Operating powered industrial trucks is very serious business. Each year, operators are unnecessarily injured or even killed because they are not trained properly, or are careless in the performance of their jobs. The importance of skilled forklift operators is critical to the safety of your operation, not to mention a federal regulation mandated by OSHA.
Training should include initial hands-on experience, encompassing each element of forklift operation. Retraining is also necessary to diffuse bad habits and to reiterate important situations which might have been forgotten by the casual forklift operator. Having more employees who learn about the operation of your trucks will lead to higher productivity and profitability for your operations.
Saves time and improves productivity. Well-trained forklift operators have no problems operating heavy machinery effectively and efficiently. These employees save time and maximize output.
Prevents inventory losses. When a forklift accident occurs in a warehouse, chances are it results in damage to inventory. Even though an individual accident may cause minor damage, over time these losses add up. Training your forklift operators will minimize costly inventory losses.
Prevents accidents. Forklifts offer practical material handling solutions, but have been associated with workplace deaths and injuries each year. These incidents can be avoided by improving operators’ knowledge and skill set associated with handling these complex oversized machines.
Are you in compliance? Check out Andersen Material Handling’s operator training programs to help your company comply with existing and revised regulations.
Sometimes renting is a better option than purchase. Rental solutions are designed to meet operational and financial requirements while eliminating many of the risks that come with ownership. Seasonal businesses regularly rent during peak months. Short term projects may also necessitate rental vs. purchase of heavy equipment. By carefully considering the benefits associated with renting a forklift, you may be able to save yourself some extra money in the process.
Save money. Renting equipment is a cost-effective alternative to owning. Renting equipment reduces costs by eliminating the need for surplus equipment, maintenance, and repairs with no capital investment required.
Flexibility. Rental programs give you the flexibility to choose between short- and long-term rental agreements. Since business is constantly changing, renting gives you an advantage if you are expanding or downsizing your fleet or have seasonal needs. Renting also gives you the option of using a number of different machines for different applications, rather than being stuck with one piece of equipment.
No maintenance costs. The maintenance required for your rental forklift is included with your rental. Opting to rent often reduces your overall forklift expenses and can also reduce your downtime, ensuring your forklift equipment is productive and making you more profitable.
Check to see if our rental forklift inventory matches your long term or short term needs.
Andersen Material Handling is one resource that maintains and sources virtually every type of lift truck. In addition to short and long term rentals, this one-stop shop also facilitates sales, service, parts and many other warehouse products.
Contact one of our experts at the nearest Andersen Material Handling location and we will make renting a forklift easy, profitable, timely and secure.
Material handling is more than forklifts. Effective material handling requires the collection and use of operation-wide data. Forklift fleet management consists of the gathering, analysis and use of relevant fleet information to reduce costs and improve productivity. Today, much of this information is available through specialized software programs, making access to data instantaneous. This bundled information provides new visibility into operations and can help to reduce capital expenditures. For many warehouse managers, managing a fleet of forklifts and other material handling equipment can be challenging and time consuming. Fleet management software can help uncover the key details necessary to increase the productivity at the touch of a fingertip.
Review. A fleet management program begins by evaluating your current material handling fleet to determine current cost, analyzing those expenses and looking for opportunities with potential cost savings. This phase determines how well the fleet is utilized and a cost per operating hour will be established.
Plan. Develop a proactive plan to minimize costs, maximize productivity and increase the dependability of the fleet. After the key components have been identified, begin implementing and installing a strategy that provides the highest level of utilization from each vehicle.
Recommend. After collecting data and organizing a plan, the fleet management program will identify opportunities and suggest the correct type of fleet required at each location based on application needs. At that time, recommendations for maintenance and replacement equipment will be developed.
More information on fleet management software can be provided by Andersen Material Handling.
In order to maintain an efficient and safe warehouse, it’s necessary to have the proper lighting. Traditional incandescent lighting day after day, week after week, and year after year can be extremely expensive. Now high efficiency LED lighting can offer an environmentally conscience, quality lighting option with a great return on investment.
LED lighting products are designed to give better light at a lower cost, all while helping out the environment! Savings, on average, can be up to 25 – 50%. Additional benefits of LED lighting include:
- Uses dramatically less energy than traditional warehouse lighting solutions
- Provides a clear and crisp work environment
- Requires fewer, more effective fixtures which reduce costs
Not satisfied? Click here to learn about our stock of LED Lighting for your warehouse. However, if you’re ready to retrofit your existing fixtures, or discuss lighting for your new facility, contact your nearest Andersen Material Handling location for a complete line of LED and high efficiency fluorescent lighting solutions.
Going green in your warehouse by streamlining processes and introducing cost-saving initiatives can bring many benefits. Listed below are a few tips to save energy while making a direct attempt to reduce your carbon footprint:
Choose better lighting. Fluorescent lights use less energy for the same amount of light and have better color rendering, in addition to uniform light distribution. Andersen Material Handling offers a complete line of LED and high efficiency fluorescent lighting solutions.
Use battery-powered forklifts. Battery-powered forklifts can reduce your carbon footprint by decreased emissions but it can also save you money on repairs.
Encourage your employees to develop a green mindset. Offer incentives and rewards for workers who come up with innovative and green solutions for the workplace. With everybody doing their part to take care of the planet, your company will not go unnoticed by today’s environmentally-conscious consumers.
Deploy controllable thermostats. By regulating and measuring the warehouse temperature, users can reduce their energy usage with shorter heating and cooling cycles.
These quick tips aim to highlight some areas to consider changing in your warehouse and storage facilities. Going green in the warehouse not only benefits the environment and your employees, but can save your company money and make you more efficient. For more information about cutting cost and maximizing profits within a warehouse operation contact the experts at Andersen Material Handling.
Using batteries for forklift operations can offer a significant financial benefit if they are cared for properly. To maximize the effectiveness of forklift batteries, it is crucial to develop the following routine:
Pay attention to charging. To maximize the life of your battery do not let the battery discharge more than 80%. No matter the amount of the charge, the battery is still one cycle closer to the end of its life.
Keep a close eye on maintenance. Battery maintenance is an extremely forgotten yet important factor. One of the top causes of premature battery failure and loss is sulphation. This prevents the battery’s ability to accept, hold and deliver a charge.
Refill the battery’s water supply. Check the water level every five charges. Running a battery dry will damage the forklift battery. When refilling only use distilled water.
Keep it clean. If acid from the battery cells is covering the top of the battery take the time to clean it properly. If the acid issue is ignored, it will shorten the life of your battery. Battery cleaning should be performed once per year or as required.
By following these suggestions, you can extend the life of your forklift batteries.
Andersen Material Handling offers cost effective solutions that allows you to avoid costly downtime, avoid OSHA penalties and substantially decrease your labor costs.
One of the most important things you can do for your forklift is to check the wear of the tires. Driving a forklift with worn out tires is dangerous, so be aware of the following situations in which your forklift tires could be damaged.
Poor bond construction. In manufacturing, the rubber is bonded to a steel band which is the pressing component that presses to the hub.
Contact with oil, grease, and gasoline. Besides affecting the handling of the truck, chemicals can cause the breakdown of tire rubber compound leading to failure.
Excessive heat build-up. If too much heat occurs, primarily in long forklift runs, the rubber compound turns to a gel and blows out the sidewall of the tire.
Uneven floors. When a warehouse or factory has uneven floors this will cause the tire to increase the wear at certain areas of the tire and wear it out faster.
Under inflation in pneumatic tires. Running an underinflated forklift tire will cause sidewall separation, blow outs, rapid tread wear and bead failures.
You should not operate on tires worn beyond the suggested wear indicators. Worn out tires can affect the lift trucks carrying capacity, starting, stopping and shock absorption.
On our Bulletins page you can download a more detailed study of how Forklift Tire Wear affects your bottom line. Contact our nearest Forklift Service Department if you’d like to talk to one of our technicians.
Are your forklifts being inspected and documented before each shift by your operators? To help contribute to a safer working environment and prevent costly lift truck repairs, it is important to inspect your forklifts regularly as part of your daily or pre-shift inspection. Listed below are a few of the key components to inspect on a daily basis before operating your lift truck.
Horns. Are all the horns working on your lift trucks? OSHA requires truckers to “sound the horn at cross aisles and other locations where the vision is obstructed.” To further protect employees and ensure a safe facility, back-up alarms are a best practice.
Seat Belts. Are your lifts equipped and are they all in good working order?
Tires. Chunked tires or severely worn tires present a significant hazard for operators and pedestrians alike.
Gauges. Are all the gauges and indicators in good working order on each of your lift trucks? This includes hour meters, oil pressure, temperature and any other gauge installed by the manufacturer.
Forks. When was the last time your forks were inspected for wear, cracks or other unsafe conditions?
Wheel chocks. If your forklifts are parked on an incline, not only must the brakes be set and the engine in neutral, but the wheels must be chocked.
These tips are a good rule of thumb when supporting lift truck safety in your workplace. Any problems identified during daily checks need to be reported to your supervisor immediately. For more information regarding safety practices, call the experts at Andersen Material Handling at (877) 960-6800. You can also visit PowerTrack Service Assistant to get to know about the features of our newest mobile app, it’s an OSHA compliant checklist for every shift and every truck!