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Lift Truck Width

Todays warehouse and storage facilities have changed. For example, years ago, industries would maintain a six-month supply of stock, kept in a high-density storage unit, which might include a bulk floor storage or drive-in rack. Then, the merchandise would be shipped out as a full truckload. Today, customers can simply order a two-week supply, receiving just one pallet of goods at a time. In fact, customers can order one case or one piece if they like.

The reason is the warehouses and storage facilities are now being able to utilize space much better all because of the change in lift trucks. In other words, lift trucks can now handle all types of loads but without having to use so much room, more products can be stored and organized more conveniently. This way, the warehouse or storage facility benefits by having a more efficient and cost effect operation.

Listed below are some of the aisle types and lift trucks:
  • Wide Aisle (WA) These standard trucks are counterbalanced and most commonly referred to as forklifts. They can operate in aisles more than 11 to 12 feet for handling a 48-inch deep load.

  • Narrow Aisle (NA) With this type of lift truck, they can operate easily in aisle from eight to 10 feet, which is typically used for stand-up and double-deep reach trucks.

  • Very Narrow Aisle (VNA) These lift trucks can operate in aisle of less than six feet and generally consist of man-up order selectors and turret trucks.
When considering the type of lift truck for your needs, you need to calculate your space. Be sure you consider rack height, load weight, load size, vehicle specs, and factors specifically relating to the warehouse or storage unit dimensions. For example, consider the following calculation:
  • Standard 40 x 48-inch load, weighing 1,500 pounds, using wide aisles the assumption would be that between 20% and 25% more products could be stored by switching to a narrow aisle system. Then, if you switched to a very narrow system, that percentage would climb to as high as 50%!

  • The space savings by going to a NA or VNA system is substantial. These systems help improvement movement and productivity. Additionally, warehouse and storage unit owners are enjoying a huge cost savings and better flexibility. With so many different options for lift trucks, you can change the design of your warehouse or storage unit to enjoy the huge benefits.

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