The Postal Service uses forklifts and tow motors to move mail in its mail processing facilities. To improve efficiency and cut the costs associated with using this equipment, the U.S. Postal Service purchased a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)-based tracking system called the Powered Industrial Vehicle Management System (PIVMS).
Features of the system that help productivity include weight sensing, real-time location of vehicles, two-way messaging, driver authentication and maintenance scheduling. Features that increase safety include impact accountability, facilitating Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance as well as speed and impact sensing.
The Postal Service has deployed the PIVMS in 114 facilities at a cost of more than $35 million to
• Reduce work hours used to transport mail and equipment throughout the plant.
• Reduce work hours needed to maintain the fleet of Powered Industrial Vehicles (PIVs).
• Eliminate unauthorized use of PIVs.
• Reduce injuries from unsafe operation of PIVs.
• Reduce damage to mail and equipment from unsafe operation of PIVs.
• Reduce the number of pieces of equipment needed to perform this work.
Pushing the Envelope is interested in hearing from those experienced in using the PIVMS. Has the PIVMS lived up to its expectations?
How do its benefits compare to its costs?
What do you think about PIVMS?
This topic is hosted by the OIG’s Network Processing directorate.