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October 2006 Material Handling Tips & Information Newsletter


University researchers at Arkansas, Auburn create more efficient and productive distribution center design models

"Our results suggest that for unit-load warehouses, radically new designs could lead to faster retrieval rates and significantly reduced costs for operating distribution centers..."

The fishbone warehouse storage layout - could it help you?


When warehouse space is at a premium, drive-in & drive-through pallet rack is the solution.

For many warehouse scenarios, drive-in pallet rack has been a cost-effective, high-density storage stalwart. These rack systems are designed to store pallets two, three, or more deep. They offer greater storage density than selective racks, but less selectivity...


Cisco-Eagle Online RackEstimator updated - configure rack layouts with wire decking, more...

The RackEstimator has always allowed you to enter your load and room information to create price estimates, basic layout, and other drawings for budgeting or planning. Recently, it's been upgraded to let you add wire decking to your rack project. More upright heights are loaded -- meaning that you can get online estimates for a wider range of rack projects. It's free and it will give you good preliminary numbers. (It doesn't do quotes, but you can refine the estimate into a quote if you want by submitting it to Cisco-Eagle through an easy-to-use web form).


Where's the Beef? Moving quickly and efficiently at Excel Dodge City

It’s hard to get a whole steer into a 22-inch long box. It’s harder to handle all the mass of that steer inside an operation efficiently, process it quickly, and get it out to retailers and importers efficiently. At its Dodge City, Kansas plant, Cargill Foods’ Excel Beef Division has managed getting several thousand head a day into beef boxes, at the rate of about 7-8 boxes per steer for years. Fresh beef warehouses turn at the rate of once every 1 to 2 days, so you begin to get a picture of a blur passing you by—tractor trailers of steers coming in, tractor trailers of box beef going out. This case study has been updated with video, which you might find interesting...


Study: Supply Chain Security yields inventory control, order fulfillment, customer satisfaction, and more...

Findings from a Stanford study indicate that significant business value accrues from supply chain security investments. Companies who were identified as "innovators" in supply chain security found that they improved supply chain visibility, supply chain efficiency, customer satisfaction, inventory management, cycle and shipping times, and reduced operating costs. (above and beyond the benefits of tighter security itself). The study is 38 pages, and we've linked it from our website. How could security innovation pay off in your supply chain?


The basics of Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors

A Vertical Reciprocating Conveyor (VRC) moves materials--in factories, warehouses, industrial plants, institutions--anywhere that products or supplies need to move from one level to another. But they aren't elevators. In fact, they have their own national code and are specifically exempt from the national elevator code. VRCs provide fast, efficient, convenient and safe access to or from mezzanines, balconies, basements, and between levels in multiple story buildings.