March 2021

What Slips, Trips and Falls Signage Can Teach Us About Workplace Communication

March 18, 2021

By Carolyn Voelkening, Contributor   It doesn’t matter what your job is or where you work, you know the slips, trips and falls warning sign: a black figure on a yellow background, arms out, one leg about to lose contact with a surface, the other leg bent knee in mid-air. Stuck in perpetual, impending disaster,…

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What’s Next for the Supply Chain?

March 18, 2021

By Mitch Hayes, Contributor   The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a major disrupter the likes of which we have not seen in over a generation. In the last year, it has had a significant impact on the supply chain, driving disruptions and shortages that have pushed supply lines to their limit. During this time,…

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The Safety Pitfalls You Don’t Expect

March 18, 2021

By Erica Cole, Contributor Typically, workers who use fall protection are focused on safety because it allows them to perform their duties without harm. Besides adhering to mandatory Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) protocols, workers often opt to use fall protection equipment with more stringent safety standards like American National Standards Institute (ANSI). However,…

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The How and Why of OSHA’s eTool for Eye and Face Protection

March 17, 2021

By Maureen Paraventi, Editor As workplace eye protection has improved and evolved, the task of selecting the right safety glasses or goggles has become much more complicated. Trying to choose the eye protection that is right for both the application and the user means taking into account hazards, materials and regulations that are relevant to…

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Product Damage: Carrier Issue or Packaging Issue?

March 17, 2021

By Dustin Smith, Contributor We recently had a customer that requested our expert opinion on why a product they shipped became damaged. Was the damage because of carrier handling or that the packaging was not designed to survive the carrier’s supply chain? It was an interesting question that we have seen previously with other customers.…

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Narrow Aisles and High-Density Storage: The Warehouse Gold Standard

March 17, 2021

By Jim Hess, Contributor From the name alone, it’s obvious that high-density warehousing requires the efficient use of space. Industry research backs up this assumption, as average warehouse capacity used was identified as the single most popular benchmarking metric in the 2020 Warehousing Education and Research Council DC Measures Report (https://werc.org/news/508610/WERCs-2020-Annual-DC-Measures-Operational-Benchmarking-Report.htm). Best-in-class operations use an…

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Four Supply Chain Benefits of Collaborative Mobile Robotics

March 17, 2021

By: Fergal Glynn, Contributor The COVID-19 pandemic changed the supply chain overnight. Buying behaviors that were predicted to become the norm by 2026 are suddenly a reality. Based on the U.S. Census Bureau, there was more ecommerce growth in the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic than the previous five years combined. Even prior…

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Prevent LOTO Mistakes with Visual Communication

March 17, 2021

Brian McFadden, Contributor Effective Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) systems protect workers from unexpected movement or energy release during equipment service. OSHA estimates that these procedures save 120 lives, and prevent 50,000 injuries, every year. Naturally, any workplace that takes worker safety seriously will work hard to maintain an effective LOTO program. But we’re all only human; mistakes…

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ProMatDX 2021: POWER UP

March 17, 2021

What: ProMatDX 2021 When: April 12-16, 2021 Where: Online The “DX” in ProMatDX refers to the fact that that the 2021 version of this event will be a digital experience, one that is designed to “power up” manufacturing and supply chain professionals with critical access to the latest solutions they need to improve the resiliency…

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