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How to Apply Toyota Lean Management to Your Business 

October 7th, 2021  | 
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Have you wondered if the principles of Toyota Lean Management (TLM) could apply to your business? There is an abundance of information on the subject in books and the internet, but why go elsewhere when you can get your information directly from the source – Toyota!  

Many years ago, Toyota created the Toyota Production System (TPS), a philosophy that organizes manufacturing and logistics at Toyota, including its interaction with suppliers and customers. TPS is also frequently called “lean manufacturing.”  

Three top Toyota executives influenced TPS/Lean Manufacturing: founder Sakichi Toyoda, his son Kiichiro Toyoda and Toyota chief engineer Taiichi Ohno. The main goal of the system is simple – to eliminate waste, called “muda.”  

We sorted through the abundance of information on the Toyota Forklifts website to curate three articles to read for those just starting to learn about the principles of Lean Management.  

The first article is titled “What is Toyota Lean Management?” It’s a great place to start. 

The article explains the elements necessary to build a strong “house” using Toyota Lean Management (TLM). You’ll learn about a critical component for a strong TLM foundation, a five-step system called 5S. The principles of 5S can be applied to any business setting, manufacturing/factory setting, or even in your personal life to help organize your home and practices.  

You’ll also learn about the importance of developing a culture of respect encouraging innovation and development, the Lean Management Pillars: Just-in-Time and Jidoka, and the elements necessary to build the support beams and roof to complete your “house.” 

The following article is titled “Benefits of Lean Management Practices.” Here, you’ll learn the three main benefits of practicing lean management techniques.  

Finally, we suggest you read “How to Get Started on Your Lean Journey.”  This article details four specific steps you should take to get started. 

Toyota Lean Management is both a process and a mindset. Contact us today if you’d like to lean on us (pun intended) to help you implement Toyota Lean Management practices in your operation. Our experts can walk you through the process and offer valuable advice to increase productivity and efficiency throughout your entire company.     

Much More Than Forklifts – Material Handling Solutions

March 31st, 2021  | 
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We do more than just rent, sell and service forklifts. We are full-service suppliers of material handling and logistical solutions. Simply put, we have the equipment, people, and expertise to help you maximize productivity and improve your bottom line. You may not know all we offer, so read on to learn seven ways we can help your business beyond forklifts.   

1. Get a complimentary warehouse and pallet position analysis. 

Optimize your warehouse space with a complimentary warehouse and pallet position analysis. Our experienced team of Storage and Automated Systems professionals analyze your warehouse and provide solutions to maximize your pallet storage and productivity, and ultimately — your bottom line.  

Click here for two examples of the thorough complimentary analysis we provide to maximize the efficiency of your racking design, equipment selection, and overall operation. 

2. Get help with pallet racking and other storage and automated systems. 

Everyone wants to increase efficiency. Our experts will conduct a complimentary pallet storage analysis and help with the re-design, purchase, or installation of pallet racking and other storage and automated systems. 

3. We’re your dealer for Kärcher industrial scrubbers and sweepers. 

Keep your facility clean and sanitized with industrial scrubbers and sweepers. Kärcher is the world’s leading provider of efficient, resource-conserving cleaning systems, known for their performance, innovation, and quality. 

4. We’re your one-stop-shop for Columbia electric utility vehicles. 

Get around faster with a multi-use electric utility vehicle. Columbia has one of the most expansive electric vehicle product line-ups in the world, producing electric utility vehicles for private, commercial, and industrial use. 

We carry models that move from one to 14 people, carry up to 6,000 pounds, tow up to 14,000 pounds and travel up to 18 miles per hour. 

5. Buy or rent aerial platforms and boom lifts. 

Reach higher with an aerial platform or boom lift. We have you covered with models from AICHI and JLG. Our inventory features built-to-last scissor lifts, telehandlers, vertical mast lifts, and boom lifts that are the perfect blend of strength, versatility, and smart technology. 

Whether you want to rent or buy your aerial lift, you can count on us for quality equipment to get the job done.  

6. Design a new or existing warehouse space.  

Let our team of experienced material handling experts design the right warehouse storage and distribution system for your unique needs.   

Want more information about optimizing your warehouse with Toyota? Read our blog post that explains the process and answers the most common questions here.   

7. Get forklift safety training.  

Make sure your forklift operators are OSHA compliant. Let our experts train your operators. Our forklift training is mostly online; the short hands-on portion occurs in the parking lot of our Santa Fe Springs headquarters. 

Got questions about training? Click here to read our blog post with answers to common questions about forklift safety training. 

As you can see, our services extend far beyond simply renting, selling, and servicing forklifts. No matter what material handling need might arise, we’ve got you covered. 

Problem-Solving Guides from Material Handling Experts

September 25th, 2019  | 
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If you’re a Supply Chain Management Professional, you’ve probably got one thing on your mind: how to get products to market quickly and cost-effectively.

Your job is hard. Toyota’s experts want to make it easier.

Our free whitepapers share information, business advice, and problem-solving tips from professionals with years of experience in material handling and supply chain management.

Take advantage of this free resource to learn more about solutions for the evolving seaport, innovative material handling technologies, and ports and the ever-changing logistics landscape.

Material Handling Solutions for the Evolving Seaport

The three greatest challenges for material handling fleets that specialize in ever-changing port environments are maximizing efficiency, managing port congestion, and optimizing fleet management. Having a material handling partner with innovative heavy-duty port solutions that keep up with the newest technological trends is the key to success.

Click here to access the full whitepaper.

Making the Case for Innovative Material Handling Technologies

In a world where customers want their goods delivered faster and more accurately than ever, innovative material handling technologies are helping shippers meet those expectations while improving their operational productivity and profitability.

Click here for more information on innovative material handling technologies.

Ports and the Ever-Changing Logistics Landscape

In the ever-changing logistics landscape, port and yard tools must keep pace. The logistics landscape is evolving rapidly, with disrupters such as Amazon, Google, and Uber driving change while abandoning “business as usual” tactics.

Moving goods from the point of origin to the final destination requires an increasingly integrated, orchestrated and seamless supply chain, particularly in the era of the 20,000 TEU containership. Companies stay ahead of the game in the intermodal sector when they partner with a material handling solutions provider that has experience moving goods from port to end-user.

Click here to read the full whitepaper.

We hope you find this information useful. If you have any questions or need advice, experts from Toyota Material Handling Solutions are just a click away.

Why You Need a Workplace Safety Program

August 19th, 2019  | 
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Workplace safety and forklift training mean developing processes to eliminate personal injuries in the workplace. A well-thoughtout safety program includes many components like identifying hazards, evaluating workplace safety policies, and regularly training employees. If this sounds like standard business practice to you, then you’ll probably be surprised by the results of a 2017 survey about workplace safety.  

  • 17 percent of all small business employees surveyed say they never receive workplace safety training 
  • 25 percent of micro-businesses employees (9 or fewer employees) say they haven’t received workplace safety training 
  • 40 percent of small business employees say their employer does not display OSHA signage prominently or they are not sure if it is displayed 

These are shocking numbers considering OSHA has a list of employer responsibilities to provide a safe working environment. OSHA’s website is full of information so that any business can stay informed about OSHA compliance.  

Safety policies and programs are essential to safeguard the well-being of employees, but are there also financial and business reasons to focus on workplace safety? The answer is yes. Here are six ways a workplace safety program can help your business. 

  • Improve efficiency. Employees and forklift operators without training are inefficient, not to mention unsafe. 
  • Lower your risk of OSHA fines and penalties. Just one safety-related injury can result in penalties as high as $100,000 per incident.  
  • Reduce your risk of civil or criminal liability. If an employee gets hurt on the job, you will most likely face a lawsuit. Even worse, it can be a crime to be negligent in health and safety requirements. 
  • Reduce worker’s compensation claims and sick days. Teach employees how to reduce repetitive actions to prevent unnecessary strain on the body. A pain-free employee is a happy and productive worker. 
  • Create safety partners. A trained forklift operator or warehouse employee will help prevent accidents. Not only will they recognize and report hazards, but they will also model optimal safety behaviors to the rest of the team. 
  • Attract and retain valued talent. Good employees won’t tolerate working for a company that doesn’t value safety. They will probably point out a safety issue, and they will probably know they have the right to refuse dangerous work.  

Need help updating your workplace safety program? Contact us for a free safety consultation and information about forklift training classes.  

Safety: Protect Your Employees and Your Bottom Line 

August 7th, 2019  | 
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Every company has a moral and legal obligation to keep their workers safe. Many companies have an ongoing safety program, but some companies don’t make safety a priority. Especially when money is tight. Most of the time, these companies don’t realize that spending money on safety now could save them from headaches in the long run, or they don’t understand the real costs of a safety-related incident.   

Ignoring a safety program isn’t worth the risk

There are severe risks to forgoing a safety training program. It doesn’t take a major accident to cost money and cause significant issues for the entire company. Here is a list of potential problems you could face, even with a small safety-related incident. 

  • A key employee out due to injury 
  • The cost of paying and training someone new to cover the injured employee’s position 
  • Damage to the equipment 
  • Lost production time 
  • Cost to employee morale 
  • Cost to your business reputation 
  • OSHA fines 
  • Investigation costs 
  • Legal fees 
  • Higher insurance rates 

Find out the real costs of a workplace injury

If that list wasn’t enough to convince you of the importance of a safety program, spend a little time on OSHA’s $afety Pays tool. It will tell you exactly how much a workplace injury could cost your business. The calculator breaks down the costs of 40 types of injuries and illnesses and shows the direct and indirect costs of each. And to drive home the importance of safety to your bottom line, the tool also calculates the additional sales revenue you would need to generate to cover these costs. Check it out. It’s an eye-opener.   

There are resources to help you.   

We hope you see the value of a safety program and make a commitment to put safety above anything else. Here are several free resources and tips to help you stay on track:   

  • Check OSHA’s website for free publications and information. Know OSHA’s regulations and requirements and make sure you certify your forklift drivers.  
  • Develop a “safety-first” program to encourage employees to report hazards.  
  • Join an online safety group specific to your industry where you can ask questions, get help, and learn from others. 
  • Sign up for Toyota Material Handling Solutions’ forklift training classes held in Santa Fe Springs or at your location.

Don’t gamble with your future. Spend time and money on safety programs and forklift training now. Not only to protect your employees but to protect your bottom line.  

Toyota Material Handling Solutions proudly supports OSHA’s Safe & Sound Week

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10 Facts About Toyota Forklift Training

April 22nd, 2019  | 
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The Occupational Safety & Health Administration, or OSHA, requires anyone who operates a forklift to undergo forklift operator safety training. Any individual must also get certified on every type of forklift that they drive.  If you’re wondering what this training entails, below are a few things you might learn.

Moving things across the country is the reason there are over 500,000 industrial truck operators working in the United States!  Most things you see around you have needed a forklift at some point or another. Forklifts keep supply chains running, and move material all over the world.  

#1: First things first: Only a trained, qualified operator should use a forklift.

#2: Entering and exiting a forklift should be treated carefully. A 3-point stance is best for both. Two hands and one foot should always be in contact with the forklift. Also, having clean hands and clean shoes will reduce your chances of slipping.

#3: A forklift is not a car.  It may not look like it, but a forklift weighs a lot more than a truck or a car. Steering is different since the steering wheel is on the back of the forklift.  With occasional uneven surfaces, a forklift operator must be aware of the differences between driving a car and operating a forklift.  They should always use safe operating practices.

#4: Due to changes in the location of a combined center of gravity, loaded forklifts are more stable than unloaded forklifts.

#5: Data plates that show changes in load capacity should be secured to a forklift. All forklifts should have an accurate data plate. A forklift operator should follow the limitations that the data plates list. This can include lifting capacities, battery size, designated areas, and more.

#6: A responsible person should be appointed by the employer to enforce safety rules and practices. They should also correct any unsafe behavior by the operator.

#7: Because not all forklifts can operate on ramps, one must always check the correct forklift manual for instructions on ramp operation.

#8: Pedestrians should be aware of an operating forklift and the environment they may share.  They play an essential part in forklift safety. They should always use designated walkways. It is their responsibility to pay attention when entering areas that forklifts are used in, such as areas where product is loaded, stored, or moved, and any areas forklifts may travel.  A pedestrian should not assume the operator has seen them and should always make eye contact with the driver.

#9: All operators must perform pre-operating inspections. Transmissions, electrical systems, brakes, engines, etc. should be checked before use and make sure everything is running properly. If anything is out of order, the forklift must be tagged and out of service.  You should make all repairs before using the forklift again.

#10: There’s a lot more to forklift operator training than merely taking a test. During Toyota Material Handling Solutions’ operator safety training program, trainees will learn about the following: OSHA laws governing forklift use and operation; pre-operational safety check; refueling procedures; industrial battery care; how to perform daily maintenance checks; and fundamentals of safe forklift driving. The 3-hour course concludes with a driver evaluation.

To learn more about Toyota Material Handling Solutions’ operator safety training classes or to sign up for training, contact us today!

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