December 23, 2013

Manipulators

Background A manipulator can be considered a type of power assist, or more broadly, a lift assist. The connotation of “manipulator” implies that it must be guided by […]
December 20, 2013

Machine-operator knowledgebase

This category refers to production machines of all types, but with particular emphasis on metalworking machine tools. The category includes both large stand-alone machines as well […]
December 20, 2013

Ease-of-maintenance knowledgebase

Access panels importance doors, hinges, and quick releases arms wheels   Access platforms decks and catwalks permanent step platforms  scaffolding movable platforms   High work platforms […]
December 20, 2013

The maintenance shop

Topics Workbench height Storage Chairs/creepers Tilters and trunnions Adjustable height Background Normally, the workbenches and machines in maintenance shops are not used with the same repetitiveness […]
December 20, 2013

Warehouse/Distribution Center Knowledgebase

The system of distribution centers in North America is an unsung marvel of modern technology. When a customer orders a product, it is often removed from […]
December 20, 2013

Truck Load/Unload

Background Many of the tasks related to shipping and receiving are now performed with equipment such as forklift trucks and and involve little physical strain on […]
December 20, 2013

Checking and Sorting

Common issues Constant bending to check orders Lifting, walking, carrying to sort orders Checking incoming materials often is done on the floor, which then usually requires […]
December 20, 2013

Picking — Racks

Background One of the most challenging issues in distribution centers is manually picking orders. The amount of lifting, bending, and reaching is obvious, but many of […]
December 20, 2013

Misc. Dock Issues

Issues and Options Door Maintenance Truck/trailer doors Dock bay doors Evaluations in some distribution centers have revealed that the heaviest lifts were opening doors. The remedy […]
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