Safety

Wearable Technology Use Trending Up

Wearable technology providers are overcoming many of the barriers as costs come down, capabilities increase and integration with existing warehouse management systems is simplified.

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Overhead Lifting Crane Safety Evolves with New Technology, Heightened Awareness

As high labor turnover continues to create an array of stiff challenges, the importance of devoting resources to safety in the field of overhead lifting cranes and hoists has never been more in focus. MHI’s Overhead Alliance, which includes the Crane Manufacturers Association of America (CMAA), the Hoist Manufacturers Institute (HMI) and the Monorail Manufacturers Association (MMA), is leading the way in providing safety education and resources.

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Integration Makes Industrial Lifts ‘A Piece of the Overall Machine’

Safer Handling BY TOM GRESHAM Operators of factories and warehouses increasingly are seeking to integrate industrial lift devices with other components of their spaces. No longer do lifts operate in relative isolation. In that way, lifts are “a piece of the overall machine now,” said James Johnston, director of engineering at MHI member Autoquip and chair of Lift Manufacturers Product ...

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A ‘Landmark Event’ Marks Growing Industry Interest in Improved Ergonomics

BY TOM GRESHAM Link to digital version of article in MHI Solutions. Twenty years ago, ergonomics “was kind of a nice thing to do,” said Jim Galante, chair of MHI’s Ergonomic Assist Systems & Equipment (EASE) Industry Group, but it was not an area that attracted close attention in material handling. In the decades since then, however, he said an ...

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Material Handling Ergonomics in Industry 4.0

Ergonomics—the science that designs environments, equipment, tools and tasks within the capabilities of people to maximize productivity, efficiency and safety—has been an important part of the material handling industry for decades.

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Creating a Culture of Safety Excellence

The quest for an injury-free workplace requires solid management systems and investments in safety-enhancing technologies, but a strong culture–based on leadership visibility, employee engagement and accountability–is key to achieving a great track record over the long haul.

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Safer Handling: Ensuring Safety Is Not Sacrificed for Speed

Speed is the name of the game these days in conveyor and sortation systems. As the pressure to ship material faster grows with the rise of e-commerce and building customer expectations for rapid delivery, the systems that move and sort orders are accelerating. With that speed comes more potential for risks. “Sortation equipment was sorting 50 feet per minute a ...

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