A reach stacker is a crane used to lift and unload containers and it belongs to the category of lifting machinery or port machinery as it is widely used in ports and terminals to handle, transport and stack all kinds of containers. Compared to forklifts, stackers are characterised by their flexibility, ease of operation, stability and efficiency. Generally speaking, there is no clear classification for forklifts and their lifting device can be adjusted according to the size of the container.
The Reach stacker consists of three parts including chassis, telescopic boom and container lifting appliances. The chassis system consists of an engine, gearbox, steering system, cab, car frame and wheels. The telescopic boom consists of a telescopic cylinder, derrick press and boom frame. The container lifting appliance consists of a rotary device, upper carriage, connecting carriage, under-carriage, telescopic cylinder and so on.
Firstly, the container reach stacker unloads the containers from the truck.
Secondly, the containers are stacked in the yard. Thirdly, the containers are graded and transported to their designated locations. Fourthly, the containers are put into the trucks. When lifting containers at the port site, the port machine should be as close to the container as possible to keep the port machine in a stable condition.
Containers should be lifted straight, not diagonally. When the port machinery stacker is travelling, the distance between the container and the ground should be as small as possible, the speed should not exceed 5 km/h and the distance travelled should not exceed 100 metres. Sudden steering, excessive speed and emergency braking are prohibited except in special circumstances.
In a warehouse environment, you may find a fleet of machines to handle the job at hand. This fleet will include conventional forklifts, articulated forklifts, reach stackers and pallet trucks to provide a complete and comprehensive approach to warehouse material handling. Conventional forklifts are used to transport and store conventional pallets in a working environment, while articulated forklifts provide more manoeuvrability within narrow corridors and aisles.
Pallet trucks are ideal for handling larger and heavier pallets, which is often the case in construction, while reach stackers are made for their named purpose - reaching and stacking. Conventional forklifts and pallet trucks have a limited range of heights, making them suitable for everyday use, but inadequate when it comes to stacking and reaching high places. Today we will focus on the advantages of reach stackers and how these machines can have a positive impact on your warehouse storage fleet, providing a practical design for high reach and stacking of warehouse materials.
The foot space within a warehouse is important as it allows for a larger storage area and provides more space for storing warehouse materials. Sometimes the foot space may be limited for various reasons and this is where solutions must be found. A common solution to opening up more space is to add temporary mezzanines within the warehouse. This can cause some problems with vehicle access and to avoid this, reach stackers can be used and racks can be extended to access more storage space in your facility.
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