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5 Ways to Destroy Your Forklift Battery

Posted by Ryan Lynch on Jun 3, 2019 2:59:43 PM

Most of us are careful about the way we treat our precious cell phones, taking care to ensure that the batteries last as long as possible (even though cell phone batteries are designed so overcharging isn’t a worry).   

However, when it comes to forklift batteries—which cost so much more and are crucial to keeping a company running—most people may not know how to maintain them optimally, or may be actively destroying the batteries through incorrect business processes.   

It’s not intentional, of course. Many times, it is due to a lack of knowledge. After all, forklift batteries are electro-chemical devices and their maintenance can depend upon many factors, such as type and usage. Maintaining them properly is a lot more complex than just plugging your phone into a charger.  

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Topics: Forklift Maintenance, Forklift Power, Uptime

Pro and Cons of the 4 Ways to Handle Your Forklift Power System

Posted by Ryan Lynch on May 29, 2019 2:49:00 PM

Imagine you’re on an NYC train headed to work and then the train just stops! There you are with hundreds of people wondering what’s going on…and if one subway line grinds to a halt, then thousands of people will be late for thousands of jobs or appointments or meetings, with effects cascading across the city. This currently happens every day, since New York City's subway system has descended into crisis mode. 

If you're not in New York City, you may be wondering why this has any relevance to you--but from a warehouse uptime perspective, there are valuable lessons to be learned.  

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Topics: Forklift Maintenance, Forklift Power, Uptime

How Forklift Power Can Help You Knock Out Your Lean Six Sigma Goals

Posted by Ryan Lynch on May 16, 2019 2:53:00 PM

If you’re like most Lean Six Sigma belts, you’re always looking for your next project. And like most Lean Six Sigma belts, there’s one place you likely haven’t looked: forklift power.

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Topics: Forklift Power, Uptime, Supply Chain

Is Your Supply Chain Recession-Proof?

Posted by Ryan Lynch on Feb 21, 2019 3:04:00 PM

Supply Chain Management Review released an excellent case study cross section done on large, public manufacturers with large supply chains.  Their purpose: to discover whether supply chain-driven companies are more or less prepared for the coming recession than in the Great Recession of 2008. 

I was fairly shocked at the results.  Overall, most companies fare worse on most metrics that matter: see figure 2 and 3.  Specifically, while most have increased revenues, they’ve done it at the expense of profit margins and have added more people than their revenue growth dictates they should.  So much for the more productive worker impacting the supply chain industry over the past ten years!   

In addition, businesses have a higher percentage of fixed costs today, meaning it will be harder reduce them—much like it will be more difficult to downsize personnel—when the time comes as revenues fall. 

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Topics: Forklift Power, Uptime, Supply Chain

4 Creative Ways to Increase Supply Chain Uptime and Reduce Costs

Posted by Ryan Lynch on Feb 15, 2019 3:22:00 PM

Many companies are so caught up in maintaining supply chain uptime that they end up unwittingly sabotaging their productivity in the long run. Ironic, right? How does this happen?  

It’s simple. Business often tend to neglect their forklifts and the batteries that power them, figuring they’ll fit service in when they aren’t quite so busy. Often, that downtime doesn’t come soon enough—which means a lot of scurrying to find a solution when all that neglect takes a toll and shortens the life of the forklift or the battery.  

Here are some tips to help you squeeze every single dollar out of your forklift by lowering costs and increasing productivity. Read on to find out how your company could be missing out on more than a million dollars in savings each year! 

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Topics: Fleet Management, Forklift Maintenance, Uptime

5 Simple Areas Where Your Forklifts Are Bleeding Costs & Chaos

Posted by Ryan Lynch on Feb 11, 2019 3:26:00 PM

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  

When it comes to forklifts and forklift batteries, most companies operate by this philosophy. But if you’re under pressure to not just maintain production capacity, but increase it (while also finding ways to decrease your cost structure), you may feel exasperated and at a loss, having already tapped out of easily implementable ideas to generate efficiencies. 

We’ve got good news for you. Go out to your manufacturing and distribution floor and count each forklift used by your company. What may surprise you is that for more than 80 percent of users of forklifts, each lift can be like a little ATM machine for you, enabling you to lower your costs (by as much as 30 percent per year), while increasing production capacity and efficiency. 

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Topics: Fleet Management, Motive Power

Forklifts: Propane vs. Electric

Posted by Ryan Lynch on Oct 6, 2016 12:00:00 AM

For your motive power needs, it's easy to get caught up in your battery and charger options. However, you have choices when it comes to your forklifts, too. The propane vs. electric debate is a real one, and you can find varying opinions across the industry, and across the Internet. We'll be honest upfront: we lean towards electric. Still, today we'll touch on the pros and cons of each by focusing on three key categories.

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Topics: Motive Power

The Six Most Important Attributes About Forklifts

Posted by Ryan Lynch on Jul 6, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Buying a new forklift is much like buying a new car; a ton of research goes into the purchase, and many of the important attributes are very similar. Unfortunately, for forklifts there’s not a comprehensive resource like Consumer Reports to rely on. Often, past experience and your new relationship with a forklift dealer will dictate what forklift you end up purchasing for your motive power operation.

While each operation is different, there are a handful of common-sense attributes to consider when purchasing your next set of forklifts. Today we’ll discuss the six most important attributes to consider when selecting new forklifts for your fleet.

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Topics: Motive Power

Tips for Making a Forklift Financing Decision

Posted by Ryan Lynch on Jun 29, 2016 12:00:00 AM

When buying new forklifts for your fleet, usage and performance will always point you in the right direction, and grant you the ability to create a preliminary want list. But while it’s easy to get excited about the latest and greatest models, unfortunately there’s no skirting around the question that every decision-maker loathes: how are you going to pay for your new forklifts?

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Topics: Motive Power

The Three Most Important Performance Features of a Forklift

Posted by Ryan Lynch on Jun 8, 2016 12:00:00 AM

When the time comes to upgrade your forklift fleet, there are many factors that go into making the decision on what forklift brand to buy, and who your new forklift partner will be. Performance will certainly play into your decision, and since each motive operation is unique you’ll have to determine the performance factors that will enhance efficiency.

Keep in mind that most forklift dealers have the capability to make tweaks to fit your operation. That’s why the dealer aspect of your purchase is just as important as the machines—great dealers do an excellent job of tweaking their machines to meet your unique applications. While performance needs will differ from operation to operation, here are the three performance characteristics most operations take into consideration:

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Topics: Motive Power

 

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