Material Handling Tips & Info
In this issue:
- What you need to know when you specify a dock lift
- Downloadable Conveyor Safety Posters
- Understanding the role of the safety cabinet in fire prevention
- From Order Fulfillment Systems.Info: Material tracking and control software: the heart of integrated material handling systems
- Conveyor Spotlight: Hytrol Model PSB Plastic Belt Conveyor
Welcome to the July 2004 edition of Material Handling Tips & Information, a monthly publication for engineers, warehouse managers, plant managers, and facilities operators. This issue marks our first full year of newsletters. We hope to deliver the quality information you need to help improve your operations over the next twelve issues, as well.
Dock lifts are utilized in many warehouses and factories to help transition between trucks and docks of varying sizes. There are portable lifts for lighter loads, top-of-ground lifts for situations when you cannot use a concrete pit, and pit-mounted lifts. Each lift is designed to handle a specific piece of handling equipment, such as carts, pallet jacks, straddle stackers, and sit-down rider fork trucks.
Courtesy of CEMA, we have included downloadable TIFF format conveyor safety posters. These two posters focus on package conveyors and screw conveyors. Great for the break room, or in the operational areas where personnel and conveyors interface.
One of the leading causes of industrial fires is the improper storage and handling of flammable liquids. To avoid generating toxic gases and to prevent fires and explosions, it is important to segregate incompatible chemicals. A fire can race through your facility in minutes, so any prevention point is very important.
When we talk about value in material handling systems, invariably, the ability to know what you have, where you have it, and where it is going - without error, is the key to making a material handling system pay for itself. Simply controlling material flow is not enough...
The Model PSB is a plastic belt conveyor utilized where conventional fabric type belts won't work. Because of its unique construction, the Plastic Belt Conveyor can be used as a transport belt on conveyors with right angle pushers/pull-offs to maintain belt tracking. An example of when the PSB would be used would be in the beverage industry for non-marring accumulation and transport. Another example is in the tire industry. By using the PSB in the tire industry, you can transport, accumulate and utilize right angle diverts with ease.