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The Gray Shift Part 1: An Aging Workforce Creates New Workplace Injury Issues

September 17, 2013 8:01 am | by Earl Hagman, PhD, MSEE, MBA, President, Ergotech Incorporated | Articles | Comments

The median age of the labor force is anticipated to increase rapidly, with one-third of the U.S. labor force turning 55 by 2015. This may have far-reaching implications on the number and type of work-related injuries experienced. Most companies are not prepared for these changing demographics.

Smoking Fast Order Fulfillment At Hauni Richmond

August 14, 2013 8:02 am | by Kardex Remstar, LLC | Articles | Comments

When management needed to reduce the footprint of Richmond's remanufacturing operations to make room for other revenue generating actives, the stockroom was faced with a 60 percent reduction in floor space. The stockroom already had a floor to ceiling man up narrow aisle picking system and there was little floor space and no additional shelf space that could be squeezed out.

Pallets & Racking: Doing More

August 12, 2013 4:21 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

New features in pallets and racking, including better material composition, more secure racks, and better accessibility are making today’s industrial pallet and racking solutions safer and more cost effective than ever before. In this ever changing world of material handling, manufacturers are doing everything they can to choose wisely, stay efficient, and incorporate safety.

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Central Rent-A-Crane, Inc. Names New Safety Director

August 7, 2013 11:37 am | by ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp. | News | Comments

The ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp. is proud to announce the appointment of Brenton MacDonald as Safety Supervisor of Central Rent-A-Crane, a member of the ALL Family of Companies. In addition to overseeing safety training and implementation of safety programs for Central Rent-A-Crane’s three Indiana locations, MacDonald is also Central’s HSSE Supervisor at the BP Whiting Refinery. The appointment is effective immediately.

Pneumatic Conveying Systems Health & Safety: Exploring ROI, Part 2

July 26, 2013 8:02 am | by Doan Pendleton, VP of VAC-U-MAX | Articles | Comments

In the manufacturing arena, four out of five materials handling injuries affect the back and require a median of ten days for workers to recuperate. A strain can have indirect costs in excess of $33K and requires an additional $672K in sales to recoup those costs. Anytime organizations can eliminate the possibility of back injuries, injury costs should be taken into consideration when determining ROI.

Pneumatic Conveying Systems Health & Safety: Exploring ROI, Part 1

July 24, 2013 8:02 am | by Doan Pendleton, VP of VAC-U-MAX | Articles | Comments

Workplace injuries in any organization take a bite out of profits. The statistics regarding the number of injuries and illnesses that occur on the job and purported annual costs of $250B is astronomical. In the goods producing industry, which accounts for account for 35 percent of all occupational illness and injury cases, “manual materials handling is the principal source of compensable injuries,” according to OSHA.

Let’s Get Visible

July 22, 2013 3:35 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Asset management, at its core, is all about profitability. If a manufacturer can gain a clear picture of how and where assets are being used, they can account for overuse, underuse, lost items, bottlenecks, theft, and more. And in doing so, there is an endless list of tools to consider.

Wrapped Around Innovation

July 22, 2013 2:38 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Pat and Bill Lancaster believed that pallet loads of product could be better protected — that billions of dollars of unsalable product due to shipping damage could be reclaimed and energy spent recycling, repurposing, or disposing of this damaged product could be regained. Pallet loads could be better stabilized and product should be — and could be — better protected in transit.

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An Easy Reach: Industrial Ergonomics

June 17, 2013 4:45 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Ergonomics can be thought of as much like a dinner table setting: Everything should be in easy reach and no one should have to reach too far or stretch into an unnatural position to get at what they need, says Ed Metzger, president of BioFit. “By ensuring that workers have the freedom to move comfortably and naturally, companies can prevent many of the musculoskeletal injuries and fatigue that leads to lost time and productivity.”

Lear Assembly Plant Drives Integrated Systems & Quality Assurance

June 17, 2013 3:29 pm | Articles | Comments

Lear Corporation’s 94,000-square-foot, four assembly line seating plant in Montgomery, AL is one of the most modern and efficient facilities of its kind. At peak production, Lear builds approximately 1,000 seat sets per day or 73 sets per hour in 56 distinct combinations of colors and options for the Hyundai Sonata sedan and Santa Fe SUV built at Hyundai’s Alabama plant.

Fast Forklift Charging For Fast-Paced Environments

June 12, 2013 8:05 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Articles | Comments

Corwin Will is the facility manager of The Pampered Chef, a Berkshire Hathaway company, which has benefited from tremendous savings and safety improvements from installing Minit Chargers across four warehouses. The Pampered Chef warehouses face a daily challenge similar to those of all industrial facilities: trying to pick and ship thousands of items a day in the most efficient way possible.

Robotic Pallet Wrapper

May 17, 2013 11:11 am | by ITW Muller | Product Releases | Comments

The GW- 4100 robotic pallet wrapper boasts speeds of 37 loads/hr and comes standard with a telescoping mast that allows for easy mobility, accommodating loads up to 6 feet, 11 inches.

Drawbridge Shelf Cart

May 17, 2013 11:08 am | by Creform Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The drawbridge shelf cart that is ideally suited for protecting and delivering totes, containers, or unpackaged parts from warehouse to sequential operations in production, says the company.

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COFE Starter Kit

May 17, 2013 11:03 am | by VARGO | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

COFE, Continuous Order Fulfillment Enterprise, processes orders within a distribution center using a demand driven waveless approach, says the company.

Narrow Aisle Forklifts

May 10, 2013 11:55 am | by Hyundai | Product Releases | Comments

At 8 KHz high frequency, the ZAPI controller provides smooth and quiet operation along with protection from low and high voltage, overheating, and fault recording.

Euro Drawers Shelving Systems

May 10, 2013 11:46 am | by Quantum Storage Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Heavy duty, high grade gray shelving offers a 400-pound capacity per shelf.

Twin-Wheel Casters

May 10, 2013 11:39 am | by Revvo Caster Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The 2H Series twin-wheel casters feature a secure bolt-on, four-station directional lock that converts swivel casters into fixed casters for straight-line travel.

Aisle Shield

May 10, 2013 11:24 am | by Wireway Husky | Product Releases | Comments

Aisle Shield is the economical answer to aisle safety and the increasing demands of regulatory agencies for fall protection into pallet rack aisles, says the company.

Order Fulfillment Automation

May 10, 2013 11:22 am | by Intelligrated® | Product Releases | Comments

GoKarts are ideal entry-level automated order fulfillment solutions that can be scaled to meet growing order volumes, explains the company.

The Roll Raptor™

May 3, 2013 5:01 pm | by SPS Ideal Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

The Roll Raptor™ is the company’s latest design for the roll film industry to replace the wooden pallet/end board method of smaller roll handling.

Support Arm System

May 3, 2013 4:48 pm | by Rittal | Product Releases | Comments

With the 60/120/180 Support Arm System, monitoring units, controls, and specialized devices can be mounted and precisely positioned via an easily adjusted 3-pendant support arm system that can handle loads from 135 to 405 pounds.

Lift Truck Navigation Technology

May 3, 2013 4:43 pm | by Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Three available lift truck navigation technologies today—manual, fully-automated, and hybrid—require key issues for managers to consider when evaluating these systems for their application.

High Speed Pick & Pack Robot

April 26, 2013 4:48 pm | by QComp Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

This fast and flexible system is designed to minimize labor-intensive picking and packing tasks and handle the newest package designs, such as stand up pouches.

Pallet Stretch Wrappers

April 26, 2013 4:44 pm | by Phoenix | Product Releases | Comments

From five loads per day to 100 loads per hour, all Phoenix is focused on building a rugged line of pallet stretch wrapper equipment.

Utility Catcher™

April 19, 2013 3:32 pm | by Glove Guard | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Now available with a keyhole, the Utility Catcher™ clip can be hung on a wall in addition to being hung off a belt or slid on a grid-wall.

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