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Published On: Mon, Sep 18th, 2017

6 Things Every Warehouse Needs

Do you want to improve warehouse productivity, safety and accuracy? If so, it is important to look for the best equipment and supplies to help take your warehouse or distribution business to the next level. Check out the six things every warehouse needs to power their operations.

 

  • A Conveyor System

 

Whether you need to move heavy materials, sort through e-waste and plastics, or transport lighter objects across a warehouse, you should certainly introduce a conveyor system into your business. It is a quick and easy way to move from products from A to B, which can speed up the managing, picking, packing and/or shipping process. Click here to learn how conveyors can transform your operations.

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  • Robotic Palletizing

 

Many business owners are not willing to invest in robotic palletizing due to their expensive price tag, but it is a long-term investment that can speed up efficiency whilst reducing labor costs. For instance, the robots can pick up both lightweight and heavy materials with ease, and can operate day and night – so you don’t have to worry about hiring extra employees or tired workers. The intelligent robots not only know how to pick up and safely place an item in a pallet, but they also know when to add a new pallet and restart the process.

 

  • Signage and Labels

 

Improve safety and accuracy within a warehouse with both signage and labels. For instance, every item of machinery and crates should offer clear signage, which will allow employees to protect themselves from onsite hazards. Do not forget to hang signage that details who has permission to access an area, whilst indicating no smoking zones and fire doors.

Labelling will also indicate the contents of a box, as well as its destination and warnings, such as “fragile”. The labels should also detail safe handling instructions and storage temperatures.

 

  • Slip and Fall Protection

 

A warehouse can be prone to various accidents and injuries. Unfortunately, one common injury is a fall from height, as employees could fall from high storage ledges or lifting equipment. It is therefore essential to provide protection against slip and falls on elevated storage, such as guard rails and anti-slip tape. A risk assessment is therefore essential for every warehouse to maintain health and safety on-site.

 

  • Personal Protective Equipment

 

Every warehouse employee should be protected from head to toe. It is therefore critical to invest in personal protective equipment, such as helmets, eyewear, ear protection, gloves, kneepads, respiratory protection, face shields and more. This will protect staff from a falling object, impact, chemical burns and more. We also recommend investing in impact-absorbing industrial floor mats, which can take away some of the strain on your employees’ knees, shins and ankles.

 

  • Lockout Systems

 

Many warehouses have started to realize the benefits of lockout/tagout systems. The unique technology allows machines to be disabled to prevent unwanted access. They can also block access to electrical equipment, so employees cannot mistakenly or deliberately use machinery that could risk their safety or the company’s operations.

Author: Carol Trehearn

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