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Electrician Carts for Vendor Managed Inventory

September 23, 2020

Most of the electrical wholesalers in the United States are small businesses, typically with fewer than 50 employees. But major online retailers are also making a play for the industry. In one recent survey, 33 percent of electrical material distributors said that the greatest threat to continued success is Amazon Business. As large, online sellers increase their share of the… Continue Reading


The Electrician Shortage in U.S. Industry: How Material Handling Equipment Can Help

August 19, 2020

This is a great time to be an electrician, but it’s not a great time to hire one. There’s a shortage of electricians in the United States, and electrical distributors should provide additional products and value-added services to help contractors get more done with fewer workers. How serious is the electrician shortage? According to the National Electrical Contractors Association, 10,000… Continue Reading


Eye Wash Stations: Requirements for Forklift Battery Rooms

August 5, 2020

Safety is a particularly important consideration in the battery room, where employees regularly work with high-voltage electricity, corrosive materials, and heavy-duty equipment — all of which present serious hazards. Investments in battery room safety are vital for preventing and responding to accidents, and eye wash stations are especially important for accident response. OSHA’s requirements for battery room eye protection fall… Continue Reading


4 Industrial Uses for a Lift Table with Turntable Surface

July 22, 2020

Scissor Lift Tables are especially versatile tools for material handling, and in recent years, industrial operations have found novel uses for these devices. A BHS Lift Table with a turntable top is even more formidable — workers can keep loads perfectly positioned while handling tasks that require significant dexterity. The turntable top ensures a high level of productivity by removing… Continue Reading


Fast Charging vs. Opportunity Charging: What’s the Difference?

July 15, 2020

When your business depends on lift trucks for throughput, battery charging deserves careful analysis. Many operations have adopted fast charging and opportunity charging, two similar — but distinct — alternatives to conventional battery charging practices. Advocates of these technologies note that a well-implemented fast/opportunity charge plan will improve lift truck efficiency by reducing or eliminating the need to change forklift… Continue Reading


What Is an HMI Screen? (And How It Relates to IIoT Solutions)

June 17, 2020

As the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes more prevalent across industries, the need for accessible insight into mechanical performance and progress is growing. HMI screens are the link to this important information, and for industrial and logistics businesses looking towards the future, they’re a crucial component of an IIoT gameplan. Put simply, a Human-Machine Interface (HMI) is something that allows… Continue Reading


Are Wooden Reels or Steel Reels Better for Bulk Cable Handling?

June 10, 2020

For cable and wire suppliers, storage facility managers, and manufacturers, cable management is a critical consideration. Cable reels protect cables while providing a simple method of payout, and for the last few decades, wooden reels have been the standard in most industries. When used with the right equipment, wooden reels (often called “spools” or “drums”) have offered the best return… Continue Reading


IoT vs. IIoT: What’s the Difference?

June 5, 2020

“Leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) in warehouses may finally be turning from a conceptual thing to an actual thing,” wrote Modern Materials Handling editor-at-large Roberto Michel in 2019. Around the same time, that publication published a subhead on a related article: “Data analysis and smart devices capable of acting autonomously stand poised to support the transition to the Industrial… Continue Reading


IIoT Maintenance: Condition-Based vs. Predictive

May 26, 2020

Industrial Internet of Things functionality can work wonders for asset uptime by allowing new models of IIoT maintenance. Before the widespread use of smart sensors and cloud-based data portals, equipment managers had to follow strict maintenance schedules, regardless of the actual condition of the machine. This led to unnecessary downtime and took assets offline at inconvenient intervals, pausing work even… Continue Reading


The Application of IoT in Logistics

May 13, 2020

The Internet of Things is reshaping the global logistics industry, providing more efficient processes in everything from equipment maintenance to order tracking. Mobile devices, cloud computing, data analytics, and a proliferating assortment of smart sensors are all developing at incredible rates. By connecting these elements — smart equipment tied into a centralized data platform accessible through the cloud — the… Continue Reading