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What is a Strip Door and Why Do I Need It?

July 16, 2019  |  Comments

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What’s a Strip Door?

A strip door is a simple way to create a barrier and separate two spaces through over lapping flexible strips made to resemble a doorway. Strip doors replace regular wooden doors, you would see them in a similar spot. The reason for choosing strip door over standard wood one is the amount of travel. If the doorway is a heavily traveled passageway then it is more convenient to have a strip door rather than a regular one. With strip doors you can walk through it with little effort and push. If you are carrying something with two hands then you won’t have the ability to turn a nob and open door, but you do have the ability to walk through, typically pvc, strip doors. These doors are used when there is a high workflow.

Where are Strip Doors Seen?

The most common place to find an industrial strip door is at a kitchen area, whether it is a smaller one, restaurant attached one, or industrial one. In the kitchen people are constantly handling items and typically with two hands to prevent spills and accidents, but the problem is transportation with no hands. This is when the strip doors come in handy. Rather than balancing a boiling pot in one hand with hopes it goes well and holding the door with the other hand, you could just walk through strip doors. Some are even see through which is necessary in the kitchen to see if there is someone on the other side because the last thing you would want to do is run into someone when you have a plate full of prepared food. The most common strip we sell at A Plus Warehouse is the See Through Strip Doors. They open with less than a pound of force, it is perfect for walk in coolers or freezers because it can separate the differential in temperature between rooms. With kick panels included and a variety of sizes to choose from you are sure to find the right strip door to suit your industrial needs.

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Why Is a Strip Door Necessary?

Strips doors can create efficiency in the industry which is a plus for every company. Rather than having to take more time and do a balancing act to hold an item in one hand and turn a nob and push through the door with the other, you could spend less time and effort walking through a strip door. These doors can come in several different ways. The ones on our website are all durable and can create a perfect seal. Once you walk through strip doors, they will close behind you with a tight seal so no bugs or critters, or temperature differentials can be mixed. If efficiency is what you want, then you need strip doors.

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3 Steps to Warehouse Security

July 15, 2019  |  Comments

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1.Safety and Security Units

2. Right Tool for the Right Job, Durability

3. Organization and Barriers

First, to ensure security in your warehouse you must make sure you have proper safety with your locks. Know what needs a lock and how it is used. When you lock a piece of equipment it typically stops an unauthorized person from using it and getting injured. Locks are also used when equipment is in use. For example, when someone is on a ladder, there may be a guard and lock so no one else can get onto the ladder and mess up or distract whoever was originally on the ladder. Locks prevent the wrong people from using equipment and it saves the right people from others potentially distracting them.  Locking equipment in place is very important for personal safety. The last thing someone would want is for their material handling tasks to go wrong because of a loose and unlocked item. Let’s say one is on a personnel lift, they would not want the bottom moving or sliding without purpose. Because of this the wheels can lock. Locking wheels are very important because even though a wheel is made for items to be transported easily there is a time that it can be dangerous.

Choosing the right product for the right job. Many mishaps occur when the wrong item is used for the wrong job. When a job must get done learn more about the application in order to determine what tool will help you do the job.  When the right piece of equipment is used the right way then the risk factor minimizes. Durability is important in the warehouse. With materials such as metal or glass, they better be durable. If metal goes bad it can be harmful to the blood stream. You don’t want your metal corroding, and you would not want glass breaking or shattering. When buying your warehouse equipment be sure to spend extra money for the better material to save you in the future.

Warehouse gates make for great barriers and dividers when necessary. Gates can be used for safety reasons or organizational reasons. When it comes to safety, an area that is being constructed on may use a gate, so no one accidentally walks into a construction zone unknowingly. When it comes to organizational purposes, dividing a room can create for more organization and designating locations for certain jobs. With all these steps combined, your warehouse is sure to be a safe and secure one. You can count on A Plus Warehouse to provide you with security and give you helpful information about your workspace. To view our wide range of safety equipment for your soon to be secure warehouse check out the link below.

https://www.apluswhs.com/safety-equipment/

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What's Die Rack?

July 12, 2019  |  Comments

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A die rack is a type of rack designed to hold very heavy metals such as dies. These racks specifically are called die racks because die weights are significantly more massive than other materials, so a shelving unit was created to hold massive capacity. Many companies work with dies and other large heavy items and there is always a need to store items and create space. It is hard to store an item this large in any ordinary shelving, and because of this die racks have special die shelving. With racks built for ultimate support, dies can be stored safely and comfortably. Given the size, weight, and inability to stack it makes sense for these products to have their own racks to stay on.

When looking for the right rack to hold the dies you want to find a rack with the strength, capacity, and flexibility to store dies in a convenient and efficient way. Aside from this specialized rack for storing dies, it is also great for motors, jigs, and other heavy metals and materials. The way the shelves are designed creates for easy access to material. The dies can easily slide on and off the rack for accessibility and storage. A standard heavy duty die rack from A Plus Warehouse has a capacity around 11,000 pounds and shelves with a metal gauge of 16 and 14 for the supports. With many different size options, you can hold die racks of all different sizes. Choose as large of a rack you need or as small and spacious as you need.

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When people hear die racks other products that come to mind may be pallet racks, cantilever racks, lumber racks, pigeonhole bar racks, and reel racks. They are all similar in the sense that they hold products in one system, but they serve different applications and different items. Most of these types of racks work as they sound; a pallet racks holds pallets and regular shaped items, cantilever and bar racks can hold similar thing such as flat ladders, a pigeon hole rack holds items that are longer and bulky like a metal rod, and lastly reel racks can hold wire coils.

To find all the rack variety A Plus Warehouse can provide click on the link below.

https://www.apluswhs.com/racks/

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How Bins Are A Life Saver In Your Warehouse

July 9, 2019  |  Comments

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Do I really need to have bins in my workspace? Our answer to this is yes. Bins are not just rectangular shaped items you store supplies in, it does much more when used efficiently. Bins are the key product when it comes to storage and organization solutions. Bins are preferred to other items because they are cheap in comparison and can be bought in a bulk. A bin can store and organize your items in one place. Some bins can be labeled, some may have different shapes based on what you want to store.

Why Bins

One product that has the most amount of variation are bins. They can come in all different sizes, shapes, style, material and more. A product like this is widely favored because it is likely to suit most any application. No matter how large or how small of an items or group of items you want to store and organize, bins will differ from large bulk carrying ones, or small part specific ones.

Types and Design

Depending on what one is storing there may be different bin materials that will work better. For example, nonconductive bin, metal bins, glass, plastic and much more. If you were storing electronics and batteries, you would most likely want a nonconductive bin. Plastic bins are the ones that usually can come in array of colors. If you are searching for a more personally designed space and have color preferences, then colored plastic bins would be a good choice. The ability to have colorful bins lets you personalize your workspace even more.

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Storage and Efficiency

Once items are stored in bins and either in a bin shelf or other sort of bin organizing system that leaves a clean and organized space. An organized space will work to eliminate distraction and add efficiency. What better way to create an organized area than by having a bin system? The best way to get ultimate use out of a bin is to use and space the items in it efficiently. Know when you need a larger one, know how deep or shallow they need to be, and see how easily stackable certain bins may be. With all tasks accomplished your warehouse is sure to become the one with perfect bin storage.

 

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Why is Ladder Safety So Important??

July 9, 2019  |  Comments

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Ladders can be very dangerous if used irresponsibility; to prevent hazards and injuries we suggest taking many safety precautions when working with ladders. It is important to know the usage of a ladder; who is using it and with what application. Only one who is authorized and able should be climbing a ladder the right way. There are many different types of ladders, access ladders, folding ladders, rolling ladders and many more. If one is looking to do roof work, then they should use the right ladder for the job. In this case an access ladder, more specifically roof access ladder, is the type they need. If you use the right ladder for the right job, then that is the first step to ladder safety.

Though you can strive for safe application use by picking the right tool for the right job, when it comes to ladders, they are already automatically dangerous. Just because you are working with equipment the right way that does not mean it will be perfectly safe. This is where other warehouse equipment distributors like ours come in handy. We sell you ladder safety equipment such has guards, cages, and locks. A cage is great for the very tall 90 degree climbing ladders, because it provides a catching system incase you fall backwards while climbing. A guard will prevent others from coming onto the ladder while it is in use to avoid any mistakes or unauthorized people from climbing on. A lock stops people from getting to the ladder who should not be. The sort of mistakes that may result in fatality are not necessarily the individual user’s mistakes. It can be caused by other people, and because of this our safety gear not only protects the user on the ladder but it keeps other from climbing up to them and distracting them.

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5 Ladder Safety Tips

Check the ladder is in good condition: There should be no rust and no corrosion. Are there grips on the bottom so the ladder doesn’t slip away? Are there any loose screws that could fall out?

The right people: make sure the right people are the ones climbing, don’t have any ordinary person climbing a ladder. Even though there may be a ladder guard there should still be people at the bottom watching the ladder and keeping an eye out for unauthorized users.

3 point contact: while climbing always keep both feet and a hand or both hands and a foot on the ladder. Move one limb at a time, and keep the rest gripped onto the ladder.

Ladder location: set your ladder in a safe place. Make sure the floor it’s grounded on is firm and leveled. Avoiding having it near a highly traveled area or throughway such as an exit door.

Balance: Don’t do actions that will throw off your balance such as far reaches. Do not carry an item that will cause you to lose balance.

Ladder safety is extremely important and at A Plus Warehouse we want our customers to be safe in their work environment. View our wide range of safe ladder on its landing page on our website.

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3 Things You Need to Know About Warehouse Equipment

July 5, 2019  |  Comments

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Safety, efficiency, and product knowledge are the three most important factors that go along with warehouse equipment information. Safety is the biggest factor in any warehouse, industry, or place of work because no matter how big or how small a threat, safety must be a top priority. Some jobs are in general safer than other which we cannot change, but in those situations having the proper gear and extra safety gear is the way to go. Efficiency creates for a well developed company. Efficiency makes for more work getting done with less effort. When you work more efficiently you are creating more time for other work to be done. Instead of spending a while on one task, with efficiency you can do several more tasks in a shorter time span. Product knowledge is also very important with material handling. Terms that are used to describe warehouse equipment is not everyday vocabulary. For example knowing about metal gauges, material properties, capacities and more.

Safety

Safety is the most important part to be aware of in a warehouse. With heavy machinery and moving material, there is risk of injury. Whether the injury is something smaller or large, due to a lack of security or a lack of safety mechanisms, they are all factors that should be eliminated from warehouse work. There are many ways to do this. You can create security by having a ladder guard so that no unauthorized people climb on the ladder who are not supposed to. There is also cages that can go with those tall ladders that protect the user keeping them caged in. Gates are also used for safety, if an area must be closed off a gate will do the trick. At A Plus Warehouse we have an Expandable Gate that can either be stationary or mobile. These gates are helpful because it keeps the people doing the work in their area and prevents unauthorized people from coming in and creating a risk for themselves and others.

Efficiency

Efficiency is what keeps a business running; when there is a task you can do quicker in a shorter amount of time, that is what we call efficiency. Every warehouse should strive to have an efficient system. When talking about efficiency it is usually paired with comfort because worker’s comfort helps create efficiency. If a worker is not comfortable then they cannot be efficiency and because of this a worker should be comfortable. By this I mean workers should not be straining their backs to move items, a conveyor belt is better. If one’s job has them standing all day, they should be standing on an anti fatigue mat rather than hard concrete. The main thing to keep in mind is that a happy and comfortable worker is an efficient worker.

Product Knowledge

Lastly having product knowledge is very important in a warehouse. You will need to know how your machinery works and the different sort of applications that may go with different products. Knowing the different types of material and other characteristics of individual products is important as well. Knowing when to use wood, plastic, metal, steel, aluminum and others is useful when figuring out the needs for your application. When working with metal you will want to know what gauges are and what the higher and lower one means. A higher gauge will be a thinner metal and will haver lower capacity whereas a smaller gauge will be thicker and have higher capacity. When you put together safety, efficiency, and product knowledge you are sure to create a well put together warehouse.

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What is an ESD Workbench?

July 3, 2019  |  Comments

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What is an ESD Workbench?

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 ESD is the protection system for controlling static electricity and guiding it to the Earth’s ground. It is most important in the electronics industry and with electronic production, repairing, testing, and anything related. The reason ESD pairs with workbench is because workbenches are widely used in the electrical industry and is the surface most frequently used when assembling electronics. Workbenches are common equipment for people to have along with the need for electrical outlets by their workspace Because of this, ESD workbenches brings the safety electrical system to your everyday workspace.

Why ESD And Not Conductive?

A conductive surface has many great uses and can work well with many applications, but the application of an ESD top differs from conductive, and because of that you should use the right style for the right application. A conductive surface will short out any connections, which will create for impracticability of operating and testing circuits. A conductive surface will create high flowing currents, and that can damage another electrical circuit. ESD workbenches are both static dissipative and fireproof. When it comes to voltage safety, if there is a high voltage item with a conductive table then the table is likely to have a dangerously high voltage. If that same high voltage item were on an ESD top, then if you were to touch the table everything would be fine. An ESD top does not carry voltage like a conductive top may.

ESD laminate tops have a resistance value of 1.0 x 106 <1.0 x 109 ohms. This is good for two reasons; it prevents rapid discharge of any static that can cause damage and it is a great layer of protection from other high voltage items. Once you have figured out that you want an ESD workbench for your application, the next step would be to figure out which one. A Plus Warehouse has a wide variety of workbenches, plenty of which as described, for you to choose from and suit your needs. One of our top selling work benches is the Ergonomic Preconfigured Work Bench. With this product you have the ability to choose either a regular plastic laminate top, or an ESD laminate for your electrical jobs. With two different available dimensions, there is more that you can do with these tops, and more ways that your needs will be met.

Safety is a top priority at A Plus Warehouse and we hope that our ESD laminate blog spread the word about electrical safety.

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How to Add Efficiency to Your Industrial Kitchen?

July 1, 2019  |  Comments

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The most important element for any kitchen is having stainless steel products. It is best to have stainless steel in any industry that needs top sanitation such as a food company. Food industries will mass produce food and provide them to many people, for the safety of these people the food would have to be sanitary. Every industrial kitchen should have their equipment made from stainless steel. Stainless steel surfaces are easy to clean, whether it is baking soda you need to clean up, or a cracked egg. Stainless steel is known for its high sanitation and non-corrosive property. When working with food you want surfaces to stay clean and sanitized so food does not get infected. Similarly, you would not want food on a surface where there is corroding material, such as metal, because that is unhealthy and toxic to humans. Once you know the type of material you should have in an industrial kitchen the next step is having the right storage.

Storage

It is important to have storage in a kitchen to keep ingredients organized. With the large amount of ingredients, a big kitchen would have, it only makes sense to have the proper storage. Even though these are not necessarily going to be working surfaces, the material should still be stainless steel. Cabinets, carts, and bins could all be useful for storing foods at any restaurant. If it is stainless steel, you can’t go wrong with how you choose to organize your foods and utensils.

Worker Comfort

It is well known that in any work space comfort helps with production. In other terms a comfortable worker is a more efficient worker. At A Plus Warehouse we are firm believers in this concept and because of that we have products such as anti fatigue mats available. Our Industrial Food Service Mats are made for the food industry. We offer grease proof and grease resistant mats. The mats have drainage holes that will minimize slipping, maximizing worker safety.

To go along with worker efficiency, we can also provide food production items that are sure to add speed to food work. There are food grinders and saws, mixers, dicers, slicers and much more. Doing one task by hand repeatedly is more tedious than doing one task once several times with a machine. Our Fruit and Vegetable Dicer can cut your food in the most efficient way. Strive for efficiency in your industrial kitchen and you are sure to get great results.

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Why Order a Forklift Attachment

June 28, 2019  |  Comments

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A forklift is a vehicle with a pronged attachment in the front used for lifting and carrying heavy object. The forklift itself is heavy machinery that people operate from the inside and the attachment is what can go on the end. A Plus Warehouse sells the attachments for your forklifts. Not all attachments are the same; some are standard fork prongs whereas other may have a different shape and a more specialized application. All attachments are heavy duty and can carry heavy loads, but the types of loads will differ amongst the end piece. It is good to know which end piece you need, because the right one will add efficiency whereas the wrong one could create even more difficulty.

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Different Types of Forklift Attachments

Below are the five most common forklift attachments

Drum and Cylindrical Handler- Not all items may be a simple box sized item. A lot of times you may need to move cylindrical object such as drums. When you have this problem, you need to choose the right attachment. If you were to use a pallet fork for a cylindrical item, it may roll over or slide through, this is when you need the drum grabbing attachment.

Pallet Fork Extender- This allows great support for lifting larger and bulkier items. Not all items may fit on the same attachment, and sometimes you may need a longer one. In this case you would want extended fork attachments.

Work Platform- A work platform is supported on the forks of a forklift. The platforms are usually caged so it provides a level of safety for whoever is working on that platform. The platform is meant to raise and lower when there is a worker on it so they can do their job better. Not all tasks may be easy to reach, and for the ones that are not, a work platform will come in handy. There is also a smaller version of this commonly known as personnel platforms. It serves the same purpose but is made for one person.

Fork Mounted Rug Ram- These attachments are made to hold rolls, coils, and other similar shaped items. The sturdy pole is very durable can handle the heaviest of coils. Oftentimes they are rotatable, and at A Plus Warehouse they are. When holding a roll there is no better item that does the job quiet as well as this one.

Hoist Plate- You can also have hooks and hoists as a forklift attachment. This allows overhead lifting through chains or ropes. Some items must be lifted overhead and for the ones that do, none of the other forklift attachments make any sense.

If there is a need there is away. The need for different types of forklift attachments is extremely common because not everyone has the same needed application therefore, they would need different attachments. A Plus Warehouse has a range of all our different types of forklift attachments. Be sure to check them out.

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3 Must Haves For Your Loading Dock

June 26, 2019  |  Comments

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Dock Board and Plates

The most common loading dock equipment are dock plates and boards. They usually act as a bridge to piece together and close a gap between a truck and dock for humans or items to pass through. Though dock plates and boards are very similar the boards have edges to prevent items from spilling out whereas a plate does not have barrier. The benefits of not having the raised sides is that the dock plate can be transferred with more ease because the sides will not get in the way.

Dock Lifts and Levelers

To go along with your dock board and plate you will also need a dock lift. This is what you use when there is a truck with an odd height differential. If a height difference is too much for the board or plate to fix, that is when you need the hydraulic dock lift. When loading a truck with boxes rather than individually handing the boxes and height differential the lift will do the job for you keeping you free from any strenuous box movement.

A similar product that does the same job is a dock leveler. For safety and efficiency, a dock leveler stays attached to the dock itself while raising and lowering. It provides better stability and minimized truck movement while loading. This product provides a convenient way to load and unload heavy products from delivery trucks.

Loading Dock Safety

Once you have found the product to bridge the gap between a truck and the unloading area, the next thing you will need is something that provides safety while unloading. Wheel chocks are a must have when working with delivery truck loading and unloading. A wheel chock will prevent a truck from moving when someone is loading and unloading boxes with a forklift. If a truck were to move accidentally moving. If a truck were to move, then the person in a forklift moving boxes will fall in between; this is not safe at all. If there is a miscommunication between a truck driver and forklift user, and the truck drives away this present a high danger. Danger should be eliminated in these sorts of material handling task, and because we want safety, wheel chocks are a must have.

Auto lock docks are a product that is very similar to wheel chocks, but it is even safer, more reliable and efficient. So, if you have the means to spend a little extra on the auto lock dock, we recommend you do so. With an auto dock lock the truck will back in and the lock grabs the truck, puts on a green light and allows the driver and forklift user to do their job safely. With this mechanical equipment the truck driver cannot mess up because even if he accidentally tries to drive, he will be stopped, and the box handler will be safe.

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Safety is important in a loading dock area, and therefore we want to inform you on the top 5 things we think you need for your work zone. These top 5 products will provide safety, efficiency, and reliability.

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