Technology rules.

'Add-ons' improve forklift ops

Published:  01 January, 2010

LEICESTER: Transmon Engineering's series of devices to help improve the use and management of forklift trucks include 'add-on' technologies that can reduce cost, improve safety and increase energy performance.

Said Paul Sercombe: "Drivers can lose concentration, particularly in busy, stop-start operations. Our systems can help managers so that they don't have to rely completely on the experience and conduct of the driver."

Another system focuses on a driver's daily assessment, to ensure that the fluids, chain and various other visual checks have been completed.

Daily check paperwork can be a problem for fleet managers, which can sometimes be overlooked, leading to vehicle damage. The new feature on Transmon's TDS5 fleet management system forces the driver to carry out the check, logging the time, date and driver details automatically, which reduces administration time.

Fleet management systems have also developed to a point where trucks can be fitted with GPS, reporting data directly back to Transmon's secure servers without the need for an additional onsite hub.

"Our Fleetwatch can help plan truck servicing and leads to accurate invoicing on hours used in real time," Mr Sercombe said. "We can also identify exactly where a truck is at any given moment, helping to improve the security of the fleet."

Transmon manufactures approximately 15 modular systems that help manage a forklift fleet, provide safety or protection, or assist with visibility.

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