Maintaining any equipment is important. Maintaining a fleet is crucial to the producivity and safety of the operation. A lack of regular maintenance can render a fleet inoperable thereby increasing unplanned costs and repair bills.
Goals & Objectives
Material handling and warehousing faces the same challenges across many industries, how to get the most from your equipment for the least amount of money without impacting the operation's overall success. How do you do this across multiple sites, or units? First we need to understand the information and goals you are trying to seek, understanding what is going to improve or impact the production and who is going to have access to the information to ensure that the information is addressed and actioned. Conversely, if you have too much information and data it becomes overwhelming and the management pipeline can be delayed or 'clogged'. You will need to understand what the key drivers are for your operation and we can help guide you in achieving these. Without a defined goal, the likelihood of you achieving anything will be greatly diminished. Goals could be defined as specific fleet cost reduction, operator & forklift produvity, or improving compliance, safety and adherance to regulations.
To understand how we can measure and understand these goals, we need to start with questions in which we can shape the data and which the operation has concerns with or is impacted by. Each set of questions will be inherently different with each operation, however there are are some core operational questions that can be tailored to each operation and accessed conveniantly through our technology, questions such as;
- How much is being spent on the fleet each year?
- Are costs evenly distributed or are some forklifts costing more than others?
- Are there any patterns in timings, equipment or operator when breakdowns occur?
- Are all forklifts and operators achieving similar levels of productivity?
- Are certain operators or locations accounting for a higher-than-average number of impacts?
Reducing Fleet Costs
Forklift maintenance creates the opportunity to collect data on the forklifts operation and represents a major component of total costs. Unfortunately, many companys or providers are not positioned to take advantage of this opportunity because service can be fragmented across multiple providers or they are unaware of the value of such data. Consolidation of information can become difficult and time consuming when the operation is trying to obtain a comprehensive view of quality, costs, and compliance. Additionally, when using multiple suppliers, differences in parts, pricing and quality and produce differences in not only costs but equipment, reporting and procedures.
When this information is made available to management through a reporting console, the information provides current, objective support for management decisions and provides visibility into fleet costs. Equipment replacement decisions can be made using actual service costs and with the knowledge that service is being performed to the same standards and at the same cost for all forklifts within the fleet. Operating hours for individual forklifts and the total fleet can be analysed to help guide decisions on fleet size and resource allocation. Ensuring that your fleet service partner has these systems in place will provide you not only with confidence about the repairer but also provide you with tangible, managable information for your fleet.
Productivity, Compliance & Safety
Running & service information obtained at the time of forklift maintenance results in many meaningful benefits; however, to truly optimise fleet & operator performance involve the ability to collect and analyse data from the equipment in real-time. This is accomplished through the use of vehicle mounted management systems capable of collecting information from the forklifts, controlling access to the forklift and communicating data centrally. Combined with digital service reports with and understanding of your battery consumption, hours used & idle, impact and equipment status provide great insights towards the maintenance specifications required. Being able to consolidate this information across multiple units through a click of a button, makes the job even easier.
Ensuring that your fleet is humming along is only one benefit with fleet maintenance. Being able to support your organisations OHS compliance & management is another great benefit. Not only through operator & license control, but also through pre & post operation checks with alerts can the responsibility of equipment be really tracked. This allows supervisors and managers to quickly identify & address any maintenance concerns, ensuring that the fleet is safe and productive.