Submitted by admin on Sun, 07/29/2012 - 09:53
Eight electronic key and intelligent access management systems were recently introduced to control over 200 fork trucks and other materials handling equipment used for the Just-In-Time transportation of product materials and components to the production line. We ask why – what was the rationale? And we question the benefits Jaguar Land Rover expect to get from this control of fork truck usage.
Manufacturer of the world-renowned Land Rover Freelander 2, the company has one of its three manufacturing sites at Halewood, Liverpool.
Traka was firstinvestigated for key management control to restrict driver access to fork trucks some three to four years ago on the grounds of ‘accountability’ from a safety perspective. After some consideration, the project was shelved. However, ground swell was strong and, following representation from the on-site Linde fork truck
Engineering Manager, it was decided to revisit the idea, this time on a major cost-saving justification.
Previously owned by Ford and now part of the Tata Group, Jaguar Land Rover is self-financing and is acutely aware of costs. On a site of several square kilometres,
Jaguar Land Rover employs more than 1,900 people and produces a car every 135 seconds, taking 2.5 days in production from start to finish. The site is vast, taking more than 25 minutes to walk across the factory.
All achieved by using Traka to manage the keys;restricting access only to authorised drivers in each of the specific areas.
With a range of trucks from Reach and Counter Balance to Tow Trucks and Die Handlers, historically these would be used at remote locations across the plant. Trucks are now controlled and zoned into five areas; Press Shop, Body Shop, Trim and Final, Parts and Logistics, and Linde workshop.
Traka systems were first installed in July 2008 during the summer shut down and have now been fully implemented on a phased roll-out basis.
The less critical areas were tackled first as Jaguar Land Rover wanted to learn as much about the system and the information available from the reports as possible, thus
getting maximum benefit from the next installation phase. Currently, there are eight systems installed for managing over 200 new Linde fork trucks and other keys on site.