Understanding chemical supply chain handling: Part 3 – Warehousing & Logistics

10th September 2019

After chemical products have been manufactured, finished chemical products are usually stored in IBCs and sealed drums in an indoor or outdoor warehouse area.  How can Hyster® lift trucks help in these applications?

Moving chemical loads with Hyster® lift trucks

Following manufacturing, diesel Hyster® forklifts, such as the Fortens™ range, or the Hyster® J-series of electric lift trucks are commonly used to transport and lift loads of finished chemical products.

Sometimes chemical applications may work with particularly tall drums or gas bottles which can be challenging to handle. To cater to these operations, a high cab option is available on selected Hyster® lift truck models to provide visibility for the operator, as well as swivel or rotating seat options to assist drivers that may frequently need to reverse.

Explosion protection for Reach Trucks and VNA

Explosion protection conversions can be applied to most Hyster® diesel and electric trucks, including warehouse equipment. This allows applications to select a solution such as a Reach Truck or VNA which delivers on efficiency and suits their infrastructure, even if the equipment will be operating in a potentially explosive atmosphere.

Transporting chemical products

Finished chemical products are often transported onwards from the warehouse by a third-party logistics (3PL) company who will also need to be aware of the risks, and legislations, surrounding flammable chemical handling.

Hyster® equipment is popular with logistics companies thanks to its reliability and low cost of ownership over multi-shift operations. Those 3PLs taking on chemical contracts will need to ensure that the Hyster® trucks in their warehouses and portside stores are updated accordingly with the correct level of explosion protection.

For more information on efficient and cost-effective materials handling in chemical applications, speak to your local Hyster® distribution partner or visit www.hyster.eu.

What happens when it comes to chemical waste management? Find out in our next blog – Understanding chemical supply chain handling: Part 4 – Waste management

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