Equipment 101

<p>With straight rails that result in easy installation, under-hung bridge cranes can handle up to 15 tons and their spanning capabilities can eliminate the need for additional supporting structures.</p> By Lorie King Rogers · December 1, 2011
Overhead handling equipment like cranes, hoists and monorails can increase productivity, enhance safety, improve ergonomics and maximize floor space.
By Lorie King Rogers · November 1, 2011
Today’s supply chain execution software applications are evolving, adding functionality and enabling operations to function more effectively.
By Lorie King Rogers · November 1, 2011
Enterprise-level supply chain software solutions give an operation the tools to create and test effective business strategies and plan ahead by incorporating commands for necessary preemptive strikes.
<p>Voice technology is often applied to labor-intensive activities, like piece picking, putaway, replenishment and cycle counting.</p> By Lorie King Rogers · October 1, 2011
Data capture technology can help an operation see its products in real time and take proactive steps to keep materials moving smoothly through the supply chain. Here’s a look at several basic data capture technologies.
By Lorie King Rogers · August 1, 2011
Lift trucks have come a long way since their introduction in the materials handling arena in the 1920s. Today, they are smarter and stronger, and still the indispensable workhorses in our warehouses and distribution centers.
<p>Today’s strapping machines can run thinner, narrower plastic strapping. This means there’s less material, which is especially important when it comes to recycling or disposal in the landfill.</p> By Lorie King Rogers · July 1, 2011
There are many ways to unitize a load, but the common goal for most operations is to stabilize and protect products while they are in motion.
By Lorie King Rogers · June 1, 2011
Forming a high-quality unit load is the goal of every type of palletizing process. Here’s a look at how palletizing equipment puts product into a neat palletized load so it arrives at its destination safely and in good condition.
<p>Crossbelt sorters can typically handle product weighing up to 100 pounds and process up to 200 pieces per minute, regardless of their shape, size and surface characteristics.</p> By Lorie King Rogers · May 11, 2011
From simple pushers to sophisticated crossbelt sorters, automated sortation systems reduce labor and increase efficiency and throughput in today’s warehouses and distribution centers.
By Lorie King Rogers · April 14, 2011
Cartons, totes, pallets, components and finished goods can travel for miles on conveyor through manufacturing facilities, warehouses and distribution centers. Here’s a look at the most common conveyors used to transport products to their final destinations.
By MMH Staff · March 8, 2011
Master order picking and improve how you get product out of your building and into your customer's hands.
<p>This mini-load staging buffer uses computer-controlled shuttles equipped with a load transfer device.  The shuttles can deliver loads to a person who will pick items. When the pick is complete, the load is automatically returned to its storage location.</p> By Lorie King Rogers · March 1, 2011
Automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) can help an operation reduce labor, increase accuracy and throughput, and have a green impact on the environment.
By Lorie King Rogers · February 1, 2011
Pallet rack is a fundamental component that can maximize storage space and have a positive impact on organization, productivity and throughput in your facility.
<p>Reusable plastic totes and containers in a closed loop systems can provide cost savings as well as environmental benefits.</p> By Lorie King Rogers · January 19, 2011
Don’t take totes and containers for granted. These seemingly simple products are key components in the materials handling process, ensuring a smooth, efficient and safe flow of goods through the entire supply chain.
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