Loads imposed on
the slab by MHE must be considered as point loads from the wheels in the design
process. According to Technical Report 34,
the carrying capacity of MHE is not an adequate indicator of the loads it
will apply to the floor. The load distribution and therefore the axle weights
can vary significantly between loaded and unloaded conditions of the truck and
the truck manufacturer’s data should be consulted.
Loads applied on
the slab by very heavy MHE can be a defining load case in slab design.
The types of MHE used
in warehouse operations is very varied, but typically would be VNA trucks, reach trucks and hand pallet