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What Lift Truck Telematics Data Should be Telling You

Posted by Dick Sorenson on Nov 24, 2017 4:00:00 AM

The value of telematic forklift data is in the details. The data you receive should help you to quickly identify key issues and inefficiencies — then point you in the direction of a solution.


For example, your telematic forklift data should alert you if:  

Your batteries are performing poorly

As batteries age they may not be delivering the same stellar results. But, your data should also identify the cause. For example, batteries must get fully recharged daily. Failing to do so will cut the run-time and lifespan

Battery-monitoring technology provides that data, allowing you to be proactive in extending the life of your batteries and keeping them powered and ready.

Your forklifts are not serviced routinely

You know there are numerous costs associated with downtime and inefficiency, so your maintenance strategy needs to be clearly established and monitored. Advanced telematics can monitor and ensure your maintenance plan is always followed.

Your lift trucks are old and inefficient

Economic effectiveness decreases as forklifts age, typically after six years. At some point, the cost to maintain it — if it is frequently down for repairs — exceeds the cost to replace it. Telematic monitoring lets you know which lift trucks are functioning well and which are frequently in need of repairs.

Safety checklists are being ignored

Mandatory safety checklists help you identify maintenance issues at the beginning of a shift or change of operator. They are also required by OSHA. Telematics can identify checklist failures and even lock out a vehicle that didn’t pass this important requirement.

Forklift routing is slow or unsafe

Knowing where your biggest routing challenges occur and addressing them decreases the risk of impacts and boosts productivity. Telematic forklift tracking can tell you exactly where your forklifts are in the warehouse, identifying areas with the most congestion and even how fast trucks are moving.  Systems deliver historical data, which identifies exactly where accidents most often occur in your warehouse — and why.

Operators are taking risks

Proactive management requires knowing operatorsskills, training needs, and behaviors. Telematic systems can monitor and track each operator, sending an alert when required OSHA training certifications are near expiration. Operator report cards identify poor habits and risky behaviors, like excessive speed, near-misses or potential skill deficits. This helps target re-training.

In a nutshell, real-time visibility into the movement and performance of your fleet and its operators — as well as ongoing maintenance protocol— is required to eliminate habits that reduce productivity and profits. 

Topics: lift truck fleet management, automatic data capture, TotalTrax Fleet Management Solutions

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