The Material Handling and Supply Chain Blog

Get the MOST from Your Workforce

Written By: Nathan Busch

November 19th, 2015

MOST Time StudiesDo you or any of your clients have processes where employees’ expected rates are unknown, based on averages, or quite frankly conjectured from guessing? Rates may be unknown or need re-evaluation because of new or different layouts, or process changes. If any of these situations are affecting your employee production rates, then you should consider MOST, Maynard Operation Sequence Technique.

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Ergonomic Benefits of Industrial Robotics

Written By: Greg Martin

November 5th, 2015

battery palletizingHundreds of thousands of people have to deal with risky work environments, dodging workplace injuries, and making it home to their families every day. There are industry shifts, however, that are seeking to reduce the need for utilizing human labor in these inherently risky operations and shifting them to safer tasks in the facility.

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Why and How to Calculate Short-Circuit Current Rating (SCCR)

Written By: Jacob Robertson

October 28th, 2015

Electrical panel componentsSCCR may sound like an acronym for a competitive racing circuit or a certain rock band from the 60/70s. However, fortunately for you, SCCR is way more interesting. It stands for Short-Circuit Current Rating, which is defined in the 2011 NEC (National Electric Code), Article 100 as: “The prospective symmetrical fault current at a nominal voltage to which an apparatus or system is able to be connected without sustaining damage exceeding defined acceptance criteria.”

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Complicated vs. Complex Automation Systems

Written By: Ahmed Arif

October 22nd, 2015

Automation systemsAt first glance, complicated and complex systems might sound the same, but a closer look at your business model and SKU seasonality will reveal which system will work best for you.

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The E-Commerce Pick Module

Written By: Andy Gawne

October 15th, 2015

e-Commerce pick moduleGoods-to-person picking, the new buzzword in material handling, is a great option for operations with a high number of SKU’s and a relatively low cubic velocity of SKU’s, but in an operation that has very fast moving or large items, it can be prohibitively expensive to use this technology throughout. Sometimes it is best to use, or supplement a goods-to-person operation, with a pick module.

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