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June 2008 Material Handling Tips & Information Newsletter


Palletizers and Ergonomics

Most users of automated palletizing realize benefits ranging from reduced labor costs, increased throughput, reliability increases, operational flexibility, and ergonomics. Safety and ergonomics is of particular importance: over the past 30 years, RSI’s (repetitive strain injuries) have grown from less than 20% to almost 70% of all workplace illnesses. Facilities managers are looking up and down their internal logistics supply chain to minimize activities that contribute to RSI’s. Hand palletizing is one of a number of targeted areas in distribution and order fulfillment centers to reduce these injuries...


Comparing carton flow rack types

Walk into any order fulfillment operation, and you’re probably going to see gravity flow rack. The reason is obvious–it’s one of the best ways to pick orders utilizing first-in, first-out principles. It used to be that there was one kind of the stuff, the plastic-wheel tracks, but these days the choices are more diverse than ever. You have several options for flow rack, but which is best for your application?...


VIDEO: "The Gapper" Power Belt Gapping Conveyor

The Gapper belt conveyor is designed for feeding saw tooth merges, combiners, sorters, or other equipment where gaps must be pulled between cartons. What applications could it serve for you?...


Modular storage: when to use cabinets, when to use drawer inserts for industrial shelving

Something we often recommend to save space for our clients is modular drawer storage — for certain operations, in particular those with components, assorted small parts, hardware, or even tool storage, we’re talking about recouping 50% -70% of floor space. Once people have ‘em, they love ‘em. You can merge the drawers with steel shelving. It can be new, it can be shelving you are already using. It begs the question: when is it better to have a cabinet, and when is it better to use shelving and compartmentalized drawer inserts?...


Ergonomic Workstation and Seating Design Factors

Ergonomic workstations should be designed to facilitate task performance, minimize fatigue and injury by fitting equipment to the body size, strength and range of motion of the user. Ergonomically designed work benches and seating can increase productivity, improve morale, and decrease complaints. They should eliminate or reduce:

  • Static or awkward posture
  • Repetitive motions
  • Poor access or inadequate clearance and excessive reach to products, supplies, tools, or work areas
  • Computer screens that are difficult to read and understand
  • Controls that are confusing to operate or require too much force