RICO Engineering Capabilities

We push the boundaries… to give you the highest performance & safety.

Our engineering team won’t rest until your material handling dilemma is solved.  This forward-thinking crew is ready to share more than 75 combined years of expertise in mechanical, manufacturing, electrical and fluid power engineering. 

RICO engineers know what you care about most in specialty equipment: safety, reliability and high performance. We utilize the very best tools, techniques and training to deliver exactly what you need – and more.

Codes and Standards

Numerous codes and standards govern safety requirements for industrial trucks and material handling equipment. RICO engineers believe knowledge of these standards is essential to building the safest and most reliable equipment. That’s why every RICO engineer, designer and quality assurance technician is thoroughly trained in and intimately familiar with these standards.

We even voluntarily conform to non-government mandated standards when we believe this will produce a safer product for our customer.

Here are some of the standards RICO adheres to where applicable. (This is not a comprehensive list.)


ANSI/ITSDF B56.1 Safety Standard for Low Lift and High Lift Trucks
ANSI/ITSDF B56.5 Safety Standard for Automatic Guided Industrial Vehicles
ANSI/ITSDF B56.9 Safety Standard for Industrial Tow Tractors
ANSI/ITSDF B56.10 Safety Standard for Manually Propelled High Lift Industrial Trucks
ANSI/ITSDF B56.11.4 Hook-Type Forks and Fork Carriers for Power Industrial Trucks
ANSI/ITSDF B56.11.5 Measurements of Sound Emitted by Powered Industrial Trucks
ANSI/ITSDF B56.11.6 Evaluation of Visibility From Powered Industrial Trucks
ASME B30.5 Mobile and Locomotive Cranes
AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code – Steel
BS EN 1525 Safety of Industrial Trucks – Driverless Trucks and Their Systems
ISO 3691 Industrial Trucks – Safety Requirements and Verification
NFPA 505 Fire Safety Standard for Powered Industrial Trucks
OSHA 1910.178 Powered Industrial Trucks
UL 583 Standard for Safety: Electric Battery Powered Industrial Trucks
ANSI/ITSDF B56.1 Safety Standard for Low Lift and High Lift Trucks
ANSI/ITSDF B56.5 Safety Standard for Automatic Guided Industrial Vehicles

Mechanical Design and Solid Modeling

RICO engineering uses the most advanced tools available to rapidly develop solutions for our customers. We leverage 3D solid modeling, motion simulation and other design validation software to create functional designs capable of being manufactured.

FEA-1Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Simulation

Our team uses powerful structural simulation tools to solve tough design challenges and optimize existing designs. We have the capabilities to quickly analyze static structural loading, linear stress, dynamic loading, vibration, frequency, thermal and fatigue.


First Article Inspection

RICO can facilitate first article inspection at our facilities to meet customer requirements. We can quickly produce in-depth First Article Inspection Reports (FAIR) via Inspection XPERT® software. If any portion(s) of inspection is outside our on-site capabilities, we can arrange for testing to be conducted by a third party.


DRAFTING-1Drafting, Dimensioning, and Tolerancing

A flawless design is useless unless the parameters and requirements can be clearly delineated to manufacturing. That’s why RICO takes the utmost pride in the quality of our engineering drawings.

All our mechanical engineers, designers and drafters are trained and highly competent in the ASME Y14 series of standards. We use the language of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GDT) to precisely communicate our design intent. We also have engineers familiar with ISO standards enabling us to work with an international market.



RenderingPhotorealistic Rendering

RICO utilizes Photoview 360® to produce photorealistic renderings. This enables us to generate high quality, life-like images to use in proposals or presentations to customers who may not be familiar with reading 2D mechanical drawings.




Technical Publications

We employ SolidWorks® Composer to create high quality assembly instructions, product manuals, installation instructions, and maintenance and repair guides.




Software and Tools

  • SolidWorks® Professional
  • AutoCAD®
  • AutoCAD® Mechanical
  • SolidWorks® Composer
  • SolidWorks® Simulation
  • Photoview 360®
  • Inspection XPERT®
  • SolidWorks® Sustainability
  • DraftSight®
  • DimXpert
  • TolAnalyst
  • Mastercam® subtle