OSHA Regulations Pertaining to Powered Industrial Trucks – Part II – Training

In Part I of my series describing OSHA’s regulation 1910.178 on Powered Industrial Trucks, I covered the responsibilities of the warehouse manager, program administrator, supervisors, and employees pertaining to the safe use of powered industrial trucks. In this article, Part II of the series, I will discuss what OSHA expects warehouses to do concerning training … Read more

Tackling Waste In The Battery Room

All businesses want to be “lean and mean.” That is, they want to minimize waste in the operation of their business. In the world of warehouse management, one sector that has been ignored in the battle against waste is the battery room. No doubt, many of you believe that battery room activity is subordinate to … Read more

June 16th Will Be National Forklift Safety Day

Mark your calendars: Tuesday, June 16th is National Forklift Safety Day. The third annual event is sponsored by the Industrial Truck Association and its purpose is to bring more focus to the safe use of forklifts and the importance or providing the appropriate training to forklift operators. According to the ITA, National Forklift Safety Day … Read more

Linde Offers 3-D Holographic Glimpse at Warehouse of the Future

By 2030, warehouses worldwide will have feature products that “talk” to the driverless forklifts that transport them, vehicles that generate more energy than they use, and integrated self-reliant facilities that operate autonomously with practically zero human workers. That’s what the future is going to look like according to a new 3-D holographic display in a … Read more

Toyota Testing Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Forklifts

The Prefectural Government of Kanagawa in Japan, Toyota and three private sector companies have partnered to create a low-carbon hydrogen supply chain that will produce hydrogen to be used in fuel cells to power forklifts. Electricity produced at the Yokohama City Wind Power Plant will be used to electrolyze hydrogen that will be compressed, stored … Read more

Nexen Unveils New Electric Lift Trucks

  Nexen has introduced a new three and four-wheel electric lift truck. The lift has a 1600-2000kg capacity and comes in both long and short wheelbase. The lift trucks feature high capacity DIN-STD batteries for multiple shift operations and include fast and easy side entry battery removal. The trucks have been pre-launch tested and they … Read more

Linde Ensures More Safety With Speed Assist System

Linde Material Handling, a well-known global industrial truck manufacturer, has introduced a new driver assistance system to ensure the safe operation of forklift trucks. Called “Speed Assist,” the system helps forklift operators drive more safely by reducing their speed when entering a warehouse. The system includes radar sensors mounted to the overhead guard of the … Read more

Businesses Can Claim Tax Credit for Using Propane-Powered Forklifts

Businesses that use forklifts powered by propane autogas and propane can now claim a tax credit for $.50 for every gallon of the alternative fuel they used during 2015. The Internal  Revenue  Service announced the alternative fuel tax credit in a guidance released this month. The move comes after Congress passed  a new law authorizing … Read more

Watering Monitors Assist in Better Maintenance of Forklift Batteries

A forklift operator cannot tolerate failure of his forklift’s battery. Such an occurrence would be catastrophic because it would mean that the forklift is shutdown for repairs. For a busy warehouse, the shutdown of just one lift could have a major affect on its efficient operation and productivity. If the battery fails on more than … Read more

High Efficiency, High Frequency Battery Chargers

Keeping the battery charged on each forklift in your fleet is essential when it comes to efficient operation. Battery chargers are used to achieve this. Warehouse managers and forklift fleet managers understand that for the charging process to take place, the charger needs to match properly with the battery. However, many charger experts point out … Read more