CFTS says no to rulers

27 November 2018

There’s a time and a place for rulers – and it’s nowhere near a fork lift truck, according to CFTS, the body behind the UK fork lift industry’s standard for Thorough Examination.

Formed by industry authorities BITA and FLTA, CFTS quality-controlled Thorough Examination procedure for lift trucks has been developed to offer consistently confident compliance with the Law. Accuracy is paramount to the process, as is replicability.

CFTS chairman Geoff Martin explained: “When you take your car in for its annual MOT, the results generated are replicable. At CFTS, we believe your lift truck’s Thorough Examination results should be, too.

“Nowhere is this more important than when tracking chain wear. Chains perform a significant role in your truck’s lifting mechanism. A failure could be catastrophic, so there’s no room for error. That’s why we insist that examiners delivering our quality-controlled chain inspection do so using the high-precision FB Chain Gauge.”

Designed to show how much of the chain has been worn, the FB Chain Gauge shows wear in .25% increments. 

Managing director Peter Church of FB Chain said: “Chain wear requires dealing in tiny measurements. It limits visual errors, as well as errors in calculation that you associated with steel tapes or rules. Unlike the standard 300mm ruler preferred by some inspection providers, the FB Chain has delivered 100% accurate and replicable results.” 

The company says that, in studies, it’s proven its ability to deliver replicate results 10 times in a row.  

CFTS chairman Geoff Martin concluded: “Seemingly little differences like the choice of a tool can make a big difference. There is a time and place for rulers, but it’s clearly nowhere near a lift truck’s chains where accuracy is crucial for safety.”