Material Handling Tips & Info
November 2010 Material Handling Tips & Information
On Sept. 27, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act, the most significant piece of small business legislation in over a decade. The new law will provide critical resources to help small businesses continue to drive economic recovery and create jobs. The new law extends the successful SBA enhanced loan provisions while offering billions more in lending support, tax cuts, and other opportunities for entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Holiday Shutdowns: Are you Ready?
Many industrial facilities have holiday shutdown schedules coming up. This is an excellent time for reconfiguration, maintenance, and alterations. If you need work done in your facility, let me know. The time to start making equipment orders and scheduling work is now. I can help you get the ball rolling - just let me know.
The National Safety Council has released its list of the top 10 OSHA safety violations for 2009, and there is plenty to chew on if you are running a warehouse, manufacturing facility, military installation, or distribution center. In fact, several of these categories drop directly into the laps of material handling operations. Worse news: violations are up over 30 percent.
In warehousing, distribution, and manufacturing operations, many of these issues can be addressed in relation to material handling equipment - lift trucks in particular, but also including warehouse racks, conveyors, and more.
The Integrated Systems and Controls (ISC) Council of Material Handling Industry of America has released a new report titled An Evaluation of Operational Performance in Warehousing, Distribution and Manufacturing., and it has some interesting information for those who operate warehouses, distribution centers, manufacturing, and commercial operations.
The key thing? You’re still being asked to squeeze more value from your operation – and you need to be able to do it with fewer resources. If you're in warehousing, distribution, or manufacturing, we've linked a PDF of what your peers believe will come in 2011.
One of the more dangerous items that you’ll find at virtually every facility is the humble gas cylinder. In warehouses or manufacturing operations, you’ll find LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) canisters that power gas forklifts. You’ll also find vertical cylinders for welders, cutting torches, or other equipment operations.
Too often, you will find them standing against a wall or on the dock with no protection at all. Storing these cylinders is something every operation must deal with. Here's how you go about it.
Warehouse lighting systems can reduce lighting costs, save energy, and enhance productivity throughout your entire warehousing operation. These systems are specifically engineered to maximize kilowatts to light narrow aisles, medium width aisles and wide open staging and assembly spaces. This reduces energy consumption and slashes maintenance costs.
We can help you get started with EPACT tax credit and (often) utility rebates. Besides creating a better, more productive warehouse operation that slashes operating costs, you can often deduct the entire cost of the system.
We’ve explained the advantages of 24-volt roller conveyor systems in the past, and wanted to get to you with this new product announcement from Hytrol: the Timing Belt Transfer.
In storage, merchandising, and picking areas, Rotary Shelving is often overlooked for other methods such as modular storage or rectangular shelves with bins. However, in production areas, warehouses, parts counters, and retail, rotary shelving is often a better solution - especially when space is a big issue. Rotary shelving has the ability to concentrate storage of bulk items into less space than rectangular shelving or modular cabinets. While they don't provide the security of a lockable modular cabinet, for the right application, it's difficult to create a better system for small parts, bulk storage. Because they are sub-dividable, rotating circular shelves can be sorted, housing many different kinds of items on the same shelf.