CLARK S-Series Forklift “Smart-Dash”

Smart Dash is programmed to provide operators with real-time information and on-board diagnostics. The dash integrates with multiple truck options including optional backup camera, optional load weight scale, operator checklist and telematics. The dash intelligence also provides the ability to limit access for unauthorized operation of the truck or changing settings via password protection.

The optional Load Weight Scale will display the lifted load value on the main screen in large, easy to read text. The Smart Dash allows the customer to “tune” the truck to their specific requirements. The truck’s maximum speed can be set and password protected directly through the screen. Learn more about the S-Series.

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Kalmar Yard Spotter of the Future

The Kalmar T-2 is the most versatile and productive yard spotter on the market. Want to see what they envision for the next 15 years? See it in this short video. Learn more about current Kalmart Ottawa Yard Spotters.

The Flu, Its Cost and How to Avoid it

FluEach flu season in America, between 5% and 20% of American’s contract the flu. This leads to 111 million lost productive work days, which costs American business approximately 7 billion dollars! In addition, the direct costs (doctor’s visits, medication, hospitalization) cost individuals over 4.5 billion dollars a year! Source: CDC Whether it’s in your accounting department or forklift operators, you want to limit an outbreak at your company and contain any outbreak that does occur.

The effects of lost productivity can have a great effect on your ability to deliver products and services and provide customer service, which can lead to a negative impact on your bottom line. But there are things you can do to lower the risk at the department level and facility level. It all starts with planning and communication.

  1. Developing a plan to combat influenza? Businesses plan for all sorts of calamities and naturally occurring disasters. Does your company have a preparedness plan to prevent a flu outbreak? A tremendous amount of information is available to help you plan for and combat an outbreak of the flu a http://www.flu.gov/planning-preparedness/business/
  2. Educate your employees and take steps to encourage vaccination.One study showed a decrease in over 71% in hospitalizations when a flu vaccination was administered to adults of all ages (source). Flu vaccines not only reduce the chances of contracting the flu, but it also reduces the effects of the flu if an employee contracts it, thus enabling them to get back to full productivity sooner.
  3. Use Resources.The CDC has a great Business Tool Kit to help you educate your employees about the flu, how to prevent it and what to do if you think you are coming down with it. Visit the CDC Business Tool Kit Webapge.
  4. Proper sanitary proceduresare also essential during the flu season. Placing hand sanitizers throughout your facility and encouraging if not outright requiring their use will help contain the spread of the virus, should an employee become infected. There are additional steps you can take to prevent the spread of the flu, including increasing janitorial services or assigning teams to assist in the sanitization of routinely used and shared points, such as water fountains, door knobs/handles, bathrooms, and kitchens.
  5. Send them home!If an employee starts to show the signs of influenza, it’s important to remove them from the facility as soon as possible and require that they remain home until symptoms have subsided, particularly a fever.
  6. Seek immediate attention. If you or anyone around starts to feel fatigue, loss of appetite, lethargy, fever or any of the other first signs of the flu, get to a doctor and ask about anti-viral drugs. These drugs can cut your misery in half, as well as your time off work, and productivity.

The effects of flu season can be dramatic if left unaddressed. But developing a plan to deal with the flu and spreading education before the flu spreads itself around your facility will help you maintain your business productivity during this flu season.

Our focus is frequently on productivity, and this is not always about equipment and processes. Sometimes peripheral components can have an impact on our bottom lines, and it is important to us to serve as your partner in addressing all facts of productivity. We encourage you to visit the flu.gov site to learn more.

Forklift Tax Deductions Still in Play, But Time is Running Out

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Under 2018 Section 179 rules, first-year bonus depreciation has been expanded to include used equipment bought and placed in service after September 27, 2017. The first-year bonus deduction for all qualified equipment also increased from 50 percent to 100 percent of its cost.

Another provision of the new tax law increased the maximum depreciation deduction on section 179 property from $500,000 to $1 million and increased the cap on the equipment purchases from $2 million to $2.5 million. Those changes took effect December 31, 2017, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Under section 179, equipment purchases are treated as an expense and deducted from income.

Both section 179 and bonus depreciation allow 100 percent write-off of the cost of used equipment in the first year. Both also stipulate the equipment must be put into use in the year the purchaser takes the deduction.

But remember, in order to take advantage of these significant tax savings for 2018, you MUST acquire your equipment and PLACE IT INTO SERVICE by midnight December 31, 2018. Learn more about Section 179 at www.section179.org.

Now is the best time to save BIG in 2018 on a new forklift , aerial lift, sweeper, scrubber or commercial vehicle from Cal-Lift Inc. Give us a call for a quote today at 800-322-LIFT.

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CLARK Force-Cooled Wet Disc Brakes

The CLARK S-SERIES lift truck features Force-Cooled Wet Disc Brakes as standard equipment. The S-SERIES lift truck was designed with Force-Cooled Wet Disc Brakes to help the overall strength of the lift truck as well as to lower operator fatigue.

Learn more about the CLARK S-Series forklift at our website

CLARK S-Series Forklift FRAME Video

The CLARK S-SERIES lift truck is Built To Last® from the ground up. Durability of CLARK’s S-SERIES begins with the frame of the lift truck. That durability comes from features such as a one-piece fully-welded frame, heavy gauge steel, 5/8 inch thick durable fenders, integral tie-downs and more. See our S-Series line-up in our CLARK forklifts showroom.