Stability when driving a forklift is essential so that your operators do not tip when moving a load from one place to another. There are certain design stability requirements set by the industry and manufacturers that are in place for each specific type of powered industrial truck. The term “design stability” refers to the measurement of a truck’s resistance to overturning under controlled circumstances. Here are a few factors that can influence stability:

  • Weight Distribution
  • Truck Speed
  • Wheelbase
  • Suspension Method
  • Wheel Tread

Taking these factors and more into account, forklifts and other industrial trucks are tested and inspected to determine stability. A tilting platform test verifies stability and can also be used to enhance forklift design to better meet the needs of operators and warehouses. Various test values are also calculated to forecast prevision and stability, followed by tests to confirm that weight distribution and other factors are adequately maintained.

 

Design Stability Testing and Requirements for Forklifts
 

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