4 Ways to Improve Forklift Fleet Efficiency

Workers in protective uniform in front of forkliftEfficiency is a word that all business owners live by; to meet workplace goals they need their workforces to be efficient, their production processes to be efficient, and their equipment to be efficient. For those who work in a warehouse setting, forklift fleet efficiency is vital to keeping workforces, production, and equipment on track for hitting their objectives.

In order to get the job done right, forklifts need to be operating at top capacity. Over time, the equipment naturally ages and is at risk from operator mistakes, environmental hazards and more. Forklift fleet efficiency should be a top priority for companies that want to take full advantage of the potential their lifts can have on the bottom-line success of their business.

Here are 4 ways to improve forklift fleet efficiency:

Maintain Your Forklift

Equipment should be inspected and serviced regularly. If issues go unaddressed, they can cause the lift to malfunction or break down, or to even lead to accidents, all of which will halt work and significantly derail efficiency.

Rotate Out Lifts on Heavy-Duty Jobs

Using just one machine for a job with heavy loads can weaken its capacity, so it’s best to alternate the equipment for tougher jobs. By spreading out the work among the fleet, you can ensure no one piece of equipment is overly stressed.

Keep Operator’s Training Up to Date

All forklift operators should be properly trained on how to use the equipment to ensure they aren’t misusing the machinery, which can be a major impediment to forklift fleet efficiency. Forklift operator training should be taken very seriously, lack of knowledge can be detrimental to any warehouse and many mistakes can be avoided just with the right training and guidance.

Know Your Forklift’s Lifespan

Keep aware of how each machine is performing, and when it might be time to replace each. The cost of a new forklift can prompt some business owners to delay replacing aging machinery, which is why used equipment like that offered in National Forklift Exchange’s extensive catalogue is a smart option. By investing in used forklifts, you can help your company maintain efficiency without breaking the budget.

If you are interested in purchasing a used forklift browse our extensive inventory for all of the different makes and models from a variety of top manufacturers. Keep your forklift fleet performing at top capacity and get the most out of your equipment. When it’s time to invest in your next material handling machinery, contact National Forklift Exchange – we’d be happy to help!

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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