Plastic Chain Conveyor

4 Ideal Applications for Aluminum Frame Plastic Chain Conveyor

Plastic chain conveyors have become increasingly popular recently due to their modularity, flexibility, and the variety of industries in which they can perform. Sleek and clean, the low-profile design is able to convey a wide range of product depending on your needs.

As with every material handling solution, the aluminum plastic chain can serve very specific needs and performs best in specific industries. Because of its easy maintenance, durability, and compact nature, we believe that the aluminum frame plastic chain is ideal for the following sectors.

Pharmaceutical Applications

The pharmaceutical industry requires a conveyor that is both hygienic and flexible. From bottle transport to prescription packaging, these types of applications require modular components that permit both horizontal and vertical transport. An aluminum frame plastic chain also meets the specified requirements of cleanliness with easy wash-down.

An added benefit of any aluminum frame plastic chain is the low decibel level, allowing you to improve productivity while adding safety and comfort for your employees.

Automotive Applications

The above example shows what you can do with small, more fragile product but aluminum is also a highly durable material, making it ideal for handling bearings, wiring harnesses, and palletized product. With the modularity needed to reset production runs quickly, the conveyor can be easily reconfigured, giving you freedom to use your plant how you want to.

Food Packaging Applications

Like in the pharmaceutical industry, hygiene is imperative for the food industry. The easy-to-clean aluminum in this type of solution can handle various types of packaged food in hygienic environments. Using the best of both worlds, the modularity allows for the reconfiguration needed when beginning different production runs.

Personal Care Applications

Personal care applications involve handling different types of bottled liquid products either directly on top of a conveyor or on pucks. Are you sensing a theme yet? It’s difficult to talk about the aluminum conveyor without again listing its three critical elements: a modular layout, a compact profile, and a hygienic design. When it comes to personal care applications, all three are a necessity.

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Aluminum frame conveyors can easily utilize vertical movement to maximize your production space, and they can handle a wide range of product sizes and shapes. As the world adapts to evolving market demands and we move further into the world of clean energy and low environmental impact, the aluminum plastic chain conveyor has emerged as a front-runner for change.

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If you’re interested in additional information on Plastic Chain Conveyor and or would like to request a quote, please use the form below to submit your request or contact your local KMH Representative at 888-564-7978.

KMH Forklift Safety Day

Mark your calendars: June 14th is National Forklift Safety Day!

National Forklift Safety Day provides an opportunity for industry leaders to educate forklift users and lawmakers on the administration of safe forklift operational practices. About 100 employees are killed and 95,000 injured every year while operating forklifts in all industries. Forklift turnovers account for a significant percentage of these fatalities.

Safety Solutions:

• Train, evaluate and certify all operators to ensure that they can operate forklifts safely;
• Do not allow anyone under 18 years old to operate a forklift;
• Before using a forklift, examine it for hazardous conditions which would make it unsafe to operate;
• Drive safely, never exceeding 5 mph and slow down in congested areas or those with slippery surfaces;
• Ensure that the operator wears a seatbelt installed by the manufacturer;
• Use front & rear safety lights and alarms
• Never drive up to a person standing in front of a fixed object such as a wall or stacked materials;
• Do not handle loads that are heavier than the weight capacity of the forklift;
• Remove unsafe or defective trucks from service until the defect is properly repaired;
• Maintain sufficiently safe clearances for aisles, docks or passages where forklifts are used;
• Provide covers and/or guardrails to protect workers from pits, tanks, vats and ditches;

Forklift Safety Day

The following OSHA checklists may help you take steps to avoid hazards that cause injuries, illnesses and fatalities. As always, be cautious and seek help if you are concerned about a potential hazard. General Safety:

❏ Floors and aisles are clear of clutter, electrical cords, hoses, spills and other hazards that could cause employees to slip, trip or fall.
❏ Proper work practices are factored into determining the time requirements for an employee to perform a task.
❏ Employees performing physical work have adequate periodic rest breaks to avoid fatigue levels that could result in greater risk of accidents and reduced quality of work.
❏ Newly-hired employees receive general ergonomics training and task-specific training.
❏ The warehouse is well ventilated.
❏ Employees are instructed on how to avoid heat stress in hot, humid environments.
❏ Employees are instructed on how to work in cold environments.
❏ The facility has lockout/tagout procedures.

KMH continually strives to educate our customers about lift truck operation, safety and industrial regulations for both ANSI and OSHA. With proper forklift training, you can reduce your downtime due to improper operation and provide effective, timely maintenance and repair of your lift truck fleet. We provide a range of forklift training classes at progressive levels to meet your needs!

To learn more about our safety programs: http://www.kmhsystems.com/service-solutions/forklift-training/ Or call us at: 888-564-7978

Heavy Equipment Rentals

Renting Heavy Equipment Advantages

Renting heavy equipment rather than buying offers quite a few major advantages that can be beneficial to companies of all sizes across different industries. Here are just a few advantages:

Convenience and Logistical Advantages to Renting Equipment

One the biggest categories of advantages that renting has over owning is in the added convenience that it brings and lower logistical demands that it requires.

No Maintenance

When a company rents heavy equipment it is the rental company, not them, that handles these maintenance needs. This frees up a considerable amount of time, labor, and overall hassle and stress, especially when whole fleets of equipment come into play.

No Storage

Most pieces of heavy equipment will begin to suffer over time if they are left outside and exposed to the elements. Warehouse space is often at a premium and storing large, heavy equipment may be eating into a company’s ability to store much-need products and materials.

Transportation Is Easier

Transporting heavy equipment, especially an entire fleet of it, can be very expensive, time-consuming, and logistically challenging. Renting equipment removes this burden since the equipment can be delivered to the worksite instead.

Operational Advantages to Renting Equipment

Supplement Capacity

A company may already have some equipment, but still find that in order to get the job done in a timely, efficient manner they need to ramp up their capabilities with additional pieces of equipment. It is much more cost effective to rent these temporary extra units than to purchase them outright for an isolated project.

Rent Before You Own

You can even try different brands and models for a more hands-on comparison. This allows your ultimate purchase to be much more informed and helps you set your expectations accordingly.

Service

If something goes wrong with the equipment, or you aren’t sure how to do something, they can either walk you through troubleshooting or swap out the problem unit with a different one.

Financial Advantages to Renting Equipment

There are times when it is more cost effective to own rather than rent; however, the following financial advantages to renting should definitely be taken into consideration before a decision is made.

Tax Deductions

Rental expenses are usually fully deductible to a company as a business expense. Capital costs will instead be amortized or depreciated over the life of the equipment.

No Depreciation

A drawback to purchasing just about any type of equipment is that it will immediately begin to depreciate in value, lowering the amount you would receive if you resold the equipment later.

Better Cash Flow

Buying new heavy equipment is expensive and in all but very large companies such a purchase is likely to have a significant impact on cash flow.

Our award-winning team takes pride in helping you meet the challenges of your dynamic operation. Contact us today to get the right equipment rental for you. Contact your local KMH Representative at 888-564-7978 or fill-out the form below…

All Directions… Making Short Work of Long Loads

Narrow Aisles? Tight Accesses? Storage Constraints? Combilift can do it!
Two engineers combined 40 years of knowledge and practical experience has created the ultimate long-load material handling solution: The Combilift.

Combilift is suitable for both inside and out use, and the multi-directional forklift can operate in aisles as narrow as 2 meters (80″). It has total flexibility like Three Machines in One: “Counterbalance Forklift; Sideloader; Aisle Truck.”

Combilift is the world’s first IC engine-powered all-wheel-drive multi-directional forklift, and a sideloader, it is highly maneuverable, very safe, truly cost effective, and supremely efficient. The Combilift is an engine-powered, multi-directional forklift designed primarily for handling long loads in confined areas. Robust construction provides maximum strength and reliability while its low profile platform design ensures optimum stability and safer product handling.

Narrow Aisle Truck

Suitable for use both inside and out, the multi-directional forklift can operate in aisles as narrow as 2 meters (80″).

Total Flexibility – Three Machines in One: “Counterbalance Forklift; Sideloader; Narrow Aisle Truck.”

Combilift is the world’s first IC engine-powered all-wheel-drive multidirectional forklift, and a sideloader, it’s highly maneuverable, very safe, truly cost effective, and supremely efficient. The Combilift is an engine-powered, multi-directional forklift designed primarily for handling long loads in confined areas. Robust construction provides maximum strength and reliability while its low profile platform design ensures optimum stability and safer product handling.

Combilift Multi-Directional Forklifts
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Combilift Multi-Directional Forklifts
WITHOUT COMBILIFT

Combilift Capabilities:

  • Handling engineered wood is just one of an increasing number of applications benefiting from the Combilift’s versatility.
  • A ‘quick-release’ four-fork attachment is available for use with extra long loads.
  • Block stacking and high-bay storage are easily accommodated with the flexible Combilift.
  • The Combilift can also work as a conventional counter balance forklift handling cube loads.
  • The Combilift is capable of working in un-paved yards and semi-rough terrain.
  • Space savings can be more than 50% in warehouses and yards, depending on the type of product stored and the existing aisle width.
  • 4 way multi-directional steering system means you move forwards, backwards, and sideways… it’s anything but ordinary.
  • Productivity is enhanced through reduced driver fatigue and superior control.
  • Ergonomically designed cabin maximizes operator safety, comfort, control, and visibility.

If you’re interested in additional information on Combilift and or would like to request a quote, please use the form below to submit your request or contact your local KMH Representative at 888-564-7978.

Forklift Driving – Comfortable and Safe

Focus on Ergonomics
Next year, the forklift will celebrate its 100th birthday. The issue of workspace design and ergonomics has become increasingly important particularly in the last 30 years, an ergonomic driver’s workspace is one of the most important criteria in the acquisition of new forklifts and technical warehouse equipment. Which solutions have a particularly positive effect on the posture and health of the driver?

There are now many solutions and equipment variants that should protect the driver from the high levels of strain and maintain performance. The human vibrations that occur particularly during travel and the typical head and arm movements are frequently the cause of health problems with the back and specifically the neck and shoulder area for forklift drivers.

Forklift Ergonomic Design
The ergonomically driver’s cab offers comfort and avoids signs of fatigue during forklift operation.

A study in Gothenburg in co-operation with UniCarriers Group has shown that forklift drivers turn their head more than 1,000 times per hour and make up to 2,000 arm movements. The protection of health above and beyond the statutory requirements is increasingly becoming a focus of employers. Thus, the issue of ergonomics is also a decisive factor for an increasing number of operators in the purchase of new equipment.

An ergonomic and user-friendly workspace improves safety in the subsequent operation of the vehicle. This includes the layout and functionality of the intuitive controls as well as a comfortable seat and good visibility on all sides.

Forklift Ergonomics
Tapered ribs in the protective cover ensure good visibility even when stacking at great height.

Ergonomics – the best protection against accidents
An investigation by the “Energie Textil Elektro Medienerzeugnisse” (energy, textile, electrical, media products) professional association shows that 77 percent of all forklift accidents are impact accidents, 33 percent of which happen when reversing. With a high seat position, large fields of vision, mast profiles and optimum arrangement of the hydraulic hoses and electrical cables the protective cover ensure good all-round visibility. UniCarriers offers its forklifts with an anti-reflective colored coating of the cab roof. To help, camera systems can improve forward or rear visibility.

UniCarriers Forklift Ergonomics

Relaxed Posture and Smaller Strains
To avoid strains on the body the sideways seat direction is part of the industry standard. The driver’s seat can be adjusted individually for size and weight to an optimal position. Premium suppliers such as UniCarriers offer a height-adjustable floor and comfort seats and individually adjustable lumbar supports. In 2011, Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden conducted an ergonomic study with reach trucks from different manufacturers. “The result shows that the Tergo reach truck from Atlet by UniCarriers allows a more ergonomic posture than other reach trucks.

Safe Forklift Driving
The on-board computer saves the personal user profiles of different forklift drivers.

Innovative technologies for greater productivity
Ergonomics has a long tradition in the history of UniCarriers and TCM. The strains on drivers were investigated in 1989 to 1991. The findings had an impact on the development of new drivers’ workspaces and vehicles. With the merger of the brands Atlet, Nissan Forklift and TCM to form the UniCarriers group in 2011, this tradition and the endeavor to constantly improve vehicle ergonomics were continued.

Forklift Joystick
With the Ergologic joystick, all the hydraulic functions can be controlled effortlessly and safely

With the new Tergo URS swivel reach truck from the Atlet by UniCarriers product family, the driver can recall numerous individual settings at the start of driving by a personal PIN code. For an ergonomic posture in all work stages, the backrest can be tilted backwards by up to 18 degrees. This strain is reduced by the seat tilt function. To relieve the strain on the driver’s arm and shoulder area, UniCarriers has developed the individually adjustable “floating” armrest. At the end of this mobile, sprung armrest is the patented mini steering wheel, an ergonomically optimized solution with its palm-sized functional surface.

All operating elements for the lifting functions can be reached from the right armrest in the form of mini levers and buttons.

Premium manufacturer UniCarriers also offer an integrated joystick as standard, with which all the major functions of the lift mast can be controlled. This allows the forklift to be easier to operate, saves time and increases the handling rate, as several functions can be performed simultaneously. Both armrests are height-adjustable to encourage a relaxed sitting position.

The driver travels forwards for around 70 percent and in the direction of the forks for around 20 percent of the working time. Here, the left arm is employed with moving the steering wheel for up to 74 percent of the time.

Forklift Driver

Pleasure in Stacking
A forklift driver should feel comfortable in the workspace. This is accomplished by ergonomic vehicle and cab equipment, which reduces strains and thus protects the health of the driver. Signs of fatigue can be prevented and staff shortages due to illness can be reduced. The manufacturers offer numerous equipment variants and innovative solutions. The trend is towards greater capacity for personalization of the forklift. Additionally, the vehicles are becoming ever quieter. The winner from this development is not only the driver but also the operator.

Ultimately, the operator benefits from high productivity and operating safety.

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KMH is committed to and focused on Forklift Ergonomics. Contact your local KMH Representative at 888-564-7978 or use the form below if you would like more information on UniCarrier Forklifts.

Industrial Fans

It Will Be HOT Soon! Industrial Fans Can Help

Almost all industries need industrial fans or blowers to ensure proper ventilation for the health of its employees and customers. Industrial fans provide air and gas movement that is absolutely necessary for many factories and other industrial sites. The health of thousands of workers and customers is protected every day through the function and utilization of quality industrial fans.

Places to Install:

  • Manufacturing Areas
  • Docks
  • Enclosed Area
  • Construction Sites
  • Factory Work Areas
  • Chemical Industrial Areas
  • Automotive Facilities
  • Racking Aisles

Benefits:

  • Energy Efficient
  • Quiet Performance
  • Provides Cool Gentle Breeze In Summer, De-stratifies Heat In The Winter
  • 230,000+ CFM
  • Blade / Gearbox Modularization
  • Chemical Industrial Areas
  • Unique Blades / Hub / Tie Safety System
High Velocity Fans

Our High Velocity Ceiling Fan has a new, 5-blade design not only provides easier maintenance and service, but the unique Double Chain Drive-train has removed the entire downward axial load from the gearbox and places it directly on the heavy duty housing structure. The gearbox no longer supports the weight of the hub and blades, therefore relieving stress on the gearbox, a major point of failure in other designs.

The High 5 Ceiling Fan
The High 5 Ceiling Fan
Industrial Ceiling Fan

Each fan has a different function or purpose and your business will benefit much more when the correct type of fan is utilized to alleviate whatever problem you are facing.

If you would like a quote on any industrial fans or additional information please call: 888-564-7978 or fill-out our request form below:

Solar Solutions

Off The Grid Energy Solutions

For clean, cost savings alternatives to standard fossil fuels KMH offers the DC Solar Line off the grid energy solutions.

By harnessing, storing, and distributing the sun’s power through mobile energy products, your off-grid needs are met whole also helping you to reduce both noise and air pollution. We are committed to the environment and continually seek ways to develop and distribute products that reduce our collective carbon footprint. Our line of Solar products deliver power, light and cell coverage – no matter how remote the area – in an environmentally friendly manner.

Solar Eclipse SCT20 – Generators

The Solar Eclipse line of mobile solar generators has been developed to meet the off-grid power needs of environmentally conscious customers across a variety of industries, including emergency preparedness/relief, events, entertainment, electric vehicle charging, telecommunications, agriculture and construction.

Solar Eclipse SCT20

The DC Solar towers deliver superior performance, use no fuel and are completely noise and emissions free.  Coupled with extended maintenance intervals it reduces the overall cost of operation, comes with excellent customer service and is your environmentally friendly energy solution even in remote areas.  With masts reaching up to 21’ you can light up 1-2 acres without using a drop of fuel.

Solar Eclipse SCT20 – Towers

The Solar Eclipse SCT20 hybrid light tower brings state-of-the art LED lighting to both local and remote areas. Deployment is simple and the retractable towers provide up to 20 hours of clean, renewable light with only five hours of sunlight. Plus, no noise, and no emissions!

Solar Eclipse SCT20 Hybrid LT

Why Solar?

The most obvious reason to use a solar powered generator is because it is a “green” choice. It doesn’t harm the environment because it is fueled by the sun, and it does not run off of nonrenewable energy sources, like gas or coal. In addition, because the sun is a free resource, the energy that it generates is also free. Although the initial investment into the generator is often costly, it is possible to save money in the long run.

One of the most common misconceptions about solar generators is that they cannot be used when it is cloudy or rainy outside. The generator actually stores power on the days when it is sunny, meaning that you will still be able to use the device in inclement weather.

KMH is committed to reducing our carbon footprint as well am making sure you have the power you need in any area.  Contact your local KMH Representative at 888-564-7978 to learn how you can invest in your Solar future and utilize these state of the art resources for your company.

Forklift Maintenance

Forklift Maintenance: Tips & Evaluations

OSHA requires that all forklift operators undergo safety training, which must be renewed every three years. While employers are responsible for ensuring their employees are trained on the specific equipment they use on the job, a general safety training course prior to operating any forklifts is a requirement. KMH provides you with training classes as well as regular maintenance services for your fleet. Staying ahead of the game on safety keeps you running, saves you thousands of dollars in repairs and complies with all the requirements of law you need to stay in business.

Your forklifts need to be regularly serviced; there is no substitute for good maintenance. It ensures forklifts can perform at optimum levels, can detect and rectify minor problems before they affect productivity, and will prolong a forklifts life.

Some Initial Evaluations

  1. Past maintenance work order
  2. Hours of operation
  3. Severity of service
  4. Susceptibility to wear, damage and getting out of adjustment
  5. Service record

It is also helpful to conduct interviews with maintenance personal and operating supervisors who are familiar with the equipment on a daily basis.

Maintenance Schedule

Your maintenance schedule should specify tasks to be performed daily, monthly, quarterly, semi-annually and annually.

Adherence to your maintenance program will help keep your forklift in good condition, prolong its useful life and minimize downtime and costs associated with major repairs.

Daily Maintenance

Forklift operators should perform daily maintenance at the beginning of each shift. They can visually inspect for leaks, obvious damage, and tire condition, the operation of safety lights, service, parking brakes, horn, and steering. They can then check the mast operation by raising and lowering the forks both with and without a load, and finally check the levels of engine oil, fuel, radiator water and hydraulic fluid. Items to be aware of are:

  1. Lubrication of chassis and mast components
  2. Replacement of engine oil
  3. Cleaning of the air filter element
  4. Adjustment of engine idle speed and ignition timing on engine powered trucks
  5. Inspection of lift and tilt cylinder operation, drive belt tension, and for engine powered trucks, spark plugs, distributor point, cap and rotor

Maintenance Tips

Simply tasks that will keep costs and downtime to a minimum you can enforce on site are easy steps everyone can take to keep the fleet rolling. Some ideas to begin with are:

  1. Keep forklifts clean so it is easier to detect worn or defective parts. Clean with water, not flammable liquids
  2. Use only a trained, qualified person to inspect, maintain or repair forklifts
  3. Use only licensed gas fitters to repair and/or replace parts on LPG forklifts
  4. Establish a procedure for dealing with unsafe or damaged forklifts, including tagging the vehicle and reporting the problem to the appropriate person
  5. Keep all moving parts well lubricated
  6. Keep your forklift charged or fueled
  7. Ensure forklift gauges are functioning properly at all times

For a multiple point inspection and regular maintenance program for your team, KMH offers a ready fleet of techs that can come to you on a regular basis and keep your fleet and team up to speed with your company’s goals.

To learn more how we can work with you so you can focus on your production and products while we keep you going, call: 888-564-7978 or fill-out our request form below:

Operational Audit

Making Your Business More Efficient & Profitable

Operational Audit is a systematic review of effectiveness, efficiency and economy of operation. Operational audit is a future-oriented, systematic, and independent evaluation of organizational activities.

Objectives

  1. Appraise the effectiveness and efficiency of a division, activity, or operation of the entity in meeting organizational goals.
  2. Understand the responsibilities and risks faced by an organization.
  3. Identify, with management participation, opportunities for improving control.
  4. Provide senior management of the organization with a detailed understanding of the result

Advantages

In addition to making the business more efficient and profitable in the long run.

An operational audit almost always provides a company with some new, fresh perspectives.

It makes executives aware of problems that might not have been found otherwise and lets them evaluate risks for the future.

Managers also can use results to motivate employees, as the company always has something to work toward to improve desired results.

Areas to Evaluate

  1. Warehouse Layout
  2. Product/Inventory/Orders processing\
  3. Receiving
  4. Storing
  5. Material Handling Equipment
  6. Housekeeping
  7. Safety
  8. Inventory Control Systems at the end of the process.

Steps

  1. Preliminary preparation
  2. Field Survey
  3. Audit Program Development
  4. Audit Execution
  5. Reporting and Follow-up

Further improvements can be gained by organizing the warehouse so that product is easily found and retrieved. Review warehouse layout and product storage, and make improvements to the overall layout and product storage strategy

To schedule an Audit with your local KMH representatives call: 888-564-7978 or fill-out our request form below:

Dock Seals

A Quick Guide to Loading Docks & Seals

Dock Seals provide an effective seal between the truck trailer and building wall and are the best choice for a tight seal. Dock Shelters are used on larger door openings. Shelters are also best for loading docks serving a variety of trailer sizes. They allow full access to trailer openings and in many situations out-last Seals. A dock seal or shelter can help you save money on energy costs.

Benefits of Dock Seals & Shelters

• Prolong Life of Dock Equipment Seal out moisture, dust and elements that reduce equipment life
• Save Money On Energy Costs
• Seal in warehouse heating & cooling
• Reduce Employee Injury and Absenteeism Seal out wind, rain, ice and dust that cause employee illness and accidents
• Reduce theft. Close the gap between truck and door, and eliminate theft

No matter how well-built your loading dock is, there is likely some issue you face that could go a little bit better. That’s when accessories like dock seals come into play.

Loading Dock Seals

Dock Seals
Loading dock seals protect your structure, trucks and products. A seal provides a tight closure between the truck and your loading dock. This keeps temperatures consistent and keeps insects, dampness and other things out. If you have a particularly delicate load, this can be vital.

Dock Seals also can provide an airtight seal–whereas a dock shelter is not quite as tight. Since the seal is airtight, it does require a bit more attention to the size of the truck and the dock–there is less flexibility. Using a loading dock leveler may make it easier, depending on the situation. When everything comes together and fits, a dock seal provides the best possible protection to your most important loads.

Dock Levelers

Dock Leveler
An efficient, reliable dock leveler maintenance routine can minimize the chances of dock board repair. It also increases efficiency and reliability of your operations, extends equipment life, lessens wear and tear, and reduces the chances of malfunction.

Regular maintenance helps you establish a relationship with professional experts, so that you know when to call us when you need us. Moreover, it puts you on a priority list so that you don’t tie up your maintenance personnel to fix the problem.

We provide replacement, maintenance and dock leveler repair services for a wide variety of leveler types, including mechanical leveler, hydraulic leveler and others. If you need dock lift repair, don’t wait to give us a call. The smooth operation of your daily routine depends on it.

Check out all the variety of dock equipment we offer: http://www.kmhsystems.com/products-solutions/dock-equipment/

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