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If I converted to Very Narrow Aisle, how many more pallets can I store?
I created this online calculator to determine the storage density in a given warehouse dimension by forklift type.

It shows how many pallets can be stored with a sit-down using pushback rack versus a swing reach truck using selective.

Let me know if it is helpful or what improvements I can make.

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  • Posted 22 Jul 2008 12:24 AM
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You could improve your calculator by including a forklift type which Raymond obviously does not have in its product line up. This is the articulated forklift which just surpasses the the aisle width minima needed by the narrowest ailse truck that you quote, [url removed] the swinglift. You quote 66 inches for a swinglift aisle width but the Bendi can work in aisles down to 63 inches and is every bit a match for lift heights, [url removed] up to 13 mt. More significantly, perhaps, the Bendi needs far less maneouvring space at aisle ends when moving between aisles than the swinglift needs. The Bendi's many other advantages over dedicated VNA trucks like the swinglift are well known.
Best regards,
  • Posted 31 Jul 2008 11:24 PM
It seems like Bendi aught to be able to come up with something centered around their products like the Raymond guys did.
Sounds like they have a unique niche and need to capitalize on it to maximize sales. Like it has been said before "if ya' goin' fishin' ya gat'ta cut bait"

"Have An Exceptional Day!"
  • Posted 16 Nov 2008 03:10 AM
  • SMB1
  • Worcestershire, United Kingdom
We have been selling the Bendi here in the UK since the mid 1980's which was very hard at first as we were breaking new ground all the time. Today the story is quite different here as we sell as many Bendi as Jungheinrich, BT(now TOOTA) or even Linde sell Reach Trucks into the UK. It's an accepted concept buy users and sellers alike.
  • Posted 28 Nov 2008 10:31 PM

Food For Tought,

An accepted concept in one part of the world may not be readily accepted in another.
For example, in the late 60's I worked for a company called Allis Chalmers that partnered with a company, Lancer Boss of Leighton Buzzard UK, to market their large frontloading forklifts and the outdoor sideloader concept that was well accepted in the UK and other parts of Europe. Lance Boss folks boasted that they were the #1 sidelaoder supplier in Europe. & received many awards for design. Well, 40 years later the outdoor sidelaoder still remains a "niche" market concept in the US. Only a few dealers actively promoted the product & concept.

Yes, I heard Sir Neville Bowman Shaw & his brother Trevor many times over say it was a well accepted concept throughout Europe. The biggest obstacles (besides parts support, a mirade of ongoing design & component changes and sometimes reliability issues) we had is that the USA had and still does too much land and to convert to outdoor narrow aisle storage was not time and initial total cost effective in the customer eyes.

Our biggest success story was with a company called Indland Steel and already a longtime customer for front loaders for Allis Chalmers - that was in 1980/81. The sales person, I know very well, spent almost 2 years working with them on conversion to a sideloader to handle ingots out of teh rolling mill and marshall them in the storage yard & load out delivery trucks. Indland spent over $1million USD just to prepare their yard. A few years later Indland went back to the original way of handling - primarily due to down time cause by operator error/much damage with these new concept machines.

What we needed was more success stories and proven cost saving techniques or calculators from our supplier from Leighton Buzzard to launch this "new USA concept" rather than words. Not too many sales people I know will spend 2 years to get an order.

"Have An Exceptional Day!"
  • Posted 3 Dec 2008 05:12 AM
  • B76P
  • North Carolina, United States
Just use percentages: A counterbalance truck uses a 12' aisle, a reach truck uses a 9' aisle, and VNA truck uses a 5-6' aisle depending on style. Raymond, Crown, and Jungheinrich all make very good swing mast style VNA trucks. Landoll makes the Drexel which can operate in roughly a 56" aisle with a standard load. You can see that it's apprx. 25% more storage for each category that moves closer to VNA. Be sure to maximize your vertical cube as well !
  • Posted 12 Dec 2008 01:09 AM
  • • Modified 12 Dec 2008 01:09 AM by poster
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