Hyster Company is encouraging forklift owners, operators and managers to boost the efficiency of their operations by analysing usage data, restricting access and controlling daily checks.
“Many businesses are lacking suitable monitoring for their forklift fleet,” says Thomas Toenders, Telematics Solutions Specialist for Hyster. “Quite often, they may not realise that they can be much more productive and save money by using data provided by an accurate fleet management system.”
Hyster developed the Hyster Tracker™ to provide exactly the right balance of information and simplicity to unlock the greatest results for any Hyster® truck. Linked to existing Wi-Fi resources or using GSM signal for data transmission, it is a modular system with three different feature bundles to suit various application requirements.
“There is a relatively low initial hardware investment and minimal disruption to get set up with the Hyster Tracker™ system,” says Thomas. “With low monthly fees, the return on investment is typically realised within the first year.”
All data collected by the Hyster Tracker™ system is stored on a secure online portal, HysterTracker.com. Accessible via PC, mobile or tablet 24/7, the portal allows clear, customisable reports, tables and graphs to be viewed and created.
“The first level of Hyster Tracker™ technology includes all of the essential tracking capabilities that help to effectively manage fleets of trucks and operators. This data can help to identify equipment that may be over-utilised, which may otherwise lead to increased maintenance and service costs. At the same time, it can also identify under-used equipment that could be more valuable in operation,” Thomas says explaining that users can view by truck, fleet or location.
Hour meter, cost of operation, periodic maintenance, fault codes and impacts can all be tracked with automatic emails generated when certain faults or impacts occur, making it easier to record and review incidents and related product damage.
Additional functionality on the Wireless Access plan includes operator access control. This solution works with RFID cards to ensure that specific equipment is used only by authorised or appropriately trained operators. It also helps to manage incidents and improve driver accountability by identifying who was operating a truck in the event of a recorded incident.
To drive down fuel or power costs, the idle shutdown function can also be set to power off a truck after a pre-determined amount of time if the equipment is tracked as idle or unattended.
For the most complete telematics solution, the Wireless Verification plan also includes Operator Pre-shift Checklist Tracking which provides the quickest way to determine any issues with a truck.
“Put simply, this function forces the operator to complete a series of verifications on a control panel before the equipment can be operated. Managers can control when and how often this checklist must be completed by operators to help uphold maintenance and ensure that important checks are never missed,” adds Thomas.
In the event of any issues being identified via Pre-shift Checklist Tracking, they can be addressed immediately and resolved quickly, thereby reducing expenses and potential downtime.
Thomas adds, “Even in the most demanding applications, the Hyster Tracker™ fleet management system empowers managers to enhance productivity, control costs and optimise their fleet using accurate business intelligence.”
The Hyster Tracker™ is highly effective when used with any Hyster® warehouse truck, lift truck or container handler, but it can also be used to support many other makes of materials handling equipment, so is an ideal solution for operations with a mixed fleet.
Hyster Tracker™ is part of the high-quality aftermarket offering from Hyster Company, which includes spare parts, batteries, attachments and added solutions to help further enhance operations. Hyster Tracker™ can also be factory fitted to new equipment.