Blog Tag: Material Handling

Monday, 03 March 2014 21:15

The Benefits of the Dumpster Caddy

Few pieces of heavy equipment require as much movement as dumpsters. They're necessary containers at all types of facilities, from office buildings to hospitals to apartment complexes. Simplify this regular task with use of the Dumpster Caddy from DJ Products.

Fully loaded dumpsters can weigh thousands of pounds, particularly those used at locations such as shopping malls or hotels. Although they generally have wheels, they're cumbersome to move and turn. They're often stored in an underground lot where they need to be transported to ground level for pick-up by a waste management or recycling service. It's not unusual for this task to require at least two or three employees to complete.

Our Dumpster Caddy fastens securely to the container to safely move loads of up to 10,000 pounds. Corners and tight spaces are easy to negotiate thanks to the caddy's compact size and efficient operation. In addition, battery power enables the caddy to go up and down inclines as well as over ice, snow and other outdoor conditions.

Using a Dumpster Caddy can help streamline your overall operations as well. You can have only one person handle the job instead of sending two or three others. Its ergonomic design reduces the possibility of injury and job-related absences. 

DJ Products has a full line of caddies and tugs that can address any of your material handling problems. Our products fit applications from moving shopping carts to maneuvering aircraft. Contact our knowledgeable Sales Engineers at 800.686.2651 for information on solutions to fit your needs.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 12:00

Highlighting the Shopping Cart Pusher

Your customers may take shopping carts for granted, simply leaving them where they stand when they're finished. However, it's a problem for your business if the carts aren't available when shoppers need them. Make retrieval more efficient with a Shopping Cart Pusher from DJ Products.

Rounding up stray carts across a parking lot and surrounding area can be a tedious and awkward job. If the weather's bad, it becomes uncomfortable as well. Your employees will appreciate the ease of operating our cart pusher and you'll save labor costs when they have more time to spend on other tasks.

The cart pusher attaches to the back of a line of shopping carts that can number as many as 50. Your employee then moves to the head of the train to steer, using a remote control to operate the pusher. He can then return the carts to the front of the store and either head back for more or start on a different job.

Having a parking lot full of stray shopping carts is messy-looking. In addition, it presents a hazard to customers who have to maneuver around them to enter your lot. Who doesn't get annoyed at finding shopping cart dings on their car? Using a cart pusher can make these issues a thing of the past.

The Shopping Cart Pusher is just one of a full line of material handling solutions available from DJ Products. Our Sales Engineers are standing by at 800.686.2651 to answer your questions and help find the answer to your particular application.

 

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 04:33

Preventing Workman's Compensation Claims

Workman’s compensation claims are a fact of business life, especially when the work involved is primarily physical. Unfortunately, they take a serious toll on your company’s operations. First and foremost is the temporary or permanent injury to the affected employee. In addition, they cause losses in terms of work interruptions, turnover and increased insurance premiums.

While it’s impossible to eliminate all accidents, there are measures you can take to reduce the number of claims in your workplace. Implementing these ideas can help boost safety awareness throughout your organization.

  • Safety programs are often spread across separate departments, including human resources, loss control and data analysis. Integrating these parts into a unified safety program ensures that everyone is working on the same page and understands each other’s roles.
     
  • You most likely have on-the-job safety training included for new hires. However, you should also make sure they’re being trained in the administrative side of safety measures. All employees should know the proper procedures for reporting an incident, including who can help them fill out the paperwork. Emphasize the importance of reporting claims as soon as possible before they grow into bigger problems. 
     
  • Ensure that your company has a well-rounded return-to-work program with a number of modified-duty job options. Develop a relationship with your local clinic to facilitate effective injury treatment.
     
  • Use equipment that’s ergonomically designed to reduce stress and strain on operators. Promptly repair or replace any machines, vehicles or tools that present a safety hazard.

DJ Products can assist you in maintaining high safety standards with our full line of efficient, easy-to-operate tugs, carts and pushers. Call 800.686.2651 and let our Sales Engineers help you find the best solution for your application.

Forklifts have been a mainstay of warehouses and manufacturing facilities for decades. Lately, though, you may have found yourself wondering if it’s time to update with equipment tugs. You’ve heard about the improved efficiency they offer, but are they really worth the investment?

Equipment tugs can definitely add value to your operation, and many of the benefits may be ones you never even realized. Here are some questions to ask about your material handling needs that will demonstrate specific improvements tugs can provide.

  • Are you finding your inventories slowly increasing? Lift trucks work better with full cases and pallets, which results in excess inventory stacked in the aisles. Tugs allow you to replenish materials as needed, keeping inventories lean and floors and aisles clear.
     
  • Are your customers ordering in smaller quantities? Tugs offer a great solution for split-case and direct-to-consumer picking.
     
  • Are you seeing a lot of forklift accidents and workman’s comp claims? On-site safety is enhanced with the use of tugs. Their smaller size makes them less obtrusive on the work floor and they’re equipped with safety features such as alarms and power-stops. In addition, tugs are ergonomically engineered for maximum ease of operation.
     
  • Does the work flow frequently become slowed down by bottlenecks? Easy maneuverability of tugs means a smoother flow of materials throughout your facility.

Whatever application you require, DJ Products has your solution. We offer a wide variety of tugs for warehouses, manufacturing plants, containers, automobiles and aircraft. Call 800.686.2651 to speak to one of our Sales Engineers.

Monday, 03 February 2014 18:00

MHEDA Convention For 2014 What To Expect?

What qualities does it take to provide SUPERHERO LEADERSHIP in today’s material handling industry? Get the answers to this question and many more at the 2014 MHEDA Convention being held at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, FL from May 3-7.

This year marks the 59th occasion of the annual event, which brings hundreds of industry professionals together for four days of education and networking opportunities. The theme for this event is uncovering your own Superhero Leadership qualities in order to strengthen your people management skills.

The convention officially opens on Monday with a keynote address by Medal of Honor winner Sal Giunta, who will illustrate The Importance of Teamwork, Sacrifice and Leadership with stories of his experience as a patrol leader in Afghanistan. Activities for the rest of the day includes an exhibitors’ showcase and a series of roundtable discussions centered on the most compelling challenges and opportunities facing the industry today.

Tuesday’s schedule is jam-packed with a variety of workshops offering real-world strategies and tips to address your most pressing concerns. Topics range from Best-in-Class Contractor Management to Revenue Drivers to Increase Your Profitability. You won’t want to miss Rebooting Leadership: Managing Employees in the New Workplace which ties in perfectly with the convention’s main theme.

It won’t be all work and no play during this event. Saturday and Sunday will feature a variety of social activities for both you and your spouse. Enjoy the attractions of the Orlando area while getting a valuable chance to network.

DJ Products is proud to be part of this vital and energetic industry. Contact our Sales Engineers at 800.686.2651 to learn more about our quality material handling solutions.

Monday, 27 January 2014 12:00

Highlighting the Yard Dog

There was a time when there were only two options for moving OTR trailers, tanks and other heavy equipment. You could use boxy, light duty forklifts and cumbersome yard dogs or pay a hefty price for better quality walk-behind movers. Today our Powered Trailer Dolly combines performance and value to solve all your heavy-material handling issues.

This multi-purpose unit works for horse trailers, boats, RVs and any other equipment trailers that require lifting on one end before maneuvering. Its 36-volt motor and hydraulic lift kit enable it to handle tongue weights between 5,000 and 15,000 pounds.

Operator safety is a key factor in the designer of our trailer dolly. The ergonomically sound variable speed twist grip prevents carpal tunnel and there’s a easily accessible safety stop switch in case of emergency. Reducing the effort needed for your employees to transport heavy trailers results in fewer injuries and less time missed on the job. There’s no special training needed to operate the dolly, meaning any of your associates can easily work with them.

Major trailer manufacturers such as Wabash National Corporation and Great Dane have successfully incorporated our trailer dolly into their operations for greater efficiency and improved flexibility. With an assortment of optional features like king pin attachments for fifth-wheel trailers, it can be modified and customized to suit all your needs.

The Powered Trailer Dolly is just one solution in the comprehensive line of material handlers from DJ Products. They suit applications from hospitals and hotels to automobiles and aircraft. Our Sales Engineers can answer all your questions at 800.686.2651.