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When planning a new warehouse layout, there are several things to keep in mind. First of all, consider warehouse standards. You must adhere to local fire code, have the proper docking doors and equipment, and keep working areas clear. Secondly, your warehouse design will be an integral part of its success or failure.

warehouse-storage-racksThe most important thing to consider when creating a warehouse layout is the objective of this new plan. Are you trying to reduce your warehousing costs? Increase your picking ability? These are questions to ask yourself at the beginning of the design process. Once you have a clear objective, you can start gathering and analyzing pertinent information. Obtain the specifications of the warehouse, including any exterior features that might affect operations, and look at it with respect to the objective of the new layout.

Next, it’s important to create as detailed an implementation plan as possible—spell out not only how the new warehouse layout will be applied, but when. And once you get to the point where you’re ready to put your plan into motion, keep in mind that the end result may not be exactly what you planned on. If, for example, there were any incorrect measurements or the timeline was unrealistic, the plan will not work seamlessly. Be prepared to make adjustments.

After you have implemented a new warehouse layout, it’s important to check it on a regular basis. If something was not done according to the plan, it could potentially result in workplace injuries, lost product, or decreased efficiency. However, when you have a warehouse layout that works for your business, it will become an important factor in your success.

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In the world of industrial material handling, forklifts are a must – but it can be difficult to know which to use in different situations. The appropriate forklift for a specific job is determined by surrounding, load, and ultimate destination, so choosing the right kind of forklift is imperative.

pneumatic-tire-forkliftOne of the most popular types of forklifts is the IC Forklift, which can come with pneumatic or cushion tires depending on your application.  The IC Pneumatic Tire Forklift has a air-filled tire and is used in heavy-duty applications and can range from 3,000 to 33,000 lbs. lift capacity.  The IC Cushion Tire Forklift has solid rubber tires and is a multi-purpose forklift that has a lift capacity of 3,000-15,500lbs.



electric-fork-liftThe Electric Forklift is also a very popular type of forklift and also helps you maintain your environmental footprint while meeting the most demanding applications.Electric Fork Lift The Electric Forklift also comes with a Pneumatic or Cushion Tire and also can be purchased in a 3 or 4-wheel model, depending on your needs. These forklifts carry a lift capacity from 2,500 to 33,000 lbs.
When it comes to size, reach forklifts are some of the largest types of forklifts on the market. The forks are mounted on a large extendable boom and the body features outriggers to stabilize the forklift on rough or uneven terrain. For loads that don’t require lifting at higher levels, motorized hand pallet jacks are perfect. Some models allow for operators to ride on the front..

For every material-handling situation, there is the perfect forklift to help you get the job done. If you’re not sure which type of forklift would be the best choice for you, contact us and consult with a forklift expert.

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When you work in the material handling business, it’s incredibly important to understand and respect the equipment you work with. These are complex and potentially dangerous pieces of machinery and those operating them must be prepared. This is why industrial truck training is not only recommended, but often required.
Forklift-Types-Narrow-Aisle_01Companies are bound by law to educate potential forklift operators before they operate any industrial vehicle. The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration has various guidelines that govern the certification of forklift operators. So, if you’re not employed by a material handling company, you must find another way to complete the training. Luckily, there are many OSHA-certified training programs throughout the country that can help. These courses are frequently provided by all of our branches on these days and times.

If you have been a certified forklift operator for many years, you will need to renew your certification every three years.  Refresher training is also advisable after an accident or near-miss incident. Once any necessary training or evaluations have been successfully completed, your certification will be valid for three years.

Whether you receive your forklift operator certification from us or from your employer, it’s important to take away all the information you can from the course. That way, you can help assure that you and your company will be both safe and successful in the industry.