What to Consider When Choosing the Right Forklift Fleet Management ToolsIncomplete or non-existent OSHA forklift inspection checklists, delayed maintenance and repairs, and unaccounted for use of the forklift, are all causes for an operational slow down. Add customer demands and an increase in orders and now you have chaos.The best way to stay ahead or manage any hint of an operational slowdown is to have the right forklift fleet management tool in place. This means evaluating your current tools or lack of tools to decide what’s going to give you the information you need in order to make good business decisions for your operation.
Selecting Forklift Fleet Management ToolsLet’s discuss the 4 ‘must have’s’ for selecting your forklift fleet management tools.
#1: Digital TransformationWe’ve discussed digital transformation before, and it’s still worth mentioning again. Digitizing the electronic forklift inspection checklist is critical for remaining OSHA compliant, maintaining the health of the forklift fleet and planning for future maintenance and repair. By moving away from paper-based forklift inspections, you’ll be able to add questions that are important to you, capture the results every time an inspection is completed and analyze the results. In addition, get immediate notification if a forklift failed an inspection which will allow you to better manage the health and lifecycle of the forklift.
#2: Forklift Access ControlStop the worry and mischief with forklift access control. Any unauthorized individuals who attempt to access a forklift won’t be going anywhere. In order for the forklift to be accessed, the forklift operator needs to scan their badge or enter a unique PIN. Next, complete the digital forklift inspection. Once all this is done and nothing failed the forklift inspection, then work can begin.Remember, all scans or PIN’s are logged. If the forklift operator says he didn’t work that day, you can check the day and time of the scans. And…by your request, a picture of the forklift driver can be taken at any time (badge scan, inspection completion, etc.) to ensure accountability.
#3: Forklift Impact DetectionSections of wall corners missing, dents or scratches in material handling equipment, and open product packaging… wonder how much of an impact it took to create the damage? This is a must-have tool that measures the G-Force of any forklift impact. Now, you can capture every single impact with G-force measurements or you can set a minimum threshold and anything above that G-force impact will be captured and recorded. The forklift impact detection tool allows you to know number of G-Force incidents, where it occurred and who was the forklift operator at the time of the incident.P.S. you can also choose the option of a picture so you know exactly who was the forklift operator at the time. This can help you to assign the right training or retraining specific for an operator.
#4: Centralize Your New Digital Information into a Single DashboardOne of the best tools… We’ve discussed digital forklift inspection checklists, forklift access control and forklift impact detection as the must-have for your operation. Now you can take your newly captured information (and much more not listed here in the article) and analyze your findings.The Dashboard will give you different insights into the information. For instance, do you want to know how many forklift inspections failed for the past 6 weeks? How about for 1 location, 3 of your location or all of your locations? What did you find as the reason for serious impacts? Did you finally figure that you’re not crazy and that someone had moved the forklift the night before?These valuable insights will give you the information you need to make actionable decisions about your facility.
Forklift Fleet Management Tools: Forklift Safety Solution that Has It AllIf you were wondering what is the forklift safety solution that can give me all of this and more? It’s the SIERA.AI S2 Pedestrian Detection with Impact Monitoring forklift safety solution. It utilizes forward thinking machine learning technology with sensors that monitor is all 4 directions every 60ms.Ready to learn more? Great, check out our S2 product now.
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