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A forklift is an industrial truck, with a purpose of lifting and moving materials from the storage areas to the transporting vehicle, as well as the other way around. The forklift was first used in the early 20th century, and it was few companies that have developed it, Clark – Transmission company, and Yale & Towne Manufacturing - Hoist company.After the second world war, the use of the forklifts became popular all over the world, which allowed them to be further developed. Today, warehousing and manufacturing operations cannot be even imagined without forklifts.
The ratings of forklifts are defined by the maximum weight of the load it can hold, and a specified forward center of gravity. Every forklift manufacturer has provided their forklifts with a nameplate,that contains the weight and forward center of gravity specifications, which must be followed, in order not to cause the breaking of the forklift, damaging of the goods, and injuries. In most states, removing the nameplate or tampering with it, without the approval of the forklift manufacturer, is illegal.
Most of the forklifts have back-wheel steering, which is the opposite of the standard driving experience, but this allows the forklifts to have a high level of maneuverability in tight spaces.In order to keep the constant rate of turn while steering, the applying of steering force is unnecessary, since there is no caster action.
The forklifts instability is one of its critical characteristics. The forklift and the load must be seen as one object, whose center of gravity keeps moving, every time the load moves.Because of the combination of the gravitational and centrifugal forces, the forklift must never enter a corner at high speeds and raised load, because the forces will cause a tip-over accident.Every forklift has a load limit for its forks, which becomes even lower as the forks go up with the load. Usually located on the forklift, the manufacturers place the loading plate for loading reference.Without the specific safety equipment, such as a "cage" or a "cherry picker", fitted to the forks, a forklift should not be used as a personnel lift.
Because forklifts are a very important elements of distribution centers and warehouses, these structures are usually designed in a way to provide the forklifts efficient and safe space for movement.In a lot of situations, the forklift operators are guided into the warehouse through the guide rails on the floor, while the pallet is placed on cantilevered arms.In order to successfully perform this maneuver, the forklift operator has to be very experienced.Because the truck has to enter the storage structure for every palette, damage happens more often than with other types of storage.
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