The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced a national program geared towards warehouses, processing facilities, distribution centers, and high-risk retail establishments.
For warehouses, labor constraints remain a major concern. In 2021, annual warehouse turnover rates reached 49%, and they didn’t improve much in 2022.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is undertaking a proposed rulemaking process that may lead to new standards for workplace heat stress.
Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors (VRC) are efficient, safe, and affordable vertical lifts designed to move materials between levels. They’re essential for many multi-story warehouses, mezzanine-equipped manufacturing floors, and automated conveyor systems that use both vertical and horizontal space.
Custom industrial equipment can optimize space, improve throughput, and save money — but to enjoy the benefits, you’ll need to work with an experienced partner that understands how your facility works.
When material handling professionals need new equipment, it’s easy to miss the forest for the trees. Challenges tend to show up in specific ways, which encourages us to reach for specific solutions: A new Conveyor here, a replacement Lift Table there.
When you mix forklift traffic with unguarded, elevated surfaces, you face a serious risk of injury or worse. You can’t operate a busy loading dock without forklifts, but you can design docks to reduce the risk for forklift operators — and the industry could always improve its safety record.
What’s the biggest expense at your warehouse or distribution center? If your operation is like most, the answer’s probably order picking: Research suggests that order picking makes up between 50 and 75 percent of warehouse operating costs. If you want to build a more efficient operation, then, look for ways to improve order picking productivity.
Electrical wholesalers face unique material handling challenges that require unique material handling solutions. Your standard utility cart is useless in the face of light fixtures, wire coils, or bundles of rigid conduit. An unmodified forklift can’t lift a loaded steel cable reel.
Material handling equipment doesn’t operate in a vacuum. A forklift is only useful to the degree that it interacts with the things and people around it: operators, loads, other material handling equipment, the physical layout of your facility, and more. To get the most value out of material handling costs, then, it may not be enough to simply buy a new machine. You also need a plan for integrating new solutions into your overarching material flow.