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Most Common Forklift Attachments

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One of the best things about forklifts is that they’re versatile. They can be used for almost any application — just add the required attachment. There’s various attachments to choose from, each with their own benefits. In this article, we’ll explain the five most common types of forklift attachments and their advantages. Sideshifter Sideshifters are one of the most common forklift attachments and are regularly used in multiple industries, including agriculture, construction and paper handling. They enable the forks to move side to side so that the operators can make small adjustments in racking without having to manoeuvre the entire truck….

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What Are The Different Forklift Power Types?

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There are three forklift power types: electric, petrol and diesel. Which one you should use will depend on the application, run-time requirements, number of shifts and environment of your company. Understanding the differences between the different power types, as well as their advantages and disadvantages, will help you to determine which one to use in a particular situation. In this article, you’ll discover the pros and cons of each forklift power type. Electric forklifts Electric forklifts are quick and easy to manoeuvre and are typically used indoors.  Advantages: Environmentally friendly — electric forklifts don’t emit any greenhouse gases Quieter than LP…

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Can Forklifts be Used to Tow?

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Forklifts are not designed to tow, and it is not recommended that you attempt to do so.  If you desperately need to tow with your forklift, there are attachments that support forklift towing, though these should only be used for towing vehicles of a specific type, size and weight as outlined with each attachment. For continuous towing, we recommend finding more suitable towing equipment.  This article will explain why towing is not recommended on a standalone forklift, and the accessories you can use to make towing safer. Why can’t you tow with a forklift? Forklifts were designed to lift heavy materials…

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Keeping the East Midlands moving: our response to Covid-19

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Our top priority is the safety of our employees and clients, so we want to keep everyone informed of the steps we are taking to help stop the spread of the virus and follow government guidelines, whilst making sure that our services are still accessible to those that need them. East Midlands Forklifts are still open for business whilst we support new and existing customers in key industries such as construction, warehousing and distribution, during what is inevitably going to be a particularly busy period. Forklifts are crucial for many of the companies we are relying on right now, so we…

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How Is It Possible for a Forklift Not to Tip Over?

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Forklifts are relatively compact vehicles and yet are capable of carrying extremely heavy loads. At first glance, you may wonder how the forklift achieves this without toppling forward. The answer is actually quite simple, and it all comes down to one thing: physics. In this article, we’re going to explain how forklift stability works and how to stay safe when lifting heavy loads. Counterweight Physics teaches us that stability occurs when a force is balanced with an equal, opposite force. Forklifts attest to this theory by countering the heavy weight at the front with an equal or greater weight at the…

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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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New location for Safety Conference

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The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) are renowned for their annual Safety Conference, taking place during summer each year. The venue plays an important role in the success of the conference each year it is held, and this year will be no exception with a fantastic new venue recently announced. The 2016 conference will be held at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre, near Coventry, and will be sponsored by Jungheinrich UK. What happens at the conference? The conference addresses key issues in the forklift industry, focusing on those which directly impact upon those workers operating the trucks. Events…

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International Forklift Truck of the Year Nominees, 2015

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Back in January, we previewed the upcoming Fork Lift Truck Association Awards for Excellence, the UK’s premier awards event for the materials handling sector. This time around, we set our sights overseas towards the International Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) competition, 2015, to be held in Germany in the not-too-distant future. IFOY Setup in order to highlight and celebrate outstanding developments in the world of forklifts and materials handling, the IFOY award helps to drive healthy competition between those companies operating in the manufacturing of equipment in this industry. Now entering its third year, the award is the brainchild of…

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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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The 2015 FLTA Awards

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This February 28th, the International Centre in Shropshire will be welcoming the annual Fork Lift Truck Association Awards for Excellence, the most anticipated event in the materials handling industry’s calendar. This year, the event’s 21st, will see the FLTA Awards moving to the International Centre for the first time, finding a new home in the £250 million conference centre that’s appropriately located in the heart of the historical region that birthed the Industrial Revolution centuries ago. Jonny Gould, ITV London Tonight host and experienced TV presenter, will be back once again to take care of Master of Ceremony duties, hosting and presenting…

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