Solutions Spotlight

Monorails Improve Ergonomics and Increase Safety When Moving Loads

Think of a monorail as a people mover, and it’s easy to imagine all sorts of people inside. In the same way, a monorail used for material handling can move a great variety of products, parts and components in the manufacturing and distribution environment. Typically mounted to an overhead structure or ceiling, monorail systems help lift and transport heavy items ...

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Assembling Assembly Lines

Members of MHI’s Automatic Guided Vehicle Systems (AGVS) Product Group are the industry’s leading suppliers of automatic guided vehicle systems. Automatic guided vehicle (AGV) systems move parts and materials in many industries—automotive, chemicals, plastics, hospital, newspaper, commercial printing, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, warehousing and distribution and manufacturing. For manufacturers, however, AGV systems can do more than carry parts and materials ...

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Specifying Growth: The Storage Manufacturers Association

The Storage Manufacturers Association is developing ANSI specifications. The effort has helped double its membership. With the recent addition of two new members, the Storage Manufacturers Association (SMA) Product Group of MHI has doubled its membership—from seven to 13 members—in the past six years. Among the reasons for the membership surge is SMA’s three-year-old commitment to developing American National Standards ...

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Order Fulfillment Challenges

It is a challenging time for manufacturers and retailers that must fulfill e-commerce orders faster and faster without compromising accuracy or economy. Members of the Order Fulfillment Solutions (OFS) Industry Group of MHI provide order fulfillment solutions to these challenges by helping to manage rising transportation costs, improve channel strategies, create deeper visibility into the supply chain and develop automated ...

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RMI develops specifications and guidelines for rack storage systems

The Rack Manufacturers Institute (RMI) celebrated its 50th anniversary back in 2008, but the organization has not been content to rest upon five decades of achievement. RMI’s 22 members—the companies that produce most of industrial storage racks installed in the U.S.—continue to work hard to improve their industry through research, consensus building and education. RMI is an affiliated trade association ...

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Seeking to increase productivity and reduce worker’s comp claims, some material handing companies are studying ergonomics.

By Michael Fickes Do the demands of the manual material handling tasks you assign fit the capabilities of your workers? Have you studied the experience of your workers, watched them on the job looking for awkward postures, repetitive motions, fatigue and other indicators of a poor fit? According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), ergonomics is ...

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