Make a difference with hydraulic forks when picking up Euro Pallets
The standard practice for forklift operations is that the forklift 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗮𝘁 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝟳𝟱-𝟴𝟬% 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝘁’𝘀 𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗴𝘁𝗵. This guideline helps ensure stability and safe handling of the palletized load. By providing adequate support, the forklift can distribute the weight evenly and minimize the risk of the load tipping or becoming unstable during lifting, transportation, or storage.
This guideline cannot be followed when using a Euro pallet as the forks are still too long when the pallet is handled from the long side. You should 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗿𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝗼𝗻 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗹𝗶𝗳𝘁 𝗱𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗷𝘂𝗱𝗴𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝘁 or whether the pallet is off the fork back such that the driver estimates that the load is resting adequately on the forks.
𝗙𝗮𝗶𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗹𝘆 𝗽𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝘂𝗽 𝗽𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝘁𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗴𝘁𝗵 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗮𝗺𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗶𝗻𝗷𝘂𝗿𝘆.
Last year more than 100 million Euro pallets were produced. A huge number and it is impossible to imagine logistics without the pallet that was introduced in the 1960s. The Euro-pallet’s dimensions were established based on the need for compatibility with different modes of transportation, such as trucks, trains, and shipping containers. The standard dimensions for a Euro-pallet are 1,200 mm x 800 mm (47.24 in x 31.50 in), with a height of 144 mm (5.67 in). (Source European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL)
When handling Euro-Pallets, 𝘁𝗲𝗹𝗲𝘀𝗰𝗼𝗽𝗶𝗰 𝗞𝗢𝗢𝗜® 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗹𝗶𝗳𝘁 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗮 𝗵𝘂𝗴𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗯𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝘆 because the length can be extended from 800 mm to 1200 mm. So the pallet is always adequately supported and can never protrude.