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Top 10 Tuesday: Forklift, Logistics, Material Handling & Much More. The Most Popular Posts From the Week of May 17th

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top-10 post imageForklift and material handling information are constantly shared or posted through dozens of sources. Websites, blogs, newsletters, Twitter, Facebook, and more share company and industry news, product insights as well as operational and safety information. Much of what is posted is promotional in nature but a fair percentage is informational and of possible interest to a wide range of readers and that’s here in our top 10.

Every day we sift through dozens of posts and articles in order to refine what we share with others. Then each week just the top 10 posts [or so] that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness are posted by us in this weekly summary.

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Top 10 Tuesday: Forklift, Logistics, Material Handling & Much More. The Most Popular Posts From the Week of May 10th

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forklift top ten photoForklift and material handling information are constantly shared or posted through dozens of sources. Websites, blogs, newsletters, Twitter, Facebook, and more share company and industry news, product insights as well as operational and safety information. Much of what is posted is promotional in nature but a fair percentage is informational and of possible interest to a wide range of readers and that’s here in our top 10.

Every day we sift through dozens of posts and articles in order to refine what we share with others. Then each week just the top 10 posts [or so] that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness are posted by us in this weekly summary.

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Toyota Forklifts and Our Environment

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Toyota operates under a global earth charter that promotes environmental responsibility throughout the entire company. Toyota Material Handling (TMH) is responsible for manufacturing the majority of Toyota forklifts sold in North America. Making processes more green is a consideration in every process change or manufacturing improvement.

Here are five ways TMH makes its manufacturing processes environmentally-friendly:

  1. Toyota forklifts are manufactured at TMH, a zero-landfill facility.
  2. TMH requests suppliers use environmentally-friendly materials and processes in products supplied to Toyota.
  3. TMH requires its top 65 suppliers – who account for more than 85% of the materials purchased locally – to be ISO 14001 certified or have an equivalent EMS (Environmental Management System).
  4. The water sent back to the water treatment facility in Columbus, Indiana, (home to TMH) is cleaner than required by government standards.
  5. TMH made improvements to its paint operations, which includes the conversion of 50% of the painting processes over to powder coat and the addition of paint robots in other areas to improve transfer efficiency of solvent based paints.

Environmentally-Friendly Manufacturing at Your Own Facility

Toyota is committed to continuously improving our own environmental stewardship, and we ask our partners to do the same. Instituting recycling programs, minimizing pollution, and promoting the advantages of electric-powered forklifts are just a few considerations that make a difference.

What Can You Do?

There are a number of ways you can help your facility become more environmentally friendly and help reduce your operating costs. Something as simple as changing your thermostat can make a big difference. Allowing the temperature range in your facility to be a little warmer in the summer months and cooler in the winter months can have a positive impact on the environment and reduce your company’s overall carbon footprint – and your energy bill!

After changing your thermostat, inspect your lighting system. Is it energy-efficient? Using LED lights can certainly help.

You can also increase your number of alternative fuel forklifts, whether electric, propane or Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). Propane, for example, is non-toxic and clean-burning, so it’s versatile enough for indoor or outdoor applications. It’s also safe, economical, and requires little maintenance. Also consider recycling used oil.

If you work with partners or vendors, inspire them to adopt green initiatives as well. And if you’re finding your parking lot is looking pretty full, encourage carpooling among employees and offer incentives for doing so.

Using the Toyota Production System to Achieve Environmentally-Friendly Manufacturing

Toyota established a policy to reduce CO2 emissions, use resources more efficiently, and reduce environmental risk factors. Throughout its wide range of activities, Toyota always considers the environment as part of its daily operations. The policy is to analyze effects at each stage of a products’ life: development, manufacturing, operation, and recycling.

Toyota Production System (TPS) philosophy also includes the 3Rs: Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

With respect to manufacturing, the reduction of waste (muda) is one of the key principles and, therefore, benefits of TPS. Reduction of waste in processing, inventory, conveyance, overproduction, motion, waiting, and manufacturing defects delivers direct environmental benefits.

At a lower level, waste sorting has long been practiced at Toyota’s manufacturing plants and Toyota’s forklift plant in Columbus, Indiana, where the majority of Toyota forklifts are built, has achieved ISO 14001 certification.

Three Ways to Eliminate Waste in Environmentally-Friendly Manufacturing

Cutting back on waste is often a long-term goal with multiple short-term steps. Here are a few of the steps you can take to get started:

  • Minimize waste by recycling and looking at your process to reduce the amount of raw materials used.
  • For remaining waste, consider a waste-to-energy facility. Is there a way to reuse the waste that was created?
  • Consider implementing a recycling program at your facility. Set goals for reduction in waste that goes to landfills.

We would enjoy hearing from you. Post your ideas or comments below, let’s start a dialog.

The original article was published by Toyota Material Handling U.S.A. For more information, insights or conversations regarding your forklift or material handling needs. You can visit our online contact form, use our contact form seen to the right.

We would welcome the opportunity to cover your material handling questions or concerns. Toyota Lift of Minnesota works very hard to be your partner and material handling, consultant.

By | May 13th, 2020|Categories: Forklift, Toyota|0 Comments

Top 10 Tuesday: Forklift, Logistics, Material Handling & Much More. The Most Popular Posts From the Week of May 3rd

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tuesday top ten imageForklift and material handling information are constantly shared or posted through dozens of sources. Websites, blogs, newsletters, Twitter, Facebook, and more share company and industry news, product insights as well as operational and safety information. Much of what is posted is promotional in nature but a fair percentage is informational and of possible interest to a wide range of readers and that’s here in our top 10.

Every day we sift through dozens of posts and articles in order to refine what we share with others. Then each week just the top 10 posts [or so] that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness are posted by us in this weekly summary.

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Toyota Forklift’s ASEC Certification Program Customer Pledge

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toyota asec parts service collageThe ASEC certification program is a process to help dealers focus on improved safety, productivity and customer satisfaction. The ASEC certification is a process to help dealers focus on improved safety, productivity and customer satisfaction. Alright, that sounds good but what does it bring to you the customer?

When even one piece of equipment is down, it can slow your entire operation. You need to be back up and running as quickly as possible, ensuring you meet all of your deadlines. That’s why efficient and effective aftermarket services from your dealer is essential to your success.

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By | May 6th, 2020|Categories: Business Insight, Efficiency, Forklift, Toyota|0 Comments

Top 10 Tuesday: Forklift, Logistics, Material Handling & Much More. The Most Popular Posts From the Week of April 26th

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top ten 3Forklift and material handling information are constantly shared or posted through dozens of sources. Websites, blogs, newsletters, Twitter, Facebook, and more share company and industry news, product insights as well as operational and safety information. Much of what is posted is promotional in nature but a fair percentage is informational and of possible interest to a wide range of readers and that’s here in our top 10.

Every day we sift through dozens of posts and articles in order to refine what we share with others. Then each week just the top 10 posts [or so] that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness are posted by us in this weekly summary.

Notable contributors this week include Linda ADAO @Linda_ADAO, HR Bartender @hrbartender, Land Line Magazine @Land_Line_Mag, Construction Dive @constructdive MHI @poweredbymhi, among others.

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Top 10 Tuesday: Forklift, Logistics, Material Handling & Much More. The Most Popular Posts From the Week of April 19th

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top ten forkliftForklift and material handling information are constantly shared or posted through dozens of sources. Websites, blogs, newsletters, Twitter, Facebook, and more share company and industry news, product insights as well as operational and safety information. Much of what is posted is promotional in nature but a fair percentage is informational and of possible interest to a wide range of readers and that’s here in our top 10.

Every day we sift through dozens of posts and articles in order to refine what we share with others. Then each week just the top 10 posts [or so] that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness are posted by us in this weekly summary.

Notable contributors this week include DC Veloicty @DCVelocity Forklift Action @forkliftaction, Warehouse News @Warehouse_News, Kalmar Global @Kalmarglobal, Unicarriers @UniCarriersEU and Land Line Magazine @Land_Line_Mag among others.

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Top 10 Tuesday: Forklift, Logistics, Material Handling & Much More. The Most Popular Posts From the Week of April 12th

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top 10 forklift galForklift and material handling information are constantly shared or posted through dozens of sources. Websites, blogs, newsletters, Twitter, Facebook, and more share company and industry news, product insights as well as operational and safety information. Much of what is posted is promotional in nature but a fair percentage is informational and of possible interest to a wide range of readers and that’s here in our top 10.

Every day we sift through dozens of posts and articles in order to refine what we share with others. Then each week just the top 10 posts [or so] that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness are posted by us in this weekly summary.

Notable contributors this week include Land Line Magazine @Land_Line_Mag, The Lima News @limanews, Cat Lift Trucks EAME @CatliftruckEAME, UniCarriers Europe @UniCarriersEU among others.

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The 5 Best Things About Planned Forklift Maintenance

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forklift planned maintenanceWhen you purchase your forklift, you’ll also have the option to purchase a planned forklift maintenance plan. Though every dealer offers different plans, the standards are Planned Maintenance (PM) and Full Maintenance (FM).

When you purchase a planned maintenance plan, you’ll pay a monthly fee to have your forklift serviced at every planned maintenance interval. Replacement parts and additional fixes are not included. However, the full maintenance plan will cover any maintenance need, barring specific exclusions, at a flat monthly rate.

But, why should you purchase a maintenance plan upfront, when you can pay as you go?

Purchasing a maintenance plan is a great way to save yourself money down the road. The first cost reduction you’ll see with a maintenance plan will be in downtime. Downtime is the single most expensive cost associated with a forklift. Maintenance plans facilitate early catches and easier access to technicians, increasing your uptime. Second, a maintenance plan will ensure your forklift is getting the care it needs, making the lifespan better and longer. Third, you’ll have the option to pay by the month, regardless of the maintenance plan you choose, making your maintenance easier to budget for. There are other available benefits of planned maintenance that will become clear as you engage your provider over the lifetime of your contract.

When it comes to maintenance, which is imperative to the longevity of your forklift, a maintenance plan is the way to go. When considering what to expect from a planned maintenance agreement (and how to make sure you’re with a provider who can follow through on their promises), Toyota’s helpful guide below can help you ensure success.

Forklift Maintenance: What to Expect During my Planned Maintenance Technician Visit

When your forklifts are placed in a planned maintenance rotation, you’ll have a technician on site inspecting your forklifts to be sure they are in top working condition. That means a Toyota Certified Technician is regularly on site to answer any specific questions you might have about the functionality of your fleet while they work to ensure your forklifts are in top working condition.

When a service tech is on site, they will be inspecting several parts of your forklift for optimal working condition. This will include:

  1. Mast, lift chains, forks, hydraulics
  2. Running and braking system
  3. Control system
  4. IC engine or electric motor
  5. Vehicle body and safety components

If your technician is thorough, you should be able to visibly see them inspect these specific areas. To ensure top quality inspection is occurring, it might be useful to request a PM inspection form before your begin the engagement with your service provider. Then, when a technician in on site, you can request that you see the completed form. This will help to make sure you’re getting exactly what you paid for. All Toyota Dealers have these forms available.

What Is the Long-Term Value of Planned Forklift Maintenance?

infographic headerOne of the most important long-term values of planned maintenance is that it will save you money. Avoiding repair costs and downtime because maintenance issues are caught early before they become problems is one main contributing factor. But there are others, as we illustrate here:

More important than these cost savings can be the long-term benefit of planned forklift maintenance on the safety and security of operators. Worn out components can lead to accidents, but a technician might be able to replace these components during planned maintenance before they become too worn to function.

Increased efficiency is also a benefit, both because your forklifts will see increased uptime because of frequent maintenance and because you can plan for downtime during regularly scheduled inspection.

Planned forklift maintenance can also have additional, unanticipated benefits. For example, interruption to your daily schedule caused by a forklift breaking down might be avoided with planned maintenance. Instead of your having to take the time to call around attempting to locate a service tech to get the forklift back up and running, a Toyota Certified Technician will be on site regularly to help prevent such problems from occurring. You also won’t have to wait for an available technician to maintenance your forklift.

How Do I Know I’ve Chosen the Right Partner for Planned Forklift Maintenance?

Planned maintenance sounds great in theory, right? But it’s only great in practice if you have a dedicated partner who is willing to go the extra mile for your business. As you would when you purchase material handling equipment, perform thorough research to make sure you’re getting the right partner. Ask your potential partner for referrals for other businesses they’ve currently worked with. Take the time to interview your potential partner and get to know some of their technicians. After the engagement has begun, ask to see PM completion rates on your fleet to make sure they are holding up their end of your agreement.

As part of the Toyota 360 Support promise, Toyota is dedicated to being the industry leader in customer support and aftermarket services. Our dealers are happy to provide any of the information you request and can come on site for discussions leading up to a planned maintenance agreement.

We would enjoy hearing from you. Post your ideas or comments below, let’s start a dialog. The original article was published by Toyota Material Handling U.S.A. For more information, insights or conversations regarding your forklift or material handling needs. You can visit our online contact form, use our contact form seen to the right. We would welcome the opportunity to cover your material handling questions or concerns. Toyota Lift of Minnesota works very hard to be your partner and material handling, consultant.

By | April 15th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Top 10 Tuesday: Forklift, Logistics, Material Handling & Much More. The Most Popular Posts From the Week of April 5th

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Forklift and material handling information are constantly shared or posted through dozens of sources. Websites, blogs, newsletters, Twitter, Facebook, and more share company and industry news, product insights as well as operational and safety information. Much of what is posted is promotional in nature but a fair percentage is informational and of possible interest to a wide range of readers and that’s here in our top 10.

Every day we sift through dozens of posts and articles in order to refine what we share with others. Then each week just the top 10 posts [or so] that we feel are the most relevant based on newsworthiness are posted by us in this weekly summary.

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