Turnkey Waste Handling Solution

Turnkey Waste Handling Solution

Handling waste-collection and disposal at large events is made easy with this set of products from Solus Group. Click to learn more about this solution.

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Lift and Dump Bins with Ease

Lift and Dump Bins with Ease

Durable Bin Dumpers make handling drums, storage bins, and other containers easy. Solus Group offers ergonomic solutions for any industry, from food processing to waste management.

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Bin Dumpers to the Rescue

Bin Dumpers to the Rescue

Save your employees from the physical demands of heavy lifting and dumping processes. Use an ergonomic Bin Dumper from Solus Group for the job.

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Material Handling Equipment

Material Handling Equipment

Boost efficiency at the job site with material handling equipment designed for the task. Order your equipment on solusgrp.com today.

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Battery Handling Equipment

Battery Handling Equipment

Solus Group offers a complete line of forklift battery handling products to improve lift truck fleet productivity. Whether exchanging, washing, or watering batteries, Solus Group has specialized equipment to get the job done.

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Rugged Bulk Bins

Rugged Bulk Bins

Solus Bin Dumpers work seamlessly with Decade's bulk bins. These bins are rugged enough to handle any environment and are perfect for agricultural settings.

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Why You Should Never Lift Forklift Batteries with Hooks and Chains — and What to Do Instead

September 9, 2019
When a forklift battery compartment isn’t set up for side-extraction, there’s only one way to change the battery: Hoist it into the air. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about lifting forklift batteries.

Lift Tables in Manufacturing: Mobile or Stationary?

September 3, 2019

Lift Tables have become commonplace in the manufacturing industry, where they provide powerful ergonomic benefits. Take aircraft manufacturing, for example: Injury and illness rates in that industry fell from 3.4 cases per 100 full-time employees to 2.8 between 2016 and 2017, and were down from over 5 per 100 in 2003.

Top causes of these injuries are all clustered under the banner of ergonomic mishap. They include bending, repetitive motion, and overexertion — all injury causes that Lift Tables help to mitigate by positioning and repositioning work at a more comfortable, safer level. (To be clear, the link between Lift Table use and declining injury rates is our own inference; we are not aware of studies that establish a causative association.)

Once a manufacturer decides that installing Lift Tables on the line is a smart investment, though, they still need to choose which type of product to purchase. Generally, we divide Lift Tables into two distinct categories: Mobile and Stationary.

Each type has its advantages. The right decision for a particular application will depend on how the Lift Tables will be used. Ask yourself the following questions to determine whether Stationary or Mobile Lift Tables will provide the most benefits in your workplace:

  • How flexible is your assembly line? If you anticipate moving components between workstations, or if you frequently redesign the line, Mobile Lift Tables are often a better choice. They are available in Powered and Manual models, in a wide variety of load capacities. However, Stationary Lift Tables can also be quite flexible. While you wouldn’t use a standard Scissor Lift Table to transport a load across the floor, you could easily reposition these units via forklift to accommodate assembly line changes.
  • How close to the floor do you need Lift Tables to collapse? Because they stand on heavy-duty casters, Mobile Lift Tables typically have a higher minimum collapsable height than Scissor (or Stationary) Lift Tables. Ramp attachments are available to allow users to slide loads onto both Mobile and Stationary Lift Tables, but if consistent access to floor level is a priority, Scissor Lift Tables may be the better choice.
  • Will the Lift Table be used for work positioning alone, or do they need to assist with transferring loads to another surface? Regardless of whether you choose a Mobile or Stationary Lift Tables, a variety of tabletop options are available to help fit the unit into the broader assembly line. Roller Conveyor tabletops significantly reduce the force required to slide a component off the Lift Table and onto a conveyor line or other material handling device. Ball Transfer tabletops do the same, while also simplifying rotation of objects for flexible work positioning.

Other considerations include the top height you need a Lift Table to reach and whether to invest in a higher load-capacity machine. Scissor Lift Tables from Solus Group are available with capacities between 2,000 and 6,000 pounds. Mobile Lift Tables feature maximum capacities between 250 and 1,200 pounds.

To learn more about hydraulic Lift Tables from Solus Group, contact us at 314-696-0200.

References:

Rate of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses decreased in aircraft manufacturing in 2017.BLS. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 30 Jan. 2019. Web. 14 Aug. 2019.

Weber, Austin. “Material Handling: Give Me a Lift.AssemblyMag. BNP Media, 31 Aug. 2009. Web. 14 Aug. 2019.

Understanding the Growth of the Pharmaceutical Bottle Market

August 26, 2019
Manufacturers of pharmaceutical bottles have reason to be optimistic about the growth of the worldwide industry in the years to come. At the same time, the demand won't focus on a single type of bottle, and the prototypical packer bottle won't be leading the growth.

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