Forklift Tracking Systems
Forklifts are used in many industries to carry, lift or lower heavy materials such as pallets, boxes, crates. Forklifts, one of the most frequently used equipment, provide time and labor efficiency in the industry and contribute to the faster progress of operations.
Forklifts, which are frequently used in businesses due to the benefits they provide and common areas of use, also cause problems such as getting lost in large areas such as warehouse areas, going out of their usage areas, and not having the correct and required number of forklifts in the operation area. This leads to a decrease in efficiency in the management of workflows and disruption of some processes.
Forklift Tracking Systems, which are offered as a solution to these problems, have been developed as an application that allows real-time monitoring of forklifts with RTLS technology to determine their current location. Thanks to this system, the location of forklifts in the warehouse can be observed, their positions can be monitored instantly and reported retrospectively. In this way, valuable insights and data on intralogistics processes can be obtained and operations can be managed without interruption.
In this article, we will talk about how the forklift tracking system works and its benefits to the logistics industry.
How Does the Forklift Tracking System Work?
RTLS, called real-time location tracking, is a technology for tracking and managing assets or people as they move through a closed facility. By providing both real-time and detailed historical location and movement data, 24/7 traceability can be achieved within the warehouse. Although some technical standards and practices may differ, all RTLS platforms consist of the same basic hardware and software components.
Tracking Device: Tracking devices, also called location tags, are attached to forklifts and transmit identity and location data to receivers via a wireless signal. As forklifts with a location tag move, the tag sends signals to fixed sensors in the surrounding environment.
Receivers: RTLS receivers located around the facility receive signals from forklifts with tracking devices and pinpoint their location. Receivers can then see where these items are currently and transmit this to the platform used by the system.
Management platform: RTLS receivers send the location data they collect to a central management system. Facility officials use this central platform to analyze the data obtained and can optimize their operational processes in the light of concrete data. This platform can be customized and adapted to the needs of the user. As receivers collect data, the platform makes that data available.
As a result of the sensors communicating in this way, the parameters that can be obtained can be listed as follows;
What are the Benefits of Forklift Tracking Systems to Logistics Operations?
The logistics sector started to grow with a great acceleration with the increase of industrialization, causing an intense workflow in the internal logistics sector. In order to ensure accident-free and efficient management of warehouses in this intense flow, forklifts and forklift tracking systems that monitor them have been used more and more day by day.
It is predicted that the forklift market will grow by 11.40% in the 2021-2028 forecast period.
An error in the logistics sector; since it has a negative impact on time, money, and brand trust, it has become a necessity for operational processes to progress in a more controlled, problem-free, and efficient way. For this reason, high-income returns can be achieved by knowing where each forklift circulating in warehouses, which are turning into increasingly dynamic environments, is and how much time it spends in each location.
We can list the effects of forklift tracking systems in the logistics sector as follows;
1. Optimization of operations and equipment
Thanks to the location information provided by the tracking system, forklifts are prevented from leaving the factory area of use, and the fastest and safest routes of assets or workflow are created within the facility. In addition, the correct and necessary forklift numbers can be checked in the operation area of the facility, and task assignment and workflow management can be done in a more reasonable way according to these data.
By providing real-time visibility of forklifts, its location can be determined through a platform instead of wasting time wandering around factories to find a particular forklift. Thus, productivity and efficiency can be increased and time savings can be achieved.
At the same time, because warehouses are quite large areas, it is common for forklifts to be lost. This causes serious delays in the fulfillment of tasks. The tracking system also prevents such problems.
3. Forklift Usage Periods
Effective time management is a very important issue in the logistics sector, and process delays and interruptions should be minimized as much as possible. With the tracking system, it is possible to see not only where and when a forklift is used, but also the frequency of use over time.
It can be observed how much a particular forklift is used in a day/week/month/year, it can be determined whether a forklift is used enough or not, and action can be taken accordingly. It also helps managers evaluate whether there are too many forklifts onsite and whether they want to liquidate some of them.
4. Accident Prevention
As forklift accidents disrupt the logistics processes and affect the facilities irreversibly, the tracking of forklifts also increases the safety within the facility. Collisions are prevented with forklift safety systems that can be integrated into the tracking system, and a safer work environment is created for employees and business processes. The accident warning systems of forklifts make forklift management easy within the facility and maximize occupational health and safety.
If you want to digitize your logistics processes by keeping track of your forklifts and making your facility safer for both your employees and your equipment, you can visit our Trio Mobil Forklift Tracking and Safety page and contact us.