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Product Spotlight: Wildeck’s RiderLift Rideable Material Lift

Product Spotlight: Wildeck’s RiderLift Rideable Material Lift

Wisconsin-based Wildeck, Inc.  has been in the business of providing mezzanine platforms, safety guarding products, ladder and stair products, and VRCs for four decades now. They recently released two interesting new products geared at improving the effectiveness of retail backrooms, warehouses, distribution centers, logistics centers, and other similar operations. The NetGate and RiderLift were both released in April of 2017 at ProMat in Chicago.

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The RiderLift: Rideable Material Lift

The new RiderLift is interesting for a few reasons, but one in particular: it’s the only rideable VRC in the United States. All other VRC’s are non-rideable. The RiderLift is a rideable material lift that meets the requirements of a “Type B Rideable Material Lift.” Therefore, it’s technically not a VRC (Vertical Reciprocating Conveyor). It’s better described as a VRC/elevator hybrid. Because of this, it introduces an entirely new product category in the material handling industry: the RML, or Rideable Material Lift. 

VRCs are regulated by safety codes and by definition can not permit riders. In order to accommodate a rider, the RiderLift is regulated under the ASME A17.1. In meeting these requirements, it becomes an RML instead of a VRC. It’s important to note that these requirements are not the same as an elevator intended for passengers. These elevators require additional infrastructure and must meet different requirements. Under its current regulations, the RiderLift is limited to carrying a single passenger. 

Rideable Material Lift Applications

The primary advantage of a warehouse is to save time and streamline warehouse workflow. Given this, the RiderLift would typically be most useful in large warehouses where the stairs are located far away from the current VRC.

The RiderLift can also be used to transport valuable products that require authorized personnel to ride along with them, and for unstable products that need balancing or stabilizing. Motorcycles, for example, would be more secure and stable if a person were to ride along and hold it in place than if it were sent up on its own.

Benefits

The main benefit of the RiderLift is that it provides an approach for a more effective and efficient mode of transporting material to a second level. Other employees don’t have to be pulled away from their tasks to help operate or walk the length of the warehouse to reach the stairs. Depending upon the size of the warehouse, activities like these can eat into operational efficiency over time.

The idea behind implementing a RiderLift is to cut labor time and cost, as well as add security by having authorized workers ride along  with the product. It could also make transferring the material itself easier, helping to reduce the risk of accidents and injury.

Specifications:

  • Designed and manufactured in the USA
  • Lifting capacity of 2,500 lbs.
  • Lift Structure: Guide columns are 6” wide-flange structural steel
  • Car Size: 6 ft W x 6 ft L x 80” H (standard)
  • Car Construction: Structural frame with 14 gauge sheet metal panels removable for maintenance 
  • Lift Speed: 20 feet per minute 
  • Top Lift Height: 14 ft — Ground plus one level
  • Perimeter Guarding: Full lift height expanded metal guarding in a steel frame
  • Landing Gates: 96” H bi-panel swing gates constructed of expanded metal in a steel frame. Including certified interlocks
  • Installation requires an authorized elevator contractor and necessary permits
  • Restrictions: 
    • Not a public elevator and must not be accessible to the general public
    • Authorized personnel only
    • Only one operator is permitted at a time
  • Location: Installation at floor edge or through one “non-fire-rated” floor only
    • Fire-rated floor penetration not permitted
    • Pit mounted or floor surface mounted with ramp 

The NetGate: Rack Pick Module Safety Gate 

Wildeck, Inc. also released their NetGate on the show floor at ProMat. The NetGate can be described as a Pick Module safety gate. It provides safe access to palletized materials at elevated levels of pick modules or rack systems. It’s constructed with InCord netting and uses a cable and pulley system that’s easy to install onto new or existing rack structures. When one side of the gate is lifted the other side closes, providing complete fall protection for workers and product. The NetGate aims to provide improvement upon current safety and security conditions, while simplifying operations.

NetGate-Operation

Benefits

According to Wildeck, NetGate’s primary value lies in added safety. It protects the workers from falling off the mezzanine or elevated levels by having the netting covering the opening. It also protects the opposite side from falling materials when forklifts are loading or unloading. The NetGate is made from netting rather than steel, allowing it to operate on a pulley system. The pulley system reduces the strain of repeatedly lifting and lowering the gate.

The NetGate complies with OSHA and IBC regulations, and can also hold tall pallet loads and carts that other gates for rack pick modules can’t store. It has knocked-down packaging and a lightweight design for cost effective shipping. The NetGate is an option that can solve footprint issues with minimal added weight. It also has an easy installation process that bolts onto existing holes in the rack uprights, requiring no drilling. 

NetGate Pick Module Safety Gate

Specifications:

  • Mounts onto most rack manufacturer’s uprights
    • Free standing options available
  • Standard size is for 8’ W x 7’ H x 42” D rack bays
    • Custom sizes available per customers’ request
  • Gate is mostly contained within the rack bay
    • With the gate protruding only 6” from the rack (front and rear)
  • Netting spans the full width and height of openings
  • Net Info:
    • Rachel Knotless Netting
    • Fiber: High tenacity, polypropylene (HTPP)
    • Mesh Break: Designed to meet or exceed applicable safety codes

Unleashing BeastWire Mesh Guarding in Pennsylvania

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At WPRP, our goal is to help you by providing educational content and pallet rack products. But pallet rack isn’t all that we carry. A more accurate way of describing what we sell is solutions to warehouse storage problems. Pallet racking may be the foundation, but sometimes racking on its own doesn’t meet the full spectrum of a customer’s needs. That’s why we offer a full line of pallet rack accessories that help businesses make their warehouses safer and more productive. Often times a product that only came about as an afterthought or an add-on item on a quote can make the difference between a so-so warehouse and one that’s safe, efficient, and code compliant. That’s why we’re so excited to announce a new member of the WPRP 48 hour quick ship product family: BeastWire Mesh Guarding

Wire mesh guarding has a lot of benefits for pallet rack systems. One of the most obvious of these benefits is the additional safety. As engineering technology and strategies advance, pallet rack systems gradually get taller and taller. The higher up a load is on a rack system, the more damage it can cause when it lands. On top of that, the product itself is more likely to sustain damage on impact. A rack safety system like BeastWire helps ensure that no product leaves the racking unless the warehouse staff picks it.

 

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Why BeastWire Mesh Guarding?

BeastWire has advantages over both safety netting and other types of steel mesh. One of these qualities is the raw strength of the product itself. Safety netting, which is commonly used on the back side of a rack system, is only made to stop small items. This means that with rack systems supporting large loads, it is only marginally effective. Over time, safety netting can also fall prey to fraying and cutting by loads with sharp edges, whereas steel mesh can withstand abuse from sharp, heavy product. The fully framed design utilized by BeastWire has been shown by independent studies to be twice as strong as unframed panels.

 

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Aside from the quality and strength of its materials, one of the features that sets BeastWire apart is the innovative bracket design. BeastWire’s riveted bracket can save up to 90% on installation, and secures the rack system with a safety drop pin. The drop pin would be easy to overlook, but is a key safety feature. With the drop pin in place, the panel cannot be dislodged from the upright unless the safety pin is deliberately removed first. This eliminates the possibility of a panel accidentally disengaging and harming people or product.

 

 

To meet the needs of a wide variety of applications and pallet rack styles, BeastWire has four different bracket design options: fixed, adjustable, universal, and pivot. Each of these bracket designs lets the mesh panels function at their best for that particular system.

Pallet Rack Wire Backing

No matter the size of your bay, BeastWire rack safety panels can cover your needs. Panels can stack to cover the needed vertical coverage, and a single panel can span a width of 10’. For bays wider than 10’, simply join two BeastWire panels together using the 4” splice channel.

 

Wire Mesh Guarding Applications

So, how do you know when it’s a good time to use BeastWire mesh guarding on a pallet rack system? Any time wire mesh guarding can increase the safety of a warehouse is a good time to install BeastWire rack backing panels. 

Here are a few examples of common applications for BeastWire mesh guarding:

  • When storing unbalanced loads that exceed 25 lbs. or objects with sharp edges
  • On racking located next to pedestrian traffic lanes
  • On any racking tunnels that sit above aisles with personnel traffic
  • When a row of racking sits directly next to a wall, column, pipes or machinery
  • In a flue space where items would become trapped if they were to fall

Questions?

Want to know more about the latest addition to our quick ship product offering? Give us a call! We have all the information you need on pricing, sizes, applications, availability and more.

Remember, our goal is to help you!

 

How ProMat Can Keep Your Company Moving Forward

How ProMat Can Keep Your Company Moving Forward

From April 3 to April 6, over 850 solution providers and thousands of attendees will converge on McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America, for ProMat, the largest expo for manufacturing and supply chain professionals in North America. If you plan on being one of these attendees, you’re in for a valuable experience. Year after year, in our experience, ProMat features some of the best educational and networking opportunities available for material handling professionals. At this year’s ProMat, we think that will be truer than ever. Here’s how ProMat can keep your company moving forward in 2017 and beyond.

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ProMat offers a unique opportunity to learn about products first hand from solution providers.

Keynotes

ProMat always features an incredible lineup of interesting speakers, and this year’s show is no exception. In 2015, ProMat welcomed the likes of Whole Foods CEO John Mackey and Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak. In 2017, we’ll see none other than Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Markus Lorenz, and Andrew Winston. Lorenz is a Partner and Managing Director at the Boston Consulting Group, and Winston is a sustainability expert and author of the book “Green to Gold.” We’re especially excited to hear Magic Johnson’s keynote about knowing your customer and where they’re going. Does your company know how to change and adapt with customers’ evolving wants and needs?

Coming from experience, we highly recommend attending the keynotes and discussing the takeaways with your peers while you network. Keynotes are also a great opportunity to get active on social media and get in touch with other industry professionals who are at the show. We often live tweet the keynotes and are surprised to learn how many of our colleagues are at the same talk.

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Inspirational keynotes provide actionable takeaways for your team. We like to live tweet nuggets of helpful information and connect with our peers on social media.

Making Connections

ProMat is one of the most potent networking opportunities available to us in material handling. With as many attendees and vendors as there are at ProMat, it’s hard not to make new connections on the floor, in the lounge or at MHI Industry Night.

Before heading to ProMat this year, make a list of the people you want to connect with. We like to do this in the form of a simple spreadsheet, but you can use whichever means is easiest for you. Contact your network ahead of time to notify them that you’re coming, and you’ll be more likely to connect with them in the midst of the busy show. Also, make sure to check out some of the organized networking initiatives like these:

Women in the Supply Chain Industry Forum

MHI partners with MHEDA and AWESOME (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management and Education) to identify challenges women face in the industry and how to pave the path for the next generation of women

MHI Young Professionals Networking Event

MHI Young Professionals Network and PMMI’s Emerging Leaders Network join to provide a networking event where young professionals in material handling, supply chain & packaging industries can meet.

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Educational Events

In addition to the four major keynotes, the ProMat show will feature more than 100 show floor seminars. Some of these seminars will come in the form of town hall-style forums discussing relevant topics for the future of material handling and logistics, such as autonomous vehicles and sustainable facilities. When you’re not busy networking or having lunch at the ProMat Bistro, educational seminars are an awesome way to learn things you won’t learn anywhere else.

Tips for New Attendees

Before we leave for ProMat, we want to offer a few last minute tips for attendees heading to the show for the first time or those looking to optimize their time there.

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  • Take advantage of the free shuttles to and from ProMat
  • Utilize the bag check. You may not think you need it, but it can get tiring walking around all day, and having that backpack on doesn’t help.
  • Head to the Bistro for your meals. It’s an awesome place to network with your peers, and it allows you to reserve tables for blocks of time so you’ll have a place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the show floor.
  • Wear tennis shoes. While they may not go with your suit, athletic shoes make it easier to wheel around the show floor without getting fatigued.

If you’re heading to ProMat this year, we’d love to connect with you! Let us know how your experience at the show goes or if you’re able to put something from this article to use.

Remember, our goal is to help you!

Machine Perimeter Fencing Part Two: Applications

Machine Perimeter Fencing Part Two: Applications

In our recent article about machine perimeter fencing, we talked about the improvements in workplace safety over the last century and the role that machine perimeter fencing has played in them. We also discussed machine perimeter fencing from an OSHA compliance standpoint, as regulators continue to place greater emphasis on safety. What we didn’t talk about are the potential applications of machine perimeter fencing and exactly how it increases safety and security, while helping businesses comply with safety codes.

 

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Businesses violating OSHA standards can face stiff penalties

 

Machine Perimeter Applications

While we touched briefly on the fact that OSHA requires all machinery to have proper perimeter guarding, it’s important to understand which kinds of applications are subject to these rules and how they apply in different settings.

Machine guarding provides an effective way to protect personnel from flying debris, unexpected automated machine movement, process hazards, fast moving parts and other dangers associated with the use of machinery. Because of this, OSHA has mandated the use of machine perimeter guarding in warehouses with exposed machinery. The most comprehensive and general OSHA requirement is standard 1910.212(a)(1):


Types of guarding. One or more methods of machine guarding shall be provided to protect the operator and other employees in the machine area from hazards such as those created by point of operation, ingoing nip points, rotating parts, flying chips and sparks. Examples of guarding methods are-barrier guards, two-hand tripping devices,electronic safety devices, etc.


This standard summarizes the need for machine perimeter fencing, giving examples of machine hazard points and types of guarding that protect against them. Having established the basic requirement for adequate machine fencing, OSHA moves on to more general requirements. Wondering where to place the machine guarding? OSHA addresses this question with standard 1910.212.(a)(2)


 General requirements for machine guards. Guards shall be affixed to the machine where possible and secured elsewhere if for any reason attachment to the machine is not possible. The guard shall be such that it does not offer an accident hazard in itself.

Point of Operation Guarding

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Within the realm of general machine guarding is point of operation guarding. Point of operation guarding refers to protection put in place at the point of operation on a given machine. Instead of guarding the entire area around a machine, point of operation guarding protects a specific hazardous point on the machine in order to keep the operator safe. 1910.212(a)(3)(iii)


The point of operation of machines whose operation exposes an employee to injury, shall be guarded. The guarding device shall be in conformity with any appropriate standards therefor, or, in the absence of applicable specific standards, shall be so designed and constructed as to prevent the operator from having any part of his body in the danger zone during the operating cycle.


Examples of machines that often require point of operation guarding include:

  • Shears 
  • Power presses
  • Power saws
  • Jointers
  • Milling machines
  • Guillotine cutters
  • Forming rolls and calenders
  • Portable power tools

Guarding for Specific Machines and Industries

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There are also certain applications that require guarding to be installed in order for them to operate. This is a common method used to enforce warehouse safety, for obvious reasons. Without the safety mechanism in place, the worker can’t accomplish his or her job. When it comes to machine perimeter fencing, the machines required by OSHA to have this feature are revolving drums, barrels, and containers. 1910.212(a)(4)


Barrels, containers, and drums. Revolving drums, barrels, and containers shall be guarded by an enclosure which is interlocked with the drive mechanism, so that the barrel, drum, or container cannot revolve unless the guard enclosure is in place.


Within the “General Industry” requirements, there are types of machines with unique requirements due to the nature of their operation. Examples of these types of machines include woodworking machinery, cooperage machinery, abrasive wheel machinery, mechanical power presses, and mills and calenders used in the rubber and plastics industries.  

In addition to general industry applications, several industries have their own specific OSHA machine guarding requirements to follow. Textiles, bakery equipment, and telecommunications industries all have their own standards with which to comply. These are on top of those rules designated by the general industry standards.

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In warehousing and machine operation, it’s almost always a good idea to err on the side of safety. There are an endless number of applications in which machine guarding can and should be used. This can leave some room for interpretation on the part of the warehouse manager. However, the takeaway from OSHA’s standards seems to be that if a machine could possibly injure someone, it should have machine guarding around or on it.

If you have questions about machine perimeter fencing or warehouse safety, please reach out and let us know! 

Remember, our goal is to help you!

Meet Albert Terrazas from “Save”ty Yellow Products

Welcome to the “Material Handling Helpful Tools Series”. This article series spotlights a wide range of material handling professionals and provides helpful information for those in the material handling industry. Our goal is to introduce you to individuals and websites that can improve your access to relevant material handling information. Today, we will meet Albert Terrazas from “Save”ty Yellow Products.

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Tell us a little about yourself: Interests outside of work, family, pets, hobbies, entertainment, special talents, etc.
 
I am a regional Sales Manager  for Savety Yellow Products. I go by Al, Bert, Albert, Berto, depending on what state I find myself in and who I’m talking too. I have a girlfriend and we have 2 boys (dogs), Thunder and Wrigley. Music is a must for my travels. Current favorites are Dirty Heads, Chance the Rapper, and Kings of Leon. Craft beer is my favorite. I love when I have the opportunity to check out a new brewery. I like playing basketball and meeting new people.
 
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What is your role in the organization? 
 
Regional Sales Manager. I train new sales reps and help them grow their respective territories. Shout out to Sam Fuson, our new rep for Minnesota.
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How did your career path land you in this role? 
 
When I was 19 years old I found myself working at a local recycling plant. I would stand in front of a hot table that would reach 500 degrees. We would put computer motherboards on until the solder melted. We then pulled off the computer chips that could be resold. The company I worked for had a fatality overseas due to not locking and tagging out a piece of equipment. On my 3rd day I was in the right place at the right time. I was asked to join our employee safety committee. First order of business was establishing a pedestrian pathway. I raised my hand and said I know a company, they do drop in lift out style guard rail. That was the first time I sold Savety Yellow guard rail. 10 years later I try to do the same every day. 
 
What is the most exciting aspect of your job? 
 
Traveling and exploring different communities through out the US.
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What makes you (or your business) unique and sets you apart from the rest of the industry?
 
Variety! We are a one stop shop for safety. We are not an add on company and we invest in variety for different applications and budgets.
 
What is one tip or bit of advice that you can leave with our readers? 
 
Make the best out of any situation, work hard, ask questions, and never give up on your goals.
 
What are the biggest changes you see in the industry in the future?
 
Advances in technology. Flying warehouses, drones, robots. 

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