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Sep 21

Forklift safety is an ongoing learning experience. Proper training in accordance with OSHA requirements should be the first priority for all forklift operators. It is imperative that anyone who operates a forklift complies with OSHA’s training requirements. OSHA requirements have been in effect since 1999. Since they began mandating the training, forklift accidents have decreased even though the number of forklifts in use has risen steadily. An organization can be fined as much as $100,000 if proper training is not conducted for forklift operators.

Nearly 100 workers are killed each year in forklift related accidents. 24% of these accidents are the result of rollovers. Other accidents include works being struck by the forklift load, by the forklift itself, or workers falling off the forklift. The need to give safety your utmost attention as a business operator is made clear when assessing the statistics associated with forklift accidents. For example:

  • 34,000 serious injuries occur each year
  • Over 100,000 total accidents (serious and non-serious) happen each year
  • 42% of forklift fatalities are from the operator being crushed when the forklift tips over
  • 25% are crushed between the forklift and a surface (wall, load, etc.)
  • 8% of workers are crushed by material falling from the forklift
  • 4% of workers fall from a platform

Keeping these serious and troubling statistics in mind, implementing best practices in your facility in regard to safety is highly important.

Forklift Safety Best Practices

  1. OSHA recommends that a forklift driver be over the age of 18.
  2. Create a detailed training program for new employees and repeat the training for existing employees on a regular basis. This training should include:
    • Formal Instruction
    • Practical education
    • Evaluations / tests
  3. Know capacity ratings for the forklift being driven. Forklifts have specific ratings showing how much weight it can handle. Be sure that the weight limitations are posted clearly on the forklift and instruct operators to adhere to those limitations.
  4. Forklifts are equipped with back-up buzzers and warning signals because often it can be hard to see around loads. Train employees to listen for the audible warning signals.
  5. Keep your distance if you are not operating the forklift. Instruct employees to keep a good distance away from the immediate area where forklifts are being used.
  6. Slow Down if you are a forklift operator. Some forklifts come with options to limit their speed. This is a good idea to add to your forklift order. Instruct operators of the maximum speed at which they may operate and enforce those regulations.
  7. Surfaces should be clear, free from debris and safe for operators.
  8. Have regular forklift inspections on each forklift.

Improper forklift operation results in accidents, damage to products and facilities, and is the result of law suits for companies each year. By following OSHA regulations and adopting strict training rules and regulations at your organization, you can prevent these accidents.

While following these procedures can result in an improved safety setting, below are some specific situations where safety questions and concerns continually arise.

Facilities Considerations for Potential Forklift Safety Improvement

Beyond following these rules for safety success, giving special attention to your facilities can help to improve safety in your operations. There are some general pieces of advice that can be followed, but remember, the unique needs and designs of your operation will ALWAYS dictate what safe practice looks like. Be sure to thoroughly analyze the safety of your site before making any major changes.

  • Keep pedestrians and forklifts separated when possible.Use different aisles for pedestrian passageways and material flow.
  • Use guards and barriers. Physical barriers assure that pedestrians and material handling equipment do not come into contact with each other.
  • Avoid tall, narrow aisles when possible. Height can mean more efficient storage. But make sure that your forklifts and operators are capable of working in them.
  • Do not obstruct intersection and doors.
  • Eliminate unnecessary noise pollution. When operators and pedestrians can’t hear each other, they are more likely to be involved in an accident.
  • Eliminate Poor Lighting. Operators and pedestrians need to see each other clearly whenever possible.
  • Avoid installing high-grade ramps or change in floor surfaces. Each can provide hazards for forklifts while in operation.

Understanding Forklift Capacities to Ensure Forklift Safety

So, you’ve purchased a 6,000 lb. forklift. That means you can lift 6,000 lbs. at all times, no matter what, right? Wrong.

The capacity rating of a forklift is the maximum weight at which it is able to safely maneuver at a specific load center. If the forks are not at that exact load center, if the mast type has been changed, or if attachments have been added, the forklift is not capable of maneuvering that load safely.

To avoid making the colossal mistake of exceeding your forklift’s maximum capacity, remember the following:

  1. Purchase a higher capacity forklift than you think you will need to prevent exceeding the limit.
  2. Always use a scale to measure loads so you’re sure you haven’t exceeded the capacity limit.
  3. Operators should be trained to know the difference between the forklift model number and the capacity rating on the data plate.
  4. Be sure the data plate is always in place and readable.
  5. Talk to a forklift specialist to be sure you’re using the right forklift for your application.

Though forklift accidents are becoming less frequent every year, one main cause of forklift accidents is an operator trying to maneuver loads that exceed the forklift’s capacity rating. Talk to your local Toyota Forklift Dealer to learn more about forklift capacity ratings and which forklift would be best for you and your business.

Forklift Safety: Avoiding Forklift Accidents in No Laughing Matter

Forklift safety is no laughing matter. Toyota makes it our priority to ensure that safety is at the forefront of all of our manufacturing processes and training efforts. But while safety comes standard at Toyota, it’s the responsibility of operators and their managers to be sure that Toyota forklifts are being used appropriately. When risks are taken in the name of having fun or joking around, accidents are bound to happen.
Operators should monitor their personal behavior. But a good working environment means that operators are also looking out for each other as well. That means reporting inappropriate behavior when they see it. Here are a few clear examples of inappropriate forklift use for which operators and managers should be on the lookout:

  • Racing
  • Sitting on the counter-weight
  • Allowing passengers in either the operator cab or on the exterior of the lift
  • Lifting people with forks
  • Lifting unintended loads on the forks
  • Trying to distract an operator
  • Swerving in the vicinity of pedestrians
  • Adding people on the back of a lift to increase counter-weight
  • Turning off lights needed for operator visibility


Sep 18

Toyota’s full line of material handling solutions help our customers get the job done, no matter how large or small the task. Whether you’re looking to acquire your first Toyota or want to expand your fleet of Toyota forklifts, use these videos as a guide to determine which product is the right fit for you.

Internal Combustion Forklift Official Videos:

The Mid IC Pneumatic is ready to help you tackle a wide variety of outdoor challenges.

The THD High-Capacity IC Pneumatic offers massive power, lifting up to 125,000 lbs.

Electric Forklift Official Videos:

The Toyota Core Electric Forklift offers great versatility and maintains high levels of productivity with its fast full-load travel speed.

The 3-Wheel Electric Forklift leads the industry in travel speed and run time and can fit into the narrowest of aisles.

The Stand-Up Rider Forklift offers unique dock-to-stock capabilities that make it one of Toyota’s most adaptable products.

The 80V Electric Forklift is built to handle rugged outdoor work in changing weather conditions and offers a green alternative to IC forklifts for outside applications.

Electric Pallet Jack and Stacker Official Videos:

The Electric Walkie Stacker offers a reliable and efficient warehouse stacking solution for the busiest of spaces.

The Electric Pallet Jack is an ideal solution for unloading and loading trailers while making mid-distance runs quicker and easier.

Reach Truck Official Video:

The Reach Truck allows operators to navigate narrow aisles and feel secure in fork placement when placing and pulling pallets from high racks.

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Sep 15

Keeping a warehouse running smoothly and productively is one of the biggest challenges facing business operators across a wide variety of industries. Whether you’re moving pallets full of food, large stacks of tires, or other materials ready for distribution, choosing the right forklift can mean a world of difference in levels of productivity.

Toyota’s line of electric material handling equipment is wide-ranging and includes forklifts, electric walkie pallet jacks, electric stackers, order pickers, and reach trucks. All of these options increase your uptime because of low maintenance requirements, drastically cut the fuel cost of your fleet, and produce no fuel exhausts (which keeps your employees healthy and your goods clean). 

With lifting capacities ranging from 2,000-12,000 lbs., Toyota offers an electric option for almost any warehousing application. Here are just a few options that help make Toyota your full line supplier of material handling equipment.

Core Electric Forklift:

For light duty, light cycle jobs, the Toyota Core Electric forklift is the environmentally-friendly, easy to use solution.The Toyota Core Electric Forklift is one of the most versatile products available for your warehouse needs. Offering a 6,500 lb. lift capacity and the ability to navigate 11 ft. aisles, the Core Electric is a must-have for operations in large warehouse spaces.

 

 

Stand-Up Rider Forklift:

stand up rider, forklift, toyotaThe Toyota Stand-Up Rider Forklift is a warehouse solution for highly mobile operators. If your warehouse applications call for operators to constantly get on and off their forklift, the Stand-Up Rider might just be the right fit in tight spaces.

 

 

 

3-Wheel Electric Forklift:

3-wheel electric forklift loading pallets into truckThe Toyota 3-Wheel Electric Forklift lets your operators maneuver tight aisles effortlessly. It can operate nimbly in spaces under 10’ because of its zero-turn radius and compact manufacturing.

 

 

80V Electric Pneumatic Forklift:

Toyota electric pneumatic tire forklift lifting pallet of product outdoorsWith its rugged design, The Toyota Electric Pneumatic Forklift is capable of withstanding harsh conditions when warehouses have both indoor and outdoor needs. Built to do similar work as its IC Pneumatic counterparts, these machines allow all-electric fleets to stay that way.

 

Electric Walkie Pallet Jack:

Toyota Electric Pallet Jacks and StackersFor mid-distance runs that require more speed and power than a standard hand pallet jack can provide, Toyota’s Electric Walkie Pallet Jack offers operators the flexibility they need to tackle many warehouse challenges. It also gives their backs a break from manual labor, keeping them working, happy, and healthy.

 

 

Electric Walkie Stacker:

Toyota electric pallet jackFor your short and mid-distance warehousing needs that require stacking capabilities, the Toyota Electric Walkie Stacker offers an alternative when a full-sized electric forklift just isn’t necessary. It’s ideal for light-duty stacking in busy warehouses.

 

Order Picker:

toyota, forklift, 6 series order pickerThe Toyota 6-Series and 7-Series Order Pickers offer easy solutions for your order retrieval needs. With their compact engineering, our order pickers can navigate in very narrow aisles allowing for more efficient warehouse design.

 

 

 

Reach Truck:

Electric Reach Truck loaded turning in warehouse aisleWith Toyota Reach Trucks, expanding warehouses can grow up instead of out. When you can reach high to several levels of warehouse racks, you efficiently use your space leading to increases in revenue and ROI.

 

 

 

Still not sure what warehouse forklift to choose? Here’s a quick reference by industry:

Warehouse application products infographic

For more information about Toyota electric warehouse products contact us or request a quote


Sep 12

We understand that forklifts and palletized goods go hand-in-hand. But not all loads fit onto pallets, and we understand that, too. Some loads are bulky, oddly-shaped, and far too heavy to be lifted using a regular sit-down, stand-up rider, or walkie forklift model.

Over the years, Toyota Forklifts has evolved its product line to include some of the most robust, high-capacity material handling equipment on the market. The Toyota Heavy Duty line is built for big jobs.

And big jobs come in all shapes and sizes.

We’ve got massive machines that can move fully-loaded containers. Our High-Capacity Marina Forklift can lift boats – yes, boats – in and out of the water using its unique, galvanized marina forks. These machines take on some of the heaviest, toughest jobs out there – but there is still some uniformity to the loads they move.

The Forklift Rigging Boom Attachment

Why forks and a rigging boom attachment? We’re glad you asked!

When there isn’t uniformity to the stuff you’re moving, you need a solution as unique as the loads you’re lifting. The time may come when you need to move large machinery, molds, or dies in a variety of different locations or warehouse spaces. It can be challenging to move such odd-shaped loads safely and efficiently – especially indoors, where space and maneuverability limitations make jobs unsuitable for cranes or other traditional rigging apparatuses.

Imagine a forklift that can take on the added challenge of rigging materials. That’s where the Toyota High-Capacity Adjustable Wheelbase comes into play. With its hydraulically-powered, multi-stage telescoping boom, it offers the rigging capabilities that can handle unwieldy, oddly-shaped loads that other high-capacity trucks can’t.

Your load may require just the use of the standard boom attachment, which can be easily installed or removed and can be stored on portable stands until it is needed again. Other times, you might need just the forks without the boom attachment. But some loads require the boom attachment and the added support of the truck’s forks. Whatever your high-capacity lifting need, the Adjustable Wheelbase offers the versatility to take on the task.

HC adjustable wheelbase by Toyota

The Unique Counterweight of the Toyota High-Capacity Adjustable Wheelbase Rigging Forklift

When you think of large industrial equipment, “flexibility” is probably one of the last words that comes to mind. You won’t see our trucks doing cartwheels or walking a tightrope anytime soon – but that doesn’t mean we can’t be masters of flexibility, in the non-traditional sense, with the High-Capacity Adjustable Wheelbase leading the charge.

We know that facilities are growing increasingly tried for storage space, and big trucks that lift several tons aren’t known for being small. But the Adjustable Wheelbase gives you the best of both worlds. With a horizontally-adjustable counterweight that extends with just the push of a button, this truck allows for load capacities up to 80,000 pounds. Then, retract the counterweight with another click of the button to move through tight spaces and store the forklift compactly when not in use.

The High-Capacity Adjustable Wheelbase models are also equipped with removable counterweight slabs, which can be great for rental companies that need to move this truck from place to place. Removing these slabs reduces the overall truck weight, giving you more transportation options.

Adjustable wheelbase with a hydraulically extendable counterweight

A Rigging Forklift with Remote-Control Access

Did you ever play with a remote-control car growing up? Well, imagine using a remote control on this rigging forklift beast.

It’s not quite the same as steering a small car around your living room floor, but it can control functions such as lifting and lowering, traveling, and extending the forklift’s counterweight.

This control is built with operator comfort in mind and equipped with a waist/shoulder strap for added comfort so that your operators are focused on the task at hand: ensuring each load is lifted properly and transported safely.

A High-Capacity Rigging Forklift with Today’s Technology

Taking the Toyota High-Capacity model lineup to the next level meant equipping our products with the latest forklift technology. The MD4 seven-inch touch screen display provides advanced diagnostics, performance details, and other vital forklift information right at your fingertips.
With the extendable counterweight of High-Capacity Adjustable Wheelbase, you’ll have more control over capacity options, and the MD4 display is right there with you, calculating the truck’s estimated lifting capacity at each configuration.

Some additional features of the MD4 Display include:

  • In-house programming capabilities
  • A pre-operation checklist
  • Customizable features such as auto-engine shutdown times and password protection
  • Onboard diagnostics and wiring diagrams
  • Operator and service manuals

A Specialized High-Capacity Rigging Forklift Built with the Toyota Promise

Not all Toyota Forklifts products are – well, forklifts. As a full-line material handling solutions provider, we build specialized equipment for a variety of lifting and material transportation needs. Extend your reach with AICHI E-Series Scissor Lifts, maneuver around airplanes with one of our tow tractors, or add automation to your facility with a Toyota Automated Guided Vehicle.

This rigging machine is one of many unique Toyota products, and it is proudly assembled in the United States to take on tough challenges. And because this is a Toyota, you’re promised a product produced with innovative design, a commitment to safety, and attention to detail.

Plus, when you invest in Toyota, you’re promised the top-of-the-line support and product expertise from the largest North American dealer network, in the industry. Toyota Certified Technicians always come prepared with Toyota Genuine Parts that will keep this high-capacity rigging forklift up and running.

For more information about the High-Capacity Adjustable Wheelbase forklift and our other product offerings for unique applications, contact us or request a quote!


Sep 10

Construction, maintenance, and facility enhancements offer complex needs, especially when they occur in areas that are already in use. Current infrastructure can block access to a needed area. Equipment use of varied sorts can cause task execution headaches. And the people in high traffic environments challenge operators to move carefully to remain productive while remaining unobtrusive, allowing people to use those spaces with little interruption. A vertical mast lift offers one answer to help meet each of these challenges.

What is a Vertical Mast Lift?

Vertical mast lifts are a type of aerial work platform intended to provide access to high reaching tasks while allowing for tight fitting access and a small space footprint. While similar to scissor lifts, vertical mast lifts utilize a multi-stage mast that accommodates a smaller footprint than traditional personnel lifts like scissor lifts. They come equipped with platform extensions that extend beyond the base of the vehicle.

Navigating Existing Infrastructure with a Vertical Mast Lift

Facility designers often pay close attention to the long term maintenance needs of the operation. Sometimes those designers consider what equipment can be used to fulfill those needs. But over the lifetime of any evolving work environment, unexpected infrastructure changes arise – as do unexpected maintenance needs.

A vertical mast lift can help meet high reaching maintenance needs when original or new facility infrastructure can be difficult to navigate. With a width of only 30 inches and a length of four and a half feet, the AICHI Vertical Mast Lift can fit through standard doorways, in between tight racking, or in other spaces obstructed by infrastructure. Have a need to fit between ducts for heating and cooling work or pipes to fix facility plumbing? The platform dimensions of a vertical mast lift are built to access these spaces. And with many models like the AICHI Vertical Mast Lift equipped with zero-degree turn radius, versatility in maneuvering is optimal for tight locations. Has a new rack appeared directly beneath an electrical box you need to access? Position an AICHI Vertical Mast Lift next to the rack and use its 15-inch platform extension to reach over the rack and get to the task.

Integrating Vertical Mast Lifts with Other Equipment

Smart operations managers and construction project managers plan routing of their equipment carefully to make the most use of the space and assist operators in maintaining efficient operation. When maintenance needs arise in areas with high traffic from other equipment, a vertical mast lift’s small footprint can help optimize space. By working close to exterior walls of a facility or on the outside perimeter on a construction site and taking up little space, other industrial equipment can maintain optimal operation and efficiency.

Using Vertical Mast Lifts in Public Places

Maintenance in and around buildings that grant public access is a common need. While proper precautions need to be exercised when performing maintenance around non-facility personnel/operators, vertical mast lifts come equipped with features to assist in the protection of both the operator and passersby. The AICHI Vertical Mast Lift features systems like anti-rollback and lift interlock when a steep grade is detected. Standard pothole protectors and reduced travel speed when elevated also enhance the protection provided to the operators when working at height.

Vertical mast lifts are versatile and offer an excellent solution for accessing difficult to reach areas for maintenance. While they do provide a flexible solution, key considerations such as platform height need and weight requirements must be considered. As these requirements increase, consider investing instead in an AICHI Scissor Lift for increase height and weight capacity with a slightly larger physical footprint.

Original Post:  Mark Faiman, Product Planning Manager, Toyota Material Handling


Sep 02

A forklift is a hefty investment, no matter what the case. When you buy a Toyota forklift, you get a powerful basic and powertrain warranty to help bring you peace of mind. Let’s take a look at Toyota Forklift’s basic and powertrain warranty options.

A Breakdown of Toyota Basic Warranty Offerings

No-Cost Basic Forklift Factory Warranty: ITA Class 1, 4, 5 & 6 Forklifts

With this warranty, you’ll get one year or 2,000 hours, whichever occurs first, on all Factory Installed Options, with the exception of tires and batteries on battery powered forklifts

No Cost Powertrain Warranty: ITA Class 1, 4 & 5 Forklifts

This warranty covers three years or 6,000 hours, whichever occurs first, of coverage on engines or electric drive motors, transmission, differential, and drive axle.

No Cost Basic and Powertrain Warranty for ITA Class 2 Trucks 

  • Basic coverage: one year or 2,000 hours.
  • Powertrain coverage: two years or 4,000 hours, whichever occurs first.

No Cost Basic and Powertrain Warranty for ITA Class 3 Trucks

  • Basic coverage: four months or 750 hours.
  • Powertrain coverage: one year or 2,000 hours, whichever occurs first.
  • Class 3 exception: Floor Runner and Tugger models have a Basic coverage of one year or 2,000 hours and a Powertrain coverage of two years or 4,000 hours, whichever occurs first.

Toyota Basic Warranty and Planned Maintenance: A Winning Combination

A warranty plan will give you the peace of mind you need to run your operation. However, if you want to take your warranty assurance one step further, consider Toyota Forklifts’ Planned Maintenance offering to

  1. Help you reduce the cost of repair and equipment downtime by catching problems early.
  2. Help you keep your operators safe with regular inspections, with one flat-rate labor fee.
  3. Keep variable maintenance costs down, as they’ll only be incurred with the actual replacement of parts. Travel time is often negotiated within the PM contract.

Common Toyota Basic Warranty Mistakes

When it comes to purchasing an expensive piece of forklift equipment, making a mistake is the last thing you want to do. Here are some common forklift warranty mistakes and some tips on how to avoid them:

Not considering a forklift warranty at all. Warranties can have a bad rap, but not considering one at all may end up costing you in the long run. Ask yourself if you can you afford the cost of an expensive repair. If not, consider a warranty. It might just save you a headache and a lot of money.

Not requesting a forklift service inspection. Your local, authorized Toyota dealer can conduct a brief service inspection and help you decide if a problem can be submitted under warranty back to Toyota, or if there is a simple fix that can be done onsite.

Not exploring all of your forklift warranty options. Most equipment comes with a basic warranty, but an extended warranty can offer you additional peace of mind. Most extended warranties can be purchased with or without a planned maintenance (PM) plan, so make sure to ask about all of the options available to you.

Think of an extended warranty as insurance. It’s there if or when you need it.

Not buying an extended forklift warranty within the timeframe. Extended warranties must often be requested within 30 to 60 days after the forklift’s date of first use. Don’t lose the chance to purchase a warranty by waiting too long.

Toyota Forklift Factory Warranties

We understand that a forklift is a big purchase. That’s why Toyota forklifts are protected by industry-leading warranty plans are designed to protect your investment for years to come.


Aug 25

Making the right choice when investing in material handling equipment is very much caught up in it’s cost. While Toyota encourages buyers to take an approach that accounts for overall cost of ownership, we understand that initial investment is one of the most important factors to your business.

How Much Does a Forklift Cost?

While prices vary, most new mid-sized forklifts cost between $20,000 – $50,000. Depending on size, you’ll spend anywhere from $15,000 -$100,000+ for a new forklift.

Forklift Pricing Factors

When it comes to pricing your forklift, remember this:

The higher the capacity, the more expensive the forklift will be. Just like homes, the bigger the forklift, the more expensive it’s going to be. It’s a good idea to know exactly how big you need your forklift to be so you don’t spend more than you need to.

Consider the manufacturer. Not all forklifts are manufactured the same. The better the quality, the better the long-term value.

The long term cost is more important than the upfront cost. When you’re thinking about buying an inexpensive or used forklift, look into what it can end up costing you in the long-run. Sometimes, paying a bit more upfront pays off.

Don’t forget to add in operating costs. The cost of the forklift isn’t the only one you’re going to incur. When you’re buying your forklift, think also about how much it’s going to cost to operate it.

Ask about extended warranties. If a part goes bad on your forklift, your warranty will pay for itself in a hurry. Yes, warranties are an extra cost, but they’re well worth it when something goes wrong.

A forklift is a huge purchase and it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into before you start. Just remember, it’s about much more than the sticker price.


Aug 20

Lead acid batteries are one of the most neglected pieces of equipment in material handling. Low water levels, corrosion, and electrolyte spillage are common issues that need to be monitored on a daily basis, but one practice that tends to be forgotten is the equalization charge. So, what is an equalization charge? I’m glad you asked!

What is an equalized charge on a forklift battery?

An equalization charge occurs when the battery is purposely overcharged after a full charging cycle. Essentially, you are charging the battery at a higher voltage than it is typically charged to help remove built-up sulfate and balance the voltage of each cell.

Why perform an equalized charge on a forklift battery?

If you don’t equalize your lead acid batteries, this sulfate is going to build up over time until it decreases the battery’s capacity. This buildup will effectively reduce your maximum run time, leading to more battery swaps or more time spent opportunity charging throughout the work shift. The voltage imbalance has a similar effect. Batteries work by using multiple cells that are connected in series to provide a certain voltage output. When you have varying power outputs in each cell, your overall battery voltage is reduced and your battery becomes discharged more quickly.

When should I perform an equalized charge on a forklift battery?

Equalization charges should be performed as suggested by the battery manufacturer, but many companies equalize their batteries over the weekend due to the long charging cycle. A full charge cycle is around eight hours for a standard lead acid battery and the equalization charge can be around an additional three hours. Equalization intervals will vary depending on your specific application, type and size of battery, and average operating hours.

How do I perform an equalized charge on a forklift battery?

First, you need a charger capable of equalization, as not all battery chargers have the same capabilities. Dillon Toyota Lift is here to ensure you have the proper charging equipment for all of your forklifts. Some battery chargers will automatically equalize the batteries. This capability is more common in more sophisticated systems on smaller products such as electric walkie pallet jacks. Toyota’s 8HBW23 model, for example, automatically equalizes each battery cell during normal charging.

For batteries that do require manual equalization, be sure to follow all instructions provided by both the battery and the charger manufacturer to ensure you are following the appropriate steps for proper equalization. Equalization charges typically require longer cooldowns than normal charges due to the higher amount of voltage. Allow enough time for cooldown prior to using a battery that has been recently charged.

Original Post:  Trinton Castetter, Product Marketing Specialist, Toyota Material Handling, USA


Aug 09

Marked advancements in technology have made it possible for autonomous vehicles to become a distinct reality.  Today, many different types of equipment such as AGVs and industrial robotics are used to handle monotonous tasks such as building and horizontally transporting pallets. The next logical step in this transition is to automate stacking and storage of products, something that current AGV models are incapable of performing.

Toyota’s new automated 3-wheel electric, on display at ProMat 2019, was built to do just that. Natural features navigation allows the truck to learn the layout of your facility and continually update mapping of the facility over time – no costly reflectors or wearable magnetic tape required. And the ability to operate the truck manually when needed adds a valuable level of versatility that is ideal for developing facilities and those that are just beginning their journey into automation.

Although this forklift is still in the design phase, it is an initial step in a series of technological advancements planned by Toyota to bring fully integrated automation solutions to the forefront of the material handling industry.

Also on display at ProMat 2019 were Toyota’s center-controlled rider AGV, automated moving mast reach truck, and mouse tug-cart AGV. Seeing these machines in action demonstrates how a real-life application can benefit from multiple different types of automated equipment handling horizontal and vertical placement of pallets in a facility.

Toyota’s strategic partnership with Toyota Advanced Logistics allows for a comprehensive solution that marries advanced systems and robotics with forklifts to maximize efficiency at the parcel level. Also on display at ProMat 2019, a palletizing robot that can build pallets for forklifts to pick up and move to their next destination. This is just one example of how an integration between traditional and automated material handling solutions can benefit your business.

Though you likely won’t see any super heroes using forklifts as a means to thwart crime anytime soon, automated forklifts meeting all or most of your material handling challenges may not be as far away as you think.

Whether you are just beginning to automate some of your material handling processes or you are looking for advanced solutions to complete tasks, our Warehouse Solutions team is here to help you carry the load.
 
Original Post: Trinton Castetter, Product Marketing Specialist, Toyota Material Handling


Aug 05

The excitement surrounding the acquisition of a new forklift for your operation is something to be celebrated. We at Toyota are equally excited to help you achieve your goals, and that’s why we work hard to manufacture industry-leading forklifts with legendary reliability. But we also recognize that your forklift success is about more than just the occasional acquisition of a new forklift. Instead, you have unique needs, success measurements, and pain points that need to be addressed throughout the entirety of your forklift’s lifetime.

The Toyota 360 Support promise isn’t just an aftermarket tool for purchase. It’s our promise to integrate with your problems and to help you find material handling solutions wherever possible. When you invest in a comprehensive aftermarket services program with Toyota 360 Support, make sure you’re taking full advantage of that promise and challenge us to fulfill it. You can bet we’re up the task.

Asking Your Toyota Technician

Not only does Toyota promise a four-hour guaranteed turnaround time on maintenance requests, not just anyone will be looking at your forklift. Rather, Toyota Certified Technicians who have been trained on Toyota forklifts, using Toyota Genuine Parts, and comprehensive Toyota dealer training techniques will handle the job. Don’t hesitate to ask your technician about the mechanical operation of your forklift or any efficiency questions you have about its internal function. They are there to help.

Utilizing the Toyota Dealer Network

The extensive Toyota forklifts dealer network is one of the major benefits to all of our customers and an integral part of the Toyota 360 promise. Don’t think of your Toyota forklift dealer as a company there to sell you forklifts. Instead, think of it as a group of people using their collective experience to help you tackle material handling challenges and increase operational efficiencies. We’re most successful when you’re successful, and a partnership built on mutual success is the foundation of the Toyota 360 support promise. From parts needs or warranty claims to consultations regarding proper forklift selection, forklifts’ functionality, capability, or current state of operation, your dealer is there to help with Toyota 360 Support.

Toyota Genuine Parts are the Core of All Repairs

Genuine. It’s that feeling of certainty when you expect fulfilled promises. If the Toyota dealer partnership is the foundation of the Toyota 360 Support promise, then Toyota Genuine Parts are how we deliver on it. Toyota forklifts lead the industry in overall value. Part of that overall value is the sum of the forklift’s Toyota Genuine Parts. And that’s exactly what Certified Toyota Technicians use as part of the Toyota 360 Support promise.

At Toyota, we know that you need more than just a forklift solution. You need solutions to complex operational challenges. Your success is within reach. Our promise is to provide the comprehensive support you need to achieve it.

Original Post:  Jake Stewart, Digital Copywriter, Toyota Material Handling, USA


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