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Do You Think You Know the Objectives of the Toyota Production System?

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You’ve probably heard of the Toyota Production System, maybe in a college course you took or while working in the manufacturing or material handling industry.

It’s a tried and true process developed from the philosophy of just-in-time production, an approach solidified by Toyota’s early founders. The Toyota Production System (often referred to as “TPS”) has benefited more than just Toyota’s automobile or material handling manufacturing facilities. TPS has found its way to hospitals to make healthcare safer and more efficient and to manufacturers of products outside of heavy machinery. TPS is world-renowned, and you may wonder how TPS can benefit your own facility.

The success of the Toyota Production System could not be achieved without one of its ultimate objectives: the total elimination of waste. Continue reading

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

Toyota Lift of Minnesota Repeats Having the Best of the Best Forklift Technicians in the USA

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Forklift technicians service and monitor forklifts and other heavy industrial vehicles. Some of their job duties include maintaining tools, communicating with salespeople, managing inventory and using computer-based diagnostics on equipment. But at their core, they embody the level of customer service that’s available to the dealership’s customer base.

Toyota Lift of Minnesota (TLM) has again had multiple technicians gain Toyota Material Handling’s highest certification level, their Platinum Master Technician Certification. This year six TLM forklift technicians attained the platinum level out of a total of 36 that reached that certification level nationwide. 119 technicians tested for the certification nationally. TLM is very proud of the documented abilities in their technician pool supporting the TLM Minnesota and western Wisconsin customer base. Continue reading

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Top 10 Tuesday: Forklift, Logistics, Material Handling & Much More. The Most Popular Posts From the Week of December 29th

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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. Continue reading

Want An Easy Fix For Equipment Theft Protection? Read This!

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forklift fancy thief crook burglerEquipment theft prevention has become a growing concern as more equipment disappears from warehouses and worksites across the country. Even though equipment theft is common and recoveries are rare, there are steps that you can take to decrease the odds of theft occurring on your fleet.

In 2016, the National Equipment Register reported that law enforcement officials that over 11,000 pieces of capital equipment were stolen from various locations in the United States. Of that number, approximately 350 were forklifts. That number alone should get the attention of forklift operations. But we also know that forklifts likely aren’t the only capital equipment that you use. Mowers and riding tractors were the top categories (approximately 4,750), and significant numbers of loaders (approximately 2,000), tractors (approximately 1,620), and utility vehicles (approximately 800) were also stolen. You may have these or other types of equipment in your operation, and protecting your investment by establishing security measures is something that all operations can get behind. Continue reading

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Top 10 Tuesday: Forklift, Logistics, Material Handling & Much More. The Most Popular Posts From the Week of December 22nd

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top ten femaleForklift 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. Continue reading

Pump Up Your Efficiencies With An Integrated Fork Scale’s Abilities

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toyota pallet jack with scaleRather than making a stop, unloading, checking a weight, reloading, and getting back on course, the integrated fork scale on your electric walkie streamlines the process and lets you deliver a pallet to its endpoint immediately.

Devising ways to control inventory in a fast-paced warehouse can be a daunting task. Taking into account the velocity of goods, demand for throughput, storage facilities, storage space, and various technological management systems can be overwhelming.

There are myriad of ways to sift through the task of managing inventory. We even published a piece recently that offers several inventory management techniques that you might explore. But when it comes to keeping track of inventory, the workflows are so various and operation-specific that it can be difficult to make broad and sweeping recommendations. Rather than try, I hope to be able to provide one consideration that might help some inventory and warehouse managers eliminate a few steps in their process and streamline material movement – using an electric pallet jack with an integrated fork scale in order to count and manage inventory Continue reading

Top 10 Tuesday: Forklift, Logistics, Material Handling & Much More. The Most Popular Posts From the Week of December 15th

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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. Continue reading

Top 10 Tuesday: Forklift, Logistics, Material Handling & Much More. The Most Popular Posts From the Week of December 8th

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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. Continue reading

What Is Forklift Free Lift and Why Would It Matter?

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In areas with low ceiling heights, forklift free lift can be your best friend. But let’s be honest. There are so many statistics and metrics involved with a forklift, it can be tough to understand what is what. There are tire types, mast types, various heights and dimensions that are all vital to know. Each of these needs consideration when considering what forklift is right for your operation.

One metric that is often overlooked is forklift free lift. A forklift’s free lift is the maximum height you can raise the forks without changing the mast height. There are two instances where this typically happens: when the inner mast rails extend past the outer mast rails or when the load backrest or carriage exceeds the height of the outer mast rails.

It is important to understand forklift free lift, especially if you are stacking or unstacking in confined spaces such as trailers, containers, and racking systems. These applications have height restrictions and might cause product or equipment and possible safety concerns for operators or nearby pedestrians. There are two types of free lift a forklift can have: limited free lift or full free lift. Continue reading

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