Your choice of warehouse machinery will determine the safety and efficiency of material handling. Whether you are opening a new warehouse or looking to upgrade your current equipment, it is a good idea to see what is offered now in this industry. Here are seven pieces of warehouse machinery you may wish to rent or purchase for your Texas job site:
- Forklifts: Most warehouses fail to function properly without forklifts. You have two options for them: the pedestrian-operated forklift and the counterbalance forklift. The first option is offered in many sizes and lift heights. They work well for smaller warehouses, and operators do not have to have a license. Counterbalance forklifts have tines in front and a driver’s seat behind them. They are also offered in all sizes and lift heights, and they need a larger warehouse for turning space.
- Pallet jacks: If you receive material on pallets, you definitely need a pallet jack. These offer twin forks that slide under a pallet. The handle raises the forks with a pumping force that lifts the pallet, making it easier to move.
- Walkie stackers: This is the next step up from a pallet jack. Besides having the ability to lift pallets, it can also stack them. Unlike the pallet jack, the stacker is motorized, although it has a similar design. Workers can move the entire assembly by hand and lift pallets to the second shelf of a stacking system. They work well indoors and on concrete floors. If you only hold small-capacity items, they are a more affordable alternative to forklifts.
- Order picker: If a walkie stacker does not quite meet your needs, an order picker can be an effective compromise between a walkie stacker and a forklift. This is a smaller sized forklift that is larger than the walkie stack, and it bears more weight. It also lifts pallets higher—order pickers can retrieve and replace stacked items from heights of 10 to 30 feet.
- Mezzanines: When your operations expand, you may require more storage. If your warehouse does not have a loft or other means of providing an additional floor, a mezzanine may be your solution. This will provide that additional storage without requiring relocation or remodeling.
- Conveyor belts: Warehouses that require item transportation should have a conveyor belt. This motor-driven belt can be set up to efficiently reach the most essential areas of your warehouse. If your warehouse stores retail inventory and ships it to individual customers, the conveyor belt is an excellent way to move product and prepare it for mailing.
- Lifts: You may also need to move items vertically. Bucket elevators, for example, transport small items to a second or third story after picking them up from a conveyor belt. There are other lift mechanisms available if you need to move items between floors in an efficient manner.
V-Bar Equipment Company distributes warehouse machinery to clients throughout Texas. If you need to replace or rent a forklift or other type of equipment, contact us today to see what we can offer you.
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