Manufacturing/DCs

Delivering a Miracle: Overcoming the Supply Chain Challenges of Manufacturing and Distributing the COVID-19 Vaccines

. By Sara Pearson Specter Before the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) virus was declared a pandemic by The World Health Organization on March 11, 2020, pharmaceutical companies and governments worldwide were already creating plans to develop, manufacture and distribute vaccines to the global population. Within two months, the U.S. had announced the formation of Operation Warp Speed, ...

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Powering Up: Battery and Charging Innovations Support Productivity Improvements

By Sheryl S. Jackson In the quest to improve productivity, decrease costs and enhance safety in the warehouse or distribution facility, owners and managers look to a variety of equipment, technology and training. There is, however, one area that usually does not top the list of actions considered essential for performance improvement. “Batteries and battery charging technology are often overlooked ...

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Need Agility? On-Demand Warehousing Might Help

By Jennifer Pazour, Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Agility, the ability to move quickly and easily, is a powerful, and some may say necessary, skill for success in today’s supply chains. This need for agile decision-making is changing how organizations acquire warehousing and distribution capabilities. An emerging, more flexible option is on-demand warehousing, which enables ...

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Aligning Sophisticated Tools in the Use of Lifting Devices

At their essence, electrification and machine controlling devices are about safety in industrial handling. Solutions in the field serve to make the workplace safer in every major manufacturing and distribution sector. Today, the central safety question the field faces is how to properly introduce increasingly sophisticated technological tools and to ensure they are aligned with each other in the operation ...

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Computer Controlled Systems Improving Precision, Accuracy, Speed

Across the country, third-party logistics companies are on the lookout for innovative storage and retrieval systems. Whether it’s for use in a cold storage facility or ambient application, there are a number of solutions offered to meet the handling demands of manufacturers, distribution centers and others along the supply and demand chain. There is even an MHI Industry Group that ...

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Social Distancing Decisions Impacting Robotics Choices

The need for social distancing inside warehouses and distribution centers to prevent COVID-19 exposure is expected to persist until after widespread vaccination. Robotics can help. Using robotic systems for heavy or repetitive manual labor, especially in small enclosed spaces, means workers are farther apart and fewer workers are needed in these tight spaces, said Volker Schmitz, Ph.D., president and CEO ...

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From Straight to Curvy, Monorails Offer Flexibility When Transporting Goods

If manufacturers or other enterprises need to install monorails with curves and switches to move materials and products within their facilities in multiple directions, the member companies of the Monorail Manufacturers Association are the ones to turn to. “Many companies use straight monorails, and they work great when you only need to move products in a straight line from point ...

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Safe Passage

BY TOM GRESHAM The turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a kind of perfect storm in warehouse and distribution centers, skyrocketing the already growing demand for e-commerce to new heights while exacerbating the existing labor shortage and making it more difficult to meet that demand. As a result of the pressures that have accompanied the pandemic, automation is seeing ...

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Safety Training

The Best Practices, Approaches and Technologies that Reduce Injury Risks  BY SARA PEARSON SPECTER “Safety first.” It’s something all supply chain organizations strive for, yet some facilities have better safety records than others. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, annual warehouse fatalities doubled—from 11 to 22—in 24 months between 2015 and 2017. Further, the warehouse injury rate is ...

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Forklift Operator Training Remains Key Focus for Safety

CREDIT: DOOSAN INDUSTRIAL VEHICLE AMERICA CORP. BY SHERYL S. JACKSON When the Industrial Truck Association (ITA) launched the first national forklift safety day seven years ago to raise awareness of the importance of forklift operator training programs, the media coverage reached 20 million people, based on the circulation or audience numbers of the press outlets running articles or airing coverage. ...

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