At Al Ameen Engineering we have accumulated lots of experience in fabricating the right kind of forklift ramp for your needs which will not only increase productivity and speed of loading/unloading but also ensures safety of your workers which boosts worker morale thus increasing output and reducing costs. This post is the second of the "how to choose forklift ramp" series with the focus on your forklift. This post would be beneficial if you are planning to buy a new forklift or if you already have a forklift, this will help to customize the ramp. Here are 4 things to look for in forklift or mention them to forklift manufacturer.
i, Electric/Gasoline/Diesel Forklift - There are different types of forklifts required for different purposes. For Food, Paper and other manufacturing industries electric forklifts are preferred as they would not pollute or contaminate the goods. The gasoline/diesel on other hand are used mainly outdoors where there is free flow of air and usually carry heavier goods or cargoes compared to electric ones. It is imperative that you mention what kind of forklift you have.
ii, Gradeability/Max. Gradeability - Gradeability is a the highest grade a vehicle can ascend while maintaining a particular speed is termed that vehicle's "gradeability" (source: wikipedia). It is imperative to know this as it determines what maximum angle/grade a forklift can climb and maintain constant speed. Gradeabilty of electric forklifts are usually lower compared to gas forklifts which shows electric forklifts requires more distance or slope to climb to a height. Max gradeability shows what is the maximum angle a forklift can climb without maintaining constant speed. This is important information ramp manufacturers need to make custom ramps with easy slope to climb. Providing wrong grade information can cause problems while climbing so make sure right information is provided.
iii, Wheel Base - It is the distance between the center of front and rear wheels. If the wheels are closer one can steer easily in small radius, if it is farther one has to take longer to steer around and needs more slope distance to cover and enter the container or level off area. Shorter wheelbase can climb on steep slope.
iv, Vehicle underclearance - It is distance between the ground and the lowermost part of the forklift. More distance it has the forklift can climb steep slopes. Diesel and Petrol forklifts normally has higher underclearances compared to electric forklifts. There are two things one has to look for undeclerances - mast underclearance and frame underclearance. Provide the underclearances of the forklift when they are fully loaded with the maximum weight it can carry. Check out the manufacturer's specification sheet for more information on this and make sure you provide max load clearance. Note that if your forklift has inflatable rubber tires then it sinks more when loaded as when it has solid rubber tires.
v, L-Shaped Loading - Do you need L-shaped Loading? (Click here)
Steel Fabrication? Huh?
Going to business meetings in Dubai and other emirates in UAE, when I mention we do steel fabrication, people get curious and ask what is steel fabrication. Here is brief description on the topic.
Steel fabrication is an interesting process. There are two ways in which steel fabrication takes place. First is raw material approach which is also called integrated route and the other one is electric arc furnace(EAF) method of steel fabrication. In first method materials are heated up ,melted down and mixed into steels. In other method recycled steel is put into a furnace and melted down. Once mixed with some other materials, steel is the end product.
Did you plan to fabricate a new or modify existing forklift ramp? If you are installing hydraulic landing jacks then read this post as it can save you lots of money before you make mistake in buying one. Though this guide is not comprehensive it is good enough for you to understand your needs before welding a hydraulic cylinder jack to your fabricated ramp. So what do you have to know?
a, Single Phase or Three Phase
Do you have single or three phase electric installation in the place where you will place your yard ramp? If you are ordering electric powered hydraulic systems then you have to read this section. Single phase powers most of the non-commercial and industrial outlets. Triple phase is used mainly in industrial firms which require high powered output on some machines. Ask your engineers or technicians and know this before hand before ordering custom steel fabricated ramps.
In UAE the motors with 50Hz are used whereas in neighboring Saudi Arabia 60Hz is used. Ask the frequency of the pump motors of your power pack to know what you are getting.
c, Manual Lever or Control Panel
Manually lever is same as mechanical which has almost all the components same as the electric powered only difference is control panel unit. Lever unit costs about -$1000 to $1500 less (Dhs 3000-4000) and advantage of lever powered is that it can be used anywhere as it is not electric powered. Electric powered system is powered and you have to know if it is powered by single or triple phase. In the control panel other than up and down there should be optional emergency button.
There has been huge boom going on in construction sector in Africa, due to lack of local companies who can meet the service and quality in Africa, companies and governments in Africa look and hire foreign contractors to take and execute their work. We have done lots of projects for African companies which includes staircases, heavy tank, trailers, fences, steel structures etc. The countries range from Djibouti, Angola, Egypt, Botswana and other African cities. Some of the southern countries we have had hard time to get quote for shipping as it is hard to get reliable estimate from local African countries.