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Let’s face it. No one wants to buy a forklift. Unless it’s a rough terrain forklift, you can’t really ride it around in your backyard for fun. However, all fun aside, you need a forklift to maneuver product efficiently through your warehouse – plain and simple. Choosing the right warehouse equipment doesn’t have to be a difficult or lengthy process, you just have to know the right questions to ask. The real question isn’t: “should I buy a forklift?” What you should be asking yourself is: “what are the problems in my warehouse a forklift can fix?” Let’s take a look at some common warehousing solutions.

Cost vs Density

What does your budget look like and how much product do you want to pack in your warehouse? Cost versus density is the driving factor of warehouse efficiency. This means you have to have the right racking and shelving systems in place before buying any lift trucks. Whether steady growth has caused the change in warehouse dynamics or the type of product your facility houses, take into consideration how the space within your warehouse is used. In order to make the space more efficient, consider adding racking and using smaller forklifts to fit in that space. 

Forklift to Fit

Forklifts come in all shapes and sizes, so finding one that fits your new racking system, safety requirements, and stocking speed is only a matter of narrowing down the options available in accordance with what you need. The type of product you have has a great impact on the equipment you use as well. Combilift, for example, is used in maneuvering long pieces of product (i.e., lumber, piping, and the like) through the warehouse safely without knocking anything over. Hyster Tracker on the other hand is a piece of technology – wireless asset management to be exact – that allows you and your team to be and feel a little safer while out on the warehouse floor.

Accoutrements

Depending on your industry, what you need to run your warehouse can vary greatly. Do you need it to be refrigerated? How about first in first out racking? Or even a safety dock for your forklift drivers? There are a number of different accessories you can add onto your new warehousing system. Companies like Engineered Products are here to help your facility run more efficiently and design your warehouse to maximize your cost to density ratio.

If you have to buy a forklift, you have options to find the perfect fit for your facility. From incorporating various types of forklifts depending on the racking you have, to purchasing the racking that makes your warehouse more efficient, Papé Material Handling and Engineered Products are the material handling equipment suppliers to contact. We have the expertise and the tools necessary to turn an inefficient warehouse into a smooth operation.

 

 

 

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