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4  Costly Challenges Every Warehouse Operation Should Examine

Posted by Thelma Marshall on Oct 15, 2019 4:00:00 AM

Improvements and efficiency planning for next year begins by identifying where your facility is falling short of expectations right now. Take a look at what impacts your budget and your bottom line and make note of where things might be done differently and what is feeding your waste stream. traffic-lights-466950_640

Where do you look first when it comes to making changes that lead to improvement? Here are some common warehouse areas that could use attention.

Lock out/tag out programs that don’t work.

Only 10 percent of companies with fleet vehicles run an effective lockout/tagout program, and OSHA reports up to 3 out of 10 employers have no lockout/tagout program at all. Compliance with lockout/tagout regulations prevents an estimated 120 fatalities and 50,000 injuries each year.

A telematic lockout/tag out function should make vehicles inoperable during safety check questions, repairs or maintenance. Safety, maintenance, and unit reports can also provide data on why a forklift is in lockout, the duration, the operator, putting you in control of compliance.

Batteries are not well cared for.

Batteries are probably the second-most expensive asset you have after your forklifts. New batteries typically have a lifespan of approximately 1,500 cycles — lasting up to five years — but achieving long battery life requires proper charging, cleaning and maintenance.

It is not difficult to take care of this investment. Battery monitoring management software maximizes battery efficiency. It allows operators to see the status of each battery while in use, providing an accurate assessment of battery health, when charges are occurring, targeted temperature readings, and the state of each charge.  

Data reports are not used regularly for decision making.

About 65 % of warehouse enterprises are using big data analytics to monitor their fleet, equipment and assets — identifying problems and sending reminders for proactive maintenance. The problem is, there simply isn’t time for arduous reports that examine every detail.

The solution is software that monitors and instantly identifies where, when, why and how to fix your top 5 KPI issues, simply by looking at one dashboard. Telematic software considers the big picture, monitoring and learning from behaviors throughout the entire facility to identify ways to prevent problems and boost productivity across the enterprise. 

Safety challenges and Impacts persist

Accidents, impacts and injuries are costly  mistakes that are often avoidable. Even with training and certifications up to date, impacts or near-miss incidents may have recently occurred.

Why is it happening? Pressure to produce more in limited time, complacency or stress is the usually the root cause. Other reasons include poor communication, poor training, or drivers that engage in erratic behavior or horseplay

Software that delivers real-time monitoring to track poor behavior or safety infractions facilitates proactive risk management - before a costly mistake occurs. I can identify the driver the root cause and what action can be taken to prevent it from happening again.

KPI improvements and greater efficiency can be realized by leveraging monitoring software to clearly identify these costly issues and provide simple solutions to problems that challenge your warehouse operation and impact your bottom line.

Topics: connected warehouse solutions, OEM Systems, operator report card, telematic data, forklift operators, lockout/tagout function, accident reporting

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