Types of Aisles
Lift trucks are classified due to the kinds of aisles they have been designed to operate in. Narrow Aisle and Wide Aisle lift trucks are designed to turn in the aisle, while Very Narrow Aisle trucks really don't turn in the aisle. There are several aisle widths to consider with various models.
Very Narrow Aisle trucks could operate in less than 6 feet areas, whereas several will utilize particular guidance systems like optical, rail or wire systems in order to travel within the aisles. Some different models of VNA trucks consist of Turret Trucks, Swing Masts and Order Selectors. These are common models in tight retail spaces and in several storage and warehouse situations.
Narrow Aisle trucks could operate in aisles from 8 feet to 10 feet wide. Usually these are stand-up models such as Reach Trucks. They are usually used in storage facilities and warehouses.
Wide Aisle Standard forklifts fall into this truck category and are designed to work within aisles that are more than 11 feet wide.
The "Ergomat" padding on stand-up models provide padding on a sloped floorboard. These features are made to reduce operator exhaustion by absorbing vibration. The compartment for the operator is big and has an 8" low step height which helps lessen overall body fatigue by easing frequent exit and entry. The model consists of polyurethane steer tires to absorb shocks and vibration caused by uneven floor in order to enable smooth traveling. For added comfort, there is a cushioned armrest and floor mat as well as a backrest designed to help keep operators comfortable and hence more effective while limiting fatigue.