New Innovative Design for Boltless Shelving!

August 28th, 2017

Courtney Material Handling, Inc. is pleased to announce a new product by Jaken Products.

These attractive units feature our patented design that allows 6mm thick medium duty fiberboard to be added to the back and sides of the boltless shelving unit by simply sliding the fiberboard into a groove in the post. This revolutionary design offers an inexpensive way to prevent access from the back and sides of the units and to prevent items from falling off the back or sides on the shelves. Sides install in seconds without the need of nuts or bolts.

Series 100AE units are designed for lighter duty applications and feature low profile beams to optimize the space between the shelves. Series 100AE units come standard with five shelves.

Series 100BE units are designed for heavier duty applications where a higher shelf capacity is needed. The Series 100BE come standard with three shelves.

For More Information Contact:

COURTNEY MATERIAL HANDLING, INC.

574-231-0094

OR

beth@cmhionline.com

Does Distribution Center Housekeeping Indicate Other Issues?

August 23rd, 2017


Brian Barry
August 22, 2017
http://multichannelmerchant.com

As we perform operational assessments of distribution centers, we have found in the past 33 years that our first impression of the housekeeping and visual appearance is often a key indicator of how well a center is managed.

The housekeeping and organization disciplines in a well-run distribution center are just as important as managing the people, effective systems and productivity. In fact, organization and housekeeping contributes to the effectiveness of the use of space, customer service and how you handle orders.
For prospective customers of a third-party logistics provider, for example, the first impression is critical to the rest of the site visit. Here’s an example to illustrate. An apparel client visited a 3PL distribution center that was dirty enough to write your name in the dust on shelving and boxes. You could see on the prospect’s face an immediate wall go up. Great pricing, nice people, good systems but not an environment for apparel to be housed.

In our operations assessments we use these three housekeeping starting points:
Is the center clean and organized and free of trash or clutter?
How much congestion occurs in aisles, docks and work areas?
What is the condition of all storage and material handling equipment?

We often see poor housekeeping in many centers. Let me give you two extreme examples. In the first one, the entire floor glistened. The lighting in all areas made it easy to read pick documents, carton labeling and assembly kits. We were amazed at how clean and organized it was. There were no broken pallets, pieces of shrink wrap or cardboard discarded on the floor to create trip hazards as in many centers. The center had won a national award for its effectiveness and productivity.

In the second center, over 80% of the pallet racking in the bulk storage area had serious damage problems from forklift operators. We felt it was on the borderline of unsafe and hazardous for employees – which management didn’t realize, since they hadn’t visited for a few years. Ultimately, they had to replace the entire racking system at a cost of $1 million.

There were also many pallets that had pet food spilling all over the floor, due to rough forklift handling and bag breakage, making rodents and insects a serious problem. From a systems standpoint, including compliance with operating procedures and maintaining operational records, the center was a disaster.
It took months of effort to change warehouse management and employee attitudes, clean up and eradicate pests and get the center productive again. The replacement racking systems had to go through a budget cycle and management review. It then took several months to install while the center operated well below its desired productivity. In the end the manager agreed to take retirement.

Two important areas to consider:
Employee pride: We find that this often is a general indicator of how employees and management do their work overall. If there isn’t employee pride and care about the place where they work, it often carries over to other critical responsibilities.

Safety: One of the major risks for distribution center employees is the operation of forklifts. According to OSHA, forklift accidents are responsible for approximately 100 deaths, 34,900 serious injuries and 61,800 minor annually, according to an article in Reliable Plant. Causes include a lack of training or inadequate training, careless drivers, improper tools and attachments and poor maintenance.

The reason housekeeping and organization often becomes an indicator is that we see the same lack of discipline many times carrying over into a lack of inventory accuracy and issues with warehouse security, procedures and systems compliance.

If you’re going to upgrade your housekeeping and distribution center organization do you have sufficient budget in place? Some things simply can’t be improved upon if they’ve been neglected for a long time. For example, if floors were not properly sealed and have not been maintained it may be hard to eliminate dust and make them shine. What responsibilities does each employee have to assume so it doesn’t become a big game of “that’s someone else’s problem”?
As you evaluate your center, determine if housekeeping and organization are indicators of other problems and disciplines that need to be improved.
Brian Barry is President of F. Curtis Barry & Company

Courtney Material Handling, Inc.

574-231-0094

or

beth@cmhionline.com

RELATED TAGS: distribution center, Warehouse

No vestibule? Use an air curtain.

August 8th, 2017

 

Main Entrance, Building Code, Comfort =
Berner Air Curtains + Heat + AMCA
Meet IECC Code with AMCA Certified Air Curtains plus Heat
– No room for a vestibule?
– Concerned about winter-time comfort?
The IECC Code allows AMCA certified air curtains as an alternative to vestibules.

To give more options for main entrances, Berner now has heated air curtains with AMCA certification.  When temperatures are low, air curtains with heat give the ability for the building manager to provide additional heat at the front door while reducing the number of times the primary HVAC system runs.
Learn more about using air curtains as an alternative to vestibules at Berner – Building Codes & Certifications
Berner offers ambient, electric, steam, and hot water heated air curtains.

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574-231-0094

beth@cmhionline.com

LIKE NEW WERNER ALUMA-PLANK SCAFFOLD   

August 1st, 2017

LIKE NEW WERNER
ALUMA-PLANK SCAFFOLD 

WERNER FNB-80 NARROW SPAN BASE WITH P22-W-6 ALUMA-PLANK SCAFFOLD DECK
SCAFFOLD IS 6′ LONG X 22″ WIDE.  RATED AT 22 LBS. /SQ. FT. CAPACITY.
MAKE OFFER!!!

COURTNEY MATERIAL HANDLING, INC.
WBE/DBE CERTIFIED

574-231-0094
beth@cmhionline.com

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New! Lift Table Work Bench

July 28th, 2017

 

Max-Lift Bench Work Bench

As a lift table, the Max-Lift Bench is ideally suited for ergonomic positioning of large loads weighing up to 2,000 lbs such as sub-assemblies , cabinets, or other items that require a solid worktop. It’s unique design features a 30″ x 72″ top with optional slide-in deck extensions to expand the size to 36″ x 72″ and 48″ x 72″. This allows quick and easy changing of the deck size to suit the load required. Custom top sizes are also available. The Max-Ratchet Latch system automatically locks in the table height at predetermined positions to ensure a safe working environment and eliminate hydraulic drift. To disengage, simply raise the table above the set height and lift the kick bar.

As a workbench, the table includes all the standard lift table features with the expanded work bench options of an Adjustable Overhead Light, PC & Keyboard Mount, Overhead Balancer Rack, Electrical Strip and more. Most work benches with manual or electric lift capabilities only have a travel of 12″. The Max-Lift Bench has a lift range of 45″. This allows the operator better ergonomic positioning of larger assemblies. The work bench is attached to the lift table and with its optional retractable casters can be easily re-positioning in work assembly cell environments. The work bench option can be customized to individual needs.

Contact Courtney Material Handling, Inc.

574-231-0094

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beth@cmhionline.com

Kids Earn a Free Book

June 28th, 2017

DID YOU KNOW?

Kids Earn a Free Book:
The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is here to help you on your way, encouraging you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:

1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal you can pick up at the store or print here (English or Español). Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.
2. Bring your completed journal to the Oak Brook Mall Barnes & Noble store between May 16th and September 5th, 2017.
3. Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.

For More Information Contact Barnes & Noble Store at 297 Oak Brook Center, Oak Brook, IL 60523

Fork Mounted Front Loader

June 23rd, 2017

Fork Mounted Front Loader

Model FL-4000
The Front Loader is engineered for use with your existing fork truck. “Dust Pan” design is ideal for transporting snow, gravel, sand or refuse. Pull release cable to dump contents of scoop..  Attaches quickly and easily to most fork trucks. Beveled front edge for better scooping ability. The fork pockets measure 7-5/8″W x 2-5/8″H on 24″ centers.  All welded steel construction with a baked-in blue powder coat finish for toughness.

 

Operation: Drive into Front Loader; Secure unit to fork truck mast with safety chain; Run release cable to fork truck driver; Drive Loader into the material your transporting; Drive to destination; Raise forks and pull release to dump load; Unit returns to locked upright position when set down on ground.
Fork Truck attachable
Trip Cord Release
90º Dump Angle
Capacity 4000 lbs.

Options:
Model FL-4000 / 69-3/4″x 63-1/2″x 22″ OA Dimensions / 4,000 lb Cap /90º Dump Angle/ 1 1/3 cu yd
Model FL-4000-N /  48-1/2″x63-1/2″x22″OA Dimensions / 4,000 lb Cap /90º Dump Angle/ 1  cu yd

Model FL-LEKP  – WELDED LEAK PROOF OPTION

Contact Courtney Material Handling, Inc.

574-231-0094

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beth@cmhionline.com

Introducing our new Skid Steer Buckets!

June 23rd, 2017

Introducing our new
Skid Steer Buckets!

 

Features an Anti-Slip Step and

32″ Locking Pin centers!


 

 

 

Excellent for a variety of applications!
Standard Features:
Low profile design.
Lightweight, yet high strength.
Robust, all welded steel construction.
Wear resistant cutting edge.
Anti-slip step.
Locking pins on 32″ centers.
Reinforced bottom plate.
Universal mounting system.
Additional Styles:
Low profile extreme duty.
High profile standard duty.
High profile extreme duty

Model EA-SSB-60-LP /  60″OAW/  18″OAH /  28-7/8″ Depth/13 cu ft Heaped Cap.
Model EA-SSB-66-LP /  66″OAW/  18″OAH /  28-7/8″ Depth/15 cu ft Heaped Cap.
Model EA-SSB-68-LP /  68″OAW/  18″OAH /  28-7/8″ Depth/16 cu ft Heaped Cap.
Model EA-SSB-72-LP /  72″OAW/  18″OAH /  28-7/8″ Depth/17 cu ft Heaped Cap.
Model EA-SSB-76-LP /  76″OAW/  18″OAH /  28-7/8″ Depth/18 cu ft Heaped Cap.

Contact Courtney Material Handling, Inc.

574-231-0094

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beth@cmhionline.com

 

Introducing the Berner Air Curtain App for Android!

June 22nd, 2017

 

Introducing the Berner Air Curtain App for Android!

The Berner App is now available with all Berner Architectural Air Curtains.
Requires a Wi-Fi Controller to be ordered with the air curtain.
Learn more at www.Berner.com

 

Contact Courtney Material Handling, Inc.

574-231-0094

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beth@cmhionline.com

Motorized Industrial Casters

June 21st, 2017

Motorized Industrial Casters

 

 

Retro-Fitted Motorized Tool Cart

 

Retro-Fitted Industrial Test FixtureThey may come in different names; motorized casters, hub motors, or power wheels, but the idea is fundamentally the same. Take an existing manually powered cart and add a motorized drive system to provide a powered assist for moving heavy loads.
Somewhere in a back room, you may have a manual material handling cart that sits unused for one reason or another. Maybe a cart is too heavy to move manually, or it no longer functions well with other warehouse equipment. Or it needs to transport heavy payloads on inclines, but can’t.
An easy way to regain productivity of existing carts is to retro-fit them with a motorized drive system. Here are several reasons that companies have done this, and examples of their custom retrofitted carts.
The weight of the cart requires a high amount of force to manually move it. This can result in:
Injuries to workers caused by excessive strain.

Requiring forces to move the cart that exceed corporate ergonomic guidelines for safe movement. Photos 2, 3 and 4 were such cases. These companies realized after constructing their manual carts that – with the load – the push/pull forces surpassed their corporate standards.

The cart needs to align and work with other equipment such as mules, but achieving this manually is too difficult or causes injuries.
The unloaded cart can be moved easily, but is too heavy to move safely when filled with materials. Photo 1 shows a tool box with a motorized retrofit solution to this problem.

Inclines require more force to move a cart than is manually possible or safe.
Maneuverability is an issue. In narrow aisles or small areas, forklifts and mules may not have enough clearance. But a motorized cart can fit while carrying a heavy payload.

A forklift alternative is needed. In contrast to a cart, a forklift’s higher speed and the skills, training and (sometimes) license needed to operate it, can restrict the flow and timing of materials throughout an assembly floor. Forklifts can also pose a higher safety risk within a facility. With motorized carts’ lower operating speeds and different load-lifting requirements, operators do not need specialized training, making it easier for companies to have employees utilize custom motorized carts.

By utilizing a retro-fit to an existing cart, you can successfully address any of these issues without losing your initial investment or purchasing an entirely new cart. Electro Kinetic Technologies can design and install a motorized drive system for your cart, or we can send you a kit to mount onto the cart yourself. Contact us to discuss how we can make your existing cart more productive with a retro-fit.

Contact Courtney Material Handling, Inc.

574-231-0094

or

beth@cmhionline.com