Very Narrow Aisle (VNA) trucks have been around since the mid 60’s when Bendi-founder, Freddie Brown, pioneered the concept of fixed path side stacking turret trucks.
VNA was originally defined as any machine that had a smaller stacking aisle requirement then a conventional counterbalance trucks, these days they are generally recognised as machine’s requiring a stacking aisle width lower than 2m.
Our knowledge of the VNA concept dates back to the late 80’s when working with Atlet (now known as Unicarriers). 4K is able to offer both new, used and refurbished VNA machines including man down turret trucks, man up turret trucks and order pickers.
True to our guiding principle of Saving you time and money are fully refurbished machines are around half the price of a new one and come with a full 12 month warranty and exceptional service support.
Compact, powerful, stable, man-up VNA machines are popular in pure warehousing operations where machines that can handle inside and out are not required.
For many years these were the only way to reduce aisle width to below 2m.
Once out of the guided area (see below) these machines can be large and cumbersome needing in excess of 4m to turn between aisles so bear this in mind when working out your usable area.
Consider how you are planning to unload delivery vehicles as these machines are very heavy, have small hard wheels and are not suitable for external use.
The quality of your floor is very important both strength and levelness. These machines are very heavy and a small deviation on floor levelness may will be multiplied by a factor of 10 or more at full lift height.
Fixed path machines require a guidance system to keep them straight and true when travelling. The options are some type of fixed path metal guides rails or wire guidance system imbedded in the flooring.
Pallet overhang can be a major issue in a guided VNA application. There is limited clearances so even a 25mm product overhand can be a problem as this can add up to 100mm with the pallet being carried and the two either side in the racking.
Do We Have a Winner?
So which machine is best for your operation?
You may have a personal preference but there are a few key deciding factors we use.