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Forklifts for Food Processing and Warehousing


Fast turnaround, frequent wash-downs, cold storage and corrosive fluids are just a few reasons food processing facilities and warehouses require superior material handling equipment. Sub-standard or unreliable machines can cause spoiled product, lost productivity and expensive repairs.

Downtime is something every material handling operation wants to avoid, but for food processing operations downtime is a dirty word. In today’s article, we’ll look at some of the best material handling equipment available for:
- commercial food processing
- cold storage warehouses
- food and beverage material handling

Build Pallets Faster with New Electric Order Pickers


The name Toyota is synonymous with continual innovation, and Toyota's new line of order pickers is no exception. The new order picker forklifts include customer-requested improvements including:
  • Intuitive, ergonomic controls
  • Low-maintenance AC motors
  • New Lift Logic technology
Toyota’s electric order pickers can carry 3,000 pounds and are ideal for use in narrow-aisle, high-volume distribution centers including: 3PL, general warehousing, manufacturing, retail, food and cold storage. With lift heights of up to 390 inches and optional rail and wire guidance systems, operators can comfortably pick from even your tallest racks. Read on for four money-saving reasons to choose pallet picking equipment from Toyota.

3 Most Common Forklift Accidents and How to Avoid Them

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, nearly 100 workers are killed and another 20,000 are seriously injured in forklift-related incidents annually. Statistically, that means one of every ten forklifts in the US will be involved in an accident every year.

An OSHA study found 25% of forklift accidents are due to inadequate operator training, but what about the other 75%? In today’s article we’ll review the most common forklift accidents and how to prevent them through: proper training, safety equipment and proactive technology.

Toyota Electric Pallet Jack Special

The right tools can make an enormous difference, and a pallet jack is one of these key pieces of equipment. A pallet jack can easily maneuver loads, and go where large forklifts can’t.

Electric pallet jacks take productivity to the next level with the benefit of an electric motor. In addition to helping the operator move loads, the motor assists with raising and lowering the forks. For this reason, electric pallet jack forks can be raised higher than manual pallet jack forks Electric pallet jacks can be used for several hours before they need to recharge and are a popular piece of equipment for warehouses, distribution centers, food and beverage facilities and operations with narrow aisles.

Learn more our year-end special pricing  on a Toyota Electric Pallet Jack and how to get a $500 rebate by trading in your old pallet jack.

How to Choose the Right Pallet Jack Wheels for Your Work Environment

After deciding between a
manual or electric pallet jack, the second most important decision you’ll make is what type of wheels you’ll use. Choose the wrong wheel, and you'll end up spending way too much replacing the wheels again and again.  Learn how to choose the best wheels for your pallet jack and your workplace conditions.

How High Speed Doors Save California Businesses Time and Money

According to the Door and Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA), any application with 55 door cycles (open/close) per day will gain significant energy savings by replacing a standard rolling steel or sectional door with a high-speed unit.

In the Bay Area, and Central California, hundreds of facilities with high-traffic applications have switched to high speed doors. They preserve cleanliness, conserve energy by helping to maintain a consistent temperature, and offer other cost-saving benefits.

  • Cold storage facilities in Salinas and Central Valley use insulated high-speed doors for cold storage to control temperature.
  • Food processing centers in Salinas, Fresno and Sacramento use high-speed doors to control the environment within their production areas.
  • The wine industry in Napa and Sonoma Counties utilize high-speed doors for climate and environmental controls
  • Large distribution facilities up and down the Central Valley use high-speed doors for climate control and to improve operator efficiency in their warehouses.

Forklift FAQs - Batteries, Tires, Pricing and More

Purchasing and operating a forklift can be complicated.  So in today’s post, we’ll answer some of the most frequently asked questions about forklifts including:

We’ll also cover:

All Terrain and 4WD Forklifts for Farming and Agriculture


Rough terrain forklifts can help farmers and nursery operations improve productivity and gain a competitive edge. A 4 Wheel Drive or all-terrain forklift reduces labor costs while speeding up production. A palletized inventory can also increase storage space and keep things organized.

Toyota Forklift Warranties and 360 Support


Safety, reliability and low cost of ownership are just a few reasons
Toyota forklifts have ranked #1 in the world for 16 years running. Toyota and TMH stand by every lift truck we sell with the Toyota 360 Support program.

Toyota 360 Support comes standard with every lift truck sold and includes a wide range of benefits to help you:

  • Keep variable maintenance costs down
  • Minimize downtime
  • Request service from your smartphone with a 4-hour guaranteed response

Review: GEM Sapphire Fleet Management System


Product Name: GEM ONE Sapphire Fleet Management System                           
Manufacturer: GEM ONE
Notable features:  Impact notifications, GPS (last know position outside), daily operator checklist, operator certification expiration notification (30-days prior), cellular-based (no WiFi required).
Price Range:
 $2,500 - $5,900  
Value for the money:
Excellent
Options: 

  • Ability to add up to 4 cameras per unit
  • Fork Scale
  • Pin Code or Key Fob Sign on Options 
  • Indoor GPS (coming soon)
  • Can be installed on propane or electric forklifts as well as many other pieces of equipment (golf carts, scissor lifts, boom lifts, etc.)
  • Battery indicators (water levels & state of charge)

Best for: A fleet size of five or larger
Not recommended for: Extremely dirty or harsh (outdoor) conditions

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