The material handling industry is always evolving to meet customer needs and demands. But if you’re busy managing your business, you might miss some of these changes. Here are two exciting developments in the material handling industry to be aware of before making your next forklift or warehouse equipment purchase.  

New Battery Technology: Lithium-Ion 

The demand for battery-operated material handling equipment is not new. Companies in the warehouse, logistics, and food and beverage industries have been using battery-powered forklifts for years.   

Fast forward to today, and the buzz is all about lithium-ion battery-powered forklifts. Lithium-ion batteries charge faster, last longer, save more energy, and can significantly decrease downtime. And of course, any battery is better for the environment than a non-renewable energy source like gas. 

Toyota Material Handling led the charge to bring this new technology to the market. They were the first manufacturer to offer a UL-E and UL-EE certified integration of lithium-ion batteries and forklifts. Last year, Toyota announced a new lineup of lithium-ion batteries for use in its 3- and 4-wheel electric sit-down models. 

Is a lithium-ion forklift battery worth the extra money? Will it work with your current equipment? Will you need special chargers? Read on to find out how to get answers to those questions. 

Energy Solutions Consultants 

Advanced technologies are entering the market at a rapid pace. It’s great for the industry, but it can be hard to decide which one is best for you with so many options.   

Energy solutions consultants help companies filter through loads of information to come up with the right solution. These material handling experts provide on-site consultations, environmental support, and information about alternative energy sources, chargers and accessories, and service and repair.  

Toyota dealers have access to exclusive resources and the latest technological innovations vetted and approved by Toyota. They can help you find the right equipment to reduce maintenance costs, lower electric bills, reduce downtime, and optimize charging efficiency. Save yourself the time and energy on research and let them help you sort it out.  

When you’re ready to make your next forklift or warehouse equipment purchase, contact us at Toyota Material Handling Solutions. We’ll keep you updated on what’s new and make sure you have the right information to make the best decision for your company.