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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

receiving-area
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

manufacturing workers

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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Download our New Safety Products Catalog

August 27, 2015

Safety Products Catalog

Download the safety catalog

(PDF, 1MB, Opens new window)

We’ve added a safety products catalog in convenient PDF download. This catalog covers a range of pedestrian and traffic management options available to facility managers and operators who want to improve safety for pedestrians who work near and around forklift traffic, including warehouse safety sensors, AisleCop® automated safety gate systems, safety gates for mezzanines and docks, an array of protective guard rails, and more. We also touch on safety guards for racks that help reduce the chances of product spills following forklift collisions, loading errors and other mishaps.

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Falling Item Prevention for Pallet Racks

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. Falling Item Prevention for Pallet Racks
  3. Industrial Shelving: How To Prevent Collapses and Falling Products

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Mobile Shelving Puts Supplies Where You Need Them

August 25, 2015
Mobile Shelving Examples

In today’s fast moving storage operations, mobility, flexibility, and convenience are critical for keeping up with the rapidly changing demands of operations like assembly and order picking. Industrial shelving has evolved from simple bolt-up static types to a variety of mobile configurations that serve specific applications. Here are some ways to improve your operation by adding mobile shelves.
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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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Conveyors and Falling Item Prevention

August 20, 2015

conveyor overhead system

Conveyors are often installed overhead or suspended from the ceiling to help conserve floor space or to interface with mezzanines or platforms. This  may create potential fall hazards. Loads can fall from inclined conveyors as they are conveyed up or down, or be subject to other factors that can cause a fall from any elevated line. Even on a floor mounted conveyor a spill can split a case, land on an order pickers’ toes, or damage inventory.

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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. Falling Item Prevention for Pallet Racks
  3. Industrial Shelving: How To Prevent Collapses and Falling Products

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