As technology is evolving, smart companies are taking advantage of the new tools available to make themselves more and more efficient. Toyota’s Material Handling division has demonstrated a good example of this with their new app system (available on Android tablets and other devices), aimed at allowing forklift fleet managers to estimate fuel use and efficiency on a wide scale in their fleets. Armed with this data, they’re then able to calculate fuel needed and make necessary changes to their fleet. While it’s not flashy software or even software that would be widely used, it is a good example of how various industries are changing in these technology infused times. Check out the full presser after the break, and for the comments: What industries do you think could really benefit from implementing new mobile technologies?
TOYOTA launches new interactive tools and ‘app’ to measure fuel efficiency savings
Smartphone, iPhone And Tablet-Enabled App Helps Users Analyze Fuel Savings and Productivity On The Go
IRVINE, Calif., (Jan. 26, 2012) ¾ Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. (TMHU), the supplier for the No. 1 selling lift truck in North America, launched its Toyota Forklift Fuel Efficiency Calculator application (app) to help users estimate fuel efficiency savings and performance for their forklift fleet. The interactive Forklift Fuel Efficiency Calculator is available on iPhones, smartphones, iPads and Android tablets.
“Mobile phones and tablets are an extension of the workplace. This app makes perfect sense to provide businesses instant access to their potential forklift fleet fuel savings, productivity and efficiency gains,” said Melinda Beckett-Maines, national marketing manager for TMHU. “In addition, Toyota’s new ‘mobile-friendly’ website (www.toyotaforklift.com) simplifies content and navigation for customers to view information on our products and services from their mobile device.”
The free downloadable app provides users with the ability to enter their detailed material handling specifications.The calculator measures a number of user-specific variables including fuel efficiency, run times per cycle and speed advantage per cycle.
The app then breaks out the detailed fuel efficiency user specs into the following data options:
- · Fuel gallons per hour per unit
– Fuel costs per hour, day, week and year per unit
– Fuel efficiency improvement
– Fuel cost savings per unit per year
– Fleet fuel cost savings per year
- · Run Time Improvement Per LPG Tank
– Run time per tank
– Run time per tank improvement (minutes)
– Run time per tank improvement
- · Speed Advantage Per Cycle
- · Average Time Per Cycle
– Performance advantage – each cycle
– Average Cycles per work day (cycles)
– Performance advantage (additional cycles per day)
– Performance advantage per work day
For those seeking a traditional interactive tool, an online Forklift Fuel Efficiency Calculator option is available atwww.toyotaforklift.com.
About Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc.
Celebrating 45 years of established operations, Irvine, Calif.-based TMHU is the supplier for the No. 1 selling lift truck in North America since 2002. In addition to the full line of high-quality lift trucks sold under the Toyota brand, the company’s extended industrial equipment solutions include Automated Guided Vehicles and tow tractors.
Quality is the hallmark of the Toyota Production System practiced at all Toyota manufacturing facilities, including Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc. (TIEM), a zero-landfill facility in Columbus, Ind. TIEM, named a 2011 North American Best Plant by IndustryWeek magazine, is a member of the National Safety Council, complies with the ISO 14001 standard from the International Organization for Standardization and has produced more than 400,000 Toyota lift trucks since its opening in 1990.
Toyota’s commitment to excellence in customer service extends throughout the U.S. and Canada. With more than 70 authorized Toyota Industrial Equipment dealers and more than 220 dealership locations throughout North America, Toyota dealers offer comprehensive customer service and support, including one-stop shopping for both new and used lift trucks, rentals, parts and service, fleet servicing and financing. For more information on TMHU, please visit www.toyotaforklift.com, www.facebook.com/ToyotaForklift or twitter.com/ToyotaForklift or call 1-800-226-0009.