How to Get Organized This Year

Organization 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
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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:
Transform Your Garage
Tips for Organizing Your Home
Space Saving Storage System
10 Ways to Store & Protect your Inventory

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Material Handling Netting Prevents Hazardous Falls

Many of our past blogs have focused on safety in the warehouse. Safety is one of the most important elements of a quality material handling system and will protect your employees, customers, products and equipment. Safety netting is an often overlooked item that can complete your safety system. Not preventing falls was named one of theTop 10 OSHA Violations for 2012. Check out the OSHA Regulations on preventing falling materials:safety net for pallet rack, pallet rack safety net clearwater

Safety netting can help you meet these regulations by adding them to your pallet rack systems, mezzanines and conveyor belts. Take pallet rack as an example. Pallet rack can easily be jostled by a forklift or truck collision, or a fork truck driver may accidentally push items off the other side when loading or unloading. Having a safety net in place prevents fallen material from hitting the people below, the floor, or other products.

Safety netting can serve multiple purposes:

Improve safety for employees
Protect work stations from falling inventory
Improve safety for customers in the aisles below the racking
Reduce damage to warehouse goods – both falling products and the items that fallen goods may land on
Prevent falls between back-to-back racks
Secure mezzanine railings
Industrial safety netting is usually mesh. It has fine holes, allowing light and air to penetrate but still strong enough to catch falling products. Mesh can be washed, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted mesh for use in sanitary applications like freezer and food-packing. Most nets are resilient and made to stretch to absorb shocks and loads, then return to their original shape.

Here are some of the key applications for safety netting that will protect your people and your business from costly, sometimes fatal, injuries due to falls or falling objects in your warehouse:

Storage Racks with Loading on One Side

On racks where there is loading or unloading from one side, it is especially important to have a net system installed. This protects people below from falling objects or stock from being accidentally pushed off the back of the rack. Safety nets can be installed on the sides, rear or front of pallet racks – anywhere you need nets to reduce product loss and keep people safe.

Gravity Flow Systems where Fall Risk is Higher

This protects employees who are working and at risk from excess or reserve stock stored above in standard or push back racks falling on them.

Flue Space Voids Between Back to Back Racks
Industrial nets can be used in “flue” spaces between back-to-back racks. Many companies experience product loss when cartons fall down into the flue space. From a maintenance point of view this is a solution to labor-intensive clean up of fallen cartons.

Mezzanine Safety Systems for Loading & Unloading

The MezzNet safety system is an OSHA-compliant solution on the market for protecting workers and products from falls in mezzanine areas. The MezzNet can provide a solution for your loading and unloading processes because it has very few moving parts and is easily operated. It’s easily installed and operated by any employee on the floor, and is very low maintenance. It’s a manual system that uses a simple pull rope to raise and lower the net. A lightweight aluminum bar and netting make it easy to deploy with a hand-over-hand action (similar to raising the blinds in your house).

Conveyor Guards to Protect Workers and Stock

To save lost time due to spillage or injuries, employers must provide a safe workplace for anyone working with overhead or ground level conveyor systems. Conveyor guards provide overhead protection where a conveyor passes over work areas, aisles or thoroughfares, for employees who are required to work below the conveyors. These guards will keep you compliant with OSHA’s 1926.555 safety regulations. Conveyor safety net systems (containment nets) are easy to install and won’t rust, peel, rot or dent like metal containment systems.

Cart Nets

Cart Nets are used to protect products and cut down on waste. Reusable containment netting provides an environmentally friendly, green solution to shrink wrap for material handling, food industries and floral carts. Cart nets are an economical option that allows you to safely transport your products within your facility and all the way to your customer’s shelves. It’s easy to attach, and can be used on your carts over and over. Uses include: egg carts, flower carts, dairy carts, bakery carts, cafeteria carts, and more.

What you’ll need to know before ordering a safety net system:

Determine your needs and safety requirements including –

The type of load and weight that must be secured.
Offset or flush mounting; vertical extensions available if necessary.
If offsets are required to accommodate shelf overhang, determine the distance needed between the rack and net. Flush mount (one inch offset) and six inch offset are standard. Other offsets are special order.
The number of bays, type of rack, length and width of the system.
Choose between three weights—light, medium, and heavy—and a variety of mesh size openings. Often there are color options at no additional charge.
Download How to Measure for Safety Nets

Other Uses for Safety Nets

Amusement – water parks, cargo climbing nets, treehouse solutions, miniature golf
Bay Nets – service bays, rail, bus and virtually all other commercial fleet maintenance facilities.
Construction – personnel safety nets, perimeter safety systems, debris nets
Sports – gyms, batting cages, driving range, spectator safety nets, trampoline safety
Theater – orchestra pit, stage guard


The deduction limits have changed for all
2016 qualifying equipment!
The deduction limit for Section 179 is now $500,000.
• This means that if you buy (or finance) a piece of equipment, you can deduct the Full Purchase Price (up to $500,000) from your gross income.
• The old limit was $25,000.

50% bonus depreciation was reinstated for the tax year 2015 and extended through 2019.
• For equipment purchases over the Section 179 deduction of $500,000,
you can deduct an additional 50% of the amount over $500,000 in addition to your standard depreciation deduction. This applies to equipment acquired and put into service during 2015, 2016 and 2017. Then bonus depreciation will phase down to 40% in 2018 and 30% in 2019.
• The old limit was $0.

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