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Ergonomic & Workspace Solutions for Warehousing, Distribution & Manufacturing Facilities

Ergonomic & Workspace Solutions for Warehousing, Distribution & Manufacturing Facilities

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...]

High-Performance Industrial Shelving

It's nice to be appreciated.  I had a customer call yesterday afternoon to tell me how happy he was with the quality of the industrial shelving we shipped to his facility.  In the past, his company had purchased small amounts of shelving at the local home center.  It was falling down and shelves were bending, so he called us for some industrial-grade shelving. There is a big difference between … [Read more...]

Back-Belts are NOT Created Equal

The use of back belts in industrial settings is very controversial. Many companies have tried them and found that they either didn't help at all, or possibly they made the situation worse. Traditional back belts just squeeze you into an existing poor posture.There is one product on the market that is truly different. While most back belts are just "girdles", the Back-A-Line belt has a … [Read more...]

Solving Drum-Handling Hazards

We received a product bulletin today from Valley Craft concerning their new power Drive Drum Handling equipment and I though it would be a good subject for the blog.  Handling drums is a major problem for many companies. Drums are big, heavy and often full of some kind of chemicals that should not be spilled. I have worked on numerous drum-handling projects over the years, often after an injury … [Read more...]

Freight Elevator or Vertical Conveyor?

A potential customer called today with a dilemma.  He has a new building going up and will need a way to move material to a second level of the building.   He has been told that he will need a freight elevator, but he doesn't have the budget.  He asked if we had any solutions.An affordable alternative to a freight elevator is a Vertical Reciprocating Conveyor or VRC.  This equipment is designed … [Read more...]

Spring-Loaded Dock Plate

We got a product announcement today from Bluff Manufacturing. The new product is a spring-loaded dock plate. The aluminum plate is fitted with a spring-loaded mechanism that fixes it in place to the dock floor. The springs allow the plate to be safely lowered into place for use and then easily returned to a vertical position for storage. No more injuries from handling dock plates and no chance of … [Read more...]

Should you use Wire Decks in your Pallet Rack?

I had a call from a customer today with questions about wire decking.  There are a number of reasons to use decking in pallet rack installations.  First, there are National Fire Codes which severely limit the use of wood in racking.  Solid decks will not allow the water from fire sprinklers, or fire hoses to flow down th the floor level, the most likely location for a fire.  Wood also outgasses … [Read more...]