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When To Replace Pallet Rack

July 21, 2022

View of warehouse pallet rack used for storage

As a long-term investment, pallet racks tend to “go the distance”; you can count on them to retain their strength and integrity for years.

Even so, replacing your pallet rack might be a matter of damage (over time or suddenly) or from other reasons such as age or changes in your storage operation. Let’s review the reasons you might want to partially or fully replace your rack.

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AGVs Implementation And Pathway Considerations

June 28, 2022

agv navigating a pathway

Automated Guided Vehicles are no longer an anomaly when it comes to adding productivity and efficiency to operations. As robotics of many varieties infiltrate facilities and work alongside human counterparts, adoption is becoming commonplace.

With this new embrace of automation, and specifically AGVs, comes new considerations within your warehouse. Daily interactions lead to new precautions to protect workers and your new equipment from damage. One area that must be addressed is your floors and aisles, for they will see a new age of comings and goings.

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Built To Spill: Containment Options For Any Facility

May 26, 2022

Spill from containers in facility storage area

Safety is multifaceted, from ceiling to floor and everything between. Operational safety processes boost your overall productivity and bottom line. Some kinds of safety are more apparent and easier to visualize than others; things like forklift safety or machine guarding. One safety concern that should always be addressed, but might be overlooked, is spill containment.

Spill prevention and containment are important to protect workers and the environment around your facility. No one wants the hassle, potentially deadly injuries, or costly aftermath that comes with chemical spills in a warehouse, factory or processing facility. With that in mind, what are good options to help keep chemicals contained?

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National Forklift Safety Day is June 14th

May 12, 2022

National Forklift Safety Day logo for June 14th 2022

This year’s National Forklift Safety Day takes place on June 14, marking the 9th consecutive year the program—which puts a spotlight on forklift safety—has been operating. It’s a good time to refresh your knowledge, reflect on the dangers and take stock of the way you use forklifts in your warehouse.

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OSHA’s 2021 Top 10 Violations

April 21, 2022

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2021

For the year 2021, OSHA recently released its annual ranking of the top 10 safety violations.  While the previous year gave most operations an easier time managing employee distance and protection, these rankings show us that safety is always a top priority.

This year saw some shuffling within the top 10. With that said, the overall number one remained unchallenged and unchanged yet again.

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Shoptalk: Goal Post Dock Door Guards

April 7, 2022

dock door goalposts in warehouse

In this installment of Cisco-Eagle’s Shoptalk series, Lance reviews how goalpost dock door protectors work.

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Raw Power – Motorized Carts For Ergonomic Material Movement

March 29, 2022

powered cart operating in warehouse environment

Forklifts are the usual method to move heavy materials, but there are plenty of times—and many good reasons—you might not want to use one. You can use pallet jacks, stackers, tuggers, pallet dollies, AGVs or even conveyors, but what about the instances where you don’t need forklift power, but your loads are too heavy or the travel time too far for pushcarts?

Enter the powered cart. This option resides in that “sweet spot” for material movement. But what exactly can a powered cart offer you, and what are your options?

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Shoptalk – Resolving Pallet Flow Jams

March 3, 2022

forklift resolving pallet flow issue

In this installment of Cisco-Eagle’s Shoptalk series, Jeremy reviews how to resolve pallet flow jams.

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Total Protection – Industrial Facility Traffic Barrier Factors

March 1, 2022

Photo of warehouse with guardrail installed to protect pallet rack.

Most industrial facilities utilize barriers to protect pedestrians, inventory, structure and equipment. When you walk around you will see these (mostly) yellow barriers installed in highly-trafficked or other zones where forklift impacts are possible. It’s a matter of safety. OSHA forklift and powered industrial truck regulations lack specific guidelines when it comes to barriers, but there are best practices to consider.

The options depend on your specific operating environment. Finding the right system (or set of systems) is important, so it’s a matter of this: what do you need your barriers to do?

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Free Falling – Ways To Reduce Mezzanine Falling Items

February 10, 2022

Mezzanine safety railing

Mezzanines offer an affordable way to increase the vertical cube of your facility. This expansion can fuel growth and reduce the need for additional locations (especially in this new normal of sky-high commercial real estate).

When looking at a mezzanine install, or even when operating with an existing version, worker safety is paramount. One safety aspect to pay careful attention to is the risk of falling items from your mezzanine. To help reduce these risks, there are multiple methods of protection available, but which one is the best fit for your mezzanine?

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