Material Handling Experts


Information on the products and techniques to better store, handle, and move products in your facility.

What’s the Right Warehouse Rack System for Your Operation?

March 8, 2016

Forklift in front of rack and shelving warehouse system

A warehouse rack system is a humble part of any storage operation that can quietly make or break its success. While that may sound dramatic, it’s a fact that in a warehouse or distribution center a rack system is at the core of operations. It’s involved in several stages of operations and it follows that it should be carefully considered.

The good news is warehouse racking systems are available in many different configurations. Most can be customized to suit your warehouse’s specific space and business needs, fill the cube and operate in most any way you’d like. Whether you are storing pallets, beverage loads, heavy components, furniture, food, cartons or any other load, rack systems can be designed to fit your application.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Inventory Management, Material Handling, Order Picking & Fulfillment, Pallet Rack, Warehousing| No Comments »

Essentials of Safe Chemical Storage

February 25, 2016

Hazardous Chemical Representation
Often we think of hazardous chemicals storage in light of EPA and other regulatory requirements – what will I get cited for if I don’t comply? Forget citations – isn’t the real reason the safety of your workers and your facility? Let’s discuss safety measures that don’t require a large effort, but may help prevent significant issues.

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , , , ,
Posted in Material Handling, Product Ideas, Safety & Ergonomics, Warehousing| No Comments »

How to Reduce Your Storage Footprint with Spiral Conveyors

February 9, 2016

spiral conveyor system

In any warehouse or distribution facility, there are two critical—and usually very limited—commodities: time and space.

Warehouses and DC’s are limited by these two constraints – you basically have your square footage, your people, and 24 hours in a day—or less, if you aren’t running three shifts. These constraints drive us to refine processes and optimize performance. Let’s discuss a type of equipment that can save time and slash the need for space: spiral conveyors.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Conveyor, Material Handling, Mezzanines, Order Picking & Fulfillment, Space Saving, Warehousing| No Comments »

How WCS Controls & Synchronizes Automated Equipment & Systems

February 4, 2016

Automated Conveyor System
When you deploy automated equipment and systems like conveyor sortation, picking, packing, and order consolidation, you may think that getting the equipment to do its basic job is the goal. That optimal production and worker performance had been gained. There’s a digital element that you may not have considered, though – a warehouse control system.
Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , , , ,
Posted in Material Handling, Order Picking & Fulfillment, Robotics, Warehousing| No Comments »

3 Ways Conveyors Boost Flexibility

February 2, 2016

overhead, multi-tier conveyor system
From throughput requirements to building expansions, you want to be ready for your company’s future. Sometimes these changes take place over longer periods of time, and sometimes they’re lightning-fast—your products and throughput can change from season to season based on shifting customer demands, market conditions, explosive growth, and other factors outside your control.

Sometimes conveyors are incorrectly called inflexible since they are often installed on a floor level, but their benefits can ultimately create greater versatility by optimizing an operation and creating more efficient material flow. Let’s look at 3 ways conveyors increase operational flexibility: Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , ,
Posted in Conveyor, Manufacturing, Material Handling, Warehousing| No Comments »

5 Key Warehouse Performance Metrics for an Effective Operation

January 28, 2016

warehouse operations
Performance metrics are a universal way to measure a warehouse operation’s overall effectiveness, quality, and productivity. In today’s fast-paced and competitive environment, setting benchmarks and goals for a company is essential, but it’s not enough to set lofty goals for the coming year in terms of revenue, profits, or production. In the warehouse, success is the sum of all its parts. To reach overall production, quality, safety, or service goals, an examination of each step is essential. Through this evaluation process of different performance metrics, managers can find actionable information and begin prioritizing problems within a warehousing or distribution operation.

We’ve previously discussed how key performance indicators (KPIs) demonstrate the value of warehouse functions. Now, let’s take a dive deeper into five specific performance metrics to consider implementing in the modern warehouse. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Lean, Manufacturing, Material Handling, Order Picking & Fulfillment, ROI, Warehousing| No Comments »

Safety and Cranes: What You Need to Know

January 26, 2016

gantry crane system
The jib, gantry and bridge cranes used in material handling applications are typically smaller, lower capacity, and used with a much wider array of end effectors — magnetic connections, manipulators, bundlers and other specialized end effectors along with the standard hook mounts — than construction cranes, but many of the same safety and application issues are shared by both types of crane systems. Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , , , ,
Posted in Lifts, Material Handling, Safety & Ergonomics| No Comments »

Structural vs. Roll-Form Pallet Racks: a Comparison

November 16, 2015

structural rack application

Structural vs. roll form racks: which fits your application and operation best?

Roll-form selective rack is the standard for many industrial storage operations. It’s the go-to rack due to its teardrop assembly, ease-of-use, and strength. Because it doesn’t require bolts or other hardware (aside from a snap-on safety clip) to attach beams to uprights, it’s a popular option for selective industrial pallet storage operations. But there is another option: structural rack with bolt-on beam/frame connections, higher capacities and rigidity.

Why would you use structural racks rather than roll-form racking?

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Material Handling, Pallet Rack, Product Ideas, Warehousing| No Comments »

A Guide to Stacking Bulk Materials

November 10, 2015

When you have bulk materials to store and handle, when is it best to stack them on the floor, and when do you need to move it to storage equipment like heavier racks? How can you safely and effectively stack these materials on the ground? OSHA offers some guidelines on the question from a safety perspective. When you do opt for either floor stacking or rack storage, what are some safeguards you should take?

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Material Handling, Pallet Rack, Safety & Ergonomics, Warehousing| No Comments »

Wire Shelving Advantages Over Standard Shelving

November 5, 2015

Wire Shelving Examples
What specialized applications do you have for shelving? Cold storage capable? Biohazard resistant? Air flow through shelves? Fire sprinklers able to reach all levels? Bin storage and easy visibility of shelf contents? All these are great reasons to go with wire shelving, which can serve multiple purposes in a facility and is less likely to retain airborne dust and debris.

Let’s look at some of the wire shelving options available.

Read the rest of this entry »

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

Tags: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Industrial Shelving, Inventory Management, Material Handling, Order Picking & Fulfillment, Product Ideas, Space Saving, Warehousing| No Comments »