VNA and NA Trucks: There are certain truck types that have VNA or very narrow aisle features or NA or narrow aisle features. Nearly all counterbalanced trucks need a minimum of 11 feet of aisle width to be able to function efficiently and safely. Narrow Aisle trucks however, can function in narrow aisles which measure 8 to 10 feet wide. In addition, VNA or very narrow aisle trucks can operate in aisles which are 6 feet wide.
NA and VNA trucks offer many advantages because they make it possible for warehouses to be built with narrower aisles. This results in the warehouse being able to successfully store many more things in a certain space, improving cube use. The loads transported by Narrow Aisle and VNA trucks typically are limited to roughly 3000 and 5000 pounds. Reach trucks can function in narrow aisle. Order selectors, turret trucks and rotating mast trucks are able to operate in narrow or very narrow aisles, depending on the particular model.
Reach Trucks: Reach trucks are particularly designed narrow-aisle trucks that are designed for storage and retrieval. They are made of telescoping forks and outriggers which allow the operators to pick up a load and after that retract it over the outriggers. These units are not the best suited for moving loads quickly over long distances nor for unloading or loading trucks. Similar to the order selector, reach trucks could be available for lifting heights that are greater than 30 feet.
Turret Trucks and Rotating-Mast Trucks: Rotating-mast trucks are similar to standard sit-down forklifts. The main difference is that their masts could rotate in one direction, to a 90 degree angle. This feature allows them to operate in a narrow aisle condition. Turret trucks could work in narrow or very narrow aisle locations. Similar to order selectors, these equipment could lift both the operator and the cargo. Moreover, they can enable the operator to handle loads on either side of an aisle without re-entering and exiting the aisle.
Turret trucks are normally wire or rail guided when utilized in very narrow aisles. Thus, the operator doesn't need to focus any energy on their driving skills and can concentrate on the work load at hand. Because turret trucks are considered "operator-up" trucks, they could be utilized for picking cases and items in addition to full pallet handling.