Load shifting skates are a specialist type of transport trolley used for shifting heavy warehouse equipment, machinery, or goods around a facility with ease. Engineered for precision steering, load shifting skates are perfect for manoeuvring heavy loads over short distances.
An economical and popular way to move large, cumbersome objects throughout a range of industrial premises, load shifting skates are commonly seen in factories, workshops, hospitals, and logistical hubs, and help drive efficiency and safety in manufacturing and goods handling operations.
Load shifting skates – otherwise known as a transport trolley or simply as moving skates or load skates – should be utilised when there is the need to move a heavy item, but it is not economically viable or efficient to utilise another mode of transport (such as a crane or forklift), and are often put into use when items are infrequently moved between locations on the same site.
Example situations may include shifting hospital equipment, moving heavy duty equipment as a one-off (e.g. relocating workstations piece by piece), or taking machinery maintenance parts to be swapped out. In most of these scenarios listed, load shifting skates are the simpler option, and can be used safely for loads up to 12,000kg or more.
There are several key considerations to take into account when factoring in whether to use load shifting skates, including:
Load shifting skates are mechanically simple pieces of equipment, but are often used in complex and potentially dangerous situations, and in combination with other tools and equipment that could present significant risks if used incorrectly.
To use a load shifting skate, the load needs to be elevated high enough to slide the load skate underneath. This is commonly done in conjunction with a tool such as a hydraulic pump, toe jack, or spreader wedge. Once the load is lifted into place, it’s a slow, considered transportation process until it reaches its desired destination – think more tortoise, less hare.
Load shifting skates can play an important role in many material handling operations; but, as with all heavy machinery, care must be taken to ensure that the appropriate technical limitations of the load shifting skates are respected and its use is as intended.
Our knowledgeable team of problem solvers can help you to choose the appropriate load shifting skates, improving the versatility and effectiveness of your material handling operation by ensuring you have the “right tool for the job”.
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