5 Ways to Extend Your Equipment Life

Posted by: admin on May 11, 2016

5 Ways to Extend Your Equipment Life

The primary reason why fleet owners and managers may neglect to maintain their forklifts is because of time and cost requirements. When the bottom line is a daily concern, paying for seemingly unnecessary tune-ups and check-ups may appear to be a waste of resources. However, not maintaining equipment can actually cost you more money in the long run.

Here are five ways to increase the life of your equipment and be better prepared to handle future repairs:

  1. Train Your Operators.

According to OSHA, many of the top accidents involving forklifts are due to workers with improper training. Tips overs are one of the most expensive accidents that occur on work sites, and they can often be prevented with forklift certified workers who have been taught how to recognize and avoid hazards. Untrained workers are also generally ignorant regarding proper maintenance check ups and pre-inspections which can lead to accelerated aging of equipment.

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  1. Daily Communication and Reporting.

Warehouse floor managers should set up a communication system with operators that requires them to notify the manager as soon as they notice a change in a forklift’s appearance and/or operating capabilities. This ensures that issues are tended to as soon as they arise, rather than having to pull a forklift from duty and lose valuable production time due to serious issues. Daily reporting can potentially save fleet owners thousands of dollars that would otherwise go to chronic damages.

  1. Follow the Equipment Operator’s Manual.

When it comes to taking care of the equipment, the manufacturer’s instructions know best. It is important for all operators to keep this information handy at all times to identify issues quickly and effectively. Operators should carry their manual with them and inside their forklift so they can easily reference it when performing basic fluid and attachment checkups before the start of the day.

  1. Preventative Maintenance.

Taking the time to create a scheduled preventative maintenance plan can prevent small problems from becoming large, expensive ones. Keeping prevention at the back of your floor manager’s mind will allow you to schedule routine tune-ups without being blindsided when a forklift needs to be taken out of rotation for major repairs. Here is a basic preventative maintenance list you can easily start using in your warehouse.

  1. Predictive Maintenance.

Predictive maintenance is preparing for repairs before they have even happened, and should be used in conjunction with preventative maintenance. This can be done by taking into account the service recommendations from the manufacturer and predicting when forklifts will need repairs when parts wear out depending upon the type and extent of their usage. Predictive monitoring can be accomplished manually by the manager or by an automated system.

Warehouse managers and fleet owners should start implementing these tips to reap the rewards immediately and long term. Your bottom line and employees will thank you as you save money on fewer issues, less serious repairs, and safer working conditions.

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