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Traka has revealed that Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood site in Liverpool is utilising its electronic access management systems to manage more than 200 fork trucks and other materials-handling equipment.

Fork trucks are used to transport materials and components to the production line and the company had a number of issues to address, including driver accountability, damage control, cost savings and health and safety compliance.

Traka uses intelligent key fobs – Ifobs – each of which contains an electronic data chip and is attached to every truck key with a security seal.

The Ifobs are locked into a designated port within a Traka key cabinet and operators identify themselves at the cabinet using their company ID cards.

An Ifob will only be released if the operator has permission to access the cabinet, and, even then, will only give access to the keys to trucks for which he or she is authorised to drive.

This is controlled through the Traka32 software, with the user and key details stored on a central database.

Each truck is fitted with a receptor socket into which the driver inserts the Ifob to start the truck.

Because all trucks are not keyed alike, it is easy to know who has driven a particular truck at any time, which is crucial in the case of an accident or health and safety incident.

Using Traka is said to save time and, by not having a single key for each truck, vehicles can still be used even if a key has been taken home inadvertently by a driver.

If an Ifob is not returned at the end of a shift, it is easy to identify who has it.

Driver accountability is ensured; previously, trucks were often treated badly and there was no way of tracking who had caused the resulting damage.

By reducing truck damage, downtime is also reduced and trucks spend less time in the workshop.

With this level of accountability, there is also less damage to stock, pallets and racking, resulting in lower operating costs.

Daily incident reports are downloaded from Traka and reconciled against the driver report.

Failure to complete an incident report is deemed a serious offence and is subject to disciplinary action.

When Traka was introduced, the company found that good drivers took to the system well, while others quickly realised that they would have to modify there behaviour or risk disciplinary action.

Traka has eliminated paper-based forms, meaning records can be managed with less administrative effort.

Drivers also know that trucks will be in the right place when needed and be in good working condition.

The Traka system has enabled all these safeguards to be put in place.

Previously, more than 27 incidents had been recorded each week; using Traka, the number has been reduced to one.

Following the success of Traka’s fork truck control for the firm, Jaguar Land Rover has also adopted it to manage keys to rooms, buildings and storage areas.

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