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Container Dumper Applications for Multiple Industries

By Solus Group Marketing Team December 5, 2019

Does your business need a container dumper? Odds are, the answer is yes. Hydraulic dumpers have the power to improve productivity, reduce injuries, and streamline mission-critical processes in a much wider variety of industries than you might think.

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Retail Store Ergonomics During Peak Shopping Season

By Solus Group Marketing Team November 27, 2019

Shopping season is going to be big this year, and a strong retail store ergonomics plan can help keep staff safe and productive throughout the boom cycle. Deloitte tells us that the average household will spend nearly $1,500 this season, and sales are expected to grow up to 5 percent compared to the previous year.

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Forklift Battery Market 2020: What’s Driving Growth?

By Solus Group Marketing Team November 25, 2019

All the analysts seem to agree: The forklift battery market will continue to grow through 2020 (and, indeed, well into 2027). The numbers are compelling, but they don’t tell the whole story. In order to benefit from this booming market, company leaders need to understand exactly what’s driving the growth — and where it will be concentrated.

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America Recycles Day: The Ergonomics Angle

By Solus Group Marketing Team November 11, 2019
November 15, 2019, is America Recycles Day. Participants from all around the United States will stage recycling events to mark the occasion. As of this writing, nearly 80,000 people have signed an online recycling pledge associated with America Recycles Day.
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Distribution Center Peak Season: Finding Extra Space for the Holidays

By Solus Group Marketing Team October 28, 2019

As the online retail season winds toward its busiest weeks, managers of distribution centers across the world are facing a familiar problem: Facilities that operate just fine throughout the year must suddenly handle drastically increasing throughput.

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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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