21 Oct 2019
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.
What Is A Pallet Rack (And Why You Need Them)
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.
Types Of Pallet Racks
- Standard Selective Pallet Racks
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!)
- Teardrop Racking
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 And Structural Pallet Racking
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
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.
Components In A Pallet Rack System
- Upright Columns
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
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
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.
Pallet Rack Installation Tips
- Ensure a minimum depth of six inches for less than the depth of the pallet racks for upright beams.
- Always use a minimum of four cross beams even if you’re not using the entirety of a rack system.
- Use shelf dividers to separate and organize any bundled materials.
- If you’re pressed for space, one piece portable stacking pallet racks can be an inexpensive and convenient storage solution.
- Ensure any pallet rack system is aligned with local fire and sanitation codes, including your warehouse sprinkler system.
- Train your staff on proper installation and storage. Pallet racks are designed to hold anywhere from several hundred pounds upwards, and the risks to safety can be minimized drastically by a properly trained work staff.
Need more tips of proper material handling and storage? Visit us today at Reno Forklift.
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:
- Wear appropriate footwear
- Ascend and descend any inclines slowly and with caution
- Always keep an open eye when reversing
- Never assume pedestrians will be aware of your presence
- Never grab the overhead guard while in reverse
- Reduce speed when turning
- Never drive downgrade with a load
- When general lighting is less than 2 lumens per square foot, OSHA requires auxiliary directional lighting on all trucks. Forklifts should be equipped with headlights when working at night or outdoors
In Case Of A Tipover:
- Stay in the forklift at all times. Do not dismount or jump out.
- Hold on to the steering wheel tightly
- Brace your feet as closely as you can
- Lean away from the impact. Lean forward only after impact has occurred
- If using a standup forklift with rear end access, step backwards should a tipover occur.
At Reno Forklift, we know forklift safety isn’t just a necessity. It’s your top priority. For more tips, visit us today at renoforklift.com
Logistics are at the heart of business. In 2017, an estimated $1.5 trillion was spent on transportation and warehousing in the U.S., with a forecasted growth of $3.3 billion by 2020 in Nevada alone. That’s good news for Nevada. But what about your business—in particular, your production? Even more specifically, how your material is being handled?
Production is frequently thought of only in terms of supply and demand. Rarely does cargo handling factor into any question of growth. But almost 6,500 hours are lost by the average American business as a result of improper material handling each year, equalling close to $200,000 in revenue. A loss which could be entirely avoidable if proper protocol was implemented.
In any warehouse operation, increasing productivity and efficiency aren’t just processes you need to consider when charting your yearly strategy. They should be part of any thorough operations analysis. And they need to be evaluated at all levels. From procurement to shipping—and especially to material handling. Production affects all aspects of your business; and similarly, all aspects of your business affect production. If you still think material handling won’t impact your production capacity, think again. Here’s what you need to know.
Processes and Audits
There’s no question that every business needs a process implemented to measure both production output, costs and returns. And there’s a strong chance you already have one in place. It may even be an effective one. But is your process as effective as it should be? What systems have your competitors implemented allowing them to increase productivity as well as visibility?
Periodically auditing any process (not just production) may seem like one more headache in your already stressful day. But it’s a necessary one. Whether you’re monitoring man hours, storage or tracking orders, don’t merely be content with your current system. Find ways in which you can maximize efficiency without cutting corners. For some of you that may mean implementing an automated process. For others, it could mean evaluating new vendor offerings. It could even mean outsourcing storage to a third party facility. But periodically reviewing your production and material handling processes will ultimately streamline your operational costs, allowing your business to grow stronger, leaner and more effective as a result.
Material Handling and Transparency
One of the biggest dilemmas facing productivity is both the lack of transparency and subsequent connectivity from an operational standpoint. Not only has this hampered accurate process checking protocol, but it can be detrimental to order fulfilment.
With the rise of IoT (Internet of Things) as a dominant force in operations, your business can’t afford to be without connectivity. Real time monitoring of all business aspects, from production to financial operations, not only ensures an optimal work flow but allows you functional security. Production bottlenecks have historically been one of the biggest problems facing the industrial segment. Without an adequate monitoring system, identifying production lags is merely second guessing both the symptom and the cause.
Optimizing the Flow Of Material Handling
The quickest way from point A to point B is a straight line. And this also holds true for production. The process of going from material handling to production needs to be as seamless and quick as possible. More time entered manually means less time in production.
Automatization is rapidly becoming the standard in material handling for the industrial sector, and it’s one process you need to consider implementing if you haven’t done so yet. And while implementation of automated processes may seem expensive at first, it’s a much more cost-effective and labor-friendly method than relying on manual fulfillment. There’s no need to backtrack your steps through automatization. Not only is manpower reduced, but both strategic planning as well as your earnings will increase as a result of the time saved.
Storage, Equipment And Your Investment
You may very well find yourself with intervals on productivity which don’t always justify the return on investment of storage space and equipment. Allocating storage to a third party warehouse facility can drastically reduce wasteful spending as well as labor costs—particularly if you find your production output is subject to seasonal ebb and flow.
Consider the absolute bare bones structure of your production line. How much equipment is necessary year round? Can you reduce material handling costs by outsourcing to a third party vendor? What is positively integral to your day to day operations; and what can be rented according to demand?
It may be that you have to reduce labor. And that’s something no one likes to consider. Or it may simply be a question of reducing processes to a more efficient work flow. Working “smarter not harder” may seem like an empty buzz phrase. But when it comes to productivity, it can be the difference between surpassing your competitors and lagging behind.
And no one wants to lag behind.
For nearly fifty years, Reno Forklift has been the name to turn to when it comes to material handling solutions for Nevada and California. Find out what we can do for you. Visit us today at www.renoforklift.com or call (775) 329-1384
21 Jul 2019
In construction, companies tend to evaluate experience and craftsmanship over machinery. After all, equipment can be relatively universal, depending on the job. Skill, on the other hand, is not. But skill demands the right tools. You wouldn’t trust an electrician without the right set of pliers. Or a mechanic without a wrench. And when it comes to industrial construction, you shouldn’t trust an operator who doesn’t know the basic differences between scissor lifts.
Scissor lifts aren’t cheap. Quality machinery rarely is. But they’re invaluable. And investing in the right lift means knowing their fundamental differences.
Not every scissor lift is going to be appropriate for every kind of job. Some can only be used outdoors as a result of emissions, while others can be used in enclosed spaces as well as out in the open. And while the right lift is somewhat dependent on the specifications of your job, knowing the difference between them will help save you time, money and injuries. If you’ve ever needed to know what type of scissor lift is best for your site, we’ve put together a quick introduction to help you decide.
What Is A Scissor Lift?
A scissor lift is essentially a motorized construction lift guarded by a railed platform which raise straight up. As opposed to other aerial forklifts (such as a boom lift), scissor lifts are capable of holding multiple workers at once—making the cost of rental or purchase ultimately more effective.
However, unlike other aerial forklifts, scissor lifts can only reach moderate heights. They’re ideal for intensive technical work, including close inspections, cable wiring, and storage material handling. But for jobs in which high elevation is critical, alternative aerial forklifts will be a more appropriate alternative. You also want to keep in mind that scissor lifts can only operate vertically, not horizontally or diagonally.
There are three types of specifications to keep in mind when using a scissor lift:
- Stroke: The height range which can be attained.
- Size: The dimension of the work platform
- Capacity: The maximum amount of personnel or freight which can be safely supported
If you’re working primarily on sites where intensive technical knowledge is critical, you may want to consider a stationary lift. They’re generally more affordable; and while neither ideal nor convenient for all work sites, stationary scissor lifts adapt effectively to changes in temperature and elevation that mobilized lifts can prove resistant to.
Types Of Scissor Lifts
Hydraulic Scissor Lifts
Hydraulic lifts are one of the more basic and popular options for scissor lifts. Since they can be powered by both hand-operated and engine-driven hydraulic systems, they’re relatively simple to operate and don’t require extensive training.
However, it’s important to remember that hydraulic systems are operated by oil, which means they’re much slower to respond in colder temperatures as a result of subsequent viscosity. Unless you’re working indoors in a temperature controlled environment, you may want to consider whether maximum speed and horsepower are necessary for a hydraulic scissor lift to complete your project.
Diesel Scissor Lifts
While diesel lifts are one of the most common sights on construction jobs, they’re neither environmentally friendly nor quiet. You’re more apt to find diesel scissor lifts on outdoor sites where sound and emissions can be less hazardous.
The chief benefit of a diesel scissor lift is their scalability. Unlike other lifts, diesel scissor lifts can reach heights of up to thirty feet, and in newer models, even higher (a diesel scissor lift reaching 60 feet is not uncommon in newer, higher end models.)
Electric Scissor Lifts
One popular alternative to diesel and hydraulic models in recent years has been electric scissor lifts. And while they’re quieter and more environmentally safe, they can also be more complicated to operate. They’re better suited for indoor projects which don’t require intensive mobility and stroke.
Rough Terrain Scissor Lifts
If most of your jobs take place outdoors where terrain isn’t consistently level, it should come as no surprise that rough terrain scissor lifts are an ideal option. They’re well equipped to handle even poor weather conditions and come powered in a variety of options: diesel, gas, propane and dual fuel. With heights reaching up to 50 feet, rough terrain lifts can be invaluable in tackling even the most challenging of major construction jobs.
Pneumatic Scissor Lifts
One relatively new and affordable option for industrial construction has been pneumatic scissor lifts. Since pneumatic scissor lifts are powered by air pressure, they’re more sustainable if you’re looking to reduce emissions and fuel costs. Subsequently, they’re also limited in horsepower in comparison to traditional lifts. But since pneumatic scissor lifts simply require air to operate, they’re well suited for just about any environment—indoors as well as outside.
Are you looking for a wide variety of lift options and supplies for your construction needs? At Reno Forklift, we’ve been serving Nevada and California for almost 50 years. Why not find out what we can do for you? Visit us at renoforklift.com or call our certified contractor team at (775) 329-1384
The transport of packages is one of the most important processes that take place in a warehouse. While there are several ways to do this, automating this process can help increase the productivity of a warehouse operation. This is where a conveyor system comes in handy.
A conveyor system enables the safe and efficient transfer of items from point A to point B within the warehouse facility. It may take up more space inside the facility but it ensures an organized and safe transportation method to avoid potential trouble. With the help of a conveyor system, forklifts will no longer have to do all the heavy lifting around your warehouse. Keep reading and learn how to maximize your productivity with a conveyor system.
Know your load
Knowing your load is one of the most important things to remember when selecting a conveyor system. Consider the items that the machine will be transporting. Also take note of their dimensions, such as the height, length, and weight. These things are important because they will impact your conveyor’s performance. Also, pay attention to the load orientation to avoid incorrect placement of the item on the conveyor.
Be familiar with its application
Another important thing to consider is how the conveyor system will work in your operation. Think about whether it has to be permanently situated in one location or if you need it to be portable. Again, don’t forget to take the characteristics of the goods you’ll be loading into account – as to whether they are light, heavy, flexible or rigid. Taking into consideration all of these factors will help you decide the conveyor system that will work best for you.
Select the right incline conveyors
Incline conveyors come in handy when goods require transport from one elevation to another. They are usually used in warehouse facilities that incorporate loading bays or mezzanine floors. Because incline conveyors impact the performance and productivity of your operations, be sure to carefully pick the right type.
Besides the load characteristics, it’s also important to consider the travel distance, proximity to employees, in-feed or discharge points, as well as safety devices. Also, be careful with conveyors that exceed 30-degree angles as the load may stumble or slip.
Take time to test your conveyor system
Conveyors are machines that involve many different moving parts. Like any other system used in a warehouse, it needs extensive testing. When testing your conveyors, pay close attention to safety guards. Do a visual inspection to make sure that stickers are in place. Also, make sure that emergency stops can be accessed easily.
Then, take the time to test out each and every control and consider potential operator errors. See what happens when the wrong buttons are pushed or when more buttons are pushed than necessary. Also, find out how long it’s going to take for the system to recover should there be any downtime as it can potentially cost you time and money.
Implement regular maintenance schedules
Make sure your conveyor system is always in perfect working condition by performing regular maintenance. Not only does regular servicing ensure the proper functioning of conveyors, but it also reduces the risk of breakdowns. Pay attention to the components that are prone to wear and tear and replace them at regular intervals. Also, don’t neglect regular housekeeping to maintain your machine. Keep it clean and always do inspections of the controls.
Be familiar with basic troubleshooting
Minor issues with machines are inevitable. More often than not, they look worse than they actually are. So, before reaching out to a service guy, take the time to assess the problem yourself. See if there’s something you can do on your end to tackle the situation. Be familiar with basic troubleshooting as it can save you a lot of time and money.
Follow safety precautions
Any moving machine, no matter how slow it is, can still pose a threat to your employees. Be sure to follow safety precautions and have employees trained in all aspects of safety.
Conveyor systems are extremely useful tools in a warehouse facility, but you can make the most of these powerful machines if implemented properly.
If you need help and information on anything related to forklifts, industrial material handling systems and other storage systems, please feel free to visit Reno Forklift.
Working in a warehouse can be an incredibly risky and dangerous job. It poses a number of health and safety risks. Workers and warehouse managers deal with the use of heavy equipment, moving parts, as well as harmful chemicals and substances.
16 Apr 2019
With the use of heavy machinery, hazardous materials and large storage facilities, warehouses are no doubt one of the most dangerous places to work. It is in warehouses that a majority of workplace injuries and accidents take place. Therefore, following warehouse safety precautions is paramount.
This is the perfect time to celebrate all things saucy because it’s National Sauce Month! National Sauce Month is celebrated during the whole month of March. The creator has not been identified but historically speaking, sauces were invented back in 200 A.D. when the Romans used sauces to cover or mask foods that were no longer fresh or pleasant to eat. Then, in 1965, the most popular sauce in the 17th century, Sauce Robert was invented. Many years after that paved the way to the evolution of many other sauces which we all enjoy today.
So what are you waiting for? Sauce it up without feeling guilty! Celebrate National Sauce Month with these delish sauce recipes!
Steak bites with Bloody Mary dipping sauce
Whether you want something satisfying for appetizers or you need some finger foods for your cocktail party, these steak bites are a must-try!
Here are the ingredients:
- Extra virgin coconut oil
- Chopped 1 whole small onion
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- Half cup of vodka
- 2 tsp hot pepper sauce
- 1 tbsp horseradish
- Tomato sauce, 1 cup
- Ground black pepper
- Steak seasoning
- 1 and 1/3 lbs. beef sirloin cut into bite sized cubes
- Bamboo skewers
This steak bites recipe is very easy to prepare.
- Start with heating a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Add oil and saute onions for 5 minutes.
- Then, add vodka and allow the sauce to reduce by half.
- Next, add the hot sauce, Worcestershire, horseradish and tomato sauce.
- Stir the sauce and wait for it to bubble.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
Once the dipping sauce is ready, you can now prepare your steak bites.
- Heat a nonstick skillet over high heat.
- Before cooking your meat, make sure it is coated in oil, salt and pepper and seasoning blend.
- Cook the meat for about 2 minutes on each side.
- Once done, you can have your meat bites transferred to a serving platter together with your dipping sauce in a small dish.
Raspberry Crepe with Lemon Sauce
Crepes are a perennial favorite. Whether you want it part of the main course or have it to satisfy your sweet tooth for dessert, there are plenty of ways to play around with crepes. This time, we are sharing a crepe recipe with delicious lemon sauce.
Here are the ingredients:
- Flour, 1 and 1/2 cup
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 cups half and half
- Salt, 1/2 tsp
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- Raspberry pie filling
- 2 tbsp melted butter
For lemon sauce:
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- Sugar, 1/2 cup
- 1 cup water
- Salt, 1/8 tsp
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp grated lemon peel
To make your crepes:
- All you have to do is mix all your ingredients together.
- Then, spread butter on a crepe pan and preheat it.
- Pour about 1/3 of your batter onto the pan and make sure to spread it out to the edges using a rotating motion.
- Cook until bubbles appear or it is light brown in color.
- Cook the other side and transfer it to a plate.
- Fill it in with raspberry pie filling.
As for the lemon sauce:
- Simply bring the water, sugar, salt and cornstarch to a boil.
- Then, add the lemon juice and lemon peel.
- Pour it over your crepe while warm or feel free to reheat if needed.
Dark chocolate sauce
When it comes to desserts and ice cream, you can never go wrong with dark chocolate sauce. This recipe, though, is not your ordinary chocolate sauce. Its intense flavor is something you can’t find from the store-bought chocolate syrups.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe.
- 1/2 cup water
- 6 ounces of 77% dark chocolate bar, shredded
- Heavy cream, 8 tbsp
- Sugar, 1/2 cup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ounce butter
- Make your dark chocolate sauce by combining the sugar and water together in a saucepan.
- Stir occasionally over low heat until it forms a syrup.
- Then, transfer the syrup to a double boiler over low heat where you add broken or shredded pieces of butter and chocolate.
- Whisk occasionally until the dark chocolate is melted.
- Slowly add in vanilla and cream until the mixture is smooth and well blended.
There are so many sauce recipes you can explore this National Sauce Month. While you try out these three on the list, feel free to experiment and play around some more. After all, we all have the right reasons to enjoy all things sauce-y!
27 Mar 2019
When you look around warehouse facilities, it would be hard to find one without industrial shelves. Industrial shelving is one of the most important storage solutions used in most warehouses. It is the strongest, sturdiest and most space efficient type of storage system used to store small goods.