How Warehouse Safety is Changing with E-Commerce

posted on: Wednesday April 26, 2017

We recently highlighted how manufacturers are buying equipment in 2017, noting that the greatest increases in spending are a result of the e-commerce boom. No doubt, e-commerce is something every manufacturer wants to take part in. MMH recently released Bridget McCrea’s article, “Conveyors and Sortation Keep up the Pace” where she points out that:  Forrester… Read more

How Replacing Forklifts Saved Thousands, Improved Productivity

posted on: Monday March 27, 2017

Modern Materials Handling recently featured the company LEDVANCE and the changes that brought them a two-year ROI with reduced costs and product damage. The primary change was replacing forklifts for tasks related to moving pallets. The article highlights an interview with LEDVANCE plant manager Mike McNulty. He explained that one of the company’s Lean strategies… Read more

The Lean Manufacturing Cheat Sheet: The Holy Grail of Continuous Improvement

posted on: Sunday November 27, 2016

If you’re in manufacturing, you’re aware of the lean manufacturing movement. Called by many other things, like Kaizen and Continuous Improvement, it is the current culture of the industry. It’s the best practice for cost efficiency, productivity, and labor utilization. The problem is that there are so many ways to go about it that it’s… Read more

First Steps to Lean Manufacturing: Value Stream Mapping

posted on: Sunday September 11, 2016

Lean manufacturing targets opportunities to improve output while limiting any unnecessary action or task. It allows you to optimize your process and rid your workflow of extra time, resources, or anything else that costs money and/or doesn’t add value. In order to develop a truly lean system that works for you, first you need to… Read more

Lean Manufacturing: Minimizing Wasted Motion and Waiting

posted on: Friday September 9, 2016

In manufacturing, the need to be leaner than your competition is an ongoing race to produce more product by using less people resources. Lean is a very broad subject that branches off into many subsets that define ways to identify and address opportunities for improvement. One of the basic roadmaps of this model is the… Read more

Preventing Heat Exhaustion in Warehousing and Manufacturing

posted on: Wednesday August 17, 2016

Across the nation, this summer has been a hot one. This is particularly dangerous for anyone who does manual labor, even if it isn’t outdoors. In fact, material handlers who work in warehouses and other indoor facilities can be at even greater risk because the airflow is minimal and there is no relief from air… Read more

Warehouse Efficiency is Key to Future of Food and Beverage Industry

posted on: Thursday January 16, 2014

Food and beverage distribution is undergoing significant changes. Inventory, production, and storage are all becoming leaner, and work is being pushed back to the warehouse. In a business of perishables, it makes great sense to cut waste and shorten the time between production and consumption. The biggest improvements for this industry rely on warehouses updating… Read more

Equipment investment may be your best law suit protection.

posted on: Thursday December 27, 2012

We came across an interesting article in the “Madison-St. Clair Record”.  http://madisonrecord.com/issues/394-fela-jones-act/249100-union-pacific-failed-to-provide-comprehensive-ergonomics-program-suit-says It is about a lawsuit filed against a Union Pacific because they allegedly failed to provide an adequate ergonomic program.  The lack of ergonomic measures by Union Pacific resulted in the numerous injuries the employee suffered because of the nature of his work.  … Read more