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Lift Truck Fleet Telemetry – Managing Your Fleet Wirelessly

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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

Yale Battery VisionTelemetry 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

Data Driven WarehouseTelemetry 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

20-20 Vision 24 hours a DayFor 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

Yale Vision photoWhether 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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Reaching Higher with Yale's MR Moving Mast Reach Truck Series


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. 

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Gain an Edge: Yale Pallet Jacks with the Direct Store Delivery Package

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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.

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Carry More, Move Faster with a Powered Material Handling Cart

Productivity is a constant priority for Plant & Warehouse Managers which makes it a priority for us here at Barclay. While we can’t help with audits and staffing, we can provide products that help people move more efficiently.  One of those products is the powered material handling cart.

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Our Process for Pre-Owned Warehouse Equipment

Used Forklift Before and After

While used warehouse equipment is more affordable than purchasing new equipment, if not purchased from a reputable provider, it can often cost you more in the long run. You can count on Barclay to supply the safest, most reliable products that will be matched to your materials handling application and budget. From start to finish, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at our pre-owned equipment process that explains how we source and prepare each piece of used equipment before delivery to our customer.

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First Downs to Touchdowns: Barclay Free Pick’Um Contest is Back!

First Downs to Touchdowns: Barclay Free Pick’Um Contest is Back!

It’s not a fantasy! Barclay’s FREE annual Forklifts & Football Pick’Um! Contest for our loyal Barclay customers is back! Let’s get ready to have some fun and win some great prizes! It’s easy!

As we watch our favorite – and our not-so-favorite – teams battle it out for 17 weeks of the regular NFL season, just take a few minutes every week to pick who you think will come out on top of each week’s NFL matchups. Those who come out with the most correct picks each week will win some great prizes from Barclay, including a grand prize of 4 tickets to any 2019 season NY Giants home game – your pick!

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Yale Innovation Earns GOOD DESIGN Award

Yale Innovation Earns GOOD DESIGN Award

As warehouse decision makers face challenges involving making the most of space limitations, the industry looks for equipment that can work quickly and efficiently in tighter, narrower spaces. The Yale MR14-25 moving mast reach truck has been named a GOOD DESIGN award winner in the industrial category by the Chicago Athenaeum for its ability to answer those application challenges.

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Robotic Lift Trucks For Automated Materials Handling

Increasing productivity in your warehouse or distribution center could be as simple as automating repetitive picking tasks to free up your workers and maximize labor efficiency. Robotic lift trucks make automated material handling a reality! Barclay Brand Ferdon is a material handling equipment company in South Plainfield, New Jersey, serving Central and Northern New Jersey. We have the equipment you need to streamline your operation, including the latest robotic lift trucks on the market.

Task Automation

Automation promises to bring new levels of efficiency and productivity to distributors in a wide array of industries. However, optimizing material handling operations and driving sound ROI starts with automating the right processes for your business. Look for processes that are:

  • Repetitive, with little variation
  • Subject to high employee turnover
  • Troubled with other inefficiencies

Automation Benefits

It just makes sense to automate your warehouse or distribution center with robotic lift trucks once you realize all the benefits you’ll enjoy. Automation with a robotic lift truck offers:

  • An infrastructure free operation, because it uses your existing structural features, such as walls, racks and columns to self-locate and navigate it
  • Rapid deployment, because it can run with zero, partial or full integration with your warehouse management systems.
  • Scalability, because you can start small and expand with your operational needs.
  • Flexibility to accommodate your changing operational needs by allowing you to switch to manual operating mode with the simple touch of any button.

Where Does It Make Sense In Your Warehouse Or Distribution Center?

  • Dock to Stock: A robotic lift truck can take over the long hauls from the receiving dock to the stock room.
  • Low-value Added Tasks: A robotic lift truck can execute low-value added tasks, which effectively frees up staff and helps lower labor expenses.
  • Stock to Dock: A robotic lift truck can also run merchandise from the stockroom to the loading dock. Integrate your warehouse management systems to provide visibility of load movement and increase accuracy.
  • Long Load Transfers: A robotic lift truck can easily transfer loads over long distances without taking up any of your workers’ valuable time.
  • Increasing Productivity: Dispatch multiple robotic lift trucks simultaneously and increase productivity even further.

Get Automated

We help you re-think your warehouse! Advances in technology and guidance systems have provided a new generation of robotic lift trucks. For more information on how automation helps your operation, contact us at 908-561-2100 today!

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Moving Loads Safely – A Solution to an Application Challenge Using SICK Safety Sensors


Materials Handling Challenge:

During a site visit with a very good Barclay customer to review a new Yale Reach Truck for his operation, our customer explained a problem they were having. There were two doorways that divided the areas of the facility where the reach trucks had to transport pallet loads of material. Apparently there had been several instances when the lift truck operator did not lower the load enough before entering the doorway causing damage to the lift truck and the load.  Our first suggestion was to provide more Operator Safety Training to improve awareness and discipline but after discussing further, the customer felt that this was not enough to prevent future occurrences.

Materials Handling Solution: SICK Safety Sensors

Barclay Rep Chuck Romaniak recommended a product by SICK USA, a leading producer of sensors for automation.  He set up a site visit with the Manufacturer Rep and demo of the product. It worked very well. Both doorways were outfitted with sensors and the reach truck with a variable alarm linked to the back-up alarm to make it loud enough for the noisy environment. The customer was provided with the software to adjust and or rebalance the system as needed. The technology is new for this type of application but is basically the same as what they use for E-Z Pass systems.

If you are interested in Safety and Productivity ideas for your warehouse, contact Barclay.  We listen and respond to your challenges.



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Why Elect to Use Electric?

Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22, and one of the main goals of the movement is to reduce emissions that contribute to health impacts and air quality across the world. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the use of fossil fuels contributes to: 

• Temperature: Increasing greenhouse gases are linked to rising temperatures
• Air Quality: Greenhouse gases are linked to ozone layer depletion which is implicated in increased respiratory health problems

Inside your warehouse applications, electrically-powered equipment can have a positive impact on the air quality, and in turn, have a positive impact on your employees’ health. At one point, fuel-powered engines were the only answer for many of your warehouse and material handling applications, but the industry has come a long way and that’s no longer the case. Today’s electric equipment is designed to handle even your toughest inside jobs.

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Cold Weather Calls for Emissions Testing

A brutal winter has sent shivers around the country and in New Jersey it’s not over yet. Cold weather and biting winds whistling through the warehouse environment may cause employees to batten down the hatches by closing normal venting outlets such as doors, windows and skylights. It opens the possibility of carbon monoxide (CO) levels rising to an unsafe level. Carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas, is a by-product of all internal combustion engines. In this scenario, it’s time to have a Barclay technician check your emission levels and, if necessary, perform a tune up.

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New White Paper: The Adoption of Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered Lift Trucks

What if materials handling operations could achieve higher operational productivity, eliminate cumbersome battery charging infrastructure and deliver consistently high performance? Well, it's possible with lift trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cells. And today's materials handling industry is the perfect fit for this innovative power solution. The new Yale white paper titled "The Adoption of Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered Lift Trucks," examines the adoption of hydrogen fuel cell-powered lift trucks, the availability of hydrogen and the benefits and best-suited applications for this impressive technology.

Click here to download the white paper.

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Trade In Your Manual Jack For A Motorized Solution

Trade In Your Manual Jack For A Motorized Solution

Yale’s motorized pallet trucks can help you move more product with less effort. Improve productivity and efficiency with the MPB045VG or the lighter duty Utilev UT15WE

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National Ergonomics Month Is A Cause For Reduced Pain

It is a plain and simple fact that work should not hurt. But the reality is that almost all industries have tasks that can cause the worker or operator to have repetitive motions that can eventually become a pain in the neck - back, shoulder, wrist or ankle for that matter. Back in October of 2003 that Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) founded the month of October as the official National Ergonomics Awareness Month to bring awareness to the issue and help promote the cause to improve product designs to lessen the negative impact on humans.

The material handling industry by its very nature of moving heavy products around is at the center of products in continuous need for ergonomic improvements. Whether we are talking about forklifts, narrow aisle equipment, aerial platforms or other material handling equipment operator comfort helps reduce stress, strain and fatigue. Which in turn helps increase productivity and safety throughout the operator shift.

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