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Steps to Improving Loading Dock Efficiency

February 25, 2021 — by Richard Dawson


Warehouse management boils down to a few simple and straightforward operations: receiving, storing, packing and shipping products. However, there are a few other steps to ensure the in-house organization is also implemented to streamline the workflow, reduce costs, eliminate errors and avoid injuries. Basically, everyone is after making the most of the space available, while having to do as little manual material handling as possible. Efficiency and efficacy in warehouse settings pretty much come down to having your cargo well organized and your workers putting their effort where it matters.

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The loading dock in your warehouse is an important node of activity. And most loading operations are handled with forklifts. They stack up pallets with cargo and then the pallets themselves go onto a vehicle. But what about the products that are too light to be processed by a forklift and too heavy to be loaded manually? Well, there are a few pieces of material handling equipment that can prove to be invaluable when it comes to improving your loading dock’s efficiency.

Manual Lifts

When I talk about manual lifts, I’m talking about appliances, small boxes and loads stored in tight and confined places. When the ubiquitous warehouse workhorse – the forklift – is not the best choice for your loading bay, you have to turn to alternative solutions. Fortunately, there are many other options out there. Warehouse pulley systems and cranes are a very reliable option, but they are not fit for all purposes. And more often than not, they require physical effort to work properly. Then, there is the electric manual lift that works with the push of a single button. They are handy across all sorts of industries, and you can use them away from the docking bay as well because most of them are easily portable.

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Lift Trolley

These are the epitome of movable manual lifts. Their overall capacity is around the 100kg mark and most simple configurations have a winch capable of holding the load at any point. The frame is made of aluminium (and reinforced with steel cable – so no pinching) and the wheels are puncture-proof. Lift trolleys are able to handle different kinds of loads, but are ideal for loading small appliances onto a vehicle. You can even take it in the vehicle if needed, as many of them are foldable.

Manual Stacker

This would be your ultimate hydraulic platform stacker lift. The load capacity is 400kg and it’s operated via a foot pump. It can reach heights of up to 1500mm. You can remove the platform and use the two fork tines to lift small pallets. Manual stackers come with wheels and are usually used for stacking goods at ceiling level, tweaking machine parts and lifting packages.
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Electric Platform Positioners

With lifting and lowering speeds of 55mm/s, this is one of the best types of electric lifts on the market. You can use electric platform positioners to transport and deal with pharmaceutical supplies, catering and delivery services, or use them as part of your packing line. They’re easy to maneuver around narrow aisles where goods need to be lifted at shoulder height and higher. Most models are powered by a 12×2-10Ah battery and fitted with an overload protection system.

Scissor Lifts

Scissor lifts are on the heftier side of movable lifts and the units themselves weigh more than 200kg. It comes as no surprise that setting up a scissor lift able to deal with 400kg loads takes some serious hardware and effort. The electric variety is powered by two 12V 33Ah batteries and they are very useful for lifting heavy objects. You can find scissor lifts rated for a range of loads, but they mostly excel when the cargo is heavy. With pneumatic wheels and a 400W motor (both driving and lifting power), they are a low-key substitute for your typical forklift.

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Gantry Crane

One of the most traditional solutions to lift goods in your warehouse is the gantry crane. These days, the frames are made to be lightweight and easy to assemble. Because of all this, the gantry crane is portable if you need it to be. Just put together the two A-frames, cross beam, castors, trolley and the hardware. Weight capacity is up to 2 tonnes and the distance between the wheels can be adjusted.

Loading Dock Efficiency

Having a versatile range of manual lifts and forklifts will not result in improved loading efficiency by itself. Warehouse managers have to find ways to make picking orders and dispatching parcels as simple as possible. Unfortunately, preparing cargo for shipping involves a lot of paperwork. Lifting packages is easy, keeping track of it is not.

There are many schools of thought in logistics, however, every single one of them includes at least 3 W’s (what, when, where). Some systems not only add another W (who) but also need to know the H (or how). Without going into much detail – having the relevant data on your cargo in a timely fashion and in a manner that is most useful to you is crucial for efficient warehouse management. Many turn to solutions in the digital realm (software and programs) instead of piling up a mountain of paper. In fact, having a program for managing stockpiles, picking orders, and delivering goods has become industry standard.

No warehouse manager should tolerate lousy loading dock efficiency because it will ultimately affect the success of the company. General clients shopping on the internet are used to instant gratification and when you fail to deliver on time they will turn to others. It’s the most challenging aspect of logistics, as you not only have to deliver the goods to the end-user, but it’s imperative you do it right on time.

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Steps to Choosing the Right Strapping Material for Your Application

February 10, 2021 — by Richard Dawson


Whether for storage or shipping, adopting efficient process improvements can play a significant role in your business’s cost savings in the long term. This is especially true for managing effective supply chains, where securing products on a pallet is a big part of everyday operations, but is oftentimes overlooked. If you don’t know the full benefits of pallet strapping, the different types of strapping materials available and their distinct advantages and disadvantages, it’s understandable why you might think of it as an extra expense.

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Shelving Units: An Important Step to Optimise Warehouse Efficiency

October 7, 2020 — by Richard Dawson


Implementing the right warehouse shelving and racking units is one of the most important business decisions you’ll ever make. Your shelving and racking systems provide a great return of investment by allowing you to maximise your space, while minimising product turnover at the same time and delivering a safe working environment for everyone involved.shelving

If you’re looking to buy shelving units and racks, you should know that there are a few different types that serve different purposes. Regardless, all shelving and racking systems are made up of three parts – frames that include beams and uprights, the decking components that are made up of wire decking and support bars, and protective pieces that protect the rack frame against damage.

The beams and uprights, plus the shelving parts work together to support the loads. The protective pieces aren’t essential, but they serve as a type of insurance against damage. Warehouses are busy environments, so forklift and other material handling equipment strikes aren’t a matter of if they happen, but rather a matter of when they happen. Let’s explain what all the parts of a shelving and racking unit do so that you can have a better understanding of what you need to look for when you set out to buy shelving units.

The vertical components of the shelving system – the uprights or frames, take the structural load from the system and transfer it to the concrete floor. That being said, it’s important to consider the load capabilities of the unit. Loads can be either dead or live. The dead load represents the weight of the shelving unit itself, whereas the live load refers to the entire weight of the items sitting on the racking or shelving unit.shelving industry

The beams, uprights and decking work together to manage heavy loads of products. If properly designed, these components will safely hold the capacity they’re rated for. For that reason, make sure each part of the shelving or racking unit you buy is strong enough to perform its intended job.


The uprights, also known as frames or verticals, are your shelves’ outer component. The two most important dimensions to consider are depth and height. The height is the distance from the warehouse floor to the top of the shelf. The height of the upright can range from 2.5m up to more than 10m, depending on how much vertical space is available in the warehouse. The depth represents the width of the frame from front to back. The depth of the shelf unit can vary from 90cm to 150cm.


The horizontal shelf parts are called beams. The beams are usually made of steel and take the downward forces of loads and transfer them horizontally to the uprights whereas the live load moves vertically to the floor. The two most important dimensions to consider are length and beam depth.

The length dimension represents the clear span between uprights, whereas beam depth represents the thickness of the beam. Both dimensions play a huge role in the beams’ ability to transfer and take weight. Usually, the longer the beam, the thicker it should be. Beams are available in two profiles – square and step beams.shelving warehouse

Support Bars

The support bars often come as extra accessories, and they basically run between the beams to support the structure. These bars support the structure all across the centre and prevent it from sagging, flexing or breaking. Some support bars are compatible with step beams, while others work with square beams.

Wire Decks

The wire decks are a substitute for support bars. These accessories provide a lot of load support and act as a net to prevent items from falling in between the beams of the shelves. The wire is usually made of steel, and they’re available as either flared or step wire decks. Flared decks are also known as universal decks, and they feature a design that makes them compatible with both step and square beams. Step wire decks, on the other hand, are specifically made for step beams, and they provide an extra, snuggly-supported deck surface.

Rack Protector

No warehouse shelving system is complete without a rack protector. These small but important safety devices are your first line of defence against impact from forklifts. They’re indispensable and inexpensive components that protect against forces that can topple or damage your shelving unit.

There are various different types of rack protectors, and most of them are made from either plastic or steel. They’re typically placed at floor level, as that’s where forklift tines hit upright edges most. However, you can also install rack protectors higher up to provide additional protection.

You can choose from a broad range of shelves and racking systems online, suitable for a wide range of applications. All of these systems will come in different sizes, load capacity and other specifications, so it’s important to pay close attention to the parts that make up the unit in order to make sure you get one that suits your needs.

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Step into the World of Commercial Flooring – the Best Office Floor Solutions

September 9, 2020 — by Valeriya Vimon


Creating a pleasant working environment for your employees and an enticing office aesthetics for your clients can be a challenge. Flooring plays an important role in the overall design and feel of a room, which is why there are various factors to consider when choosing a model for your office. You can find a wide range of flooring options on the market but not all of them are suitable for a working environment.

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Beyond Aesthetics – Steps to Finding the Ideal Work Boots

November 4, 2019 — by Richard Dawson


If there’s one piece of protective gear that you can’t be without once you clock in, it’s a pair of high-quality work boots. They’re of great importance to have no matter what industry you’re working in. The right pair of work boots will keep you safe from whatever the job throws at you and will help make sure that you stay comfortable during your workday. However, not all work shoes are made the same. There are many different types of work boots with different features to suit different needs and styles.

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Steps to Selecting the Ideal Label Printer

March 7, 2019 — by Richard Dawson


Whether you’re working in an office, a factory floor or a distribution facility, you’ve probably used or needed a label printer at some point. Labeling printers aren’t just useful for managing and labeling stock, but they also play a crucial role in managing internal files and documents to make sure they don’t go missing. With that said, if you’re on the market for a brand new commercial label printer, there are a couple of important factors to consider in order to ensure you buy the best one.

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Be the Muffin in a World of Cupcakes: Step Up Your Muffin Game with the Right Equipment

January 4, 2019 — by Richard Dawson


“Muffins should always be eaten quite calmly, as it is the only way to eat them!” – Oscar Wilde

Agreed. Nothing beats a morning coffee and the smell of freshly baked muffins. Wholesome recipes, quality ingredients and a whole lot of love … that’s what it’s all about. For us consumers at least it is. For the players on the other side of the counter, it’s not as simple.

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Step Up Your Packaging Game Using Bundling Stretch Film

December 18, 2018 — by Richard Dawson


Packaging is the last but arguably one of the most important business operations. The constant innovations in the plastic industry have a huge impact on the packaging industry. Bundling stretch film, in particular, has made packaging much more easy and convenient in a wide range of industries. It’s made by polymerising ethylene in a high-pressure reactor. The resin is subsequently blown, slit and wound to create thin film rolls, which are used by product manufacturers for a wide range of packaging purposes.

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Handling Equipment: The First Step to a Productive and Safe Warehouse

November 19, 2018 — by Richard Dawson


The purpose of material handling equipment is pretty straightforward – to make material handling in commercial settings more convenient, more efficient and safer for the workers who are handling a broad range of products. Lifting heavy materials can take a toll on a person, which can result in serious injuries, followed by a sick leave and possibly getting sued. All of these things can leave your business financially strained, and employee satisfaction may drop significantly, which in turn can reduce productivity. A safe worker is a happy worker, and all managers have a duty to ensure their employees are safe from harm and happy with their jobs. For that reason, investing in material handling equipment such as trolleys, trucks and racking systems can be one of the most valuable long-term investments.

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3 Steps to Picking the Right Spill Response Kit

October 26, 2018 — by Richard Dawson


If your facility deals with liquids on a daily basis, then a spill kit is an absolute must-have. Picking the right one is important when dealing with leaks and spills. However, with so many choices available, how do you know which spill kit is best for your business? Determining that isn’t as difficult as it seems, as spill kit manufacturers have made it quite easy. In fact, it’s quite easy only after you have the answers to the following questions.

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Drum Handling Equipment: The First Step to Safe and Efficient Drum Handling

April 16, 2018 — by Richard Dawson


If you’re a third-party logistics business manager who deals with liquids on daily basis, then you probably understand the dangers that can arise from wrongly handling a full 55 gallon drum, which can weigh up to 2000 pounds. The last thing you want is your employees being hurt, and spilling the contents of toxic chemicals can become a serious hazard. Some people use forklifts to “safely” move the heavy drums, some roll them on the bottom rim of the drum, while others roll them across the floor.

All of this can be practical, but very dangerous and inefficient when compared to using special drum handling equipment Australia safety experts advise. The first thing companies that deal with drums need to do is advise their employees on safety and preventive procedures when handling drums. All drums should be properly marked with the Material Safety Data Sheet which showcases the level of danger the drum can cause to the people handling it.

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Steps to Buying the Ideal Strapping Tool

October 20, 2017 — by Richard Dawson


If you own a warehouse or any other type of shipping company, then you probably understand the importance of properly reinforcing, fastening, holding, combining and stabilising the products you work with, or in other words, the importance of strapping products. While getting the right strapping material can be rather easy, as there are only a few options to choose from, buying strapping tools can sometimes be somewhat confusing.

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Steps to Choosing the Right Power Drill

October 16, 2017 — by Richard Dawson


Need to drill a cabinet into a super thick wall? Or perhaps fit your new hardwood floors? Or maybe you have the hard job of fastening something onto concrete? With a power drill all of these tasks are easily achievable. Power drills are built to tackle more heavy-duty work than your average household tool. Their powerful rotating motion significantly increases the force of the drill and gives the tool a lot of oomph. Although a power drill looks rather simple, considering the unlimited number of different models out there, the choice can be overwhelming. To make it easier for you, here are the 3 most important steps which should guide your decision.