Companies fined after worker falls from warehouse racking

Two companies, Ortec BV and Mechantech Limited, have been fined after a worker fell from a warehouse racking system, suffering serious head injuries.

Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 1 February 2016, recommissioning work of a warehouse racking system was being carried out at premises on Stopgate Lane, Simonswood. While workiSSng on this project, one of the workers fell 10 metres from the top of the racking system onto the concrete floor below, sustaining significant head injuries.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the main contractor Ortec BV had subcontracted the work to Mechantech Limited to undertake. There was no safe system of work in place as none of the workers had safety harnesses and there were no physical barriers to prevent anyone from falling. The investigation also found Mechantech Limited had failed in its duty to ensure the health and safety of its own employees as it had not undertaken any risk assessment for working at height (incorrectly assuming that main contractor Ortec BV had done so).

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. We prevent work-related death, injury and ill health through regulatory actions that range from influencing behaviours across whole industry sectors through to targeted interventions on individual businesses. These activities are supported by globally recognised scientific expertise. www.hse.gov.uk

Ortec BV of Houtsingel 5, Zoetermeer, the Netherlands pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) and Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and has been ordered to pay fines of £300,000 and costs of £4,742.75.

Mechantech Limited of, Rossington, Doncaster pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) and Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and have been ordered to pay fines of £36, 666 and costs of £4,742.75.

Speaking after the case, HSE inspector Jane Carroll said: “Those in control of work have a responsibility to develop safe working methods and to ensure that their workers have the necessary information, instruction and training in that safe way of working. “Had such a safe system of work been in place prior to the incident, the serious injuries sustained by the employee could have been prevented”.

 

DEMATIC TO IMPLEMENT AUTOMATED BUFFER SYSTEM FOR MEAT PROCESSOR

Dematic, a leading global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimize the supply chain, announces plans to implement an automated meat buffering and storage solution in a meat processing facility for Australian Lamb Company. The new Dematic system will be used to buffer meat products in a chilled and frozen environment and prepare shipments of meat products going to hotels, restaurants, butchers, and supermarket chains. It is scheduled to start up during the 2nd quarter of 2019.

The Dematic Meat Buffer storage and handling solution will provide better visibility of product flow and accuracy, as well as improvement in efficiency at the meat processing facility. The system includes Dematic iQ Warehouse Execution Software, host interface, and Dematic Multishuttle, an automated case storage/retrieval sub-system.

The key benefits of the new solution include: reduction in time and complexity during the pallet building process, reduced manual handling and potential for product damage, improved overall productivity and inventory accuracy, as well as eliminating the need for staff to operate in a freezer environment. “The Multishuttle automated storage and retrieval system is the fastest, most flexible compact solution that is able to buffer and deliver fully sequenced meat cartons to further automation,” said Dale Smith, Chief Financial Officer and Director at Australian Lamb Company. “And with a simple and proven interface to our host system, the Dematic software functionality accommodates our operational requirements”.

“One of the main challenges for meat processors today is building, sorting, storing and retrieving SKU pallets; it is a very time consuming and manual process performed by staff,” said Tom Swovick, Market Development Director at Dematic. “The Dematic Multishuttle ASRS solution automates and simplifies the process by automatically buffering, sorting, storing and retrieving pallet lots.”

KION North America Adds New Models to Baoli Product Line

KION Baoli
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — KION North America released the Baoli Series 6012. With the introduction of this series, KION North America offers Baoli forklifts with load capacities ranging from 3,500 lbs., all the way up to 10,000 lbs. to provide you with a range of models to get the job done.
Offered in two different models, KBD40 and KBD50, the Baoli Series 6012 is a diesel, four-wheel truck equipped with single or dual SE or pneumatic drive tires, making it suitable for a variety of environments. KBD40 lift capacity is 8,000 lbs. KBD50 lift capacity is 10,000 lbs. Both models have excellent residual capacity at height.
Built using proven components, the performance of these trucks is outstanding. The powerful Kohler Tier 4 turbodiesel engine delivers 74 HP and plenty of torque to more easily handle heavy loads. With Kohler’s advanced, common rail direct injection system and Electronic Control Unit (ECU) with fuel mapping, these trucks are very fuel efficient. You can also expect lower maintenance costs and less downtime, with no requirement for a Diesel Particulate (DPF) or Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF).
The Baoli KBD40/KBD50 is equipped with a host of standard comfort features at no extra cost including a tilting, adjustable steering column and a comfort suspension seat with a high-visibility orange seat belt. A roomy, cushioned operator compartment makes these trucks comfortable for any size operator.
Baoli brand equipment is fully integrated into KION North America’s supply chain and service system. The company’s South Carolina-based warehouse is stocked with a variety of spare parts. Sales and support for the KBD40/50 is provided by a network of authorized dealers throughout the United States.

Can the Right Forklifts Give Your Business a Lift? An update on technology advances and ideas about whether to buy new or used—or to lease

From autonomous forklifts to new ergonomic and energy features, suppliers continue to innovate ways to save time and boost production. Consider if your forklift equipment has kept up with the times.

forklift technologies, new or used, lease or buy

Photo credit: Pallet Enterprise Magazine

 

Full disclosure, I first stepped into the path of an oncoming autonomous forklift about three years ago, and I did it on purpose.

I was visiting a production plant in Sweden, and my host urged me onto the facility floor to start my tour. But then I froze. I was looking for the painted path—the designated pedestrian pathway, but there was none to be seen. Several forklifts were crossing back and forth, moving skids of crates and stacking them. There were no operators. “Come on,” she said. “They’ll work around us.” I took a breath and followed.

Read more at Pallet Enterprise.

Walmart Announces New High-Tech Grocery Distribution Center in California

Walmart Shafter

By Elizabeth Walker, Walmart Corporate Affairs

In the coming weeks, Walmart will be breaking ground on a new project, and the result will be, well, groundbreaking.

Shafter, Calif., will be the home of Walmart’s first high-tech distribution center for fresh and frozen groceries. What does that mean exactly?

A traditional distribution center, or DC, is the hub where products like eggs and strawberries are received. From there, associates load goods onto trucks and deliver them to your local Walmart store or Sam’s Club. DCs are a key part of Walmart’s supply chain. As Walmart transforms to better serve customers, the question is, what does the distribution center of the future look like?

Simply put, it looks more efficient, with forward-looking technology and engaging tech-focused jobs. Set to open fall 2020, this innovative DC in Shafter will use WITRON technology to process grocery perishables – produce, eggs, dairy, flowers and frozen goods. Here’s what else you need to know:

The new high-tech distribution center will move 40 percent more product than a traditional DC – and result in fewer crushed strawberries

“The high-tech DC in Shafter will allow us to move product to stores and clubs faster so that we can better serve customers,” says Tim Cooper, senior vice president of supply chain for Walmart.

How? Rather than manually stacking boxes and building pallets, the new DC will allow associates to use the new technology to do the (literal) heavy lifting. Cool story, but what if those machines put a watermelon on top of a case of tender, beautifully ripened strawberries?

Shayne Wahlmeier, one of the engineers on the project, described the plan to keep this from happening.

“Every product is measured and documented so that we know how to handle it,” he explained. “A computer algorithm shows all the cases ordered for a given store and determines how to palletize them to maximize the space on a pallet or trailer. It also takes into account density – what’s crushable, what’s not.”

Sort of like the game of Tetris, but with apples and ice cream.

This DC will result in savings that can then be passed on to customers

Because the technology is helping associates build a more flexible, dense pallet, more products will be able to fit onto a truck. This will reduce transportation costs, and those savings can be passed on to customers.

And remember those strawberries that aren’t getting crushed? Fewer damages mean a reduction in food waste. Customers can be more confident that a product is in stores when they come to fill up their carts.

The DC in Shafter will create hundreds of new jobs

And these are jobs people can get excited about. Many of the new positions will be technology-focused or STEM jobs.

“The order-filling position is an arduous one,” Tim explained. He went on to say that while the supply chain is the backbone of Walmart’s business, the jobs of the future might be less physically demanding.

From Online Grocery Pickup, powered by Alphabot, to an automated floor scrubber, Walmart is investing in technology to empower associates to do their jobs better and more efficiently. The high-tech Shafter distribution center is just one example of Walmart making big bets when it comes to the future of retail.

JLT Mobile Computers Expands its Android™ Products Suite with New Fully Rugged Tablets and Handheld Computers

JLT Android tablet

 JLT Mobile Computers, a leading developer and manufacturer of reliable computers for demanding environments, sees an increasing demand for Android within many of its core segments, including warehouse logistics, transportation, ports, mining and agriculture markets. Responding to this trend, in March 2018 JLT launched its latest generation JLT6012™ vehicle-mount computer with Android support, and is now expanding its Android operating system product suite with three new fully rugged portable computers.

Being by far the most common mobile operating system for smartphones and other consumer devices, Android, with its familiarity, ease-of-use and flexibility is now growing in popularity also in the enterprise and vertical market space.

“No doubt, there is a lot of interest in Android on mobile devices for professional use within our core markets,” observes Per Holmberg, CEO of JLT Mobile Computers. “By providing Android alternatives for our vehicle-mount computers and now also our portable computers, we help customers save on cost and training, and simplify maintenance by running the same OS on all devices deployed in their operation.”

The three new products are the 5-inch MH1005A rugged handheld, the 7-inch MT1007A™ rugged tablet, and the 10.1-inch MT2010A rugged tablet. All are IP65 dustproof and water resistant, capable of operating in temperatures of -10 to +50°C (14 to +122°F), built to withstand even the most challenging working environments, and tested to applicable MIL-STD-810G requirements.

Powered by ARM® Cortex™-A53 octa-core 1.3 GHz processors, all come with bright sunlight viewable displays, capacitive multi-touch screen, front and rear integrated cameras, as well as data capturing functions including NFC reader and optional 1D/2D-barcode reader. For maximum productivity, all include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and mobile broadband and provide full-shift battery life or more.

The new rugged tablet and handheld units, which are available for immediate order, are offered with the same high level of support and services that JLT is renowned for. A wide range of accessories is available, including vehicle and desktop docks, high-capacity batteries, battery chargers, and hand and shoulder straps.

For more information, visit www.jltmobile.com.

Yale Highlights Robotic Counterbalanced Stacker Lift Truck at PACK EXPO Chicago

Yale Materials Handling Corporation announces its exhibit at PACK EXPO International featuring the latest addition to its robotic lift truck lineup.

In an age of increasing demand and limited workforce availability, operations are turning to robotic solutions to optimize workflow and enhance labor efficiency. Yale Materials Handling Corporation is highlighting the latest addition to its robotic lift truck lineup, the Yale® MC10-15 counterbalanced stacker Driven by Balyo. Attendees can see the robotic CB stacker in action at PACK EXPO 2018 in Chicago’s McCormick Place at booth E-7856 in the Upper Lakeside Center.

“The counterbalanced stacker model is capable of not only point-to-point horizontal transportation, but also vertical movement, allowing it to autonomously retrieve or deposit pallets from elevated spaces. This opens a variety of tasks for automation, including transferring pallets from floor-level staging areas to conveyor lines, loading and unloading in cross-docking applications, and stacking pallet loads onto elevated storage racks. Personnel can switch the CB stacker from automatic to manual mode at the touch of a button, enabling them to handle unplanned challenges or fluctuating demands.

“The ability to pick from floor-level as well as lift and lower loads broadens the application of robotic lift trucks to a new range of tasks,” says Lou Micheletto, Manager of Integrated Solutions, Yale Materials Handling Corporation. “Here at PACK EXPO, attendees can see how this solution helps them address challenges finding and retaining labor, enabling employees to take on more advanced tasks by offering increasingly capable, flexible mobile robotic solutions.”

In addition to the MC10-15 counterbalanced stacker, Yale offers two other robotic lift truck models with Driven by Balyo technology – the Yale® MO70T tow tractor and MPE080-VG end rider models. The Balyo architecture offers the flexibility to manage a single truck or an entire fleet and is scalable to operational demands. The infrastructure-free navigation technology maps existing structural features to self-locate and navigate, without requiring extra infrastructure like tape, wires or magnets for guidance.

Yale Materials Handling Corporation markets a full line of materials handling lift truck products and services, including electric, gas, LP-gas and diesel powered lift trucks; narrow aisle, very narrow aisle and motorized hand trucks. Yale has a comprehensive service offering including Yale Vision wireless asset management, fleet management, Yale service, parts, financing and training. Yale® trucks are manufactured in an ISO 9001:2008 registered facility and range in capacity from 2,000 to 36,000 lbs.

Toyota Forklifts Launches All New Order Picker Model Lineup

COLUMBUS, Ind. – [October 10, 2018] – Toyota Forklifts expanded its product line to help warehouse customers meet growing demands. The number one forklift manufacturer in North America announced today that it is introducing three new order pickers. The new products offer advances in efficiency technology with their optional Lift Logic Speed and Height Control System, enabling fast and easy picking. The line includes Toyota’s first model in the class to offer a 36-volt option that reaches a maximum reach height of 390 inches.

The three new models come equipped with AC Drive and two models come standard with AC Lift. The entry-level model is a 24-Volt that lifts up to 240 inches. The mid-level model is also a 24-volt and lifts up to 366 inches with faster lift speeds than competitive 24-Volt models. Finally, the premium-level model is a 36-volt and lifts up to 390 inches.

Options across all models include:

  • Mini-masts
  • Five-battery compartment sizes
  • Pallet clamps with up to 6” openings
  • UL-EE
  • Battery interlock switches
  • Lift Logic
  • End of Aisle Slowdown
  • Electronic Passkey

The new product line is built for customers in general warehousing, distribution, general manufacturing, retail, food storage, cold storage and more. All three models are available now.

About Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A.              

Proudly manufactured in the United States, Toyota Industrial Equipment offers a full line of material handling solutions including forklifts, automated guided vehicles, fleet management services, aerial work platforms and tow tractors, along with advanced automation engineering and design. Toyota’s commitment to quality, reliability and customer satisfaction, the hallmark of the Toyota Production System, extends throughout more than 230 locations in North America. For more information, visit ToyotaForklift.com.

Damotech makes the 2018 Growth 500 list!

Canadian Business and Maclean’s has ranked Damotech No. 378 on the 30th annual Growth 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies.

Produced by Canada’s premier business and current affairs media brands, the Growth 500 ranks Canadian businesses on five-year revenue growth. Growth 500 winners are profiled in a special print issue of Canadian Business published with Maclean’s magazine and online at CanadianBusiness.com and Growth500.ca.

Damotech made the 2018 Growth 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 152%. The company ranked 41st in theMontreal region.

Founded in 1989, Damotech is the largest provider of rack repair solutions in North America. Dedicated to uncompromising quality in the name of safety, Damotech helps warehouse owners keep their working environment safe by inspecting, repairing and preventing damage to their pallet racking systems. The company manufactures custom repair products to address damage after it occurs. Damotech also performs rack conformity inspections and load capacity calculations through its engineering services arm, and offers the only truly dedicated rack inspection and management software in the industry.

“The companies on the 2018 Growth 500 are truly remarkable. Demonstrating foresight, innovation and smart management, their stories serve as a primer for how to build a successful entrepreneurial business today,” says Deborah Aarts, Growth 500 program manager. “As we celebrate 30 years of the Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies program, it’s encouraging to see that entrepreneurship is healthier than ever in this country.”

“For Damotech, which operates in a traditional industry, being part of the Growth 500 list for 2018 is quite an accomplishment,” says Eric Naaman, Damotech’s CEO. “Substantive investments were made in the last 8 years to fuel that growth. We invested heavily in a new LEED accredited manufacturing facility in Boisbriand, making the production process as automated and efficient as possible. We also substantially grew our dealer network in Canada and the US further accelerating our progression in those markets. But in the end, our exceptional growth wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing dedication and talent of the Damotech team and our endless focus on becoming a customer centric company.

Find out more at www.damotech.com.

 

JLT Mobile Computers Significantly Expands its US Service Capabilities to Simplify Customers’ Repair and Maintenance Management

Växjö, Sweden, October 2nd, 2018–JLT Mobile Computers, a leading developer and manufacturer of reliable computers for demanding environments – and renowned for its high-level of support and flexibility in addressing customer challenges – is expanding its customer service and support capabilities in the US market. With the strengthened service offering, JLT is set up to better support its growing US customer base today and in future.

The new JLT service site near Atlanta, Georgia, offers repair and maintenance services for third-party products, including barcode scanners and label printers as well as rugged computers and tablets from most manufacturers, including Honeywell, Zebra, LXE and Intermec. Customers benefit from a single point of contact through JLT and can manage their entire fleet of Auto-ID equipment in the new JLT RepairEngine™ online maintenance management tool, resulting in decreased overall maintenance costs and more effective operations.

JLT RepairEngine significantly simplifies repair handling and device maintenance for JLT’s customers and partners.The easy-to-use web tool gives users the ability to not only start and track repairs 24/7, but also manage all of their rugged IT products and related hardware. Customers will get detailed analytics that provide key insights into the health and status of their hardware deployment and that enable them to spot and rectify trends promptly. Other benefits and features include: easier and time-saving RMA handling; smart-search functionality, using serial number, model etc.; tracking of ongoing repairs with status and location; and reports and dashboards of device status and repair history.

Since establishing its US subsidiary at the end of 2014, JLT’s US business has significantly outpaced the industry. The new scalable service offering will enable JLT to fuel and support further expansion in the Americas.

The new service center and the investment in such a comprehensive service infrastructure – including the deployment of the JLT RepairEngine – illustrate and sustain a core ethos of JLT: its desire to increase business value and maximize ROI for its customers by leveraging its broad range of experience and expertise in integrated technology solutions.

Contact JLT Mobile Computers today for more information about the expanded service offering (available for the North American market) or visit www.jltmobile.com to learn more about JLT, its products and solutions.