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Navigating the Future of Forklift Repair and Material Handling

Jan 30 2024 Forklift Repair Material Handling 3 Min. Read
Change – it’s about the only thing you can count on. That’s as true for forklift repair and material handling as it is for any industry.

Change – it’s about the only thing you can count on. That’s as true for forklift repair and material handling as it is for any industry. Forklifts have been essential to manufacturing, warehousing, commercial, construction, and agricultural operations for years, and that's not going to be different any time soon. However, there are changes happening that people in the industry will need to adapt to.

This blog post will look at key industry insights and trends and suggest how material handling professionals can adapt to them.

Industry Insights and Trends in Forklift Repair and Material Handling

Here are 5 key industry insights and trends you need to be aware of.

#1 Efficiency Through Automation

Insight: Companies are adopting new material handling technologies - from automated guided vehicles (AGVs) to robotic arms. The goals are to streamline processes, increase efficiency, and reduce costs.

Trend: Expect that the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) will continue to gain momentum.

How to Adapt: From service technicians to sales representatives to managers, everyone in forklift repair and material handling will need to be educated about and become comfortable with the newest technologies. Material handling professionals will need to know how to use technology to achieve their company’s goals of streamlining processes, increasing efficiency, and reducing cost.

#2 Sustainable Practices

Insight: Businesses recognize the environmental impact of all their operations and know that sustainability is essential. They are actively seeking eco-friendly solutions.

Trend: Forklift users value electric-powered equipment, energy-efficient technologies, and recyclable components like tires and batteries. They also are looking for ways to extend the useful lives of their lift trucks.

How to Adapt: Material handling professionals will need to be knowledgeable about electric-powered alternatives and able to offer strategies for extending the life of forklifts.

#3 Digital Diagnostics and Predictive Maintenance

Insight: Traditional approaches to forklift repair are giving way to digital diagnostics and predictive maintenance. Telematics and IoT (Internet of Things) devices are now embedded in forklifts, providing essential data that can inform maintenance and repair operations.

Trend: This shift towards data-driven maintenance enhances the efficiency of an operation and reduces repair costs.

How to Adapt: Anyone involved in forklift repair and maintenance will need to be comfortable with new technologies and know how to get the most out of them.

#4 Safety-Centric Innovations

Insight: Recent innovations in material handling equipment focus on enhancing safety through technology.

Trend: Sensor technologies, collision avoidance systems, and improved operator interfaces are emerging trends in forklift design.

How to Adapt: Forklift repair operations will need to boost their expertise in advanced safety systems.

#5 Training and Skill Development

Insight: Strong organizations rely on talent. Continuous training and skill development are crucial to keeping up with the latest repair requirements.

Trend: Forklift repair services are investing in comprehensive training programs for technicians, covering both traditional and advanced repair techniques. These companies are also using training to strengthen the skills of their managers.

How to Adapt: Join a company that’s committed to continuous training for its employees.

If there is one take-away from this list, it’s to stay up-to-date with the latest technologies. Be ready to use these advances to benefit your company.

Morrison Is Committed to Material Handling Professionals

Join Morrison, a forward-thinking company that’s known for its expertise in material handling and its commitment to employee training. At Morrison you’re joining a family of material handling professionals – sales representatives, managers, engineers, field service technicians, administrative staff, and customer service representatives.

Morrison keeps up with the latest technologies and thoroughly trains employees. We want our employees to be able to help customers make the most of the latest, greatest advancements.

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