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Moving Materials Vertically: Comparing the Alternatives

In many instances, the best way to gain space in a facility is overhead space. Expanding out costs more than expanding up. But using that space means utilizing mezzanines, suspended overhead conveyors, pick modules, taller rack systems, the space over dock doors, catwalks, etc.

This means that you must be able to move material between levels without creating bottlenecks. Which way works best?


Depreciation for New Capital Equipment Doubles in 2011

Remember the big tax fight (and eventual deal) in December? Most of what you saw in the news focused on reinstating and extending tax breaks for individuals, but that wasn’t the entire story. Business received a boost that could be huge if you are considering new equipment.

Previously, a business could claim an extra 50% depreciation deduction for qualified equipment as bonus depreciation. In the 2011 law, the bonus depreciation is 100% of the cost of qualifying equipment. That’s right – the entire cost of the equipment can be written off in the year it’s placed in service. Both large and small businesses qualify for the bonus depreciation.


Justifying Automated & Semi-Automated Stretchwrap Machines: The Fundamentals

Stretch wrappers are one of the easiest pieces of packaging machinery to justify, use, and maintain if you understand the basics of specifying the correct stretch-wrap machine for your needs and justifying its purchase price. This guide helps you understand the factors, which include: cost of the machine, labor savings, stretch-film savings, reduced shipping damage, increased throughput, and plant ergonomics.


11% of Forklifts are Involved in Accidents

The forklift is almost surely the most dangerous piece of equipment under your roof. How dangerous? According to OSHA, there are 61,800 minor injuries, 34,900 serious injuries and 85 forklift related deaths in the United States every year. Of these accidents, collision-type accidents account for approximately 46% of the total (adding the statistics for individuals crushed either between two lifts or between a lift and another surface, and pedestrians being struck.)

From a training and process standpoint, there is plenty to be done. But there are also equipment options to control traffic and raise awareness.