As your business experiences change, your operations may expand or be redesigned. These changes affect daily operations that may prompt a realignment of your forklift fleet. Using a forklift fleet management system to track the operating behavior of a forklift and/or forklift operation will help to highlight areas within your facility that need a revamp.
How can forklift fleet management help with realigning your equipment?
Not only having the right equipment, but having a fleet that is right-sized to your needs is critical. A shortage of forklifts will impact your operations or productivity and an excess of equipment will artificially drive up your fleet’s cost per hour operating expense. When operational changes are implemented, a fleet management system will track the utilization of each forklift to help identify over- and underutilized equipment, helping you to make informed decisions regarding the size your fleet. It will also allow you to manage and control your forklift costs.
Forklift Maintenance Costs
Forklift fleet management evaluates the cost of planned maintenance and repairs for each piece of equipment. You may uncover one forklift is producing the majority of maintenance costs due to its age, operator abuse, tough application, etc. Even the placement of equipment can result in heavy usage if operators use the same forklift because it’s conveniently located. Identifying the economic life cycle of your forklifts is a powerful tool, guiding you to the best decisions on replacing your equipment.
The Right Forklifts
When reviewing your forklift fleet, ask if the equipment is right for today’s production, or the specific work station. You can have the ideal number of forklifts for production, but they may need to be moved to other areas within your facility.
Questions to consider:
- Are forklifts operating in small work areas, putting operators at risk for impacts?
- Does your product need to be stored on pallet racking? Or is it left at floor level?
- Has the pallet racking been reconfigured to increase or decrease the aisle width?
Reporting produced by forklift fleet management can notify you of a forklift impact, its severity and the time of the impact. Depending on the system, it can also share the specific operator involved. Your research of forklift impacts will help you to find high risk areas that need a forklift change.
Toyota T-Matics Fleet Management
Toyota’s T-Matics fleet management works with any size fleet. With two options available, its tracking features include electronic hour meter collection, error code reporting and fleet utilization.
Curious how forklift fleet management can impact other areas of your bottom line, including forklift maintenance? Contact an equipment specialist for more details!Contact Equipment Specialist