History of the rise of Hydrogen forklift trucks

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The Rise of The Hydrogen Powered Forklift

 

The materials handling industry has a long history of struggling with achieving high levels of productivity due to long periods of charging. The development of hydrogen fuel cell technology has led to an increase in organisations using the new forklifts to improve their performance.

Hydrogen fuel cell development

Although hydrogen fuel cells are being used in forklifts today, the actual technology is still in its early stages. At the moment, the fuel cells are used in narrow aisle, electric and motorised hand lift trucks.

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How do the fuel cells work?

The fuel cell is comprised of a number of components, including power electronics, hybrid power system, hydrogen storage, fuel cell stack sub-system, fuel cell engine components and a thermal management section. The cells have had a metallic construction since 1993 with a patented open flow architecture to ensure low cost and high durability.

When were fuel cells developed?

The first fuel cells were used in 1993 and quickly brought increased durability and efficiency to the machines they were used in. They were designed for use in many areas of industry across a variety of demanding uses.

Conversion of existing machines

Modern fuel cells have been carefully engineered to fit into a variety of existing machines to help save businesses money. They have been successfully fitted into a myriad of electric forklifts around the world and helped businesses increase their production hours and reduce ongoing operating costs. The fuel cells do not need recharging like traditional battery-powered forklifts, reducing the levels of downtime needed regularly throughout the day.

 

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How is hydrogen supplied?

There are a number of companies around the world generating hydrogen and providing fuel delivery to even the most remote locations. The hydrogen is stored in high pressured storage cylinders and delivery includes the dispensing and telemetry.


Environmental benefits



Not only do the fuel cells provide excellent operational benefits, they also help reduce a business’s carbon footprint. Hydrogen power is very efficient and results in zero emissions of harmful greenhouse gases. This also means businesses no longer need to worry about the safety and costs involved with the storage and handling of toxic materials. At the moment, the main environmental impact is down to the transportation and manufacture of the hydrogen itself. Over the next few years, it is expected that considerable investment into the infrastructure of hydrogen supply will reduce the environmental impact.

Costs of hydrogen forklifts

At the moment, hydrogen forklifts are only used by very large companies such as Amazon, which can afford to invest in the technology. However, as it becomes more widespread, the cost is starting to come down. Although there is an initial outlay, many businesses find that the lower costs of operation provide benefits further down the line. They also require less space than traditional forklifts which need large areas to recharge.

We expect the hydrogen fuel cell technology to become increasingly more widespread around the world over the next decade. If you would like more information about developments in the industry, please contact us.

 

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How to prepare your forklift for Winter.

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How to make sure your Forklift is Ready for Winter

 

Preparing your forklift properly for winter can make the difference between safe use and a serious incident. Safe forklift operation always relies on two things: ensuring the forklift is in good condition and is appropriate for the job, and ensuring your forklift operator is properly trained and fully attentive. Here we explore the steps you should take in the lead up to winter in order to ensure your forklift is safe as the weather worsens.

 

Operator training

So that your business operations can continue unimpeded in the winter months, you will need to make sure your staff are attentive to the change in environment and adapt their working practices to meet these conditions. It is important to demonstrate the need for additional caution when there is cold weather, snow, ice, wet conditions and limited visibility.

Forklift winter preparation

 

 

Operator equipment 

As the weather gets colder you will need to provide your operators with better and more appropriate equipment with which to continue working comfortably. Protecting them from the weather will help to keep their concentration levels up and ensure they are able to carry out safe operating practices. Visibility will also be poorer in bad weather conditions so all of your staff should be in clothing that is highly visible and reflective.

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Forklift preparation 

To prepare the forklift itself for the winter conditions you should invest in a high-quality forklift cover to protect it from the elements. Gritting the yard will also ensure there is no ice that could cause the forklift to lose traction. Pneumatic tyres can also help to improve grip and appropriate tyre chains or studs can also help to keep your forklift on track.

 

 

Forklift operation 

In the winter you should be doubly cautious about checking the forklift’s condition before you begin to operate it. Carry out all of the usual checks for fuel, de-icer and oil, and ensure that you give the forklift enough time to warm up before use. This will take longer than usual in the winter as you’re starting from lower temperatures.

While the forklift is in use you should be especially vigilant in anticipation of others having their senses impeded. In wind, rain and snow, pedestrians and other operatives can be distracted and can have their hearing and vision impeded. The forklift operator should slow down and make sure they are always able to clearly see where they are going.

Forklift operation

Forklift attachments 

To use your forklift for any non-standard practices like clearing snow in the winter, it is vital that you invest in the correct attachments. A snowplough will help to keep the yard clear and safe to work in, but a makeshift plough can easily become snagged and could potentially cause the forklift to topple. If you are adding attachments to your forklift, make sure they are suitable for the job at hand and are designed for use on the correct model of forklift.

 

Forklift Maintenance 

Forklift maintenance is important all year round, but you should be especially attentive to this in the winter. Ensure the forklifts are stored in the dry and make sure the hydraulic fluids you are using are high-quality so they do not freeze or gel.

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Pallet Trucks Vs 3 Wheel Forklifts

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Using the Right Tools- 3 Wheel Forklift or Pallet Trucks

Using the right tools for the job in hand is important in terms of getting the best efficiency. Lifting heavy loads with a mechanical lifting aid is no different, and it is here where users need to consider whether the right tool for the job in question is a pallet truck or a 3-wheeled counterbalance forklift truck.
Let’s begin by taking a look at the typical characteristics of a counterbalance forklift truck:

 

Counter Balance Forklift

 

The Counterbalance Forklift Truck in general 

The type of forklift truck most commonly used in industry across the board is the counterbalance forklift truck. On this type of truck, the lifting forks that carry the load are situated in front of the driver, protruding from the front of the truck.

Basic counterbalance forklifts do not have any out-rigging legs or arms fitted, and this enables the truck to be driven up to the load and positioned exactly where required. In terms of propulsion, counterbalance forklift trucks can be powered by diesel, electric or gas.

As the name indicates, counterbalance forklift trucks are fitted with a counterbalance weight. This weight is incorporated at the rear of the truck to offset the load that is lifted and carried by the forks at the front.

counter balance forklifts

 

3-Wheel Counterbalance Forklift Trucks 

Ordinary counterbalance forklift trucks normally have four wheels; one at each corner of the truck. However, for increased manoeuvrability, counterbalance trucks are also available with only 3 wheels in a triangular configuration. The provision of a singular drive wheel or steering wheel at the centre of the back of the truck gives them far greater manoeuvrability.

Pallet Trucks

Pallet trucks can be either powered or unpowered. The unpowered variants are usually referred to as hand pallet trucks or pump trucks. They are capable of handling loads of up to 3,500 Kg. Typically they have four wheels; two mounted inline, inside each of the forks.

To operate, the operator simply manoeuvres and slides the forks under the load (usually palletised), and once in position then pumps the steering handle which then hydraulically lifts the load clear of the floor, allowing it to be transported into the desired position or location.

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Powered Pallet Trucks

Powered pallet trucks work on exactly the same principle as unpowered, except they have an inbuilt electric motor (battery powered) to assist with both the movement of the pallet and the lifting of the load.

Choosing the Right Kit for the job 

The two most important factors to be considered when planning a lift and deciding which lifting aid to use – the pallet truck or the 3-wheel counterbalance forklift truck – are the height that the load is to be picked up from, the height at which it is to be delivered, and the speed of the operation.

Pallet trucks are ideal where the loads are only ever to be lifted from and delivered back to floor level. The clearance when a load is lifted is minimal, so another important thing to be considered is the evenness of the floor surface.

If loads are being picked up from outside a curtain sided trailer, for example, only a counterbalance forklift truck will suffice. This also applies where loads are to be stored away at height, on shelving.

The speed of operation is also important, typically where time is an important factor. Pallet trucks are confined in speed to the walking pace of the operator, whereas counterbalance forklift trucks can travel at significantly faster speeds.

In terms of manoeuvrability, pallet trucks are limited by the fact that they run on four wheels whereas a 3-wheel counterbalance forklift truck runs on only three and is, therefore, easier to manoeuvre.

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New changes to forklift training for September 2017 Explained

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Forklift Training Amends 2017

 

For the first time since 2000, a new testing standard for forklift training has been created by The Accrediting Bodies Association (ABA) which was implemented on 1st September 2017. If tests are not using the new testing format, then they will be invalid.

The changes came about after The ABA liaised with training organisations, trade associations, insurers and employers so that the test they produced reflected the real working environment, addressing the needs of employers. The ABA Focus Group made the decision to penalise candidates who repeatedly fell short when it came to safety-related behaviour, and if they continued to commit the same fault, they would not pass the practical test element, allowing for further training.

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What are the main changes?

There are some key changes when it comes to the new testing standards. When it comes to the Pre-Use Inspection, 13 out of 22 elements are deemed safety critical. This means candidates must carry out a full and correct check of the items, and if they fail to do so they will receive an automatic referral for this element of the test.

As part of the theory test, the bank of multiple choice questions features five mandatory questions. It’s essential that these questions appear in all question papers. For candidates who get any of these questions wrong, the overall result of the association of knowledge examination will be a referral, with the overall score having no impact on this.

 

If candidates incur more than three 5-point penalties in any one penalty criteria during the practical skills test then they will be disqualified.

Fault Number: 2, Fault Description: Body and limbs outside of truck, Penalty Award: 5

Fault Number: 3, Fault Description: Failing to check all around the truck, Penalty Award: 5

Fault Number: 4, Fault Description: Failing to look in direction being travelled, Penalty

Award: 5

Fault Number: 5, Fault Description: Failing to use an appropriate safety device, Penalty Award: 5

Fault Number: 6, Fault Description: Travelling in the wrong direction unintentionally, Penalty Award: 5

Fault Number: 10, Fault Description: Hydraulic controls being operated when moving, Penalty Award: 5

Fault Number: 14, Fault Description: Failing to handle steering wheel when travelling, Penalty Award: 5

Fault Number: 16, Fault Description: Low forks or load when travelling, Penalty Award: 5

Fault Number: 22, Fault Description: Failing to apply parking brake or engage neutral, Penalty Award: 5

Fault Number: 25, Fault Description: Failing to fully insert fork arms, Penalty Award: 5

Fault Number: 31, Fault Description: Failing to apply park brake and engage neutral, Penalty Award: 5

Fault Number: 36, Fault Description: Load is lowered onto reach legs, Penalty Award: 5

Fault Number: 37, Fault Description: Reach is extended whilst travelling, Penalty Award: 5

As stated above, 14 out of the 37 criteria now have a 5-point penalty, compared to the previous 10 in the original testing criteria.

If a referral is given, this does not mean a candidate has failed the theory or practical elements but shows the need to re-take a specific element of the course.

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The Benefits of using Premium Forklift Tyres

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Why Quality Forklift Tyres Are Essential For Your Trucks

Whatever you use your forklift truck for, it is of vital importance to keep it maintained with top quality tyres. Moving heavy goods around a warehouse and managing deliveries eventually wears down the tyres. Health and safety is also a major concern for forklift truck operators since working in conditions where heavy machinery is operated poses a variety of risks.

To keep you covered and assured of the highest quality, we provide premium tyres for forklift trucks manufactured and supplied by Trelleborg. Fitting premium tyres on your forklift truck provides many benefits, which are all delivered by the Trelleborg Elite XP tyre.

Forklift Tyres


Excellent performance

The Elite XP tyre delivers top quality performance and is made to withstand the key requirements of today’s forklift trucks. Made from durable and resilient material, the tyre also acts as the suspension, which helps to enhance the performance of your forklift truck.

Furthermore, the square footprint of the Elite XP tyre provides excellent stability and greater contact area. This helps to reduce uneven wear, enabling a longer tyre life and fulfilling excellent performance.

Enhanced safety

Trelleborg’s Elite XP tyre features a Pit Stop Line wear indicator, which enables forklift operators to see when the tyres need replacing. This helps operators to protect themselves and others in the industry, as well as keeping up to date with health and safety standards.

As the tyre tread on the Elite XP tyre wears down, a highly visible orange stripe appears on the tyre surface. This indicates that the tyre has 100 hours of life remaining, allowing operators plenty of time to replace the tyre without compromising on performance, safety and productivity. The Pit Stop Line indicator also ensures that forklift operators get the maximum whole life value from the tyres by replacing them at the right time, as well as knowing that the tyres are always safe to use.

Great value and minimum impact

The Pit Spot Line wear indicator enables users to get the best value from their premium forklift tyres. The indicator helps to prevent tyres being changed too early when they are still at their optimum performance, which helps companies to save money.

 

Forklift Tyres

 

Trelleborg’s Elite XP tyres are also long lasting and durable, which means that the tyres need changing less frequently. Saving further money, it also reduces the user’s impact on the environment since there is less waste, which is great for those concerned about their carbon footprint.

Special compounds

While the Elite XP is available with different treads (XP, Smooth and Rubbed), the tread on forklift tyres is only cosmetic and in fact does not add to the functionality of the tyre. It is common practice within the industry to re-cut treads into bald-looking tyres to enhance the aesthetic of forklift trucks. However, we find that this is not necessary to do and it is more important to focus on the correct compound for full contact of the tyre surface.

Trelleborg’s Elite XP tyres are available with special compounds to suit how you use your forklift truck, as well as further enhancing performance. Suitable for a variety of different workplace environments, the special compounds available on the Elite XP tyres are Non-Marking, Electrically Conductive, High Load, Cut Resistant and Chemical Resistant (Scrubber).

Forklift Tyres

So why opt for other forklift tyres when you can be assured of the highest quality and excellent performance when you need it most with Trelleborg’s Elite XP tyres? They will help you to save money in the long term, reduce waste and keep you and your staff safe in the industry.

Whatever questions or queries you have, speak to one of our professionals on 020 8880 3322 or fill in the contact form.

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Forklift job review- Tate Modern Museum

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The Perfect Solution by Hiremech

As part of an exciting new installation at London’s Tate Modern, we were enlisted to lift a variety of essential materials and equipment into the museum. A unique concept, the installation is Clare Twomey’s “FACTORY: the seen and the unseen”. Launching at the Tate Exchange in 2017/18, it’s an interesting concept that will see a ceramics factory open to the public, created by the public. On opening, members of the public will be given the chance to mould and cast a variety of ceramics, from teapots to jugs and flowers.

 

 

 

A Worthy Challenge

This was an ambitious project for us, mainly due to the fact that Clare Twomey’s installation would be taking place in a 30-metre workspace on the building’s fifth floor. Over eight tonnes of processed white clay from Dudsons needed to be transported into the area, as well as one wall of drying racks and over 2,000 fired clay objects. In addition to this, a variety of plaster moulds which included teapots and lids for Dudsons’ current production line was transported alongside smaller moulds, such as jugs and handles. These moulds will be used for casting by the workers and the public participants. Other items that we were required to transport included a range of display furniture including cages, carts and ware trolleys with wooden shelves. Essentials for the room, such as 2.5-metre roller tables and scrap trolleys, were also enlisted to us for secure transportation.

 

How did we do Job?

To guarantee effective and safe transportation of these items into the installation space, we decided to use our Walk Behind Powered Pallet Trucks. Due to the installation being on the fifth floor of the building, we had to be mindful of the potentially difficult journey from the loading bay to our target destination. Navigating these heavy and fragile items such a distance needed as much control as possible, which a Walk Behind Powered Pallet Truck could offer. And, even though moving and positioning the goods was a challenging process, due to the truck’s smaller size, the more awkward movements and positions of the journey were easier to complete.

The task required strong management of palletised goods and in some more delicate cases, manual handling. To give our client peace of mind and maintain the highest of standards, we ensured the safety and condition of goods by lifting them with fragile mouldings. When it came to lifting equipment, we decided to use clay castings which would contribute to optimising efficiency as well.

Great Results

On completion of the task, the Tate Exchange’s production assistant, George Rayner-Law, contacted us regarding our work.

“Firstly. I wanted to say thanks for last Monday. Our load in went really well, and wouldn’t have been possible without your company’s services. The operative who came (I’ve forgotten his name, unfortunately) specifically was very helpful, personable and eager.”- George Rayner-Law, Production Assistant, Tate Exchange.

Although it was a tricky job at times, we were confident with our delivery and transportation of the goods for Clare Twomey’s installation. Our operative handled the more awkward positions and journeys with care and detail, assuring our client and their needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Top 10 Politicians Looking Awkward in a Hi-Vis Vest

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Why do Politicians Love the Hi-Vis?

It turns out that we are not the only ones who love hi-vis vests – these politicians think they are a nice addition to their wardrobe too! Hi-vis vests are known as the life savers of an industrious workforce, perhaps our politicians think a florescent coat will help their image with the working population we’re not so sure!

 

1. David Cameron gets his hands dirty

It is becoming increasingly common for a politician to put on a hi-vis jacket and make a well timed visit to a busy workplace. David Cameron became a fan of the trend back in 2015 – maybe he thought it made him look like one of the hard workers, rather than a politician in a suit with a hi-vis. Who knows?

2. Boris Johnson stands out in negotiations

Sometimes seen as the face of modern politics, Boris is known for getting into a pickle. Boris likes to be seen as the man of the people, so maybe that’s why he pulls on the occasional hi-vis jacket to help London’s busy tradesmen. Perhaps the hi-vis would come in useful during his current Brexit negotiations – he would certainly stand out.

 

 

 

 

3. George Osborne takes his jacket shopping

Although he may not be the most favoured politician, we are fans purely because he loves a hi-vis jacket. George has been seen sporting the fashion since as far back as 2011, and even chose a bright orange jacket to pick out the Christmas tree for Number 11 Downing Street.

 

4. Theresa May protects herself from a rhino

Theresa May meets a rhino. A sentence you probably never imagined you’d read, but Theresa did meet someone with a hide thicker than hers. Luckily, was there to protect her as she marshalled the Maidenhead Easter charity race.

5. Tony Blair, the union man

Before Boris hit the headlines, Tony Blair was often seen as the face of the working man, during the Labour government. Tony, who was known for his support of trade unions, often liked to as he went to meet the country’s workers. We’re not so sure how dirty he got his hands, though!

 

 

6. Theresa May has a sense of humour

We were more than surprised when Teresa May wore a hi-vis jacket to accept an award from the former chancellor George Osborne. Perhaps it is not just us who noticed George’s love of florescent gear, after all.

 

 

 

 

7. Ed Miliband takes it to a new level

Ed is another supporter of the hi-vis construction site photos, although he does like to take it a step further than most politicians. He is also very fond of his protective glasses, the perfect finishing touch to a working man’s photo.

 

 

8. Jeremy Corbyn, the train expert

Although relatively new to the public’s political radar, Jeremy knows how to get noticed. The Labour leader has been in many talks about the development of the High Speed 3 and always has his trusty hi-vis vest on hand. At least this politician removes his tie!

 

 

9. Nick Clegg on the campaign trail

It would be wrong to leave the Liberal Democrats out of our top ten list when Nick Clegg was also so fond of a fluorescent jacket. Although it was a while ago now, during his 2015 election tour he was seen frequently donning his hi-vis. Perhaps if he’d worn it more often for the public, he might have gained the majority vote.

 

 

10. George Osborne loses his hi-vis jacket

Sadly, our favourite moment in hi-vis wearing politician history, an “inconsolable” George Osborne losing his hi-vis and being forced to pull out of some of his major on-site pubic appearances, may not really have happened. It does just go to show, though, that we’re not the only ones who’ve noticed he just wouldn’t be the same without his trusty jacket.

 

As London’s one stop shop for forklift hire and sale, we know all about the importance of hi-vis jackets- we actually need them for work unlike some!

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A guide to forklift battery safety and maintenance

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The humble battery is a key component of any forklift, and in order to keep it safely running well, you need to take good care of it. Here is a guide to forklift battery safety and maintenance.

Charging

Charging heavy industrial batteries seem easy right?  If you thought charging the battery is like charging a phone, you’re wrong! Traditional Forklift Truck batteries utilise a heavy duty lead acid composition. These batteries must be allowed to fully charge each time they are placed on charge. This will ensure no memory loss affect and ensures equalisation phase of charging, bringing all cells to the same voltage, where they perform at their peak. Furthermore a battery has a typical life cycle for example 1500 cycle. Another thing to remember is a 10 minute charge is still a marker of the useful cycles, so planning ahead is the best thing.

Batteries are the heart of your equipment. When batteries are undercharged, used with low water or with elevated temperatures, not just battery life is shortened but it can cause malfunction of the equipment and affect its performance.

The most important thing about using the batteries is safety here are some things that will help you understand the safety while using these heavy-duty beasts!

Safety (PPE)

 

 

Always wear personal protective equipment. This includes safety goggles, face shields, rubber or neoprene gloves and aprons, as this can help prevent/reduce any damage caused to you by the battery if there is an accident. Remove metal jewellery. Anything metallic, from tools to earrings, must be kept away from uncovered batteries in order to prevent sparking. Take precautions with flammable materials. Never allow sparks, open flames or electric arcs to occur in the battery room. Check electrolyte and water levels before beginning active charging, but don’t add water – this should be done after charging is complete.

Hazardous elements:

Sulfuric acid – The electrolyte in a lead-acid battery is a diluted solution of sulfuric acid and water. Although the acid content is only about 37%, it is still strong enough to burn skin and eyes, and eat holes in many types of fabrics.

Explosive Gases – When charged, batteries produce an explosive mixture of hydrogen and oxygen gases. Make sure that all vent caps are securely in place so that any gas is safely vented from the battery. Keep open flames, arcs, and sparks away from battery at all times

Electricity – Shock hazards are present on batteries. The higher the voltage, the greater the shock hazard also metallic objects coming in contact with exposed cell connectors will cause a short, as well as severe burns.

Weight – Batteries are not only a reliable source of power for the lift truck, but also acts as a counterweight. Average battery weight is 2,000 lbs (1- ton) Batteries can cause serious injury or death if not handled carefully during installation, removal and transport.

Water

Frequently check electrolyte levels and add water when needed. €Water should only be added after a battery has received a full charge. €Electrolyte levels should never drop below separator protector during discharging. € Electrolyte levels should be at a ¼” below the bottom of the vent well when fully charged.

To perform a visual inspection you should:

  • Check electrolyte levels.
  •  Check for proper cable polarity. €
  • Inspect cables for cut or torn insulation.
  • Inspect contact tips.
  • Inspect connector.
  • Check for loose springs and cracked or broken housing.
  •  Make sure all vent caps are securely in place

Checking these things could save you a lot of time and money because replacing a heavy duty battery unit could cost you thousands of pounds!

As London’s leading forklift hire and sale company, we’re used to undertaking jobs that help keep the city moving, and this one is no different. If you’ve got a job that requires a forklift, or any other kind of materials handling machinery, get in touch with one of our sales team to find out the different hire and purchase options we can offer you: http://www.hiremech.co.uk/contact/

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Tips for Operating your Forklift in the Summer

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It’s summer, a period when forklift maintenance becomes more important than at any other time of the year! Here are some tips that will help you throughout this hot period.

If you’re a forklift driver in summer, then this time of year has to be your favourite of them all. While everyone is in the office you are enjoying the sun driving around on your forklift.

However, this positive also comes with dangers that you have to be aware of. Temperatures rise throughout the summer and the heat can be difficult to work in when it’s humid. You can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and extreme fatigue. This can be a danger to you and anyone around you because of the type of vehicle you’re driving. On top of this, the summer heat can cause damage and wear to your forklifts if you’re not careful. Follow these top tips to make sure that you summer-proof your forklifts!

Battery Checks

Although checking your forklift battery is typically part of everyday maintenance, it becomes especially important in the summer, because the heat can cause excess corrosion and low fluid levels. Extreme heat causes evaporation of battery fluids which can shorten the life of your forklift. Make sure you have the correct water levels in the battery cells, and if you find that battery fluid levels are low, be sure you are refilling with water that is the right pH for your battery.

Oil Checks                        

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Having the correct oil for your forklift is essential to its functionality. Just like any other engine-powered machine, you want to be sure the oil is changed when recommended. A lack of engine oil (or old engine oil) can cause your engine to wear down and could also possibly lead to total engine failure.

Engine Check

Overheating is a major problem during the summer, and a radiator in good working order will help protect your forklift from meltdown. If your coolant is low, be sure to check for any cracks before adding fluid. Thoroughly inspect your hoses for holes, cracks, or loose connections before you refill the tank and make sure you are using the right coolant for your specific forklift model. This is also an opportunity to make sure the radiator screen is free of any debris

Fans & Belts 

Properly functioning fans and belts are needed to help keep your forklift from overheating. Engine fans help lower the surface heat of your engine, while belts keep coolant moving and add extra airflow over your forklift’s engine. Here’s what to look for when inspecting your belts and fans:

  • Cracks
  • Excessive wear
  • Holes
  • Fraying in the belt system
  • Squeaking noises that increase with engine speed

Personal well-being

Are you taking precautionary measures to stay cool and hydrated? It’s just as important for drivers and workers to stay safe in extreme temperatures. Heat fatigue is a common issue for forklift truck operators. Consider placing fans in the parts of your warehouse where you do most of your work, and always carry a bottle of chilled water with you while at work. Make sure you are able to take breaks in a cooler environment throughout the day. If possible, schedule heavy workloads in earlier parts of the day before your warehouse has had a chance to heat up, or later on in the afternoon when it has had an opportunity to cool.

Wet Weather

Given our unpredictable weather you should plan ahead. If working outdoors why not consider a canopy option. These can be supplied and fitted onsite with various options from PVC to hard doors/windscreens.

Shrinkwrapping your overhead guard may be tempting, but please remember this drastically reduces visibility so this is not recommended.

Hiremech is the exclusive dealer for the Caterpillar range of forklift trucks in London. Offering forklift hire and sales, Hiremech is your one-stop-shop for your material handling needs in London.

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What does a Karcher pressure washer have to do with the British Grand Prix?

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At Hiremech we are all eagerly looking forward to this weekend’s British Grand Prix. As an authorised London Karcher dealer we thought you might like to know that the Karcher range utilises F1 Inspired features!

Where’s the link between Karcher and F1 you may be thinking?

The brand Karcher is synonymously associated as the industry leading brand in Pressure Washers, which is rightly so as Alfred Karcher invented the first heated pressure washer back in 1950.  However most people don’t know this yet but the Karcher range includes over 3000 products/accessories from domestic to professional applications, including ride on cleaning equipment.

For example the Karcher KM 125/130R Ride on Sweeper range utilises some trick F1 Features:

KERS – in the form of Karcher’s Power Plus System which utilises a hybrid setup to boost power when required in conjunction with petrol and diesel engines.

 Karcher’s Fleet provides remote, real-time machine data, allowing managers (pit crew) to maximise performance by allocating resources where they are needed, monitor if machines are being used as planned, be informed if areas or shift are missed or if the machine is stolen.  The latest machines are more efficient, environmentally friendly, ergonomic, and intuitive to use.  They are also faster to charge, easier to store and easier to maintain much like natural F1 cars progression.

As London’s leading forklift hire and sale company, we’re used to undertaking jobs that help keep the city moving, and this one is no different. If you’ve got a job that requires a forklift, or any other kind of materials handling machinery, get in touch with one of our sales team to find out the different hire and purchase options we can offer you: http://www.hiremech.co.uk/contact/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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