Fleet Management & Forklift Safety Blog

Forklift Tracking — Why It’s a Game Changer

Posted by Dick Sorenson on Aug 16, 2017 3:00:00 AM

Is your fleet working at full capacity? Are impacts increasing, and operators breaking the basic rules of safety? There are many benefits to forklift tracking, and optimizing your fleet is one of them. Are you failing your fleet-.png

Monitoring and measuring the movement of all assets in real time — including inventory and forklift trucks — assists in improving safety, targeting retraining, routing smarter, and even right-sizing your fleet.

But to do this, you need insight. You can accomplish this with an advanced telematics platform that monitors and collects all the information you need.

For example:

  1. Knowing the real-time movement of each truck, driver, and load with inch accuracy, you can target a real productivity killer in your facility — the frequency by which your materials-handling vehicles travel without a load.
  2. Knowing the precise location of each truck, its idle time, when it is in motion, and how much time it spends active with load lets you shift trucks around during busy periods.
  1. Monitoring operator behavior and task execution supports improved employee productivity — increased productivity means fewer trucks are needed. It also lets you know when a driver is speeding, sitting idle, or operating a truck in a restricted area.

Mitigate your facility’s big challenges with fleet tracking

Forklift trucks and drivers account for 80 percent of operating expenses. So, if you are ready, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I just assume fleet utilization is at capacity?
  • Do I know if necessary repairs and regular maintenance are completed?
  • Do I know each operator’s typical behavior? For example, do some drivers take extended breaks or take longer than others completing the same task?
  • Do I know which forklifts are moving on the warehouse floor?
  • Do I route my lift-trucks to the most efficient and safest paths?

Does the current system get the job done?

Look at your current telematics platform and determine if it is giving you the detail required to make smart changes — ones that will reduce unnecessary costs and improve safety and efficiency.

For example, does your system help right-size the fleet? You should know how many forklifts are operating at the same time, and if those vehicles are working to full capacity. This can save thousands — if not hundreds of thousands — of dollars by reducing the number of trucks required.

Another example is whether it supports OSHA regulations. Ideally it should track driver behavior and impacts by documenting them for analysis in safety investigations.

Having software that delivers real-time visibility into the movement and performance of your fleet, your operators and ongoing maintenance protocol dramatically reduces issues that hurt productivity and profits. 

 

Topics: TotalTrax Fleet Management Solutions, forklift tracking, safety checklists, forklift costs