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December 2008 Material Handling Tips & Information Newsletter


Mezzanines and Floor Capacities - How to Get it Right

 Mezzanine specification starts on the ground floor - the concrete floor of your facility and the soil beneath it, to be more precise. When implementing an Industrial Equipment Platform (mezzanine) be sure that you are not putting too much stress or weight on the floor of the building. Too much weight will cause the floor to crack – or worse.

Cisco-Eagle's Systems & Design Manager of Implementation, Darrell Griffin has created an excellent set of guidelines on what to do, what to expect, and how to avoid any issues when you are dealing with structural mezzanine installations...

Speaking of mezzanines, take a look at the WilDeck Mezzanine Safety Gate. VIDEO INCLUDED


A Vinyl Strip Door Configuration Guide

It's cold outside, so keeping the cold air out when you have open dock doors is a good idea. This time of the year, many companies find the need to maintain open access to dock doors and warehouses without letting heat and other environmental controls escape into the cold. The obvious solution has been to install vinyl strip doors, which allow easy access to foot and lift truck traffic while they also keep climate-controlled air in and cold air out...


How to deal with very large or very heavy rack configurations

Overloading is a common source of pallet rack collapse. Misapplication, including capacity issues, is the top cause. It’s important to understand how much weight your rack and its frames -- not just your beams -- can bear.

For a piece of storage equipment that is relatively simple, ensuring that the rack can hold what you want it to hold can be complex -- particularly on very heavy loads, or tall, but not-so-heavy loads. Beam capacities are pretty simple - they’re listed per pair of beams by most rack sellers, and you just adhere to them with your pallet loads. But frame capacity is not as straightforward as a beam capacity. This article focuses on upright frame capacities...


A stacker that goes where others can't

The Mule is an affordable, electronically powered compact hand-lift truck designed as a stacker, transporter and portable work bench. It fits through narrow spaces, allowing it to go where forklifts and larger stackers can't. It's good for confined spaces: it fits through standard 28" door openings, so you can use it for jobs like moving heavy items from the warehouse to the office area, or from static storage to a conveyor line or workstation.

It has 350 pounds capacity and can handle boxes or components, but not skids. I've seen it in action, and particularly like the way the platform and peg systems work together to let you use the Mule in different ways...