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How do electric hoists improve productivity in warehouses?

The main focus of any plant operation is surely increasing productivity and profits? Present day warehouses have evolved over time and they can now extract each pound of significant worth from each square foot of their factory floor zone and with the focus now on expanding automation; the requirement for higher output cannot be underestimated.

Naturally, warehouses involve full on activities such as lifting heavy loads from one point to another. If your workers were to do this kind of thing manually, they will probably end up with strained muscles and fatigue, which will impair their level of productivity. However, with industrial electric hoists doing the lifting, your workers are saved from such injuries and can therefore focus on more important tasks to ensure maximum throughput.

These machines are designed to work effortlessly and quickly lifting various loads, enabling you to move them easily and securely. With less downtime and injuries, labourers will probably work all the more adequately, increasing your factory or warehouse efficiency levels. Time is of the essence in production. Rather than your workers spending time dragging loads and equipment from one position to another, the hoist will take care of that so that you can deal with producing more yields. Electric lifts are more productive as they use wired cables to lift objects quickly and easily. This, in turn, saves you time since you can operate them remotely or by use of buttons and switches to lift your load. This is obviously superior to a manual lift, which depends on your strength and mobility for lifting. What’s more, the ease of movement it offers allows you to increase yield and reduce the time it takes to complete a single project.

They also have a higher load capacity, which makes them lift as much load as possible all at once. They, as a general rule, have a high-consolidated crane and trolley combination, enabling you to peacefully lift an extensive variety of load types. This means your workers will be able to carry out these activities without unnecessarily stressing themselves out. This enhances productivity and furthermore increases your profits making your warehouse step closer to achieving its goals.

Needless to say, a quiet environment increases concentration in the process. Electronic hoists produce close to zero noise, which means less distraction, which is ideal in a busy environment. So as you can see there are plenty of advantages for choosing an electric hoist for your business, and the cost of these machines have come down considerably, yet there will of course need to be outgoings for repairs or maintenance work, which is required to keep the system in perfect working order.

Many small businesses can now afford these machines and it can help maximise return on investment because of the productivity you get back. They also hold their value and if well maintained, you can usually sell your hoists and upgrade to a new one without breaking the bank. We recommend you move with the times and upgrade your hoists every few years, ensuring your work levels are always improving.

Why you should continuously invest in your factory or warehouse

As we gradually reach the end of 2017, a new year and a new opportunity awaits us in 2018, and it’s often the right time to reinvest in your factory or warehouse, ensuring you’re moving forward in terms of staff, equipment, machinery and health and safety.

You should always be looking to make improvements, moving with the times and keeping up with the latest innovations in your industry. Forklifts may need updating rather than fixing so buying a completely new set may be something on your list for next year. Then there’s the fact you should be looking at shelving and making sure everything is in good condition. Any areas that aren’t looking their best should be replaced so you can head into to 2018 full of confidence. If you’re constantly repairing something or have the same problems every week with a bit of kit or equipment, just replace it and remember how important it is to keep the place in perfect condition.

The rise of homemade packaging

There are many small companies selling goods online or at local exhibitions and if this sounds like you, then it can actually make a lot of sense to design and create the packaging for your products yourself, especially for very small lightweight items.

Let’s say you sell oat bars, cakes or homemade chocolates and you need to package them up nicely for your customers. You may only need to order some boxes and stickers, and these can easily be custom designs which are printed in bulk quantities and delivered to you to put into shape. Packaging is of course a bit of a burden when orders do pick up, and you don’t want to spend half your time packaging when you could be selling more, so there will come a time when it does make sense to outsource this work to a packaging company with high quality equipment, but until that point, there’s no harm in looking at more cost-effective methods.

The Disadvantages Of Assembly Line Style Production

Assembly line production revolutionised the way that products are made, and while it is an efficient way of making a great number of finished goods, there are some downsides to the process.

The disadvantages of assembly line production generally come from looking at the process from a different perspective. For example, using several interchangeable workers makes for a more streamlined assembly process. But in doing this the individualistic artisanship is lost for the sake of numbers and statistics.

In general, to work on an assembly line little training is required, and as a result wages may not be very competitive. The work itself can also be extremely repetitive and monotonous, offering little in the way of mental stimulation and creative critical thinking.

Because of the way assembly lines ‘assemble’ products, when it comes to making items that require bespoke parts, an assembly line simply can’t be used.