Forklifts Rated IP54 Are Waterproof. Use Them Outdoors.
Until recently, many businesses with electric forklifts were reluctant to use them outdoors. They were afraid that if any water got into the workings, the forklift’s electronics would short out. Then you’d have a forklift billowing smoke and not working anymore.
Lucky for all of us, this is no longer the case.
Years ago, Europe tackled this problem. 50% of our forklifts operate outdoors. You can imagine how important protecting against water here, especially in Northern Europe!
We introduced the “IP Code” or “International Protection Marking”. The IP Code is a series of numerical codes which identify what a piece of equipment is protected against. There are two scales, each represented by a number: Ingress of solid objects (dirt), Ingress of liquids (water).
These numbers are then combined to a two-digit number which represents the total rating. For instance, IP00 would mean no protection against dirt or water at all. IP22 would mean protection from solid objects the size of your hand, and against dripping water.
The IP Code Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_Code
HOW DOES IP CODE RATING RELATE TO ELECTRIC FORKLIFTS?
Jungheinrich equipment has been rated above IP54 for years. It’s a German brand, so it had to have a suitable IP Code Rating to meet European standards.
IP54 means their forklifts’ components are fully protected from “dust, debris and liquid.” Both dirt and water.
In other words, these forklifts are rated completely waterproof and safe for outdoor use. I even watched Jungheinrich drive a forklift through a trough full of water to demonstrate!
FORKLIFTS RATED IP54 ARE WATERPROOF. USE THEM OUTDOORS.
It’s perfectly safe to use electric forklifts outdoors—provided they’re IP54 rated. Jungheinrich are.
If you’re keeping any electrics inside the warehouse for fear of environmental damage—take them out for a drive!