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Improve Warehouse Safety With the Toyota Smart Environment Sensor

It’s a busy day on the road. The highway is packed with cars busting the speed limit. You’re cruising along, trying to avoid the drivers weaving in and out of traffic. All of a sudden, brake lights flash ahead. Through the line of cars, you see a row of orange cones banking into your lane. On cue, turn signals blink to life on the vehicles in front. You click on your own and check your mirrors. There’s a gap in the lane next to you, and you turn your wheel to fill it. That’s when the warning light on your side view mirror flares. You pump the brakes and twist the wheel back into your lane as a motorcycle comes ripping up the dotted line straight out of nowhere. Heart pounding, you breathe a sigh of relief. You didn’t see him. Good thing your car did.

Life moves fast. And it’s all too easy for accidents to creep in from the blind spots. However, modern cars are safer with the addition of external sensors like proximity alerts. And now the same can be true for your forklift fleet. Keep reading to learn how the new Toyota Smart Environment Sensor can improve warehouse safety.

Why High-Speed Doors Are a Superior Choice for Your Cleanroom Facility

Cleanrooms are utilized across a host of industries not limited to:

  • cGMP life sciences
  • Food production
  • Aerospace
  • Electronics
  • Semi-conductor
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Medical devices

Every square inch of a designated clean facility is constantly monitored to keep contaminants low and compliance in check.

But the fact is that many of these facilities are using dated technology when it comes to one of their most crucial areas - cleanroom doors.

Warehouse Automation: 5 Reasons to Use an ASRS

Are you aware that your competitors are investing in warehouse automation? According to the worldwide sales of warehouse automation technologies, warehouse automation is projected to reach $22.5 billion by the end of 2021. Today, companies are automating their warehouses to cut costs and improve operational efficiency. In a modern warehouse, you'll see robots driving through racks, retrieving loads, and putting them on conveyor belts. 

There are many solutions like AGVs, AMRs, storage systems, picking solutions, and more. Automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRSs) are one of those solutions for modern warehouses. They are computer-controlled systems that automatically place and retrieve loads from defined locations.

Below you will find 5 benefits of using automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) in your warehouse’s operations.

Invest in Lower Energy Bills, Not Roll Up Door Repairs

How much money have you spent repairing your overhead door in the last five years? 

If you owned a high-speed roll up door, your answer would likely be “zero.” They don’t break down, they don’t damage equipment and they don’t injure employees.

High-speed doors are self-repairing and backed by a 5-year, one million cycle warranty. Not only that, a high-speed door quickly pays for itself through reduced energy bills.

Right now, there are two incentives that make buying a new roll up door more affordable than ever. Contact us for details, or read on to learn more about the many benefits of swapping your old, unreliable door for a fast new one.

How Much Does a High-Speed Overhead Door Cost?

Ready to replace your overhead door? You basically have two options: get another old-school roll-up door, or invest in an energy-saving high-speed door. 

Industrial high-speed doors are the superior choice because they instantly: 

  • Boost productivity - the door can open/close in 1-2 seconds
  • Improve profitability - by slashing thousands of dollars from your energy bills
  • Minimize downtime - the door is self-healing and is always operational
But high-speed roll up doors cost a lot more than traditional doors. Or do they?

4 Ways to Protect Your Pallet Racking

Pallet rack uprights and beams are in constant danger of impact from forklifts and other material handling equipment. Even if product isn’t damaged during a collision, bent rack is an accident waiting to happen. Pallet racking protectors can easily pay for themselves by absorbing the brunt of an impact.

Can Your Business Operate Without a Dock Leveler for 2-3 Months?

Dock levelers are essential at most warehouses and distribution centers. They create a bridge between trailers of different sizes and allow for fast, safe loading and unloading.

What would happen if you didn't have your dock leveler for three months? Due to supply shortages, the current lead time for a new dock leveler (also known as a pit leveler) is 14-16 weeks. Because TMHNC is a preferred vendor, we can often get a replacement in as little as 6-8 weeks. 

In any case, now is very bad time to have your dock leveler break. That's why we're offering free dock leveler safety inspections. It only takes an hour, and you can avoid months of hassle and lost productivity. NOTE: the request form is for a complete loading dock safety inspection, but we can focus on just your dock leveler if you prefer.

Not sure if your dock leveler needs to be inspected? Read on to review signs your dock leveler may need service and how long the average dock leveler should last if well-maintained.

High-Speed Roll Up Doors for Cold Rooms and Freezers

In a climate-controlled facility, temperature regulation is everything. A few degrees one way or the other can mean the difference between a good day and a terrible one. 

The most cost-effective way to  improve climate control (and profits) is to ditch your low tech door for a fast, reliable roll up door.  Stop losing valuable product to condensation, frost and spoilage. If climate control is critical to your operation, a reliable rapid-roll door is one of the smartest investments you can make.

Is a High-Speed Roll Up Door Right for Your Cleanroom?

Imagine you have an employee who keeps others from being productive and calls in sick more than anyone else. This person repeatedly causes cross-contamination and ignores your requests to improve their behavior.

What would you do with this employee? You would fire them, of course.

If this “employee” sounds like your cleanroom door (slow, prone to breakdowns and frustrating to other team members), it’s time to cut ties. When your business depends on providing the highest quality products, you can’t have sub-standard equipment. Period.

Whether you need a cleanroom door for a medical, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, or laboratory application, our buyer’s checklist can help you choose a quality, long-lasting door that will improve the productivity and cleanliness of your facility.

5 Tips to Improve Your Loading Dock Safety and Efficiency

Loading dock managers are relentless workers. They strive to meet ever-growing productivity targets and minimize downtime, invest in new material handling equipment, and hire more personnel. Their crew adheres to an aggressive loading and unloading schedule.

While productivity is top of mind, safety at the loading dock is often an afterthought. Managers are pressed into cutting corners with safety and overlook hazardous situations. But that doesn't have to be the reality for your loading dock.

How Dock Levelers Drastically Improve Loading Dock Safety

When a truck backs up to your receiving area, it’s unlikely the trailer will be at the exact same height as your loading dock. That gap between the trailer and your warehouse floor is a prime location for injury and equipment damage. 

Dock levelers, also known as edge of dock levelers or pit levelers, bridge the gap (in height and distance) between the floor and the trailer for smooth and safe loading and unloading. Learn about the most popular types of dock levelers used in the Bay Area, Central and Northern California, so you can choose the best dock leveler for your facility.

4 Signs Your Loading Dock Isn’t As Safe As You Think

A loading dock is a fast-paced and dangerous environment. Around 25% of all reported warehouse injuries occur on loading docks. Hundreds of near-misses precede each hazard. Forklift accidents cost employers an average of $48,000 per injury and $1,390,000 per death, according to the National Safety Council.

As a manager, putting safety first should be your top priority. In this article, we will cover four common and often overlooked signs of a hazardous loading dock.

Warehouse Optimization - 3 Customer Success Stories

Ever wondered whether your operation would benefit from pick-to-light technology, a new slotting system, or other optimization solutions? Is it worth the time, expense and hassle?

The short answer is yes. The right solution pays for itself in months (not years), and an experienced partner can help you transition without a major disruption to your business. Here are a few customer success stories:

AS/RS - A Single Solution to Many Warehouse Optimization Problems

Picture one of your performance reports. Imagine what it would look like to see:

    • Throughput up 30-50%
    • Labor costs down 40%
    • Order accuracy improved to 99%

The numbers above are actual stats from real clients. These could be your stats, and you don’t have to turn your business upside down to see improvements like the ones above.

In today’s product review, we’re going to look at SRSI’s automated pallet racking systems and the benefits of converting some (or all) of your facility to an automated shelving system.

5 Ways to Optimize Your Warehouse (Solutions That Pay for Themselves in Months, Not Years)

Warehouse managers wear a lot of hats (sometimes literally), and make more decisions in one hour than other managers make in a week. When you're everyone's go-to person, it's hard to knock things off your to-do list. For example, you know there are ways your operation could be saving time and money, but haven't found time to look into it.

While you're busy doing the things only you can do, let us uncover ways for your operation to save time and money. Here are some of the most popular solutions we offer (there's one we like to call the stealth bomber):

3 Products to Improve Warehouse Safety and Reduce Product Damage

Avoiding stock damage, preventing injuries and improving efficiency - that’s the trifecta for warehouse managers. In this article, we’ll share some products our customers in The Bay Area, Sacramento, Salinas and Fresno tell us they can’t live without.

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