Are your forklifts running as effectively and efficiently as they should be? Either conclusion should have been reached from the basis of data evidence and/or telematics… if it wasn’t, how do you know exactly where your performance really lies?
So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that versatile telematics systems provide do this for you. As well as intelligent systems being able to measure and record operations it can also allow you to assess and optimise your activities. Telematics could be THE key to achieving the best possible total cost of ownership (TCO).
Telematics make it possible to run a fleet where your forklifts are used in the right places, in the right ways… while keeping costs to an absolute minimum.
As well as safeguarding operators and colleagues, these sophisticated systems reveal answers to crucial questions such as:
- How is my fleet utilising its capacity?
- How are my drivers treating equipment and loads?
- Are my trucks safe enough to operate?
Consequently, real-time insights like these are now possible through wireless registration and communication. For example, we’re continuously gathering truck data and transmitting it to the system using wireless data transfer, typically via mobile phones, Wi-Fi and the internet.
Telematics allow you to optimise operations and reduce your TCO. Some of the benefits include:
1. Initial control
Software takes operators through the essential checks that determine whether a truck can be used safely. Completing checks properly and ensuring that everything is in good working order before releasing a truck into operation.
2. Error-code recording
Is imperative for creating countermeasures on malfunctions occurring.
3. Deployment analysis
This allows you to determine your optimal fleet size and mixture by recording how much a truck is driving, lifting and tilting. For example, if data shows that a forklift is used mainly for horizontal transport, you might consider replacing it with a powered pallet truck.
4. Event tracing
Using adjustable shock sensors, systems accurately trace events, as well as their severity.When combined with GPS integration (see #9), event tracing confirms what happened, who was operating and where.This allows you to eliminate bottlenecks in the operation, as well as analyse and address any individual driving behaviour.
5. Time registration and measurement
An ideal tool for comparing fleets, time intervals are fully adjustable, whether you need to analyse operations by the hour, the day, the month or even season. It is a particularly effective way of recording peak times – allowing you to adjust your fleet deployment.
6. Operational reports and cost overviews
Of course, measuring means more insight and management can use the information.
7. Truck allocation to qualified drivers
Also by using IPAF certification and immobilisers, you can prevent misuse by unauthorised operators. In addition, it underlines the importance of safe driving behaviour.
8. Automatic shutdown
When no driver is present, this switches the forklift off after a pre-set time – preventing unwanting idling and the risk of misuse, while saving energy, too.
9. GPS integration
Lastly, the functionality records truck location. By giving a clear picture of the routes travelled, you can identify and eliminate bottlenecks, as well as locate spots where accidents occur more than average.
The Welfaux Conclusion
While telematics are necessary for huge fleets of forklifts, smaller operations can reap benefits from them, too. We are able to give you a consultation on whats best for your company. Get in contact with Welfaux today!