More Advanced, More Productive—and Most Importantly, Safer
Technology is revolutionizing supply chains. And more than ever before, operations are facing immense pressure to perform. Today, success in the increasingly advanced warehouse market requires combining expertise in the latest solutions with a proven commitment to safety. But with such an intense focus on implementing more advanced technology to maximize output and efficiency, how can operations stay focused on safety?
It starts with fundamentals. Take comprehensive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) operator training, for instance. Putting lift truck operators through Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)-compliant training programs like Yale® Handle with Care can help address what OSHA identifies as the cause of 70 percent of forklift accidents: operator error.
Technology starts to come into play with smarter, safety-minded management. Telemetry systems like the Yale Vision wireless asset management system can help both management and operators improve safety. Alerts notify management of fault codes, scheduled maintenance, or potentially hazardous driving behaviors. GPS data can help operations understand high-risk areas for collisions and take action to identify more efficient routes. And telemetry can guide individual operators through automated safety checks and restrict equipment access only to authorized individuals.
Robotics is an increasingly common presence in distribution centers, with robotic lift trucks from Yale automating repetitive warehouse tasks and, most importantly, working safely alongside human co-workers through "cobotics." A comprehensive package of laser scanners, sensors, cameras, and software enables robotic lift trucks to detect, avoid, and adapt to obstacles, helping to deliver the high levels of safety and productivity operations demand.
Of course, that's not the end of the story. What about lift truck power? Some may understand how the right power source can boost performance, but they may not know that it can also be an important part of a thorough safety strategy. The right motive power source can help operations meet strict standards for hygiene and air quality and even minimize the risk of repetitive stress injuries.
Investing the time and money to train operators on safe practices is more important than ever, especially with operations becoming more technologically advanced. But new solutions can also be important tools for operations looking to build a better safety culture. As safety gets smarter, warehouses get more productive.
Contributed by Yale Materials Handling Corporation