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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 »

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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 »

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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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Safety – A Manufacturing & Distribution Hot Button

November 3, 2015

ProMat 2015 Convention Floor
In manufacturing & distribution, safety is an area of top concern, for both the protection of workers and financial ramifications for companies. We spent some time at ProMat with Kelly Kamlager from Ladder Industries to examine the importance of safety and compliance for industrial companies.

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OSHA’s Top 10 List for FY2015

October 21, 2015
OSHA's Top 10 Safety Violations

The annual National Safety Council Congress & Expo has come and gone and one of the best take-aways from that event was the announcement of OSHA’s top ten most-cited safety violations for FY2015. None of the items on the list were especially surprising, except perhaps the numbers of citations, and all types of violations should give you cause to stop and think about how well you’ve done with safety in those areas.

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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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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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Pallet Racks and Falling Item Prevention

August 27, 2015

falling items in a rack and shelving system

What goes up…

In warehousing and storage operations where inventory is stored high on racks, it’s a sad fact of life: sometimes pallets or cartons fall.

They fall because they’re stacked wrong. They fall because an order picker or a forklift bumps them. They might fall because the pallet breaks or was poorly stacked. They fall due to seismic activity, rack failure, or just plain mistakes. There are plenty of reasons they fall, but how can you reduce your risks?

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This article is part of a series of articles on Falling Item Prevention. Click on a link below to view one of the other articles.
  1. Conveyors and Falling Item Prevention
  2. Pallet Racks and Falling Item Prevention
  3. Industrial Shelving: How To Prevent Collapses and Falling Products

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