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How to optimize picking productivity in a relatively small space

August 20, 2008

pallet racks with carton flow tracks

You know the pareto concept – 80% of the productivity can come from 20% of the operation. That also applies to floor space in many warehouses and industrial operations.

One easy way to save space in your warehouse is to look for big, open spaces in your rack system. If you have pallet racks but not all of your inventory goes into full pallets, one quick way to save space is to use that rack space for higher productivity activities. Could you move each-pick or case-pick operations off of floor pallets or static shelving into flow storage embedded in your racks?

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Wire Pallet Rack Decking Capacities – What you Need to Know

August 17, 2008

pallet rack wire decking

Craig Chamberlain has an article over at the MHEDA Edge website that you need to read if you use pallet rack wire decking.

Here’s the money quote:

“Decking can, and often does, directly bear the total weight of the application’s load and transfers that load to the beams of the pallet rack. Regardless of the weight-bearing capacity of the rack’s beams, an improperly overrated deck can and will jeopardize the load-bearing capacity of the entire system and result in a failure.”

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Incline conveyor application tips

August 7, 2008

Incline conveyor to mezzanine

Anyone who has dealt with material flow onto or off of a mezzanine, up onto a ceiling-mounted conveyor line, or between levels in a building understands just how useful – and how vital – incline conveyors can be. To help you think about how you might implement inclines into your operation, we’ve published the Hytrol guide to incline conveyors.

It’s illustrated and it’s a quick read. Tips include how to set the degree of incline, how to determine box tumbling, and a bit more. We also have some inclined conveyor video available.

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Palletizer Perspectives: Is Palletizing Suitable for My Operation?

August 4, 2008

Palletizer - palletized cans

With the growing popularity of automating the palletizing function, we arranged an interview with vonGAL, a leading manufacturer who has the largest installed base of palletizers in the country. Bobby Edmond is vonGAL’s Director of Applications, and has been in the business for 25 years. He has seen applications in a wide range of industries, and in companies large and small. I asked him if he would take time to share his thoughts, and answer a few questions of interest to those that might be considering palletizing for the first time.

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This article is part of a series of articles on Palletizers. Click on a link below to view one of the other articles.
  1. Palletizers: ergonomics and justification issues
  2. Palletizer Perspectives: Is Palletizing Suitable for My Operation?

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Cisco-Eagle’s Mike Palmison to Speak at WERC North Texas Convention

August 1, 2008

The North Texas WERC council is announcing the 7th annual warehousing resource convention set for Wednesday, September 10, 2008 in Grapevine, TX. Cisco-Eagle’s Vice President of Systems and Design, Mike Palmison will be speaking at this event. Mr. Palmison’s presentation will be focused on material handling excellence in order fulfillment. We’ll post more details as they become available. The North Texas convention is a terrific value at just $25 for members or non-members. Cisco-Eagle will also be present in the exhibition hall.

Other topics covered at the convention include:

  • Supply Chain Security
  • Multi-modal picking solutions combining RFID, voice, barcode scanning, and light
  • Round Table – Product Slotting
  • Metrics – Setting, and Using
  • The Range of Warehouse Systems…from low automation to fully automated
  • Supply Chain Network Analysis
  • Round Table – Technology
  • In Motion Order Fulfillment – Nordstroms, US Marine Corps, Baker Taylor, Koch Ent
  • Optimize Your Operation with Slotting
  • Round Table – Saftey and Security
  • Warehouse Planning & Operations
  • Round Table – Going Green

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