Ladders are intended for working at height. You can choose them from a variety of options. Ladders come in a wide range of different designs and materials to meet all kinds of requirements.
General information about ladders
Ladders are frequently used not only to perform domestic tasks at home or in the garden but also to carry out various operations for businesses. Ladders are a practical option to gain access to an elevated level that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to reach. They are particularly useful in warehouses, workshops, offices, archival facilities, industrial premises or crafts centres.
The use of ladders goes back to ancient times. The trunks of various trees or palm trees with steps cut out in them are considered to be the forerunners of the modern-day ladders. It is believed that the use of wooden ladders has its origin in the 3rd millennium BC. Later, string ladders and ladders made of other materials emerged. Today, the use of wood in the production of ladders is less frequent. It has given way to such durable materials as plastic, aluminum or steel. Different types of ladders are designed for different applications and purposes.
Description of different types of ladders
There are different types of ladders available. They can be classified as follows:
A-frame rung ladders,
upright ladders for shelves,
working platforms with steps,
The standing height on the so-called folding steps is usually 1 meter. Such type of height equipment has several wide steps. The steps need to be set up in an extended position when in use. Folding steps take up little space thus they make an excellent space-saving solution. They are suitable for occasional tasks or when working at a low height. Folding steps are available in heavy duty options which have a higher load capacity.
Machine steps are similar to folding steps, except the grooved surface of their steps ensures a particularly safe standing position. Machine steps usually have anti-slip foot and provide a very high level of stability.
A-frame stepladders are used very widely. Such ladders come in a variety of heights and can have a varying number of steps. A-frame stepladders are articulated into an A shape and placed on the floor. You can use one or both sides of the ladder for climbing, depending on the ladder design. The A-frame stepladder can be collapsed to save space when not in use. Some A-frame stepladders have a top safety anchoring device which provides additional support on the top step of the ladder. A-frame stepladders made of aluminium are very lightweight and easy to transport. There are also rolling A-frame stepladders for easy mobility. Some A-frame stepladders are equipped with a bucket hook, anchor-shaped holders and trays making your work tools easily accessible. A-frame stepladders have wide steps, whereas A-frame rung ladders are slimmer and have narrower rungs. Transverse beams, safety extension chains, strong strap belts or stretching cables ensure a stable position of A-frame stepladders or A-frame rung ladders while they are in an operative position. Depending on specific requirements, you can choose A-frame ladders with extra wide steps or a very high load capacity.
Telescopic ladders can be free-standing or can be leaned against a vertical surface. These ladders are designed for working at great heights. Telescopic ladders have a rather low standing height but, if necessary, they can be extended to considerably increase their standing height.
Leaning ladders (as the name suggests) are leaned against a wall and are used from one side only. These ladders come in a variety of lengths and can have steps or rungs of varying widths or lengths. One specific type of leaning ladders are upright ladders for shelves designed for accessing shelves. They are also leaned against a vertical surface of a shelving unit but they can be directly anchored to the shelf using a hook for optimum safety.
Multi-purpose ladders can be used for various purposes and they can combine multiple functions. They can be used as leaning ladders, free-standing ladders or free-standing stepladders. They can serve multiple purposes and they can be positioned in multiple ways, depending on specific needs. The desired working height is adjusted by changing the spaces between rungs. Multi-purpose ladders can be collapsed to save space during transportation or storage.
In terms of their structural design, the so-called platform ladders are similar to A-frame stepladders or A-frame rung ladders except they have a platform in place of the top step, which greatly increases their standing area. The platform is often equipped with trays for placing tools or small components, as well as with security features, such as guardrails on both sides with or without vertical members. Platform ladders can allow access on one or both sides, depending on their design.
Working platforms with steps are structurally similar to platform ladders. The top of the ladder is fitted with a platform which ensures a safe standing position. The platform is usually enclosed with guardrails allowing to perform tasks safely. Telescopic working platforms with steps can also be used to change the working height. There are also mobile working platforms with steps available. A lower working platform with steps can allow access on one or both sides or it can be mobile.
Scaffolds are classified as specific type of ladders. Scaffolds combine the steps of the classical ladder with an aerial working platform. Rolling scaffolds for mobile use are also available. Collapsible scaffolds can be stored compactly as they take up little space. Scaffolds on wheels and with integrated steps allow you to easily climb up or down the scaffold.
Sweepers enable effective cleaning of indoor and outdoor areas. Different sweeper types are designed for different applications and range from manual to ride-on models.
General information on sweepers
Sweepers are machines used to clean surfaces in indoor and outdoor areas. Unlike snow blowers or shovels, sweepers can be used throughout the year, and not just in winter. They are frequently used to remove large amounts of dirt and debris – such as leaves in autumn, snow in winter or dirt particles in spring and summer. Warehouse and workshop areas can be cleaned very quickly and effectively with sweepers, as can footpaths, yard entrances and other paved surfaces. The modern machines can handle both dry and wet dirt and are very easy to manoeuvre. Compared to manual cleaning, sweepers save a great deal of time and minimise the amount of work and effort involved.
Sweepers are available in different varieties, each designed for different applications and requirements. Customers can choose between affordable, compact models, which are suitable for cleaning smaller areas, and large sweepers with powerful motors, which are ideal for frequent use and bigger areas. Based on their design and operation, we distinguish between:
With their compact design, manual sweepers are very handy and easy to manoeuvre. They are operated by hand and can be used both indoors and outdoors. Compared to pedestrian or ride-on sweepers, the manual models are better suited to smaller areas or occasional use. Their strengths come into play in confined spaces, however.
Manual sweepers are usually battery-powered and can be used almost anywhere due to their cordless design. Models are available with both single roller technology or with a tandem roller system. Many manual sweepers are also staircase-compatible. Depending on the model and design, the swept material is either ejected to the side or conveyed into a dirt container.
Pedestrian sweepers are larger than manual models and are powered either electrically, with petrol or via batteries. They can be used for small to medium-sized areas and are available in different sweeping widths, drive speeds and weight classes. When combined with optional accessories, the pedestrian machines can also be used to clean carpets and can be operated at variable speeds.
Ride-on sweepers are ideal for effective cleaning of larger areas and impress with their comfort, convenience and usability. In this case, the operator sits on the sweeper and steers it across the surfaces to be cleaned. Equipped with a powerful motor, ride-on sweepers can even handle inclines, while carpets can also be cleaned in combination with optional accessories. Depending on the model, the sweepers can be adjusted to the operator's size via an adjustable steering column. They are available with electric motors or petrol engines.
As well as being able to collect coarse dirt, all-weather sweepers can also be used for snow clearing purposes. They are equipped with a snow blade, which can be removed when not required. Winter tyres ensure safe and comfortable use in freezing temperatures.
Last but not least, forklift truck sweepers are also part of the diverse range of sweepers available on today's market. These models can be attached to a forklift truck and controlled via this vehicle.
Scissor lifts come in handy when lifting heavy loads. Companies use them in their logistics units and they are subject to the safety provisions of the DIN EN 1570 standard.
General information about scissor lifts
Lifting tables ensure easy lifting of heavy items up to an ergonomic working height. A lifting table can be used as a working platform for installation or other work, and its height can be adjusted to specific requirements. It ensures comfort while performing various tasks and minimizes the risks to workers’ health. Lifting tables can be used for transferring components being processed where there is a need to bridge differences in height. Lifting tables also facilitate the loading and unloading of goods. The so-called loading and unloading tables ensure efficiency of operations. Unlike regular forklifts, the structural design of these lifting tables is very compact and takes up little space.
A scissor lift is the most widely used type of the lifting tables. It has a scissor-like lifting mechanism fitted with a work platform. The height of the lift scissors is usually adjusted using hydraulic systems which ensure flexible control of the lift height. The scissors of the so-called tandem scissor lift are arranged in tandem, one behind the other. Meanwhile the twin scissors of the double scissor lift are arranged vertically on top of each other, thus the table can be elevated to even higher levels.
Scissor lifting tables can be fixed or mobile.Scissor lift platform trucks are fitted with swivel casters and fixed casters for easy manoeuvrability and mobility.
Safety requirements for scissor lifts
Today, scissor lifts are widely used by companies to perform intralogistics operations. These include machinery lifts, lifts for mounting or installation operations, lifts for loading/unloading, and lifts for transporting goods. To ensure occupational safety, the lifting tables are subject to specific safety requirements laid down in the DIN EN-1570-1 standard. This standard is applicable where the lifting table does not pass fixed landings. Where the lifting tables serve more than two landings, they are in part subject to the EN 81 standard (regulations on lifts) or EN 1570-2 or EN 1570-3 standards.
The DIN EN 1570-1 standard has been adopted by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN). Among other things, it specifies the following requirements for scissor lifts:
the so-called “dead man’s” switch (auto-locking device): each lifting table can be raised or lowered until the user holds down the switch;
emergency switch: each lifting table must have an emergency deactivation function;
each lift must be fitted with safety edges located under the working platform. In the event of obstruction, it ensures emergency stop of the lifting table if the proper distance between the lift and the worker’s legs is not maintained.
Non-slip covering: The scissor lifting table must have a non-slip surface in case workers have to stand on it. While moving a load, only one person is allowed to stand on a platform at a time to oversee the transportation of the load.
Purchasing scissor lifts that meet the DIN EN 1570 standard
Scissor lifts must comply with applicable safety requirements according to DIN EN 1570-1 standard to ensure the safety of the lift operators. For this reason, when purchasing a scissor lift, it is important to check whether the lift meets the requirements specified in the above standard.
Jungheinrich online store PROFISHOP offers a variety of scissor lifts and scissor lift platform trucks. Their structural design complies with the safety requirements set out in DIN EN 1570. Our wide range of products include both manually operated lifts and electric scissor lift platform trucks. All of our scissor lifts and scissor lift platform trucks are designed to deliver durability, ensure a long and problem-free service life and are convenient and easy to operate. Different models are designed for different uses and requirements. Scissor lifts and scissor lift platform trucks can be easily ordered via Jungheinrich’s online store.
We offer a wide range of hand pallet trucks. You can choose from low-priced entry-level models to pallet trucks in robust quality and premium design. Below you will find an overview of our various models.
BASIC-Range: Inexpensive entry-level models
Basic-Range Lift Trucks are the low-cost entry-level models. These pallet trucks are mainly suitable for occasional use. Despite their low price, these economical hand pallet trucks are reliable and of good quality.
Ameise®-Range: Robust quality pallet truck
Ameise®-Range Hand pallet trucks stand for reliability and robust quality. The Ameise® brand represents the Jungheinrich Original, which has established itself for more than 60 years as a distinctive and likeable trademark that millions of employees in many companies have known and appreciated since its inception.
Ameise® stands for one of Jungheinrich's great moments, but is at the same time a commitment to innovative concepts and ideas that is still lived today. For many people, Ameise® is synonymous with pallet trucks and is still associated with practical, high-quality products.
In addition to the conventional devices, derived from the original there is also a four-way hand pallet truck for transporting overlong loads. With the all-terrain pallet truck, you can easily transport pallets over uneven floors.
Jungheinrich®-Range: Premium pallet trucks
Die Jungheinrich®-Range of our mechanical engineering company Jungheinrich AG is characterised by its durability and ergonomics as premium products.
These machines are manufactured in excellent quality. This means that these hand pallet trucks make driving and everyday use a pleasure and work easier. It is not only the patented drawbar handle with the functions lift-drag-lower for left- and right-handers that makes handling Jungheinrich® trucks as convenient as possible.
The integrated quick lift of some pallet trucks also allows you to handle power, time and costs more economically. You only need to pump 3 times until the pallet is floor-free and only pump 5 times until the maximum lifting height is reached.
Work is also made easier for you by the noise-damped design of the Jungheinrich ® pallet truck, as you are not disturbed by annoying noises when using the truck. In addition, the range of premium quality low-platform trucks also includes a dismountable version for easy transport in any truck.
The galvanized models or stainless steel pallet trucks are corrosion resistant and can be used in the food industry or other humid environments.
The tipping process facilitated by containers designed for this purpose ensures fast disposal of various materials and waste.
Tipping operations: tipping containers as accessories for forklift trucks
Tipping containers are used as accessories for any type of counterbalance forklift truck. These containers are recommended for the transportation and temporary storage of various materials, scrap materials, loose parts or bulk materials. Forklift trucks are of crucial importance in those situations where there is a need to handle bulky and heavy loads, and tipping containers are a useful accessory which helps to ensure easy and fast daily operations.
We offer various kinds of tipping containers which can be grabbed by fork loaders. The most widely used container model is tipped over by raising it slightly from the ground using a forklift truck.
When selecting a tipping container, you will find a variety of options to choose from. In combination with a forklift truck, they facilitate the transportation of various materials and waste materials. When choosing the right model, it is important to consider specific requirements such as:
the volume of materials;
the type of material to be transported.
Types of tipping containers for tipping operations using forklift trucks
Tipping containers that facilitate fast and easy removal of materials using forklift trucks are suitable for a variety of operations. These containers allow you to easily and smoothly transport any kind of bulk materials or industrial waste to a designated area where they can be discharged. We offer a variety of containers used as accessories for forklift trucks.
Closed containers are designed for emptying materials on the ground level.
Trough-shaped tipping containers are ideal for collecting and removing bulk materials and industrial waste. Rolling containers can be moved manually.
Tipping containers for sorting is particularly useful in collecting, sorting and removing both solid materials and liquids.
Purchasing tipping containers for smooth tipping operations using forklift trucks
Jungheinrich online store PROFISHOP offers a variety of tipping containers for operations involving forklift trucks and for easy transportation of various materials and waste from industrial processes. Different container models are designed for a variety of requirements. They are very easy to operate and are designed to deliver durability and consistent performance. Tipping containers can be quickly grabbed and transported using a forklift truck. They ensure fast and easy emptying of various materials.