Protecting products from damage will significantly reduce the level of revenue leakage due to damaged or broken goods. Buying the right piece of material handling equipment not only achieves this – but can also be beneficial to your business in many other ways.
Good material handling equipment will decrease the number of on-the-job injuries, as moving products around without assistance often leads to twisted and awkward postures – resulting in potential long-term effects on muscles, joints and nerves.
The increased number of women in the workplace – along the higher average age of the workforce – is an important consideration. In environments where manual handling is the normal practice this translates to an increased risk of injuries, which in turn leads to higher rates of absenteeism.
If you are considering purchasing or upgrading a materials handling solution for your business, Dublin-based equipment supplier One Stop Handling offers a few tips on ways to save money:
1. Check to see if there is used material handling equipment available that suits your needs. This can often be a very cost-effective way to solve you handling requirements.
2. If you are considering placing a substantial order for material handling equipment, have a prototype made first. This allows your operators to experiment and make changes before you commit to a final order.
3. Plan ahead. If your product needs to be handled in a special or unique way, inform your equipment supplier. A sure-fire way to waste time and money is to order the wrong piece of equipment, then having to re-order.
4. If you need the handling device to stack, collapse, roll, disassemble, or for example if you need to incorporate dividers to accommodate different pieces and parts, inform your supplier in advance.
5. Make a ‘wants’ versus ‘needs’ checklist. Adding new features will increase cost. But don’t eliminate the ‘needs’ features simply to save money.
6. Inspect and clean the equipment regularly. Preventive maintenance will help reduce downtime, ensure early detection of potential problems and extend the product’s useful life.
7. Sometimes your current solution can be easily modified to fit your needs, so compare the cost of repairing or modifying equipment versus buying new.
8. When you are done with the equipment, consider trading-in or selling it through advertising. Your supplier may help spread the word.
Finally, always rely on your materials handling equipment supplier for guidance to make sure your solution is properly tailored to meet your needs.
One Stop Handling Ireland (01-864 9008) covers the 32 counties with sales, service and free advice. Based at Millennium Trade Park, Ballycoolin, Dublin 15, the company also offers training and certification with all its handling solutions.
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