The latest news for the Material Handling Industry

  • Self-driving forklifts have been on the market since 2003. More than 15 years later autonomous forklifts are finally taking over the warehousing industry.


    Major companies such as Toyota, Crown, Jungheinrich, Kion, Hyster, Raymond, and Yale are building autonomous forklifts. Investing in autonomous forklifts now makes a lot of sense for many warehousing businesses. Artificial intelligence and guidance technology have caught up with needs and wants. We're living in the future. 


    Installing forklifts can reduce labor costs by 50 percent in the first year and 85 percent in the second year. Such incredible numbers are just one reason why self-driving forklifts are becoming the norm in warehouses across the US.


    At Carolina Industrial Trucks, we spend a lot of time thinking about forklifts! We're sharing some of that thinking with you here. Take a look at what we think you should know about autonomous forklifts.

  • According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), almost 100 people die in forklift accidents each year. Another 20,000 people are seriously injured as a result of forklift accidents.


    The sad truth is many of these deaths and injuries were avoidable. There are steps you can take to keep your employees safe. 


    Regularly inspecting your forklift to ensure it's in proper working order is the best way to avoid these deaths and injuries. These inspections should include the forklift forks.


    Why is it essential to inspect forklift forks specifically? How are inspections done on this part of forklifts? Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about inspecting your forklift's forks.

  • What's the Environmental Impact of Your Forklift?


    Your forklifts are essential to keeping your operation running smoothly day-to-day, but what impact are they having on the future? Like just about any machine or material used on a daily basis, forklifts have a significant effect on the environment.


    The fuel source, construction, and maintenance schedule all play a big role in the environmental impact of your forklifts. Want to know more about how to ensure your forklifts are as environmentally friendly as possible? Read on to learn more!