Material handling is what happens to any product or material during the manufacturing, warehousing/storage, distribution and consumption stages. The movement and storage of these goods is what we refer to as material handling.

In this blog post, we will have a closer look at what material handling equipment is and what it can be used for. By the end, we hope that'll you'll have a much better understanding of what material handling is. 

 

what is material handling


What is material handling equipment?
Material handling equipment is the machinery used to move and store various materials. Whatever the handling requirements of the product are, there will be a useful piece of equipment suited to the task. The equipment is specifically designed for the tasks which greatly reduces the risk of injury to workers. Not only does material handling equipment make the job much faster, but safer too.


What kind of material handling equipment can I get at PalleTruck-Trolleys?
Whether you need machinery for a warehouse or for just moving furniture around your home, we have something for you. We've put together a selection of material handling equipment to give you a better idea of what material handling is below:

matertial handling equipment

 

It’s all in the name. This piece of material handling equipment is perfect for moving pallet loads around the warehouse.

Pallet Trucks >

 

Designed to easily lift and stack heavy goods. This piece of equipment makes heavy lifting smooth and easy.

Stackers >

 

Our garden carts and trolleys are ideal for gardening or even for festivals. Save yourself a number of trips lifting back and forth.

Outdoor Carts >

 

If you are moving or redecorating, furniture moving equipment can make the job a breeze. Don’t risk injury by attempting moving heavy furniture yourself – buy or hire the right material lifting equipment.

Furniture Moving Equipment >

If you have any other questions about material handling, our helpful team is here to help. Feel free to give us a call on 0117 9381 600.

If one of your vehicles has ever broken down or gotten stuck in a space that’s impossible to move from with none of the necessary equipment or gear, you’d probably wish you had a set of tow chains to make the job a whole easier. If you are prepared, however, and are equipped with a set of tow chains, it is important to know how to use them correctly to avoid creating further problems for yourself. To make things a little easier for yourself, we take a look at the essential information on how to use tow chains.

What is a tow chain?

Our range of tow chains is made up of a grade 80 chain with a tow chain hook and oval ring at either end. Due to their small and lightweight nature, they are able to be easily stored and should be a part of a vehicle emergency kit, particularly when driving in climates where the chances of becoming stuck are increased e.g. in snow and mud. When used correctly, tow chains can be a lifesaver, but when used incorrectly, you can cause severe damage to your vehicle.

8000kg M.B.S Tow Chain with Latch Hook

 

Attaching the hook to the towing vehicle

To begin the process of getting your vehicle removed from being stuck, the first thing you will need to do is attach the tow chain to the towing vehicle, using the hook end. This is often attached to the rear bumper of the vehicle or to a trailer hitch, which will have loops for a mounting hook. No matter which you have, both will provide an adequate amount of support for most towing tasks. These are the only places in which the hook should be properly and securely attached to. As an extra step of precaution, it is advised to give the tow chain a few tugs while making your way to the vehicle that is being pulled to ensure the hook is firmly fastened.

Attaching the tow chain to the vehicle being towed

Before you attach the opposite end of the tow chain to the inanimate car, you need to make sure that the tow chain has not become twisted. This will not directly the abilities of the tow chain, but it will affect the length of the chain and may cause some wear and tear on the chain over time. Once you’ve checked the chain is all good, you can now proceed to attach the other end to the front of the vehicle that is being towed. This is usually attached to a tow hook or a sturdy steel loop mounted underneath the front bumper or near the centre axle. A number of vehicles may have plastic covers over the hooks or are hidden in recessed nooks, either way, it is important to not attach the tow chain directly to the axle or any other part of hanging from under the front of the vehicle.

Begin to pull

Once both ends of the tow chain have been securely attached, you are now ready to pull. Ensure that both vehicles are manned at all times. If the towed vehicle is in full working order, it should be put into first gear with the handbrake off. If it is not in full working order, however, it should be left in neutral. The driver of the towing vehicle should drive very slowly, creeping forward until the tow chain becomes tight. Once this has happened, the vehicle is now able to be pulled. It is important to remember to keep all movements slow and controlled, as anything abrupt will be felt by the towed vehicle and may case the tow chain to become free.

By following these simple steps, you will be able to tow any vehicle with ease. If like some, you do not have a tow chain and would like to purchase one, we have a wide selection of high-quality Tow Chains available to buy right here at PalleTruckTrolleys, suitable for a number of various tow operations. Simply click below to browse our collection. If you have any questions regarding our range of Tow Chains, do not hesitate to contact us today.

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Moving heavy goods around can be difficult at the best of times. If you work in a profession that requires you to move around to different locations for work you should invest in a portable trolley so you always have the equipment you need to hand! The portable trolleys we stock here at PalleTrucks-Trolleys are lightweight, foldable and incredibly convenient – take a look:

 

LoadSurfer 120kg Compact Aluminium Portable Trolley

This portable trolley is ideal for use in any location and has been designed with practicality in mind. The trolley itself weighs a measly 5.8kg, so with a maximum capacity of 120kg, it can carry over twenty-times its own weight!

This portable trolley has telescopic handlebars that can be extended or retracted making it easy to use and to store quickly – take a look at it in more detail here:

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LoadSurfer 150kg Lightweight Foldable Portable Trolley

Another excellent portable trolley, this design combines a lightweight plastic platform with handles that discreetly fold away meaning relocation and storage are no problem!

This innovative space-saving design, combined with an incredible maximum capacity of 150kg makes this trolley suitable for almost any job.

Find out more about this LoadSurfer portable trolley below:

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At PalleTrucks-Trolleys.com, we want you to have a stress-free and pleasant experience. If you have any queries regarding these portable trolleys or any of our products for that matter, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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From large warehouses to small workshops, many businesses rely heavily on hard-wearing and robust pallet trucks to complete their day-to-day operations. They offer not just the ability to complete tasks but facilitate the enhancement, simplification and instilment of high productivity levels with the workforce. Making them an essential piece of equipment to keep businesses operating. For this very reason, it is imperative that when a business decides to order a pallet truck, whether it’s a single truck or a fleet, that they order them with the correct width in mind.

Pallet trucks are used for a number of material handling tasks such as transporting pallets from lorries to warehouses and the shop floor, filling up containers in shipping bays and manoeuvring inventory within stock rooms. So, it is extremely important to know which size pallet truck best suits your needs. The pallet truck width will be determined by the size of the pallet which is most commonly handled by the business and is usually split into three main categories;

  • UK Pallets
  • Euro Pallets
  • Printer’s Pallets

UK Pallets

Typical UK pallets, also known as Blue, GKN or CHEP pallets, measure 1000 x 1200mm and are ideal for pallet trucks that are 680mm wide. The length of the pallet truck’s forks can also be chosen with 1000, 1150 or 1200mm available. 1000mm is the most popular choice due to the increased manoeuvrability of the pallet without the fork sticking out on the opposite side. The larger 1200mm forks are used when pallets are heavier and further support is needed to avoid sagging. The third length of 1150mm is chosen as a compromise between the first two lengths.

Euro Pallets  

The standard Euro pallet measure 800 x 1200mm and are ideal for pallet trucks with a width of 540mm. Extra caution must be placed when ordering pallet trucks if Euro pallets are regularly used as pallet trucks 680mm wide will NOT fit into their narrow sides. If both UK and Euro pallets are used within a business, it is advised that a pallet truck width of 540mm with 1150mm forks is chosen as this is the most universal size and will work with both types of pallets.

Printer’s Pallets

There are a number of pallets that are smaller than the previous two mentioned, such as Printer’s pallets, which are commonly used within the printing industry. These are approximately half the size of the standard Euro pallet and require even narrower forks. A pallet truck width of 450mm and fork length of 1000mm is the most common to use for these types of pallets, however, lengths from 500 – 1200mm are regularly used.

Here at Palletruck-Trolleys.com, we strive to meet all of your needs, no matter what they are. We offer an extensive range of pallet trucks, available in a number of various sizes – to see our full collection, hit the button below! If you have any questions or require further information regarding our range of pallet trucks, do not hesitate to contact us today!

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Using pallet trucks safely is extremely important. Pallet trucks can be incredibly versatile and useful on-site; however, the misuse of pallet trucks may lead to serious leg, feet and back injuries.

We have compiled a short list of safety precautions that should help to reduce the risk of pallet truck accidents. Proper training should always be provided before operating a pallet truck on-site.

Safety Guidelines

  • Face in the direction you are travelling
  • Take extra care on uneven surfaces
  • Don’t allow riders or passengers on to the pallet truck
  • Always use both forks when lifting the load
  • Do not use on a slope unless the truck is fitted with brakes.

2000kg Height 51mm Low Pallet Truck 540mm x 1150

One of our favourites is the 2000kg Height 51mm Low Pallet Truck 540mm x 1150 – Fitted with a hydraulic pump unit and triple action control handle, this pallet truck makes lifting, lowering and steering extremely easy!

If you are interested in purchasing a pallet truck you can see our full range here.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 0117 9381 600 or email sales@palletrucks-trolleys.com.