PEER Bearing is a manufacturer of bearings for many industries, including agricultural, industrial transmission, material handling and more. The company’s North American headquarters in Waukegan, IL contains a 200,000 square foot distribution center for bearings manufactured at its other facilities throughout the world.
PEER Bearing’s forklift fleet includes a variety of Crown order pickers, reach trucks, stand up counterbalance trucks and very narrow aisle turret trucks among others, with each truck selected to perform specific tasks. As the company’s fleet grew, it became more challenging to determine how each lift truck was being utilized and whether the fleet contained the right mix of trucks to maximize productivity. In addition, with the company’s keen focus on safety, warehouse personnel were definitely interested in any tools that would help reinforce safe operating behavior. Management knew that there was a lot of data to be gathered, but had no way to effectively capture the information and package it to help them make informed decisions.