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July 2007 Material Handling Tips & Information Newsletter


Raising the steaks: Cargill reduces labor costs by two-thirds, increases order accuracy to 99%+

Cargill recently revamped its Friona, Texas facility. In partnership with Retrotech, Cisco-Eagle helped implement a system that reduced labor by two-thirds and increased order accuracy to well north of 99 percent. The shipping area, which had been 24/7 because of the bottlenecks, now operates on two staggered shifts, five or six days a week. Workers are much happier and there is much less staff turnover. How did it happen? Read further...(Includes video).


New power roller conveyor gates

Hytrol's new powered gate replaces traditional powered gates used in the conveyor models 190-ACC, 190-NSP, and 190-NSPEZ.


Operate safer with this guide to manual material handling

Musculoskeletal disorders often involve strains and sprains to the lower back, shoulders, and upper limbs. They can result in protracted pain, disability, medical treatment, and financial stress for those afflicted with them, and employers often find themselves paying the bill, either directly or through workers' compensation insurance. At the same time they must cope with the loss of the full capacity of their workers. To assist in reducing the issues with injuries and lost productivity, NIOSH (National Institute of Safety and Health) has created this extensive, free document for download.

The booklet is written for managers and supervisors in industries that involve the manual handling of containers. It offers suggestions to improve the handling of rectangular, square, and cylindrical containers, sacks, and bags. We've linked you a copy from our website for easy access...


Facilities Maintenance Checklist

From Operations & Fulfillment magazine: The most important starting point in any maintenance program, though it's often overlooked, is to identify the greatest risks to your ability to operate. If you were down for four hours, what effect would that have on your business? Define the pieces of equipment or physical plant that will paralyze your operation if they fail, and plan whatever level of preventive maintenance is required to keep that from happening. For many in the distribution and industrial space, that can come down to conveyors. The brief checklist includes:

  • Check out any smell or unusual sound immediately — they are reliable indicators that something is not working properly. Even if no imminent failure is expected, letting a damaged conveyor run uncorrected invariably does further damage.
  • Check fluid in reducers and gear boxes monthly.
  • Check belt seams monthly. Staple seams on belt conveyors are one of the most common failure points, though not necessarily expensive or complex to repair.
  • Check belt tracking. New belts always stretch and begin to shift. They must be adjusted.
  • Oil rollers and grease bearings monthly.
  • Keep spare inventory on hand for critical parts such as motors, rollers, belts, drive belts, cables, etc.

Store bulky or large personal effects in stadium lockers...

You see them all the time when players are being interviewed: the open stadium locker. They're good for bulky, personal or individual items beyond just sports, though. If your people store equipment that's used day to day, but left on site, or need to store extra clothes, coveralls, or other bulky items, open-front lockers like these might be the solution...