Combilift has launched the latest addition to its product portfolio. The new Aisle Master-OP (AME-OP) is a stand-on electric powered model that combines the advantages of a narrow aisle articulated forklift and an order picker for versatile operation in warehousing and manufacturing applications.
The development of this model was influenced by customer feedback as well as the recent soaring growth of e-commerce. “Customers already using the Aisle Master for space saving, storage and efficiency in their warehouse asked if we could redevelop the Aisle Master to meet their ever-growing demand for order picking customised orders”, said Combilift CEO Martin McVicar.
A main feature of the AME-OP is the step-through operator compartment, and its low floor height of just 280mm enables convenient, single step access from both sides of the truck. This speeds up order picking compared to the operator having to get in and out from a seated position. It has all the key advantages of the conventional Aisle Master – indoor/outdoor operation for loading/offloading and for stock replenishment at other times during shifts when order picking is not required.
The AME-OP is available in a number of variants, with lift capacities from 1,500kg to 2,500kg, lift heights of up to 12.1m, and can operate in aisles as narrow as 1650mm. It features a patented chain steering system, which allows the truck to articulate more than 205°, and an inline drive motor and front drive axle, all of which enable narrower aisle operation. The multifunctional programmable joy stick control lever in the operator compartment, which includes controls for the hydraulics and traction, is adjustable to enable comfortable and ergonomic working conditions for operators of all sizes. The Operator Presence Detection floor pad engages the parking brake automatically when the operator steps off the truck to carry out order picking.
“Before we officially launch any new model, Combilift carry out extensive field testing on customer’s sites, and this was the case with the Aisle Master-OP”, said Martin McVicar. The AME-OP is now a production model within Combilift, with units currently in operation at Sorted Logistics based in Christchurch New Zealand, a third party logistics provider and freight forwarder.
“This is a major innovation”, added Martin, “and the versatility to use the one Aisle Master for multiple applications – narrow aisle operation, truck to rack handling, bulk picking and item order picking – will result in strong demand for this new product in our home and export markets around the world.