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July 2009 Material Handling Tips & Information Newsletter

Issue #67

Safety Tips for Utilizing Air Balancers, Jib Cranes and Rail Systems

 If you utilize an air balancer in your operation, how can you know you’re safely handling loads? Balancers are great for creating a safer, more ergonomic operation by removing manual lifting and positioning (especially heavy items) and replacing it with a near-float system, where heavy loads are lifted and positioned by the balancer, not by people. Balancers are very safe and easy to operate, but there are some particulars you should understand when it comes to air pressure and capacity for various types of usage.


What's the most useless space in your warehouse?

Next time you try to figure out where you’re going to put an inbound shipment, and your dock area is stacked with empty pallets, look at your shipping dock doors and the void above them. In many facilities, the copious space between the top of the doors and the ceiling is unused. Multiply each door by that amount of space, and in many operations, we’re talking serious amounts of unused square footage.


Recycling Internal Waste with Conveyors

Whether you are in pharmaceutical, beverage, food, automotive, distribution, manufacturing or thousands of other industries today, there has to be some way to track and/or reuse what is not used within your daily operations - cartons, packing, etc. Many progressive industries are designing internal reclamation processes for utilization and recycling of goods they don’t need or are waste. Conveyor can be an essential part of that process, reducing the labor and increasing the efficiency of recycling programs.


Temporary, Accelerated Capital Equipment Depreciation may Increase ROI on New Equipment Purchases

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has extended some of the 2008 business tax breaks for equipment purchases. These provisions have the ability to enhance your return-on-investment for equipment purchases in 2009, rather than waiting into next year.