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Ergonomic & Workspace Solutions for Warehousing, Distribution & Manufacturing Facilities

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...]

More on Creating Space with Mezzanines

I have been ignoring my blog on material handling because I have been very busy generating a proposal for a large, and rather complicated mezzanine. For this customer, the total is pretty large (over $100,000), but looking at the cost per square foot (about $20.00), it is certainly less than the alternative of adding building space.Adding the mezzanine also offers more advantages. The addition … [Read more...]

Ergonomic Mats are a Great Investment

This morning I was greeted with several orders from the same customer for ergonomic mats. It's a great way to start the day.I think good Ergo Mats are the single most cost-effective investment for a company. The cost is very reasonable and the benefits to employees are huge.We provided mats to an entire production area, and when I would visit the plant the workers on the line would yell at me … [Read more...]