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Moving Loads Safely – A Solution to an Application Challenge Using SICK Safety Sensors

 

Materials Handling Challenge:

During a site visit with a very good Barclay customer to review a new Yale Reach Truck for his operation, our customer explained a problem they were having. There were two doorways that divided the areas of the facility where the reach trucks had to transport pallet loads of material. Apparently there had been several instances when the lift truck operator did not lower the load enough before entering the doorway causing damage to the lift truck and the load.  Our first suggestion was to provide more Operator Safety Training to improve awareness and discipline but after discussing further, the customer felt that this was not enough to prevent future occurrences.

Materials Handling Solution: SICK Safety Sensors

Barclay Rep Chuck Romaniak recommended a product by SICK USA, a leading producer of sensors for automation.  He set up a site visit with the Manufacturer Rep and demo of the product. It worked very well. Both doorways were outfitted with sensors and the reach truck with a variable alarm linked to the back-up alarm to make it loud enough for the noisy environment. The customer was provided with the software to adjust and or rebalance the system as needed. The technology is new for this type of application but is basically the same as what they use for E-Z Pass systems.

If you are interested in Safety and Productivity ideas for your warehouse, contact Barclay.  We listen and respond to your challenges.

 

 

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Robotic Lift Trucks For Automated Materials Handling

Increasing productivity in your warehouse or distribution center could be as simple as automating repetitive picking tasks to free up your workers and maximize labor efficiency. Robotic lift trucks make automated material handling a reality! Barclay Brand Ferdon is a material handling equipment company in South Plainfield, New Jersey, serving Central and Northern New Jersey. We have the equipment you need to streamline your operation, including the latest robotic lift trucks on the market.

Task Automation

Automation promises to bring new levels of efficiency and productivity to distributors in a wide array of industries. However, optimizing material handling operations and driving sound ROI starts with automating the right processes for your business. Look for processes that are:

  • Repetitive, with little variation
  • Subject to high employee turnover
  • Troubled with other inefficiencies

Automation Benefits

It just makes sense to automate your warehouse or distribution center with robotic lift trucks once you realize all the benefits you’ll enjoy. Automation with a robotic lift truck offers:

  • An infrastructure free operation, because it uses your existing structural features, such as walls, racks and columns to self-locate and navigate it
  • Rapid deployment, because it can run with zero, partial or full integration with your warehouse management systems.
  • Scalability, because you can start small and expand with your operational needs.
  • Flexibility to accommodate your changing operational needs by allowing you to switch to manual operating mode with the simple touch of any button.

Where Does It Make Sense In Your Warehouse Or Distribution Center?

  • Dock to Stock: A robotic lift truck can take over the long hauls from the receiving dock to the stock room.
  • Low-value Added Tasks: A robotic lift truck can execute low-value added tasks, which effectively frees up staff and helps lower labor expenses.
  • Stock to Dock: A robotic lift truck can also run merchandise from the stockroom to the loading dock. Integrate your warehouse management systems to provide visibility of load movement and increase accuracy.
  • Long Load Transfers: A robotic lift truck can easily transfer loads over long distances without taking up any of your workers’ valuable time.
  • Increasing Productivity: Dispatch multiple robotic lift trucks simultaneously and increase productivity even further.

Get Automated

We help you re-think your warehouse! Advances in technology and guidance systems have provided a new generation of robotic lift trucks. For more information on how automation helps your operation, contact us at 908-561-2100 today!

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