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Smart Power Blog

How to Turn Your Forklifts into ATM Machines

Posted by Ryan Lynch on Jul 1, 2019 12:54:00 PM

How can you save millions a year and increase your production uptime? Having a handle on the total cost of ownership for your forklift power system can show you the areas where you may not even realize you’re bleeding money.  

An important step is fully understanding the total cost of ownership of your current operation. In our experience, many companies confuse the initial cost of a purchase for batteries and chargers with the total cost of ownership. 

So, what’s the difference? The initial cost is simply the purchase price, while the total cost of ownership is the purchase price plus any costs to maintain that asset as well as any costs that are eliminated (added) due to putting in a superior (or inferior) solution.Typically, we see the acquisition price equating to less than 30% of the total cost of ownership for a 2-3 shift operation. 

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Topics: Forklift Maintenance, Forklift Power, Uptime

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

 

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