Finding space in the coldstore

Monaghan, Ireland: Brexit uncertainty has piled the pressure on warehouse operators now almost at capacity. Making the most of current capacity is a priority which is where the type of forklifts in operation matters. Can they work in narrow aisles? Do they offer adequate lift heights? Are they reliable in low temperatures for long periods?

Aisle Master articulated forklifts from the Irish manufacturer Combilift provide real benefits the company says. “The cold store Aisle Master range has been purpose built to specifically meet the requirements of this sector while guaranteeing narrow aisle capability for maximum density and therefore optimum per pallet cost. Aisle Masters can replace a combination of counterbalance trucks for offloading and reach trucks within racking, making them an even more cost effective and versatile piece of equipment.”

“The winner of an award for innovation from the Forklift Truck Association, the cold store spec Aisle Master can work in aisles of 1.6m: compared with reach trucks which need much wider aisles to manoeuvre this can result in at least 30% plus more capacity. With lift heights of up to 15m they also enable the use of every inch of vertical space. Exploiting the capabilities of these trucks by narrowing down aisles and raising racking height is a much more financially viable and hassle-free proposition than searching for possibly non-existent premises or building from scratch.

“Aisle Masters are engineered to cope easily with the tough conditions of cold store operation: where other trucks would struggle with the change from freezer temperatures to ambient zones for example, there are no issues with condensation build up. The fully enclosed heated cab keeps drivers warm to ensure the highest level of comfort throughout shifts, avoiding the need for regular breaks which have a negative impact on productivity. Bar code scanners used from within the cab enable operators to carry out all necessary tasks without leaving the comfort of the workstation.

“Combilift also supplies some of its other products in cold store specification, an example being the Combi-WR pedestrian reach stacker. This also works in very narrow aisles for space saving operation and features Combilift’s unique patented multi-position tiller arm which guarantees a very safe working environment for the operator and any other personnel nearby. As the operator can stand to the side of the unit rather than behind it, it eliminates the risk of being trapped between the truck and racking when picking or placing pallets. The Combi-WR’s robust build and specific features for coldstores such as 32 grade wax free oil and a Vulkollan Tractothan rear-wheel drive for excellent grip, makes it the ideal choice if pedestrian trucks are preferred to ride on models.

Aisle Master can work in aisles of 1.6m

“The extreme cold can be unforgiving on equipment, quickly draining batteries for example, but the powerful 930 Ah batteries used in the Aisle Master and Combilift cold store models counteract this, enabling prolonged operation in temperatures as low as -30° C.”

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