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January 31, 2011
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Material Handling News
***Give Props to Propane***
Your lift truck fleet is probably very reliable. So reliable, in fact, that it becomes easy to overlook basic things like daily maintenance and safety considerations. When it comes to propane, remembering safety is important. Fortunately the elements of propane safety are easily conveyed and easily followed. You probably have all the necessary propane handling practices integrated into your overall safety program. Your lift truck operators know that propane is flammable. It's flammability that makes propane useful. But it also flags propane as a safety concern, and a periodic refresher about proper handling is always a good idea. Keep in mind, though, this article is not intended to replace or supersede bona-fide safety training (which should be part of any facility's standard practices). Click here to read more.
***Manufacturing in Synch with Service***
The years when manufacturers could profitably establish long production campaign runs and idealistic changeover cycles to drive efficiency are long gone. Today they are being pressured from within to produce more varied products at faster speeds and lower costs ― all while improving resource utilization and reducing overall inventory levels. At the same time, customers expect even higher service levels at lower, more competitive prices that consequently erode margins. The best strategy to deal with these pressures is to integrate manufacturing and logistics functions. This will help them redefine rough-cut capacity planning; shift to daily planning and execution; and schedule production at the attribute level, including size, color and recipe. Click here for more information.
***System Integration: A New Understanding***
Many distribution center operations managers believe they have integrated systems because they employ a menu of software packages to manage the various manual, semi-automated or automated systems throughout a facility. This menu can range from simple spreadsheets in a low volume, manual environment to receive, store, pick and ship inventory. Read more by clicking here.
***Dock Warning Signal Alarm***
VERONA, WI: Erich Industries new Safety Sentry Warning Signal Alarm significantly improves loading dock safety by alerting anyone nearby of a vehicle backing into the dock position. The Safety Sentry is an innovative concept utilizing a 105dB siren and strobe light combination system in synch with proven industrial motion sensing technology. ---Erich Industries Inc.
***High-Lift Box/Container Dumper***
BETHLEHEM, PA: A new TIP-TITE High-Lift Box/Container Dumper from Flexicon discharges dust-free into vessels 6 to 10 ft (183 to 305 cm) above the plant floor. The dumper allows boxes and other containers to be loaded at floor level, sealed against a discharge hood, elevated and tipped, mating the hood outlet to a gasketed inlet port fitted to any receiving vessel. The unit accommodates Gaylords and other boxes from 36 in. to 48 in. (915 mm to 1220 mm) on a side and 39 in. to 44 in. (990 mm to 1117 mm) overall height. The container platform is raised by a single hydraulic cylinder, creating a dust-tight seal between the top edge of the container and the underside of the discharge hood. A second hydraulic cylinder raises the platform-hood assembly vertically, before tipping it to a motion-dampened stop at 60 degrees beyond horizontal, causing the vertically-oriented hood outlet to mate with the receiving vessel's horizontally-oriented inlet port. A pneumatic or manual slide gate valve prevents material flow until the discharge cone has been properly seated, and allows discharging at controlled rates. ---Flexicon Corp.
***Mechanical Lift Table with Butcher Block Top***
MENTOR, OH: Air Technical Industries has developed a new series of mechanical scissor lift tables with a wooden butcher block top. The tubular scissor design provides structural stability, safety, and is lightweight for mobility. The wooden butcher block top is fastened to a metal frame to prevent warping and provide ample support for the load. The butcher block provides a soft touch and compatibility with lifting many products. Lifting operation is offered with a choice between two different mechanical systems. One is an acme screw-type lift and the other is a cable winch-type lift with a worm gear drive that keeps the load at any position desired without drifting. The manual crank handle is conveniently located at working height and the crank handle has a molded plastic grip for comfort and safety. Models are available with capacities from 250 to 1,000 pounds, deck sizes from 24" x 36" up to 36" x 96" and raised heights up to 87" when installed on wheels. ---Air Technical Industries
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