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Warehousing Optimization: Standards, Data and Time

July 28, 2015

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When it comes to warehousing operations, there are many ways to approach a continuous improvement project. You can automate, you can reorganize. You can employ a consultant. Three of the constant factors are time, standards, and data. Here are some insights on each of these important areas:

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White Paper: Pedestrian Safety in Forklift Operations

July 27, 2015

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36% of forklift injury accidents involve pedestrians. That’s tens of thousands of accidents a year in the U.S. alone, a great many of them with direct bearing on pedestrians, who are at great risk. Due to the sheer mass of forklifts, they are particularly dangerous for pedestrians. Almost all these accidents result in serious injuries due to the mass and size of forklifts. Forklifts account for 1% of industrial accidents, but 10% of injuries. That statistic alone should put dealing with lift traffic and the ways it threatens walking employees, order pickers, and others a top priority.

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Register Today for the Texas Warehousing Resource Convention

July 16, 2015

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A great way to spend a day for warehousing, distribution, manufacturing, safety and other industrial professionals.

It’s a quick, one-day conference, now on its 14th year, packed with education and networking opportunities. It’s an easy drive for anyone in North Texas. There will be more than 40 exhibitors (including Cisco-Eagle) in attendance to give you a chance to see the newest technologies and chat with industry leaders. (Big bonus: one of those exhibitors will be Cisco-Eagle!). Read the rest of this entry »

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New Videos: Seegrid Vision-Guided Pallet & Tow Trucks

July 9, 2015

Seegrid Vision Guided Towing Tractor

We recently added several new videos. Seegrid manufactures vision-guided vehicles (tow trucks and pallet trucks) that help reduce wasted labor resources (travel time, in particular). These vehicles are reliable, safe and efficient in many kinds of material handling operations. Since they don’t require a driver, they reduce non-value add labor activities in a warehouse or manufacturing facility. Payloads travel from one value-add point (receiving, parts areas) to another (storage, workcells). Check out the videos below for more information.

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17 Expert Tips on Safety in the Workplace

July 7, 2015

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Industrial workplace safety bears repetition and consistent reinforcement

For manufacturing and distribution operations, workplace safety doesn’t just protect workers—it optimizes productivity and helps drive revenue growth. It also helps protect company assets, reduces downtime, and increases morale. What can you do to protect your employees in picking, packing, material handling, assembly, maintenance and similar work? To answer this question, we spoke with leading manufacturers and distributors. Here’s what they had to say: Read the rest of this entry »

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Options for Manufacturing Cost Reduction

June 23, 2015

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Waste might be the most critical measure for manufacturing operations – waste of labor, materials, time and money. Many companies are faced with nearly constant pressure to cut costs and increase efficiency, even as demand spikes. This means reducing costs without compromising quality or throughput. What are some things you can do to balance these needs?

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What are the Latest Industrial Automation & Robotics Trends?

June 12, 2015

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According to new research from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), manufacturers will significantly accelerate their use of industrial robots over the next decade. BCG data shows approximately 1.2 advanced robots are expected to be deployed across the U.S. by the year 2025, resulting in 25% of all manufacturing functions becoming fully automated. A USA Today article on the research findings notes that, within two years, the number of advanced robots in the U.S. will begin to grow by 10% a year. “Replacing employees with robots is projected to result in a manufacturing workforce that’s 22% — or a few million workers — smaller by 2025 than it otherwise would have been,” says USA Today.

So what does all of this mean for manufacturing and distribution?

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Introducing the AisleAlert Collision Warning System

June 11, 2015

This video illustrates the new AisleAlert intersection warning system, which is ideal for warehouses, manufacturing facilities, and other applications where visibility or heavy cross-traffic volumes may cause deadly collisions between forklifts, pedestrians and other industrial traffic. As traffic approaches the protected intersection, motion sensors detect the converging motion and trigger a bright LED light that flashes down onto the floor below the sensor at the center of the intersection. This positioning is unique–and remarkably visible.  Since the system utilizes reliable motion detection and intelligent controls, it activates only when traffic is detected in at least two directions moving toward the monitored area. Check it out if you are looking for an economical way increase safety in your facility.

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15 Experts Weigh in on Manufacturing’s Shifting Workforce Demographics

June 4, 2015

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Manufacturing skills gap. Talent shortage. Shifting workforce demographics. What are the trends?

Call it what you will, but the fact remains that the U.S. manufacturing industry faces a pressing issue in the coming years if current worker retirement rates continue to accelerate and projections for industry expansion prove accurate. Research from the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte indicates there could be as many as 2 million unfilled manufacturing jobs by 2025, up from initial estimates of 600,000. As noted in a Huffington Post article on the research findings, retirement and rapid industry growth are the two driving factors contributing to the skills shortage.

To get a better sense of how the industry is addressing the challenges (and potential opportunities) associated with the increasing skills gap, we recently conferred with industry partners, leaders, and subject matter experts.

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Hytrol Introduces New DCEZD-62, DCEZD-63, and a New End Drive for DC-62 Drag Chain Conveyors

June 1, 2015

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Our partners at Hytrol Conveyors have introduced a couple of new upgrades to drag chain conveyors.

First, they are rolling out two new models, the DCEZ the DCEZD-62 and DCEZD-63 heavy duty drag chain pallet conveyors. These are 2-and-3-strand drag chain conveyors ideal for medium duty zero-pressure accumulation. They utilize Hytrol’s EZLogic® Accumulation System and EZDrive decentralized drive system for non-reversing applications. They’re also manufacturing a new end drive for the DC-62 and DC-63, the two-and three-strand drag chain conveyors designed to handle pallets.

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