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February 2006 Material Handling Tips & Information Newsletter


Tips for Conveyor Energy Savings

In these days of energy-saving consciousness, conveyors are sometimes overlooked as energy-savers. Some people simply view conveyors as a necessary evil in manufacturing and warehousing. “We can’t operate without them, so we must pay the costs for using them.” Actually, conveyors are energy efficient compared to their alternatives. They transport goods at a constant rate, usually using the shortest, straight-line paths. All things considered, substantial energy savings can be had with a well-designed conveyor system. And you can enhance yours to be even more efficient...


How can you justify a ceiling-mounted, high volume, low speed warehouse fan?

With high ceilings and vast storage areas that are ever changing due to stock and materials movement, warehouse and distribution centers face ongoing temperature control battles during the summer months, with or without air conditioning. One way to reduce the cost of cooling, increase comfort and productivity is by utilizing high volume, low speed fans. They create the equivalent of a cool breeze in nearly any industrial setting...


Another energy-saver: conserving energy at dock and other entryways with vinyl strip doors

Vinyl Strip Doors help control temperature and noise in an area while still allowing easy access by either people or vehicles. It's a pretty effective way to allow your people to conveniently get into and out of areas without bleeding climate controlled air or allowing airborne dust and other debris to get inside...


From CEI Logistics The Basics of Reverse Logistics

Returns processing can be an extremely expensive activity, consuming space, labor, dock doors, and other resources while tying up potentially valuable inventory. While the challenges are different from the order fulfillment side of the warehouse, the goals are essentially the same. You want the process to be fast, accurate and cost effective. Key components of an integrated system...


25 Ways to Lower Inventory Costs

Many organizations fail to address opportunities to reduce inventory costs. If your company needs help taking money out of inventory, there are a number of strategies you can implement today that will provide payoff. This article from Multichannel Merchant offers some good places to start...