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SAFER HANDLING: Ergonomic Industrial Cart and Caster Solutions

When large amounts of materials must be moved within a facility, using industrial carts with casters is the preferred and ergonomically sound solution.

By Jean Feingold

An industrial cart with casters is the right choice “in any situation where an operator needs to push/pull light to heavy loads of material or manually pick material where ergonomic stress points are susceptible to being aggravated,” said Terry Parmelee of MHI member Kinetic Technologies.

“Standard features for mobile ergonomic focused carts take into account the right caster selection to enable superior push/pull forces for operators as they move material manually throughout work cells,” Parmelee said. It’s important to have an ergonomically engineered handle in the optimal height position so operators can move the material manually and safely. Carts have an open frame or flat base structure to accommodate dunnage, with a tow bar and hitch system if they are tugged on a train.

Special features are available to meet special needs. “Flat deck style carts are the most common and utilitarian,” Parmelee said. Bolt on or welded “riser” decks can be implemented on carts so the material resides at the correct ergonomic height for an operator.

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This issue of MHI Solutions tackles the important topic of digital technologies in the supply chain industry, especially as it relates the transportation and logistics. Transportation plays a central role in supply chains, whether they are local or global enterprises. And just like the overall supply chain, transportation is facing a digital revolution including new solutions for tracking road, rail, sea and air freight and parcel transportation. These digital technologies are disrupting the industry, but they are also providing im-portant new solutions for transportation inefficiencies and urban logistics challenges. They are also creating new digital business models that enhance transparency and sustainability and contribute to end-to-end supply chain visibility. Like the innovations impacting supply chains, these trends are being driven by the growth of e-commerce and the consumers’ never-ending need for better, faster and cheaper. Ignoring them is done at your own peril.

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