The Hytrol Experience

How to Use Conveyors to Improve Plant Ergonomics

Posted by Scott Stone on May 19, 2015 7:00:00 AM

ErgonomicsAccording to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the leading causes of workplace injuries and illnesses. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, in fact, shows MSDs (e.g., carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, muscle strains, lower back injuries, etc.) accounted for roughly 33% of all worker injury and illness cases reported in 2013.

 

Conveyors can reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injury in tasks that involve manual handling by reducing the need for repetitive lifting and carrying of heavy loads. But the devil is in the details, as always. If your conveyor workstations aren’t correctly configured, they can actually contribute to the development of MSDs. Conveyor systems are essentially an interface with workers, and should be designed as such.

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Topics: Educational, Integration Partners, Material Handling, Scott Stone

How to Test Your Conveyor for Performance: A 5-Step Checklist

Posted by Scott Stone on Feb 5, 2015 7:00:00 AM

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While conveyor systems can help you create warehouse efficiency and optimize operations, they are both a major investment and a serious decision. You want the best equipment you can buy for your money, so it’s important to factor in considerations such as the Total Cost of Ownership to determine how you can maximize the investment over the long term.

To ensure you get the most out of your conveyor system now and in the future, it’s also important to allow adequate time for testing prior to getting the new system up and running. There could be hidden mechanical issues that would delay production, or any number of other problems that may need to be adjusted so the conveyor system can perform at peak efficiency.

So how do you test your conveyor for performance? Follow this 5-step checklist.


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Topics: Conveyor Maintenance, Conveyor Systems, Conveyor Testing, Material Handling, Scott Stone