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Three Considerations before Buying a Cart Caddy

August 12, 2014 By: CartPro Category: Business Tips, Material Handling, Productivity Tips, Products, Safety and Ergonomics, Uncategorized

Are you ready to upgrade from traditional fork lifts and pallet jacks? DJ Products and Team Cart Caddy have a selection of electric-powered tugs and tows that can accommodate any material or vehicle handling needs. Finding the right solution for your company will maximize the benefits to you and your employees. Here are three questions you should consider before your purchase to ensure the correct match for your particular requirements.

1. What is your industry? Is your company involved in manufacturing or warehousing? Perhaps you’re responsible for operations at a large hospital or hotel. You might manage a multi-level mall with dumpsters to maintain and shopping carts to corral. We have caddies that are designed to meet the needs of all these different industries and more. Even if you don’t find yours listed, we’ve created thousands of customized movers for applications that didn’t fit a specific category.

2. What size loads do you need to move? Our tugs are not one size fits all. You don’t need the power of a pusher that moves up to 50,000 pounds if your loads never get above one ton. For your convenience, we have sizes that can handle both of those weights and everything in between.

3. How much use to you expect to get from your tug? Our standard movers are equipped to handle the needs of most operations. If you expect to be using yours for heavy-duty workloads, you might find it beneficial to include some of the optional features such as maintenance-free batteries or onboard battery chargers.

Our Sales Engineers are standing by to help you find your perfect solution. Call 800.686.2651 or use our online chat feature.

Upcoming Material Handling Conventions

August 05, 2014 By: CartPro Category: Business Tips, Material Handling, Productivity Tips, Safety and Ergonomics, Uncategorized, Warehousing

With the rapid pace of change in the material handling field, it can be a monumental task to keep up with the latest news. Why not make plans to attend one of the industry conferences and trade shows? You’ll have access to hundreds of resources in one place along with educational sessions addressing the latest trends and developments.

Be sure to mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

  • International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), September 8-13, 2014 in Chicago, IL Billed as one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, this event draws more than 100,000 attendees from over 100 different countries. Displays from 1,900 exhibitors focus on industries such as aerospace, automotive and medical.
  • APICS 2014, October 19-21, 2014 in New Orleans, LA This conference is considered the premier event for supply chain and operational management professionals. Educational sessions are organized around paths based on different areas of interest. Available themes include Operational Efficiency, Supply Chain Innovation and Risk and Resiliency.
  • Pro-Mat 2015, March 23-26, 2015 in Chicago, IL More than 800 exhibitors will be featuring the latest in material handling and logistics equipment. There will be more than 100 informational sessions including show floor seminars and keynote speakers on current supply chain topics. Your ticket is also good for admission to Automate 2015, a companion show highlighting cutting-edge automation technologies and solutions.

DJ Products is proud to be one of the leaders in this vital and progressive industry. Our battery-powered tugs, pullers and pushers provide safe and effective material handling solutions for a wide variety of applications. Call 800.686.2651 or use our convenient online chat feature for more information.

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.