Conveyor Application Rules

5 Simple Conveyor Application Rules for Optimal Performance

When considering new solutions for material handling challenges, there can be an overwhelming number of options and potential vendors, technologies, or equipment types. Finding the right solution for your specific needs is imperative to achieve optimal performance.

Before investing in a solution, decision makers need to understand the ins and outs of their current system, establish clear goals, and communicate budget considerations.

Let’s take a deeper look at the areas warehouses and distribution centers need to examine in order to ensure implementation of the best conveyor application:

Define Your Load

When it comes to specifying the right conveyor, the devil is in the details – finding the right solution means defining the load. These questions must be answered:

  • Size and weight of conveyed product(s)
  • If the product is bagged or boxed, what is the product contained within the bag/box? Are they uniform?
  • Is the product evenly distributed within the transport container?
  • What is the color of the packaging of the carrying container? (Some devices, like barcode scanners or vision systems, can’t read certain materials.)
  • Is the product solid or liquid?
  • Are you using totes? Do they need bar codes or RFID tags? If you are handling multiple products, what are the smallest and largest products that will be conveyed?

Knowing your particular load (or load mix) helps narrow in on the optimal choice for a conveyor application.

Communicate Your Expectations

Conveyors shouldn’t be considered an equipment purchase. They’re an investment in business performance. This should be defined in advance and thoroughly understood by all parties. “What does this system do for my business” should be the first question, and the true north of any conveyor project. Defining and then communicating those expectations and key performance indicators is vital. Every decision and design consideration should be run through this filter.

Be sure to understand the baseline ROI and operational improvement goals. Some goals to consider:

  • Improve speed from production to shipping
  • Add floor space by utilizing overhead space and/or increasing handling efficiency
  • Increase storage capacity
  • Reduce labor costs
  • Improve safety and workplace ergonomics
  • Reduce maintenance costs
  • Implement technology to help optimize systems
  • Reduce energy costs

Keep in mind, specific (and realistic) goals should be attached to these areas where applicable.

Consider the Location

Where the conveyors will be installed can make a difference in whether or not it will perform to its optimal capacity. Discussion of all possible scenarios – including worst-case – should be thoughtfully considered in order to implement a safe and effective conveying solution.

  • Do you operate in a dirty or dusty environment?
  • Is there a possibility of oil, water, or liquid spray or spillage on the product being conveyed or on the conveyor itself?
  • What work happens around the conveying equipment – is there a busy workforce, forklift traffic, etc.?
  • What machinery and storage areas does the conveyor interact with?
  • Will the conveyor be installed overhead? How will that affect product flow, safety and other considerations?
  • How is the temperature controlled within the work space? Conveyors behave differently at very high or very low temperatures.

Asking these questions will determine if any sort of specialized construction is necessary to ensure performance.

Be Clear on a Timeline

This is often a final consideration in the bid process but it should be central to the discussion from the start. It’s often easier to determine a timeline for completion of an entire project, then work backwards to ensure each piece has ample time to be completed.

Be sure to make allowances for weather-related setbacks or construction delays. Most importantly, communicate these deadlines to involved parties.

Develop a Plan of Action Post-Installation

The work doesn’t end once a new conveyor system is up and running; in fact, it’s only begun. Creating a plan to train employees, communicate safety rules, monitor performance, and perform regular preventative maintenance is essential to a successful implementation.

Posted by Scott Stone – Hytrol

If you’re interested in additional information on any conveyor project or products 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.

JCB’s Side-Entry Skid Steer… It’s Just Common Sense

JCB’s side-entry skid steer and compact track loader design allows operators to safely enter the machine, just as they would any other piece of equipment. So, why buy a front entry model that requires you to climb over an attachment to get into and out of the machine. See JCB’s common sense, side-entry skid.

This innovative engineered machine ensures that our skid steer:

  • Is the World’s safest skid steer loader.
  • With 270o visibilty, is 60% better than the competition.
  • Has a cab size 46% larger than the average competition on a small platform.
  • Based off of the SAE Service Audit scores, has 24% better serviceability on large platforms, 21% on small platforms.
  • Is the most efficient skid steer on the market, with up to 16% better fuel consumption.

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Plastic Storage Bins

7 Benefits of Plastic Storage Bins and Containers for Businesses

Proper storage solutions help organize a warehouse and improve its appearance. Every warehouse has unique requirements – and a simple bin solution that is easy to move and change as needed helps you stay organized without a huge investment and utilizes little floor space.

In addition to the potential cost savings provided by reusing the container time and time again, these containers do not need to be treated for pests, as they are generally made of plastic. Reusable containers made of plastic promise a more consistent quality, dimensions, and hygiene. They are also safe from water absorption and damage and inclement weather.  These containers many times are designed to fit together in an efficient way, allowing them to be easily stacked for storage, which provides additional benefits keeping warehouse space at a premium.

There are several storage options available in the market to fit your unique business requirements. Plastic containers have gained immense popularity. Here are 7 benefits of plastic bins for your business:


Most businesses prefer plastic storage solutions to metal and wooden storage units as they offer long-lasting utility. When you keep plastic storage bins sealed and intact, they do not get affected by external elements. They are also resistant to insect damage, rust, and corrosion.


Most plastic storage bins and containers are stackable. The interlocking pieces can be rearranged to fit any space that needs extra storage. When each item in the inventory is organized systematically, it will keep all clutter out of sight.

More Productivity

A well-organized working space permits the staff to access each item in a hassle-free manner. The label holders allow easy identification of items in a store or warehouse. It helps the staff to manage the inventory effectively.

Easy Cleaning

Plastic storage bins and containers are easy to clean when compared to wooden and metal storage units. The smooth internal wall of these containers permits easy and convenient clean-ups. For maintaining the fresh finish of these storage solutions, all you need is to wipe them with a clean, damp cloth.

Maximum Safety

The bottom of the containers is skid-resistant, which prevents accidental falls. This safeguards the products during storage and shipping.


Plastic storage containers are ideal for any business with large-scale storage and shipping needs. They are commonly used by entities that deal with bakeries, seafood, confectionery, electronics and food processing.


Plastic storage containers are recyclable. They can turn out to be a worthy investment for any business.

Investing in appropriate storage solutions saves space and time and builds brand loyalty by retaining customers. 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.

Warehouse Management Software

RFID – The Smart Phone of Your Operation

Warehouse Management Software controls many aspects of warehouse operations, from receiving and storing items to retrieving and shipping them. You can design your warehouse to make the most of your available space, your employees’ time, and the unique storage requirements of the goods that you stock. You can structure your warehouse in almost limitless detail, so you can know exactly where everything is and the exact quantity you have on hand. This allows you to maintain a continuous flow of goods and gives you the competitive edge in delivering goods to your customers quickly and efficiently.

Warehouse Management Software

Accuracy & Speed

With User-defined rules for stock movement and parameters for items and locations to control stock movement you have complete control over fixed and random locations for more efficient stock movement. This gives you the ability to review warehouse contents using multiple levels of detail. You can audit trail reporting of inventory movement, create a logical model of your warehouse, too.

Being able to generate an audit trail of reports for each stock movement helps you sequence your employees’ trips through the warehouse to maximize their productivity and with the ease of using it just like your smart phone you can confirm stock movement with minimal data-entry keystrokes.

First In First Out…

picking you can move your oldest inventory first using date-of-receipt tags and expiration date codes.

Units of Measure…

allow you to choose locations according to the item’s unit of measure to ensure the best fit and maximization of your available warehouse space. You can also allow the system to combine or break down units of measure to speed up inventory movement or maximize utilization of locations.

Automatic Replenishment…

of locations enable the system to monitor every location in your warehouse and can trigger stock movements to replenish your picking locations automatically when you deplete stock quantities to a point that you define.

Item Ledger…

gives you a history of all inventory movements.

Inclusion Rules…

pull up the order types (sales, purchase, and so on) and the order statuses that the system processes.

The abilities are nearly endless, we can add new functionality as your needs and business practices evolve. Call to talk with us 888-564-7978 about your ideas regarding RFID and how we can help you revolutionize your operation.

Mobile Solar Light Towers

Light Up The Night!

Light – anytime, anywhere, for as long as you need it, regardless of the weather.

From emergency preparedness/relief, events, entertainment, agriculture and construction wherever you need us to light up the night, our line of the Solar generators meets the off-grid power needs to insure light anytime, anywhere, for as long as you need it, regardless of the weather. The most cost-effective, environmentally friendly and durable outdoor lighting systems available.

This is the best way for you to maximize efficiencies and effectiveness in your operations, while minimizing costs and any negative impact to the environment (carbon emissions, noise & light pollution). You get the best return-on-investment, bar none.

The Solar Eclipse all-solar product line requires no fuel and is completely noise and emissions free. Each generator is equipped with a battery backup for an uninterruptable power supply. The total cost to lease a solar generator or light tower is far less than its diesel equivalent as there is no fuel costs associated with solar.

Solar stores extra energy and supplies it only when it’s needed. Diesel continuously consumes fuel and produces constant energy regardless of load – therefore most energy is wasted.


  • Capable of running 24 hours/day – with or without sun.
  • Provides coverage area of up to 6 acres.
  • Easy to set up and deploy – typically in less than 5 minutes.
  • Enhances security with video surveillance.
Solar Eclipse SCT20 Hybrid LT


  • Custom designed for rapid deployment and minimum maintenance.
  • Capable of being setup by a single adult in less than 5 minutes.
  • Designed for on and off-road conditions.
  • Noise- and emissions-free.
Solar Eclipse SCT20

KMH is committed to environmentally friendly energy solutions that outperform the competition. 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.

Work In Tight Spaces With Ease

Leveraging your floor and ceiling space has never been easier than with Bendi and Flexi forklifts. These lifts are versatile, very narrow aisle forklift trucks that can both work in tight spaces and also load trailers. Ergonomics and economics meet in the middle with these well designed, indoor/outdoor lifts.

The Bendi allows operators to move safely into tight spots that others can’t reach. Their true 180° steering and front-end articulation, plus patented rear-wheel drive system offer unequalled stability, traction, and control, even in full turn positions. The Bendi can also work in bulk storage and congested manufacturing areas, push-back, double-deep rack and drive-in rack systems, rail cars, and outdoors.

The Flexi model helps you increase storage capacity & reduce cost. The Flexi is a conventionally styled forklift that is easy to drive, and that works in about half the aisle of a conventional forklift. The Flexi is designed to operate in an aisle as narrow as 3’ plus the depth of the pallet. It is capable of picking both sides of the aisle from either direction and can actually leave the aisle to unload trucks at the dock.

So if you have got some tight spaces in your warehouse these lifts are a perfect fit for your operation.

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Warehouse Rack Pallet Rack

Maximize Your Available Space With A Simple Rack System

Every warehouse has different needs and fulfillment processes based on their product and end customer. Depending on your type of inventory and order flow, there are multiple racking options to fit your specific needs. Is your warehouse fraught with non-standard products that are over-length, bulky, and creating chaos on your storage floor? You can maximize your available space with a simple rack system.

Whether you need upright frames for vertical storage or load beams to store heavy cargo, machinery and other weighted objects KMH has you covered. Your warehouse operation is only as profitable as your ability to fulfill orders efficiently. We have what you need, and will present you with all your available options to increase your ROI.

Forklift Access

We can help you choose the perfect rack for your forklift fleet and employee productivity needs. You aisle width is extremely important when considering how to access your products via forklift.

Drive-In Rack

Level Up

We help you design the perfect ways to add extensions to existing uprights or buy taller uprights to make maximum use of available clear height. Extensions can be bolted onto existing frames to provide as much height as is necessary. Mezzanines can provide space for dense shelving necessary for slow movers.


Move Beam Levels and Change Pallet Profiles

Attention to pallet dimensions can allow some facilities to position beam levels so that no more than 4-6” is wasted for pallet lift-off. Often an entire additional beam level of storage can be created by reducing wasted beam spacing.

Beam Levels

Make It Narrow

Dramatic increases in pallets stored per cubic foot can be achieved by converting to Narrow Aisle stand-up trucks. You can even go as efficient as Very Narrow Aisle equipment that uses roughly 60” aisles. We help you space out your operation so it is lean and clean.

Narrow Aisle Bendi

Slow Mover Solutions

Carton, or case flow rack, pick modules and horizontal carousels also offer high density piece picking alternatives. Stack-racks may help reduce the footprint of bulky items. Deep reach, push-back, drive-in and pallet flow systems all increase storage density. Slow movers, seasonal products, multiple pallets per SKU items, etc. all are great places to start looking for storage alternatives. Other high density options include Mobile Aisle systems, Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS), Mini-Load systems. Vertical storage options include Vertical Lifts, also called Shuttles, and Vertical Carousels.

Even in a small warehouse slotting to reduce wasted travel time can have a big impact in storage and retrieval time. Remember that often the most expensive part of picking an order is the labor to pick it.

Carton Flow Rack

Keeping your ROI at maximum can be accomplished with ease and our 40 years of experience. 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.

Backsaver Lite Lifts

LS Series Backsaver® Lifts

Southworth Backsaver® Lifts are extremely rugged and reliable machines. Thousands of Backsaver Lifts are in use throughout the United States for machine feeding, work positioning, assembly, order picking, pallet loading, and a wide range of other applications. They are available in many basic sizes and capacities to lift and position loads up to 6,000 lbs and heights to 56″. The wide range of power options, controls, tabletops, and base configurations that can be specified for each of the many basic sizes gives the user an almost unlimited choice of variations.

Backsaver Lite Lifts

These industrial grade lift tables are specifically designed for those applications involving lighter loads of up to 1,500 lbs. They are available in four standard configurations: Stationary, Compact with high lift and small footprint, Portable with easy rolling casters, and Powered Portable with battery powered drive.

Lift Table Brochure

This brochure shows you in depth the different lift tables we offer along with specifications for our different models. Hydraulic, Pneumatic, Light Capacity, Dock, Manual, & many more lift tables.

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If you’re interested in additional information on the LS Series Lifts 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 Is Redefining Service

Scheduled maintenance is critically important to the safe operation of your vehicle. Our technicians are factory certified on both electrical and internal combustion products, and have detailed OEM training on a variety of competitive brands such as TCM, Nissan, Toyota, Yale, CAT, Clark & Hyster to name a few.

Maintaining your fleet is a seamless satisfying experience when you schedule regular PMs with KMH. Our reps and techs keep you on schedule and rolling so you never miss a shipment. Uptime is everything, so we have made sure our Service Department is ready for you with over $1 million dollars in parts inventory, professionally trained radio and GPS dispatched fleet of over 50 service technicians for when you want to leave the repairs to us. Supported by our outstanding parts-sourcing capabilities, we can keep your lift trucks up and running… adding to your bottom line!

Our goal is 2-hour response time when you call.
And, we get it right the first time with fewer than 4% callbacks on service repairs!

KMH Services More Than Just Lift Trucks

Lift Trucks are not the only equipment that needs service. We offer Full Maintenance options, planned & breakdown, for:

Dock Equipment
Batteries & Chargers
Brake Parts
Yard Dogs

Drive Axle Components
Electrical Components
Fuel Systems
Hydraulic Parts
Lift Chains
Load Wheels

Wire Guided Vehicles
LP Tanks
Lift Tables
Tune-Up Parts

Recondition Equipment

Need To Rebuild?

Rebuilding your equipment saves you thousands of dollars a year – that’s money you can use to grow your business. Our parts and service technicians can give you a quote on your current repair needs as well as create an ongoing parts and service plan for regular maintenance. We often help customers pre-order parts they need on a regular basis to save them time.

Call us at 888-564-7678 press #2 for Service or fill-out the form below and find let us help you save on rebuilds and create a maintenance plan that works for your budget. 

PalletPal Walkie

PalletPal Walkie Mobile Leveler

The PalletPal Walkie is an automatic spring actuated level loader that works in tandem with your existing powered walkie or rider pallet trucks. The PalletPal Walkie works with all standard electric walkie and walkie/riders.


A worker simply drives the pallet truck into the PalletPal’s built in fork, an empty pallet is positioned on the skid resistant platform. The worker does the same job he has always done except, the platform is at a comfortable height which can be loaded easily with no bending or stretching. As more items are added the Walkie’s spring compresses to lower the platform while keeping the top level at a comfortable, ergonomic height.


  • Automatic Height Adjustment – Spring mechanism responds to load
  • Requires no electrical power
  • Platform accommodates all types of pallets and skids including GEO and half pallets
  • Platform recesses and narrow base pads allows workers to get closer to the load

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

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