Narrow Aisle introduces time-saving pallet loading technology


Material handling firm Narrow Aisle is speeding up the loading of container pallets with new lift mast technology. Its popular Flexi Lite articulated lift-truck model is now available with an integrated four-stage ‘Quad’ system.

Narrow Aisle commercial director John Maguire said, “As its name suggests, the Flexi Lite was originally designed for applications where trucks have to weigh as little as possible – such as facilities where trucks are required to travel across loading bay dock plates into vehicles or to be moved in goods lifts between floors.

“But, with the addition of the ultra-low ‘Quad’ mast, the Flexi LITE has become highly suited to the task of stuffing and de-stuffing ISO containers.

Above and beyond
With a chassis width of 1m, the model is capable of operating in aisles as narrow as 1.8m and when fitted with the four-stage lift mast, it can lift a palletized load weighing 1,200kg to a height of 6m.

“The market for materials handling equipment that can unload and load pallets from and to ISO containers is already well established in the USA where virtually all FMCG products are carried in steel sided ‘semi trailers’, and it is growing in the UK.

“The Flexi LITE’s fast acceleration and travel speeds allied to its ability to enter containers safely make it an ideal product for use at sites where a high degree of ‘cross docking’ is undertaken.

“Furthermore, it can take pallet loads directly from the container to their allocated location in the racking, which means costly and time consuming double handling is avoided.”

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