Ergonomic & Workspace Solutions for Warehousing, Distribution & Manufacturing Facilities

Gigantic Pallet Rack Bulk Bins

Parts bins are a great organizing tool in shelving, but have you ever wished that you could get parts bins for your pallet rack?  Quantum Storage has just announced a new product to address that wish.     Rack Bins are 42” deep and stackable to fit into standard pallet racking.  Instead of wasting space above a shelf level, stack two or three bins to make the most of the … [Read more...]

Kick up the performance of Lean Picking

Akro-Mils has introduced a great new product that will enhance Lean and 5S functions.  The IndicatorÔ bin is two colors! The largest section of the bin is one color, for standard stock. The smaller portion is bright orange. This allows safety stock to be placed in that section. When the inventory is low in the bin, the operator can just flip the bin to the orange side. This allows them to keep … [Read more...]

Winter is coming: check your Dock Seals.

Yes, the fall weather has finally arrived and it’s good to take some time off to enjoy it.  As we all know, the winter months will soon be upon us. For manufacturing sites and distribution centers, dock doors are a huge drain on heating bills. Every time a truck pulls in to load or unload, the dock door comes up and all the heat goes out into the winter air. A dock seal creates a barrier between … [Read more...]

The Challenge of the Aging Workforce

I am a big fan of CBS Sunday Morning. I finally watched the episode that aired a couple of weeks ago and that program contained a really interesting story about BMW. They have recognized that their workforce is aging and that they may need to make some changes to accommodate older workers. By 2020 16% of the population will be over 65 years of age, so this is a problem common to all US … [Read more...]

Work Positioning Can Be A Big Challenge

Work positioningWork positioning is a big challenge for many industrial manufacturers. I have seen countless tool and die makers hunched over worktables that are just too low. Often, the size of the piece makes it very difficult to work with even if the height is adjustable. Many assemblers of bigger items, such as lawn mowers also have problems reaching the entire assembly. These poor postures … [Read more...]

Safety Railing and Bollards

I had a call from a prospect today about safety railing and bollards. They have an application where they need the protection of a rail or bollard, but they need to be able to remove them easily when moving large equipment through the plant. There are a couple of solutions to this problem.Safety railing is available with removable rails. This allows access to electrical panels or other … [Read more...]

Keeping Insects out of Warehouses and Factories

I have been working on some dock issues this week. The biggest problem is for a customer that is having a problem with flies in their warehouse.Insects in a building can be more than just a nuisance. This customer said they were inundated with insects from a nearby operation and the people working in the warehouse spent most of the week swatting flies: not very productive. Other insects, such as … [Read more...]

Buying Pallet Racking- What you should know

This morning a customer called looking for some old Penco rack beams in an odd size.  It is mostly impossible to find this stuff any more.  A standard developed in the rack marketplace about 1996: Teardrop Style.  For companies that buy used rack for their warehouses, it is important to know what you are buying.  If you buy most any other "style" of racking, then it is highly likely that it has … [Read more...]

Can Material Handling Products be Green?

A customer called to day to discuss their pressing need for more space in their warehouse. They have a company directive to improve their efforts to be "Green". After learning more about the situation, I suggested that an In-Plant office with storage on top would allow them to clear some valuable real estate. The customer asked me why InPlant offices are green.There are a number of reasons. The … [Read more...]

Industrial Knife Safety

Every year numerous injuries are caused by box cutters and knives used in industrial workplaces.  These cuts can be minor, but it is easy to get a serious cut from these devices.  I had a customer contact me this morning asking for an Industrial Safety Knife with a guarded blade.  We have them, and sell them to a number of companies. Injuries usually occur when someone puts an unguarded knife … [Read more...]