Reduction of the environmental footprint
• A reduction of emissions
• Same truck number different fuels
• Reduction of fleet size
• Monitor daily engine use and fuel costs
• Review operator behaviour and processes
Better use of space
• Smaller and smarter fleets
• Changing fuel type
• Updating aged equipment
• Improving health, safety & working environment
• Updating processes
• Optimising the use of space
• Raised efficiency
• Increase productivity
• Lower energy use
• Reduced fire fighting
• Lower equipment and service costs
Environmental, Safety & Sustainability
• Power/fuel consumption and application
• Batteries and charger health
• Safety packs
• New and alternative technologies
Fuels and environmental management are important; with a large cost saving potential and essential health and safety aspects.
For example, which fuel choice is the safest, the most economical and the most appropriate? How is the site equipment used, how are batteries maintained and charged? Operator behaviour and site culture is also included as part of utilisation and productivity research: idling, taxiing, interleaving/shuttling etc.
Whilst any strategy or task can be categorised under differing titles, the main thrust should be one of a safe and sustainable approach with focus on the operational environment. The aim is to establish a fit and lean operation as lean approaches are very closely linked to the operation becoming more efficient and productive, therefore using less resources. A lean approach is a greener approach:
Trading out owned machines either at time of replacement or, if the equipment is superfluous, when it is removed. This is huge area and can have a very positive cost impact returning cash to the business and reducing costs.
Fleet aging and rotation
The fleet must age in a regulated way. This means not having operators driving and aging a favourite machine whilst leaving like-machines to age more slowly. Fleets must be rotated to even out the aging process, reducing downtime and maintenance costs as well as making sure that when the fleet is renewed all machines have approximately the same wear and tear.
Analysis will be made on the type of parts that are consumed by a particular plant, brand of machine, type of machine etc, including parts covered in the maintenance contract and those not covered i.e. out-of-contract. This will determine whether dealers are being opportunistic, whether the site is mistreating machines, or whether a particular truck model or brand of truck is just expensive to run.
Peak and seasonality
This is the management of any seasonality that occurs in the business throughout the year. Peak is often predictable and therefore the prediction data relating to the number of hours required can be calculated to make sure that short-term rental coverage is in place.
There need to be strict controls on the number of short-term rental equipment in the business. Short-term machines represent a potential health and safety risk, increased costs, and loss of focus from the operation on efficiency.
Cross site/dept/country equipment mobility
If business volumes drop or increase, due to the market or operations being moved as part of a strategic reorganisation then there should be little or no penalty to this move in terms of MHE
Equipment & operator health
Including telemetry systems, health and safety, battery and fuels management, hybrid AGV/Forklifts, full AGVs, attachments, rental contract formats etc.
This is monitoring downtime i.e. how long a machine needs to be repaired, whether a site is driving dangerously, establishing the point when a truck is no longer economically viable and therefore must be replaced.
The application of best practice, EHS, the reduction of sick days and the raising of productivity.
Batteries and fuels
The treatment of any fuels used, their storage, their recharge (battery) and the way the forklifts are used have an impact on costs, the environment, site safety, utilisation and productivity.