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The term, “forklift truck” is almost a misnomer, as today’s material handlers use a wide range of attachments to handle loads of any size, shape, temperature, and weight. Clamps or arms, rather than forks, are used for awkward loads, such as crates, bales or tires. Powering and control of these attachments are ideal applications for compact hydraulic cartridge valves that can accommodate a range of flow rates and operating pressures. They also have the flexibility to locate controls on the attachment itself, simplifying the vehicle’s main systems when attachments are not in use. Electronic control can further enhance position and load-sensing for material handling attachments.