Dr. Laszlo Horvath, Director, Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design, partnered with the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) to provide the industry worldwide with a webinar on the Measurement and Analysis of Industrial Forklifts Vibration Levels. During this webinar, Dr. Horvath summarized the results of his graduate student, Yu Yang Huang’s, research on industrial forklift vibrations.

Forklifts are one of the most common material handling equipment used in warehouses and distribution centers. Vibration generated by forklifts may have an effect on the performance of unit loads and product damage rate. Historical research projects focused predominantly on the measurement of vibration for over-the-road transportation. Thus, there is a lack of understanding of the level of vibration caused by forklifts as a function of different factors such as speed, surface quality, forklift type and unit load weight. The goal of this study was to understand how vibration experienced by forklifts is affected by factors such as speed, road conditions, unit load weight, type of forklift, and sensor location.