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A bottleneck in your production line is never good as it can quickly eat into your profits. A commonly overlooked potential bottleneck is your warehouse and shipping and receiving departments. When this is the case, many employers will automatically look to beef up the staff when they may want to take a closer look at the equipment that is being used. Check to see if the equipment is designed to handle the workload and if there any additional pieces of equipment that can make the operation run smoother.
Keeping Products Secured
Products need to be secured to the pallet during transportation to prevent damage. A common procedure is to use plastic shrink-wrap to surround the load. If this procedure is used in your warehouse, you may want to consider an automatic shrink-wrap machine that will spin the pallet and cover the entire load in one step rather than using rolls that are applied by hand.
A strapping machine can prevent boxes from opening during the transport. When securing larger equipment, consider having stands that will hold the straps and clasps all together in one spot. This way, your workers can keep everything in one convenient location.
Another stand that holds shipping labels, bills of lading, knives, tape, packing slips, and other frequently used items can be placed nearby to help keep items organized and convenient. Even if only a few steps are saved on each item shipped, they can quickly add up. The result is employees that have more energy and are less frustrated with the whole process.
A transport company needs to weigh any shipment before it can be loaded. This can become a problem, especially when the entire pallet needs to be weighed and each piece has a different weight. Instead of having employees use a small desktop scale, think about having a scale the size of a standard load installed into the floor. Then the employee only has to pull the load onto the scale or make use of a used forklift to speed up the process. If you're going to be using a used forklift to bring the pallets to the scale, you won't have to worry about removing the transport equipment prior to weighing because the pallets can simply be lifted onto the scale and then quickly removed before the weight is recorded.
Transporting Pallets And Other Loads
The set up of your warehouse, the amount of space you have available, and whether you move loads in and out of trucks or around the warehouse will determine the type of equipment used. A used forklift with a narrow aisle design is good to move pallets and other loads through tighter spots. Used equipment is good to temporarily store loads on reinforced industrial shelving or vertically to save on space.
A pallet jack is good if you don't have the need to transport loads around the building or place them at a higher level. They can easily move the pallets on and off the truck. If you find yourself renting a used forklift for the times that you do use them, you might want to consider purchasing a used forklift brand to prevent having to wait for delivery of the rental unit. This may seem like a major expense at first glance, but the return on investment will be well worth it in the end.
Regardless of whether you own a small grocery store in the suburbs or a large warehouse in Illinois, forklift and moving equipment are essential components of your operation. Securing loads and weighing pallets can take up a lot of employee time. Anything you can do to streamline the operation will help increase your bottom line. Even the smallest change can add up to big savings over time.
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