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Product Spotlight: The Redesigned Electric Center Rider Pallet Truck Series 1102

We keep the world moving and with that, Linde is continuously looking at new ways to meet the needs of our customers.  Seeking innovative designs to maximize ergonomics, performance, and reliability is paramount in Linde trucks.  The newly redesigned Linde Series 1102 encompasses all those features and more, offering ways to work better, smarter and more efficiently.

Ergonomics

With the operator in mind, the re-designed Series 1102 offers a forward driving position with a unique Linde twin-grip steering control, showcasing an ergonomic tiller head that governs travel direction, speed and automatic return to neutral. This feature offers ease of use of controls by either hand and its power steering reduces steer effort by 70%, decreasing operator fatigue.  Another attribute is the suspended operator platform, that not only provides the operator with an extremely comfortable work environment, but also incorporates an operator-presence sensor, protecting the operator from any unintentional harm.

Performance

The Series 1102 is extremely versatile, enabling low-level order picking and is designed for both long and short travel distances, all backed by the powerful 5.4 hp AC drive motor.  In addition, it allows for operation on or off the truck using the Easy Pick system with electronic coasting feature.  Recognized as being one of the toughest trucks in the market, it delivers high performance acceleration, braking, and travel speeds but also offers a smooth delivery while transporting heavy loads up to 8,000 lbs. 

Reliability

With the job application and operator in mind, the latest features and re-design results in an extremely durable and reliable truck.  Transporting heavy loads are not an issue as the heavy-duty fork stiffeners provide strength along all the way to the tips.  The durable casters and forks provide greater strength, stability, and longer integrity over the life of the truck, making the Series 1102 a dependable asset in your warehouse operations – even in the most demanding applications. 

Efficiency

The AC motor controller provides effective and efficient use of battery voltage and has extremely wide torque and speed range, supporting tailored parameters to meet a wide variety of application requirements.  Zero speed ramp hold applications are also accomplished, as well as full regeneration capability and smooth low speed control.  Maximizing the Series 1102’s capabilities are a reality with the addition of new AC technology, enabling extended maintenance intervals for motors resulting in decreased down time.

Maintaining Your Forklift – Keeping It Clean Will Prolong Its Working Life

When considering ways to extend the life of your forklift, one often gravitates to the more obvious ideas.  Depending on how your truck is powered, you may be thinking regular oil changes, keeping a close eye on the motor/engine, following the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule or regular up-keep of the tires.  One, as important step to maintaining a forklift that often gets overlooked, is cleaning/disinfecting the truck.  Below we will highlight some important steps that will ensure your forklift is functioning at peak performance and will remain running for a long time.

Clean off exterior debris

Just as you would clean your personal car when it becomes visibly dirty, the same applies for the forklift.  Depending on your truck’s source of power will determine what tools you can clean with.  For an electric truck, knocking off accumulated grim with a broom will help dislodge unwanted particles, making it easier to clean.  An air compressor can also assist with the removal along with non-toxic bio-degradable solutions.  Keep in mind that water can affect your trucks electrical components, so use caution to prevent electrical damage.

As noted in the Linde service guide operators manual,hot steam or cleaning materials with a powerful degreasing effect should only be used with great caution as this will affect the grease filling of bearings with lifetime lubrication, causing it to escape. As re-lubrication is not possible, the bearings will be irreparably damaged.“

When cleaning a non-electric truck, it is advised to use a pressure-washer to knock-off hard to remove substances.  In addition, the use of the pressure-washer will prevent the operator from getting too close to the truck, during cleaning, protecting one from potential hazardous run-off or splash-back.

The Linde operator’s manual states, when cleaning with a water jet (high-pressure or steam cleaner etc.), it should not be applied directly to the area of the front axle, electric and electronic components, connector plugs or insulating material. Water should not be used for cleaning in the area of the central electrical system and switch console.“

Don’t forget the underside of the truck

It is often noted that we clean what we see, however, hidden parts of the truck are as important, if not more to maintain.  Depending on where you work, your truck may be used in many different environments.  Dirt and grim can easily build up in those hard to reach areas, causing potential issues to the undercarriage of the truck.  Keeping those areas cleaned, will prevent major issues down the road.

Work from the top of the truck down

For heavier soiled areas, pre-soaking your truck may be necessary.  That will allow build-up to soften, making it easier to clean.  When cleaning your truck, make sure to start at the top and work your way down.  That way, grim and dirt will flow down, and you are not having to re-clean areas.

Allow proper dry time

Once your truck is sufficiently cleaned, park it in an area that will allow appropriate dry time – preferable in the sun.  Allowing your truck to dry will ensure that its components are working efficiently and will prevent damage to the truck.

Protect yourself

No matter how you plan to clean your truck, make sure you are using protective gear.  When using cleaning materials or tools, there is always a chance that substances can splash back on you.  Be sure to wear protective eye-wear, boots and gloves, as well as long sleeves and pants to protect your skin.

Operating A Forklift In The Sun – How To Work Safely

For most in the material handling industry, when considering safety guidelines when operating a forklift, we often think of specifics of running the truck. For instance, how to safely maneuver it, ensure the operator is protected, as well as others around, and that the truck is being used properly. However, looking at the environment the truck is being used in can be just as important. Extreme hot and cold temperatures can not only affect the truck, but also the operator. Below we highlight tips on operating a forklift in the sun – a topic that may get overlooked.

Build a tolerance for working in the heat

As with anything extreme, building one’s tolerance to withstand hot temperatures while operating a truck is key. If an operator is not well versed in working in certain temperatures, he/she can put themselves at risk for injury. Heat takes a toll on the body and can often fatigue and disorient a person if exposed to the sun for too long. Operating a truck at the same time can have dire consequences. Establishing a schedule for increasing one’s time in the sun, while maneuvering a truck, will better protect the operator.

Guard yourself against the sun

If you must work in the sun, it is extremely important to guard yourself against any additional negative effects of the sun’s rays. Wearing clothing that covers most of your body will help protect your skin and decrease the likelihood of burns. Also, shielding your face with a hat will aid in protecting your face as well as decreasing glares from the sun to help prevent vision impairment. Above all else, make sure you are applying sunscreen before going out in the sun and reapply later in the day if you notice you have perspired a lot.

Hydrate

As obvious as it may sound, making sure you stay hydrated while working in the sun is imperative. When working in high heat temperatures, the body is continuously perspiring, which is the body’s automatic response to cooling down the body. However, that water loss needs to be replenished. Make sure to hydrate with water and not caffeine, even if you feel like you need a pick me up. Caffeine can lead to additional body fluid loss. Taking regular breaks to re-hydrate and refresh will be extremely beneficial to the forklift operator.

Take scheduled breaks

Make sure you are maximizing all scheduled breaks by going inside during those times. Taking a break from the truck, while still outside does not allow your body to cool down and take the respite it needs. To continue working in the sun, your body needs to have frequent opportunities to recharge. During this time, monitor yourself for signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. There are several signs and symptoms to be aware of according to WebMD.

Some symptoms of heat exhaustion

  •  Fatigues
  •  Nausea
  •  Headache
  •  Excessive thirst
  •  Muscle aches and cramps
  •  Weakness
  • Confusion or anxiety

Some symptoms of heatstroke

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Fatigue
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Dry skin
  • Profound sweating

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We Keep the World Moving

Have you ever thought about how you receive products and supplies?  I’m not talking about going to the store and picking up an item or ordering something online where it later appears by the hands of your preferred delivery service.  No, what I’m asking is a little deeper than that.  For instance, have you ever wondered how those products reach your hands?

In this ever-evolving world, we can virtually receive products from anywhere on the planet.  That fact alone is amazing and often incredible to grasp or realize.  But how does one get a product from point A, to B or C and so-on? 

Today’s economy has created consumers who expect a quick turnaround on receiving goods.  From order to delivery, each step within the supply chain must work seamlessly to complete the result of delivering the product from warehouse to recipient.  The key piece of equipment that connects each sequence and stop along the way is the forklift.  To ensure productivity and expedited service, forklifts provide the delivery of bulk items efficiently, effectively and are the crucial piece to the supply chain puzzle.  Forklifts are the chosen vehicle, keeping America’s inventory moving.  From supplying, storing and picking to transferring goods and docking, forklifts are the heartbeat of any logistics network, keeping the global economy moving. 

How do we readily and easily receive goods and products?  How do we keep America’s economy thriving? 

With forklifts.  We Keep the World Moving.

How to Modernize Your Warehouse

Do you want to stay ahead of the competition in 2020? If so, it’s important to modernize your warehouse. This includes technology, efficient equipment, and implementing sustainable efforts. Look below to see where your warehouse should improve upon.

Technology

A key component of modernization for any business is technology. Technology will give you the tools to be more productive and efficient in the warehouse. One way to incorporate this is by going paperless. This will allow for improvement in inventory management. All tasks and progress in the warehouse should be documented on computers/I-pads. By doing this you can instantly access all of the important documents used in your warehouse. 

Efficient Equipment 

Is your operating equipment up to date? Stay ahead of the competition by investing in new equipment. Some machines can do double the work that 2 or 3 older machines are able to do. This will cut costs for maintenance on all of the machines as well as saving your business time. 

Sustainable efforts 

Modern efforts in anything today means being sustainable. A part of upgrading your equipment is equipment that is beneficial to the environment. Electric equipment is better for the environment in reducing emissions and also saves money on fuel costs. A recycling program should also be implemented. Cardboard boxes make up a vast majority of most warehouses. Employees should be trained and informed on how to recycle. 
In 2020, more businesses will be modernizing their warehouses. By staying ahead of the competition and creating a plan for your warehouse to incorporate these efforts, will ensure your company sees a big return on this investment in the future. KION North America wants to see your company grow. If you find you need help with the latest, modern equipment our team would be happy to assist.

Forklift Attachments

Forklift attachments can be easy to overlook, but they are essential in modifying the capability of your equipment. Depending on the task at hand, a particular forklift may or may not be best suited to get the job done. This is where attachments come in. With the right unique modification, it’ll not only be more convenient, but there will be more productivity. Below is a brief list of basic forklift attachments to offer you a better idea of what kind are out there and how they can benefit you.

Fork Positioners

If you’re looking to handle nonstandard material and must be able to adjust the distance between forks quickly, a positioner is a must. Fork positioners give the operator the power to adjust the forks to fit various pallet sizes quickly, efficiently, and safely. 

Side Shifters

If you’ve ever experienced a lot that wasn’t properly aligned with your forks, you probably aren’t alone. A side shifter allows the operator to adjust the forks from left to right without ever leaving the driver’s seat, making for an easy and safe transition without moving the entire forklift. 

Multi-Pallet Handlers

Everyone wishes they could successfully multitask. With a multi-pallet handler, you can. This attachment allows for multiple loads to be operated at the same time, scaling down your workload and getting it done in half the time it would’ve typically taken. 

Rotators

While traditional forks lift up and down, a rotator will be most beneficial when transporting bins or containers. Because of its ability to rotate and reposition, it’ll help in dumping or emptying the containers without the help of another operator. 

Forklifts help in the day-to-day transporting of materials, but there are many ways that they can be improved. Rather than taking up more time by needed extra operator assistance, consider investing in a forklift attachment that will result in faster and safer productivity!

How Forklifts Are Made

Forklifts are an essential component of maneuvering the heavy-duty materials used in every warehouse. While anyone who works with this machinery regularly knows what it looks like and what its functions are, they more than likely aren’t familiar with how they are created. Forklifts have been improved over the years to lift, carry, and relocate products efficiently. To give a better understanding of what goes into making a forklift, we’ve compiled a brief summary to help.

The Materials

Forklifts are made from various raw steel materials in the shapes of bars, plates, etc that are specifically welded and formed to build the anatomy of the forklift before being painted and adding on any components. First comes first is the frame, as every other component of the forklift’s body depends on this structure.

Components of the Body

The welded and shaped steel materials are then used to create the essential body of the forklift. Included in this body are the mast, lift and tilt cylinders, carriage, forks, load basket, tires, and overall power supply. Within this are even smaller components made from the steel materials, such as the operator’s seat, steering wheel, and levers. While all of these components are essential, the make and design of them differ by what type of forklift you are creating, what products you’re hoping to transport, and what environment you’ll be transporting them in.

Finding Quality Sources

All that is mentioned above means nothing without quality materials to assemble your forklift. At KION North America, we pride ourselves in working with Linde and Baoli to provide innovative and energy-conscious materials at a lower cost. KION North America also works closely with its sister company, Dematic, the global leader in automated material handling that provides a comprehensive range of intelligent supply chain and automation solutions.

Become informed about what goes into manufacturing a forklift so that you are able to make positive choices about what materials you’re working within your warehouse! To learn more about KION North America’s services and comprehensive product portfolio from Linde and Baoli, visit our website.

Disposing Wooden Pallets

Pallets are great structures for transporting the goods in our warehouses, but over time you’ll find your space filled with more pallets than not. The worst way to dispose of pallets is by throwing them away. This will cost businesses money and is a waste of materials as pallets are recyclable. Below you’ll find information on the benefits of recycling pallets and where you should recycle.

Why Should You Recycle Pallets?

Money

Recycling pallets is beneficial for not only your business but other business as well. When pallets that are still in good shape are recycled, they are put back in the supply chain and will provide more service.

Space

Recycling pallets will open up more space in your warehouse. Opening up space for your warehouse makes it easier for productivity and preventing injuries. It’s dangerous to surround your workspace with clutter.

Time

Recycling unwanted pallets will also save time. Workers will spend less time trying to maneuver the forklifts around the unused pallets.

Where Should You Recycle?

Manufacturers

Frequently manufacturers are happy to have the used pallets come back. Most manufacturers have return programs to promote recycling. Through the programs, you can recycle your old pallet and receive credit for new pallets. Another option is to have your old pallets refurbished and sold back to you for a smaller fee than you originally bought your pallets for.

Recycling Companies

There are recycling companies that will take your old pallets. Depending on the condition, the companies will compensate you for recycling. This return on investment will be useful for the next time you purchase pallets.

When you find your warehouse/business is cluttered with wooden pallets, look for manufacturers or recycling companies in your area. This benefits not only your company and the disposal places but the environment. Trashing the wooden pallets encourages pollution and is a waste of natural resources.

Electric Forklifts and Why You Should Use One

Like other forklifts, electrical forklifts don’t use an internal combustion engine, instead, the trucks are powered by an electric motor. Using an electric forklift can be beneficial in terms of operating costs, performance, and environmental advantages. Below we have listed a few things you should know and could benefit from by going electric.

Maintenance

Operating and keeping up the maintenance on electric forklifts are much lower than that of the Internal combustion forklifts. Since the truck is battery operated, there are less moving parts to worry about. Besides checking motor cable connections and watering the battery, the electric trucks require little maintenance. 

Operating Costs

Electric forklifts operate on a rechargeable battery lasting up to 8 hours. By using an electric forklift, you are not spending money on fuel. On average the price for a gallon of propane ranges from about $2.00-$3.00. The average forklift needs about 8 gallons. For every electric forklift driven in your warehouse, you are saving at a minimum of $16 a day per forklift. This can get pricey over time. For companies looking to cut costs, switching to electric forklifts will be more cost-effective in the long run. 

Performance

As nice as lower operating costs are, performance is the top factor when looking at what forklift works best for your warehouse. Electric forklifts take advantage in this category as well. Due to their higher voltage and higher frequency charging system, the electric works more efficiently. 

Environment

Electric forklifts are mostly used indoors, or if weather permits, they can be used outdoors as well. Using electric forklifts immensely cuts gas emissions. Not only is this bad for the environment, but the employees operating and working near forklifts. 

Electric forklifts are lower in terms of maintenance, cost-effective, rank high in performance, and are better for the environment. From counterbalanced trucks, narrow aisle trucks, pallet trucks at Kion group we offer a wide range of products for your company. Click here for more information on electric forklifts at KION North America.

Overlooked Aspects of Forklift Safety

No one is ever too safe in a warehouse environment. Being cautious, alert, and knowing the proper safety measures to take when operating a forklift are key. In most cases, the basics to forklift safety are obvious–know the type of forklift you’re using, keep an eye out for pedestrians, and be aware of how much weight the machine is able to hold–but there are still a number of overlooked aspects of forklift safety that need to be addressed. We’ve compiled a list of the top five things that are commonly missed when operating this heavy machinery.

The Batteries

Not only are the batteries used to operate forklifts large, buy they are filled with acidic chemicals that are dangerous when in contact with the skin. The danger lies in the sulfuric acid that could be splashed as well as the fumes that are released during the process of changing. Because the batteries must be charged often, be sure to only do so in the designated charging station that holds all of the necessary materials to both prevent something from happening and handle it if it does. For more details on how to properly and safely execute a battery change for an electric forklift, visit The United States Department of Labor’s website

Lowering The Forks 

When a forklift is not being used, the forks should always be lowered rather than elevated. Once the forklift is parked in its designated spot, (meaning it isn’t blocking an entrance, exit, or pathway) double check the parking brake and lower the forks of the machine to the ground. There are many reasons for this, but the primary one is to protect pedestrians from tripping, harming themselves, or being blocked in. 

How To Carry Non-Symmetrical Loads

Forklifts are used for stacking, unstacking, and transporting heavy loads. The maximum weight that a forklift can hold varies, but the same rules for handling the transported goods are the same. Symmetrical loads are easiest to stack, so when combining multiple items that aren’t, pay close attention to how one item will transport next to another. Capacity, the lift’s position of gravity, and the shape of the items should all be considered. 

Using Indicators

Tilt indicators, load weight indicators, damage indicators–they are all important and should not be overlooked. Each of these indicators serve a purpose. For instance, a load weight indicator is meant to notify the driver that the maximum weight is being reached and/or the forklift is in danger of tipping over. 

Doing It Solo

Because a forklift operates as a one-man machine, it can be tempting to want to do everything on your own. That being said, having an experienced partner to help operate and signal the task at hand can both make it easier and help complete it faster. Whether it be directing, assisting with loading/unloading, or simply being an additional operator, having another body around to assist with forklift regulation will reduce hazards and prevent potential accidents. 

Even if you think you’re an expert forklift operator, there is never any harm in double checking that you have all of your bases covered. From carefully exchanging a battery to listening to the indicators signal that something is wrong, always be aware of your surroundings and remember the details that are often overlooked. For more information on forklift products, details, and quotes visit KION at http://www.kion-na.com.