The Material Handling and Supply Chain Blog

How Does a Hydraulic Scissor Lift Table Work?

Written By: Greg Conner

May 21st, 2015

how-scissor-lifts-workBy far the most common industrial lift is the hydraulic scissor lift table. This may seem like a complicated piece of equipment, but in actuality hydraulic lift tables are very simple in design. These lift tables are comprised of five major components: the platform, base, scissor legs, hydraulic cylinder, and power source.

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10 Tips for Setting Up a Label Print and Apply System

Written By: Matt Adams

May 19th, 2015

Print and apply labelersAutomatic print and apply units can be tremendously helpful in labor reduction and product throughput if done correctly. They can also cause a lot of downtime and operator headaches if done incorrectly. The intent of this article should be to spark focus and attention to design considerations before implementation. This can be used as a guide and hopefully generate interest in systems of this nature.

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30 Questions to Consider When Selecting a Lift Table

Written By: Greg Conner

May 11th, 2015

Lift table renderingSelecting an industrial lift table ca be overwhelming. Between sizes and options there are literally thousands of configurations to choose from. When making your selection, it’s important to consider what is being lifted, how it needs to be lifted, how the lift table should operate, and whether any safety features are required. Ask yourself the following questions to ensure you select the best lift table for your operation.

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Warehouse Storage Myth Debunked – Equal Space Strategy versus Equal Time Strategy

Written By: Lauren Noyes

May 7th, 2015

Warehouse StorageAsk any warehouse manager how to stock a forward pick area, and you may get one of these two methods–allocate the same amount of space to each SKU or store an equal time supply of each SKU in the area. Here’s a look at why either solution might offer the same labor costs.

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How to Get the Most Life Out of Your Industrial Robot

Written By: Colin Shipley

April 30th, 2015

Robot life spanThere are several ways an industrial robot can wear out sooner than intended. On average, most companies plan to get more than eight years of service out of a robot. However, some companies have robots that are still running after nearly 20 years. What causes some companies to get more or less use out of their robots?

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