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May 20, 2014

Highlighting the Car Pusher

Cars are relatively simple machines to operate. They’re not so simple to deal with when you have to maneuver them around busy car lots or crowded mechanic shops. Our CarCaddy electric car pusher lets you move these several ton vehicles around with ease.

Whether you’re in the business of selling cars or repairing them, you can’t afford external damage to the vehicles on your lot. The front push end of the CarCaddy has soft, durable padding to protect the car from dents and scratches. Its battery-powered engine provides enough power for one person to push up to 20,000 pounds on flat ground and 10,000 pounds on a 3 percent incline. If your needs surpass that, you can upgrade to a heavy duty motor that accommodates up to 50,000 pounds.

Working with these heavy vehicles can make your employees susceptible to injury. The CarCaddy is ergonomically designed with features such as a variable speed handlebar twist grip to help prevent repetitive stress injuries. We’ve also included neutral throttle braking, soft tread tires for better traction and a high-tech speed controller to make safety the number one consideration.

Use of the CarCaddy isn’t limited to automobiles. It’s ideal for moving trucks, trailers, buses or any vehicle that has pneumatic tires and its own steering function.

Our friendly Sales Engineers at DJ Products are available to help you with obtaining a CarCaddy or any of our material handling solutions to fit your application. Please call 800.686.2651 or try our convenient online chat function.

Feb 25, 2014

Highlighting The Shopping Cart Pusher

Your customers may take shopping carts for granted, simply leaving them where they stand when they’re finished. However, it’s a problem for your business if the carts aren’t available when shoppers need them. Make retrieval more efficient with a Shopping Cart Pusher from DJ Products.

Rounding up stray carts across a parking lot and surrounding area can be a tedious and awkward job. If the weather’s bad, it becomes uncomfortable as well. Your employees will appreciate the ease of operating our cart pusher and you’ll save labor costs when they have more time to spend on other tasks.

The cart pusher attaches to the back of a line of shopping carts that can number as many as 50. Your employee then moves to the head of the train to steer, using a remote control to operate the pusher. He can then return the carts to the front of the store and either head back for more or start on a different job.

Having a parking lot full of stray shopping carts is messy-looking. In addition, it presents a hazard to customers who have to maneuver around them to enter your lot. Who doesn’t get annoyed at finding shopping cart dings on their car? Using a cart pusher can make these issues a thing of the past.

The Shopping Cart Pusher is just one of a full line of material handling solutions available from DJ Products. Our Sales Engineers are standing by at 800.686.2651 to answer your questions and help find the answer to your particular application.

Oct 22, 2013

Prevent Back Pain with a Power Puller

When your employees pull or tug on carts and dollies that are too heavy the result can be pain, back strain, and a number of other injuries. WebMD categorizes these injuries as:

Sudden (acute) injuries: These kinds of injuries are “sudden and severe” and include things like compressed nerves, ligament and muscle injury, spine fracture and torn or ruptured discs. Although WebMD notes that the “pain from an acute injury usually does not last longer than 6 weeks,” that is quite a long time to be hurting if you need to perform physical labor for work. And it is possible for a worker to become re-injured during that time.

Overuse injuries: With these, an employee may not remember a specific incident such as ‘throwing his/her back out,” but the pain stiffness and muscle spasm are certainly memorable, lasting 4 weeks if there is no treatment.

Material handling solutions such as a DJ Products power puller is an invaluable for preventing the injury and re-injury that can occur when employees strain their backs. Wheeled equipment such as dollies, hand trucks, linen carts, and hospital carts may be overloaded or the weight on them may not be distributed evenly. This is where a CartCaddyLite Shorty power puller comes in handy: it’s designed with enough power to maneuver carts with less than 1500 lbs. through confined environments where tight maneuverability is of a huge concern. You don’t want your employees to injure themselves or end up with tipped over carts.

Contact one of our Sales Engineers at 1-800-686-2651 to learn more about power pullers and our other useful material handling solutions.

Aug 27, 2013

Material Handling Solutions Can Prevent Strain

vehicle-pusherSummer is winding down and the season for carnivals and county fairs is also soon to end. Perhaps at the fair this year you saw someone demonstrate great strength or maybe you attempted to swing a heavy hammer to win a prize. These kinds of challenges are fine for summer fairs but this is not the kind of atmosphere you want to create for your employees.

While it may be fun to demonstrate just how strong you are, it can also be dangerous particularly on the job. In an effort to get things done quickly some employees may take on too much. Those who do not have any injuries that are immediately evident may sustain physical damage that will cause problems later on.

When you give your employees the material handling solutions they need, they will be able to get their work done efficiently with little strain:

•A car and vehicle pusher will eliminate the need for anyone to show how tough he or she are in trying to move a stalled vehicle alone.
•An electric tug can push or pull carts or a vehicle down a rail.
•Powered carts eliminate the strain of manually pulling heavy product, parts carts, or wheeled equipment
•Ergonomic electric flatbed carts for hauling medical supplies and records can eliminate numerous trips or a disastrous attempt to pile materials to high on inadequate equipment.
•A carpet mover makes carpet transportation a job for one person.

We offer a variety of different material handling solutions and they can be adapted as needed for your workplace. Call us at 800-686-2651 and one of our Sales Engineers would be happy to advise you.

Aug 06, 2013

Improve Warehouse Fulfillment with Powered Tugs

Employees who work in warehouse fulfillment need to locate items and get them ready to ship, loss and unload items, operate material handling solutions, among other duties. You are probably very aware of what these employees do. Much of their work is physical but it also involves the intellect. They need to check inventory to see that it matches up with purchase orders or packing slips, sometimes they need to count inventory and depending on the system at your workplace, they may need to interact with vendors and customers. At the very least, they need to interact with their fellow employees.

Material handling solutions are not just about saving wear and tear on the body; they also prevent the mind from being too worn out. Out-of-date machines that have to be carefully maneuvered to avoid injury or somehow jerry-rigged so they won’t fall apart can cause a lot of anxiety. If your employees work constantly with the nagging fear that the machines they are using are close to the breaking point this may put them on edge. And if they have been injured on the job but don’t want to tell anyone, the aches and pains they feel will compete with the mental processes they need to go through to get orders fulfilled correctly.

DJ Products offers a host of ergonomic material handling solutions, including powered cart pullers and warehouse tugs to protect body, mind, and worker morale. Feel free to contact one of our Sales Engineers at 800-686-2651 to discuss which of our products would be best suited to your warehouse operations.

Apr 30, 2013

Use Powered Roll Pusher to Push Paper Efficiently

When you ask some people what they do for a living, the response you get is, “I push paper.” These people are likely referring to office work where they process or pass along documents. They are not really pushing paper, as much as they are passing it along and with the use of computers, the volume of paper being processed in office environments has decreased.

Even with new technology, there are, however, still people who really do push paper, and lots of it. Paper companies still make paper and it still has to be transported through warehouses and onto trucks and distributed around the world. A paper company may have employees transport paper rolls that weigh up to 10,000 lbs. In the past, they used air pushers, but found that these were not exactly efficient. DJ Products, Inc. offers a paper roll pusher system that can be adjusted to accommodate paper rolls of different heights. The great thing about a powered paper roll pusher is that it efficiently allows rolls of different sizes to be transported while efficiently only requiring a single operator to push and maneuver rolls and there is not need for the limitations presented by air hoses.

And while you can opt to use fork trucks, walkies or riding tugs to move rolls at your paper manufacturing facility, keep in mind that this kind of equipment will require a lot more storage space than is need for the CartCaddy powered roll pusher. Additionally, you can also use a powered roll pusher from DJ Products to transport wire spools as well as paper rolls.

Jan 29, 2013

Get Ergonomic Material Handling Solutions and Retain Older Workers

Some older workers, particularly those who work in jobs that require them to use a certain amount of physical strength, are feeling nervous these days. They worry that if it seems like they cannot handle their work, they may see themselves replaced by younger workers. This fear may cause some older workers to attempt too much in order to prove their value to an organization. They may injure themselves not because they are too old, but because they strain themselves to prove their worth.

Today’s organizations need people of various ages to work together. Older workers have experience and know-how that younger workers do not have; young workers have fresh perspectives that can energize operations. Rather than lose older workers, you can see to it that all of your employees have ergonomic material handling equipment that prevents fatigue, muscle strain, and other injuries. You are probably well aware that it is costly to recruit, hire, and train a slew of new employees, so why not invest in making sure the ones you already have remain on the job?

A DJ Products Power Puller can maneuver in extremely tight spaces and ease the work of transporting hospital carts, laundry carts, maintenance carts and parts carts. These types of carts typically are less than 1500 lbs. and are generally maneuvered manually. Due to the nature of these carts’ uses, some organizations mainly assign elderly employees to maneuver them but our power pullers can also help younger employees as well. If our battery power puller is used, risks of fatigue and injury to valuable workers can be reduced.

Aug 21, 2012

Reduce Risk of Food Processing Plant Injury with Industrial Tuggers

A study from commercial insurer CNA that examined the risks associated with working in the food processing industry found that “the types of incidents most likely to cause worker injuries are manual material handling and physical stress; struck by and struck against; and falls on the same level.” The report also noted that while the industry has increased its use of power movers, there was still a reliance on manual transport that lead to injuries that may have been prevented.

As the reports also states, “Profitability in the food processing industry depends on the rapid production of final product and its timely shipment to customers. The continuous rapid movement of large amounts of raw materials and finished products throughout the production cycle exposes workers to injuries resulting from contact with moving objects.”

We know that you cannot afford to slow down operations. We also know that you would like to avoid costly worker compensations claims and the loss of productivity and morale that go along with those claims. So, try using a DJ Products powered mover, like the CartCaddyShorty for example.

The CartCaddyShorty can be used to transport a variety of heavy loads, including things like large quantities of cold cuts or a cart full of cookie dough. This small, but powerful tugger is one the most maneuverable tugs you’ll find today.

While you can continue to allow your employees to push heavy carts because they are ‘getting the job done,’ consider that ergonomically designed equipment will still help them complete their tasks with the added benefit of preventing strains and sprains that can harm your staff and your financial outlook.

Jul 31, 2012

Increase Productivity with Ergonomically-Designed Power Movers

According to the OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) website, “Ergonomics includes restructuring or changing workplace conditions to make the job easier and reducing/stressors that cause cumulative trauma disorders and repetitive motion injuries.”

While some employers may expect employees to find ways to avoid injury on their own (while keeping up with quotas and deadlines), a savvy employer will give employees the necessary equipment to prevent injury. Preventing injury can also prevent the overuse of sick leave for injury-related strain and the dips in morale that can occur when a number of employees are injured.

At DJ Products, we manufacture power movers and motorized cart movers that have been designed to help the human body complete work tasks without undue stress and strain.

Your employees can use our products to:
Maneuver heavy linen carts in hospitals and hotels
Push heavy rolls of paper or fabric
Pull heavy window, glass ,and door carts
Push buses, trailers or cars through trade shows or on assembly lines
Transport dumpsters across parking lots

These are just a few of the ways our products can help your employees transport heavy loads and avoid injury. All of our products are designed with maneuverability, ergonomics, affordability, and productivity in mind. And, with some minor configurations, our products can be adapted for almost every heavy cart pushing or pulling application.

You can call us at 800-686-2651 and one of our Sales Engineers would be happy to help you select the material handling solution that will fit you needs and explore custom applications where our base products match primary criteria.

Jun 26, 2012

Use a Tow Tugger to Transport Carts Safely

DJ Products offers tow tugs like the CartCaddy Shorty that are designed to help workers move heavy carts and equipment efficiently and safely. Our motorized cart movers increase productivity by reducing the number of operators needed to move a heavy cart since tuggers like the CartCaddy Shorty can be operated by one employee.

One employee can move heavy carts and equipment safely with the CartCaddy Shorty because it attaches to the swivel-castered end of a cart and provides the pushing and pulling power necessary for easy turning and intricate maneuvering. It has a variable speed twist grip for forward and reverse directions and can be operated at speeds from from 0 to 3 mph. This means that it can keep up with the operator so he or she will not become frustrated or need to try to yank it or force it to move. Operator frustration such as that can cause problems and our equipment was designed to avoid those kinds of situation.

Another important feature of the CartCaddy Shorty is the safety stop. When the safety stop is activated, the machine stops immediately to prevent any possible injury. We design our equipment to be as safe as possible and to prevent strain, however there are situations that we cannot foresee. This is why an operator has the option of stopping the tugger immediately if necessary.
Sufficient power can also be a safety concern since you do not want to buy equipment that stops working in the middle of the job. The CartCaddyShorty Power Tugger can be operated continuously for 16 hours before you need to recharge it.

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