Fork lift trucks are not designed to travel at high speeds. The steering and braking characteristics are different from many other types of vehicle. There is equipment available that can physically control the speed of fork lift trucks but it adds cost and is readily resolved when using an AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle) and industrial carts, like those offered by Topper Industrial. Some fork truck systems will allow different maximum speeds to be established in different zones.
When pre-programmed, AGVs are implemented with industrial carts creating Fork Truck Free environments, the variability of drivers is removed.
Operations managers use certain guidelines to estimate the appropriate speed of fork trucks on the plant floor. Often, they carry out a risk assessment and determine the maximum speed(s) to be used. These suggested speeds are then communicated to the operators and use signs where appropriate.
More difficult is ensuring that the speed limits are enforced by managers and supervisors. There is no highway patrol to write speeding tickets on the plant floor. Even a sound system of sanctions, like “three strikes and you are out” is very difficult to monitor and manage. It also hurts employee engagement and morale.
These speed limiters are comprehensive and highly reliable and have been fitted to over 1,000,000 vehicles worldwide. While these companies have conducted extensive research, and maintain a large database of truck data to design truck specific systems with extremely comprehensive installation instructions, the only sure fire way to assure speed limit compliance is moving to a Fork Truck Free (FTF) environment.
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About Topper Industrial
For more than twenty years, Topper Industrial, (www.TopperIndustrial.com) based just outside of Milwaukee, WI, has been a leader in the material handling equipment industry. The company’s product roster features industrial carts, conveyors, lifts, lifts & tilts, shipping racks, containers, casters, and cart components. From mother-daughter carts to quad steer carts to tilt carts and rotate carts, Topper’s material handling solutions make delivering material line side more effective through more efficient practices. Topper Industrial has a team of experienced professional experts able to assess and provide the right product for all material handling equipment requirements.
Topper Industrial is a proud member of MHI. The Topper Industrial client roster includes Anderson Windows, Detroit Diesel, Honda, Kia Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Aramark, Johnson Controls, Whirlpool, and Caterpillar.
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Company Name: Topper Industrial
Contact Person: Jillian Burrow, Marketing Manager
Address:1729 NE Frontage Road
Country: United States