At a major food processing plant, workers had to manually push heavy meat carts to maneuver them between processing stations. Concerned about injury risk and worker safety, plant executives turned to DJ Products for ergonomic solutions to their material handling problem.
Our experts recommended the CartCaddyShorty power tugger
, a motorized cart… Continue
Added by Amanda on January 5, 2009 at 10:03am —
DJ Products is well situated to help you meet the material handling challenges of tomorrow.
We manufacture ergonomically-designed material handling carts and tugs designed to maximize work effort and safety. Our energy-efficient electric and battery-powered carts and tugs are less costly, smaller and more maneuverable than the traditional equipment used to move carts and equipment such as forklifts which kill 100 U.S. workers a year… Continue
Added by Amanda on January 5, 2009 at 9:56am —
TrailerCaddy. The heavy-duty electric TrailerCaddy can be used to push and pull equipment trailers, RVs, campers and boats.
It’s designed to move vehicles that must be lifted at one end before maneuvering that are usually pulled down the highway by a car or truck. The Trailer Caddy is the ideal solution for moving vehicles around a show room or trade show floor. It’s also ideally suited for moving… Continue
Added by Amanda on January 5, 2009 at 9:54am —
DJ Products manufactures ergonomic electric cart pullers and motorized cart pushers
for the manufacturing, distribution, warehousing, logistics, automotive, healthcare, hospitality and retail industries. We specialize in ergonomic material handling solutions that eliminate the strain and resultant injury that occurs from manually pushing or pulling carts and wheeled equipment. We’re one interesting cog in… Continue
Added by Amanda on January 5, 2009 at 9:52am —
While new loading patterns, better hand truck maintenance and improved operator training can help reduce injury risk, a far more effective solution is to replace manually operated hand trucks with ergonomically-designed electric carts and tugs. Powered carts allow a single operator to easily transport and maneuver maximum loads without risk of injury.
Adjustable handholds, adjustable speed… Continue
Added by Amanda on January 5, 2009 at 9:48am —
Sustainability is not limited to the direct costs of business and industry. Savings can also be realized in indirect costs such as packing, transportation and other logistics considerations. Eco-friendly smart packages that reduce cardboard and filler save resources and money. Replacing gas-guzzling forklifts with energy-smart electric and motorized carts and tugs
is another… Continue
Added by Amanda on January 5, 2009 at 9:42am —
On an assembly or production line, electric CartCaddy power tuggers can be used to push or pull carts loaded with customer’s specific components or raw materials.
Carts can be preloaded and delivered to the line in sequence. In a vehicle assembly plant, for example, CartCaddy power tuggers
can be used to deliver windows, doors and other… Continue
Added by Amanda on January 5, 2009 at 9:30am —
Once the PAA is complete, the manufacturer will receive a detailed report identifying strengths and making recommendations for cost and productivity improvements. After review, trials will be conducted to evaluate the recommendations and determine their success.
To achieve optimum savings and worker performance, a company must commit to continuous improvement. Follow-up assessments should be conducted at regular intervals to confirm that changes implemented are positively impacting… Continue
Added by MoniqueB on December 27, 2008 at 7:00pm —
Minimizing SKUs can improve a company’s working capital. Reducing a company’s SKUs will eliminate redundant and/or duplicate products and decrease the time required to order and stock products. Fewer inventories also reduce storage requirements, carrying costs and taxes.
SKU proliferation often occurs because too many people are authorized to approve the use of new products. Requiring senior level sign off for new products and suppliers will help reduce product styles and SKUs and… Continue
Added by MoniqueB on December 26, 2008 at 7:00pm —
Manufacturers in the past often measured productivity by the volume of product that went out the door. Today, productivity is typically gauged by waste and practices that eliminate waste.
During a PAA, three types of waste are considered: defects, transportation and waiting, and motion. All are primary elements in lean manufacturing.
Defects are any imperfections that require a product to be reworked or discarded. Fingerprints on glass, lint in a… Continue
Added by MoniqueB on December 24, 2008 at 10:00am —
PROSECUTOR CHARGES SAFETY MANAGER TWO OTHERS IN FATAL FIRE - 22 DECEMBER 2008.pdf
We all should know by now that in the safety world silence implies consent. To be knowledgeable but remain mute about unsafe conditions, processes or behaviors can have catastrophic consequences. If you need more… Continue
Added by Matt Blake on December 23, 2008 at 3:16pm —
Safety spectacle features and options
According to the National Society to Prevent Blindness, 400,000 eye injuries occur on the job each year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says an estimated 60 percent of workers suffer eye injuries when they're not wearing any protection. These statistics demonstrate that everyone needs to be much more vigilant about their eye protection.
Today safety spectacles are available in fashionable styles to protect against almost any… Continue
Added by Safety Training International on December 23, 2008 at 8:47am —
As I was driving to work recently, I noticed a boy about eight or nine-years-old, his carefree manner evident as he skipped to school. He stopped abruptly at the corner of the street. A perplexed look came across his face. There wasn’t a crossing guard to be found. It was too early for them to be on duty to stop traffic, and there were no teachers to help him cross. He looked left, then right, then left again. He made no movement. You could see it on his face. Hmm... now what? Which way to go?… Continue
Added by Ken Oswald on December 22, 2008 at 10:25am —
We’ve established a bit of the top line information that happens during the personal apparel assessment (PAA), now let’s move on to what’s assessed. During the PAA, the assessor will analyze seven key cost drivers to help the company reach its operational and productivity objectives. Examining these areas will help identify critical issues and pinpoint variables in the production process. The analysis will also help the assessor determine the best solutions to maximize worker… Continue
Added by MoniqueB on December 22, 2008 at 10:00am —
Understanding and implementing OSHA-approved safety measures
Last year the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued more than $750,000 in citations to the metal fabrication industry for equipment-related safety violations. This includes tool usage and guarding issues, control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), and electrical safety. These citations do not begin to account for the total cost to metal fabricating shops when considering associated property… Continue
Added by Safety Training International on December 22, 2008 at 7:20am —
We previously noted that personal apparel assessment can help companies maximize strengths and identify necessary improvements. Today, we’re discussing the “how.” A PAA generally includes the following phases:
-- Analysis—data is collected, opportunities validated and best practices identified;
-- Benchmarking—current operations are evaluated and base line measurements developed so results can be quantified;
-- Improvement—recommendations are made based on study results.… Continue
Added by MoniqueB on December 20, 2008 at 8:00am —
Cutting costs and improving performance is complicated by the fact that companies within various industries face different challenges. Automotive manufacturers, for example, must reduce overall supply chain costs. Chemical processors must be able to compete with low-cost producers from developing countries who have entered markets typically considered traditional for the U.S., Japan and Europe.
Manufacturers across almost every industry face skyrocketing health care and insurance… Continue
Added by MoniqueB on December 18, 2008 at 5:42pm —
My close friend Parker Lofgren and his family (wife Caroline, son Owen and daughter Sophie) recently died from Carbon monoxide posioning. This was a tragic lost for all that knew this family.
I hope that this message would encourage everyone to check existing monitors and or spend $20 to add one to your home/office. The link below from the Aspen Times is… Continue
Added by Lisa Gilges on December 17, 2008 at 2:00pm —
It may be premature to say that manufacturing has turned the economic corner to recovery, but signs at the end of first-quarter 2004 look promising. Overall, non-farm payrolls increased by over 500,000 in the first quarter, according to recent U.S. Labor Department reports, and factory payrolls in March were steady for the first time in nearly four years. Moreover, the Institute for Supply Management’s Purchasing Managers’ Index of factory activity rebounded to 62.5 percent in March, the fifth… Continue
Added by Safety Training International on December 16, 2008 at 2:11pm —
Each year one million US workers receive emergency treatment for acute hand injuries ranging from cuts, blisters and abrasions to lacerations, punctures and fractures. According to the US Department of Labor, injures to fingers and hands rank highest in workplace accidents—more than 27 percent.
Hand and finger accidents also rank highest in preventable injuries. Improper hand protection can be a culprit in many accidents, whether it’s a comfort problem, improper sizing or the use of… Continue
Added by Lara Kretler on December 15, 2008 at 9:44am —