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How to Properly Evaluate Your Warehouse Management System (WMS)

October 15, 2015

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What Does a Warehouse Management System Do?

A medium-sized chain of convenience stores once asked me to take a look at their Warehouse Management System (WMS) to see if it was time for an upgrade. After documenting all the functions it performed, we discovered that none of them could be described as serving warehouse activities. The system had lots of good purchasing functions—but offered nothing to support the actual warehouse.

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Wide Span Bulk Shelving Offers More Capacity

October 13, 2015

Wide Span Bulk Shelving

There are all kinds of shelving options for typical loads, but what do you do with the really heavy, dense, or bulky items that just won’t work on conventional shelving, but that aren’t loaded on a pallet rack? Or things that aren’t big enough to store on pallet racks, but don’t fit into standard shelving? That’s where wide span bulk shelving comes into play. It’s similar to pallet rack, but built for hand-loaded case or piece storage.

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This article is part of a series of articles on Industrial Shelving. Click on a link below to view one of the other articles.
  1. Wide Span Bulk Shelving Offers More Capacity
  2. The Flexibility of Steel Shelving
  3. The Value & Versatility of Rivet Shelving
  4. Mobile Shelving Puts Supplies Where You Need Them
  5. Wire Shelving Advantages Over Standard Shelving

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The Future of Robotics: An Interview with FANUC America

October 8, 2015

Fanuc Robotics Family
More and more companies are adding various forms of robotics to their operations as they seek to improve productivity, enhance worker safety, and keep labor costs down. We recently spoke with Wes Garrett, Packaging Account Manager at FANUC America about robotics in the material handling industry. He provided some great information regarding cost of ownership, indicators robotics may benefit an operation, and trends in new technologies.

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Guard Rail: Steel vs. Flexible Poly

October 7, 2015
Steel King Guard Rail Impact Test
BoPlan Guard Rail Impact Test

Ouch – those collisions have done some damage

In both cases, the guard rail has deformed. That’s good, because both guardrails have done their jobs and protected the people, equipment or facility structures behind them. On the other hand, you can see that the rail systems have been stressed and bent. One system is rigid steel guard rail and the other is flexible poly guard rail. Let’s see how they match up in form, function and lifetime cost.
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The Flexibility of Steel Shelving

September 30, 2015

Rousseau Steel Shelving System

When most of us look at steel shelving we see, well, steel shelving, but the truth is, you can customize it more than any other type of industrial shelving to give you additional storage options that better fit your specific storage needs.

Let’s examine some of the possibilities.

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This article is part of a series of articles on Industrial Shelving. Click on a link below to view one of the other articles.
  1. Wide Span Bulk Shelving Offers More Capacity
  2. The Flexibility of Steel Shelving
  3. The Value & Versatility of Rivet Shelving
  4. Mobile Shelving Puts Supplies Where You Need Them
  5. Wire Shelving Advantages Over Standard Shelving

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Operating Forklifts More Safely

September 22, 2015

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Forklifts are generally acknowledged as the top safety issue in warehouse and distribution center operations. A number of things make this true: first, forklifts account for 1% of industrial accidents, but 10% of injuries. Let’s explore some ways you can make forklift use safer in your facility.
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New Videos: Spiral Conveyors

September 15, 2015
spiral conveyor applications

A video overview of vertical conveying solutions

An excellent way to move products vertically in a distribution environment is through spiral conveyors. You can move materials between levels (pick modules, mezzanines, multi-story buildings) using several methods, but when it comes to carton or tote loads that are so common in order picking applications, the choice tends to be between spiral conveyors, incline conveyors, and package handling lifts.

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How Automation & Material Handling Extends the Careers of Skilled Workers

September 9, 2015

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We published an article in the third quarter of the MHEDA Journal, Automation and Labor: Can’t They Get Along? The point of that article is that for American labor, robots aren’t currently reducing employment so much as changing it. Automated industries tend to be more profitable and less vulnerable to offshoring and other job-reducing factors.

Our friends at AutoQuip brought up another point—that automated systems and lifts can add valuable years to the working lives of high-skill, aging employees.

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Steel Guard Rails and Impact Ratings

September 3, 2015

Steel Guard Rails

Guardrails are used to separate people, structures, machinery and valuable assets from heavy forklifts weighing more than 10,000 pounds. The requirements for durability and impact resistance are demanding, yet many don’t understand what types of impacts their systems can endure, and under what circumstances. The issue is compounded by the fact that many manufacturers simply don’t provide impact ratings for their guard rails. Some companies fabricate and install home-made railing, which is likely to never have been rated at all.

What can you do to ensure your guard railing system can protect your employees and property the way it’s supposed to?

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The Value & Versatility of Rivet Shelving

September 1, 2015

Rivet Shelving

Rivet shelving is one of the most versatile forms of industrial shelving available. With individual shelf capacities up to 1,400 pounds, it rivals the load capacity of heavy wide span or pallet rack but is designed for carton and case storage. It assembles quickly due to its tear-drop and pin connectors and is extremely sturdy whether using a single-rivet or double-rivet design. It’s also available in an amazing array of sizes and layouts.

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This article is part of a series of articles on Industrial Shelving. Click on a link below to view one of the other articles.
  1. Wide Span Bulk Shelving Offers More Capacity
  2. The Flexibility of Steel Shelving
  3. The Value & Versatility of Rivet Shelving
  4. Mobile Shelving Puts Supplies Where You Need Them
  5. Wire Shelving Advantages Over Standard Shelving

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