NA and VNA Trucks: There are certain truck types that have very narrow aisle or VNA features or NA or narrow aisle features. Nearly all counterbalanced trucks need at least 11 feet of aisle width in order to function efficiently and safely. Na or Narrow Aisle trucks on the other hand, can operate in narrow aisles which measure 8 to 10 feet wide. Additionally, VNA or very narrow aisle trucks could function in aisles as narrow as 6 feet wide.
VNA and NA trucks provide numerous advantages as they make it possible for warehouses to be constructed with narrower aisles. This results in the warehouse being able to successfully store numerous more things within a particular space, improving cube use. The loads moved using NA and Very narrow Aisle trucks usually are limited to roughly 3000 and 5000 pounds. Reach trucks are capable of operating in narrow aisle. Rotating mast trucks, order selectors and turret trucks are able to operate in very narrow or narrow aisles, depending on the specific model.
Reach Trucks: Particularly made for storage and retrieval, reach trucks are made with telescoping forks and outriggers that enables the operator to lift and retract a load over the outriggers. These units are not the best suited for unloading or loading trucks, nor for moving loads quickly over long distances. Like the order selector, reach trucks can be available for lifting heights which are higher than 30 feet.
Rotating-Mast Trucks and Turret Trucks: Rotating-mast trucks are like standard sit-down forklifts. The main distinction is that their masts are able to rotate in one direction, to a 90 degree angle. This feature enables them to operate within a narrow aisle condition. Turret trucks could work in very narrow or narrow aisle locations. Like order selectors, these machinery could elevate both the operator and the cargo. Additionally, they can enable the operator to handle loads on either side of an aisle without re-entering and exiting the aisle.
Turret trucks are normally wire or rail guided when they are used in very narrow aisles. This way, the operator doesn't need to focus any energy on their driving skills and can concentrate on the work load at hand. As turret trucks are considered "operator-up" trucks, they can be used for case and item picking in addition to full pallet handling.