Material Handling Tips & Info
Remember last summer? it was one of the hottest on record in many parts of the U.S. It was tough on warehouses, manufacturing facilities, and other industrial operations and the people who work in the industry. The heat hasn’t hit yet in most places, but it isn't that far off. The time to implement facility changes that could help you control climate costs and provide a better atmosphere for your operations is now, not once the weather has changed.
It’s not just a matter of climate control or chilled air systems; smaller, incremental changes at entry points or near work areas can have a big impact on worker comfort and productivity. Theses changes can also save you money.
Everyone likes to keep score. This isn’t just a natural urge to compete, it’s a vital part of doing business and improving, and for manufacturers and warehousing operations, there are plenty of options for formal and informal benchmarking.
Benchmarking, at the heart of it, is comparing your performance to others like you. Analyze your business processes and outcomes, then compare them to the performance metrics of industry leaders, your peers, and the best from similar operations. It's an excellent way to identify the ways you could improve with reconfigurations, tweaks, and innovations.
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The numbers are hard to swallow: 90% of forklifts will eventually be involved in an accident, and of the most serious accidents, over a third involve pedestrians. That’s tens of thousands of accidents a year and a death every 3 days. We’ve published an eBook to help you understand and deal with these issues. It covers a range of processes, equipment, and training that you can undertake to help reduce the chances of fatalities or serious injuries in your operation.
If you operate mechanical handling equipment, it's not only a good safety practice to regularly inspect your pallet rack and shelving - it's the law. Per the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 5 and 6, racking and shelving systems must have regular inspections by a "competent person."
It's also flat-out smart business to engage in regular inspections. The process will not only help you comply with regulations and work safer, it will help you spot flaws, problems and poor practices in your operation that might otherwise go unnoticed.
Even the best drivers can forget to lower the forks as they travel. The next thing you know, they've crushed the lintel in a dock door, hit a rack tunnel beam, the wall itself, sprinkler heads, or smashed something else above their line-of-sight. How can you protect your facility and your workers from this potential hazard? High visibility collision bars are one way, but a system with audible and visual alerts combined with impact detection alerts drivers before they hit something important (and usually expensive).
When hit, they immediately emit a loud siren for 4-8 seconds along with flashing bright red lights to help the driver stop before a serious accident occurs.