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Being in a warehouse, and running forklifts through multiple shifts a day can be an extremely taxing job. You need to take time to charge and let them cool down, which in busy operations can be difficult. Now, with the emergence of lithium-ion batteries, opportunity charging is becoming more popular. But what is it?
Opportunity charging is available for forklifts with lithium-ion batteries and lead-acid batteries but is much better suited for LiB. With this method, the batteries can stay in the truck for multiple shifts while being charged. It also takes advantage of breaks to charge the forklift. This means, when your employees are on lunch, taking a break, or switching shifts, the forklift can be plugged in and charged. When the operator returns, the forklift will have enough juice until the next charging opportunity. While opportunity charging is still available for lead-acid batteries, it can have some negative side effects, such as shortened battery life, and increased maintenance requirements. Whereas lithium-ion batteries, it can actually extend the overall life, and there is no need for increased battery maintenance.
While opportunity charging is best used for multi-shift warehouses, you can schedule a warehouse consultation with your Toyota Forklift dealer to see if it would be beneficial for your business. But in a single shift cycle, you have plenty of time to allow the forklifts to charge when the shift is over. In a multi-shift cycle, you don’t have the benefit of time, so opportunity charging can be extremely helpful in reducing downtime.
Now that you know the basics of opportunity charging, you might be open to the idea. But before you can move any further, make sure you take these things into consideration:
Keep in mind, opportunity charging won’t work for every operation.
In order to take on the most demanding jobs, you need the right equipment. Tough outdoor applications, construction sites, lumber yards, and even indoor/outdoor warehouses are included. Toyota’s Core IC Pneumatic puts stability and power in your hands. Explore some key advantages of Toyota’s Core IC Pneumatic Forklift.
When it comes to tires you have to consider your working conditions. When working outdoors or on uneven terrains, pneumatic tires are the best fit for the job. Pneumatic tires are most similar to those found on your truck or car and can be air-filled or solid depending on the application. The advantage of pneumatic tires is their ability to absorb uneven terrain, providing a smoother, less bumpy ride. They have a thick tread, which provides traction through loose surfaces such as gravel.
Operating a forklift in uneven terrains and demanding environments can be tough on operators. The Core IC Pneumatic provides operators with key ergonomic features to keep them comfortable and efficient throughout their work day. With an LCD multi-function display to display performance and operational data, a premium comfort seat, load-sensing power steering, 11.8” steering wheel, and other dash-integrated features, your operators have everything they need at their fingertips. Each of these ergonomic features delivers a smoother ride and more efficient working time.
Toyota’s System of Active Stability™ springs into action when operators encounter unanticipated loads and speed conditions. An active control rear stabilizer senses potentially dangerous turning speeds and widens the forklift’s center of gravity to decrease potential lateral tip-over. Plus, active mast control automatically limits operator actions that could cause forward or backward tipping. Thus, protecting your operator, products, and forklift.
The Core IC Pneumatic provides more durability for heavy, harsh conditions, more power for big loads, and more grip for uneven surfaces. Welded, roll-formed pillars provide maximum operator protection without compromising visibility. A stamped steel hood, sealed air intake, and moisture-resistant electrical connections extend the life of the forklift. While a rugged mast channel design limits mast deflection at high load capacities.
Toyota’s Core IC Pneumatic Forklift gives you the capability to knock every item off your outdoor to-do list.
Columbia’s Expediter is the productivity specialist in our industrial lineup. Versatility is the bread and butter of this model, making it the favorite of many rental customers who serve a vast array of customer types. If you have a wide variety of indoor transportation needs, the Expediter is built for you! Let’s dive into the many areas the Expediter can serve your team for maximum productivity.
The Expediter provides your team with efficient transportation and an increased range of work. With a speed of 8.5 MPH, the Expediter travels at about 3 times the speed of walking, so in large, indoor facilities, utilizing the Expediter to cover more area in less time is a no-brainer. Beyond speed, the Expediter also provides the range for your team to cover miles at a time with a fraction of the fatigue that walking would impose, making for a more productive workforce. With its standard fold-down seat, the Expediter quickly provides space for a second seat to move personnel comfortably and quickly. Facilities like convention centers, distribution warehouses, or hospitals can be daunting to traverse, but the Expediter provides abundant efficiency and range so you can keep your focus on work.
While Columbia’s Payloader is the burden-carrying specialist in our lineup, the Expediter packs a punch with its compact profile, allowing you to haul equipment and even tow up to 1,000 pounds! While equipped to transport a second passenger, the Expediter’s back deck is also engineered to carry your team’s heavy equipment with a total payload capacity of 750lbs. In a perfect merging of attributes between the Payloader and Chariot, the Expediter provides rugged power in a smaller frame for tighter spaces and maximum versatility.
As with many of our vehicle models, we’re ready to curate the Expediter with your team’s specific needs. We want your Expediter fleet to be ready for work upon arrival, so we offer the option for a built-in, durable toolbox on the back deck, where you can store loose equipment safely. You can also equip the Expediter with an extended deck, different steering wheel designs, an enclosed cab, a safety light, large stand-up handrails, and much more! Additionally, our team is always ready to innovate custom solutions for your unique needs, and the Expediter is the perfect model for versatile features!
In material handling, high productivity and efficiency is the goal. We know the needs of your operation are unique and frequently changing. You need a reliable and flexible forklift to help you get all of your heavy lifting done quickly and efficiently. That’s where the Core IC Cushion Forklift comes into play to make your job easier. This industry-leading forklift is useful in a multitude of industries ranging from manufacturing to retail.
The cushion tires make this forklift ideal for indoor operations. Between the cushion tires and its tight turn radius, this forklift is maneuverable in tight indoor spaces. If you need to get the job done in a plethora of settings, this forklift is the solution that continues to make an impact.
The revolutionary System of Active Stability (SAS) comes standard on all new Core IC Cushion Forklifts. This system detects potentially unsafe turnover situations and expands the forklift’s stability footprint, keeping your operation steady on the ground. This dynamic system is unique to Toyota forklifts, helping to keep operators, forklifts, materials, and facilities a safe place for operation.
To help keep the forklift steady, load weight and mast height is monitored by the forklift to keep balance when dealing with heavy loads lifted high. With Active Mast Control, unsafe actions that could lead to forward or backward tipping are automatically limited, saving time and materials.
With its 6,500 pound load capacity, this internal-combustion forklift can move large and heavy loads, while also fitting in tight spaces. Since the Core IC Cushion Forklift is most commonly used in indoor spaces, we know every inch of space is highly valuable. The compact frame allows this forklift to maneuver in aisles as small as 12 feet wide with its tight turning radius. With smaller aisles, you can fit more inventory and increase your operation’s efficiency.
Since forklift operators spend their workday at the wheel, Toyota sought out to make their workplace a comfortable one. With a premium seat and ergonomic design, you’ll look forward to driving this forklift, every single shift. Power-steering that is load sensing and the 11.8” steering wheel makes maneuvering large loads more manageable. The standard LCD multi-function display provides performance and operational data with easy QR diagnostic codes to keep your operation functioning at its highest capacity.
If you know forklifts, you know the Core IC Cushion Forklift is a reliable truck that will get the job done, time and time again. With the power and lifting ability of internal combustion combined with the finesse of indoor maneuverability, this forklift serves operations with unmatched potential. You know Toyota forklifts are the leaders of moving things forward and the Core IC Cushion Forklift will impress you, load after load.
Do you find yourself needing to move tires, coils, pipes, and lumber in your operation? These are just a few of the large loads that heavy-duty attachments are capable of lifting, loading, and transporting with ease. Learn more about how these can help increase your efficiency and productivity.
Toyota’s High Capacity Adjustable Wheel Base features a telescopic boom and an extendable counterweight, making moving large and awkward loads much easier. An additional feature that makes the High Capacity Adjustable Wheel Base an attractive option is the remote control. There is an easy-to-use remote control option that can be added to the truck that allows the operator to control all functions of the forklift, including the counterweight extension at the touch of a button. The Remote Control option allows for easy and precise movement of large loads like industrial machinery and engines.
Coil Rams are similar to carpet poles but have a shorter boom with a larger diameter. This attachment is fitted with a heavy-duty backplate and a profiled end that makes the coil ram a dependable option for loading and transporting steel coils, concrete tubes, and various types of pipes. Due to its versatility, the Coil Tapered Fork Attachment often times makes for a popular alternative. Coil Tapered Fork Attachments come with the same dependable features as the Coil Ram while allowing the operator to transition between material handling needs more efficiently.
While regular forks can fulfill a variety of different handling needs, sometimes there is a need for a specialized attachment such as the Tire Handler. Sure, regular forks could move tires if need be; however, it may not be the most efficient method if you are moving them regularly. The tire handler attachment allows the operator to move more tires quicker, and reduce the risk of potential damage to the product. Regular forks could puncture the tires, but the Tire Handler utilizes a clamp that significantly reduces the risk of puncture damage.
Pipes and logs are only a couple of materials that make for easier and more secure handling with the Pipe Hold Down Clamp. This attachment features arms that are mounted on top of the carriage and then clamp down on the cargo to keep it from tipping or rolling off of the forks, and potentially damaging the cargo. Additionally, it provides excellent operator visibility that allows for easy loading and unloading. When the operator isn’t utilizing the clamp option the arms can be positioned vertically for more versatility. For tips on securely transporting cargo such as pipes, be sure to read this blog on preventing damage to heavy loads.
Paper is among the most delicate products being handled, and therefore it oftentimes requires a specialized attachment such as a paper roll clamp. To help reduce the risk of damage to the product, these attachments can be outfitted with various pads to meet your material handling needs. While it’s called a Paper Roll Clamp, paper is not the only product it is capable of transporting. Various types of pipes and tubes, such as concrete pipes, can also be transported using the Paper Roll Clamp. Tilt Control, rotation, and pressure control are just a few of the available features on the Paper Roll Clamps, with some models having a handling capacity of 20,000+ pounds.
Every organization strives for operational efficiency and these attachments are just a few options that allow for increased efficiency and productivity when it comes to lifting large and heavy loads.
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Columbia’s Engineering Research and Development department is constantly working to innovate and introduce new products and services, while striving to implement the latest technology in battery charging. Looking to the future, we will continue to evaluate the evolution of energy storage and look for advanced charging solutions beyond lithium.
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All features mentioned in this article may not be available on all models.
While their use is rising in popularity, many common misunderstandings still surround electric forklifts. Electric forklifts are low-emission vehicles powered by an electric battery that also serves as the counterweight. Toyota Electric Forklifts can utilize either lead-acid or lithium-ion batteries, depending on the need of the buyer.
If you open yourself up to the idea of utilizing electric forklifts, you can see how the following misconceptions are easily dismissed.
One of the most common misconceptions associated with electric forklifts is that they do not provide the same high-level performance as internal combustion (IC) engine forklifts. However, specific electric models are made to operate with similar performance to internal combustion forklifts.
High voltage electric models are equipped to perform comparably to their IC counterparts. Higher voltage translates to more power, meaning you can benefit from increased travel, lift, and acceleration speeds. Built with a lift capacity ranging from 4,000-11,000 lbs., the Toyota 80V Pneumatic forklift has the strength, speed, durability, and reliability needed to perform in tough environments such as concrete and oil and gas, while minimizing emissions.
Another misunderstanding about these lifts is that operation and maintenance costs are too extravagant. In addition, some view the upfront cost of the forklift battery to be too costly.
However, over time they require less maintenance due to having fewer components than their IC counterparts. These lifts can also have a longer lifespan, allowing owners to maintain and use their forklift for longer periods of time.
To maintain an IC forklift, items such as filters and oil will need to be replaced with use. However, electric forklifts do not have these components, which can reduce maintenance and labor costs. Electricity also typically costs less per kilowatt-hour to operate, resulting in a reduced cost of operation. This can lead to significant ROI for your business.
The misunderstanding that electric forklifts cannot operate outdoors may stop many businesses from purchasing them. Many industries, including construction, general manufacturing, and block and pipe, need forklifts to work outside while carrying heavy loads.
Toyota produces specific forklift models that can operate indoors and outdoors, like the 80V Pneumatic Forklift. It offers low-maintenance and low emissions while supporting rugged, outdoor, traditionally IC applications.
Not only is this incorrect, but it can hinder buyers from converting their fleet from IC to electric. Toyota electric forklifts have a lift capacity of up to 40,000 lbs. And they are designed and tested to safely lift their maximum capacity to a designated lift height, similar to their IC counterparts.
Electric forklifts continue to grow in popularity and are being utilized in a variety of industries.
At Toyota, we understand the importance of maintaining a highly productive operation all while instilling a culture of safety in your facility. You need to be able to move product quickly while keeping your operators comfortable and secure. To help you accomplish all of your business’s goals, Toyota has designed the latest technologies to help you keep your eye on the prize and move your operation forward. Enter Toyota Assist. Toyota Assist is a robust family of features and options that work together to actively or passively assist certain operations in regards to operability, productivity, or situational awareness.
It is our goal to bring you individualized material handling solutions to help your operation reach unparalleled success. Let’s dive into the different aspects of Toyota Assist and how they may be able to help you take your operation to the next level.
At Toyota we don’t just meet the bare minimum. We go beyond what is expected and put the operator at the forefront of our work. At the core of the many safety elements built into our forklifts is our proprietary System of Active Stability™ (SAS). This revolutionizing and industry-leading forklift technology minimizes the likelihood of tip-over, reducing the risk for operators and those around them. When the system detects a situation that could lead to instability, it instantly engages the swing lock cylinder to stabilize the rear axle – changing the forklift’s stability footprint from triangular to a rectangular shape.
While some operators are content with using the same bells and whistles they’ve grown accustomed to over the years, there are many new technologies available that may make their lives easier, as well as make the tasks more comfortable. Toyota’s EZ Fingertip Controls put productivity at the forefront by placing all hydraulic controls in an ergonomic pattern that can be reached with minimal hand movement. Thanks to an included horn button and forward/reverse directional switch, operators can conveniently maintain one hand on the steering wheel while allowing the other hand to control all necessary functions outside of braking and travel. This intuitive design helps with operator comfort, and controls can be customized to manipulate up to five hydraulic functions, including clamp release interlock.
While moving products from point A to point B is important, Toyota has engineered state-of-the-art stereoscopic vision technologies that can assist operators in identifying pedestrians or objects behind the forklift during a shift. The SEnS Smart Environment Sensor™ (SEnS) pedestrian detection system uses stereoscopic vision technology to assist operators by differentiating between some pedestrians and objects, and providing visual and audible alerts within the detection zone. Along with SEnS, the 360 camera system gives the operator a bird’s eye view of your forklift to assist in navigating tight environments. SEnS is available as an add-on kit that can be retrofitted for select existing and new Toyota forklift models.
In addition to SEnS, Toyota has developed the Smart Environment Sensor Plus® (SEnS+), which not only detects pedestrians or objects behind the forklift, but it limits the movement of the forklift by automatically slowing down the equipment when pedestrians and/or objects are detected. With dynamic zoning, SEnS+ adjusts the range of detection based on the speed and steering direction of the forklift. If the forklift is moving faster, the zone is expanded to account for potential, upcoming obstacles further away, up to 32 feet.
At Toyota, our solutions are loaded with features to tackle your unique tasks and keep your operation moving forward. Toyota’s Lift Logic option is a productivity-enhancing solution for the most demanding, high-throughput, order picking applications. Lift Logic continuously monitors the height of the forks, and adjusts speed accordingly. This allows for the maximum speed appropriate for any height in its range.
Adding these features to your equipment can offer many long-term benefits to your operation. While meeting current demands can feel like a daunting and difficult task, it doesn’t have to be. We’re here to make life easier.
Autonomous vehicles like AGVs (automated guided vehicles) and AMRs (autonomous mobile robots) are cost-effective, flexible, and reliable alternatives to conventional material transport methods like forklifts or static conveyors.
Unlike some automation options where automating means completely replacing a process or equipment with an entirely new structure, it’s common that individual AVs (autonomous vehicles) are added and removed as workflow requires, allowing you to see both manual and automated equipment working side by side.
In general, what makes autonomous vehicle integration successful is rooted in thoughtful planning for how it will be incorporated into your operation. How do you prepare to incorporate autonomous vehicles in a way that would improve your operation’s productivity without creating unintentional downtime?
Discover some key factors to consider when balancing both autonomous and manual vehicles in your operations.
First and foremost is safety. Make sure that your staff is aware of the different moving vehicles or traffic patterns. This can be accomplished through updated employee training plans which should capture new and updated pathways, new lights, indicators or alert sounds, and vehicle right of way. Additionally, stress the importance of keeping pathways clear and the risks of disregarding the rules.
Through recent advancements in safety controllers, AVs of all types offer a safe and predictable method of delivery. AMRs can leverage dynamic path planning to safely move around obstacles and avoid interferences, requiring no human intervention. AGVs can safely detect obstacles but require external intervention like a human individual to remove the obstacle before they can proceed.
In general, autonomous vehicles can operate almost around the clock, without the need for breaks, which means that human traffic and traditional forklift operators will need to be aware of these continuous pathways.
While all AGVs and AMRs go through thorough testing before being incorporated into live operations, hand paddles can be kept on hand to test vehicle sensors in between maintenance checks. By placing the paddle in front of the vehicle’s pathway, your team members can safely verify that sensors will trigger the appropriate automatic stop.
Unlike most automated material handling systems that are locked into place, AGVs and AMRs provide flexibility by being able to program new routes/missions on demand. However, there are a few key conditions that will help ensure robust navigation from destination to destination.
Leverage fleet or traffic management software to monitor your operations. Tight integration with the warehouse operation host system and WES (warehouse execution system) will help bring together your material handling solutions and operation needs to better drive productivity, facilitate coordination and promote safer work environments. This will specifically help with task scheduling triggering vehicles to move throughout the warehouse to complete tasks. It can also help with route planning to determine movements, avoid traffic, and better utilize warehouse space.
In addition to considering the facility’s defined pathways and updating safety training, consider traffic pattern changes as a whole. Where will automated, human, and manual vehicle traffic overlap? Is it required to overlap, or can pathways be adjusted? Confirm each vehicle’s speed, automated and manual. Should additional safety sensors be added to avoid collisions? Work through these questions to make necessary adjustments.
Sometimes an AV system is considered after a process is already in place. With this being the case, it’s important to carefully consider when the changeover or addition of an AV could take place at your facility. Carefully plan the timing and season of operations to reduce backlogs during implementation.
The applications of AGVs and AMRs are expanding as customers become more accustomed to the capabilities and benefits that these autonomous vehicles can bring to operations. The flexibility and easy scalability to quickly add in a vehicle with little to no facility modifications and familiarity with a standard forklift style and design make these an attractive solution option. Keeping in mind and balancing for dual equipment types – manual and automated – will only help to ensure that both bring the most benefits to your operation on your timeframe. Avoid disrupting operations and make integration seamless with the above steps.
Ready to explore solutions for improved efficiency? Let us guide you on your automation journey. By combining data-driven designs, scalable material handling systems, and innovative software, our experts are ready to help you plan and execute.
Columbia’s Industrial lineup meets the requirements of numerous tasks for distribution centers and warehouses. Models like the Payloader, Expediter, and Stockchaser serve key purposes for material handlers. Not only are they built for specific tasks, but the versatility offered will streamline your fleet to maximize efficiency in your warehouse. Combine these adaptive and intuitive models with Columbia’s resources for innovation and customization and you’ve got a fleet-building ability you’ve only dreamed of!
Versatile Forklift Alternatives
Columbia’s industrial vehicles are engineered to close the gap between your forklifts or larger vehicles and a simple dolly or cart. While forklifts embody the performance needed for many jobs, their bulky profile can prove dangerous in congested, narrow spaces, especially with the compromised visibility of a forklift operator. Additionally, you may find limitations in maneuverability with traditional forklifts. That’s where Columbia comes in. Our lineup is designed to fulfill the tasks that forklifts may not complete. Whether you are adding maneuverable compliments to your forklift fleets or replacing them entirely, Columbia has you covered!
The Stockchaser’s DNA is built on maneuverability through small aisles while providing maximum cargo space and capacity. The large deck can be utilized for your heavy loads or for stacking/sorting products efficiently. If the Stockchaser fills your needs for a narrow vehicle, you can also utilize it for your towing needs with a towing capacity of up to 6,000 pounds!
The Expediter punches above its’ weight class, and is capable of much more than you might think! Though space is limited, versatility and productivity are maximized with the optional flip-down passenger seat, rated capacity up to 750 pounds, and towing capacity up to 1,000 pounds!
The robust Payloader offers maximum power in Columbia’s lineup and seamlessly bridges the gap between your forklift fleet and your smaller machinery or manual handling equipment. When you’re moving goods horizontally, the Payloader is the ideal, safe vehicle with more visibility offered than bulkier material handlers. The Payloader is offered in several configurations to address your specific requirements, but with maximum rated load capacities of up 4,000 pounds and up to 18,000 pounds towing capacity, you’ll be hauling your largest loads, all while maintaining greater maneuverability than your traditional material handling equipment.
Build Your Perfect Fleet
With decades of experience providing flexible material handling solutions, Columbia’s lineup has evolved to be intuitive to the general needs of warehouses; however, if you find additional demands for your team's fleet, Columbia’s Custom-Engineered Solutions program is ready to cater a fleet to your exact work! From minor options or features, to completely customized equipment storage
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