Steel King Highlights SK2000® Closed Tube Roll-Form Pallet Rack Systems at ProMat 2019

Steel King SK2000 racking

Steel King Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of material handling products and systems for improving operational efficiency, will be highlighting its SK2000 closed tube roll-form rack systems at ProMat 2019, to be held April 8-11, 2019 at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois. Visit Booth # S2434 to talk with experts about the SK2000 product line, which offers the strength and durability to provide the framework for multi-level pick module/distribution centers. The SK2000 line is ideal for a wide range of warehouse applications and markets, including food and beverage, retail, agriculture, and automotive.

Steel King works with customers to analyze their unique pallet racking needs and customize each SK2000 rack system configuration to meet operational goals. In addition to providing the rack system, Steel King offers engineering services to ensure the system works with conveyor and robotic systems.

Featuring a fully welded tubular upright, the SK2000 racks on display offer superior impact resistance over open-back style uprights. Use of roll-form steel makes the SK2000 cost-effective for small storage applications. The strength of the SK2000’s closed tube beams and upright rack frames make each rack system safer and more functional. Independent engineering tests have confirmed that SK2000 pallet racking has 250 percent greater frontal impact strength, 68 percent greater side impact resistance, and 44 times greater torsional strength (resistance to twisting) than the open-back column style.

SK2000 columns have a unique 90 degree bend and no corner holes. The SK2000 is a boltless rack system with teardrop connections and auto-engaging safety locks, so it can be assembled without tools. Easy, boltless assembly of the system enables more flexibility for any future adjustments. Columns are available in multiple sizes and thicknesses according to application needs. The system’s braces and step beams are made from the same high strength closed tubing as the columns and are available in many profiles and lengths. Bracing is secured with full fillet weld, which in many cases is four times more weld than competing rack systems.

Steel King also offers additional safety and durability accessories for the SK2000 rack systems, including factory-installed column core inserts that can stand up to demanding applications with frequent forklift loading and unloading.

For more information about Steel King and the SK2000 closed-tube roll form rack system, visit: https://www.steelking.com/products/pallet-rack-boltless-closed-tube/.

Steel King Announces Durable, Engineered Drive-In Pallet Rack Systems

Allows users to store up to 75% more pallets than with selective pallet racking

Drive in racking, Steel King

Steel King Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of material handling products and systems for improving operational efficiency, announces the availability of its Drive-In Rack Systems. Drive-In and Drive-Through Racking delivers cost-effective storage in high-density storage applications.

Requiring fewer aisles and providing better cube utilization than selective racks, drive-in and drive-thru racking allows users to store up to 75% more pallets than with selective racking. Forklifts drive directly into the rack, allowing storage of two or more pallets deep. Flared drive-in support rails helps forklift drivers enter the pallet rack by guiding the pallet into the bay. A Drive-In pallet rack system uses the same entry and exit point for each storage bay, providing last in, first out (LIFO) access. A Drive-Thru pallet rack system is loaded on one side and unloaded from the other for first in, first out flow (FIFO).

Drive in racking, Steel King

Because they are often used in high turnover areas and operated in close proximity to forklift traffic, drive-in, and drive-thru racks are subject to greater wear and tear than other rack structures. Steel King’s drive-in rack system is engineered and manufactured to better stand up to this wear, making it the market leader among drive-in racking systems.

Steel King’s drive-in racking features unlimited storage depth and is ideal for high-traffic and cooler/freezer installations. Additionally, Steel King offers an optional offset leg design for easier handling of pallets. The welded frame construction delivers high rigidity and strength, while other optional features, like protective railings and seismic-safe designs, deliver even greater safety and stability in demanding applications.

Advantages:

  • Maximum pallet storage
  • Virtually unlimited depth of storage
  • Limited aisles, resulting in more efficient use of space
  • Load rails constructed of durable structural angle steel
  • Flared rail entry ends allow easy bay access
  • Space saver, low-profile arms
  • Custom-designed for your pallets & forklifts
  • Cost-effective storage strategy
  • Welded aisle-side load arms and rail stops

For more information about Steel King and Drive-In Rack Systems, visit https://www.steelking.com/products/drive-in-drive-through-rack/

Walk This Way: Pedestrian Safety In Forklift Operations

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Every year, more than 68,400 forklift accidents take place in the United States. Far too many of them injure pedestrians. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) report reveals that nearly 20 percent of all forklift accidents involve pedestrians being struck by the forklifts. With proper awareness and pedestrian safety training, the rate of accidents can be significantly reduced.

Having formal forklift training is an OSHA requirement. While OSHA does not specially address forklift pedestrian training, the OSHA General Duty Clause instructs companies to take all the precautionary steps to protect all employees. This includes ensuring that workers who are exposed to forklifts and lift trucks in operation receive the instruction necessary to preserve their safety on the job.

Very often, warehouse managers do not realize the significance of training pedestrians exposed to any kind of lifting operation. When the pedestrian is ignorant of basic safety precautions around lift trucks, the chances of an accident involving the forklift and pedestrian increase.

Common Forklift/Pedestrian Accident Situations

Following are two common situations accidents involving pedestrians and forklifts take place:
Pedestrian Came Too Close To Lift Trucks  There is no way a collision involving a pedestrian can take place if the pedestrian does not come within close proximity of a forklift. Maintaining at least a 4-foot safety zone is highly recommended when the forklift is running. This precaution can lessen the risk of the lift truck driving over the pedestrian’s foot.

But the actual safety zone can be much longer than just 4 feet. In the employee or pedestrian awareness programs, companies should let the pedestrians know that the back end of lift trucks can swing very quickly to the side. Normally, forklifts that come with elevated forks necessitate proportionately higher safety clearance. The horizontal length of a load is another important consideration. A long load like a 20-foot long lumber package will need a proper safety clearance especially when the lift truck turns.
Pedestrian Did Not Notice The Lift Truck In Operation  In many cases, pedestrians don’t see the lift truck in operation. Blind corners and varying degrees of intersections can be reasons for not seeing the lift truck. So, pedestrians should be aware of those to be safe from accidents. Pedestrians may not hear the lift truck in operation as different power sources of forklifts determine the sound generated in operation. For instance, electric battery powered lift trucks can be very quiet, the internal combustion lift trucks can be very loud. So, if not well-aware of different sounds generated by different forklifts, a pedestrian might equate a lack of noise with the absence of a lift truck in operation.

Ways To Increase Pedestrian Safety In Forklift Operations

The frequency of forklift accidents involving pedestrians can be significantly reduced by providing awareness training, using the right safety equipment and better traffic management.

Training and Awareness for Pedestrians  Proper pedestrian awareness and training should not take much time and effort. First of all, pedestrians need to be aware of the fact that lift trucks can suddenly appear around blind corners. The training can work as a reminder to the pedestrian to stop, listen and look carefully when working or staying around the blind corners. Pedestrians should always expect the sudden appearance of a lift truck.

Before crossing a forklift’s path, a pedestrian must maintain eye contact with the forklift driver. When the eye contact is not possible or difficult like when crossing the path behind the forklift, giving the driver a verbal alert is mandatory. Alertness and communication are crucial. When crossing behind a forklift that may back up, be sure to make verbal communication with the operator before crossing, or to wait at a safe distance until it has finished backing up.

Other important safety rules that need to be included in pedestrian training and awareness programs include never riding on a forklift truck unless the vehicle is specially designed to accommodate a passenger, keeping clear of a forklift and loading swing radius. Never walk under a load.

Traffic Management  Safety professionals recommend the creation of separate routes for pedestrians made easily noticeable through painted lines and signage. Having physical barriers to keep forklifts from entering pedestrian-only routes can be a very effective solution. If having physical barriers is difficult or not possible, avoiding forklift use in areas with high levels of pedestrian activity can be a good solution. Having and maintaining safety rules for both pedestrians and lift trucks are very important.

Safety Equipment  Safety best practices dictate that pedestrians should wear a highly visible vest step for improving visibility. Having and using forklift truck horns, adding warning lights, or travel alarms are good measures as well. The use of convex mirrors at intersections can improve pedestrian safety by providing the pedestrians with better chances of seeing the forklifts in operation.

Conclusion

While the training of forklift operators is mandatory, facility operators are also required to protect the safety of pedestrians who traverse in proximity to material handling equipment. Take care to consider the safety of pedestrians who might not be obvious such as sales, maintenance or clerical personnel, supplier representatives or contractors working at the site.

Note: The information provided above is intended only to provide general guidance. For specific regulatory requirements in your jurisdiction, please contact a local safety professional or appropriate compliance professional. 

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Speedrack West Announces the Release of Rack Safety: How-to Inspect Your Pallet Rack

Speedrack West has published a comprehensive infographic entitled “Rack Safety: How-to Inspect Your Pallet Rack” to provide information on a basic understanding of pallet rack safety.

With this infographic, Speedrack West informs people on many aspects of pallet rack safety. To accurately educate people on pallet rack safety, the infographic covers information on beams, frames, anchors, permits, seismic calculations, and employee training.

Pallet rack shelving has specific safety requirements that should not be taken lightly. Each shelf should have a capacity label to indicate the maximum load per level, and beams should be connected to frames by at least 3 pins. Warehouse rack over 5’9” must have a permit for installation and usage, and the permit must include seismic calculations specific to the geographical area.

Training employees on how to correctly use pallet rack shelving is critical to maintaining a safe warehouse. Employee training should include forklift driving, loading and unloading pallet racks, signs of pallet rack damage, weight capacities, and the dangers of overloading.

“Pallet racking is an excellent way to increase the efficiency of any warehouse, but it is important that proper safety requirements are met,” said Speedrack West Vice President Chris Jones. “By taking the time to correctly install pallet rack and train employees on proper usage, you can safely and efficiently increase your warehouse storage space.”

Tullibardine Distillery: Excellent Build Quality and Promise of Reliability made Crown the Single Choice

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Application

Located in the Scottish Highlands, the Tullibardine Highland Scotch Malt Whisky distillery produces, ships and sells globally over three million liters of acclaimed whiskey per year. It is one of the few distilleries in Scotland to distill, mature and bottle all on one site. Operating in warehousing and storage areas where whiskey vapor emissions can be present, it was essential that any material handling equipment operating at the facility could be easily adapted with fire protection systems which provide audible and visual warnings of potential fire hazards.

Challenge

A varied range of indoor and outdoor handling tasks, plus working in confined and sometimes hazardous conditions called for a versatile choice of handling equipment to ensure optimum productivity while keeping costs under control. As whiskey is slowly maturing, roughly two percent evaporates through the wooden cask and into the atmosphere. And above all, the equipment had to be dependable day-in, day-out across all areas of the distillery, from incoming products and raw materials, specialist storage requirements, right through to despatch of the finished product worldwide.

Solution

The key factor in awarding Crown Lift Trucks the contract to supply Tullibardine with material handling equipment was its ability to meet the specialist requirements of a whiskey distillery – in particular where barrel-handling applications were concerned. The Tullibardine fleet includes Crown’s C-5 Series gas forklift which performs multiple tasks throughout the site. It is fitted with a specialist rotating barrel clamp, providing smooth, precise handling and ease of operation to ensure operator productivity is maximized. Featuring Crown’s low-emission 2.4-liter industrial engine, a robust hydrodynamic transaxle and dual radiator cooling system, the C-5 Series delivers extended service intervals and reduced costs.

Compact dimensions make Crown’s SC Series three-wheel electric forklift perfectly suited to indoor applications where space is at a premium. With a near zero-turn radius and outstanding visibility, operators can accurately position the SC Series in even the tightest aisles. In the confines of the Tullibardine bonded warehouse, its nimble gait and precise controllability come into their own. Fitted with a tilting cask-kicker attachment, the SC Series affords the operator maximum control while lifting the cask to the correct height before tilting and accurately rolling it into position in the storage racks.

From an operational point of view, this vapor in the air can potentially be a hazard. The Crown trucks are fitted with a system which can shut down the truck if vapor levels rise above a pre-set limit, preventing it from being the source of ignition for an explosion.

Results

  • Tullibardine benefits from extended service intervals and reduced costs with Crown’s versatile C-5 Series LPG-powered forklift, which features a robust hydrodynamic transaxle and dual radiator cooling system.
  • Operators are well cared for with Crown’s Intrinsic Stability System™ which proactively ensures optimal safety and performance – and their acceptance of the trucks has been excellent.
  • The operator’s cabin provides excellent visibility. Hydraulic levers with tactile feedback ensure the interchangeable rotating barrel clamp can be positioned with absolute precision, allowing safe and secure handling of potentially awkward loads.

“We ship our products all over the world, so it was vitally important that our material handling fleet was going to be reliable,” concludes John Torrence, Distillery Manager, Tullibardine Distillery. “From the start, I was impressed with the quality of the Crown product. We have an excellent working relationship, and the trucks are living up to their reputation.”

 

 

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.

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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.

Raymond Handling Announces Safety Show Off Winner

Treetop, Inc. Promotes Safety by Taking Extra Precautions with Warehouse Safety

 

FREMONT, Calif., July 18, 2018. Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation (RHCC), a leading materials handling equipment supplier in Northern California and the Northwest, has announced its winner of the ‘Safety Show Offs’ contest that took place in honor of National Forklift Safety Day 2018. In addition to being recognized, RHCC provided Treetop, Inc. with a lunch for all 27 employees catered by Tacos El Rey for the steps the company has taken to ensure safety in its warehouse.

Sponsored by the Industrial Truck Association (ITA), National Forklift Safety Day brings together forklift manufacturers, dealers and operators with the common goal of reducing accidents by increasing awareness and highlighting the need for ongoing operator training as equipment and technology changes, the importance of daily inspections and performing scheduled maintenance to ensure the equipment is maintained in a safe working condition. Other precautions are equally important, such as safe controls to increase pedestrian awareness of moving equipment.

TreeTop, Inc. took the initiative to increase awareness of moving forklifts and direction of travel by installing blue lights on all its forklifts, which illuminate when the trucks are in reverse. This gives both the operator as well as anyone in the immediate area now a clear visual of where the truck is and where it is going. In addition, Treetop requires anyone in the warehouse to wear high visibility vests for added safety.

After reviewing several customers’ submitted photos and statements on how they promote a safe workplace, Treetop was selected as the winner by implementing a dual-step measure to increase safety. This commitment underscores why National Forklift Safety Day continues to be a key industry observation.

Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation continues to stay committed to and support forklift safety, not only during the national holiday but always.

To view RHCC’s Top 10 Forklift Safety Tips, click here: https://raymondhandling.com/national-forklift-safety-day/

For additional information on the company, please visit www.raymondhandling.com. Connect with Raymond Handling Concepts on Twitter @RaymondHandling, on Facebook, on Google + and on LinkedIn.

Crown Equipment Helps SaltWorks® Maximize Lift Truck and Battery Utilization

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Saltworks takes advantage of Crown V-Force® chargers and InfoLink® fleet and operator management to optimize forklift battery utilization

SaltWorks®, the largest gourmet sea salt manufacturer in the world, needed a solution that would enable them to maximize the return on investment of their new electric forklift fleet. Crown Equipment, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, helped the company better understand and manage the utilization of its fleet and batteries.

SaltWorks imports sea salt from 25 different countries, processes it into more than 110 varieties and redistributes the product globally. The company, which handles about 200,000 to 250,000 pounds of salt per day, originally relied on a fleet of used LPG internal combustion forklifts. After experiencing frequent unexpected downtime due to poor reliability, the company purchased a new electric fleet of Crown application-specific forklifts, including sit-down counterbalance trucks, stackers and pallet trucks. They also invested in a bank of Crown’s V-Force® chargers to provide the versatility they needed to charge every forklift in their fleet.

The company also outfitted each forklift with Crown’s InfoLink® fleet and operator management to help ensure operational efficiency with the new electric fleet. They used the system to control operator access, improve compliance documentation and monitor truck utilization, capturing fleet utilization data in real time. This enabled SaltWorks to know exactly when and how the trucks were being used to identify opportunities for efficiency gains. Crown’s Battery Health Monitor was also added to remotely monitor battery utilization and health, and help the company perform load balancing to maximize the fleet’s battery efficiency.

“The performance of our forklifts is key to the performance of our business,” said Colin McLane, SaltWorks engineering manager. “Being able to monitor the charge of each forklift independently allows us to balance the load. That way, if we notice one truck is performing in a very high duty role, we can switch that truck out for one that’s been used in a lighter duty role to maximize battery efficiency.”

To find out more, visit the Crown website.

Latest ProGMA Video Highlights Loading Dock Hazards: 42% of Forklift Accidents Involve Workers Getting Pinned by Tipping Vehicles

 

The Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association (ProGMA), a product group within trade association Material Handling Industry (MHI), is promoting the third in a series of educational videos about preventing accidents and injuries at loading docks. The videos can be seen at mhi.org/progma/videos.

Following ‘Essential Safety Barriers for Automated / Robotic Workcells’ and ‘Proper Safeguarding for Elevated Work Platforms’, the latest video titled, ‘Prevent Accidents and Injuries Near Loading Docks / Doors’, focuses on the busiest and most dangerous area of a facility. The 2:05min-long video provides a visual interpretation of a busy, working loading dock, highlighting the inherent hazards involved with the fast-moving environment.

Ray Niemeyer, chairman of ProGMA and director of business development at SpaceGuard Products, said: “The loading dock is the most active area of any facility; if a company isn’t shipping and receiving product, it isn’t making money. It is here where personnel either on foot or riding powered operated equipment can find themselves in dangerous situations, unless proper protective guarding and safety equipment are installed. Buildings and product can also be damaged.”

The video starts with an alarming statistic that 42% of forklift accidents involve workers getting pinned by vehicles tipping over. It also states that a single forklift accident can lead to $100,000+ in related costs. The animation goes on to address the potential for employees, products, or moving equipment to fall off the dock at an unprotected door. ProGMA members offer safety gates, mesh door netting, bumpers, bollards, guardrails, truck wheel guides, truck driver cages, and other products that keep personnel and product safe, directly contributing to a company’s bottom line.

ProGMA hopes floor managers, health and safety managers, upper management, and shift workers will gain knowledge through the visual content. In just over two minutes, the video successfully walks target audiences through the entire loading dock environment, from outside spaces where larger trucks maneuver in tight areas, to the bustling aisles and traffic ways of a typical high-traveled loading dock-and everything in between.

Niemeyer said: “The causes, severity, and types of potential accident are varied. Worker safety and protective guarding equipment should not be seen as a cost but an investment that not only ensures people go home to their families at night but also reduces cost in the yearly maintenance budget, particularly when it is designed into a facility from the outset. Be mindful that management and co-workers are left to deal with the immediate and long-term impact of a lost time accident, whilst hoping that the injured employee can return to health and their position of employment.”

There are many different types of loading dock across the U.S., depending on the kind of business activity and a building’s operational function. There may be 200 loading docks at a single site, for example. Warehousing and distribution sites will have a higher percentage of loading docks on multiple sides of a building, while a manufacturing facility might have fewer docks with a greater spread across a site to facilitate in and outbound shipments.

Niemeyer concluded: “The videos are being well received by industry employees, managers, health and safety personnel, and insurance companies. They provide a real life overview of the various areas of a company’s operation, inside and out, where guarding and protective barriers should be considered for protecting employees and the building from costly accidents and facility damage.”

The latest video can be seen at <a href=”http://mhi.org/progma/videos” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>mhi.org/progma/videos</a>.