Yale White Papers People. Products. Productivity. Download valuable lift truck application information here. A practical approach to robotics implementationSupply chains have warmed up to the idea that robotic solutions make real business sense for warehouse and manufacturing operations. While some may have eyed robotics as laden with future potential, for many, underlying trends and unexpected events have accelerated their timeline for warehouse robotics, from an opportunity for tomorrow to an essential for today.Social distancing,contact tracing and moreWhile the COVID-19 pandemic has not come to a close, a new normal is taking hold as businesses figure out how to keep moving while taking steps to mitigate the spread of the virus.The New NormalHow does getting back to work in the era of COVID-19 work for lift truck operations? From daily operation to service calls, personnel interact with lift trucks in several ways, all of which can risk virus transmission without proper sanitization. Developing and implementing best practices requires drawing on guidance from the CDC and applying it to the unique nature of your facility, including specific equipment used and its applications.Improving DC MetricsLift truck operations identified several of the top DC metrics ranked as most important in the WERC Report, including average warehouse capacity used, on-time shipments and dock-to-stock cycle time. The table below summarizes what the 2019 WERC Report revealed as best-in-class performance for these metrics.Seven factors to find the right power sourceToday’s lift truck power market is more robust than ever, with mature alternative power options joining the ranks of tried-and-true traditional sources. With this variety at their disposal, businesses can build a fleet solely around their unique operational and sustainability requirements, rather than manufacturer limitations.Six signs you need to re-evaluate your lift truck powerToday’s manufacturing and distribution operations face unprecedented competitive pressures, with a challenging labor market, rising commercial real estate costs and e-commerce growth all coming together to mandate greater efficiency. In the quest to make the most of available resources, companies are investing in automation, adjusting workflows, collecting data and more.The ROI of RoboticsGone are the days when self-driving vehicles were confined to science fiction and bold predictions of the future. Autonomous technologies have blossomed into well-developed, ready-to-deploy solutions.Industrial Internet of ThingsThe connected world is growing at an astounding pace – from 2 billion “smart devices” in 2006 to an expected 200 billion by 2020. But what does this mean for warehouses and distribution centers? This white paper outlines how your operation can benefit from capitalizing on the Industrial Internet of Things and how to start making sense of an ever-growing deluge of data.Enhancing Productivity through SafetyToday’s fast turn, customer satisfaction-driven economy puts more pressure than ever on distribution center employees to meet productivity goals. Tight deadlines and throughput-based incentives may cause operators to overlook safe operating procedures, resulting in costly violations or accidents. This white paper offers a step-by-step approach to building a safe, productive workplace through training, proper maintenance and operator-friendly features.Small Data, Big ImpactIn an era of expanding digital networks, smarter connected devices and integrated systems, businesses turn to data-driven intelligence to improve efficiency and protect the bottom line. Lift truck telemetry programs can produce a wealth of relevant small data insights for conversion into actionable business intelligence. However, most operations do not use fleet data to its full potential. This white paper outlines the strategic advantage of working with lift truck intelligence and its value in the complete productivity equation.Increasing Slot Capacity and Picking EfficiencyIn a distribution center, fast and accurate order fulfillment defines success. But as SKU counts increase and order profiles change, racking and slotting systems that functioned adequately in the past may begin to compromise order fulfillment efficiency.The Adoption of Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered Lift TrucksWhat if your materials handling operation could achieve higher operational productivity, eliminate cumbersome battery charging infrastructure and deliver consistently high performance? Well, it’s possible with lift trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cells, and today’s materials handling industry is the perfect fit for this innovative power solution.