What types of designs do steel utility carts feature?
All have a frame of some type supported by four casters that allow products to be wheeled from point to point. Some models are built with hydraulic tables that can elevate items to a desired height. Others are designed with a cradle that can support cylindrical objects like pipe. Still others have baskets at the top that carry various materials. Stock picking models are also built with two platforms and a built in ladder. Some feature a flat bed design that is maneuvered on four casters by a handle controlled by the operator. Forklift replacement models also exist that feature a dolly-like frame with a built in elevating platform.
What are steel carts used for?
They are used for moving boxed or bound materials in warehouses. Those designed with elevating platforms can also double function as work tables. Models with built in ladders are used for stock control. Stock is carried on the lower platform then shifted to the upper platform for quicker placement on shelving. Hydra lift carts are used as forklift replacements. They have forks that can handle pallets, and removable platforms that can elevate non-palleted materials.
How do steel utility carts improve process flow?
They improve process flow by eliminating the need to manually carry items. When working in either a seated or standing position, carts with elevating platform are essential to ergonomic. When working with a combination of palleted and non-palleted materials, lift carts with forks and removable platforms make it easy to maneuver both simply by removing the platform when forks are required. Stock control with a platform system and a built in ladder is much faster that trying to wrestle with stock on a simple ladder. Working with drums or cylindrical objects like pipe is much easier when you have a cradle cart designed specifically for supporting a rounded surface.
Are steel utility carts essential to certain operations?
Yes. When working with materials that have to be lifted to specific heights, they are essential to ergonomics. When moving pipe, cylinders, and drums, cradle carts are the best choice for safe and efficient maneuvering of these loads. In clean rooms and sterile environments, stainless steel carts are a hygienic necessity. In facilities where there are not licensed fork truck drivers, and where many loads are not stored on pallets, a lift cart with a removable platform is the safest and easiest device to use for loading and unloading supplies from trucks. Inventory control in a crowded warehouse with safety issues requires a ladder and platform cart that can ensure worker safety while climbing and handling stock at the same time.
How do steel utility carts compare to plastic utility carts?
Steel frames are necessary when working with large, heavy loads. Some steel carts, however, do have plastic baskets at the top for carrying lighter boxes and supplies.