Cascade Combines Weighing With Transport in New Forklift Forks

It can be frustrating for a forklift operator when a checker discovers that his load weight is not what it’s supposed to be resulting in the driver returning to the stack to re-pick the load.

Cascade Corporation, a multinational manufacturer of forklift attachments and forks with North American headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, has come up with a product that ends the frustration and ensures a more efficient picking and shipping operation.

iForks are the next generation of forklift scales. No cables between the forks and driver's display. Weigh as you go. (Courtesy: Cascade)

iForks are the next generation of forklift scales. No cables between the forks and driver’s display. Weigh as you go.
(Courtesy: Cascade)

Called Cascade iForks, the product is a forklift fork that weighs the load as it transports it. It is part of a management system called “Accu-Pick,” that includes a warehouse management system software that checks the weight of a load on a pallet to determine what it is supposed to be and then matches the weight on the iForks to determine if it is the same. If there is an error, the forklift operator can more efficiently fix it then relying on a checker to determine the weight as the operator transports the load to shipping. If the checker discovers that the weight is not correct, then the forklift operator will have to stop his picking run and go back and correct the earlier pick.

Each fork has its own exchangeable battery module. Rechargeable battery packs come standard. D-cell battery packs are an option. (Courtesy: Cascade)

Each fork has its own exchangeable battery module. Rechargeable battery packs come standard. D-cell battery packs are an option.
(Courtesy: Cascade)

Cascade worked with a large supply chain management company to come up with the product. A company representative asserted that “Accu-Pick” improved productivity and accuracy and saved them money. He also said that the system permitted the company to eliminate all checkers.

With the Cascade iForks and “Accu-Pick,” it is no longer necessary for the forklift operator to drive every pallet or container back and forth to a fixed floor scale. This results in immediate cost savings, reduced labor and increased floor space.

The wireless display offers piece counting, code entry and date and time registration as well as basic scale functions. (Courtesy: Cascade)

The wireless display offers piece counting, code entry and date and time registration as well as basic scale functions.
(Courtesy: Cascade)

The scale components are easily accessible and digitally calibrated, which means less maintenance and a lower total cost of ownership.

The Cascade iForks can be used in combination with Cascade Sideshifters and Fork Positioners.

iForks allow the forklift operator to view and track the weight of individual loads and total weight of multiple loads or a number of individual loads within a larger load. It uses Bluetooth technology, which makes it the first completely wireless mobile weighing system for forklifts in the world. Since the system is wireless the forks can be installed onto any forklift in just a few minutes.

Information is transmitted from each fork to the wireless display via Bluetooth, allowing simple installation with absolutely no cables. (Courtesy: Cascade)

Information is transmitted from each fork to the wireless display via Bluetooth, allowing simple installation with absolutely no cables.
(Courtesy: Cascade)

The iForks include an exchangeable battery module that is integrated into the fork design. There are no cable reels or power cords between the forks. Both scale forks communicate independently to a driver’s display mounted in the forklift cabin.

The iForks offer a number of benefits including the elimination of shipping, overloads, under utilization, and incoming goods checking errors. It also prevents picking, filling, mixing and dosing, piece counting, and controlling waste flows.

For more information visit the Cascade iForks website.

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