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How High Can a Forklift Lift?

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1906 saw the creation of the very first forklift, a contraption not too dissimilar to the forklifts of today. A little over a century later, forklifts are ubiquitous, helping businesses throughout the manufacturing industry lift and transport heavy goods with minimal effort. Unlike the solitary forklift variety back in 1906, forklifts today have branched into a number of different subsets, each engineered to cater to specific tasks and environments. Here at East Midlands Forklifts, we sell many types of forklifts, including reach, counterbalance, warehouse, pedestrian stacker, multi-directional, telescopic and side loader. The various forklifts are tailored for performing particular jobs, and,…

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Why Won’t My Forklift Start?

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If your forklift fails on you, it can mean disaster for your business, grinding operations to a halt – and costing you both time and money. When your forklift won’t start, being able to assess where the trouble may lie can save you calling out a specialist, only for the problem to be an easy-fix. In this guide, we’ll be going through the possible reasons for a non-responsive forklift and what you can do to correct them. Is your battery plugged in? This is easy to miss – but definitely something you will need to check before calling out an engineer….

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8 Ideas For More Efficient Warehouse Practices

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If you’re wondering how to improve warehouse efficiency and want to discover the best ways to boost your warehouse productivity, read on for these essential tips to apply to any warehouse. Evaluate Your Current Space Assess whether your current storage, process and layout solutions are working for your warehouse, or if it requires updating in line with changes in the business’s scale or specialisms. Think: is your warehouse layout affecting travel time between stations? Reducing unnecessary travel around the warehouse will save time and improve efficiency. Ask your employees for suggestions and ideas – they’re the team on the ground who…

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Forklift Truck Buying Guide

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The humble forklift truck offers a vast helping hand to businesses across the world. If your business is expanding and you have never bought or rented a forklift before, this guide could save you from being caught out with the wrong truck. If you are a veteran forklift owner with an out-of-date fleet, it should offer a good checklist to ensure your new investment is the best it can be. New trucks With a new truck, you are spared the challenge of sourcing a well-maintained second-life machine. It comes with a guarantee, a service package and a certified dealer who can…

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Forklift Basic Training

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    A fully qualified forklift operator is important for both the safety of others and ensuring that a forklift is used in the most efficient way. A forklift licence must be held by all who wish to operate a forklift, and the relevant training is available from many reputable providers throughout the country, including from ourselves here at East Midlands Forklifts, so failure to have your employees or yourself properly trained will be inexcusable. This month, we’re looking at the necessary components of forklift training you must undergo to receive your licence, providing you with more insight into the importance…

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The evolution of forklifts

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Forklifts, an invention created many years ago, have evolved over the years to meet ever-changing requirements and suiting more diverse uses than ever before. With changes in technology creating new potential in the forklift industry, the forklifts we see being produced today are a stark contrast to those more traditional models. Here, we run through some of the changes forklifts have gone through during their development: Smart technology With the ever-changing technology industry, it is now possible for forklifts to be connected to intelligent systems including ERP systems, RFIDs and Zone Control. Sensors can even be attached to forklifts, which allow…

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Female Tornado Pilot to Speak at FLTA Safety Conference

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On the 29th June, the Fork Lift Truck Association’s (FLTA) National Fork Lift Safety Conference will take place for the 14th year. The conference sees industry insiders from across the country meet up in Coventry to share knowledge and advice on all aspects of forklift safety. The theme for this year’s event is Leadership and Ownership, with issues such as staff accountability being debated. Jo Salter, Britain’s first female fast jet pilot and successful management consultant, is taking part in the event, sharing her previous experience of being entrusted with military hardware worth £25 million. Jo Salter: An inspiration As a…

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Electric, Diesel Or LPG/Gas? What Power Should I Use For My Forklift?

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There are a number of different ways in which you can power your forklifts. Here, we run through the three main sources of power for forklifts, listing their relative benefits and disadvantages to help you decide which is best for your forklift and your requirements. Electric Pros This type of power is the most environmentally friendly, producing no fumes during operation Easier to drive than engine-powered machines, in general, as no clutch or inching pedal Lower maintenance and servicing costs than other types of power Clean and quiet to operate Cons Higher initial cost due to the requirement for a battery and…

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Forklift Training Guide

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A tool that is invaluable in the operation of storage facilities, warehouses and construction sites, forklifts are a commonly used vehicle in a number of premises. Though fairly simple to operate, it is important that all staff using the machines have the correct, relevant and up-to-date training before they can safely and legally operate them. Here at East Midlands Forklifts, we have devised a handy guide to explain the process of the training to anyone who is to undertake it. Forklift license and training costs With six accreditation bodies in the UK, there are various sources from which you can receive…

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Fork Lift Truck Association: Incentives for Apprentices

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  In the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement 2014, much needed additional incentives were put in place to help Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) taking on apprentices in the coming year’s intake. In the fork lift truck industry, an additional £1,500 is to be made available, to help companies employing up to 50 people provide an additional apprentice place. Once Upon a Time 50 years ago, Britain was powered by a massive industrial manufacturing base. Car manufacturing, iron and steel production, aero-engineering, domestic appliances, ship building, and civil engineering companies thrived. All these companies employed hundreds, if not thousands of men and women. And…

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