Materials Handling & Storage Glossary: Cross-Dock

Cross-dock operations are purposely designed to move product quickly, without long-term storage. When deliveries arrive by truck or railcar, product is unloaded and moved to a staging area. There it is screened, sorted and reconfigured on pallets with other product, and then (usually) promptly reloaded onto outbound trucks or railcars and sent on its way…

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Types of Forklift Tires

Choosing the right tire option for your lift truck depends on your application. The most common tire types are pneumatic, typically for outdoor operations and cushion for indoor use. But it’s not always that black and white.  Solid Pneumatic: To the uninitiated, the term ‘solid pneumatic’ sounds like an oxymoron. These pneumatic-shaped tires are similar to…

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Materials Handling & Storage Glossary: Rail Vs Wire Guidance

Available new warehouse space continues to be limited and expensive. One solution has been for warehouses to shrink their aisle widths and replace traditional forklifts with narrow aisle reach forklifts. Other warehouses, with high ceilings, reduce their aisles even more and introduce very narrow aisle (VNA) forklifts, such as order pickers and turret trucks. Some…

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Materials Handling & Storage Glossary: The Changing Pallet Market

Not all pallets are made of wood.

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Materials Handling & Storage Glossary: Carriage Mounting Class

It is important to know your forklift carriage mounting class, especially when adding forks or attachments.

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Materials Handling & Storage Glossary: CHEP Pallets

If you see a wooden pallet, painted blue, it’s most likely owned by the Commonwealth Handling Equipment Pool, aka CHEP.

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Materials Handling & Storage Glossary: 7 Classifications of Forklifts

Understanding the 7 classifications of forklifts will help you to decide which one to use and best utilize for your daily operations.

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Materials Handling & Storage Glossary: Common Pallet Sizes

According to the ISO (International Organization for Standardization), these are the top 10 pallet sizes in the U.S. and the primary market(s) that uses them.

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Materials Handling & Storage Glossary: Reverse Steering

Traditional forklifts are set up with forward steering, based on the operator primarily travelling forks first, with the load out front.

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Materials Handling & Storage Glossary: The GMA Pallet

GMA pallets are “four-way” accessible 48”x40” pallets developed by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (now called the Consumer Brands Association) way back in the early 1900s.

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Materials Handling & Storage Glossary: Slip Sheet and Push Pull Attachments

A slip sheet is the name given to the thin, flat corrugated cardboard, plastic, or other type of laminated paper, used to store and move product, in place of traditional pallets.

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Materials Handling & Storage Glossary: The Two Basic Types of Pallets

There are two basic types of pallets: stringer and block. Stringer pallets are the most popular type of pallet in the United States.

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