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Which Tora-Max Electric Walkie is Right for You?

July 31st, 2022  | 
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If you are in the market for a Toyota Tora-Max Electric Walkie Pallet Jack, there are two choices – the regular walkie and the compact walkie. Let’s look at the differences between them to help determine which one is right for you. 

TORA-MAX ELECTRIC WALKIE PALLET JACK  

The Tora-Max Electric Walkie Pallet Jack is the ideal choice when you need a simple solution for low-to-the-ground throughput applications. It is the perfect solution for entry-level walkie users in the distribution, general manufacturing, and warehousing industries.  

The Tora-Max Electric Walkie Pallet Jack has 48-inch forks and the power to lift products and pallets to 4,000 pounds (about twice the weight of a Clydesdale horse).  

Here are the specs for the standard version to see if the size is right for your space:

  • Overall Length: 68.3 Inches 
  • Height with Extended Handle: 48.4 Inches 
  • Overall Width: 28.7 Inches 

It also features:  

  • Maintenance-Free Sealed Lead-Acid Batteries allow for multiple hours of continuous work and no need for watering 
  • High ground clearance to work around transitions and uneven surfaces 
  • Turtle speed button for improved control and precision 
  • AC Drive Motor  
  • 24-Volt Electrical System
  • 24-Inch Load Center 
  • Single-Point Watering System 
  • Anti-Roll Back System
  • Chrome-plated lift cylinder
  • On-Board Battery Charger for easy, accessible charging
  • Tool-Free Cover Removal  

TORA-MAX COMPACT ELECTRIC WALKIE PALLET JACK  

If you are looking for a smaller version to allow you to work on trailers or other crowded areas, the compact design is the right choice for you. It is the perfect solution for restocking shelves in grocery stores, retail stores, or sales floors, and maneuvering pallets in stockrooms or warehouses.  

The Toyota Tora-Max Compact Electric Walkie Pallet Jack features pinwheel capability to get you in and out of tight spaces and has the power to lift heavy loads to 3,300 pounds (about half the weight of an elephant). 

 Here are the specs to determine if the Tora-Max Compact model will fit in your space: 

  • Overall Length: 60.3 Inches  
  • Height with Extended Handle: 45.7 Inches   
  • Overall Width: 27 Inches  

The Toyota Tora-Max Compact Electric Walkie Pallet Jack also features:  

  • 24-Volt Battery  
  • DC Drive Motor  
  • Emergency Power Off  
  • Soft-Grip Ergonomic Handles  
  • Easy To Reach Thumb Levers
  • Fast Charging
  • Polyurethane Tires 
  • Exchangeable Battery for easy changing and continuous working time
  • LCD Display with battery charge level, hour meter, turtle speed status, and diagnostic codes
  • Stability Caster Kit available as an optional accessory  

DOES YOUR PLANT HAVE A NO FORKLIFT POLICY?  

The Toyota Tora-Max Electric Walkie Pallet Jack and the Compact Electric Walkie Pallet Jack provide a simple solution with solid performance!  

DO YOU WANT EASY ORDERING AND DELIVERY?  

The Toyota Tora-Max Electric Walkie Pallet Jack and the Compact Walkie Pallet Jack are available to purchase online with free shipping 

CONCERNED ABOUT PARTS AND SERVICE? 

Both models come with a 12-month, 1,000 key-on-hour standard warranty. And with our Toyota Certified Technicians at your side, superior parts and service support is just a phone call away.  

QUESTIONS?  

Contact us for free advice. Our experienced staff is standing by to help you.  

Toyota’s Top 5 Electric Forklifts

June 30th, 2022  | 
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Toyota Forklift dealers have the industry’s most comprehensive material handling solutions. From a single forklift to an entire fleet, Toyota’s quality, durability, reliability, and value are built-in thanks to advanced technology and the world-renowned Toyota Production System. 

You may be asking why you should consider Toyota’s electric forklift models over IC forklifts or other brands. Here are the advantages of electric drives over IC drives:   

  • Lower maintenance costs, resulting in savings over the life of the forklift
  • Electric drives accelerate faster and provide a smoother driving experience for the operator
  • Electric forklifts experience less downtime, resulting in more productivity
  • In California, you can get ahead of CARB’s 2035 zero-emission mandate  

Here are the top 5 electric forklifts in Toyota’s diverse range of products.  

#1 Toyota’s 3-Wheel Electric Forklift  

Toyota’s 3-Wheel Electric leads the industry in run time, travel speeds, and lift/lowering rates. Check out these impressive stats. Toyota’s 3-Wheel Electric is:  

  • 15 percent more energy efficient than the next competitor  
  • Up to 23 percent faster in travel speed  
  • Up to 8 percent faster in average lift/lower speed  

Toyota’s 3-Wheel Electric Forklift also fits in narrow aisles, is easy to maintain, and has a 40 percent longer battery life than the competition. No wonder it is a top seller in Toyota’s forklift line.  

#2 Toyota’s Electric Walkie Pallet Jack  

Toyota’s Electric Walkie Pallet Jack is a versatile, multi-use solution for almost any application. It is great for mid-distance warehouse runs and excellent for loading and unloading trailers. It is the first to offer a factory option for an integrated fork scale that can calculate weight as it lifts the load. 

#3 Toyota’s Electric Order Picker 

Need a straightforward solution to retrieve orders? Toyota’s Electric Order Picker is the answer. Its mast rises to 390 inches to reach your tallest racks and quickly moves around narrow aisles and tight spaces. It also features optional wire guidance and double rail guidance systems to minimize rack impact and optional Lift Logic technology to monitor lift height for safe operation.  

#4 Toyota’s Electric Reach Truck  

Toyota’s Electric Reach Truck is the truck you need for dock-to-stock, stock-to-dock, and optimal visibility in the second-level pallet position. Its open view mast optimizes forward visibility, while its sturdy mast construction minimizes mast sway. It is the perfect warehouse equipment to help you reach higher and work smarter.  

#5 Toyota’s Electric Walkie Stacker  

Toyota’s Electric Walkie Stacker has a mast capable of raising and lowering loads for light-duty stacking. It is an excellent option for short, and mid-distance runs in busy warehouses. If you are looking for warehouse equipment to handle narrow aisle storage, reach storage racks up to 12 feet and lift loads to 2,500 lbs., Toyota’s Electric Walkie Stacker is your solution. 

Do you need help choosing material handling equipment? We can help you decide which electric forklift is right for you. Our seasoned material handling experts know the ins and outs of every piece of material handling equipment available. Contact us for a free on-site consultation today.  

 

What is a Forklift Provider Facility Energy Audit and Why do I Need One?

June 5th, 2022  | 
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A facility energy audit is an opportunity to have an experienced, trusted representative from your local material handling solutions provider come to your facility and look for opportunities where you may be able to increase efficiency and lower operational costs based on the use of forklift power options and facility power layouts (i.e. storage locations, charging locations, etc.).

Most importantly: They’ll recommend practical solutions tailored to your specific application and the way your business operates.

Often, these solutions are low-cost, such as process improvements or rotating your existing fleet. Investing in new charging systems, batteries, or other equipment may also be recommended – either now, or in the future when it’s time to replace existing equipment (allowing you to plan ahead for the changes and incorporate them into your budget in advance).

In this post, explore the areas that may be addressed in a facility energy audit.

Auditing Forklift Charging Stations:

Ideally, with the assistance of an electrician or facilities manager, auditors will examine your current battery charging station.

Forklifts keep your business running, and charging stations keep your electric forklifts running. The audit will help you use these areas as efficiently as possible, enabling you to maximize every minute of every shift. The recommendations may pertain to station location, number of charging stations and charging station schedules.

Auditing IC Forklift Fueling Stations:

Auditors will examine IC fueling stations from a variety of angles. They may consider how many trucks the stations are servicing, how much fuel is being consumed, how frequently trucks need to be refueled, and station locations in relation to other key areas and operational spaces.

Making sure that fueling locations and scheduling are convenient to operators in the flow of their work and natural breaking points, such as shift changes, can add up to a major impact on your operation’s efficiency and ROI.

Auditing Forklift Battery Storage:

Your current battery storage facilities and practices will also be evaluated.

Space is often at a premium, especially in warehouses and distribution centers. For those applications needing to store additional lead-acid batteries for swap-outs to keep their equipment moving, this audit can help make sure the batteries are stored with as small a footprint as possible. Auditors may examine storage space, location, and exchange locations. This kind of audit may also help you assess the ROI of alternative energy sources, such as lithium-ion batteries.

Auditing Facility Power Considerations:

Not only will the auditors look at your usage capacity (the maximum amount of power your facility is able to provide to your equipment), but also the types of electrical systems your facility already runs, your current overall throughput (the amps consumed daily), and — if different — your throughput during your peak season.

With these insights, you’ll be able to make sure that your facility is capable of providing the power your equipment needs — both in your typical day-to-day operations and in those seasons when you’re running fastest and working hardest.

Does your business need a facility energy audit? Contact us to schedule a free on-site consultation with a Los Angeles material handling expert.

Originally published on Toyota Forklift’s blog. Click here to subscribe.

Which Forklift Energy Source is Right for Your Shift Cycle?

April 30th, 2022  | 
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Do your forklifts ever get a break? And for how long?

This is one of the most important factors in determining the right energy source for your forklifts.

And it makes sense. Just consider those days when you’re constantly running from morning till night time. You need ALL the coffee to stay awake, energized, and ready to go. Whereas, on those more “normal” days, you can probably get by on just one or two cups in the morning.

In the same way, your forklift fleet will have different energy needs depending on the shift cycles you run them on throughout the day. While you’ll always want to consider a wide variety of options and work with an integrated solutions provider like one of Toyota’s authorized dealers, this guide can help you make a preliminary diagnosis of whether to explore electric or internal combustion options.

Single Shift Operations

While internal combustion forklifts can provide the power and efficiency needed to run a successful single shift operation, electric forklifts should be seriously considered. Operating on a single shift, you’ll be able to take full advantage of energy efficiency savings because you can allow the forklift to sit and the battery to charge while your facility is closed.

At the same time, it may take you longer to achieve a full return on your investment in electric forklifts due to your lower utilization — a key factor in determining operation and labor cost.

Multi-Shift and Continuous-Shift Operations

You will need to consider several variables when weighing lead-acid batteries and internal combustion options. The efficiency savings of lead-acid batteries are reduced the most in these operations because they are faced with needing to buy battery exchanging equipment and additional batteries — typically one for each shift. This translates into increased acquisition costs, storage space, maintenance areas, and swap times.

In this case, an internal combustion forklift option deserves serious consideration. While it is a more expensive fuel option, replacing a propane tank is quicker and requires less facility space than swapping and charging a battery.

Lithium-Ion Forklift Batteries and Shift Cycles

Lithium-ion batteries offer considerably faster charge speeds, and they can stay in the truck for multiple shifts while being opportunity charged during breaks. This means that they deliver a significant operational advantage over their lead-acid counterparts and can be considered a suitable electric option to replace propane in multi-shift operations.

However, because lithium-ion can cost up to 3x more than lead-acid, it might not be right for every operation. Single-shift operations are just one example in which efficiency returns may not outweigh the upfront costs.

To learn more about your forklift energy options, visit toyotaforklift.com/energy-solutions.

Are you ready to schedule a free on-site visit from a Los Angeles material handling expert? Contact us today.

Written by Jake Stewart, Digital Marketing Supervisor, Toyota Material Handling
Originally published on Toyota Forklift’s blog. Click here to subscribe.

What’s New in 2022? Twenty-Two New Forklifts 

January 21st, 2022  | 
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You read it right. Toyota launched a historic twenty-two new products this year – the most extensive product launch in the company’s history.  

Why It Matters  

Toyota’s historic launch gives it the industry’s most complete lineup of material handling solutions. Simply put, you do not need to look any further than Toyota Material Handling Solutions in Los Angeles County to take care of all your material handling products and warehousing solutions.  

More Options, Tailored Solutions  

Toyota’s historic product introduction includes a range of new warehousing solutions. The launch includes 12 new reach truck models – giving Toyota the industry’s most expansive reach truck lineup.

The new reach truck models address modern warehousing challenges with tailored solutions for narrow aisles, and picking and putaway needs. 

The expanded reach truck lineup includes:  

Strong, Versatile, and Sustainable  

Toyota Material Handling also added a Low-Level Order Picker and Furniture Order Picker, along with Enclosed End Rider and Stand-Up Rider pallet jacks. 

To round out the company’s unprecedented product launch, Toyota introduced four electric pneumatic forklift models in 3,000-17,500 pound capacities that combine strength and versatility while helping address sustainability objectives.  

Backed by Industry-Leading Experts  

The entire product lineup has the Toyota 360 Support and service guarantee and the unparalleled reputation and quality inherent in products manufactured with the world-renowned Toyota Production System and Toyota Lean Management.  

These elements, combined with the Smart Environment Sensor pedestrian detection system, mean you can have confidence in the operational safety of your equipment for years to come.  

Expert Help on Standby   

Are you interested in learning more about how our products and warehouse solutions can help your business become more productive and profitable? Contact us for a free consultation today!  

How to Move Wide Loads in Narrow Aisles

December 9th, 2021  | 
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Nothing can be more challenging than moving and lifting wide loads in narrow aisles. A forklift driver operating a standard forklift will undoubtedly need to make a lot of small, calculated moves to navigate around without damaging the load or hitting the warehouse racks – or both. And it’s probably going to take a lot more time than you’d like.    

If you want to maintain productivity and efficiency, the obvious solution is to widen the aisles. But what if you don’t have the space?   

Toyota designed two new electric forklifts to solve the specific challenge of moving and lifting wide, bulky loads in narrow aisles.   

Toyota’s New Multidirectional Reach Truck  

Toyota’s new Multidirectional Reach Truck features articulating load wheels for horizontal travel. It can travel parallel and perpendicular to racking to save time and space. It’s the ideal solution for moving materials such as lumber, pipe, carpet, and other building supplies.  

Here are some of the highlights and features of Toyota’s new Multidirectional Reach Truck:   

  • Offers improved storage density and operational efficiency for customers looking to optimize their warehouse space  
  • Suited for pallet-less load handling, long load handling, and specialty racking  
  • Handles loads up to 22 feet wide
  • Lifts up to 4,500 lbs.  

Click here to view a video of the new Multidirectional Reach Truck. 

Toyota’s New Furniture Order Picker   

Toyota’s new Furniture Order Picker lifts large items as high as 366 inches on carts or furniture platforms with ease, speed, and stability. It’s the perfect solution to increase productivity at furniture warehouses and distribution centers.   

Here’s a look at some of the highlights and features of Toyota’s new Furniture Order Picker:  

  • A great solution to handle bulky loads like couches, dining room tables, and steel panels  
  • Excellent ergonomics, intuitive functionality, and custom options  
  • Features a glance-and-go display, tight turn radius, and upgraded lift/lower speeds  
  • Available in 24v and 36v models  
  • Lifts up to 1,600 lbs.  

Click here to view a video of Toyota’s new Furniture Order Picker. 

The all-new Toyota Multidirectional Reach Truck and Furniture Order Picker are powered by AC motors. As always, every Toyota forklift purchase comes standard with the unparalleled reputation and quality inherent in products manufactured with the world-renowned Toyota Production System. And they are backed by the hallmark Toyota 360 Support promise.  

If navigating wide loads in narrow aisles is a common occurrence in your business, Toyota’s new Multidirectional Reach Truck or Furniture Order Picker might be the perfect solution for you.   

Contact us today! Our material handling experts in Los Angeles are standing by to help find the right forklift for your needs.   

12 Reasons to Convert to Electric Forklifts

September 13th, 2021  | 
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As CARB’s 2035 zero-emissions mandate gets closer and oil prices continue to increase, California companies are moving away from traditional internal combustion engines toward electric equipment solutions.  Here are 12 reasons to break free from the high-cost propane.

1. Lower repair costs

Electric lift trucks are less expensive to maintain due to a number of reasons.  Compared to propane, electric engines have fewer components and are less complex. This means that they are less expensive to maintain and repair.

2. Environmentally friendly

Electric forklifts are zero-emissions which is better for operators and the environment. Electrics also eliminate employee exposure to contaminated air and reduce the need for costly warehouse ventilation systems.

3. Suitable for indoor and outdoor usage

Toyota’s cushion or pneumatic tire electrics are well-suited for both indoor and outdoor usage.

4. Enhanced operator ergonomics

Electrics emit no noise except tires, lifts, or the sound of their backup alarm/warning beacons. Electric forklifts also generate less vibration which helps reduce operator fatigue.

5. No fuel storage

Electrics eliminate the need for storage of potentially hazardous fuel.

6. Lower operating cost

Maintenance and energy costs are about 67% less with electric forklifts. This includes an 80% reduction in fuel costs.

7. Electrics comply with CARB zero-emissions requirements

Electrics will get you ahead of CARBs plans for requiring 100% zero-emissions forklifts by 2035.

8. Safe in Sensitive applications

Electrics are safe for food and sterile/medical applications.

9. Toyota Make the Switch Sales Event makes electrics more affordable

Through December 31, trade in any LP or gas forklift and receive a rebate of up to $3,500 on a Toyota electric or diesel model.

10. TICF 3.84% Finance rate for electric infrastructure

Eligible customers can receive financing for the installation of battery charging stations through TICF.

11. Alternative income via Smart Rebates from SCT

Get cash payments of $150 to $300 per quarter by signing up for SmartRebatesTM with Smart Charging Technologies (SCT).

12. Maximize efficiency with Lithium-Ion Batteries

The next-generation lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) offer less maintenance, lower costs, and environmental sustainability.

Want to see how electrics can work at your facility? Contact us for an on-site visit and recommendation today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Narrow Aisle Forklift Solutions 

August 2nd, 2021  | 
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With warehouse space at a premium, the need to fit more products into the same amount of space is critical. The most common solution to this problem is redesigning an existing warehouse to fit more aisles in the same amount of space. While narrow aisles might satisfy your storage issues, they can also create their own set of problems with your forklift fleet.  

What are typical aisle widths and narrow aisle widths? 

  • Regular aisles are between 10 ½ feet and 12 feet.   
  • Narrow aisles range from 8 ½ feet to 10 ½ feet. 
  • Very narrow aisles range from 5 to 7 feet wide.  

Many forklift fleets today consist of equipment designed to navigate typical aisle widths. When you reconfigure a space to include narrow aisles, you might need to replace your entire forklift fleet, or at the very least, add narrow aisle units to pull and store products quickly, safely, and efficiently.   

Here are five forklift solutions for narrow and very narrow aisles.  

  1. Toyota 3-Wheel Electric Forklift: Toyota’s 3-wheel electric forklift is an excellent choice for narrow aisles. With one wheel in the back, it has a tighter turn radius than the common 4-wheel forklift. It also can be fitted with either pneumatic or cushion tires for indoor or outdoor use, making it a great multi-use addition to your forklift fleet.   
  2. Toyota Electric Reach Truck – Single or Double Reach: Toyota’s Electric Reach Truck is another great narrow aisle solution. It can turn in aisles as little as seven feet, lift up to 4,500 pounds and reach more than 30 feet. It is also available in a double-reach model for increased productivity and efficiency.   
  3. Toyota Electric Order Picker: If you are looking for a solution to help employees reach goods stored on high racking, Toyota’s Order Picker may be the perfect piece of new equipment for you. It navigates narrow aisles beautifully and features a platform for operators to safely and efficiently pick items up to 390 inches in height.   
  4. Aisle-Master Articulating Very Narrow Aisle Truck: The Aisle-Master Articulating Very Narrow Aisle Truck can navigate aisles as small as 5 feet, 6 inches. Designed to withstand heavy-duty use inside and out, it can eliminate time-consuming double handling, and speed up “truck to rack” operations. It also eliminates the need for both reach and counterbalance machines to help minimize costs.  
  5. Toyota’s Core Electric Turret Forklift: Designed for versatile and efficient dock-to-stock operation, Toyota’s Core Electric Turret Forklift swinging fork face allows loads to be handled to the left, right, and center of the forklift so that product can stack in racking without the need to turn. With a lift capacity of 2,500 pounds, a reach of nearly 20 feet, the ability to maneuver in aisles as narrow as seven feet, and the capability of stacking goods at a 90-degree angle, it’s an excellent choice for any facility or warehouse.  

If you’re thinking about reducing aisle widths and adding more racks to increase your storage capacity, let our experts figure out the best equipment to round out your forklift fleet. Contact us to schedule a consultation today! We’ll make sure you get the perfect narrow aisle solution to optimize your operations, reduce downtime, and increase overall productivity. 

Get Money, Make Money with Electric Equipment

June 14th, 2021  | 
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If you’ve thought about purchasing electric forklifts in the past but held off due to higher upfront costs, it might be time to reconsider. Although the acquisition cost of electric forklifts with batteries and chargers may be higher than Internal Combustion (IC) forklifts of similar specifications, the operating costs of electrics are significantly lower. In their lifetime, electric forklifts can save you money on fuel, maintenance costs, and downtime, making the true cost of electric forklifts significantly lower than IC forklifts. 

There are many other advantages to adding electric forklifts to your fleet, too. For example, electric forklifts are quieter than other forklifts, generally smaller than LPG or diesel-powered models, and omit zero harmful emissions into the environment.  

If you live in California, the advantages of purchasing new electric equipment are even greater when you take advantage of two state programs designed to make the purchase of electric forklifts more affordable.  

First, to help with the purchase of new electric equipment, California businesses can apply for grants to replace certain internal combustion (IC) forklifts, ground support equipment (GSE), and port cargo handling equipment (CHE) with new models with zero-emission technologies. Next, once your new electric equipment is in use, California businesses can make money by generating Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credits and selling those credits to companies that generate deficits in the program. 

How to Get Free Money from California’s VW Mitigation Trust 

The California VW Mitigation Trust grants money to public agencies and private businesses to replace IC forklifts and other equipment with new models with zero-emission technologies. Up to $34 million is available to eligible projects statewide now, and an additional $35 million will be available by mid-2022.  

Companies must scrap IC forklifts with more than 8,000 pounds of lifting capacity, GSE, and CHE to qualify for the program and replace them with new equipment with zero-emission technologies. 

The key project requirements include:  

  • For replacement and repower projects, the old equipment must be scrapped (destroyed). 
  • Funded equipment must be certified, verified, or otherwise approved by the U.S. EPA or CARB for operation in California. 
  • Funded equipment must be domiciled in and operate in the State of California for the duration of its project life. 
  • Funding recipients must report annually on operations for at least three years. 

California’s VW Mitigation Trust is a great program to help California companies lower the cost of adding environmentally-friendly equipment to their fleets. But we urge you to act fast! The grants available from California’s VW Mitigation Trust are on a first-come-first-serve basis.  

Click here to read the program guidelines or click here to begin the application process. 

How to Make Money from California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Program 

In 2016, The California Air Resources Board (CARB) designated electricity used in forklifts as a low carbon fuel. Since then, electricity used in forklifts can generate credits in the LCFS program.  

If you are unfamiliar with the program, it is a simple concept. A LCFS credit is an environmental commodity representing a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Each credit has value to regulated entities that generate deficits in the program. For example, forklifts that use electricity can generate credits. Refiners, or other regulated entities, buy these credits to offset the deficits they create in the program. 

We partner with a company that helps businesses make money from California’s LCFS credits. They take the hassle out of the process, and you receive a check for your credits. Best of all, the average warehousing facility can generate tens of thousands of dollars of revenue from LCFS credits annually. 

Remember, California aims to achieve 100% zero emissions for off-road vehicles and equipment operations in the state by 2035. Start the process now, and you’ll be ahead of the game – while saving money and making money in the process!  

Our material handling experts are standing by to help secure your new zero-emissions forklifts and other electric equipment. Click here to schedule a consultation today. 

 

Lithium Ion and Energy Consultants

August 31st, 2020  | 
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The material handling industry is constantly evolving to meet customer needs and demands. 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. For years, companies in the warehouse, logistics, and food and beverage industries have been using battery-powered forklifts.   

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 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 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 information to develop the right solution. These material handling experts provide on-site consultations, environmental support, 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 ensure you have the latest information to make the best decision for your company.  

Optimize Your Forklift Fleet

May 19th, 2020  | 
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Are you thinking about how you can use advanced technologies to increase productivity and lower costs? With material handling equipment and alternative energy sources evolving every day, how do you know what product is the right choice? If you’re smart, you find a partner with expert knowledge to help you invest in the right technologies for your needs.

We can help. We can find suitable batteries, energy sources, and chargers to take your business to the next level. To decide if our solutions are the right fit for youhere are answers to several frequently asked questions. 

What are the benefits of partnering with us? 

  • Reduced maintenance costs 
  • Lower electric utility bills 
  • Reduced downtime 
  • Optimized charging efficiency 

What are the benefits of batteries and alternative energy sources? 

  • Increased charging efficiency 
  • Higher, more stable voltage 
  • Reduced maintenance 
  • Reduced battery storage areas and battery changing equipment 
  • Increased cycle and shelf life 

What services can I expect? 

  • On-site consultation. Toyota dealers have access to exclusive resources and the latest technological innovations vetted and approved by Toyota. We can offer you expert advice no other dealer can.  
  • Energy studies. We’ll study your energy usage to recommend the correct battery and charger combination to maximize efficiency in your forklift fleet.  
  • Expert advice. We’ll help you find the right electric forklift batteries and alternative energy sources. We know how to match the right forklift to the most efficient and cost-effective energy source. We have more than fifty tested and approved alternative energy source models across electric rider forklifts, electric narrow aisle lifts, and warehouse equipment. 
  • Service and repair. Keep your vehicle warranty valid by letting us take care of the service and repair of your material handling equipment and energy sources 
  • Environmental support. We’ll help you navigate the ever-changing emission regulations landscape. We can assist you with CARB fleet averaging and help you figure out the right product mix for your specific application and regulatory needs.  

Your success is our success. Whether you are on your fleet optimization journey, we have the tools and knowledge to help you take the next step. Contact us to schedule a free, on-site consultation today.  

Five Hidden Benefits of Electric Forklifts 

May 12th, 2020  | 
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If you’re familiar with electric forklifts, you probably know the obvious reasons to add them to your forklift fleet: low emissions, less maintenance, and lower overall costs. These are significant benefits that save companies a lot of time and money. However, it’s easy to overlook some of the less-obvious advantages. Here are five hidden benefits electric forklifts can bring to your company:

  1. Less noise pollution. Like electric cars, electric forklifts are quieter than forklifts with engines, which means less noise pollution for your forklift operators and company associates.
  2. Greater visibility. A rear-mounted LPG tank takes up a lot of space. Without one, forklift operators see much better when driving in reverse.
  3. Safer environment. Greater visibility and a quieter environment mean operators can see better, and pedestrians can hear the backup beeping and safety horns louder, which help reduce the risk of accidents in the workplace.
  4. Use less space. Electric forklifts are generally smaller than LPG or diesel-powered forklifts, which means they can fit in narrow aisles and need less space to store when not in use. You also need less space for fuel storage. Warehouse Operations Manager Scott Woollard from Hirsh Pipe & Supply has experienced this benefit firsthand. He says, “Switching from propane to electric forklifts saves us the hassle of handling and storing propane tanks. Now we have a small battery-charging area in the back and use an existing wall mount charger, which takes up much less valuable space.”
  5. Make money from California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) designated electricity used in forklifts as a low carbon fuel effective January 1, 2016. Since then, forklifts and forklift fleets that use electricity can generate credits in the program. Refiners, or other regulated entities, buy these credits to offset the deficits they create in the program. For more information on how to take advantage of this program, click here to read our blog post: How California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Can Bolster Your Budget.

Need help with your forklift fleet? Our experts can help you decide if an electric lift truck is the right fit for you 

Customer Spotlight: Hirsch Pipe & Supply 

April 3rd, 2020  | 
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Hirsch Pipe & Supply is a leading wholesale distributor of plumbing supplies with twenty stores in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego County. The company was founded in 1933 on the principle that superior service makes the difference.  

With an extensive selection of plumbing supplies in stock, Hirsch Pipe & Supply provides same-day deliveries, mobile ordering, and moreThe company also employs a national and international sales team to offer contractors and wholesalers throughout the U.S. and the Pacific Rim fast, friendly service. 

Hirsh Pipe & Supply uses Toyota forklifts to power its warehouse and recently switched from propane forklifts to electric forklifts. We asked Warehouse Operations Manager Scott Woollard about his experience with Toyota Material Handling Solutions and Toyota forklifts. 

Hirsch Pipe & Supply forklift operator, Martin, enjoys his new Toyota electric forklift.

Why did you switch from propane forklifts to Toyota’s electric forklifts? 

We switched from propane to electric forklifts for several reasons. Electric forklifts are cost-effective and save us money over time, and they are better for the environment and the air we breathe in our warehouse every day. Our forklifts are used constantly in a 24-hour shift Monday through Friday. 

What benefits have you seen by switching to electric forklifts? 

Switching from propane to electric forklifts saves us the hassle of handling and storing propane tanks. We have a small battery-charging area in the back and use an existing wall mount charger, which takes up much less valuable space. 

How was the sales experience with Toyota Material Handling Solutions? 

Our Account Manager Nick Parotino was a great help. He held the quote for us while we worked out our budget and ensured we got the right forklift specs to help us achieve maximum productivity in our warehouse.  

Hodo you feel about the switch to Toyota electric forklifts? 

We’re happy with our switch to Toyota electric forklifts. They are efficient and reliable, and our operators like the smooth and quiet ride compared to our old I.C. forklifts. 

To learn more about Hirsch Pipe & Supply, order products, and more, visit www.hirsch.com. 

To learn more about Toyota’s electric forklifts, visit https://www.toyotamhs.com/new-equipment/forklifts/electric-forklifts/ or contact us today. 

Earn Money Switching to Electrics

March 30th, 2020  | 
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It’s a very different environment today than it was just a few weeks ago. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has many businesses worried about finances, the future, or, most likely, both. Thinking outside the box is critical to stay afloat during these difficult times.  

To help you find money to bolster your budget, we want to make you aware of a program offered by Beyond Energy. The program allows companies with electric forklift fleets to make money from California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). It monetizes sustainable practices like using material handling equipment powered by low carbon electricity. 

Beyond Energy works with logistics firms, grocers, health care companies, beverage companies, and other warehousing operations at more than 200 facilities across California. Here is what you need to know to decide if the program is right for you. 

Who is Beyond Energy? 

Beyond Energy is a regulated party in California’s LCFS program. They aggregate LCFS credits and reinvest the value into sustainable operations, focusing on forklift fleets and truck refrigeration units. 

What is the low carbon incentive? 

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) designated electricity used in forklifts as a low carbon fuel effective January 1, 2016. Since then, electricity used in forklifts can generate credits in the program.  

What is a LCFS credit?  

An LCFS credit is an environmental commodity and represents a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Each credit has value to regulated entities that generate deficits in the program. 

How does a company generate a deficit? 

Deficits are generated by high carbon fuels, mainly by gasoline and diesel refiners. In other words, refiners producing a high carbon fuel, typically used in what would be considered an on-road application, are penalized and must offset that penalty by purchasing credits. 

What kind of forklifts can generate credits?  

Forklifts and forklift fleets that use electricity can generate credits. Refiners, or other regulated entities, buy these credits to offset deficits caused in the program. 

How much does the program pay? 

Beyond Energy will pay customers at least $500 per charging asset per year ($125 per quarter). The average warehousing facility can generate tens of thousands of dollars from LCFS credits annually. 

What is the advantage of using Beyond Energy?  

As an aggregator in the LCFS market, Beyond Energy acts as a shield to protect you from the regulator. They assume all regulatory and compliance risks as part of their agreement. 

How often will I get paid if I use Beyond Energy? 

The company pays customers quarterly. 

Can I sign up for the program myself? 

Yes, you can; however, it may take up to three years for individual facilities to generate enough credits to sell in the marketplace. Beyond Energy provides a way to get that value quarterly, rather than having to wait over time—and ensures you get paid on time, without any risk, and without heavy lifting on reporting. 

How do I contact Beyond Energy?  

Send an email to philip@beyond-energy.com or joe@beyond-energy.com. You can also contact your Toyota Material Handling Solutions Account Manager or CSS Manager. 

It’s important to note that Beyond Energy will need to conduct an initial survey of your equipment, including batteries, battery chargers, and forklifts in operation. We encourage you to contact Beyond Energy now to prepare for the future. The sooner you start the process, the faster your checks can start coming in.  

We’re here to help. Stay safe and call us if you need parts, service, or anything else during this uncertain time.