Sprinter AC Compressors

AC Compressors Features & Benefits:

  • Manufactured using OE specifications & standards
    • High Output
    • Extended Durability
    • Exact Fit
    • Unmatched Reliability
    • Quiet Efficient Operation
  • Decreased horsepower drain due to lightweight piston design
  • 1 Year unlimited mile warranty

MakeModelYearEnginePositionOEM PinDENSO PinType
Dodge2500/35002002-20062.7 I-5 DieselMain (w/o Rr Air)5117666AA471-129310S17C
Dodge2500/3500 2007-20103.0 V6 DieselMainA0012303211471-14347SEU17C
Dodge2500/3500 2007-20103.0 V6 Diesel AuxiliaryA0012307111471-143510S17C
Freightliner2500/3500 2002-2006 2.7 I-5 DieselMain 5117666AA471-129310S17C
Mercedez Benz2500/3500 2014-20152.1L I-4 Diesel Main A0012303211471-14347SEU17C
Mercedez Benz 2500/3500 2014-2015 2.1L I-4 Diesel Auxiliary A0012307111471-143510S17C
Mercedez Benz 2500/3500 2007-20143.0 V6 Diesel Main A0012303211471-14347SEU17C
Mercedez Benz 2500/3500 2007-20143.0 V6 Diesel Auxiliary A0012307111471-143510S17C

Sprinter AC Compressor PDF


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Aftermarket New DPF Units for Cummins, Mack, and More

PowerEdge Diesel After-treatment is used to retain soot, a byproduct of diesel engines. In addition, Diesel Particulate Filters, or DPFs, meet 99% of the demand for DPFs. DPFs reduce soot emissions by 85% meaning that they are extremely effective.

PowerEdge uses high end materials to ensure the quality of their DPFs. Materials include:

  • High-grade stainless steel – improve durability
  • Advanced filter coating – reduce active regeneration
  • Tested to reduce backpressure – enhanced performance (85% of DPM, or soot, is removed)
  • Increased thermal efficiency as well as stability
  • Three year / unlimited mileage warranty

Our most popular DPFs include the following part numbers.  Click on the links below to learn more!

Brand – Part Number


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DENSO Spark Plugs for Co-Generation Plants

Do you operate a co-gen plant?  You need top quality spark plugs which outperform the competition.  DENSO is one of the world’s leading innovators for ignition technology.  DENSO provides a variety of different plugs perfect for co-gen applications.

DENSO is an automotive components manufacturer. They are one of the world’s leading innovators for ignition technology. A part that DENSO manufacturers is their Iridium CoGeneration Spark Plugs, an important part for the gas engine industry. This post will: describe Iridium Saver Plugs and give DENSO parts numbers.

There are three Iridium Saver Spark Plugs that DENSO offers. These three are: Iridium Saver, Iridium Saver Performer, and Iridium Saver DDI.


The Iridium Saver uses original Iridium (Ir) and is the standard spark plug.

Spark Plugs for Co-Generation Plants
Iridium Saver

The Iridium Saver Performer uses gas compression. Benefits with this spark plug include greater durability, increased performance, and it includes that patented cross groove design (seen below).

Spark Plugs for Co-Generation Plants
Iridium Saver Performer

The Iridium Saver DDI uses bio gas. This spark plug has the highest durability and it uses double Iridium.

Spark Plugs for Co-Generation Plants
Iridium Saver DDI

Iridium Saver Spark Plugs are very high quality and premium products and will guarantee you product reliability. In addition, they are an OE Suppler (Waukesha, Cummins, GE Jenbacher, CAT, etc etc). Advantages & characteristics of Iridium Saver Spark Plugs include the following:

  • DENSO Patented Iridium – more longevity
  • Powder Sealing & Hot Lock – higher compression
  • Nickel Plating – increased corrosive resistance compared to the competitors
  • 360° Laser Welding – ensures stability
  • Monolithic Resistor – increased adhesion to high temperatures
  • High Dielectric Ceramic
Spark Plugs for Co-Generation Plants

Top = iridium alloy. Middle = 360° Robotic Laser Weld. Bottom = Nickel alloy


DENSO vs Competitors

Spark Plugs for Co-Generation Plants

Order Spark plugs for your co-gen plant with the links below.

DENSO Iridium Spark Plugs
Saver Saver PerformerSaver DDI
GI3-3 GI3-1GI3-5
GL3-3 GL3-1GL3-5
GE3-1 GE3-5
GT3-1
GE5-1
GN3-1A
GI3-1, GI3-3, GI3-5, GL3-1, GL3-3, GL3-5, GT3-1, Spark Plugs for Co-Generation Plants
GE3-1, GE5-1, GE3-5, GN3-1A, Spark Plugs for Co-Generation Plants

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Failure Reasons for Forklift Spark Plugs

This blog post will contain five possible reasons on why your spark plug is failing. These reasons include: carbon fouling, oil fouling, overheating, pre-ignition, and insulator breakage. Visual and written descriptions will be provided for each possible reason.

Normal Condition

Appearance:

  • The base of insulator becomes white or gray when using unleaded gasoline
  • Electrode may become burned
  • The base of insulator becomes light brown when using leaded gasoline
Normal Condition

Carbon Fouling

Appearance:

  • Dried carbon deposited covering insulation base as well as electrode area

Engine:

  • Faulty engine stability at low speeds
  • Engine may die often
  • NOTE: nearly 90% of engine problems are a result from carbon fouling or oil fouling on forklift spark plugs

Causes:

  1. Incorrect thermal value
  2. Idling of the engine for too long / driving in cold temperatures
  3. Rich air-fuel mixture
  4. Clogged air filter
  5. Delay in ignition timing

Fixes:

  • Causes 1 or 2: use spark plug with a thermal value that is one level lower OR adjust engine idling.
  • Causes 3-5: perform complete readjustment and tune-up
Carbon Fouling

Oil Fouling

Appearance:

  • Base of insulator and electrode becomes shiny black; covered with oil or gasoline

Engine:

  • Faulty engine stability at low speeds
  • Engine may die often
  • NOTE: nearly 90% of engine problems are a result from carbon fouling or oil fouling on forklift spark plugs

Causes:

  1. Leakage of oil into combustion chamber from frictional wear of piston rings, valve guides, or cylinder wall.
  2. Rich air-fuel mixture

Fixes:

  • For cause 1: if forklift spark plugs become wet, simply clean the plug and reinstall it. If not, the engine requires a complete overhaul.
  • For cause 2: adjust the carburetor.
Oil Fouling


Overheating:

Appearance:

  • Base of the insulator will be burned and will appear bleach white from the heat
  • Electrode will be burned and become white / dark purple

Engine:

  • Engine horsepower decreases and speed falls when running at high speeds continuously as well as: driving for a long time uphill, or pulling too great a load

Causes:

  1. Incorrect thermal value of plug
  2. Use of low octane gasoline
  3. Ignition timing set too early
  4. Inappropriate cooling
  5. Poor air-fuel mixture

Fixes:

  • Cause 1: use a spark plug with a higher thermal value
  • Cause 2: use higher octane gasoline
  • Cause 3: adjust ignition timing
  • Cause 4: check the cooling system
  • Cause 5: adjust the carburetor
Overheating

Pre-ignition:

Appearance:

  • Electrode will be melted
  • Base of insulator is also melted, in extreme cases

Engine:

  • Caused by overheating
  • Temperatures in combustion chamber increase rapidly – destroying the spark plug as well as the piston head

Causes:

  1. Incorrect thermal value of plug
  2. Use of low octane gasoline
  3. Ignition timing set too early
  4. Inappropriate cooling
  5. Poor air-fuel mixture

Fixes:

  • Cause 1: use a spark plug with a higher thermal value
  • Cause 2: use higher octane gasoline
  • Cause 3: adjust ignition timing
  • Cause 4: check the cooling system
  • Cause 5: adjust the carburetor
Pre-ignition

Insulator Breakage:

Appearance:

  • Base of insulator has vertical crack
  • Appearance is similar to problems with overheating or lead fouling

Engine:

  • Engine horsepower decreases and speed falls when running at high speeds continuously as well as: driving for a long time uphill, or pulling too great a load

Causes:

  1. Incorrect thermal value of plug
  2. Ignition timing set too early
  3. Inappropriate cooling
  4. Poor air-fuel mixture

Fixes:

  • Cause 1: use a spark plug with a higher thermal value
  • Cause 2: adjust the ignition timing
  • Cause 3: check the cooling system
  • Cause 4: adjust the carburetor
Insulator Breakage

Popular Spark Plugs

W9EXR-U
W9EXR-U/CU
W16EX-U
W14EPR-U
W9EP
T16EPR-U
PT16EPR-13
L14-U
W16EP-U
W14EX-U
Q14R-U11


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How to Decode DENSO Spark Plug Numbers

Here’s how to decode the Denso part numbers on our most popular spark plug. W16EXR-U11

Example: SK20HR11

S: 0.7 mm diameter iridium.

K: 14×16.0 (ISO Small Hex plug)

20: heat range.

H: 19.0 mm (Electrode position: 8.5 mm) 26.5 mm L 11.2 mm

R: With resistor

11: .2 mm gap

S Type of precious metalF Center: 0.55 mm diameter iridium. Ground electrode: 0.7 mm diameter platinum
P Platinum plug
S 0.7 mm diameter iridium
SV 0.4 mm diameter iridium
Z 0.55 mm diameter iridium
W K Thread Diameter and Hex SizeC 12×14.0
L 18×22.2 (Reach: 12 mm)
M 18×25.4 (Reach: 12 mm)
MA 18×20.6 (Tapered seat, Reach: 12 mm)
MW 18×20.6 (Reach: 12 mm)
J 14×20.6 (Projected plug)
K 14×16.0 (ISO Small Hex plug)
KJ 14×16.0 (ISO Projected Small Hex plug)
LP 14×20.6 (Plug for LPG applications)
N 10x 16.0
Q 14×16.0 (Small Hex plug)
QJ 14×16.0 (Projected Small Hex plug)
QL 14×20.6 (Small Hex long housing plug)
S 14×20.6 (Surface gap or Rotary)
T 14×16.0 (Tapered seat)
TR 14×20.6 (For marine applications)
W 14×20.6, 14×19.0 (Compact type)
X 12×18.0
XE 12×14.0
XU 12×16.0
U 10×16.0
Y 8×13.0
Z 1/2PFx23.8
16 20 Heat RangeDenso
9
14
16
20
22
24
27
29
31
32
34
35
NGK
2
4
5
6
7
8
9
9.5
10
10.5
11
11.5
Champion
18
16, 14
12, 11
10, 9
8, 7
6, 63, 61
4, 59
57
55
53
Bosch
10
9
8
7, 6
5
4
3
2
E ReachA 19.0 mm (Electrode Position: 7 mm)
21.5mm
B 19.0 mm (Electrode Position: 9.5 mm)
C 19.0 mm (Electrode Position: 5.0 mm)
D 19.0 mm (Shroud 2)
E (With Gasket) 19.0 mm 20.0 mm
E (Tapered Seat) 19.0 mm
F 12.7 mm
FE 19.0 mm (Half thread)
G 19.0 mm (Shroud 2.8) 19.0 mm (Shroud 3.0)
H 19.0 mm (Electrode position: 8.5 mm) 26.5 mm L 11.2 mm
M 8.6 mm
N (Taper seat, Half thread)17.5 mm
V (Tapered seat) 25.0 mm
None 9.5 mm 11.2 mm 19.0 mm 21.5 mm
None (Tapered seat) 8.3 mm 11.2 mm
XR PR Shape (Type)A Double ground electrodes
A Sland G.E. (For racing)
AY Double ground electrodes with bent shape (special) B Triple ground electrodes
BG Triple G.E. (shrouded)
D Quadruple G.E. Projected (2.0 mm projection) Projected (1.5 mm projection, spark position 3.5 mm)
E Shroud: 25
K Projected(1 mm projection)
LM Compact type (Hex Size: 20.6 mm)
M Shortened insulator head length
M Compact type (Hex Size 19.0 mm)
P Projected (1.5 mm projection)
R With resistor
S Non-projected (0mm projection)Single iridium T Double ground electrodes
TM Double ground electrodes
TN Double ground electrodes
V Slant ground electrodes
X Full projected(2.5 mm Projection)
-U -A Shape (Type)-A Specialty Specification
-B Specialty Specification
-C Cut-back G.E
-E Specialty Specification
-F Specialty Specification
-G Grease applied on to threads, for CNG applications -GL Platinum C.E.
-L Heat resistant G.E. Thin center electrode 3.5 mm projected insulator for motorcycles Retracted insulator formotorcycles
-M Larger G.E.
-N For Yamaha and Kawasaki
-P A double layer of platinum G.E. Single platinum -R 10K ohm resister plug
-S Semi-surface gap discharge type
-S Stainless gasket
-TP Taper-cut, single platium plug
-U U-Groove G.E
-US Star-shaped C.E
-V 1.3 mm diameter, nickel C.E.
-Z Taper cut
-ZU ZU plug
11 11  ReachA 19.0 mm (Electrode Position: 7 mm) 21.5mm B 19.0 mm (Electrode Position: 9.5 mm)
C 19.0 mm (Electrode Position: 5.0 mm)
D 19.0 mm (Shroud 2)
E (With Gasket) 19.0 mm 20.0 mm
E (Tapered Seat) 19.0 mm
F 12.7 mm
FE 19.0 mm (Half thread)
G 19.0 mm (Shroud 2.8) 19.0 mm (Shroud 3.0) H 19.0 mm (Electrode position: 8.5 mm) 26.5 mm L 11.2 mm
M 8.6 mm
N (Taper seat, Half thread) 17.5 mm
V (Tapered seat) 25.0 mm
None 9.5 mm 11.2 mm 19.0 mm 21.5 mm
None (Tapered seat) 8.3 mm 11.2 mm<
I Plug TypeA Double ground electrodes
A Sland G.E. (For racing)
AY Double ground electrodes with bent shape (special) B Triple ground electrodes
BG Triple G.E. (shrouded)
D Quadruple G.E. Projected (2.0 mm projection) Projected (1.5 mm projection, spark position 3.5 mm)
E Shroud: 25
K Projected (1 mm projection)
LM Compact type (Hex Size: 20.6 mm)
M Shortened insulator head length
M Compact type (Hex Size 19.0 mm)
P Projected (1.5 mm projection)
R With resistor
S Non-projected (0mm projection) Single iridium T Double ground electrodes
TM Double ground electrodes
TN Double ground electrodes
V Slant ground electrodes
X Full projected (2.5 mm Projection)
U Thread Diameter and Hex Size-A Specialty Specification
-B Specialty Specification
-C Cut-back G.E
-E Specialty Specification
-F Specialty Specification
-G Grease applied on to threads, for CNG applications -GL Platinum C.E.
-L Heat resistant G.E. Thin center electrode 3.5 mm projected insulator for motorcycles Retracted insulator for motorcycles
-M Larger G.E.
-N For Yamaha and Kawasaki
-P A double layer of platinum G.E. Single platinum -R 10K ohm resister plug
-S Semi-surface gap discharge type
-S Stainless gasket
-TP Taper-cut, single platinum plug
-U U-Groove G.E.
-US Star-shaped C.E.
-V 1.3 mm diameter, nickel C.E.
-Z Taper cut
-ZU ZU plug
27  Heat RangeDenso 16
20
22
24
27
29
31
32
34
35
NGK
12, 11
10, 9
8, 7
6, 63, 61
4, 59
57
55
53
Champion
5
6
7
8
9
9.5
Bosch
10
10.5
11
11.5 10
9
8
7, 6
5
4
3
2
A Special Design A Slant electrode, No U-Groove, No taper cut
B Projected insulator (1.5mm)
C No U-Groove
D No U-Groove, Inconel ground electrode
ES Stainless steel gasket
F Special
G Stainless steel gasket
J Spark position: 5 mm
K Spark position: 4 mm
L Spark position: 5 mm
M Spark position: 4 mm, for LPG applications
T For LPG applications
Y 0.8 mm gap
Z Taper cut
TT Twin-Tip

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Forklift Safety | Forklift Attachments | Add-Ons and Accessories

Three Easy Forklift Add-Ons for Enhancing the Safety of Your Workplace

What started as a regular day at the warehouse, quickly takes a turn for the worse. There’s been an accident involving a pedestrian and a forklift. This is the nightmare scenario that all companies, warehouse managers, and families hope to avoid.  Would you believe that there’s a 90% chance of a forklift being involved in a serious (or fatal) accident in its lifetime? In fact, nearly 35,000 such incidents occur each year, 40% of which include pedestrians (and that’s just the ones that get reported to OSHA).

Are you 100% sure you’re doing everything you can to mitigate the risks? Let’s look at three easy add-ons to enhance forklift safety in the workplace.

Enhance the Visibility of Your Forklift with Blue Spot/Strobe Lights

If you frequently worked in tight quarters with a vehicle carrying 3,000 to 70,000 pounds, wouldn’t you want it to be as visible as possible? While most forklifts come equipped with headlights and brake lights, there’s no reason to not take things a step further. Especially when working in a low-light environment.

Blue spotlights are a great way to increase visibility in a busy workplace. They’re easily mounted on the overhead guard. They project a noticeable blue spot, arrow, or line on the ground (up to about 60FT) to alert bystanders of the approaching forklift. They’re especially helpful for blind corners, giving anyone walking by a clear indicator of the impending danger.

Imagine you’re in a hurry, thinking about your current task or a fast-approaching deadline. You’re about to round a corner. When all of a sudden, a bright blue light illuminates on the ground in front of you. Your attention snaps back. Moments later, a forklift carrying a heavy load passes by. What if?

Strobe lights are another way to lessen the chances of an accident occurring. They’re great for alerting workers when a forklift is in action. When it’s changing speeds, changing direction, or moving in reverse.  A bright, rapidly blinking light stands out in a busy warehouse and might be just the thing you need to avoid a disaster.

OSHA cites that 70% of forklift-related accidents could have been avoided. By investing in a simple add-on or two, like a blue spotlight forklift accessory or strobe light. You not only make the working environment safer for your workers, but you decrease liability for the company as well.

Bonus Forklift Safety Tip – Floor Marking System

By implementing a floor marking system, you decrease the chances of having a forklift-related incident. Mark high traffic areas in yellow, creating separate lanes for driving and walking. Use red to denote fire hazards, equipment, and emergency switches.

Equip Audible Alarms for Further Indications of a Nearby Forklift

A warehouse or work-yard is a busy place. People are yelling, equipment is running, it’s easy to not see an approaching forklift if you aren’t paying attention. That’s where audible alarms come in. The most obvious one that we’re sure you’ve heard of is ahorn. Horns are a great way to communicate to those around you, letting them know when you’re approaching, backing up, or coming around a corner.  

Bystanders don’t always have proper judgment near a forklift, especially if they don’t work in the warehouse. Thankfully, in addition to a horn, you can also invest in a backup alarm which most people recognize. As its name suggests, it alerts those in the area when the forklift is moving in reverse. While you are not required to have a backup alarm, if your forklift came equipped with one from the manufacturer, it is prohibited to remove it.

How loud should an alarm be to ensure it is heard? Studies show that the human ear can discern the difference in volume by as little as 3dB. For a sound to be twice as loud as another, it has to increase by 10dB. Which is what’s suggested for a forklift audible alarm to be easily noticed.

Bonus Forklift Safety Tip – Daily Inspections

Incorporating a daily inspection of your forklift might sound pretty basic. But, so is using a blinker while driving a car, and how often do most forget to do so? A few things to check include the brakes, lights, horn, and steering wheel.  You should also review the mast, overhead guard, and forks for damage.

Illuminate the Proximity of Your Forklift with a Safety Zone System

Can you imagine reciting the story of how you got your toes crushed by a forklift? Doesn’t sound like fun, eh? You might consider adding a safety zone system, which illuminates the area around the vehicle in red using a few high-powered LEDs. But it’s not just getting your toes ran over to worry about, many things can happen when you get too close to a vehicle that’s carrying a load. There’s no reason to mention them all, that’s what your imagination is for.

Remember, it’s not just about you being able to see the forklift, it’s also about the driver being able to see you. Which, if they’re carrying a full palette, is very difficult.  Safety zone systems are easy to install and are adjustable, allowing you to alter the distance depending on what you’re carrying.

Bonus Forklift Safety Tip – Visibility Best Practices

Visibility is one of the main concerns behind operating a forklift. For this reason, you should follow a few best practices.  These include making eye contact with pedestrians and looking in the direction you’re headed. If the load you’re carrying obstructs your view, consider moving in reverse.

You’re Only Lucky – Until You Aren’t Anymore

Image Credit: Ilkka Kumpunen / Pixabay

Why take the risk in the first place? Each of these three add-ons is cost-effective and easy to install.  Blue spotlights or strobe lights are a great visual cue to alert pedestrians that a forklift is operating nearby.  Audible alarms stimulate an additional sense for an extra layer of protection.  And safety zone systems add further visibility to prevent incidents in the immediate proximity of the vehicle.

The best defense is a solid offense.  Tackle the problem before it becomes one, by improving the safety of your workplace with some easy to add forklift accessories.


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Crown surplus inventory blow out deals!

We’re overstocked on a bunch of Crown undercarriage parts. Check out the prices below and score big savings!

CROWN 73473 race - steering CROWN 73473 race – steering Code: CR73473 $143.75
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Axle Weldment, 92942 Axle Weldment, 92942 Code: CR92942 $57.50
CROWN 115497 END - TORSION BAR W/BUSHING CROWN 115497 END – TORSION BAR W/BUSHING Code: CR115497 $63.25
Housing SR175 Blue replaces CROWN 787238 Housing SR175 Blue replaces
CROWN 787238
Code: CR787238 $2.30
Housing 350 Blue 78723006 Housing 350 Blue 78723006 Code: CR78723006 $4.60
Riser assembly Crown 115491 Riser assembly Crown 115491 Code: CR115491 $80.50
Crown 100462-101 / Crown 100462 Crown 100462-101 / Crown 100462 Code: CR1004621 $13.80
CROWN 115347 GUIDE - SPRING CROWN 115347 GUIDE – SPRING Code: CR115347 $17.25
CROWN 116802 AXLE CROWN 116802 AXLE Code: 116802 $17.25
CROWN 115515 AXLE CROWN 115515 AXLE Code: CRO-CR115515 $8.05

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Construction Skills: Resources for Apprentices

What is a Construction Apprentice?

Flickr - Official U.S. Navy Imagery - Seabees work on school in Djibouti.

A construction apprentice is a novice construction worker who is learning the trade. He takes a number of courses to learn the skills required while also working under the supervision of a master construction worker to gain practical experience. Apprentices are usually young—most start directly out of high school at age 18, although some may be older. Most apprentice programs require applicants to have a high school diploma or GED certificate. A worker is usually an apprentice for three to five years, depending on their skill and education.

Apprentices learn a number of different skills, including proper tool use, construction methods, and safety. In the classroom, they study different types of construction and learn the theory behind the different methods. Most apprentice programs offer employment opportunity assistance, and many apprentices are hired full-time by the company they did their training under.

Construction Schools

Portland Building Blueprints

Those who are interested in becoming a construction apprentice will need to find a trade school that offers a program in construction and building. These programs will provide apprentices with a solid foundation in the theory and methods of construction. While the coursework generally doesn’t include practical skills (those are gained through the on-the-job training portion of an apprenticeship), students do learn things such as the math behind construction, how to read and create blueprints, and what it takes to be a construction manager or independent contractor.

Many construction schools require students to take at least one course that focuses solely on safety on the construction site. This is an extremely important part of an apprentice’s training since safety is of the utmost importance.

Machinery Schools

Docker on forklift

In addition to construction schools, most construction apprentices will need to go to machinery school. In fact, they may need to attend several different certification programs to gain all of the skills and certifications they need. Many machinery programs do include many of these skills and offer various certifications, however, especially those offered by trade schools and colleges.

Machinery schools will teach apprentices all of the basics needed for operating and maintaining equipment such as forklifts and flatbed trucks. Some may touch on how to make minor repairs to equipment, too. Like construction programs, machinery education also stresses safety. Courses such as forklift operation and safety guarantee that apprentices learn how to operate vehicles and machinery in such a way as to not injure themselves or others.

Resources for Employers Looking for Apprentices

Chemrec 5 - small

Many employers like to hire apprentices for several reasons. First, it provides them with fairly cheap labor. Apprentices do get paid for their practical apprenticeships (if an apprenticeship is not offered paid, he or she should be very leery about taking the job), but they don’t get paid as much as a licensed worker who has several certifications. Taking on apprenticeships allows the employer to form a working relationship with trade schools. This often results in the trade school sending the employer a number of apprentices on a regular basis. The trade school then has a reliable construction company with which to place their apprentices, while the employer can rely on having a number of apprentices to put to work. Everyone benefits.

In addition to reaching out to trade schools, employers can find apprentices through several different methods. Some advertise in their city newspapers or online. Others put the word out that they’re looking to hire new apprentices. Often, word of mouth works surprisingly well. However, it can be unreliable, so many employers turn to resources such as the following.


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Avoiding Common Forklift Hazards

Forklifts transformed the shipping and storage industry. Without them, the process of moving large amounts of heavy products would take much, much longer and many more people. However, even though they are an absolute necessity to the warehouse and shipping industries, forklifts are also dangerous vehicles. There are a number of hazards that are associated with forklifts, and if you aren’t careful, you can easily injure yourself and others while driving one. Here are some of the common hazards associated with forklifts and some ways of avoiding them.

 

 

Vehicle Transportation Trailer
 

 

Why Forklifts can be Dangerous

Forklifts can be dangerous for many of the same reasons that any vehicle can be dangerous. When driving one, it goes from being a stationary object to a mobile block of heavy metal. If the driver isn’t paying attention, it’s easy to hit someone with the forklift, and while the vehicle may not be moving as fast as a car, it’s still going to hurt and can be fatal. Forklifts can move deceptively fast for their size and weight, especially when they have no load.

Another issue is that forklifts are so heavy that even an impact at slow speeds can be dangerous. What might stop other vehicles may not stop the momentum of the heavy forklift, which means it can cause much more damage than you may think. The long forks in the front are also very dangerous, and beginner forklift drivers often don’t realize exactly how far they stick out.

Common Hazards

Vehicle Transportation Trailer

There are a host of common hazards that forklift operators need to be aware of. These hazards can lead to a number of accidents, most of which are caused by carelessness.

Visibility is a major issue with forklifts. When carrying large loads on the forks, it can be very difficult for drivers to see what’s in front of them.

Improperly loading the forklift is another common issue that can lead to injury and damage. If the forklift isn’t loaded evenly, it’s very easy for the center of gravity to move too far forward, backwards, or to one side. Then the forklift becomes unbalanced and can tip forward or to the side.

While regulations do outline when forklifts are to be inspected and undergo maintenance, this doesn’t always happen due to negligence, lack of time, or some other reason. This can lead to a forklift parts breaking or malfunctioning in the middle of being used, which can cause the load to fall or be abruptly lowered.

One common hazard that has nothing to do with the forklift itself is improper surfacing or maintenance of such surfaces. A forklift with a heavy load cannot move up or down steep ramps without danger. Ramps that aren’t secured, sturdy, or in good condition may move or collapse under the weight of the forklift, leading to injury and damage.

Older forklifts that have had major issues or have begun showing their age should be retired. Continuing to use these older vehicles can lead to malfunctions in the middle of moving a load.

How to Avoid or Preempt these Common Hazards

There are several things operators and supervisors can do to help reduce the chances of these common hazards occurring. The first is proper training and adherence to training and regulations. Operators need to follow all precautions when driving, especially if they know they are in an area that sees a good amount of foot traffic. The same is true when backing up and when making turns or cornering. Forklift seat belts should be worn at all times, mirrors should always be used when backing up, etc.

Forklifts and all forklift parts need to be checked over, maintained, and, if necessary, replaced or repaired on a regular schedule.

Forklifts should never be moved without first making certain that the load is balanced and secure. If the load ever starts to shift, the forklift should be stopped immediately.

No one who has not been trained and certified to operate a forklift should ever be allowed to drive one, even if it’s just to move the vehicle from one place to another without a load on it. Certified operators are the only ones who should ever be in the forklift seat.

Older forklifts or forklifts that have been malfunctioning should never be used. They should be repaired whenever possible or replaced when they can no longer be fixed.

Training and Safety Information

All forklift operators need to have been certified in the operation and maintenance of forklifts. However, a large number of forklift operators do not actually have the training needed to drive the vehicles. In fact, allowing untrained operators to drive a forklift is a very common OSHA violation.

In order to be eligible to drive a forklift, a person must be at least 18 years old and must have completed a certification program. Their employer also has to give them authorization to operate the vehicle. There are a number of different training and certification programs around the nation that employees can enroll in. However, it’s important for operators to be trained on the specific type of forklift they will be operating and not assume that they can drive any forklift just because they’ve been certified.

The following are three training courses that operators may want to look into:

  • IVES Training Group – This group will work with employers to do an in-house training for forklift operators.
  • ProLogistix Certification Services – A professional training company that also helps place operators with employers.
  • Crane Institute of America – They offer a train-the-trainer course in which employers can learn how to train their own employees and become a certified forklift operator trainer.

Conclusion

Forklifts are absolutely vital in many industries, but it’s always important to remember that they are heavy equipment and can be dangerous. With the right training, attention, and caution, however, they can safely be used without incident.


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Zapi Error Codes

Zapi makes parts for the following forklift manufacturers: Yale, Hyster, Crown, and more.

The following will be PDFs that can help you in your troubleshooting with Zapi parts:

Number of LED flashes: 1

Possible Alarm Messages:
EEPROM DATA KO

EEPROM PAR. KO

EEPROM CONF. KO

EEPROM OFF-LINE

CHOPPER NO CONF

WATCH-DOG

Type of Alarm: Logic Test Fail

We offer Zapi handsets for testing your Zapi controller
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Many Zapi systems use this battery discharge indicator
We offer remanufactured Zapi controllers like this one for Hyster

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