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High-Speed Doors Enhance Productivity, Limit Contaminants, Reduce Energy Costs

May 12, 2015

High-Speed Vinyl Door

Somewhere in your facility, there may be a place where someone frequently shouts “shut the door!”

Perhaps you have operations that require maintaining temperatures within certain limits. There may also be areas heavy-traffic areas where a conventional overhead door’s slow lift and close rates cause delays, slower throughput and cause reduced productivity from waiting on a door to open.

These are situations where a high-speed door may solve a variety of problems. From limiting airborne debris, dust and contaminant infiltration to temperature regulation, high-speed doors pick up the pace in your facility even as they limit the amount of exposure to negative environmental influences. They open and close so quickly that forklifts and people hardly need wait on the door in order to pass through the doorway. Let’s take a few minutes to explore the types and key features of high-speed doors.
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The Case for Industrial Safety Training

April 30, 2015

Forklift Safety Needs

Statistics show that the single largest cause of accident and injury in the work place is human error. People sometimes doing things they know they shouldn’t, sometimes not knowing they shouldn’t, and sometimes not doing things they know they should. These are all classic cases of human error. These are the sins of commission (you did it), ignorance (you didn’t know), and omission (you knew but didn’t do what you should have).

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A Review of Plant Security & Access Control Equipment

April 28, 2015

Pallet Rack Security

Warehouse security is sometimes slighted – other than perhaps exterior door locks and perhaps alarms. Security professionals will tell you that security is substantially about access to desirable items. How can you limit it? Let’s take a look at security equipment that can reduce temptation and help to keep vandals away from expensive exterior equipment.

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A Jargon-Free Guide to Vertical Reciprocating Conveyor Specification

April 7, 2015

Pflow lift mechanical, four post

Facility space is expensive—very expensive—so it’s become increasingly important to utilize it to its full potential in any industrial facility. We’ve seen many companies find ways to expand their crowded operation utilizing mezzanines and other elevated work platforms that help seize the vertical cube. There are multiple methods for moving materials between vertical levels, and  vertical reciprocating conveyors (VRCs) are one of the best.

With an array of carriage types, drives, designs and power sources available, what vertical lift might meet your needs?

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Ergonomic Safety Tips for the Warehouse

April 2, 2015

Warehouse workers

Everyday functions of most warehouses and industrial operations falls within the realm of manual material handling–constant lifting, bending, stretching, reaching, pushing and otherwise manipulating materials by physical force. People are moving cartons, picking orders, reaching for packing materials and other activities. Manual material handling contributes to musculoskeletal disorders, to the tune of more than 500,000 reported annual reported cases of strains and stress in shoulders, backs, arms, and legs.

While you can never eliminate it, you can reduce the worst aspects of it. Let’s dive into some ways.

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Which Carton Flow Type Fits Your Application?

March 5, 2015
Flow Shelving
Flow Rail
Roller Rack

Carton flow expedites pick operations by making stock accessible in an easily replenished first-in/first-out pattern. Gravity flow racks can reduce labor costs up to 75% in pick operations compared to static storage picking by delivering cartons and split case goods to the pick aisle rather pickers pulling from the static pallet rack storage. It is a commonly used storage/picking method in many operations, but there are many options and types of flow storage available. Which fits your need best?

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Heavy Duty Steel King Recycling Containers

March 4, 2015

steel heavy duty recycling container

Our partners at Steel King sometimes release information on specialized steel bulk containers, and we like to pass it along when they do. This heavy-duty industrial recycling container was the company’s container of the month for February 2015. It’s equipped with rollover fork legs, crane eyes, and has valves for oil draining. It’s stackable and can be equipped with casters for easy movement (even if loaded). It can also be constructed water tight on request. If it fits your application, contact us for quick assistance.

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Choosing a Replacement Electric Motor

February 10, 2015

conveyor motor with C face

When your conveyor motor stops working, do you know what you need to quickly replace it? How do you even know what the original motor was rated?
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Air Balancers and Hoists: What’s the Difference?

February 5, 2015

Hoists and Balancers - The differences

Lifting systems vary widely in type, capacities and sizes. Each is created to meet job specific requirements of load capacity, cycle times, and lift range. Handling accuracy and smoothness are also considered. The two types of lifting systems addressed here are the air balancers and chain hoists.  They do essentially the same job: lifting an item into the air either from storage or a flat surface. So which might work for you?

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Hand Trucks vs. Power Lift Hand Trucks

November 19, 2014
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Hand truck

I imagine most everyone has used a hand truck. They’re great for moving heavy loads faster and easier than hauling them manually. But what about unloading that hand truck once you get the load where you want it? Can your back handle the last couple of boxes at the bottom of the stack? How are your knees? How’s your upper body strength? Can everyone working in your operation safely and easily lift the load to shelving or a work table?

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