Propane cylinders take up little space and they can be kept either inside of a storage area or outside of a facility. It does take some time to switch out a propane cylinder, though, it still does requires operator training in order to be performed safely and also require knowledge of safety standards like for example the OSHA or Occupational Health and Safety Administration.
IC lift trucks are faster and easier to refuel, than electric lift trucks, but the IC or internal combustion engines produce major air-polluting emissions and are very noisy.
The ITA's Class 2 trucks consist of a huge variety of electric lift trucks and these are specifically made to be used in narrow aisles. The standard storage aisles are 12 feet wide, and this easily allows a counterbalanced forklift to turn in the aisle and put a load away. Usually, narrow aisles are 8 feet wide, while the very narrow aisles are around 5.5 to 6 feet wide. These narrow aisles need specialized lift trucks which are capable of putting away cargo without any turning at all or that are small enough to turn on a tight radius.
The three most common narrow aisle lift trucks are the turret trucks, order pickers and reach trucks. The differences among these lift trucks are discussed below.
Narrow-Aisle Reach Forklifts
The original narrow-aisle forklift is considered to be the traditional reach truck. These machines do not require a huge counterweight and are thus, small enough to turn in narrow aisles. Instead, stability is provided by the outrigger arms that extend in front of the forklifts. However, depending on the storage configuration, these outrigger arms can prevent the trucks from getting near enough to the storage rack to deposit and retrieve loads. To be able to overcome this particular situation, a pantograph was designed. The pantograph is actually a reach truck which is made with a telescoping device. This allows forks to reach into storage areas concisely and easily.
The best environment for narrow aisle lift trucks is a place that has good lighting, clean floors and good traffic flow, well-maintained floor, in addition to ample turning space.
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