Improving warehouse safety, efficiency and productivity is of the highest importance for companies whose goal is to thrive in the market place. According to one of our latest articles entitled, “Top Ways Lean Manufacturing Impacts the Material Handling Warehouse,” “a reduced time-cycle means more cash for your business.” Let’s face it - the less time it takes to get something done the more time is available to get more done. Of course, safety must simultaneously be made a priority as well. For this reason, “proper measures should be taken to invest in ergonomic equipment that will help relieve workers from the stress and strain of repetitive lifting, bending, twisting, and stretching.” (From the article entitled, “Top Safety Hazards Overlooked in the Warehouse”) All in all a company wins when the employees are both healthy and productive.
Founded in the early 1980s Cherry’s Industrial, a manufacturer of specialized ergonomic equipment, has made it its mission to bring both efficiency and safety to the warehouse. One of their key products includes the Pallet Inverter. A Pallet Inverter is a machine with a clamping mechanism that secures a pallet laden with product/material and rotates it 180 degrees so that the pallet ultimately rests on the load. The applications for this equipment vary from company to company, however, the end result is the same for all – employees will accomplish a task without expending extensive time and energy bending, stretching, and lifting product.
So how does a pallet inverter provide both safety and productivity to the warehouse? To answer this question let’s explore a very common application featuring Cherry’s Industrial’s newest Low Duty Pallet Inverter – “Cadet”:
Pallet Inverter is loaded with a wood pallet laden with product.
Pallet Inverter clamps to secure pallet and product.
Pallet Inverter’s basket is rotated 180 degrees so that pallet ultimately rests on the product.
Pallet Inverter unclamps and the wood pallet is removed and replaced with a plastic pallet.
Pallet Inverter once again clamps to secure load.
Pallet Inverter’s carriage is rotated 180 degrees and then unclamps.
The plastic pallet with product is removed.
In the application demonstrated above a standard wood pallet laden with product was replaced with a plastic pallet using a pallet inverter. How long do you think it would have taken to have the product shown above [30 (25 lb) boxes] restacked by hand from a wooden pallet on to a plastic pallet? How much bending, twisting, and lifting would have been required for say 2 people to make that load transfer? How long do you think it would take 1 person to make that transfer? How long would it take if multiple loads needed to be transferred from a wood pallet to a plastic pallet? How productive would your company be if they gained an extra 10-15 minutes per load transfer? How productive would your company be if your employees were injury free? The ergonomic advantages are exciting. (FYI: The entire pallet transfer process demonstrated above can be seen on video in our video library located at http://cherrysind.com/tvpage.)
The “Cadet” is a Low Duty Pallet Inverter designed for the small to medium sized companies that need to invert between 10-15 loads per day. Made in the USA this ergonomic solution will deliver both safety and enhanced productivity to your warehouse. Let Cherry’s Industrial show you how quickly your company can obtain a great return on its investment. (www.cherrysind.com)