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What to Do if You’re Short on Forklifts This Holiday Season

By Solus Group Marketing Team October 21, 2019

Forklift dealers prefer to start processing peak-season rentals in the preceding summer. So what happens when a distribution center manager forgets to arrange the order until, say, October?

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Health Care Cleaning and Ergonomics

By Solus Group Marketing Team October 14, 2019

Ergonomics in the health care industry has gotten a lot of attention, and for good reason. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), often the result of poor ergonomics at work, account for a disproportionate number of the workplace injuries suffered by health care workers. A team of Canadian researchers found that MSDs made up nearly 75 percent of the reported injuries in their 10-year study of health care workers, for instance

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Harvest Bins for Citrus: Features to Look For

By Solus Group Marketing Team October 7, 2019

Early projections for the 2019 orange market in the U.S. predicted a rebound in production compared to the previous year. Nearly 5 million tons of the fruit were forecast to be picked by the end of the season.

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Electrical Supply Distribution and Amazon Business: Beat Them or Join Them?

By Solus Group Marketing Team October 4, 2019
Amazon Business is coming for your electrical supply customers. Or is it?
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Lift Tables in Manufacturing: Mobile or Stationary?

By Solus Group Marketing Team 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.

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Understanding the Growth of the Pharmaceutical Bottle Market

By Solus Group Marketing Team 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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Pharmaceutical Packaging: Material Handling Strategies for the Three Major Categories

By Solus Group Marketing Team August 19, 2019
Generally speaking, pharmaceutical manufacturers will ship their products within three types of packaging, each enclosing the other, like a Russian doll. At the innermost layer, there’s the package that comes into direct contact with the product. Engineers call this “primary packaging.” This may be a bulk unit, like a jar or a carton, or it may be a product individually packaged for consumers.
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Waste Reduction at the School Cafeteria

By Solus Group Marketing Team August 14, 2019
Thanks to the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), U.S. schools keep hungry students fed and ready to learn. The NSLP collects detailed records, which also makes it a valuable stand-in for the state of public and private school cafeterias more generally. If that’s true, then we’ve got a problem: School cafeterias are creating enormous amounts of food waste.
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The Ergonomics of Handling Garbage for School Janitors

By Solus Group Marketing Team August 5, 2019
Whether they work at the elementary, high school, or collegiate level, all school janitors spend a lot of time handling garbage. This is a constant and repetitive task involving frequent bending and awkward postures. That is, it’s an ergonomic hazard.
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Understanding the GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

By Solus Group Marketing Team July 29, 2019
The most common federal government contract is the GSA Schedule, worth more than $45 billion in 2018. In order to work with the General Services Administration, however — that is, to obtain a GSA Schedule Contract — vendors and contractors must work within the Administration’s broader sustainability policies.
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