Forklift attachment designers have one thing in common: they love a logistics problem.

They believe there is nothing too wide, large, round, flat, heavy or high that can’t be moved by an attachment – you just have to design it. There are unique challenges in moving a vast variety of sizes, shapes and weights.

In materials handling, the aim is always to move goods or products in an efficient and safe way.

For attachment designers, the perennial problem is to ensure this happens in a co-ordinated and economical fashion and for manufacturers to gauge the market and respond in a timely manner to demand.  Brian Scally, president of attachment manufacturer Fork-Co USA, believes the owner of an attachment is looking for the same things that he seeks in manufacturing tools and equipment, that is, utility, dependability, serviceability and ergonomic functionality. “An attachment must enhance operational safety and be intrinsically safe to employ,” says Scally. Price, he believes, is nothing more than a comparative number used when selecting from a group of attachments, all meeting the aforementioned criteria.

Safe, smart, economical and versatile – the top four

Do an Internet search on attachments and the first few pages will be about safe lifting of loads, safe movement of loads, safe operation of equipment and safety standards. Safety is always the most important thing customers are looking for when selecting attachments, says Mike Barton, managing director of UK attachment supplier and manufacturer B&B Attachments. “Customers want to ensure their working environment is operating in the safest way possible. Selecting the correct attachment can have a major impact on the way an operational task is performed. It can also help to reduce risk by providing drivers with a better view and safer operating control whilst loading and moving loads,” says Barton.

Safety is good for business

Safety is  good for business, according to Martin McVicar, CEO of Combilift, who believes that the dramatic increase in demand for hydraulic fork positioners in the past five years has been a direct result of safety and ergonomic requirements. “Buyers look for attachments that augment the functionality of materials handling equipment to offer more versatile application possibilities. Using different attachments on one machine, depending on the task in hand, can speed up handling, enable the handling of diverse types of loads, prevent product damage, make for cost-effective use of equipment and, most importantly, enhance safety procedures,” says McVicar.

Craig Gilmour, general manager of Australian manufacturer East West Engineering, says having flexible production capabilities allows his company to redesign products and fabricate attachments to meet additional safety requirements. He cites the East West Engineering First Aid Rescue Cage as an example. While it is not an Australian Standards requirement, a number of construction sites across the country requested their first aid cages be fully meshed for additional safety.

East West Engineering obliged by redesigning and fabricating its cages with full mesh infills. “There is always a requirement for performed tasks to be made safer and simpler; this presents opportunities to manufacture products for such tasks,” says Gilmour. He adds that East West Engineering has found an increase in the demand for the confirmation of certification and product support documentation in recent years. “It demonstrates that most are taking workplace health and safety seriously, which we would all agree is a good thing,” says Gilmour .

Melissa Barnett, FORKLIFT ACTION .

Forklift attachments are designed and manufactured for the safe, smooth and efficient handling of products such as paper rolls, fruit, vegetables and poultry, and to ensure smooth carriage of large containers.

At Forklift Finder Services we also stock fork tines and quality robust forklift attachments available for purchase including bale clamps, paper roll clamps, jib attachments, forklift cages, hydraulic & non hydraulic attachments, forklift waste, bulk & storage tipping bins, container spreaders, bale grabs, spreader bars, rotators and others to satisfy your needs. Attachments are available for both new and used forklifts (heavy lift diesel machines and container handlers, all terrain forklifts or battery electric forklifts machines).

Make your forklift or container handler work harder and smarter, and reduce the need for extra equipment. An investment now can create time and value in the long run, something that’s beneficial for every business, small and large.

Staying on budget with your purchase of attachments is easy with Forklift Finder Services.   0414746181 | 60 Bellevue Ave, Enoggera Industrial Estate QLD 4051