How Vehicle Management Systems Keep Forklifts Efficient

3d rendering forklift trucks in factory

Many industry leaders across the board champion the integration and implementation of vehicle management software. These applications bolster efficiency and drive productivity in ways that are uncharted. Vehicle management systems focus on ergonomics, which is an assessment of all things that weighs the abilities and purposes of an enterprise against their material handling practices and applications. Ergonomics is the practice of finding efficiency to increase productivity by optimizing the existent forklift fleet and equipment inventory. These applications promote accountability and reductions in idle time. Here is how VMS can help your business in maintaining efficiency:

1) Promotes Safety – According to Toyota, vehicle management systems enforce OSHA compliance for all drivers, resulting in safe handling and enhanced conformance to regulatory guidelines. Furthermore, these software platforms assure that all forklifts utilized in any operation adhere to warranty specifications and ensure a proper check of the vehicle is carried out prior to use to minimize liabilities.

2) Greater Control Over Your Fleet – As businesses evolve so do their forklift needs and thus there is a growing demand to augment and revamp any fleet.  As the 21st century continues to progress, manufacturers have continuously evolved materials from traditional combustible forklifts to electric trucks. As a result of this, the parts and components have evolved as well and are often composed of materials that VMS platforms can monitor and moderate. As these radical changes manifest, it may seem that your fleet may be out of your control. Fleet management software itemizes and tracks these changes and puts power back in your hands. In addition, VMS is known to drive down maintenance costs through simplified logistics and calibrated maintenance regimes.

3)Bolsters Efficiency Overall – As stated previously, fleet management software breathes and sweats ergonomics, which in turn means it also focuses on the little things you may overlook. These interfaces truly adapt and maximize each and every component of your forklift fleet. For example, in some instances there are many benefits to utilizing a narrow aisle forklift. Bulkier, larger forklifts are less than optimal for negotiating a narrow mezzanine. From an ergonomic perspective, improved handling is paramount. In addition, these applications also take into consideration the pertinence of improving safety while slashing costs. Integrating these approaches can assist operators in selecting the appropriate machines for the job and deliver proven solutions.

4) Can Assign/Reassign Workers – From a point of reducing costs and most notably driving down overtime wages, fleet management software can assign or reassign workers to conform with budgeting requirements and labor standards. Additionally, these platforms are a great tool to make sure only the appropriate operators that are trained to handle certain apparatuses are getting behind the wheel.

While the initial investment in fleet management software may seem a bit lofty, these applications will incur savings for any investor long-term. Information is the foundation to managing an efficient forklift truck fleet and these platforms factor all variables and make effective metric-driven decisions. VMS has become a way of life for many businesses ushering in the fleet of tomorrow. If you are looking for a solution to scale back your costs while making sure you make the most of your forklift fleet, this is an investment worth making.

About Tom Reddon

Tom has been involved in the forklift industry since 1986. He loves doing research, blogging, and speaking about forklifts. You can contact Tom on his Twitter or Google+ profiles.

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