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Pick Light vs. Voice-Directed vs. RF Picking Systems

October 1, 2014

light directed picking

These systems are at their best for open case picking systems. When you’re picking full pallets and cases, they’re less useful, although that depends on the situation. You can mix these systems in a single facility of pick pod area for maximum effect with inventory slotted to match the necessary profile. Each has a role, depending on what you’re picking, how your facility is set up, and the nature of your picking methodology. What might be best for a given situation?

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Conveyor Costs: The Information You’re Overlooking

September 30, 2014

conveyor and labeling system

A conveyor system is an investment that you don’t take lightly—you want the best equipment you can buy for your money. The most obvious cost of that equipment will be the dollar number on the initial invoice, but there’s more to consider when purchasing a conveyor. That’s why you should consider the Total Cost of Ownership for your system, and what you can do to decrease it in the long-term.

This article covers the Total Cost of Ownership—why it’s important, how to calculate it, and what you can do to improve it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Advantages of Modular Systems

September 22, 2014

Modular Workbench Systems

Ever try adding new equipment to a work space? Typically, the new stuff doesn’t fit nicely with the old stuff –  holes don’t line up, one is taller than the other, larger, or smaller. You end up frustrated, and waste a great deal of time and money trying to get new parts to work together with the old. That’s why modular is the way to go if you think you might be adding to a system at some point.

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Pop Quiz: The Best Way to Help Prevent a Forklift Collision

September 18, 2014

dangeorous warehouse intersection

It would be nice if every aisle and intersection, every wall cut-away, every rack corner, were visible. But I’ve been in these places and seen the difficulty storage or manufacturing facilities endure when it comes to the delicate balance between work velocity, employee safety, and productivity. On the floor of a bustling facility, in those areas where lighting isn’t the best, where busy forklift drivers  are sweating to fill orders, you’re going to have odd intersections. No doubt about that. This is one such intersection in a real facility. Our traffic management and safety teams use it as an exercise. You have options to help reduce accidents at this intersection…what would you do?

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What’s the Best Pallet Rack for Your Application?

September 15, 2014

Drive-in Pallet Rack

When approaching pallet rack choices, cost, storage density and construction elements all play a role in making a choice. While cost is always a prime concern, be mindful that cost is often tied to storage density. Cheaper pallet rack tends to not have as much storage density as more expensive rack. But before you consider cost, you must decide what applications you will use the pallet rack for.

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Lean Warehousing and Manufacturing Roundup

September 14, 2014

flow cell work station application

Lean manufacturing has been the rage for some time now, but the process isn’t as prevalent in the warehousing and distribution sector. This is unfortunate, because the principle of doing more with less speaks to the very core of warehousing. The reason to go lean in warehousing is to reduce reliance on warehousing. Here is a lean roundup of articles, blog posts, video, and more from around the web.

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Moving Materials Efficiently without a Forklift

September 5, 2014
Lift'N Buddy

Powered Lift Hand Truck

Lifter Transporter

Lifter Transporter

Portable Stacker

Portable Stacker

Manual Stacker

Manual Stacker

Counterweight Stacker

Counterweight Stacker

Powered Stacker

Powered Stacker

Non-Straddling Stacker

Non-straddling Stacker

In facilities that ship mixed loads or do order fulfillment, materials may not always be palleted when moved or in full pallet loads, which makes forklift use less efficient and more troublesome than some often overlooked methods that work quite well.

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Long Item Storage: Comparing Traditional and Roll-Out Cantilever Racks

August 29, 2014

Crank Out Cantilever Rack

If you’ve got conduit, tubing, rebar, pipe or bar stock, you need cantilever rack – period. Get it off the floor, off of standard shelving and pallet rack, and put it somewhere you don’t have to fight with it each time you need some. If you’re really smart, you’ll put it where overhead lift equipment can get to it – because once you get it stored right, you’ll wonder what the heck you were thinking earlier.

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Tool & Die Storage Done Right

August 29, 2014


We all know what happens to tooling and die when it’s stored haphazardly. Bumped and scratched, a chip here, a nick there, and suddenly your machining just isn’t what it used to be. The quality has slipped, maybe more products are being returned, there’s an increase in customer complaints. It’s too valuable and too expensive to risk. What are your options?

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Video Library: Carts, Trucks & Mobile Equipment for Safe, Reliable Product Transport

August 29, 2014

Mobile stock chaser vehicle

Preventing injury in the workplace isn’t just the right thing to do: It makes smart business sense, too. With 1,000,000 reported back injuries a year, accounting for one quarter of all workers’ compensation claims (according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics), it’s critical for employees to take the proper precautions when transporting materials in the warehouse or distribution center.

Our previous video blog in this series dealt with safety gates & rails to protect employees, inventory, and equipment. Today, we’ll explore the ways in which employees can ensure safety and productivity when transporting materials via carts, trucks & mobile equipment and industrial powered vehicles:

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