Oversized pallet problem: Solved!
Having operators that are able to maneuver a forklift or stacker crane safely is challenging. With the HUBMASTER’s assisted driving control, load handling operations can be done without the need for a highly skilled operator and makes lifting oversized pallets much easier.
With traditional stacker cranes, lifting oversized pallets can often be difficult and sometimes dangerous. It is hard to maneuver the pallet when it is high in the air because there is a risk of overturning or tipping. Along with that, there is sometimes the problem of being in a narrow aisle. It is challenging to turn the stacker crane in a narrow aisle while still holding an oversized pallet. Even with an experienced operator, this can often be a tedious process.
An innovative safety feature of the HUBMASTER for lifting oversized pallets is its suspension by the overhead rail system. This feature allows the HUBMASTER to be stable at any height up to 9 meters (about 30 ft.), although custom configurations are available to go higher. The HUBMASTER cannot tip or overturn. Another benefit of this overhead suspension is that the HUBMASTER does not require auxiliary stabilizers when lifting loads above 3 or 4 meters. The forklift’s stabilizers must be enabled and disabled by the operator, and if the operator makes a mistake during this process it could lead to a tip or overturn.
With stackers, the aisles must be designed according to the largest pallet. This is a huge waste of space just for a few large pallets. When lifting oversized pallets, the HUBMASTER has another useful feature: It can move laterally to avoid turning within the aisle. This allows for the size of the aisles to be reduced since it does not require space for turning. It also lowers the risk of turning into a rack and causing an accident. Some models even offer 360 degree continuous rotation in narrow aisles for even greater maneuverability.
The HUBMASTER offers both improved load movability and a significant reduction in aisle width. There is typically as much as a 40% corridor reduction if the HUBMASTER is in its standard configuration. The HUBMASTER’s design is adapted to fit into very narrow aisles as small as 1.5 m (59 inch) in width. In narrow aisle applications of 1.5 m, investment costs are up to 60% lower than other options. Other options for narrow-aisle forklifts may cost you an initial investment of up to three times as much as the HUBMASTER costs.