Storage is probably one of your biggest concerns when in warehousing. But have you ever stopped to think about the elements of your storage system?
We wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t. As long as you have both maximum space and maximum efficiency, you’re likely more concerned with the bottom line of your business than how you get there. But pallet racks are not universal. Contrary to popular opinion, there’s multiple styles and configurations. Some can be optimized in ways you may have never considered. Some can be configured inefficiently. And some can be entirely irrelevant to the scope of your business.
If you’ve ever wondered about finding the right pallet rack system for your warehouse, here’s our guide on what to look for first.
If you have materials or products that are bundled, you’re going to need an efficient way of storing them. You’re going to need durability, but you’re also going to need to maximize space. While decisions on storage should always be based on the layout and design of your warehouse, pallet racks are one of the more efficient ways of keeping your bundled items safe, secure and accessible. In fact, they’re so efficient that many warehouses have begun to center their design almost exclusively around them.
A standard selective pallet rack is generally considered a primary “go-to” racking system. One of the chief conveniences of selective racks is that you can retrieve any pallet without having to move other bundled pallets in the system to access it (if you’ve ever had to lift bundled pallets well over 100 lbs, you know the experience isn’t exactly a walk in the park!)
The easiest way to distinguish a pallet rack offering is by identifying features on the upright connectors between the beam and the frame. The most commonly found connectors are known as referred to as “teardrop” racking systems, named so because the punch hole design resembles an upside down teardrop. But one of the reasons why the design is so popular has to do with its adaptability. Because they allow you to customize the height of your pallet rack’s shelving, they’re perfect for both smaller bundles and oversized ones—even in the same system.
Generally speaking, there are two types of teardrop pallet racks most warehouses will wind up choosing: roll formed and structural.
Roll formed pallet racks tend to be lighter, easier to install and easier to organize. They’re also more versatile and easier to customize. But they’re nowhere near as durable as structural pallet racks, which can be stored by both pushback and drive-in methods. If you find that you’re routinely using a pallet rack to store and access heavier bundles, you may want to consider investing in a structural rack. But be forewarned: they’re much more time intensive to install.
Double deep pallet racks have 11 foot aisles and incorporate two sections of a pallet rack placed back to back, making it convenient for access but less economic for physical space.
An upright column is the vertical component which your cross beams connect to. If you’re planning to store bundles of various sizes in one rack system, ensure the columns you choose are perforated in order to adjust to your specific needs.
Cross beams are the main shelving component of a pallet rack system. Even if you’re storing relatively lightweight bundles, you should consider a cross beam with a higher weight capacity than you need. It’s fairly common for workers to rearrange items on pallet racks, and you’re going to need a system that can withstand heavy usage.
Wire decks are frequently used as a safety precaution for pallet racks. Not only are they highly durable, but allow for greater air circulation. And given that warehouse temperature conditions can range from near freezing to sweltering, it’s essential that any material stored can stand up to the elements.
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Forklift safety should be a routine process for anyone working in the industrial sector. After all, a forklift is capable of lifting in excess of 70,000 pounds in some cases. Proper hazard prevention and precautions are absolutely critical.
But some businesses choose to forego intensive safety training. Many often assume new forklift operators are seasoned professionals. Others simply don’t have the time. The result? Approximately 35,000 serious injuries occur each year as a result of forklift accidents, according to OSHA—with 85 of them being fatal. 35,000 accidents which could have been prevented. 85 lives which could have been saved.
It’s been estimated U.S. employers paid over $58 billion for worker compensation costs in 2018 alone. And if you’re a Reno-based business, you know you can’t even afford a fraction of that amount. Not when you can prevent it. But luckily you can. Forklift safety isn’t always a question of skill or experience. It’s a question of following protocol. Here are some tips on how to get started implementing forklift safety rules with your workers.
Proper Usage Means Proper Training
Forklift operation shouldn’t be a question of increasing production. It should be a question of safety above anything else. And yes, certification can seem costly when faced with worker shortages. It’s also one of the wisest investments you can make in the long run.
While all forklift training must meet OSHA 1910.178 compliance standards in addition to workplace safety and material handling training, OSHA does not provide the training themselves at this time. There are, however, numerous independent operators in the state of Nevada that can provide your workers with comprehensive safety training. We recommend avoiding any who promise certification in less than a day, however. The more thoroughly your operators are trained, the greater your chances of avoiding risk are.
Regular Checkups Avoid Regular Catastrophe
Ideally, forklift safety and maintenance should be a routine part of your daily inventory. But we’ve all been in that situation. The one where the need to fulfill orders quickly is greater than the need to check back-up alarms and tire gauges.
Think of the average forklift. It weighs approximately 9000 pounds. It’s capable of travelling up to 18 mph. Consider the size of your warehouse. Now think of the domino effect that can come from faulty brakes, load tipping and unfastened seat belts. You might think it seems obvious to be able to avoid it, but we’ve seen it far too often.
Make certain your employees check every possible point of their forklift before operating it. Especially while not in motion. Lights, brakes, backup alarms, fluid levels, tire pressure… anything and everything you can think of can go wrong by omitting even the most minor part of a forklift.
OSHA regulations require all forklifts used regularly to be examined before and after each shift. Develop a daily checklist for your forklift operators. It might seem like ten minutes extra work each day, but it’s better than thousands of dollars in fines and compensation.
Know How Much Load Your Forklift Is Capable Of
This doesn’t simply mean the capacity your forklift can carry safely. That also means the dimensions and the stability of your load. Plummeting loads are one of the chief causes of accidents with forklifts, and the larger a load is, the greater the need to ensure security.
Never place loads at the front of your fork, but always back at the mast where they can be carried more stably. Remember, forklifts steer from the rear; make certain there’s no objects or people directly behind them. Ensure forks are positioned as low as possible for better visibility and better gravity; never travel with elevated forks. Make certain all loads are secure—even if it means fastening them with ropes or straps. If visibility is obstructed by a load, operate the forklift in reverse.
Different Rules For Different Machinery
Industrial and rough terrain forklifts operate quite differently by their very nature. Subsequently, there are entirely different hazards facing the safe operation of both.
In an open structure such as rocky terrain, forklift operators are not entirely enclosed. There’s also a much greater chance of load tipping, since rough terrain forklifts are capable of carrying a substantial amount of weight, as well as a much tighter turning radius. As a result, OSHA has developed a set of guidelines for both indoor and outdoor forklift operation. Among their suggestions:
In Case Of A Tipover:
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We are once again in September and it’s National Preparedness Month. If you are not aware, September is the month dedicated to preparing and educating people on disasters. Natural disasters like wildfires, earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes can occur without notice. That is why being ready for anything is important.
The first thing to have when a disaster strikes is a meeting spot or evacuation center. This could be the nearest fire station or a 24-hour grocery store that are a safe distance away from your home. These meeting spots may depend on the event but it’s important to establish a place and have a solid plan ahead of time. Once you have this setup, it’s time to think about other possible scenarios.
Develop a family disaster plan. Like mentioned earlier, plan a place to evacuate should any disaster arises. If you are separated when an emergency occurs, plan how you will reconnect. Make a disaster kit. This should contain essential items to survive 3 to 5 days. Drinking water, first aid kit, identification documents, non-perishable food, flashlights, and battery-operated radios are some of the things you should pack.
Information is available for everyone. It can be from federal, state, or local resources. Stay informed and learn what to do before, during, and after a disaster.
Most municipalities in the US have a disaster response and recovery plan made by the local government. If you want to help out, you can be an affiliate with an agency that is engaged in disaster response and relief.
Disasters occur without any prior notice so it’s best to be prepared at all times. Revisit and update your family disaster plans time and time again. Change the supplies in the disaster kit so the food and water stay fresh. Being prepared will give you more chances of survival, it is key.
This is scary whether you are at home or not. Know how to protect your home from potential invasions to keep you and your family safe. You can start by checking the locks on your doors and windows. Secure any pet entrances and purchase a security system for your home. The presence of even one security camera will chase away burglars. If a break in happens and you are at home, here are a few things to remember.
Responding to a situation like this is to practice. It’s important that you can think straight so that you will know how to defend your family and keep them safe.
Be sure that your home has the correct amount of fire alarms as this is the first line of defense. Practice setting them off and educating family members on what they should do if this alarm rings. Make an evacuation plan in your home and assign tasks to family members. In situations like this, it is very important to not panic. Make sure everyone is accounted for, even the pets, and then call 911 for help. If there is thick smoke, use something like a shirt to cover your mouth and nose to avoid inhaling it. If in the event, your clothing catches fire, know how to stop, drop and roll. Practice these safety measures so that if this disaster happens, family members will know how to respond.
If you live somewhere that’s prone to flooding, it’s good to know the warning signs and how to evacuate to a safe place. If you find your family and yourself trapped once the flood has begun, know that you should never enter fast flowing water on foot or in a vehicle. This can get you hurt or worse.
When water has flooded in your home, disconnect all electrical appliances and turn off your main electricity. Move furniture and other valuable stuff to higher ground. Depending on the frequency of the flood, it may be worth it to flood-proof your home.
Being prepared is the key to being safe from disasters. Take these simple actions and teach them to your family. Stay alert, stay safe!
Whether you’re operating a warehouse, garage or factory, you know how much of an obstacle heating buildings can be. The high temperatures that result from electrical equipment, poor ventilation or hot weather can put an immense amount of stress on employees. It’s important that you keep the heat down to protect the health employees and keep productivity up. While there are a wide variety of cooling options to choose from, Portacool is one of the best cooling solutions available.
Portacool is a line of portable evaporative cooling machines. These machines can cool as much as 6250 square feet with one fan. The coolers plug into standard electricity outlets and require a connection to a water source such as a hose. Once the pump is on, the water is circulated into the evaporative cooler. The fan will then spread cool air throughout the entire space.
One problem with portable air conditioners is they are often ineffective in circulating cold air. Fans are effective in circulating air but they don’t do anything to bring down the temperature. They only circulate the hot air. The Portacool evaporative cooler can do both. The evaporative cooling brings down the temperature and the fan helps circulate the air. It can also cover more surface area than air conditioners or fans.
While an HVAC system is a long term solution to the temperature problem, it’s not ideal for many business owners. HVAC systems can cost tens of thousands of dollars in large industrial warehouses or factories. Portacool models range from a couple of hundred dollars to the low thousands depending on how powerful the machine is. If the budget is tight, you can opt for a Portacool rental rather than buying one from a Portacool distributor. Instead of buying a system, you can test out how effective these machines are by renting them.
Installing or extending an HVAC system can be time consuming and costly. HVAC systems can also limit the focus of the cooling rather than get it to the area where it is needed. Portacool is the perfect cooling solution if you’re looking for flexibility. The machines are open wheels making it easy to transport from room to room. They can also keep your employees cool when they are working outdoors in hot weather. All you need is an electricity and water source. No other cooling solution offers this much flexibility.
Utilities can eat into profits. Especially in industrial warehouses and factories where electrical equipment is largely used. A large commercial HVAC system can run a monthly bill in the thousands. Portacool can cool as much as 5625 square feet and run a bill as low as $31 a month. This is because the units run on 115 volt power and consume a low amount of electricity. These cooling units can be used as needed and do not need a warm up or cool down period like HVAC systems.
Providing cooling for your industrial warehouse or factory is not just a luxury. It can help you save money and help your business run effectively. Employees working under hot conditions can lose productiveness by 12%. This is a consequence of fluid loss and the stress caused by the heat. High temperatures can also put your employees at serious health risks. It can lead to heat exhaustion and in the most serious cases, heat strokes. These issues can result in employee downtime or even worker’s compensation claims. This is why an effective cooling solution is good for your business and your employees.
If you’re looking for an economical and effective cooling solution, you can come to us for a Portacool evaportive cooler rental. Reno Forklift is a material handling solutions company offering a complete line of dock equipment and services. We have a wide variety of Portacool models, so you can choose one that fits into your price range and is effective for the amount of square feet you need covered.
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Winter is coming, and that means that the holidays are on their way. It’s the perfect time to feel the holiday spirit and try to help your fellow man. There are a lot of different ways to do that, so it’s easy to find something that can make a difference for a small part of the world that anyone can handle.
The Red Cross always needs blood donations, but the need increases during times when people are more likely to be injured. People travel a lot around the holidays, which means there are more accidents and thus more injuries, so blood banks can run into trouble during the holidays. Blood also spoils quickly, so you can be sure that your donation is needed, especially if you have a rare blood type. Donating blood is quick, easy, and free, so it’s a great option for people who are interested in giving back to others without going to too much trouble.
The best way to donate blood is to schedule a visit to a local blood drive. Most blood drives will advertise for several days before the event, so it’s relatively easy to find one. The Red Cross can also help you to find the nearest blood drive if there aren’t any local advertisements. If there aren’t any blood drives to attend, consider organizing one of your own. It takes more work, but blood can save lives, so it’s certainly worth the effort.
Education is one of the keys to building a better life, but sometimes getting an education is easier said than done. Volunteering your time as a tutor can give the gift of knowledge to someone in need, and that gift can pay dividends for years to come. There are several ways to do this, so most people can find some way to help.
Literacy is one of the most important skills because it enables people to learn other things, but some people have trouble with it. Children need to practice reading if they’re going to get good at it, but they don’t always get that chance at home. Providing it is a great way to give back to the community. Simply handing out simple books and giving children the chance to read to you as you fix their mistakes can be a big help. Reading to them is also useful, and almost any adult can do it.
Older students often need help with specific subjects. Helping them requires more specialized knowledge, but you can still do it if you understand the subject. Adults with specialized skills, like woodworking, can also take the chance to pass those on. They aren’t always taught in school, but they’re still useful.
The best way to get involved through tutoring is to contact a local school and ask if they need help with any of their clubs or programs. Libraries are also a good choice, especially for people who want to help with literacy issues. Even if they don’t need volunteers themselves, they can usually point you towards a program that does.
Most holidays involve big meals with big groups of people. If you’re filled with the holiday spirit and want to give back in a way that fits the season, you can’t go wrong by contributing to a meal for the community.
These community meals help to solve several different problems at the same time. At a basic level, they can help to fight hunger in the community. They can also spread some holiday joy to people who aren’t able to afford the traditional meal on their own. One meal may not seem like much, but it can make a big difference to people who are on the verge of poverty.
Community feasts also offer a hidden benefit. It isn’t much fun to be alone for the holidays, but it happens to a surprising number of people. These events give those individuals a chance to come together with other people for the holidays that would otherwise be denied to them. That’s a powerful gesture, and it can make the holidays much brighter.
In the end, the holidays are a time to give back to the community. Even a small effort can make a big difference, so there’s no reason not to do something to help others. As long as you remember the golden rule when you volunteer, it’s hard to go wrong.
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Scissor jacks are devices that are used to slowly and carefully lift vehicles off of the ground. They are called scissor jacks because they are made of diagonal pieces of metal that contract and expand in a way similar to that of a pair of scissors. They are very useful, handy, and easy to carry around because they are compact when in the contracted position.
These are definitely the right choice for more professional car inspections and repairs. Hydraulic scissor jacks are necessary to have when performing complex procedures on the vehicle.
Manual scissor jacks are usually used to lift only one corner of the vehicle. You place the jack right behind the wheel, and it lifts up that side of the car. This allows you to check out or work on a wheel that might be flat or damaged. However, if you require a more complicated maintenance or repair service, it’s good to have more than just one of these jacks around. A lot of car owners who do DIY repairs and diagnostics invest in having several jacks so that they can get access to the vehicle’s underside. Making sure that the jacks are sturdy and solid is crucial in keeping the position of the car steady, at the same time ensuring the safety of the person inspecting the vehicle.
Depending on where it will be used and who will use it, finding the right type of scissor jack is crucial in the task at hand. For both types, quality is important to ensure safety and security for the person and the vehicle.
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There are various lift equipment designs for specific tasks. Lift equipment are machines that lessen the load for the workers and complete tasks quickly and easily. Here are some of the most common types of lift equipment:
There are many other types of lift equipment on the market today, each serving a specific purpose. Most of these are common in industries like construction, repair, maintenance, electrical utilities, and others. Thanks to ever-evolving technology, these machines not only help in completing construction projects, they also assist workers in various manual and maintenance tasks in different fields and industries.
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When materials handling organizations look to purchase new forklifts for their operations, the final decision is often made based on input from a number of different departments involved in the supply chain operation. From finance to IT and logistics, the purchase of a new fleet of forklifts effects everyone in the company. Unfortunately, however, the people who are often left out of the process are the ones actually tasked with operating the forklift. Companies rarely purchase forklifts with an eye towards operator comfort. They don’t do this out of malice. It’s just the nature of managerial nearsightedness. They simply don’t know about the issues facing operators.
We want to help. Let’s take a look at some of the forklift design issues facing operators. Being aware of these issues can increase employee morale, contribute to safety and ultimately boost productivity.
Before deciding on a forklift, take some time to ask your forklift provider about operator specific issues. Here is a list of questions to get clear answers to before purchase
As a safety concern, proper visibility is essential. Operating a forklift in the narrow confines of a warehouse can be hazardous for both operator and workers on the floor. The many blind spots that exist in the warehouse layout are hazardous enough. Ensure that these hazards are not exacerbated by a poorly designed forklift with impeded visibility. Get feedback from your operators to ensure that what is promised in a spec sheet actually performs on the warehouse floor before purchase.
In the 1950, the US Airforce discovered the flaw of cookie cutter accommodations based on average height, weight and extremity length. They discovered that this flaw was contributing to crashes and deaths and needed immediate rethinking, forever changing the way airplanes are designed.
Before making a decision on a forklift purchase, ensure that the forklift design takes into consideration the fact that people are not all the same size. What is good for an operator who is 5’7’’ may not be good at all for an operator who is 6’3”. In this case, the forklift needs to offer adjustable seating or other options to accommodate all operators.
Bad posture is one of the leading causes of fatigue and lost productivity. Before making a forklift purchase, make sure that the forklift is designed with operator posture in https://www.renoforklift.com/forklift-services-reno/mind. If a forklift design you currently use contributes to bad posture by forcing an operator to strain or use compensatory techniques, your organization may want to think about replacing these forklifts.
Getting answers to these question is not just a matter of reviewing the spec sheet and checking each off. It is important that you ensure that what is promised on the spec sheet actually manifests in the working environment and operator conditions of your warehouse. The best way to get clear, unbiased answers to these questions is to consult with your operators on each and let them test the forklift you are thinking of purchasing for issue in design. This will go a long way to ensuring that your warehouse is a safe, efficient and employee friendly environment.
No matter what forklift design you decide is best for your company, Reno Forklift can help outfit your operations with new and used forklifts. Come Check out our products and services and contact us today!
The efficiency, safety and reliability of a warehouse is only as good as the materials handling equipment it employs. Inadequate equipment means inadequate operations. And without the essential warehouse supplies, the warehouse is just a building. This essential warehouse equipment will make moving, manipulating, storing, organizing, and maneuvering easier and more efficient.
Space is an expensive thing in warehouses. Efficient movement and storage of inventory and merchandise are a must in order to optimize every inch of space. Essential warehouse supplies like forklifts, pallet jacks and industrial shelving will greatly help for this purpose. Let’s take a look.
This is a vital item in a warehouse. It helps optimize space, specifically vertical space. Industrial shelving will help make use of vertical space to free up more floor or horizontal space. This is taking advantage of cubic footage over square (floor) footage.
There are many different types of industrial shelving, depending on the required function. Shelving for stacking and storing pallets are the most commonly used type.
Items in shelves, especially in higher levels, will be a challenge to place and retrieve without pallet jacks and hand trucks. These are necessary in transporting heavy, large, bulky objects. Without these, movement of items will be a real pain.
A pallet jack is a hand pallet truck. These are simple to operate so as to move and lift pallets. The front wheels of the pallet jack are placed inside the fork ends. These forks will vertically separate from the wheels as the hydraulic jack becomes elevated. This movement will move the load upwards.
For moving large items horizontally, a power pallet truck or electric pallet truck will do the job better. These are ideal to use if the warehouse has a large space or for outside use. These are simple to operate and safe to use. Maintenance requirements are also minimal. Power pallet trucks work similarly to hand pallet trucks. The main difference is on the use of AC electric motor. Some models have a platform where the user can stand on during the entire operation. There is also a brake that can help keep the equipment in place during certain operations.
This trusty, unassuming equipment is a mainstay in any warehouse. This is one of the most basic warehouse supplies that acts as the backbone of all warehouse operations.
Forklifts help in moving merchandise around. With the bulky, large and heavy objects involved in warehouse operations, forklifts really come in useful. Imagine having to lift enormous boxes by hand.
The forklift is also designed to fit into tight spaces. This makes it the perfect tool to retrieve or to store items in a packed warehouse safely and easily.
If you are looking for essential warehouse supplies in Reno, Reno Forklift has what you need. We are the premier provider of warehouse supplies and materials handling equipment to the Northern Nevada area. Come check out our catalog and contact us today!
Scissor lifts are a great help to warehouse operations. They provide a safe working area for those needing to perform certain jobs and activities at high locations. For example, electricians can safely and comfortably work at electrical poles and wires. Structural engineers can perform more thorough inspections of areas located at elevated positions. There are many other applications of scissor fork lifts and many different types. Let’s take a look at the types of scissor lifts that are used in warehouses.
There are more than 1 type of this useful materials handling equipment. Most people only know of the MEWP or the Mobile Elevated Work Platform. There is also the hydraulic scissor lift, electrical, diesel and pneumatic lifts.
This type uses hand powered or engine driven pressurized hydraulics to lift loads. The change in pressure of the hydraulic oil is responsible for moving the work platform upwards and downwards.
The presence of oil affects the efficiency of the hydraulic lift. Oil is affected by environmental conditions and consequently influences how the lift will function. In warmer temperatures, oil is less viscous and circulates better. This will result in faster lift operation compared to when using the lift in colder weather. Oil becomes more viscous in colder weather, making it slower to circulate.
This problem is only present in older models. The oil-weather problem has been addressed in newer models.
These are the most commonly used scissor lift types. The electrical lift is more often used for jobs done in enclosed spaces. This is the choice when using diesel types. Enclosed spaces do not have enough ventilation, contributing to the buildup of dangerous fumes from burning diesel.
For outdoor activities, diesel lifts are the preferred type to use. These lifts can be extended up to 10 meters. Some can even be extended to 18 meters high.
This type works with the use of air pressure as a mechanism of lift. This is an eco-friendly type because it does not emit any harmful fumes or by-products in the environment. Most models do not even have to use electricity in order to operate.
A pneumatic scissor lift works by sucking in and compressing atmospheric air. Due to the fact that its doesn’t have any emissions, this type can be used in almost any kind of working environment. It only needs air to operate. Pneumatic Scissor Lifts are great for work both inside and outside the warehouse. Since there are few moving parts and no engine, this type of scissor lift also requires very little maintenance.
Whether you need the simplicity and durability of a pneumatic scissor lift or the power and versatility of the diesel or electrical model, Reno forklift has the types of scissor lifts you need for your warehouse, store or garage. Reno Forklift is the premier provider of materials handling equipment to the Reno and Northern Nevada area. Come check out our catalog and contact us today! We look forward to working with you!