Olney, Buckinghamshire (PRWeb UK) August 14, 2009
Working with leading UK retail supermarket giant Tesco, Traka is to improve the current key control and access management system for Fork Trucks in 3 new and 19 existing UK distribution centres. Initially this will involve upgrading over 2,200 Fork Trucks at Tesco sites.
As part of a bigger 'improved productivity' project, the goal was to work with Tesco to help reduce the time taken at shift start-up to first pick, from a typical 20 to 25 minutes to a target of only 6.
Previously keys for Fork Trucks were collected and returned to the Traka cabinet at the beginning and end of each shift. Tesco has identified that staff accessing the existing key management cabinets could create a significant bottleneck when they gather to collect or return keys.
By adopting a new approach to key management, some 2 minutes per person, per truck, across all shifts has been saved. Godfrey Anderson, MHE Sales Manager, comments, "Looking at this small time saving across all trucks on 3 shifts, throughout the Tesco UK Distribution Centres, equates to some 80,000 hours per year or over £1m in improved productivity."
By changing from the tried and tested 'key per truck' to an 'iKey per Person' approach it allows each driver to be given their own personal issue intelligent key - a Traka iFob key. This intelligent key is inserted into a receptor socket on the dashboard of the truck and replaces the existing ignition key or PIN access pad as a means to start the truck.
The iFob contains an electronic chip which holds the drivers personal profile and will only start trucks for which he or she have been trained, so there is now no need for a driver to go back to the cabinet to swap keys should they need to move from one truck to another. It is issued once and then retained by the driver as part of their PPE. He or she need only return to a Traka data download station to 'reinitialise' their iFob key once a day; this can be at any convenient time, usually at the end of each shift.
As before, the Traka iFob key is used to enforce and record that pre-operational safety checks have been completed by the driver on each truck driven. A full audit of trucks driven is held, and the information is downloaded to the Traka database without the need for expensive RF transmission equipment.
Anticipated savings for Tesco are in excess of £1m per year for improved productivity. Initial trials at a test site indicated that a full return on investment could be achieved in less than three months, as well as deliver year on year savings for Tesco.
If you would like to know more about Traka's iFob per Person application or any other MHE solution that might be of benefit your organisation - please contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1234 712345 or use our 'contact us' form on http://www.traka.com, where you can give a brief overview of what you are looking to achieve.