But the recipe for this success went well before the advent of computerized systems of a modern format. The whole fault was the industrial boom of the 20th century, when humanity began to open new technologies at a rapid pace, radically changing our lives. Starting from oil products that brought us plastic and all the forming materials, finishing with ready space technologies. And although each of these milestones was an extremely important component in our history, the main achievement of mankind of the 20th century was the robotization of enterprises.
The appearance of this hard worker
As soon as people learned how to produce products at higher rates, the accelerating potential was limited to the logistics component. This problem began directly in factories and factories, and ended in shopping centers and warehouses. No staff was not enough to organize the needs of delivering goods to various locations. When it came to volume and heavy loads, the human factor in this scheme was traditionally a weak link. And in order to store and stack the goods, the first loader of the reach truck was created, which forever changed the procedure for working in the profile enterprises.
This class of loaders was created specifically for indoor work and specialized in lifting high-volume and heavy loads to the height. Thanks to the retractable masts that can lift cargoes to a height of up to 15 meters, this technique not only pleased the logistics centers and large outlets, but for all subsequent years it became an obligatory point in organizing the movement of goods to the location. Today, this type of equipment is an integral part of any large enterprise working with large-sized and heavy goods of any orientation.
Speaking about the peculiarities of this type of loaders, I want to say separately about the maneuverability of this technique. With turning axles the reach trucks are able to turn on a small patch, and do it together with the carrying load “on board”. Such characteristics are extremely important in conditions of a crowded warehouse in a logistics center or a large enterprise. All this is also extremely important in the conditions of the work of a crowded people shopping center. In order not to interfere with the buyers and not to occupy more than the proper place for work and there was a serious emphasis on the implementation of such extensive navigation capabilities.
Simplicity and ease of operation
Since the overwhelming majority of profile loading equipment is trying to do as compactly as possible and less, the reach truck also did not bypass these requirements. With its extremely small dimensions, it creates comfortable and convenient working conditions for the operator. The entire management system is created around the basic principle: convenience and simplicity of management – first of all! Such conditions are extremely important in working with a large number of staff. The management of the profile technology is created in such a way that the new operator can start the full-scale work with the loader as soon as possible without spending time for long-term training.
As for the technical characteristics of the equipment, but in the overwhelming majority of cases, it is created on the basis of an electric propulsion system and has powerful on-board batteries, which provide sufficient autonomous work time for the loader. This decision is caused by the fact that the reach trucks are forced to work indoors in close contact with people where exhaust fumes are completely unacceptable. This is the root cause of the electrification solution in this type of loading equipment.
Electric motors as a guarantee of durability
Like any other technique on an electrical basis, the reach does not require additional servicing, as is the case with internal combustion engines. Many units of service engineering in the production require close attention of a specialist much more often than required by electrical engineering, including loading. Possessing extremely simple technological properties, the electric motor, like the whole power plant of the loader, is extremely reliable in operation and will not fail at the most inopportune moment.
Speaking about economy it is enough to make elementary calculations of expenses for the electric power and for fuel for DVS. Yes, more often loaders on an electric power unit are somewhat more expensive than their analogues on ICE, however in the long term they are more than recouped due to regular and service costs. In addition, as indicated above – in the case of working in enclosed spaces, electric reach trucks become a non-alternative option.
To summarize, I want to give a rather amusing example. In 2005, in the state of Illinois, the leadership of a shopping center decided to conduct an experiment. For one hour they removed all loading equipment from the territory of trading halls and warehouses. It would seem that such an hour? Is this really going to cause serious inconvenience to the workflow of the standard hour? But contrary to even the boldest expectations, work in the shopping center was literally blocked. And it was a very ordinary weekday. The management of the center prudently chose one of the least busy periods of work, so as not to cause any inconvenience to anyone.