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Conveyors: Optimizing the End of the Line

June 13, 2023

Extendable conveyors feed truck loading docks at a distribution center.

Conveyors are primarily a transport mechanism within a facility: they move products from point A to point B to point C. Value is added at all points along the way. They’re the most efficient way to do that, even if that’s the only task they have. However, that’s rarely the only way they’re used. They’re loaded at point A, then transport the load to points of value down the line. Processes are is executed at point B, and something is finalized at point C — at the end of the line. Let’s dive into the ways you can drive value at the end of the line.

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Resources for National Forklift Safety Day

June 8, 2023

National Forklift Safety Day logo for June 13th 2023

Every year National Forklift Safety Day is recognized in June, providing a spotlight on the valuable resources for any safety program. With educational sessions, opportunities to connect with like-minded safety managers, and programs available to check out and apply, any facility wanting to upgrade its forklift/pedestrian programs can find something valuable.

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Ways to Optimize Industrial Labor

June 1, 2023

Manufacturing worker on a production line.

73% of warehouse operators said they can’t find enough workers. The National Association of Manufacturers sees shortfalls today, and more in the future: an astonishing 2.1 million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled by 2030. With labor shortages the norm today and for the foreseeable future, how can you optimize, retain and improve labor in your operation?

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Insights: Tips from ProMat 2023 on Automation, Storage Strategies

May 30, 2023

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This month, we dive into some of the best presentations presented at ProMat 2023, where our own Bryan Gauger and Steel King’s Ryan Wachsmuth teamed up to present tips for storage and practical automation. Muratec’s Scott Matlock dove deep on automation and humanization principles. Also, more on Texas Manufacturing, digital warehousing and more.

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Dock Bumpers and Your Loading Dock

May 18, 2023

warehouse dock with dock bumpers

The loading dock is the heartbeat of any warehouse or distribution center, bustling with activity as products flow in and out. With the constant traffic and wear and tear that loading docks endure, it’s crucial to invest in the right protective equipment designed to both keep your docks efficient and safe.

One aspect that can be overlooked is dock bumpers. These bumpers not only facilitate smooth vehicle movement but also extend the useful life of your loading docks. But while investing in good dock bumpers offers affordable protection, there are multiple choices to consider.

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Damaged Pallet Rack: Repair or Replace?

May 11, 2023

Warehouse managers surveying racks for damage and procedure.

Whether you replace or repair pallet rack, it’s always advisable to evaluate the structural integrity and safety of damaged rack components. When you’re considering a repair strategy, you should be aware of the strength and limitations of your options.

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The Right Caster Can Be a Game Changer

May 4, 2023

Casters in an industrial facility

Casters need a moment! They know you don’t think about them in the grand scheme of a facility’s operations. They know they’re overlooked most of the time….until they’re not for all the wrong reasons.

But, if you take some time to get to the ground level of things, you can see that casters keep your warehouse moving forward. Yes, the task they carry out is a simple one (at least from our perspective), but only if you outfit your operations with the right caster solutions. You don’t want reoccurring problems with your casters, either.

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Options for Pallet Rack Floor-Level Storage Versatility

May 2, 2023

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Change is inevitable, particularly in warehousing, manufacturing and distribution. Many warehouses will shift storage area missions over time. New SKUs, more inventory, and different business and operational missions can create the need for newer storage concepts. The problem? There isn’t always a place for new demands. When this occurs, one thing to consider is using the floor or lower levels of your rack system.

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Insights: Expectations for Automation; Industrial Production Statistics

April 27, 2023

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This month, we dive into supply chain and the ongoing impact of labor shortages in the sector from Supply Chain Executive. If you’re interested in evaluating your warehouse, WERC has a program we cover, as well as a dive into American industrial output in early 2023.

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Mezzanine Monthly – Why Choose A Shelf Supported Mezzanine

April 18, 2023

shelf supported mezzanine in an order fulfillment operation
Above: Shelf supported mezzanine in a warehouse facility.

Not all warehouse shelving (or storage) options work for every facility. One operation’s pallet rack solution might not be ideal for a warehouse that wants to not only grow vertically but offer more picking options for items they’re selling and shipping. When you need high density storage, what mezzanine option fits best?  Shelf supported mezzanines checks a lot of boxes.

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