Lighting Surveys

Benefits of a Lighting Survey

KMH has helped hundreds of companies save thousands of dollars a year with lighting surveys and retrofitting projects that end up paying for themselves.  The development of LED technologies, manufacturer rebates and government incentives adds to your bottom line and new lighting fixtures have proven to have greater energy efficiency, while reducing maintenance costs due to their longer lifespan.  LED technologies have come down in price, accelerating payback expectancy and helping to make retrofit projects more cost efficient altogether.

5 Reasons For Your Lighting Survey

Energy Savings

With advancements in technologies, today’s lighting retrofits can create energy savings ranging anywhere from 40% to 90%, depending upon the type of project.

Maintenance Savings

Modern technologies are fostering significant maintenance savings due to the extended life or “burn hours” of the new lighting. Many LED technologies exhibit a rated life ranging from 50,000-100,000 hours, more than three times the life of the old T-12 and HID technologies of the past.

Improved Aesthetics

Today’s latest-generation lighting technology delivers a better color rendering mix, better uniformity and spread of light, and better lumen maintenance (i.e., light levels will hold at higher levels for longer periods of time).

Better Security

Employee safety improves when areas are optimally lit with better lighting technology.

Environmental Sensitivity

Unlike Metal Halide, High Pressure Sodium, and T-12 lighting, modern LED lighting technologies eliminate mercury from facilities, creating a safer environment and “go green” image for businesses.

How We Help You…

Our team will identify those facilities in your real estate portfolio where lighting retrofit projects are the most needed with a comprehensive survey of all facility lighting, interior and exterior.  We will ensure that you’re leveraging all available rebates.

Check warranties, and leverage them where and when you can. Upon completion of a lighting retrofit project, make sure that you’re taking advantages of the great warranties that come with so many of today’s lamps and ballasts.

To schedule your lighting survey fill use the button below on this page or call: 888-564-7978

Operational Audit

Benefits of An Operational Audit

KMH helps companies in many industries review how the organization’s management and its operating procedures are functioning with respect to their effectiveness and efficiency in meeting stated objectives.  Going through the operational audit process provides a company with objective opinions. Those opinions often generate quicker production or sales turnaround, better allocation of costs, improved control systems, the location of areas of delay and an overall streamlined workflow.

Businesses can get a good idea of how they are doing in operations by examining company data on their own. However, sometimes those close to the company don’t review this data completely objectively or are so familiar with operations that it is difficult to come up with other approaches to finishing work.

Checklist items often include relationships with suppliers and staff, inventory management and control, alternate sources of raw materials, and all items involved in product creation, ongoing maintenance procedures, production-employee training programs, processing procedure documentation and the use of the best available technology.

KMH can assist managers to use the operational audit to evaluate and analyze the current effectiveness of the company’s operations while identifying areas of potential improvement. The identification of areas requiring improvement is a key aspect, as the fundamental purpose of the operational audit is to improve effectiveness for all operations.

The types of activities that might be audited vary between businesses, but some examples of processes that are common to many companies include purchasing, receiving and shipping stock, data processing and logistics.

Objectives

  • Appraise the effectiveness and efficiency of a division, activity, or operation of the entity in meeting organizational goals.
  • Understand the responsibilities and risks faced by an organization.
  • Identify, with management participation, opportunities for improving control.
  • 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.

Areas We Help You Evaluate

Preliminary preparation
Field Survey
Audit Program Development
Reporting and Follow-up

Warehouse Layout
Product/Inventory/Orders processing
Receiving & Storing

Material Handling Equipment
Safety
Inventory Control Systems Steps

If you’re in need of a KMH Operational Audit please use the link below…

KMH Forklift Rentals

Rental Benefits vs Buying

Material handling equipment is an absolute necessity for modern businesses to stay competitive and increase worker productivity.  Forklifts come in many varieties and have a range of capabilities and prices, but their fundamental purpose is to allow workers to move inventory quickly and efficiently.  The issue for some, especially most small businesses, is the issue of whether to buy or rent the equipment. There is no simple right or wrong to this question, since it comes down the individual company’s situation.

Save Money on Terms

Long or short term rentals can be arranged for a weekly or monthly price with a rental company. Short term rental prices can vary, however most forklift companies do have regular pricing, and you should always ask what deals are available to you. When a forklift is purchased, the owner is responsible for all maintenance costs and any associated issues such as downtime. Over the course of a year, this alone can add significant amounts to the cost of the forklift that may not be in your budget. Also, as the forklift ages, maintenance costs increase simultaneously. The added cost of service equipment and organizing temporary replacements, if necessary, must also be considered when budgeting for buying instead of simply renting, a forklift.

Legal Benefits

Forklift owners must make sure their vehicles are properly maintained and meet all relevant safety requirements. Many accidents involving forklifts are due to neglected maintenance schedules and poor working conditions. Companies renting forklifts are responsible for the training and working conditions of forklift legislation and can offer expert advice such as personal protective equipment, checklists and operating instructions and differing rental term plans to allow your company flexibility.

Upgrading Your Forklift Options

Renting a forklift enables an element of flexibility for a workplace. The customer can select the appropriate model to rent for a specific job which may be different to a model to that is required for another task. The same level of flexibility cannot be obtained when purchasing a forklift which can lead to higher costs for an organization and/or inefficient working practices.

Top Reasons to Rent

  • Forklift purchases require you to invest a significant amount of capital or have well established credit
  • As your purchased equipment ages you will not get benefits of newer tech
  • New equipment is not available immediately
  • It can be hard to estimate the length of some jobs & therefore the cost
  • Your cost is much lower for short to medium term rentals
  • Rentals are generally available for businesses with minimal credit
  • There is no need for in-house mechanics
  • You can use the latest equipment depending on rental company

If you’re in need of a forklift rental, lease, or purchase please use the link below…

Planned Maintenance

The Benefits of Planned Maintenance

It’s a fact that bad maintenance can have a serious effect on the health of a company and its employees. Not only will poor maintenance habits put the lives of the people who work on the equipment at risk, it will also affect the financial health of the business. In order for a company to be competitive they must follow sound vehicle and equipment maintenance procedures.

Planned Maintenance programs, if done on a regular basis, will significantly extend the life of the vehicle. This will include such things as changing of oil and filters; cleaning and lubrication; checking of all fluid levels; inspections for fork wear or chain stretch, vehicle inspection; and operational checks.

One of the best ways to reduce costs and maintain your material handling equipment is to have a planned maintenance program in place. Planned maintenance is an agreement to have a dealership service your forklifts on a regular basis. You may set up the frequency of maintenance based on preference and how much the equipment is used. Here are several reasons why planned maintenance will save your company time and money.

Safety

Every service includes a multi-point safety and operations inspection to ensure the unit is not posing any potentially harmful threats to its operator. This inspection helps catch issues before they become a major safety concern or major repair.

Increased Machine Life

Regular maintenance will reduce the frequency and severity of repairs. Without proper maintenance, it is possible that your equipment could have more frequent problems, such as pump repairs and engine rebuilds.

Increased Productivity

Equipment that is well maintained does not break down. This improves productivity as well as your profits.

Lower Cost of Repair

Repairs are made on a “fix-before-fail” basis, minimizing cost and residual damage.

Service Performed Correctly

You will have an experienced technician at your location each time your unit is due for service. You won’t have to be concerned with the possibility of an inexperienced tech performing checks on the unit and you will be able to plan service in advance when the unit will not be in demand. A trained technician will have the proper skills and tools to work on your equipment. This will result in less down time for you.

Every PM procedure includes comprehensive multi-point safety and operations inspection to help spot the problems before they happen, leading to reduced downtime for your lift truck fleet.

When you have a regular PM program you will begin to see benefits very quickly. Not only will a sound maintenance program increase reliability and safety, it will also reduce downtime, contribute to profits, and enhance the competitiveness of your business in the marketplace.

To schedule a service appointment on your equipment or setup PM program please use the link below…

Return on Investment

Free Ways to Increase your ROI

In order to calculate a return on investment in your warehouse, it is critical to evaluate your work flow process. Is there a process that results in frequent errors or causes slow downs in the follow on processes? Identifying and correcting these conditions first will increase your ROI quickly, and have significant impact on your business operations. The goal here is to take a small amount of time to have a significant improvement in your profits.

First, in your receiving area, examine how many receivers you have. Lower costs by calculating if you can decrease labor to your busiest time slots. How many hours per week are spent on receiving? Streamline the workers to the peak receiving times and use a skeleton crew during slower times.

Ask Your Team For Suggestions

The people doing the work can see improvements on a daily basis and come up with ideas that can help them get the work flow moving more efficiently and faster.

Manage Your Inventory

Use a warehouse management system to gain inventory and warehouse accuracy so you can reduce stock levels. It also provides visibility to real-time inventory, which can potentially eliminate lost product and reduce overstocks.

Follow Up With Customers

Customer satisfaction is often hard to measure, but it is valuable. Having the right product to deliver to customers at the right time and to the right place helps increase ROI by retaining customer loyalty. A quick follow up in these fast moving times is priceless to your clients.

Improve Your Shipping Speed

How many workers are picking shipments and for how many hours? Can this be lowered? How many errors occur per week in the picking process and how many hours does it take to correct one error? Eliminating error every week instantly increases your ROI, determine the savings for this process improvement.

A few improvements will increase your ROI over time. Sometimes it is the simple changes that allow for the greatest improvements. Your company products will roll out on time, and both your customers and workers will be happy.

For a Free Operational Audit on more ways you can approve your productivity contact us!

OSHA and ANSI Training

OSHA and ANSI Training

OSHA and ANSI have requirements regarding forklift training to maintain safety for all people in the workplace.  Different workplace types and conditions are factors in hazards for forklifts. For example, retail establishments often face greater challenges than other worksites in maintaining pedestrian safety. Beyond that, many workers can also be injured when lift trucks are inadvertently driven off loading docks; lifts fall between docks and an unsecured trainer; they are struck by a lift truck; or they fall while on elevated pallets or other objects.

It is up to you, the employer, to see that your operators and fleet managers are aware of the regulations and that your company is in compliance.

Operators that receive ongoing training are more efficient at operating your forklifts. This efficiency translates into more productive employees. Improved morale and efficiency gained from training will increase how much work each of your operators can accomplish in a day, and that improves your bottom line.  These best practices decrease the likelihood of injuries to operators and damage to equipment and property.

When observing operators using equipment, remember to ask:

  • Is the driver wearing a seat belt?
  • Is the operator driving at safe speeds?
  • Does the driver sound the horn when approaching blind spots, end of aisles or backing up?
  • When transporting a load, is the load 6” to 10” off of the floor?
  • Is the driver’s visibility blocked?
  • Does the operator use a spotter when the load is blocking his visibility?

Companies that do not emphasize safety and ongoing training of their drivers are easy to spot with this quick observation.  KMH offers training that fulfills both ANSI and OSHA laws. With proper training, you reduce downtime due to improper operation and provide effective, timely maintenance/repair of your fleet. We provide a range of forklift training classes at progressive levels to meet your needs!

All of this results in equipment that stays in better condition for a longer period of time, an increase in useful life of your forklifts, and lower operating costs.

We provide a range of forklift training classes at progressive levels to meet your needs!

Experience The KMH Service Difference

WE HAVE THE TECH IF YOU HAVE THE TRUCKS! KMH is the LEADING PROVIDER of forklift service & parts in your market!

  • Responsive service dispatch & 24/7 support
  • Factory trained technicians across leading lift truck brands including; Nissan, TCM, Clark, Crown, Yale, Hyster, Raymond, Doosan to name a few
  • 1st time service resolution rates greater than 90%
  • Painless service experience from initial quote through invoicing process!
Forklift Service
Pallet Rack Storage

Let Us Maximize Your Space

The type of pallet storage that best fits your needs is determined by a number of factors. A few of these factors include:

How much floor space is available in your facility for pallet storage?

How high are your ceilings?

What type of pallets do you use and what are the sizes?

How many different SKUs will be stored in the racks?

How often do you need to access the pallets?

What type of fork truck will you use to access the racks? What is the lift height of these fork trucks?

Now that you better understand your requirements, let’s take a quick look at the common types of pallet storage and the advantages/disadvantages of each.

Drive-In Pallet Rack

Drive-in racking is a type of storage system that allows fork trucks to drive directly into a bay. Pallets rest on side rails rather than cross beams, which leaves the face of the bay open. The uprights are typically tied together at the top of the upright to add rigidity to the system. The only difference between drive-in and drive-through racks is whether there is an entrance at only one end (drive-in) or both ends (drive-through).

Drive-In Rack

Push Back Pallet Rack

Using a forklift, pallets are pushed back on inclined rails mounted inside the racking structure. As a pallet is withdrawn, the pallet behind automatically slides to the front position.

Gravity Flow Rack

Gravity racking allows for easy sorting and distribution of commonly used SKUs, and is excellent for large volume SKU movement. Gravity flow rack also helps employees avoid injuries by keeping them further away from the forklifts that are operating on the input side of the aisle.

Carton Flow Rack

Cantilever Rack

Cantilever is ideal where ‘open face’ entry is needed. A free standing storage system with load bearing arms extending from vertical columns. This design allows for instant access to one piece or a full load and can be adapted for light to heavy loads.

Cantilever Racking

Double Deep Rack

The most obvious advantage of double deep pallet rack is its potential to increase storage density and maximize warehouse space. The ability of double deep pallet rack to eliminate unneeded aisles means more warehouse space can be used for storage.

Double Deep Racking

Pallet Rack

One of the most valuable benefits of pallet racking systems is its space-saving nature. The benefit of being able to easily access your pallets will help increase productivity and decrease frustration. Pallet racking provides easy access to inventory which will help your workers work better.

Pallet Racking

From pallet racks to drive-in racks, whatever your warehouse or distribution center needs in industrial racks, we can help you find the best solution at the best prices! Call us today 888-564-7978 or please use the form below to set up a free Operation Audit so we can start helping you maximize your efficiency.

Gravity Roller Conveyor

The Simplicity of Gravity Roller Conveyors

Gravity Roller Conveyors are simple but they’re also hugely effective. We provide a wide range of roller conveyors for different businesses and they are among our most popular products. They work simply and do not require any power to move items along, simply requiring a helping hand from the operator and gravity.

Gravity Roller Conveyors Benefit Your Business

Gravity Roller Conveyors are simple but they’re also hugely effective and have many benefits for your business, including:

Cost Effective

With no actual power supply needed, gravity roller conveyor systems are cost effective and work efficiently, saving money on the cost of electricity.

Modular Design

The modular design of the gravity roller conveyor systems mean they can be flexibly fitted into and used in a wide range of environments, even those where there is little space to work with or awkwardly shaped rooms.

Easily Attached to Powered Systems

The simple design of a gravity conveyor roller is also compatible with powered systems and can be easily connected to a larger system, great for environments where picking and packing is a key task.

Easily Modified

The main part of this type of system is the roller straights but they can also be modified in many ways with curved roller units, spurs and personnel gates easily added and included to create a bespoke system that works for your business.

If you are looking for more ways to use conveyors in your business, we offer a range of other systems that can serve you! Contact us at 1-888-564-7978 or visit our web site to request a free quote:

Forklift Operator Training

Benefits of Forklift Safety Training

There is a distinct difference between teaching someone something, like safe forklift operation, and truly training them how to perform the function safely and efficiently. A comprehensive training for your forklift operators provides you with not only protection from potential liabilities, but also enhances your operation.  Proper training will also lower your costs in terms of less damage to the products your operators move, and to your facility. The bottom line is thorough, documented and formalized training leads to better care for your equipment, your products, your facility and your bottom line.

Increased useful life and lower operating costs

Training not only in safe, proper forklift operation, but also proper inspections will result in catching small maintenance issues and fixing them before they become giant repair headaches. Knowing proper methods of operating a forklift results in less wear and tear on your equipment. Your equipment stays in better condition for a longer period of time and lowers operating costs.

Improved productivity

Operators that receive ongoing training are more efficient at operating your forklifts. This efficiency translates into more productive employees. Improved morale and efficiency gained from training will increase how much work each of your operators can accomplish in a day, and that improves your bottom line.

Better morale and improved “spirit” of safety

Employees that are professionally trained truly feel cared for, and they should! Each of your forklift operators is in control of a very dangerous piece of equipment. One wrong move could permanently change their lives or the lives of people working around the forklift. When they know you “have their back” and are not simply going through the motions to appease government, they respond positively by projecting that spirit of safety into other facets of your operation and will “have your back” by letting you know of other possible improvements that could benefit your company.

Comply with regulatory

OSHA and ANSI have requirements regarding forklifts. And ultimately it is up to you, the employer, to make sure your operators and fleet managers are aware of the regulations and you are in compliance. Failure to comply not only opens your company up for potential fines, but also for fiscal damages should an injury occur.

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