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Storage Lockers!

Sturdy storage lockers and cabinets for employees, students and anyone who needs a place to put their stuff!

Employees and students need to feel secure about leaving their personal belongings in their school lockers and locker rooms. In some environments, such as a government office, you may need solid evidence lockers that close off the contents completely. In other places, such as on a manufacturing floor or in a hospital, it might be important to keep the contents in plain view.

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Keep on Rolling, Casters from Storage & Handling *Video

Let Storage & Handling Equipment help you find the perfect casters for any application and environment. We’ll find casters with the right dimensions, made out of the right material, with the right movement to fit your flooring, load requirements and the job at hand. Look to us for everything from swivel casters, heavy duty industrial casters, steel casters and extra-safe locking casters to non-marking polyurethane casters and quiet rubber casters.

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Our latest visit from Mac Rak!

We regularly host marketing meetings to meet and share ideas with our different suppliers. This month we were excited to host Mac Rak. We went in-depth on all of the exciting ways Mac Rak can help our customers.

Mac Rak designs, engineers and manufactures all of their products in-house.

Mac Rak’s entire organization is solely dedicated to one business and one business alone:
provide the industry with exceptional world class, American made, pallet rack repair and
protection solutions.
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An afternoon with WireCrafters!

Need to create off-limit areas with restricted access? What about keeping medications, electronics or valuable stock secure?

This past week we had the pleasure of meeting with WireCrafters, the nation’s leading manufacturer of woven and welded wire partitions, and our long term supplier for Wire Cages. We met with Garry, and learned all about the new features and variations that WireCrafters offers.
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Shelving Solutions

Shelving Solutions

We provide companies with innovative systems, equipment and programs for all their storage requirements

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Cogan Mezzanine

5 Ways To Save Money Now

If you have inventory, start saving money now by following these 5 principles:

#1 Go Vertical
#2 Measure & Share
#3 Be Picky about Pick Locations
#4 Knock Out Stock Outs
#5 Prune Your Product Line

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8 Reasons Why You May Need an In-Plant Office

In-Plant Offices/Modular Offices are fully functioning, pre-engineered buildings with doors, windows, and electrical components designed with the flexibility to be reconfigured for your changing facilities requirements. These systems can be designed to accommodate small to multi-office complexes of several thousand feet. Modular office walls can be customized with a variety of colors and textures. An inplant office/vision tower in conjunction with a mezzanine allows for a clear, wide span of open space below for working areas or storage shelving.

Benefits of an In-Plant / Modular Office:

1. Save Time: TIME IS MONEY

Pallet Racks Clearwater

Tips to Make Sure your Pallet Rack is Safe

Don’t let this be a scene in your warehouse!
The Majority of Pallet Rack Fails are from:
Misuse and Overloading
Impact from Fork Trucks
Not understanding and/or respecting how dangerous pallet rack can be if some of these tips aren’t followed. Just because it’s heavy duty and looks sturdy, doesn’t mean it can’t come crashing down.
#1 Know the Capacity of your Pallet Rack and Post it for All to See
If you’re buying new rack, they usually come with labels that state the rack’s capacity. If you’re buying used rack they may no longer be there so make your own labels and post. The main thing is you don’t exceed the listed capacity. Sounds like a no-brainer but you need to enforce your capacity ratings so that your racks will not be overloaded or misloaded. Take the Home Depot incident in Santa Clarita, CA. When an earthquake hit, it was only the pallet rack overloaded with ceramic tile that collapsed. As a result, over 160 Home Depot stores were retrofitted with heavier, higher capacity racks in their ceramic tile areas. The cost of the retrofit is estimated to be approximately $15 million (see p. 23/2.5.2) By posting capacities on the racks, it’s clear at a glance how much weight the beams can take. Beam capacity is much easier to understand than upright capacity. The rule of thumb is that the greater the vertical space between beam shelves, the lower the upright capacity. When purchasing new pallet rack shelving, check the weight of your heaviest products and items against the capacity of the uprights and beams you intend to store them on. This simple, quick step could save someone’s life.

#2 Use Protection

If you have constant forklift and picker traffic, post protectors & upright protectors are a must. They’re easily applied to the bottom of the post and to the ground, providing stability for your shelving while protecting it from potential damage. The corners and ends of the rack aisles are most susceptible to a direct fork truck hit – so defend them. Utilize steel guardrails, (placed 1’ – 3′ in front of the rack), post protectors and other means to shield them from fork truck accidents.

Protectors applied to some heavy duty shelving

#3 Fix It Down
Anchors, tie plates & row spacers are ideal for tall shelving and long shelving runs. By anchoring your heavy duty shelving to the floor or wall, you’re significantly reducing the risk of it falling over. There’s not much worse than a shelving system collapsing, destroying your valuable stock and items. We strongly recommend you consider purchasing anchors, tie plates and row spacers with new shelving systems. We’d also recommend assessing the need to anchor your existing system.

#4 Use Wire Decks
Wire decks are a great way to improve health and safety in your warehouse or storeroom. They’re able to catch inventory and debris falling from higher shelves, plus there’s no dust build up. If there’s a fire and your sprinkler system goes on, the water can get to where it needs to go.

#5 Inspect
Make it a part of your routine to inspect frequently, at least monthly. While a quick visual inspection won’t tell you anything other than a rack may have been hit, that’s the start of getting it repaired to safe standards. Less frequently, an independent engineer should inspect your rack. When you inspect, look for (1) Damaged uprights; (2) Damaged or bent beams; (3) Operational and capacity signs; (4) Overloaded beams – are they bent or deflected beneath the load; (5) Is the rack plumb and vertical?; (6) Look for missing beam clips or other connections; (7) Damaged welds; (8) Beams popped out of the uprights; (9) Damaged braces or column protectors.

Have a no-repercussions policy for reporting impacts. Guys make mistakes – even good drivers. During a fast paced day, they may smack an upright. You need to know that it happened, so don’t punish them for reporting it. Sometimes, the damage can be slight and the driver will decide it’s in his self- interest to let it slide, even though a quick visual inspection can confirm whether or not the accident has possibly damaged the structural integrity or capacity rating. Let your drivers and warehousemen know up front that you want to know, and that they won’t be reprimanded if they tell you.

#6 Maintain Frequently

Replace damaged racks. This is another no-brainer. Yes, it is a pain to unload racks, take them down and put in new uprights or beams, but it’s for the sake of your inventory and the forklift drivers or pickers who are working beneath these racks. If something is damaged, and it’s carrying thousands of pounds of product, it can trigger collapse in entire rows, endangering people and costing much more than individual replacements.

#7 Don’t Alter Rack without Professional Assistance

Don’t allow cleats or other items to be welded to beams, uprights, bracings, etc, or for its load profile to radically change. If you do make appropriate, engineer-approved changes, change your facility drawings, signage and processes to denote what was done. Rack accidents are also caused by improper installation & maintenance. If your uprights are not properly bolted to the floor, or have loosened over the years, rack accidents can occur. Check them regularly to be sure. Boltless beams should always be secured to the rack. Check the rivets after installation to be sure they fit snugly and that safety clips are utilized. Monitor them over time to be sure they haven’t been knocked out of place.

#8 Loading and Unloading Properly

Place the load squarely. Drivers should be trained to deposit pallets correctly on the rack beams. They should be square, and if possible should overlap uniformly on the front and back. This helps you maintain evenly-distributed loads, which are vital to maximizing rack capacity and saving wear on your beams. Also, pallets out of square can cause accidents in 2-deep rows when the other side is being loaded. Placing the load only onto wire decks, where the pallet isn’t supported by rack beams, can greatly reduce capacity. Don’t stack items directly on top of each other if they aren’t designed for this. Instead, place it directly and evenly onto the shelf.

#9 Guard your Rack Bays with Netting or Wire Guards

These safeguards are relatively inexpensive solutions, and can be invaluable in particular in areas where there is foot traffic, order picking, or other human activities in the aisles below. See pallet rack safety netting or wire rack guard panels for more information.

seismic zone

#10 Know your Seismic Zone Situation

In areas where racks should be modified for seismic issues, it’s vital to understand what local, state or federal seismic regulations you must adhere to. This tends to involve larger footplates and specialized installation methods, but may not necessarily be limited to that.

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How to Get Organized This Year

rganization is considered by many to be the single most important factor in establishing and sustaining productive work habits. It also means keeping things as simple and functional as can be, for long-lasting results. Set yourself and your team up for success with tools and systems tailored to your strengths, preferences and needs. Whether it’s for a warehouse, a healthcare facility, a classroom, pharmacy, garage or your home, your first job is to SORT. Don’t be intimidated by the idea of sorting. It’s simply a matter of putting like items together. Once that’s done, you’ll know what you need and how much of it to store your items.

Warehouses: The Journal of Commerce recently featured president of Kontane Logistics, Michael Stolarczyk, whose whole company is based on streamlining systems. Here are some suggestions from him regarding warehouse organization:

Evaluate your storage equipment to ensure proper application. Placing slow-moving, low-cube items in bin shelving and fast-moving items inmight line tape, floor marking tape, aisle marking tape, tape clearwater, floor tape clearwater, tom gondi, mighty line tape, shieldmark tape, mighty line tape clearwater, shieldmark tape clearwater carton/pallet flow, or other appropriate storage options. This improves storage density and picker productivity.
Consider automation – order pickers spend about 60% of their time walking product or moving product around. Consider an automated solution, such as conveyors, to reduce their extensive travel time. Multi-level pick towers also save travel time and are quite innovative.
Keep aisles clear. The more cluttered your warehouse aisles are, the harder it will be to find what you need. Assign one person to keep aisles clear.
Does your warehouse work area look like your unorganized sock drawer, but at the same time you are concerned with the overwhelming effort required to paint and maintain painted lines? Try Mighty Line floor tape and other floor marking products so there is ‘a place for everything and everything is in its place’.

Healthcare: Simplify storage & organization for greater efficiency in patient care areas, labs and diagnostic centers, and long term care facilities with the #1 best-seller by Akro-Mils, The ProCart. Coupled with modular cabinets or crystal clear drawers, these carts are not only efficient but increase safety, quality, compliance & cost containment.

Using these easy-to-follow steps, your supply room reorganization team can get you started immediately on Designing or Reorganizing your Supply Room.
Take a look at how the 2-bin Kanban Supply System works for St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburg. By adding wire shelf carts and clear bins, they went from having stock out issues with nursing supplies to zero stock outs and zero manual requisitions sent down to materials management. The investment in system design paid off in terms of better staff satisfaction, reduced waste, and better patient care.
Pharmacy: When you work in a pharmacy, everything must be clean, organized, and secured. Having the correct supplies on hand will help you in keeping your workspace neat, orderly and you’ll be less likely to confuse items that are similar in appearance or name.

Store similar items together on the shelves. When organizing supplies, “similar” refers to the route of administration (external, internal or
storage and Handling equipment, cogan, wire cages, theft, DEA, wire partitions, industrial material handling, material handling, storage, injectable) and form of preparation (dry or liquid medicines).
Top Shelves – Dry medicines (tablets, capsules, oral rehydration packets). If the top shelf is near the ceiling or out of your reach, use that shelf to store items that are NOT sensitive to heat and are NOT used regularly.
Middle Shelves – Store liquids, including injectables and ointments. Don’t put dry medicines below them. If liquids leak, the medicines may spoil.
Bottom Shelves – Store other supplies, such as surgical items, lab supplies, and labels.
Consider wire cages – In the case of controlled substances, such as narcotics and other opioid analgesics and psychotropic medicines, always store these substances in a secure area, following national guidelines. Check out Cogan DEA Drug Storage Cages
Teachers: Here are many ways to use storage bins to organize your classroom:

A commonplace for student’s water bottles.
If your students are at tables, not desks, each student can have a bin to store their supplies.
Class libraries- Sort by theme, genre, leveled take-home books, chapter books or author.
Line storage carts with bins. This idea serves well for open or semi-open classrooms since the storage carts can be lined up to create a “wall”.
Home: Bins systems are great for organizing all those little parts and pieces.

Don’t throw out nuts, bolts, screws, etc. because you can’t find them. Organize your garage so each piece of hardware has its own storage bin. Same idea can apply for small automotive parts.
Office supplies
Beads & craft supplies
Other ways to get organized for the New Year:
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