Hit top gear with the latest forklift technology October 18th, 2018

Hit top gear with the latest forklift technology

Did you know that around 25% of the average forklift driver’s time is spent in receiving and put away workflows?

When considered alongside the fact that put away locations can have a huge effect on travel time and subsequent workflows, many forklift operators are looking at integrated vehicle solutions to offer new data collection options alongside other significant performance benefits.

These benefits can include: 

  • Driving workflow productivity with automatic tracking of vehicle location and status
  • Reducing material-handling costs while improving compliance and safety with better operational efficiency
  • Optimising order fulfilment rates and inventory accuracy with real-time tracking
  • Preventing mis-shipments by automatically verifying pallet ID and dock-door location
  • Streamlines operations while reducing labour costs and capital expenses by integrating technologies into seamless solutions.

Honeywell offers a number of devices that can help unlock these potential benefits.

Take the Thor VM3 Vehicle-Mount Computer for example. The Thor VM3 has a Smart Dock, allowing the unit to be undocked from one forklift and re-docked to another vehicle in seconds, dynamically shifting workers and computers as the workload changes. This also delivers immediate savings on support and maintenance costs while maximising efficiency.

The Thor VM3 also has a field-replaceable front panel to reduce capital and maintenance cost by integrating the two most wear and abuse prone components, the keyboard and touchscreen, into a user-replaceable part. A screwdriver is all that’s needed.

This feature also reduces capital costs by letting you substitute spare front panels for spare computers. The ignition control allows managers to set power management preferences to save start-up time and extend vehicle battery life.

The ignition control allows users to set power management preferences to save start-up time and extend vehicle battery life, while the Thor VM3 also supports multiple Windows-based operating systems, so integration and application development are simple as your customers’ needs grow.

Long-range scanners are also redefining the role of forklift operators. Honeywell’s Granit 1980i (wired) and 1981i (wireless) are area-imaging scanners capable of reading 1D and 2D barcodes from 6in to 50ft. These scanners are IP65 rated and can withstand 5,000 drops from 1m onto concrete, as well temperatures as low as -30° C.

A new breed of mobile printer is also helping to evolve how forklift operators work, as they are not only rugged and easy to use but can also be mounted directly onto a forklift.

Honeywell’s MP Nova Mark II is available in 4in and 6 in sizes with a choice of Direct Thermal (DT) and Thermal Transfer (TT) models. Honeywell also offers the 4.1in MP Compact 4 Mark III and MP Compact 4 Mobile Mark III direct thermal printers, which provide wireless connection options along with standard Ethernet.

 Click here to find out more about the latest integrated vehicle solutions that can help your customers boost their productivity.


Samantha is BlueStar's Digital Media Specialist, and the primary contributing writer for VartechNation. Previously, she has worked as a Public Relations Associate and a Social Media Manager.