Forklift fleets will always incur some costs, but wise fleet management can keep these costs to a minimum. Here are a few tips to keep your fleet in top shape. These tips may cost you a little money up front, but they will save you many times your investment over the months and years to follow.
1. Keep Batteries Charged - OK, we admit we are a little biased, but here at Multi-Shifter we think the most important components of a forklift fleet are the industrial battery systems. Batteries charged too often or not often enough will at best reduce productivity as trucks stop working and need battery replacement, and at worst cause permanent damage or worker injury.
2. The Impact Of Impacts - Your forklift can take the occasional bump as a driver misjudges a turn, but that doesn't mean your warehouse should become a demolition derby. Minimize collisions by ensuring aisles are plenty wide, obstacles are well marked, and drivers are alert to any dangers.
3. Fleet Maintenance - Use Multishifter equipment to keep your industrial battery systems clean of corrosion as well as fully charged. However don't forget other components. Replace worn tires and wheels and inspect all systems regularly. Proper maintenance now prevents breakdowns or accidents later.
4. Floor Maintenance, Part 1 - Remember forklifts tend to go back and forth over the same ground. A damaged threshold or hole in the floor might not hurt the tires much if a driver goes over it once, but that damage builds up as he goes over it repeatedly. Address any floor repairs as soon as possible to minimize damage to the fleet.
5. Floor Maintenance, Part 2 - Sweep up any debris in forklift aisles. It may not seem like a stray bolt or a splinter off a pallet will do much damage, but these small items can damage tires and increase maintenance costs. Plastic wrap or twine can foul the wheel and damage bearings. The floors don't need to be clean enough to eat off of, but they should be free of debris.
6. Worker Training - Drivers can't read your mind. New drivers should receive training in fleet operations, industrial battery systems maintenance, and safety procedures. Training should be repeated annually, since even the most dedicated drivers forget things over time.
7. Find The Right Truck - Don't use the wrong forklift for the job. If you do, you run the risk of damaging the truck, injuring workers, or slowing down production. If the truck doesn't fit the job, you either need to change the job or get a new truck.
Pay attention to details like tire wear and industrial battery systems, and you will extend your fleet life and reduce repair and replacement costs.