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Don't Wait for a Forklift Accident. Get Proactive

The AisleCop® Safety Gate System helps restrict pedestrian access to aisles when forklifts are in the vicinity. Since forklifts kill and seriously injure far too many pedestrians every year, defining and controlling traffic in your warehouse is a critical step in improving safety conditions.

Many companies who have deployed this system have waited until after an accident to look at their heavy-traffic, low-visibility, or other dangerous areas.The time to consider change is before accidents occur. If you've seen near misses, distracted people, or an aisle that scares you, check out the AisleCop® system now.


Prevent Wasted Energy, Climate Controlled Air at the Dock Area

Any operation with dock doors faces an uphill challenge when it comes to preserving the climate inside. In particular, air-conditioned and heated facilities must face the reality of losing large volumes of treated air when trailers are loaded or unloaded. Managers are asked to scrutinize every expense, and the loss of climate controlled air can be a significant expense. So how can you minimize air and energy loss?


Instantaneous, High-Speed Merge & Sortation Systems

 Switch systems let you accept loads from, and divert across multiple conveyor lanes. You can combine from multiple to fewer lanes and distribute from fewer to multiple lanes, all in highly flexible configurations. The system provides instantaneous, high-speed merge and sortation, to and from almost any number of conveyors.


Hand Carts vs. Pallets for Retail Distribution

Retail distribution operations have multiple options for shipping product to store locations and not all of them fit every situation.

Some retailers send full pallets which must be unwrapped, unloaded, and stocked at the store location. Others send packed carts that can easily be rolled onto store floors and stocked at the point of sale. What method works best?

Like most questions worth debating, this depends on the application, the load and the situation. Hand carts are typically best for small order sizes per store. Pallets have an  advantage with larger orders, in particular when they can be cubed out to maximize shipping efficiency.

Get the Floor Capacity Right for Your Mezzanine Project

When implementing an Industrial Equipment Platform (mezzanine) be sure you're not putting too much stress or weight on the building floor. Too much weight will cause the floor to crack – or worse.

The typical floor (depending on your region) is made of 6” thick concrete and has a capacity of 25,000 pounds. Keep in mind that this is the typical capacity, not an across-the-board standard.