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Vertical Package Transport: Incline Conveyors vs. Reciprocating Lifts vs. Spiral Conveyors

February 2, 2023

vertical spiral conveyors vs. automated package lifts

High-velocity order picking operations frequently need to transport cartons vertically–on and off mezzanines or pick modules, into workstations, onto work platforms, over traffic aisles or to merge with overhead conveyor lines. You can accomplish this with incline conveyors, vertical package lifts, spiral conveyors, automated package lifts and manual methods. Each method has its limitations and its advantages.

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January Roundup: Just-in-Time, Manufacturing Employment, Industrial Guardrail Standards

January 24, 2023

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Welcome to 2023, and our look at the world of manufacturing and distribution.

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How to Prevent Pallet Rack Push-Through Accidents

January 12, 2023

Loading a pallet into a high-bay rack system with a forklift

When heavy pallets are stored on horizontal beams in your pallet rack system, there is always some danger of a pallet or items stored on it, being pushed through the back of the rack. Items or full pallets can then fall or push the pallet behind them toward the next aisle in double row systems. What are some options to reduce the hazards related to push-through accidents?

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AGVs, AMRs, and Conveyors: Automated Product Transport Applications

January 5, 2023

comparing conveyors, amrs and agvs for product transport.

When you need to move loads—pallets, totes, cartons or other items—through a facility without manual involvement, the options fall into three broad categories: AMRs (automated mobile robots), AGVs (automated guided vehicles) and conveyor systems. Each of these methods has its advantages, and all can be integrated to work with each other.

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December Roundup: Manufacturing Digital Technology

December 20, 2022

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Welcome to our December roundup of articles, videos and news for busy industrial operations professionals. The focus in 2023 seems to be the threat of both labor shortages and a potential recession, both of which offer challenges to warehousing, distribution and manufacturing operations.

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Bryan Gauger Promoted to President of Cisco-Eagle

December 8, 2022

Bryan Gauger

Bryan Gauger will become President of Cisco-Eagle on January 1, 2023, according to CEO and Chairman Darein Gandall.

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How to Handle and Remove Corrugated Box Waste in Distribution Applications

December 6, 2022

Overhead conveyor system removing cardboard waste.

Without efficient waste handling flow, systems bog down as people work to clear trash from their work areas. It’s a distraction that significantly impacts productivity and safety, so removing trash from a large scale picking or packing system can be problematic. Pick systems tend to generate empty cartons, and dealing with that waste material can be costly and time consuming if not planned in advance. Devising the right waste (or empty carton) strategy cannot be minimized during the system design process.

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Forklift-Pedestrian Safety: Docks, Shipping and Receiving Areas

December 1, 2022

Forklift backing away with load at a warehouse truck dock area.

Because shipping docks are busy, sometimes chaotic areas, they can become a safety hazard if not properly managed. During a busy shift, you may find multiple forklifts, carts, walkies and other traffic trying to work across a series of bay doors, all with pedestrians potentially in the same areas. They can adjoin staging areas, which often allow even more forklifts and pedestrians to work in the same, shared area. That’s where accidents are most likely to occur.

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November Roundup: Conveyor Safety, Manufacturing and Automation

November 15, 2022

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We’ve curated a number of the most insightful tips, articles, opinions and videos we’ve been seeing this month.

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Warehouse Safety: Pedestrians, Workstations and Forklifts

November 10, 2022

Forklift aisle between warehouse work areas.

Above: work areas facing away from an active traffic aisle with pallet stacks that impede visibility for both pedestrians and forklifts. 

Forklift accidents make OSHA’s top-10 list every year without fail because forklifts are ubiquitous in American industry and interact with hundreds of thousands of people every day. One of the key places to prioritize safety is for pedestrians—the people on foot who work near and walk around forklifts on a daily basis.

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