Get rid of my forklift? Well, maybe not entirely. Although this does seem like an intriguing idea. What if you could take advantage of the height in your warehouse or plant and not have to use a forklift. You could eliminate the expense, safety issues, maintenance and training of adding another forklift your fleet. But, how can you store heavy product into a pallet rack system without a forklift or spending the money for an ASRS system?

Two companies have developed low cost alternatives to this question. The both use an integrated crane that accesses the pallet rack. Therefore, a production person who needs their tooling for example, can grab the crane and retrieve their item. No need to locate a forklift.
First, Stanley Vidmar’s Stak Systems offers capacities up to 5,000# and adjustable racks to maximize your storage space. The other is offered by Rig-U-Rak. Their Stacker System utilizes and integrated pallet that engages the upright at whatever height you require. Again, this maximizes your cube! These systems are great for tool, dies, and fixture storage. Also, drums and other items can be stored in these systems in their own designated area, thus eliminating potential safety or damage issues caused by forklifts.

In summary, who wants to hop on a forklift and go 16’ in the air and pick out a wood pallet with a $75,000 die on it? Not me! Don’t make your employees do it either. Consider a stacker system so they can do it quickly and safely. To learn more about stak systems or to speak with one of our stak system designers call 800-722-5908.

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