REAL-TIME FORKLIFTS TRACKING AND LOGISTIC MANAGEMENT

Improve equipment usage, reduce accidents, and improve productivity with an innovative forklift tracking system.

Purchase, leasing, and operation of forklifts are an expensive investment to manufacturing companies. In addition, they can get involved in accidents that create a big safety risk to your business. As a consequence, getting the precise location of forklifts becomes essential. Logistics is moving toward automatic processes and integrated technology to improve operations and the forklift fleet management. For this reason, thousands of logistics companies are integrating advanced tracking systems. Dragonfly can help you track your forklifts with a precision of 5-10 centimeters. It does not require the deployment of a dedicated infrastructure. For this reason, it is considered the most flexible tracking technology.

THE PROBLEM: IMPROVING OPERATIONS AND REDUCING ACCIDENTS AND COLLISIONS

Forklifts expedite countless industrial processes however...

Forklifts are also involved in nearly 100,000 injuries per year in the U.S. alone

This does not account for other costly accidents, such as instances where forklifts damage assets like pallets of products, industrial machinery, or other vehicles.

It is common for forklifts to go missing on large sites

This can create huge delays in task completion, even when other forklifts are available. As a consequence, costs will go up.

It's expensive to store and maintain forklifts to regulatory standards

While some are constantly in-use, many forklifts go unused for long periods of time, and it's challenging to predict how they are actually used.

As a result, all these issues translate into high costs in time and money. Similarly, site managers can drive high returns by knowing just a few simple pieces of data:

  • Where each forklift is;
  • Where it has been;
  • How long it spends in each location.

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THE SOLUTION: DRAGONFLY FOR WISE ASSET TRACKING AND MICRO-LOCATION SYSTEM OF FORKLIFT TRACKING

With Dragonfly you can monitor the usage and movement of vehicles on your facility map. In fact, our forklift tracker software uses a proprietary visual SLAM technology to elaborate the real time location of forklifts with a precision of 5 centimeters. Real-time position of the vehicles is made available through our dashboard and via API. As a result, warehouses can integrate it into their existing WMS (like the Onit On.Plant WMS) and create a complete forklift tracking solution. The forklift tracking system is ideal for large warehouses, industrial facilities, loading docks, and construction sites.

With Dragonfly you can monitor the usage and movement of vehicles on your facility map.

Our forklift tracker software uses a proprietary visual SLAM technology to elaborate the real time location of forklifts with a precision of 5 centimeters.

Then, real-time position of the vehicles is made available through our dashboard and via API so that warehouses can integrate it into their existing WMS (like the Onit On.Plant WMSand create a complete forklift tracking solution.

Real-time position of the vehicles is made available through our dashboard and via API

Software developers can integrate the location data into their existing WMS (like the Onit On.Plant WMSand create a complete forklift tracking solution. In addition, custom applications can be developed. For instance, one of our customers is using Dragonfly to perform automated picking inside the warehouse.

Dragonfly, our RTLS forklift tracking system allows managers to monitor vehicle usage over time by different operators. It is possible to gather information about work productivity, vehicle efficiency and which forklifts are being underutilized. As a result, you can reduce your operational costs and improve the overall management. You can also use spaghetti diagrams to create a visual display of the routes followed by each forklift during the day. This way, you can have an immediate idea of how the units are being used.​

THE RESULTS: BETTER ROUTES, OPTIMIZED OPERATIONS, SAFER CONDITION AND REDUCED DOWNTIME. AS A CONSEQUENCE, LOWER COSTS AND HIGHER ROI.

Historical and Real Time Location

By tracking forklifts, logistics managers are gaining full real-time visibility of the fleet. They can not only know the exact location of each forklift in real-time, but also get the ability to track their historical locations with pinpoint accuracy.

Optimize the operations and reduce losses of time

Looking for inactive vehicles, better utilization-planning in the warehouse by knowing each item's exact location, and seeing who is doing which task in real-time, help achieve higher utilization. This means a great reduction in costs.

Route Optimization

Route optimization is possible by analyzing the historical paths of the units. The location data provided by Dragonfly can be used for analysis and improvements of the operations. As a consequence you will reduce the time needed to perform tasks and reduce the risk of accidents. Remember this equation: Less distance traveled = Less probability of collision.

Reduce Costs

Speaking of cost, a large warehouse can have up to a dozen or more forklifts and similar vehicles in operation at a time. This big fleet means a big impact on your budget. Businesses have money invested in the purchase or leasing of vehicles, maintenance, electricity for recharging, and the expense of extra workers to operate those vehicles. For these reasons, warehouse optimization becomes essential to reduce the operational costs.

With Dragonfly you can potentially reduce the size of your fleet and the number of employees on the payroll. There are three main ways this happens: ​

As a result, you can reduce the operational costs of your warehouse and improve the supply chain management. In conclusion, Dragonfly is a key component for modern and innovative fleet management systems. Logistics operators are implementing advanced technologies to stay one step ahead of competitors by improving their warehouse operations with the help of solutions that create “smart warehouses”.

DATA COLLECTION TO OPTIMIZE THE WAREHOUSE

Tracking data can be analyzed and used by management to define warehouse rules and forklift routes. It can be helpful to understand if operators take too much time to get the items in the warehouse, or even how many breaks an operator takes and how long. As a result, you can understand how your operators work. Dragonfly gives you complete access to raw data, too:

In addition, Dragonfly allows you to see the routes of each forklift. An advanced visualization can bring additional insights and an understanding of processes to streamline the traffic and remove bottlenecks. 

Similarly, Heatmaps can show the density of the traffic within the facility and Spaghetti diagrams can visualize the continuous flow of traffic throughout the halls.

These commonly understandable visualization methods help improve the operations and therefore let you cut costs projects and the general cost operations. 

WHAT ARE THE SYSTEM COMPONENTS?

The typical system is composed of:​

The camera, provided by Onit, has to be mounted on the forklift’s mast, ideally pointing towards the ceiling. The computing unit can either be on board or on a server, locally installed inside the warehouse. Onit can provide this unit already pre-configured.