicate information on hazards
•> Communicate the need for personal protective equipment (where other control strategies are inadequate or impracticable)
•> Communicate the location of safety equipment / emergency facilities (eye wash stations, first aid kit)
•> Give guidance and instruction in an emergency.

There are two main types of safety signs for the occupational environment. These are:

  1. Picture signs which utilize text and symbols to represent the hazard, equipment or process as well as the standard colors and shapes used to convey a message eg. Personal Protective Equipment signs
  2. Signs with text only messages which are supplemented by the use of standard colors and shapes eg. Fire Exit signs

Wherever possible, picture signs (pictograms) should be used.  Due to a large multi cultural workforce, it is easier to identify pictures

Stop and Prohibition signs

Safety Signs

 

 

 

 

 

Circle: white background with red borders and cross bar; black symbol

Caution (warning) signs

Caution signs

 

 

 

 

Triangle: yellow background with black border; black symbol

Emergency information signs

emergency signs

 

 

 

 

 

Rectangle: green background; white symbol

Mandatory signs

mandatory signs

 

 

 

 

 

Circle: blue background; white

As a workplace develops its material handling requirements you will find more and more safety signs going up around the workplace.

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A Forklift Checklist And Why You Need To Use Them

Forklift Attachments, Safety July 5, 2017

Forklift Checklist

It is part of forklift licencing in Australia that before starting a forklift checklist should be completed on the forklift, or what is referred to as a pre-start forklift checklist. Below you can find examples of 4 areas that should be done as part of a Forklift safety checklists that should be carried out by forklift users.

Please note that safety checklists should always be modified to be specific to each individual application and type of equipment, the lists below are intended as a guideline only:

Environmental Checklist

Observe all environmental features and identify hazards such as: power lines; doorways; overhead service lines (inside or outside); bridges; surrounding obstructions; other equipment in area; personnel in area; dangerous materials; railway lines; other hazards unique to the workplace.

Remove any hazards or safeguard the hazards, ensure safety protective clothing is used and explain why used. Ensure the forklift is suitable for the task, eg: height, lift capacity. Check attachments are appropriate for load type. Ensure all site personnel are aware of forklift operation and if any access restrictions are in place for personnel.

Pre-Start Checklist (not applicable for all forklifts, to be used as a general guideline)

1. Look underneath for leaks and obstructions
2. Gas bottle (hose flange, date, and secured properly)
3. Counterweight bolts (secured)
4. Overhead guard
5. Read the load plate
6. Check radiator water
7. Check engine oil
8. Check battery water levels and battery security
9. Check hydraulic fluid
10. Transmission fluid and brake fluid
11. Tyres (inflation, psi and condition) wheels including nuts and debris underneath and around
12. Tilt rams and sideshift, reach etc.
13. Foot guard
14. Lifting chain, equal length and condition
15. Roller bearing
16. Lift ram and mast condition
17. Apron guard
18. Fork locking pins (security of attachments)
19. Cracks in heels of forks wear and tear under heels and toes of forks, forks spread wide enough and equal balance left and right
20. Any other equipment such as mirrors, windscreens, air filters if diesel, if fitted.

After-Start Checklist (not applicable for all forklifts, to be used as a general guide-line)

1. Turn on gas
2. Step on truck and check seat is correctly fitted. Attach seat belt if fitted
3. Start engine
4. Check operation of lift arm
5. Check operation of tilt ram
6. Check steering both stationary and when moving
7. Check operation of horn and lights
8. Check operation of hand and foot brake
9. Warning devices such as reversing beepers, flashing lights
10. Check mirrors and windscreen if fitted

Post-Operational Checklist

Ensure the forklift is parked in a safe place, (away from danger areas such as: access or walkways; exits; first aid facilities; fire fighting equipment; refueling sites; blind corners)

1. Return the steering wheels straight, and apply parking brake
2. Ensure forks are flat and level to the ground or tips are pointing down and touch the ground. Then dismount correctly.
3. Turn gas off, or ensure batteries are connected to recharger unit if required
4. In some cases the key is to be removed to stop unauthorized usage of the forklift truck
5. Then check for any problems that may have arisen during the operation such as: leaks in hydraulics; cracks in forks; tyres and inflation condition.
6. General wear and tear. Any damage to components. Anything caught up underneath etc.

EXAMPLES OF SAFE DRIVING PRACTICES

  • Never stunt drive or fool around especially if persons are nearby.
  • Obey all traffic signs and rules.
  • Slow down on wet or slippery floors and do not drive over debris or any objects on the floor.
  • Slow down and sound horn when at intersections or blind corners.
  • Watch out for objects jutting out from racking.
  • Always keep a clear view ahead and be aware of clearances in your path and turning circle.
  • Keep a safe distance between your truck and other traffic, stay at least three truck lengths between other vehicles.
  • Use the truck safely; always keep it under control at all times.
  • Do not allow passengers to be carried at any time.
  • Make sure there is adequate light to safely see by.
  • Give way to all pedestrians at all times.
  • Check the load plate for its safe working load (SWL)
  • Keep away from edges of docks, ramps or elevated platforms, so you do not accidentally drive over the edge.
  • Always approach and leave aisles slowly.
  • When turning, avoid making contact with obstacles or people by allowing enough turning distances.
  • Safety checks performed each start of shift.

If you find anything wrong with your forklift, you should always report it to your service provider or if you are using it as part of your employment, make sure you report it to your work supervisor.  It is always advised to make sure you have a copy of your forklift checklist on kept on hand.

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Learning To Walk With Pedestrian Operated Forklifts

Forklifts February 7, 2017

When you start to  look at forklifts there are so many different types shapes and sizes out there on the market.  One class of forklift is more unique then most, the pedestrian operated forklifts range.

What makes then unique in Australia is the fact that you do not need a high-risk work license, which means it becomes easier for businesses to train their operators on how to use them, as well being a cheaper option for a business to consider.

Types of Pedestrian Operated Forklifts

There are a wide range of pedestrian operated forklift in this range including the walk behind pallet jack and walk behind stacker range.

Walk Behind Pallet Jack

Very much like a manual pallet jack, there are also battery electric operated pallet jacks.  Ranging from a small 1500 kg Battery electric walk behind pallet jack through to a 3000-kg walk behind battery operated pallet jack, as well as ride on models.

As we construct bigger and bigger warehouses, ride on pallet jacks are becoming increasingly common with both end rider types and side standing types of pallet jacks, being used.  As it allows the operator to ride with the pallet jack and load over greater distances very quickly.

Of course, there is also the Sit on Pallet Jack as well.  Again, very useful for when pallets need to be moved greater distances in large warehouses.

Types of Walkie Stackers

There are many different types of walkie stackers, the best way to describe them is, if you think a battery electric pallet jack with a mast you wouldn’t be far wrong.

Walk Behind Straddle stacker

The most common type of walkie stacker with general capacities ranging from 1200 kgs through to 1600kg, and lift heights from 2500mm to 4500mm.

The mast will only travel straight up and down, they are designed so they have outrigger legs so they can straddle a pallet, as well act as a stabilizer.

There are also leg over walkie stackers where they are designed for special pallets that don’t have a bottom board configuration like the popular Australian Chep Pallet.

Walk behind Reach Stackers

The walkie reach stacker is growing in popularity with the ability for the carriage to reach out in front of the machine.  So, it can pick up and move a pallet jack back toward the operator.

This type of function is very popular when needing to unload trucks or pick up a pallet that might be a little out of reach.

The walkie reach also has stability legs protruding from the front of the forklift,

Walkie behind counter balanced stacker

These types of walkie stackers are longer than normal as they don’t have stability legs out the front, they have more counterweight in the back of the unit to counterbalance the load.

pedestrian operated forklifts

The benefits of Pedestrian Operated Forklifts

No Forklift Ticket Required

Despite popular opinion there is currently no forklift license required to operate a walkie behind forklift at all.

All that is required is familiarization training given to the operator which is usually a short 15-minute run down on how to operate the walkie stacker.

This makes these type of pedestrian operated walk behind forklift very popular, in the back of loading docks where younger people are employed. Such as a supermarket that employ school children after school hours.

Lower maintenance cost

Due to the nature and design of these types of forklifts there is less maintenance required on a pedestrian operated walkie then a ride on 2.5T Internal combustion forklift.

They are designed with electric drive motors, and usually come with a large type industrial battery.  As always, we recommend servicing as per the manufacturers recommendation.

Reduces manual handling

Especially the pedestrian battery electric pallet movers, if your business needs to move pallets around a warehouse.  Instead of your employee moving 2 ton pallets with a manual pallet jack you can use a battery electric pallet mover to move them from A to B.

This reduces the need for the operator to physically move pallets around with a manual pallet jack, reducing the manual handling effort and the likely hood of back strain.

The Limitation of Pedestrian Operated Walkies

Limited lift heights

Due to the design limitations of walkies particularly the walkie stacker range.  The Mast lift heights are limited to how high you can go.

Although in both a 2 stage and 3 stage configurations, they will generally lift no higher than 5000mm. If you are wanting to lift higher, then that you need to consider a ride on reach truck.

Tiller Handle

Designed with an operator tiller handle, when operating in a tight space this can sometimes take a knock that can damage the handler.  Or if operating in a tight area, it can be difficult for the operator to maneuver around.

Which way should you go

In deciding which walkie, you should go for your business, it depends on what type of warehouse you have.  Talk to your local forklift dealer about what is the best option for your business.

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Do You Have The Right Forklift Tyres ?

Forklifts, Safety February 4, 2017

forklift tyres

Forklifts have so many different specifications, when it comes to capacities, lift heights and attachments.  Well its no different when it comes to forklift tyres, you have a few different options such as cushion Tyres, pneumatic tyres, solid tyres or polyurethane.

Well there there is also the option of solid filling your pneumatic tyres.  It basically includes ‘In-fill’ materials (for Pneumatic Tyres) and ‘In-fill’ materials include sprays, rubber foams and urethane fills.

Along the way in developing these fill products, there have been many problems associated with these types of fillings,  they have tended to leave voids in the material. The latest urethane/rubber fillings, which are not a foam, are put into the tyre as a liquid, then pressurized and cured.

Over the last 10 to 15 years a number of proprietary items have been marketed to prevent punctures in pneumatic tyres, but very few have been successful until recently.

Advantages of ‘In-fill’ materials

The advantage of ‘in-fill’ materials is that the tyre —

(a) can operate at higher speed ratings than the resilient type of tyre;

(b) gives similar ride characteristics to the pneumatic tyre; and

(c) completely avoids ‘down-time’ on expensive machines which operate on difficult sites and away from a service point. Obviously you don’t get punctures with a Solid Filled Pneumatic forklift tyre, so it will save you from down-time with less tyre punctures.

Disadvantages of ‘In-fill’ materials

The one biggest disadvantage of ‘in-fill’ materials is that once the tyre is pressurized it cannot be altered to obtain more or less flotation.

With the above in mind, before you are looking to solid fill your pneumatic forklift tyres, you should always talk to your Industrial tyre supplier before you go down the solid filling route to ensure it’s the right thing for your operating environment.

You also need to way up the cost of solid filling vs. buying a solid puncture proof tyre, as its usually charged by the Kilo and can get quote expensive.

Once you wear out the tyres that has been solid filled, it can also be a problem and getting the remaining tyre off the rim so a new tyre can be fitted.  You can potentially damage the rim.

So there you are, if you are looking at solid filling your pneumatic forklift tyres, we are not saying don’t do it, we are just saying be aware of what you are doing it for.

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