Mobile platforms - spider-type basket lift

ForkliftThe general industrial development, as well as technological achievements made over the last half-century, show the growing importance of goods transport and work carried out with the use of lifts. The forklifts responsible for the transport of goods and organization of the warehouse are entering a new phase of technical evolution, as are the basket lifts, which are responsible for the management of hard-to-reach spaces.    

The characteristic thirty meters long arm of the "spider" basket lift allows its users to ascend to the nasal cavity of the sphinx, which perfectly harmonizes with its crawler chassis adapted to move over difficult and uneven terrain, such as sand. Its unusual functional form, thanks to which it deserves the name of a "spider", allows it to perform unusual tasks both indoors and outdoors. Universal use is due to its success on the market - having such a platform, we are able to manage hard-to-reach spaces. The lift is best for conservation works in museums, replacement of lights in the swimming pool, or technical inspections of installations under the roofs of sports halls. On the other hand, "spider legs" ensure the safety of employees and do not damage the delicate ground, which occurs in the aforementioned cultural and sports centers. The compact dimensions of the folded lift allow it to travel through narrow aisles and sneak through tight doors. What speaks for its mobility and affordability is its low weight, for a mobile lift - on average 4,700 kilograms - it allows the platform to be transported by a 7.5 ton truck. In addition, new versions of the "spider" lift, after charging the battery, are able to work for up to eight hours. In standard versions, they also include an automatic positioning system and asymmetric stabilization types. The "spider" lifts are a leap forward from the wheel-driven scissor lifts known to us for a long time. 

Mobile platforms are entering the next phase of technological evolution, as evidenced by the newly introduced robotic transport carts. Wide and low-floor platforms move autonomously, which introduces new logistic solutions for warehouse workers and managers. Over the years, we have been able to observe newer and newer improvements, which result in their today's reputation and the fact that they are in demand on consumer markets. What is the secret of this brand and its machines? I invite you to read on.  

Transport trolley The problem is QR - these codes allow the machines to maneuver between shelves and avoid permanent obstacles, as well as other trolleys. They autonomously pick up objects and move them, and are able to manage the warehouse themselves according to the manager's guidelines. However, this technology has been around for a long time, so what is the origin of their popularity growth? It is an ever-expanding online trade (orders increase), staff shortage as well as better software of carts. Due to their remarkable maneuverability and compactness, they are able to move in narrow areas, and they can also perform rotational maneuvers around their own axis and rotate the available load. These trucks have a wide range of applications, from delivering materials to production lines to delivering them to designated people. They can carry loads of up to 600, 1000 and even 1500 kilograms. They remove cargo loads with the help of transport tables, under which they autonomously drive up and collect goods or a pallet, and then transport them to a fixed location. We can track their entire journey thanks to QR codes, but how is the transport process fully automated? The answer is laser scanners responsible for detecting moving and stationary obstacles. The truck regulates its speed itself and gives warning signals when it encounters an obstacle. In extreme cases, it has emergency stop switches on all sides, and additionally mounted shock absorbers protect it from damage during a collision. There is strength in the group, robots are best for mass load work from point A to point B. Their digitized navigation system allows remote task setting and limits the human workforce to one person managing their work. Looking at the changes taking place in the technological solutions of mobile platforms, we will not be surprised when in a few decades we will be able to see only remotely working warehouses.  

We can distinguish forklifts according to the place of destination for work, e.g. in a cold store. Newer versions are often characterized by high storage capacities as well as compact dimensions, improved from the older types to be optimized for working conditions in unfavorable climates. Such trolleys are called the N-type, i.e. narrow having its place of sale in warehouses with a small space.   

As such trucks need an operator, their control has been improved - the small chassis and the aforementioned compactness ensure comfort of driving and work. It performs much better than its predecessors, thanks to energy solutions that increase the efficiency of its battery and increased lifting height by 1.5 meters, which gives us a total of ten meters - i.e. the fourth floor of the block. It comes in various variants with a lifting capacity: 1.4 and 1.6 tons.  

What is different about working in a cold store? Of course, the temperature. The trolley is adapted to use even at a temperature of -30 ° C, it provides comfort and takes care of the operator's health, thanks to the insulated and heated cabin, thus increasing the efficiency of his work. The applied solutions protect the windows and the transparent roof, which do not cover with frost and do not hinder visibility during maneuvers. What additionally is a modern element in their design is the equipment of the trolleys with a touch screen and the ergonomic design of the trolley interior - all components are close to each other, which makes it easier to control.  

If you are interested in working in the position operator of mobile platforms or forklifts, we invite you to familiarize yourself with the offer provided by CSO Operator Training Centre. We will help you obtain the required qualifications and develop the skills needed to work in a given position.  

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