Forklift Jib

The Role of Forklift Jibs in Steel Fabrication

Isn’t it frustrating when you come across that you cannot fit on your forklift? You may be able to get away with using a forklift extension. However, that introduces the risk of damaging the forklift. This problem becomes more dangerous when the load doesn’t properly fit on the arms of the forklift. So what to do? This blog sheds some light on the proper solution. Read till the end to find out the answer and how you can make your work environment safer.

What is a Forklift Jib Attachment?

Before we dive any deeper let’s first understand what a jib is. Used to make the lifting process easier, it is an attachment capable of sliding onto forklift tines. It not only helps accommodate awkward loads but is also capable of bearing heavy loads. It consists of a horizontal beam with a hook at one end. The design and construction of a jib can vary depending on the intended usage. Since they improve the reach of the lifting trucks; loads can be picked from afar. This allows them to stay effective in small spaces.

What is a Forklift Jib Attachment used for?

Forklift Jib attachments are a highly versatile tool. They can be used in a lot of scenarios, thanks to their added range and extra weight capacity. Some of the common areas where a jib crane is used are as follows:

  1.   Warehouses

Large warehouses and storage facilities have a lot of goods stacked on large racks. Safely accessing them can be a challenge. A lot of warehouses also have to face a shortage of maneuvering space. In such cases, a traditional forklift would normally begin to fail. However, those equipped with jib attachments can easily get the job done.

  1.   Manufacturing facilities

An important part of a manufacturing operation is moving goods around the facility. This may sound easy however; transporting heavy goods can pose a challenge. Heavy steel products such as large waste skips cannot easily be moved. Additionally, moving loads such as steel beams is no easy task. Forklift jib attachments soar in such areas where extra strength is needed.

  1.   Ports and shipping yards

Saudi Arabia actively participates in trade throughout the world. Saudi seaports handle a lot of cargo daily. Using forklift jibs makes the process much easier and safer. It also speeds up the process so you can get things running at a much faster pace.

  1.   Moving heavy equipment around

You can also move heavy equipment around with the help of forklift jib attachments. They can come in handy when moving around steel waste bins, etc. This way you can get the job done much more easily.

How is a jib crane used to move the load?

By using a horizontal arm equipped with a hook, jibs can lift various loads. By making use of the hydraulic system onboard the forklift, the load can be lifted. As the jib arm lifts the load, it gets suspended in the air. However, the hook is strong enough to carry the load even when the forklift is moving. There are many types of jibs, each has its perks and features.

What are some of the common types of Forklift Jib Attachments?

A variety of jib attachments can be found in the market. Some of the common types of attachments are listed as follows:

  1.   Fixed jib attachment

Fixed jib attachments are an excellent option for lifting heavy loads. They have a fixed length and do not support further extension. However, they are great in places where you don’t expect loads of varying sizes. They are easy to install and come in varying sizes. Thus, you can get them in the exact size you want.

  1.   Adjustable jib

One benefit that adjustable jibs have over fixed jibs is that they can accommodate varying sizes. They also support the movement at varying angles. This means you can take care of multiple types of loads from one single jib. You can use this jib in almost all environments as it is highly versatile. Additionally, using this in a steel fabrication facility will be suitable. Since there are multiple types of loads; you won’t have to change the attachment time and again.

  1.   Telescopic jib

Telescopic forklift jib attachments are somewhat similar to adjustable jibs because they can be extended and retracted. However, they do not support angle adjustment. This is great for applications where you only require a reach extension. An example of applications provided by telescopic jibs is loading, and unloading materials on shelves, etc.

  1.   Hook jib attachment

Jib hook attachments are highly sturdy and reliable. They allow supporting heavy loads by suspending them from a hook.

What is a boom? How is it different from a jib?

The boom of a crane or forklift is its primary arm. It bears the majority of the weight of the load being lifted. It usually extends outward from a crane’s main body.

A forklift jib attachment however is a bit different from booms. It helps extend the outward reach of the crane. It usually installs on the boom as a secondary arm. This way the horizontal range of the crane is increased.

Do forklift jib attachments affect load capacity?

The short answer is yes. When lifting a load, the overall weight of the attachments cannot be ignored. Thus, adding an attachment can end up reducing the weight capacity of the forklift. Keep in mind, that lifting unsupported weight can prove to be very dangerous. Thus, you should always calculate the overall weight before carrying out a heavy-lifting job.

Safety precautions while operating forklift jib attachments

One of the most important things when carrying out a lifting job is safety. You should never overlook or compromise on safety. Thus, for this reason, you should always abide by the following points:

  1.   Wear proper safety gear

When operating a forklift, you should always wear proper safety gear. Every operator should be equipped with a safety hat, safety harness, safety shoes, ear protection, and fire extinguisher. This is crucial to ensure that the operator always remains safe in case of an accident.

  1.   Inspect equipment before the lifting job

Conducting thorough research on your lifting crane, forklift jib attachment, etc., is crucial. This is important so that you can resolve any problem with the equipment before the job if it exists. Equipment failing during the job can lead to catastrophic damages. Thus, conduct an in-depth inspection every time you are bound for a job.

  1.   Ensure you are within the weight limit

Sometimes, while lifting the load people tend to overlook the weight limit. Although you may think you are only a few pounds over, this is very dangerous. Weight limits are defined by manufacturers after rigorous testing. To ensure your safety and the safety of your equipment you should remain within the limit. Going overweight can damage the equipment or in the worst case cause your lifter to topple. Thus, you should always weigh the load to be on the safer side.

  1.   Operate on a stable surface

Operating forklift jib attachments on a stable surface is crucial in ensuring a smooth operation. An uneven surface can cause your lifter to move improperly. For heavy weights, a slight drop or imbalance can be very dangerous. You should also regularly inspect the floor for any irregularities.

  1.   Watch out for obstacles

Jib attachments are made to operate even when there are space issues. However, the maneuvering area where the lifter is supposed to move should be free of obstacles. That is because a collision with any obstacle can damage the lifted load or topple over. Thus, having an obstruction-free moving zone is important for a smooth operation.

What are some of the advantages of forklift jib attachments?

Having a versatile tool has several benefits. Similarly, jib attachments have benefits that make them a highly useful tool. Here are some of the advantages of having a jib attachment:

  1.   Extended reach

Extending the reach of your lifting equipment simply with the help of a sliding attachment is highly beneficial. It comes in handy especially when you have to work in a dynamic environment where space is constantly changing. You may not have the liberty to have the same level of access everywhere. Thus, having extended reach is very useful and comes in handy in real-time.

  1.   Improved maneuverability

Since the forklift jib attachment is not dependent on the space available, it can easily maneuver over things such as shelves. It becomes helpful in cases where your standard fork cannot reach or has limited access. The jib attachment makes the lifting job much easier than standard forks.

  1.   Safety

With added stability, you are much more secure when using a jib. The load is secured with chains and locked properly. This minimizes the risk of load getting lost and toppling over the lifting crane.

  1.   Cost saving

Most forklift jib attachments allow much more flexibility than any standard forklift. They are also compatible with multiple loads. This means you don’t have to switch multiple forks each time a different load is encountered. Instead of buying multiple forks, you can simply choose one jib attachment. It can be used with multiple loads. All you need to do is adjust the jib. This helps save a ton of money and can lower the cost of your business.

What is the role of Al Safrik Steel in providing quality to their customers?

Al Safrik Steel is a steel fabrication company in Saudi Arabia. We fabricate high-quality steel products that last a lifetime. Our product catalog is designed in a way that caters to a wide range of needs. You can find the product of your needs on our website. In addition to that, we also fabricate custom steel products. This is a testament to our quality and excellence.

We also manufacture high-quality forklift jib attachments. With a wide range of jib attachments, you are sure to get everything you want. If you are unsure about which jib to purchase, you can get in touch with us anytime.