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Material Handling Education Foundation Supports Higher Learning

July 22, 2014 By: CartPro Category: Material Handling, Productivity Tips, Safety and Ergonomics, Uncategorized

Material handling, logistics and supply chain are cornerstones of today’s business world. Companies continually seek improvement in these areas to achieve maximum profitability without sacrificing safety and environmental concerns. The Material Handling Education Foundation plays an important role in these goals by promoting education and student achievement.

The Foundation was established in 1976 for the purpose of distributing funds from private and corporate donations to students, teachers and schools. Since its inception, more than $2 million in scholarships and grants have been awarded. Focus is on the following fields of study:

  • Industrial, mechanical, electrical and civil engineering
  • Engineering technology
  • Computer engineering, computer science and business administration (concentration on distribution, supply chain and logistics)

Students who have completed at least two years of study are eligible to apply. They must also be currently enrolled in an undergrad or graduate program or demonstrate proof of plans to enroll. Finally, they must have a minimum B average in their post-secondary studies.

One of the most recent scholarship winners is Bailey Hofland, a mechanical engineering student at South Dakota State University. She has spent her summer vacations working for 3M, most recently as an engineering intern. Ms. Hofland has been involved in several projects, including one involving the improvement of a production status board that tracks output, downtime and attainment.

DJ Products is proud to be a member of such a vital and progressive industry. Our Team Cart Caddy solutions contribute to greater workplace efficiency along with improved worker safety. Please call 800.686.2651 to learn more from our friendly, helpful Sales Engineers. Our online chat feature is also available for immediate assistance.

Highlighting the Cart Caddy Roll Pusher

July 15, 2014 By: CartPro Category: ergonomics, Material Handling, Productivity Tips, Safety and Ergonomics, Uncategorized, Warehousing

Heavy, bulky boxes and crates are difficult enough to move around a warehouse or workplace. How do you handle round products like paper rolls and spools that can turn on their own? Enter the CartCaddy Roll Pusher from DJ Products.

Our Roll Pusher puts an end to awkward attempts to manually move these circular shaped items. It adds a custom, adjustable roller system mounted to the front of our CartCaddy heavy duty pusher/puller. The roller adds pressure to the tires for extra traction while it pushes against the bottom of the object being moved.

The ergonomically designed variable speed twist grip allows the operator to roll the object forward without letting it go too fast. The item will accelerate and slow down along with the speed of the CartCaddy. In addition, the rollers extend beyond the profile of the pusher to pick individual rolls that are stacked next to each other.

The Roll Pusher can accommodate loads of up to 20,000 pounds. Its ease of use allows a single person to operate it, reducing the amount of manpower needed to transport items. The three-battery system provides 16 hours of continuous use to last through two shifts.

Our CartCaddy Roll Pusher is only one of many material handling solutions available from Team Cart Caddy. We have products to fit applications from hospitals to hotels to general aviation. Call 800.686.2651 to get help from one of our friendly Sales Engineers. If you prefer, take advantage of our convenient online chat service for immediate assistance.

How You Stand and Sit is the Basis for Ergonomics

July 01, 2014 By: CartPro Category: ergonomics, Productivity Tips, Safety and Ergonomics, Uncategorized

Your skeleton is like the steel framework of a building. It is the core structure to which everything else attaches that provides the basic support system for the muscles, ligaments and tendons that allow your body to move.

You may not realize it, but the alignment of the bones in your skeleton when you stand or sit has a huge impact on muscle comfort, which in turn has a significant impact on job efficiency and productivity. Your body posture while working — how you stand and sit on the job — makes a telling difference in how you feel at the end of the workday and is the basis for the science of ergonomics.

How Posture Affects Work

Being forced to stand or sit in an uncomfortable position while working can stress and tire your muscles. Being forced to overextend or place undue pressure on muscles while lifting, reaching, pulling or pushing as you perform work tasks can likewise stretch and strain muscles.

As discomfort increases and turns to pain, productivity decreases as you compensate to relive the strain on your aching muscles. Without relief, pain can become chronic and lead to temporary or even permanent disability.

Ergonomics Improves Performance

Workers come in all shapes and sizes. Rather than forcing workers to contort their bodies to fit fixed equipment configurations, ergonomically-designed equipment allows equipment to be adjusted to provide optimal working conditions for each individual worker. The result is increased satisfaction and comfort for workers and improved worker efficiency and productivity for employers. It’s a win-win solution!

Visit our website or talk to our sales engineers to find the right ergonomic material handling solutions for your business.

Warehouse Workers in CA Gain a Victory for Workplace Equity

June 24, 2014 By: CartPro Category: economy, Material Handling, Productivity Tips, Safety and Ergonomics, Uncategorized, Warehousing

Last month a group of warehouse workers in California gained a major victory for fair and equitable working conditions. Schneider Logistics, a distribution subcontractor, agreed to pay $21 million in wage and hour violations dating back to 2001. The case also has implications for corporations who outsource their warehousing functions to a third party.

Schneider operates three warehouses in Mira Loma, CA that are contracted by national retail giant Wal-Mart. In October 2011, the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement conducted a raid on the facilities. More than $1 million in civil fines were issued for inadequate recordkeeping. That same month, a group of six workers brought suit against Schneider to recover unpaid wages along with penalties and damages. It was later elevated to the status of a class-action lawsuit.

At issue were allegations that “lumpers”, workers who manually load and unload shipping containers, were often forced to work off the clock and denied overtime pay as required by law. Wal-Mart sought to be removed as a defendant, stating that they didn’t technically employ the workers. The judge ruled otherwise, stating that they could be held accountable since they had personnel on site setting productivity metrics and other standards.

While Wal-Mart outsources the warehouses to Schneider, they in turn outsource staffing to two other subcontractors who reached a separate settlement earlier. The outcome is seen as a message to companies who try to deflect responsibility for working conditions onto multiple layers of subcontractors.

Our electric tugs and trailers make a significant contribution toward safer working conditions in warehouses and other applications. Contact one of our Sales Engineers at 800.686.2651 to find the right solution for your organization.

Is it Better to Push or Pull?

June 17, 2014 By: CartPro Category: Business Tips, Material Handling, Productivity Tips, Safety and Ergonomics, Uncategorized, Warehousing

Do you remember watching Dr. Doolittle as a child? One of his animals was a double-headed llama named Pushmi-Pullyu. It had difficulty moving because both sides went in a different direction. The same question exists in material handling applications. When transporting items, is it better to push or pull?

Experts agree that pushing is clearly the more effective and safer choice. Pushing allows you to utilize force from your stronger leg muscles rather than relying simply on your upper body. Ergonomically, your body is also in a better position with your arms held naturally in front. When pulling a load, your arms are twisted behind you, placing undue strain on your back and shoulders. If you pull while facing the load, you give up visibility and increase the chances of slipping or falling. The load can end up getting away from you and running over your feet or knocking you down.

Whether you’re pushing or pulling, there are measures you can take to make the activity safer. Use these tips when transporting a load of any type.

  • Make sure the load is stable. If it starts to fall, don’t attempt to catch it. You’re more likely to injure yourself than prevent the spill.
  • Plan your path ahead of time. Avoid obstacles, slippery surfaces and any other element that could get in your way.
  • Whenever possible, minimize the distance you need to cover.

Take the guesswork out of transporting heavy loads. DJ Products has a full line of electric pushers and movers that are ergonomically designed to easily handle loads up to 50,000. Call 800.686.2651 and let our friendly Sales Engineers help you find the best solution for your application.