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7 Reasons Your Mixed Fleet - and Customer - Benefit from Telematics

Posted by Joe McManus, Vice President of Sales on Oct 27, 2015 4:30:00 AM

Are you wary of applying a single telematics solution to your mixed fleet? Don't be. A standardized system that works across all of your forklifts, regardless of the manufacturer, brings value to your customer. This means taking the focus off your own line of trucks and expanding it to the entire fleet.  Here’s why you and your customer will benefit:

 1. Provides consistent access control regardless of equipment manufacturer:

As many as 80 to 90 percent of warehouses have mixed fleets. In other words, they are not made by a single, but rather two or more manufacturers. A TotalTrax telematics solution, for example, works on any manufacturer’s equipment, enabling – among a host of features – the implementation of access control, which has been proven to reduce accidents by preventing unauthorized driving. The fact is even the most rigorous forklift safety training regimen will have limited impact if you cannot control which drivers are able to access which vehicles. The flexibility of telematics devices also makes for ease of use, allowing most companies to integrate employee badges into the system for equipment access.

 2. Makes fleet maintenance easier to monitor (no more walking around):

Tracking maintenance history and the cost to maintain are two of the most popular features of telematics solutions, according to a Peerless Research Group study. Telematics gives you the ability to track hour meters remotely and diagnose issues before ever going on site. Remote monitoring not only saves you time –forget having to enter the warehouse floor to check vehicles in person – but also helps you improve the planning of the preventative maintenance schedule.

3. Improves labor management:

Telematics equals visibility. And visibility, in turn, is the foundation of productivity improvements. Enterprise telematics devices are able to perform job tracking, a feature that in combination with utilization monitoring offer a detailed perspective on how the mixed fleet is operating.

 4. Enables consistent safety and productivity metrics across your fleet:

What percentage of a shift does your vehicles spend active with load? What driver is the most efficient? Can routing be improved? Are certain areas of your warehouse more prone to forklift impacts? Telematics has the answers. Regardless of which manufacturer of forklift is used, a single, independent telematics solution can help keep your metrics unbiased. To further promote the ease of use, TotalTrax allows for these types of metrics to be offered in a language native to the user.

 5. Optimizes/reduces your fleet maintenance costs with one version of the truth:

A single telematics solution gives you a holistic and comprehensive view of the maintenance needs of your entire fleet, helping you more efficiently plan upkeep across all your lift trucks. The result: Lowered costs, improved lift “uptime,” and optimized productivity.

 6. Innovates by quickly adding capability to your entire fleet:

A single cloud-based telematics solution enables you to quickly add new and innovative capabilities such as battery monitoring to all lifts at once. The hassle-free approach opens the door to the speedy tackling of issues as they arise.

7. Maintains OSHA standards and easy record access:

Forklifts are routinely cited as a top 10 offender of OSHA’s regulations. Manually addressing the long list of safety checks is a recipe for failure as non-compliant vehicles more easily remain in use and the risk of errors increases with paper-based reporting. Telematics provides pre-shift safety checklists for all authorized operators as well as automatic alerts regarding training and maintenance requirements. From operator certification records to safety checklist reports, OSHA compliance is ensured. The solution also helps you keep records in order and easily accessible in the event of a request for documentation.

 Don’t hold off on investing in telematics because of a misconceived notion that it cannot be implemented across a mixed fleet. As the seven bullet points prove, you stand to benefit on many levels.


Topics: Forklift safety, warehouse productivity, telematics, driver productivity, forklift tracking