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Leasing’s fleet management upside
Besides ensuring access to newer trucks, leasing processes and contracts help operations adjust their fleet assets to changes in application needs.

Managing for lift truck operator safety
Sure, lift truck operators are on the front lines of safe operation, but having a strong safety program takes plenty of management involvement as well. Importance of forklift safety programs.

Narrow aisle success: Think systems, then trucks
Lift truck OEMs offer various trucks suited to narrow aisle and very narrow aisle (VNA) layouts, but it pays to analyze all factors before focusing on specific trucks.

Ergonomics as a retention factor
In tough times for attracting operators, having a fleet with operator- and application-appropriate comfort factors can help.

Lift truck computing: Practicality reigns supreme
New operating systems and form factors aside, forklift computing gear needs to match conditions and save time for operators.

Where is fleet management headed?
Telematics and fleet software has long been used for sensor and CAN-bus data, but a new era of AI-driven analytics is approaching.

The power side of lift truck battery and charger maintenance
Why best practices in battery and charger maintenance are essential to lift truck fleet operations and costs.

Making loading docks safer
Lift truck fleet safety has many facets, including safety at receiving and shipping docks, where the right equipment can prevent accidents while improving productivity.

Where lithium batteries will make gains
Lithium dominance among smaller electric equipment will accelerate larger-scale shift.

Tailor lift truck leasing to your fleet
Power by the hour is still evolving, but data on fleet use can help devise the right lease arrangements for your fleet.

4 ways lift truck operator training is evolving
Some elements of training programs are a must, like the need for hands-on instruction, but lift truck OEMs are evolving training in areas like providing smaller chunks of classroom content and training people to support deployment of autonomous trucks.

The move to narrow aisle warehouse aisle configuration
Warehouse space costs have skyrocketed, so more companies want to maximize existing space by moving to narrow aisle configurations. However, making that transition effectively can benefit from some layout and material flow expertise, not just choosing appropriate equipment.

Make order picking more ergonomic
Training and technology, including wearables that detect risky movements, can make a physically demanding job safer.

Windows sunset still unfolding
Android-based mobile computing choices include tablets for off-the-truck flexibility, with Android-based VMUs also seen as a solid option.

Remote lift truck operation as fleet strategy
Technology that allows for remote operation promises to expand on the available pool of qualified lift truck operators and bring other benefits like helping companies flex human resources to meet demand surges.

Lift Truck Tips: Attachments go digital
To maximize efficiency and uptime with autonomous lift trucks, attachments are going all electric, lessening energy drain on AGVs and AMRs while allowing adoption of a predictive maintenance approach.

Maintaining robotic lift trucks
Sensors must be kept clean, but safe and steady autonomous operation should minimize unplanned repairs.

Electric trucks take on e-commerce pressures
Electric lift trucks are evolving to deal with pressures wrought by e-commerce, including labor shortages and higher handling volumes, through high- and low-tech means.

Lift Truck Tips: Transitioning to lithium for cold storage
Fast opportunity charging and no battery swaps lead the reasons why lithium-ion batteries are considered well suited for multi-shift cold storage operations.

Navigating motive power choice
Go to the source—your operators—and get a handle on their power concerns, recharge patterns, and how these might impact productivity.

September 2023 Modern Materials Handling

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