Best Practice - Handling

 

Forklift safety upgraded by Passport safety technology

With more than a million forklift trucks operating in North America, safety and risk management are a top priority for major users such as manufacturing, construction, road, rail and maritime transport, logistics, wholesalers and retailers and mining and energy. And with nearly 35,000 serious injury accidents a year and more than 80 deaths involving forklifts in the USA alone, according the latest OHSA statistics, the importance of having and maintaining good safety practices is paramount, says an organization dedicated to facilitating a strong safety culture across entire organizations. AccessPoint from Whiting has introduced throughout North America its access control system that

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Pyroban Makes Sense of Handling Chemical Waste

Fire and explosion is an ever present danger in the highly regulated chemical waste management industry. With new systems of chemical classification in the industry, safety company, Pyroban, is advising businesses to check that forklifts handling chemical waste are legal and specified correctly. "An explosion can happen in an instance," says Rob Vesty from safety business Pyroban. "A forklift driver's response to a flammable chemical spillage in a Zone 2 area is just not fast enough, which is why the forklifts should automatically respond to any danger." Forklifts are found on most waste management sites handling IBCs and drums containing all different

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How to Specify an Explosion Proof Forklift in 7 Simple Steps

Thousands of businesses use forklift trucks in hazardous areas where even the smallest spark could ignite the atmosphere and cause an explosion. Rob Vesty of Pyroban explains how to correctly specify an explosion proof forklift in seven simple steps.1. Hazardous area classification – Establish the Zones   A chemical factory, waste treatment plant, distillery and even a food processing operation may be handling flammable material which means they must comply with the latest health and safety requirements, including ATEX 1999/92/EC in Europe. In the first instance, a site assessment and hazardous area classification should have been conducted by the site’s management team

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Comparing packaging technologies, wrapping,shrinking or stretching.

Optimal protection, optimal cost efficiency   For many companies in the chemical, building material or food industries, the efficient packaging of their palletised goods is a deciding competitive factor. Some of the crucial factors are transport security, anti-theft protection, display characteristics of the packaged goods, as well as weatherproofing for outside storage. Further key factors are process efficiency and cost reduction (energy and material consumption), as well as the system output (the number of pallets that can be packaged during a specific amount of time). All of these factors need to be taken into account in order to determine the perfect packaging

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Facts about forklift fleet management systems

Fleet management systems have been used to optimise forklift truck operations since the 1990s and have seen many adaptations and improvements since then. Transmon Engineering is an early pioneer of such systems, and Bob Warner, Sales Manager for Transmon, explains what to consider when selecting a fleet management system. How is your warranty affected? When choosing an aftermarket, ‘add-on’ system, it is just like buying an accessory such as a Satellite Navigation System for a car. It does not affect the warranty on the vehicle, in this case, the forklift truck. An integrated system, however, may affect your warranty as it is

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Multiple Levels of Batch Picking Save Organizations Time and Money

Picking more than one item (in a batch) at the same time seems like an obvious means of improving throughput, reducing labor, lowering equipment acquisition costs and improving accuracy and cut-off times. The trick is how do you implement batch picking? The answer truly depends on what level of equipment and automation you have or would like to implement. Let's start at the very beginning...   Manual Batch Picking - So let's say you have bays of shelving or rack and use the "supermarket" means of order picking (pickers going up and down rows of inventory). Even with a totally manual system,

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BEUMER helps transport, loading and filling of bulk material with almost no lost product

Bulk material like building materials, coal, cereals, fodder or mineral compounds are often transported via motorways, railways, waterways or through nature reserves. The large quantities of dust generated during this process can pollute the environment considerably. Dust clouds can also occur during loading, filling and palletising. This not only creates considerable clean-up for the employees, but chemical industry products can also present a health hazard and cause dangerous reactions. With its conveying, loading, filling and palletising systems, BEUMER Group ensures minimal dust emission.   BEUMER Group is a world-leading systems provider for transporting, loading, filling and packaging bulk material. The BEUMER portfolio

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3PLs urged to look again at modern automated handling systems

Historically, third party logistics service providers have been reluctant to invest in warehouse automation. The comparatively high degree of investment required and the apparent inflexibility of certain systems to adapt to the changing needs of a 3PL’s shifting client base have made such systems unattractive to most logistics firms.   But, with recent advances in automation technology, this is set to change, as Steve Richmond, director of Jungheinrich UK Ltd’s Systems and Projects Division, explains: “In the past a fully automated system could involve significant capital expenditure and require extended periods to secure Return on Investment. With many 3PL providers having to

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Forklift based layer picking technology

The layer-picking concept was originally developed in the USA . It allowed many larger FMCG suppliers to offer customers layer picked quantities of products as an alternative to full pallets at close to full pallet prices.   The trend accelerated after the financial crisis in 2008 as retailers sought to reduce inventories and control input costs. Such has been the popularity of layer picking that mid-sized FMCG businesses sought to incorporate the ability to pick  by layers in to their supply chain processes.   However, the huge investment in robotic palletizers traditionally required meant that alternative handling technology had to be developed to put

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Beware the high cost of low price battery packages

Aggressively priced battery packages could cost you, warns PowerCell   Investing in new equipment – without fully understanding the financial implications – could cost your operations and your bottom line. And nowhere is this truer than with electric power, warns one industry leader.     Derek Anderson, Managing Director at battery experts PowerCell, explains: “An industrial battery is a significant investment: it can represent up to 15-20 per cent of the value of a new forklift truck; the second largest element in the package behind the truck itself.   “Each battery you buy should contain your fuel for at least the next five years… but the

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Saving costs across the board

BEUMER develops friction wheel drive system for high-performance sorter with double-acting proportional contact pressure: The intralogistics specialist from Beckum has developed a new, highly efficient friction drive system for high-performance sorters in the form of the OptiDrive and, as a result, now offers an extremely economical alternative to the asynchronous linear motor drives used previously. What makes the BEUMER OptiDrive so special? Thanks to new and innovative engineering, the contact pressure of the drive wheel is automatically set depending on the required drive force – both for driving and for braking. This boosts efficiency and enhances the service life of the

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Increase your picking speed and your small parts storage space

  By James Skilling, Product Devlopment Manager, SSI-Schaefer To meet the demands of the automotive spare parts industry, storage systems must provide fast and easy access to parts at all times.  SSI Schaefer’s new LogiMAT vertical lift storage and order picking system is taking the auto world by storm and is proving to be very popular worldwide.  It is seen by many to be an ideal solution for maximising space within a parts department by using height.   Similar to an oversized drawer cabinet with two stacks of trays, a lift operates between the stacks extracting individual trays as required.   The Vokswagen Centre

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The key to more efficiency

The trend towards automation is also making great strides in intralogistics. Users want their machines and systems to work more efficiently and safely while at the same time relieving employees of tiring, monotonous and physically heavy work. The BEUMER Group develops customized system solutions for conveying and loading, palletising and packaging, and sortation and distribution systems. The company equips them with efficient automation solutions depending on the customers’ requirements.   Efficient automation equipment which reduces cycle times as well as costs continues to be the focus for many users and is seen as an important factor for success. Companies from different sectors

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The true cost of wrapping your pallets

  In recent weeks there has been some debate on the pros and cons of the cost of wrapping pallets from the point of view of just paying a cost per pallet rental type scheme, which seems to be anything from 70p to £2 per pallet, versus 34p to 48p when owning your own pallet stretch wrapper either by buying the machine outright of purchasing it with the help of a finance house. Owning your own machine of course allows you to purchase the film from existing suppliers competitively.   Paddy McCartney, National Sales Manager of Aetna UK Ltd and Becky Goy of

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Efficient solutions for returns handling with innovative sortation technology by BEUMER

 Sometimes they do come back   With online business on the rise, the number of returns is bound to increase. This includes not just clothes and shoes, but also - for example - electronics goods. For many online retailers, returns are a necessary evil that comes at a considerable price and this makes professional handling of the returned goods correspondingly important. With easily-integrated, cross-belt sorters for versatile deployment, BEUMER Group ensures that mail order retailers or service providers can rely on efficient, end-to-end returns handling and rational goods processing.   The customer's purchasing behaviour has changed. Printed catalogues may still be popular, but most

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How to Reduce Pallet and Product Damage with AGVs

Viewpoint from Amanda Merrell, Seegrid's Marketing Director Palletized goods are transported throughout manufacturing plants and distribution facilities 24X7.  Pallets are dropped, lifted, and pushed across the floor,they get some serious beating.  Pallet damage often results in product damage and unsaleable merchandise.  In the 2008 Joint Industry Unsaleables Report: The Real Causes and Actionable Solution, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), Food Marketing Institute (FMHI), and Deloitte reported that 2007 industry survey data shows manufacturers’ unsaleables rates range from 0.4 per cent to 2.64per cent, averaging 0.83 per cent of gross sales. Retailers’ and distributors’ unsaleables rates range from 0.24 per cent to

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How to Reduce Pallet and Product Damage with AGVs

Viewpoint from Amanda Merrell, Seegrid's Marketing Director Palletized goods are transported throughout manufacturing plants and distribution facilities 24X7.  Pallets are dropped, lifted, and pushed across the floor,they get some serious beating.  Pallet damage often results in product damage and unsaleable merchandise.  In the 2008 Joint Industry Unsaleables Report: The Real Causes and Actionable Solution, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), Food Marketing Institute (FMHI), and Deloitte reported that 2007 industry survey data shows manufacturers’ unsaleables rates range from 0.4 per cent to 2.64per cent, averaging 0.83 per cent of gross sales. Retailers’ and distributors’ unsaleables rates range from 0.24 per cent to

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Optimizing Your Manufacturing Process in 6 Simple Steps

 What is manufacturing? Manufacturing is the process of processing or converting materials into articles that are useful or desired by a consumer. There are many different kinds of manufacturing processes, and each has different requirements. The continuous flow processing of soft drinks is different than the assembly of mechanical wrist watches, however, all manufacturing follows the same set of steps: • Incoming raw material • Processing of materials • Finishing • Combining or assembly of materials • Testing • Packaging • Removal of finished goods Let’s look at those steps in a product example, automobile engines. Many finished and unfinished parts enter the engine factory. Some are ready to assemble into the engine, and others, like

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Productivity Gains and Labour Savings on the Manufacturing Floor

Hearth & Home Technologies ,Lakeville, MN,USA The Challenge As the world’s leading producer and installer of hearth products, Hearth & Home Technologies is always looking for ways to improve quality and gain efficiencies. In this case, Hearth & Home sought to reduce travel time and costs associated with the delivery of parts to its manufacturing assembly locations. The Solution Using Seegrid Robotic Industrial Trucks and the patented, vision guided WalkThruThenWork  technology, Hearth & Home was able to experience the following benefits: • No costly expansion or redesign of the warehouse • Fast and effective deployment within hours instead of days • No wire guides, magnets, lasers or engineers to make changes or service •

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Ergonomic alternative to forklifts

Repetitive lifting, lowering, and moving of materials is not ergonomically friendly and causes workplace injuries throughout European materials handling facilities. According to the European Union Labour Force Survey 2007, 3.2 per cent of workers in the EU 27 had an accident at work during a one year period, which corresponds to almost 7 million workers. Ergonomic automated alternatives to manned forklifts are becoming the trend for many manufacturing and distribution facilities across Europe. Robots do not call in sick; robots are not disgruntled; robots don't have workplace injuries.  Forward thinking manufacturing plant, American Packaging (APC), implemented robots to solve ergonomic challenges,

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