Here is a special sneak preview of some of the stories you will find coming soon on the Bahrns blog:
New reporting requirements have revealed that serious workplace injuries, such as amputations, are more common than previously believed. On average, there are seven amputations per day in the US. What’s causing these terrible, life-changing injuries? We’ll take a look …
Students at Virginia Tech will soon be getting their favorite fast foods delivered via pilotless drones. We’ll tell you why this experimental flying burrito program could have long-range implications on the materials handling industry …
All this and much, much more can be found coming soon on the Bahrns blog … so stay tuned!
Keeping track of your tools in a busy warehouse or manufacturing operation can be a challenge. Tools that are lost, misplaced or stolen are expensive to replace. Plus, you need your tools to do your job so you are counting on them to be there when you reach for them.
Industrial tool carts and toolboxes can help. These tough, long-lasting storage units can hold hundreds of tools, parts, and equipment and are mobile so you can wheel them to wherever you are working.
Most have sub-dividable drawers to help keep parts and tools organized, as well as locking systems to keep your tools and supplies secure.
Here are 6 simple life hacks you can use to trick out your toolbox to make it even more user-friendly.
1. Use Foam Shadowing Forms
Place a bright yellow backing board on the bottom of a toolbox drawer. Then cut a piece of shadowing foam to fit the same space. Place the tools you want to store in the drawer on the foam, then use an X-Acto knife to cut around the outlines of the foam and place the tools into the customized slots.
Then, every time you remove a tool from the drawer there will be a bright yellow outline to show you instantly that a tool is missing and where it should go.
2. DIY Mini Sander
For sanding very small details that are too delicate for an industrial sander, take an old electric toothbrush, remove the head and replace it with self-stick sandpaper. Keep this handy mini sander in your toolbox for when you need to do detail work on wood and plastic.
3. Removing Stripped Screws
Before you get yourself frustrated trying to drill out a stripped screw, try this easy trick first: Place a wide rubber band of the screw’s head then insert your power drill to unscrew it.
4. Foam Pipe Insulators Do Double Duty
Don’t throw out the ends of foam pipe insulations. Toss them into your toolbox for later use. For example, they can make excellent paint brush holders.
Simply cut a slot along the bottom of the foam pipe insulation then place it on the rim of a paint bucket. Make slits along the length then fit your paint brushes into the slits for a no-drip DIY storage tool.
5. Magnetize Your Hammers
The next time you are at the hardware store or dollar store, pick up a couple of small disc magnets. Then glue these to the bottom of your hammer’s handle. That way you have a place to hold your nails while you work — other than in your mouth.
6. Post-It Notes
Another must-have tool in your toolbox is a packet of Post-It Notes. Not for taking notes, but to catch debris when you are drilling through drywall. Simply stick a Post-It note under the hole you are drilling, fold the bottom to meet the top and catch the dust as it falls to prevent leaving a mess on the floor.
The truck maker Ryder has developed a new type of truck cabin that is specifically designed to facilitate the unique needs of female truck drivers.
The new “female-friendly vehicle package” includes features such as adjustable seat belt shoulder straps, improved placement of dashboard gauges, adjusted height and placement of grab handles, and better access to oil and coolant checks and fill ports.
Optional features include a hood lift/closure assistance mechanism, fifth-wheel configurations with lower pull pressures to open in the locking mechanism, automatic landing-gear operators for trailers, and a special security system for sleeper cabs.
Scott Perry, Ryder’s VP for supply chain management and global fuel products, said there are more woman truck drivers on the roads than ever before. Yet most big rigs are designed for larger men. This new package gives women an alternative.
“This custom truck package is not only more ergonomically friendly to women, but will also benefit other drivers with the same types of needs,” Perry said in a company news release. “Our intent is to not only help attract more women to the industry, but also to make the vehicles easier and safer for a broader range of drivers to operate. As an industry leader, we feel a responsibility to leverage our influence and find creative ways to deal with the professional truck driver shortage.”
Warehouses and docks are often the busiest parts of any company’s operations. Trucks, forklifts and other vehicles are constantly coming and going as workers scurry to accomplish their tasks as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Your warehouse and dock areas can be a hive of activity. So providing your team members with the finest warehouse and dock equipment properly is critical to the efficiency and safety of any operation.
Warehouse and Dock Equipment to Fit All of Your Needs
At Bahrns Material Handling & Equipment Company, we offer a complete line of every type of warehouse and dock equipment to meet your business’s specific needs. We feature the most popular brands and the best options of all warehouse and dock equipment products, including:
Dock Bumpers and Lights
Dock Plates, Boards, Ramps and Levelers
Strip Doors, Welding Screens and Curtains
Industrial Fans & Heaters
And Much, Much More!
Warehouse and Dock Equipment for New Construction and Renovations
Building a new facility or updating your current dock or warehouse area? Let the highly-trained, experienced Storage & Handling consultants at Bahrns Material Handling & Equipment Company help you select the right warehouse and dock equipment for your next building project.
At Bahrns, we offer the warehouse and dock infrastructure equipment you need to create the most productive work space possible so you can add to the efficiency of your business. Some of the dock and warehouse infrastructure equipment we offer includes:
Carts and Trailers
Loading Dock Equipment
Racking and Shelving
The Equipment You Need at the Prices You Can Afford
At Bahrns, we’re standing by ready to meet all of your warehouse and dock equipment needs so your team members can work harder, longer, more safely in what can be one of the busiest and most congested areas of your entire operation.
Not only do we have the best equipment and the most popular brands, but we also offer the most affordable prices! Call us today at 1-800-432-2909 and find out for yourself why Bahrns Material Handling & Equipment is one of the leading providers of warehouse and dock equipment.
Here’s a special sneak peek at some of the stories you will find this week on the Bahrns blog:
Trucks and bicycles don’t mix. But now a company in the UK has developed new technology that can make ‘smart’ trucks that can see cyclists and avoid cyclists before an accident can occur.
The West Coast labor problems have been resolved, but the aftershocks could be felt in the supply chain for weeks or even months to come. We’ll take a closer look at how …
Forklift rodeos are becoming a popular way for employers to promote safety in a fun, competitive environment. But now there’s a reality TV show in which forklift drivers compete against each other head-to-head …
All this plus, why some trucking companies are lobbying against new driver safety rules, a new supplier for BP’s offshore oil wells in Australia, and modular acoustic panels that can reduce noise problems in welding operations. All this and much, much more can be found this week on the Bahrns blog … so stay tuned!
Boeing already has sold more than 1,000 of its newest passenger jet — the 787 Dreamliner — to more than 58 airlines all around the globe. But hopefully none of them will have to push the aircraft to the terrifying limits exhibited during a test flight at an air show in England last year.
Heart-Stopping Test Flight
During a six and a half minute test flight at the Fanborough International Air show, just outside London, test pilots Randall Lee Neville and Mike Bryan took the 280-passenger jet to the extreme, beginning with a spectacularly steep 30 degree takeoff. Standard takeoffs are at 10 to 20 degrees.
The pair than banked the 206-foot-long jet into a 60 degree bank. Under normal conditions, any bank steeper than 45 degrees is considered an “upset” that can lead to loss of control. The test pilots then flew the 787 over the air show’s reviewing stand while performing a -9 can roll, which rolled the plane’s wings from side to side.
To top it all off, they then executed a touch and go landing, putting the jetliner on the ground before immediately revving the engines and taking off again while banking into a hard right maneuver.
Besides the test pilots, there were no other passengers or crew on board the jet during the test flight and Boeing officials said the exhibition “purposely put the airplane through maneuvers most pilots would never see in their entire careers.” Rather, the purpose was to show off how safe and capable the aircraft is.
What makes the 787 so maneuverable compared to other planes is how its built. It is constructed mostly from lightweight composite materials rather than aluminum. This makes the jetliner lighter and more fuel efficient.
More Passenger Comfort
It also allowed designers to make the airliner more comfortable for passengers because they could include double aisles, bigger windows and higher cabin humidity levels.
The 787 has a wingspan of 197 feet and a cruising speed of Mach 0.85, or 647 miles per hour, according to the airliner’s official stats sheet. Boeing would not reveal the jetliner’s maximum speed.
The plane has a range of 8,300 nautical miles, or 9,551 miles.
It has a maximum takeoff weight of more than half a million pounds and total cargo volume of 5,400 cubic feet.
In the Air Since June
The 767’s first flight was September 17,2013. It was certified by the Federal Aeronautics Administration on June 13 of last year after logging more than 1,500 hours in the air using five planes.
While most of the testing was doing privately by Boeing at the company’s Plaine Field in Everett, Washington, the UK air show offered a rare opportunity for potential customers and the public to see the jetliner perform stunts it would hopefully never have to do in real life.
The first delivery of the 767 Dreamliner was to Air New Zealand on June 30, 2014.
Storage Solutions — the Indianapolis-based employee-owned manufacturer of industrial storage and materials handling equipment – is making a big push into the Western market by opening a new office in Ontario, California, and a 50,000 square foot distributions center in nearby Montebello.
The new warehouse and distribution center will house a wide variety of the company’s products, including pallet racks, shelving, mezzanines, wire decking, cantilever and carton flow racks, pick modules and conveyors.
The company decided to increase its profile on the West Coast because the region represents a huge marketplace for the types of products it sells, according to Storage Solutions president Kevin Rowles. Between the two of them, Los Angeles and Riverside counties have more than one billion square feet of industrial manufacturing and distribution space. Plus, they are located in one of the largest transportation centers in world.
“This is the ideal location for our company’s expansion in an are that offers tremendous growth potential,” Rowles told the website Modern Materials Handling. “We will be able to provide our customers in the western region with enhanced support in all aspects of their projects, including layout and design of warehousing, new and used equipment, project management and post-install services.
Few things can be as confusing and challenging and ISO regulations. Your clients demand that your facilities be ISO-certified, so not going ISO is not an option. As if getting ISO-certified wasn’t a big enough headache, you need to make sure that your equipment is also ISO certified. How would you like to spend twenty grand on a new piece of equipment and find out during your next ISO audit that it put your facility’s certification in jeopardy?
Is there a one-stop guide to figuring it out?
Yes, there is. It only makes sense to choose equipment from a guide that lists every type of equipment for every type of job and function-and which is compliant under applicable ISO regulations for your facility. You can only do this if you design material handling procedures that are ISO compliant.
ISO’s website www.iso.org, includes a standard catalog that list material handling activities provides direct links to ISO standards for choosing the right equipment. For example, choosing an approved tractor for agricultural and forestry standards, you can go to the tractors link that is part of the list Standards Catalog for tractors and equipment for agriculture and forestry.
Learning the regulatory language
Navigating the ISO standards, and choosing the right equipment, doesn’t have to be such a daunting task. The ISO site also provides guides on the vocabulary that is sued to draft the ISO regulations your facility must comply with. Different vocabulary lists apply to different industries-such as wine-making and vine cultivation, as one example of vocab lists and language tips that exist in the site.
The site provides you with an overview of the scope of standards you are researching-so you can see just what you are getting into and not get in too deep too quickly. You’ll be able to determine quickly if you will need the help of your compliance expert or if you can tackle the task on your own.
Just to give you some perspective, there are 484 published standards related to the handling of fishing nets. Regulators from 31 different countries participated in the creation of these globally-accepted standards. So don’t assume you are behind the curve if you find ISO compliance complicated-chances are that you do think so-and that’s because it is-that’s that.
The ISO website standards catalogue will provide you with an opportunity to educate yourself, your employees and your internal auditors. Revisions of standards will be fully accessible. The site catalogue will serve as a tool that is continuously updated-and at no cost to you.
Direct access to business plans
So what about a business plan? You need to model your business plan so that it supports the ISO certification you must have to do business with your clients. The ISO standard catalogue includes live links to published business plans for many different businesses and industries. Bear in mind that these plans are for public view as ISO’s website is also public. So the plans can’t be kept secret. On the plus side, you won’t have to pay for them.
Attorneys at the New Jersey-based firm Kaplan and Kaplan say no accident should go unreported, nor should you wait to report an accident you have at work. The law firm’s website says many people are afraid to “make waves” in their work place by reporting accidents. Kaplan and Kaplan has operated for 50 years and has specific attorneys who specialize in workplace injury claims through its Wayne Workplace Accident Lawyer program.
Not reporting an accident not only endangers your health and welfare, it also gives companies a leg up over you and your workers’ comp claim even if your claim is legitimate. If you don’t report an accident as soon as it happens, the company can come back and say that you may have received your injury outside of work, and be better able to contest your claim. This can happen even if the workplace conditions were legitimately unsafe and even if you were doing everything in your power to work safely and in accordance with your company’s safety policies.
No matter what type of accident you have, you need to know your rights and always, no matter what, report the accident right away and be certain that is documented on official company records. Kaplan and Kaplan offers basic information on its website and provides contact information for attorney consultations.
Comp costs in retrospect-your employer’s perspective
Comp claims can cost companies a fortune in hiked insurance premiums. Comp rates keep eating at profits long after the lost work time is made up for, and to make matters worse, reportable accidents put your facility on OSHA’s wanted list. So you’ll pay for accidents even if no worker ever files a specific suit beyond the comp claim.
Just as workers have a right to know their rights and exercise their options, the company also has the right to protect itself. By maintaining a safe workplace for employees and by training employees properly for safety on the job, they are protecting everyone who is involved with the operation, from the material handler to the shareholders and the CEO.
Avoiding comp claims doesn’t have to mean there must be an adversarial relationships with between the company and employees. Quite by contrary, if a company gives employees proper safety training, you, as an employee, are in good hands. You want to go home in the same condition you arrived in-walking, with all ten fingers and all ten toes. Safety training, such as forklift training, may seem surprisingly basic, but then, so are the causes of serious injuries and fatalities for workers, OSHA studies show.
Given the proper training, you will know how to avoid accidents. An employee who is given proper training and who demonstrates proper understanding of what their training means should be able to pass applicable tests whose criteria is recognized by OSHA and should be able to avoid accidents if equipment is properly maintained and you are adhering to safety rules.