Forklifts are classified as indispensable equipment utilized in manufacturing and
warehousing operations. This equipment contributes a large percentage towards any
warehouse and manufacturing operation. Industry surveys confirm that 94% of
materials handling businesses do not have an accurate record of their forklift fleet.
Inflated costs are usually incurred due to the lack of knowledge or little insight into
the true drivers of forklift operating expenses, maintenance, life cycle and efficient
A comprehensive study on all abovementioned aspects affecting forklifts would
prove beneficial on the long run for any business that utilizes such fleet. This project
will aim at assisting Sasol Dyno Nobel in developing models and providing
Effective utilization and operational efficiency of forklifts
Allocating forklifts to the respective departments within the Sasol Dyno site
Maintaining and servicing forklifts
Cost and life cycles of forklifts
Upon completion of this project, a detailed report of all the work done in achieving
the set deliverables will be compiled and sent to the relevant stakeholders. All
recommendations will be used at the owners’ discretion.
Thesis (B Eng. (Industrial and Systems Engineering))--University of Pretoria, 2012.