In the United States alone, nearly 20,000 workers are injured each year in forklift accidents. Improper training, lack of information and carelessness are often the cause, and that’s why we’re doing something about it. In conjunction with National Forklift Safety Day, Barclay will once again offer our fourth annual Safety Summit, a free informational event for Warehouse, Safety and Operations Professionals. This year’s focus will be on INNOVATION - Improving Safety & Driving your Operation Forward. It will take place on June 11, 2019, from 9AM – 2PM. Here’s a look at what you can expect.
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Even though there are a lot of forklift technicians out there, they don’t all have the same level of expertise. And, unfortunately, when technicians aren’t fully qualified to service your fleet, it shows. That’s why it’s so important to hire trained professionals who know exactly what they’re doing, like the team at Barclay Brand Ferdon. Here are the top four benefits of working with well-trained lift truck service technicians.
For many warehouses, moving materials is a 24/7 job. But as long as you keep your electric pallet jacks in good working condition, you’ll be ready for whatever comes through the dock doors. Anytime you need maintenance, repairs or replacement parts, call on the service technicians at Barclay Brand Ferdon to help extend the life and maintain the safety of your pallet jacks.
Purchasing a lift truck isn't the right path for every warehouse, every time. In some cases it makes more sense to invest in owned forklifts, but often times, businesses find that renting can make better financial sense. If you're in need of reliable lift trucks for your fleet but aren't sure whether to buy or rent, Barclay Brand Ferdon shares some insights into how to make the best decision for your business.
Have you made the switch to fully electric lift trucks yet? Research shows that companies can actually save a lot of money by doing so. The average LPG truck costs about $5,200 a year, whereas the average electric truck only costs about $1,066. Crunch the numbers with Barclay and discover all the ways in which converting your fleet to electric can benefit you.
The Numbers Don't Lie
Switching to electric works out to save you about 70—80% in fuel costs. This is a significant advantage. As you likely know, the cost of fueling LPG trucks is expensive and unpredictable. Gas prices constantly fluctuate, making it hard to lock in a budget each year and ultimately preventing you from investing in other areas of your business.
Additionally, electric trucks are cheaper to maintain, about 40% cheaper, in fact. They generally require less yearly and lifetime maintenance and experience less downtime than LP gas powered trucks. Not to mention, you don’t have to worry about replacing engine oil, filters and fluids on a regular basis. The only thing you might have to replace is the industrial battery. But thanks to recent improvements in motive power technologies, newer electric battery options require less maintenance and have longer life spans than previous models. Technologies such as NexSys Maintenance Free batteries, Lithium Ion and Hydrogen Fuel Cells are alternatives to the traditional lead acid batteries offering improved performance, longer life and lower maintenance and replacement costs.
Other Benefits of Switching to Electric Lift Trucks
Aside from economic benefits, electric trucks can also provide many operational and environmental benefits, including:
- Quiet operation, which can help reduce operator fatigue
- Less downtime and greater productivity
- No harmful exhaust emissions
- Better air quality
- About 30% longer service life than LPG trucks
Even so, some worry that electric lifts can’t perform as well as LPG lifts. That may have been true in the past, but now they’re quite comparable. The latest Yale electric models can accelerate and lift faster and have longer battery run times. Plus, lifts are available for both indoor and outdoor applications to suit your particular needs.
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More and more companies are replacing their LP gas powered trucks with electric units, and Barclay can help you do the same. Give us a call at (908) 561-2100 or contact us online to do the math and discuss the benefits in detail.
When deciding on which lift truck service provider to call, be careful not to let cheap hourly labor rates blind you. Opting for lower rates may appear to be the cheapest route, but it’ll cost you in the long run. As they say, you get what you pay for. The next time your lift truck breaks down or needs maintenance, call on the experts at Barclay Brand Ferdon.
Cheap Service Isn’t So Cheap After All
Would you choose a low hourly service rate if it meant higher overall costs and exposure to liability risks for your company? Understand the “true” cost of that “cheap” hourly service rate and the other factors you should consider.
Reduced Repair Times
By using Factory Technicians that undergo continuous training and testing, you have the best opportunity to reduce time of repair. A technician who knows the equipment and is trained in diagnostics can make a big difference in repair costs. Consider this: A 20% difference in hourly rate for a 3 hour repair that takes 4 hours will cost you more, not less.
An OEM lift truck service provider that invests in technologies and parts inventories can offer better response time, high fill rate on parts availability, OEM quality parts and proper Operational Maintenance to prevent breakdowns. Lost productivity due to equipment downtime can be costly.
“Right Size” your fleet
Excessive equipment and the potentially corresponding labor is extremely costly!! The cost of just (1) additional “underutilized” truck can be huge. A responsible Materials Handling Service provider should offer you continuous analysis and management reporting to prevent overspending and inefficiencies.
Stay in Control
A true partner helps you understand your “total” Fleet Maintenance Expense and will guide you to emerging technologies that may help reduce costs over the long run.
Reduce your Risk
A Service Technician will spend time within your operation and alongside your employees. Accidents can happen. Reduce your risk by selecting a partner with adequate, responsible liability Insurance Coverage. You will be surprised by what that low hourly rate doesn’t cover.
Improve Safety & Reduce Product Damage
A good Service provider also provides on-going OSHA Operator Safety Training programs and thorough Equipment Safety Inspections. Many companies do not perform all that the manufacturer requires during a regular operation maintenance interval.
Protect Your Investment
A lift truck is a big investment, choosing the right Service Provider and Maintenance Plan is essential in protecting that investment as well as assuring the lowest overall cost over the life of the equipment.
To learn more about maintenance programs at Barclay, contact a representative today.
The team at Barclay Brand Ferdon has years of experience in fleet management and service repairs. We understand that the largest expense of owning a lift truck or any other type of materials handling equipment is NOT the acquisition price but the costly repairs and maintenance of that equipment over time. Getting the right replacement parts on time at a reasonable price is one critical aspect of keeping those costs to a minimum.
A lot of companies don’t realize just how valuable a planned operational maintenance program can be. Not only can it help keep your lift trucks, dock levelers, overhead doors and other equipment working properly, but it can also impact your operations in many other ways. In this blog post, Barclay Brand Ferdon explores what those benefits entail.
When it comes to warehouse operations, the arrival of the holiday season signals the most hectic time of the year. Consumer demand increases, and that means more products must be moved more efficiently than ever. Fortunately, the right equipment can keep your facility running smoothly. Learn more about how Barclay provides current model, short term equipment to help your company maximize productivity during the busy holiday rush.
More and more warehouse managers are relying on lift truck fleet telemetry to help with everyday oversight. It allows them to monitor safety, efficiency and productivity around the entire warehouse—all in the palm of their hand. If you’re interested in integrating telemetry into your operations, Barclay Brand Ferdon offers a few key insights into the process below.
Understanding Lift Truck Fleet Telemetry
Telemetry is defined as a communications process by which data is collected and wirelessly transmitted to another piece of equipment. In this situation, it means the data from lift trucks can be sent to a manager’s laptop, computer or tablet for review at any time.
When they log on, managers can quickly get all the information they need to keep the warehouse running smoothly. The telemetry system can tell them…
- When it’s time for individual truck maintenance
- Information about accident occurrences
- When employees need to complete their safety training
- Labor requirements
- Lift Truck Utilization – fleet “right sizing”
- And more…
Essentially, telemetry gives managers the data they need to streamline and improve their operation in a simple and convenient way.
Benefits of Using Lift Truck Fleet Telemetry
Telemetry systems help managers be proactive about things going on around the warehouse. If it’s almost time for a lift truck's regular maintenance, they can schedule it proactively to prevent additional repairs and downtime. Similarly, if an employee isn’t practicing proper safety procedures while operating a machine, they can intervene with additional training before an accident happens.
Other benefits of a lift truck fleet telemetry system include:
- Maximize Productivity
- Gives easy access to data at any time, so managers are always informed
- Makes it easier to uphold safety and maintenance standards
- Helps maximize ROI of your assets
- Works with almost any lift truck
For example, at Barclay, we offer the Yale Vision telemetry system. Even though it’s designed by Yale, it’s compatible with all OEM brands of lift trucks as well. It is an option on new Lift Trucks or can be added to an existing fleet.
For electric lift trucks, fleet owners should consider industrial battery telemetry. Yale® Battery Vision is a solution that offers insight to better care for your batteries, an often overlooked but expensive asset. By having access to data, batteries can be monitored for better performance and longer life.
Improve Warehouse Efficiency Today
Whether you have 10 lift trucks or 100, adding telemetry will assist in managing your fleet to maximize productivity, improve safety and increase ROI. Contact Barclay Brand Ferdon and ask about getting lift truck fleet telemetry for your warehouse to take advantage of this powerful technology.
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Consumers today demand a variety of choices forcing distribution and fulfillment centers to take on more SKUs and complexity as well as increase storage space. Fitting more product (pallet positions) into the same space by decreasing aisle widths and increasing pallet rack heights is a must for many companies to lower costs and compete.
You've carefully selected the best equipment for your business. But have you outfitted that equipment with batteries designed specifically for the demands of your work environment? With a rugged build and technologies to suit multi-shift operations and public spaces alike, EnerSys NexSys industrial batteries available from Barclay Brand Ferdon deliver the power necessary to keep you up and running. Learn more about these convenient batteries to determine if they're the best option for your equipment.
With a host of efficiencies for manufacturers and retailers alike, Direct Store Delivery (DSD) has become an increasingly popular way for businesses to supply stores with their products. By bypassing retail distribution centers, suppliers can speed delivery times for perishable or high demand products and gain more control over merchandise replenishment and displays at the retail level. Direct Store Delivery has been adopted by food, beverage, personal care as well as many different service supply industries.
The one challenge that DSD strategy poses for truck drivers is the availability of necessary equipment to unload product from trailer into store. Reliance on store owned equipment is not ideal for quick and efficient unloading and poses challenges to meeting a full day of truck deliveries in a timely fashion.
Always keeping a finger on the pulse of customer needs, Yale responded to the growth of DSD with electric pallet jacks equipped with an industry exclusive “Direct Store Delivery Package”, a set of features optimized specifically for the demands of a DSD distribution strategy. Learn more about what the Direct Store Delivery Package can offer with this overview from Barclay Brand Ferdon.
What Makes DSD Pallet Jacks Unique
In addition to the standard features of motorized Yale pallet jacks, the DSD models come outfitted with the following:
- Exclusive handle design to give operators complete control over the pallet jack
- Movable load bracket and single-fork configuration to accommodate loads of various shapes and sizes
- Load retention strap to secure each load, making it ideal for items that require special handling
- One-hand throttle activation that enables excellent visibility and allows operators to work closer to the truck
- Mid-mount steer handle and creep speed functionality for use in narrow aisles and tight spaces while moving and delivering products
Fully optimized for the needs of delivery truck drivers, these pallet jacks support fast loading and unloading and energy efficiency and offer a rugged, flexible design built for the productivity mindset essential to DSD operations.
The Advanced Performance Power System
The Direct Store Delivery package for Yale pallet jacks is a product of innovation boasting a host of award-winning features. As an industry first, we’re seeing a UL-recognized, factory-installed lithium-ion battery used to power a pallet truck—as opposed to the conventional lead acid battery configuration.
This is significant, because lithium-ion batteries are much more energy efficient and easier to maintain. There are no spills, fumes or cleaning necessary for a lithium-ion battery, which means less oversight and more productivity.
Streamline DSD Operations Today
Ready to learn more about the benefits of Yale's Direct Store Delivery Package? Contact Barclay Brand Ferdon at 908-561-2100 or contact us online – a member of our team will answer your questions and help you choose the pallet jacks that can help your business save time and money.