SaltWorks®

Confidently Transition from LPG to Electric Forklifts with InfoLink System with Battery Health Monitor

Increase Productivity & Uptime

Understand Lift Truck Utilization

InfoLink operator and fleet management system allows SaltWorks® to monitor forklift usage and better understand how to deploy its material handling resources.

Maximize Battery Efficiency

Crown’s Battery Health Monitor helps the company maintain their batteries to provide top performance and monitor the energy usage of each truck to maximize battery efficiency.

Maximize ROI

By optimizing the use of both its lift trucks and its batteries, SaltWorks® believes the InfoLink system and Battery Health Monitor will help maximize the company’s return on investment.

“Getting the proper life cycle out of a battery is really important. With InfoLink and the Battery Health Monitor, it really ends up allowing SaltWorks® to end up getting maximum usage out of those batteries.”

 

John Rossi

Facilities Manager – SaltWorks®

Saltworks Facilities Manager

Application

SaltWorks®, located in Woodinville, WA, is the world’s largest natural sea salt manufacturer. Having grown from a small home-based business into a globally-oriented company operating out of a custom-built 130,000 square foot facility, SaltWorks® imports sea salt from 25 different countries around the world and processes it into more than 110 varieties and redistributes the product globally. The vertically integrated company has developed its own proprietary processes to produce the cleanest sea salt in the world, using no chemicals or artificial coloring.

 

Challenge

SaltWorks® originally relied on a fleet of used LPG internal combustion forklifts and frequently experienced unexpected downtime due to poor reliability. When the company decided an electric fleet would be better suited to their environment, it started with used counterbalance forklifts from a variety of manufacturers. The operators preferred the Crown forklift for its maneuverability, reliability and ergonomics, leading SaltWorks® to invest in a new fleet of Crown electric forklifts and pallet trucks selected for specific applications. As a new electric forklift user, the company also needed a way to ensure they would operate efficiently and maximize ROI. 

Solution

SaltWorks® selected the InfoLink Operator and Fleet Management System to help manage their new electric fleet. The InfoLink system captures fleet utilization data in real time, enabling the company to know exactly when and how their trucks are being used. To understand more about battery utilization, SaltWorks® added the Battery Health Monitor to their InfoLink system. This tool enables management to constantly monitor the state and usage of all of the batteries in their fleet. This ensures that they properly maintain the batteries to keep them in top shape, and also enables management to monitor battery usage and move underutilized forklifts to other higher duty jobs in the warehouse.