5 BEST PRACTICES TO OPTIMIZE ENERGY EFFICIENCY
All material handling companies strive for greater synergies to optimize energy efficiencies, productivity and truck performance. Implementing best practices at your facility can help you achieve a more energy-conscious and efficient operation
CONDUCT A POWER STUDY
Documenting your current energy consumption is the key to determining what new technologies will be the best fit for you. It is important to understand your operation’s duty-cycle requirements or how much equipment is actually put to use during the day.
MONITOR YOUR BATTERY USAGE
A battery monitoring system such as iBATTERY™ provides timely data about forklift battery temperature, water levels, charge intervals and state of charge. Tools like this remotely monitor battery operating parameters across an entire vehicle fleet, allowing operations to avoid unscheduled downtime, maximize utilization and extend the life of forklift batteries.
MAINTAIN YOUR BATTERY
Taking good care of your forklift battery is essential. Make sure to maintain the correct water level (about ½ inch below the battery cap opening), monitor proper charge intervals, inspect your battery for any defects or malfunctions and have your service provider repair them as needed.
EXPLORE ALTERNATIVE ENERGIES
Alternative energy solutions like lithium-ion batteries can provide increased power capabilities and efficiencies so that your trucks can run longer, recharge quicker and move more pallets all while saving on energy costs.
OPTIMIZE YOUR OPERATIONS
This system only works when you continue to utilize it. Continue to reassess as you go and ask for feedback from employees. The people doing the work can help determine the best practice of process, tools and materials to efficiently serve customers’ needs.
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