Intersection of Industry 4.0 and Fork Truck Free Initiatives Represent Large Safety Improvements

January 09 12:32 2019
Intersection of Industry 4.0 and Fork Truck Free Initiatives Represent Dramatic Safety Improvements

The intersection of Industry 4.0 and Fork Truck Free (FTF) initiatives represent a generational shift, according to Topper Industrial. The engineering foundation of migrating from a fork truck material flow to FTF operational efficiencies is represented by Topper Industrial founder Ed Brown and son Ryan Brown, President of the Wisconsin-based industrial cart FTF revolution. Topper Industrial has taken early stage Industry 4.0 data and quantified improved human performance, ensuring that safety is enhanced, danger reduced by safeguarding against indicators of fatigue or identification of the emergence of an injury.

Manufacturing plants operating under Industry 4.0 and FTF principles presents an opportunity for dramatic safety improvements if handled correctly. Reconfiguration of production areas at short notice, involving the rapid changes of tooling and even the physical movement of equipment, can pose a range of safety challenges. Each new production configuration entails a separate risk and safety assessment.

While productivity, throughput, and operational efficiency are an obvious outcome of FTF initiative, the prognosis of Industry 4.0 to transform manufacturing operations far exceed the initial benefits of productivity. Flexibility, quality, and speed are natural consequences achieved as organizations use FTF initiatives to become best-practice manufacturers.

New Industry 4.0 predictive analytics include self-assessments which offer the means to predict injury. Rapid advances in wearable sensor technologies provide for the collection of physiological data. Pioneers in behavioral authentication are using data to understand normal range of motion – inertial signature – to provide a factor of authentication.

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Topper Industrial is exhibiting at ProMat in Chicago at Booth #S4812 from April 8 – 11. Topper Industrial education session is titled, “Why is Cart Delivery in High Demand?” in Theater I at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 and repeated on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 10:30 am in Theater E.

About Topper Industrial

For more than twenty years, Topper Industrial, ( based just outside of Milwaukee, WI, has been a leader in the material handling equipment industry. The company’s product roster features industrial carts, conveyors, lifts, lifts & tilts, shipping racks, containers, casters, and cart components. From mother-daughter carts to quad steer carts to tilt carts and rotate carts, Topper’s material handling solutions make delivering material line side more effective through more efficient practices. Topper Industrial has a team of experienced professional experts able to assess and provide the right product for all material handling equipment requirements.

Topper Industrial is a proud member of MHI. The Topper Industrial client roster includes Anderson Windows, Detroit Diesel, Honda, Kia Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Aramark, Johnson Controls, Whirlpool, and Caterpillar. Follow on Twitter @TopperInd. Call 800-529-0909.

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Address:1729 NE Frontage Road
City: Sturtevant
State: Wisconsin
Country: United States