Narrow Aisle Forklifts were created in 1954; a British company developed what they claimed to be the very first narrow aisle reach truck. This was a breakthrough in forklift technology and the way distribution centers were designed. Aisles could now be closer together, allowing for more dense storage. With the added density, facilities can store significantly more product in the same amount of area, while still being able to maneuver the forklift.
Narrow aisle forklifts, also known as very narrow aisle (VNA) forklifts, are specialized material handling machines designed to optimize storage and maneuverability in tight spaces. These forklifts are commonly used in warehouses and distribution centers where space efficiency is paramount. One of the key characteristics of narrow aisle forklifts is their ability to navigate in constricted spaces with precision and agility. Narrow aisle forklifts can operate in aisle widths as small as three feet plus the depth of the pallet. When compared to a typical 12-foot aisle of a standard forklift, a very narrow aisle forklift uses 40% less floor space. This means that the same storage facility can have 40% more inventory in the same amount of space being utilized prior.
Narrow aisle forklifts are also equipped with advanced safety features, such as laser guidance systems and operator-assist technology, to help prevent accidents and improve overall efficiency. The compact design of these forklifts can greatly reduce the need for wide, conventional aisles, allowing warehouses to store more inventory and increase their operational capacity. As a result, narrow aisle forklifts are an asset in modern supply chain management, as they contribute to improved storage space utilization and better overall warehouse organization.
Narrow aisle forklifts are ideal for maximizing storage density. This can save your company a significant amount of money, especially if considering moving to a larger facility. Need help choosing forklifts, or would you like some advice on rearranging your aisle for maximum efficiency? Give ASI a call today; our dedicated sales team will help you find the right lift equipment for your operation. We can also provide CAD drawings and installation services to help you re-organize your facility.
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