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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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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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