Continuous improvement: the kaizen cornerstone

Toyota Material Handling UK reveals how continuous improvement through safety, productivity and environmental care can reduce costs.

Whether you have one forklift truck or a fleet of materials handling equipment, a truck management system can help you to improve the efficiency of your operation.

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Whether you have one forklift truck or a fleet of materials handling equipment, a truck management system can help improve efficiency.

But it is not just about having a system; you need to work with your provider to use the technology and information that is available to you, to make continual improvements (kaizen).

At Toyota Material Handling, the I_Site truck management system is designed to help all companies improve their operation through real-time information and continual support. 

Increased productivity

With real-time information, you can monitor the utilisation of your trucks, your operators, and also your contract.

But how does this help you to improve productivity? Well it is all about kaizen.

The value of kaizen or continuous improvement is a cornerstone of the Toyota organisation and central to the truck management process.

With established objectives and the continual collection of data, a truck management system can help you to identify areas where you can make improvements, for example you could change your fleet size or schedule the most appropriate time to carry out maintenance.

Improved health and safety

One important element of forklift truck management is controlled access, ensuring that only authorised and trained operators can use a truck.

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With real-time information, you can monitor the utilisation of trucks, operators, and also contract.

Toyota I_Site truck management system has a number of options for controlling access from pincode, to smart access cards and key fobs.

Shock monitoring can help you to improve safety and reduce costs by recording the details of shocks.

By understanding why these shocks occur you can take steps to make improvements, from additional operator training to changing the flow in your operation.

Finally, truck management can provide you with electronic pre-operational checks, to help you monitor and keep records of safety checks on your trucks and make sure your trucks are reliable and safe to use every day.

With the Toyota I_Site system, companies can create their own checklists which drivers must confirm on the display before they start to operate the truck.

The truck will remain immobile until all the checks have been completed and the driver has confirmed the truck is safe to use.

Toyota Forklifts InfoThis system can help companies to ensure they are satisfying their own internal rules and regulations and increase safety as trucks that have a critical failure cannot be used.

Environmental Care

A truck management system also helps you to improve the environmental impact of the trucks you operate.

By optimising the trucks and battery life, through the monitoring of charging cycles, you can extend the truck and battery life.

Reduced costs through safety, productivity and environmental care

A trucks management system can help you to reduce costs by giving you the information and tools to make improvements to how you operate, but also make sure you are operating within your contracted hours.