If you operate directly or manage the use of forklifts in your warehouse, it is important to have all of the information possible about your machines so that you can maintain high levels of safety and reduce risk. To achieve this, forklifts are equipped with a nameplate, also called the data plate. The data plate includes vital information about the forklift, such as its fuel type, weight, and lift capacity. To ensure safe usage of your forklifts, it is necessary to have employees read the data plate thoroughly during training and before use. While the data plate has all of the information needed, it can be tough to decipher the meaning of each metric.
The data plate on a forklift is broken down into different sections, which each stand for a different characteristic and measurement. Some of these include:
â€¢ Mast and Back Tilt â€“ Refers to the type of mast and the maximum degree of back tilt allowable.
â€¢ Tire Size â€“ Ensures proper replacement tires are used to maintain levels of safety.
â€¢ Load Center â€“ Gives a capacity based on how far forward from the mast the balancing point of the load is.
If any modifications are made to a forklift, or if it has an attachment, the data plate must be updated to reflect the new capacity. Similarly, if a data plate goes missing or is illegible, you are required to replace it. To do so, contact Professional Forklift Engineering Services at email@example.com.