TURN YOUR BIGGEST HEADACHES INTO OPPORTUNITIES
Your operation faces major hurdles as you try to meet both demand and service expectations while protecting your bottom line.
Access to materials, shrinking profit margins and tightening regulation continues to drive the wave of consolidation in the lumber industry.
- Right-size your fleet and extend the useful life of equipment
- Drive efficiency and lower operating costs with telematics
- Deploy a balanced combination of lift trucks to handle a variety of tasks
Dust, dirt, wood chips, rough terrain and outdoor weather conditions can push your materials handling equipment and operators to their limit.
How are you going to keep product moving?
- Maximize productivity with trucks designed for the demands of handling raw lumber or other finished wood product
- Help prevent damage to finished materials (OSB) with lumber specific truck features, like rubber coated forks, mud guards or lumber stabilizers based on your unique needs
- Defend against dust and debris with trucks equipped with a reverse fan solution to help protect internal components and reduce the frequency of cleanouts
Even the most successful companies struggle with recruiting and retaining qualified talent in a tough working environment. Navigating high staff turnover and a limited pool of suitably qualified candidates requires a strong focus on operator needs.
How are you going to reduce turnover?
- Support operator comfort with advanced ergonomic lift truck solutions
- Keep your team engaged by implementing continuous training and development programs
- Help operators to work efficiently and productively all shift by minimizing equipment downtime
You face the challenge of meeting strong demand for quality timber products while minimizing adverse effects on the environment and human health.
How will you minimize the impact?
- Develop a recycling plan for by-products of your operation
- Embrace alternative power sources like lithium-ion and thin plate pure lead (TPPL) to power your fleets
- Keep internal combustion engine (ICE) emissions in check using materials handling equipment that meets EPA requirements and offer high fuel efficiency
Working in a sawmill or lumberyard can be one of the most dangerous occupations.
How can you help keep your employees safe and reduce incidents?
- Establish a culture of safety starting at the top and adopted by all
- Consider stability systems to help support operator confidence when handling long planks or oversized unpalletized loads
- Use telematics to track lift truck access and provide operator training updates
- Enhance visibility and operator protection with next generation equipment, like a fully enclosed and air-conditioned cab that prioritizes excellent all-around visibility