Ergonomic & Workspace Solutions for Warehousing, Distribution & Manufacturing Facilities

How to Choose the Proper Industrial Shelving

Industrial shelving is available in many forms. So, how do you decide what style of shelving is right for your operation? Here are some tips for making a wise purchase:Determine the weight capacity needed. For 400 lbs. per shelf and under, standard shelving will be fine. If you have heavier loads or need to point load a product, then higher capacities should be utilized. If you need 800 lbs. … [Read more...]

When should you ask for advice from a Material Handling Expert?

Material Handling equipment can be complicated, and we believe that you should get professional advice for any of the following:Any applications that involve load-bearing. If you need pallet racking, shelving or lift solutions, then it is critical to be assured that the product you select will handle the weight of the products that you are storing or lifting. Capacities on racking vary … [Read more...]

Cutting Energy Costs in your Warehouse

It’s cold outside and your energy bills are skyrocketing!Since we are having a particularly cold and icy winter this year, it is a good time to look at ways to conserve the heat in your building. Every time a dock door opens, a rush of cold air flows inside making for uncomfortable work conditions.Dock Seals can mitigate the cold air by sealing the area around the loading truck. Seals … [Read more...]

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...]