Across the U.S., approximately 60% of material handling operations use electric forklifts. But in California, it could soon be 100%.
Proposed regulations from The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will eventually phase out internal combustion (IC) forklifts. Operations will gradually retire any IC forklifts in their fleet, and the sale and purchase of used Spark-Ignited forklifts in California would be prohibited starting January 1, 2026.
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When businesses need to maximize space and speed, Toyota reach trucks deliver. Reach trucks are commonplace in medium to large warehouse and distribution centers across the Bay Area, greater Sacramento and Fresno. They’re also widely used in food and beverage distribution.
If your business has narrow aisles (or plans to convert to narrow aisles), a reach truck can do the same job as a forklift, but in a narrower space. With a reach truck, operators can now easily position pallets into racks 37 feet high thanks to Toyota’s most recent product release.
Have you ever wondered if those mobile robots would work in your warehouse? Technology innovations are pushing warehouse operations towards better efficiency and more effortless scalability. Warehouse automation strategies help improve process throughput, reduce operational costs, and offer a solution to the labor shortage.
Yet, every warehouse is unique in its layout, the number of employees, number of shifts, and material movement workflow. So how do you choose the best technology for your warehouse automation needs?
To help you pick the best mobile robots for warehouse automation, we had to analyze both options - Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) & Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR). Below you will find everything you need to know about these two solutions. It will help you make an intelligent decision when choosing between AMR and AGV robotics for your warehouse.
Moving pallets and packages around your warehouse is not always easy. We know that managing a warehouse has many challenges for distribution center managers like you. Some of these challenges include high labor costs, low productivity and efficiency, and high safety risks for employees.
To overcome these challenges, our clients have success with automated storage and retrieval systems or ASRS. Currently, more than 10% of warehouses in the US use automated warehousing equipment. What about yours?
But does your warehouse really need an automated warehouse system? How can they help your warehouse optimization efforts? Well, let’s learn what ASRS is, its use cases, its benefits, and more.
If you own an electric forklift or other battery-powered material handling equipment, you could be earning cash back every time you charge it up. Businesses need to reduce their carbon emissions, so the California Air Resource Board (CARB) created a financial incentive program to:
Whether you already own electric material handling equipment, or you’re thinking about investing in something new, read on to find out how easy it is to get paid for charging your equipment. Or request a free estimate and find out how much you could be earning each month.
There will come a point when your existing forklifts have reached the end of their economic life and need to be replaced. Besides some of the obvious questions there are a few that could save you hundred, thousands, or tens of thousands of dollars.
- Some applications, like food, pharmaceutical or underground facilities are required to use electric forklifts. Electric forklifts also have a lower cost of ownership in the long term.
- On the other hand, propane forklifts can be used indoors or outdoors, and changing tanks is easier than changing a forklift battery.
Read on to read a complete list of the major pros and cons of electric vs. propane forklifts.
On average, a forklift battery will last a single-shift operation five years. Proper care and maintenance can extend battery life up to ten years. Prolong the life of your forklift battery by following these easy Do’s and Don’ts when charging, operating and handling forklift batteries.
The award is based on a point system that rewards safety, effective communication, and other core values. Please help us recognize the Top Forklift Techs of 2019 from each TMHNC branch.
At Toyota’s forklift manufacturing plant in Columbus, Indiana, hundreds of associates assemble 30,000+ forklifts every year. More than 500,000 forklifts have been produced in Columbus since 1990, and they’re hard at work in 13+ countries around the world.
Read on to meet some of the people who work at the Toyota forklift factory and learn more about Toyota’s commitment to its workers and the environment. If you are based in Northern or Central California and would like to visit the plant, let us know. We can help arrange a tour.
Temperature variations can cause unwanted discoloration, microbial growth, and spoiled product. But goods can’t stay in climate-controlled cold storage indefinitely. At some point, the product must be transferred quickly to or from a refrigerated vehicle for transport. Finding tough, reliable material handling equipment that can withstand constant temperature changes is a common problem in cold storage applications.
Success in the perishable goods industry requires both expertise and an eye for innovation. Businesses need to gain a competitive edge, but choosing the wrong cold storage warehouse equipment can be a million dollar mistake.
Kirk Hamre, account manager for Alameda County has announced he and his wife are moving to Southern California in the new year. “After long consideration, my wife and I have decided to move to Orange County. My wife is from the area, and she has wanted to move back for many years. Recently, her job was restructured in a way that will allow us to make this move,” Kirk said.
Kirk’s last day with Toyota Material Handling Northern California (TMH) is Monday, December 31st. Kirk joined TMH in 2013 and has been a valued and well-respected member of our team ever since.
Kirk’s family has lived in the area for generations and he has a remarkable material handling lineage….
Here are a few of our favorite videos that showcase drivers with amazing forklift skills. We've got the classic forklift-picks-up-a-quarter video, and a few new surprises. Also, if you like amazing basketball tricks, there's a forklift assist video that's not to be missed.
December is a time to celebrate the year that was, and a great time to show appreciation for your hardworking forklift operators and the dedicated members of your material handling team. Below are some gift ideas for forklift drivers and outstanding employees.
Common forklift accidents on loading docks include:
The lift truck falling off the edge of the dock
Employees being struck by a forklift
Skidding or slipping due to wet or icy conditions
Trailer separation (the truck pulls away with a forklift still inside)
This article explains the different types of powered industrial trucks (Class I - Class VII) using the classifications recognized by OSHA. We’ll identify the advantages of each forklift type and the best applications for each one.
Some things are just worth paying more for - a decent set of tools, the family vehicle, the shoes you wear to work. A Toyota forklift may cost more upfront, but in the long run, it’s money well spent. Toyota lift trucks are durable and reliable with a low cost of ownership compared to other brands. That’s not just our opinion...Last year Toyota was ranked the world’s #1 forklift brand for the 14th year in a row. You may have heard these “#1” claims before and wondered where this data comes from. So today we’re going to dig into some of the data and some reasons why Toyota has such a loyal following.
Product Name: Core IC Pneumatic Forklift
Lift Capacity: 3,000 - 6,500lbs
Notable feature(s): 20% improved fuel-efficiency (versus the previous model)
Price Range: $19,000 - $40,000
Value for the money: excellent
Options: Gasoline, LPG, Diesel or CNG*
Best for: asphalt and concrete surfaces. The Toyota IC is made for outdoor applications (lumber yards, construction sites, brick block and pipe, and also general warehouse).
Not recommended for: indoor applications. Although the Toyota IC Pneumatic can operate indoors with relative ease, we recommend units in this model family be used primarily for outdoor applications. For an electric version of this outdoor pneumatic forklift, please see Toyota's 80-volt electric pneumatic family of products. For primarily indoor applications, we recommend the Core IC Cushion, or Core Electric family of product from Toyota.
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We answer these and other frequently asked questions about forklift batteries in today’s post.
Service agreements, also known as planned maintenance (PM) contracts are designed to:
The cost of a maintenance plan for your forklift, sweeper-scrubber, aerial lift or pallet jack depends on how many hours the equipment operates each quarter. Over time, service plans can easily pay for themselves.
At TMHNC we offer three full maintenance plans to accommodate all fleets and budgets. These plans include the needed services and parts and labor for repairs on normal wear and tear items. The silver and platinum are more inclusive to help take the customer out of the forklift repair business.
Goodbye Hayward, Hello Livermore!
Over the past three years, TMHNC has outgrown our Hayward location. After expanding the rental fleet, adding service technicians, and increasing inventory to support customer needs - we ran out of space! Every morning the warehouse team moved equipment from the warehouse into the yard to make room for the day-to-day operation. At night, all the equipment had to get moved back inside again. Something had to be done…
Finally, we found a 64,000 square foot facility in the East Bay on four acres. It’s just minutes off Highway 580 in Livermore and about 40% bigger than the Hayward location.