Most fabricators have forklifts on hand and bespoke attachments can make this equipment more versatile. In addition forklift attachments can make accessing and moving equipment much safer and easier. Dynamic Engineering can help our clients to design attachments in accordance with worksafe requirements.
The first step in analysis is to model the attachment in CAD to ensure that it is strong enough according to Australian Standards. This is done by using Finite Element Analysis to calculate the stresses and deflection and if needed, the design is tweaked to ensure the maximum values are below the allowable values set out in the standards. The next step is to ensure that the attachment is stable as the centre of mass is moved further out. This is dependant on the type of forklift available on site. After fabrication each forklift gets a nameplate with information relating to working load, type of forklift and other safety information.
Below is an example of an attachment which is used to remove load rollers.
Maintenance forklift attachments used to remove track wheels
The forklift attachment being used on site:
Typical use for forklift attachments
Forklift attachment being used
We are also able to provide details required by the Australian Standards such as lost load, centre of gravity etc. In the example below, the forklift attachment is shown as well as the centre of mass calculations.
Centre of mass