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Work Doesn't Have To Be A Pain - Ergonomic Office Furniture

April 24, 2017  |  Comments

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Ergonomic Office Furniture

Has work become, well, a pain? This doesn't have to be the case for you or your employees.  Just a few changes in the office and warehouse can make what once was a pain to deal with, a lot easier.

Why office furniture is important to both employees and employers

Using ergonomic furniture isn't just about making your workers comfy cozy. Avoiding muscular and overuse issues helps with retention and lowers health costs!  

Some ways that ergonomic furniture can help your employees -

1.            Maintain Neutral Posture

2.            Work in the Power/Comfort Zone

3.            Allow for Movement and Stretching

4.            Reduce Excessive Force

5.            Reduce Excessive Motions

6.            Minimize Contact Stress

7.            Reduce Excessive Vibration

8.            Provide Adequate Lighting

 

How ergonomic office furniture affects productivity

Ergonomic office furniture improves productivity by designing the workspace to allow for good posture and less physical exertion. Poor ergonomics can lead to fatigue and frustration, which can negatively affect the quality of work that an employee performs. It’s a logical line of thought that if employees aren’t experiencing discomfort and fatigue on a daily basis, they will perform better. not to mention the benefits of reducing turnover, decreasing absenteeism, improving morale and increasing employee involvement. Using ergonomic furniture in a workspace can also significantly reduce costs for employers by systematically reducing the overall risk of employee injury caused by uncomfortable workstations.

Why ergonomic office furniture/equipment is important to employers, aside from productivity

swivel zenergy at desk

Positive ergonomics can reduce costs for employers (prevent costly musculoskeletal disorders like carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, rotator cuff injuries, epicondylitis, trigger finger, muscle strains and low back injuries) which are some of the most frequently reported causes of lost/restricted work time. Not to mention the benefits of reducing turnover, decreasing absenteeism, improving morale and increasing employee involvement. Using ergonomic furniture in a workspace can significantly reduce costs for employers by systematically reducing the overall risk of employee injury caused by uncomfortable workstations.

ergonomic mobis seat in use

 

A Plus Warehouse stocks a variety of ergonomic designed office furniture. We offer chairs and desks, from leaning seats to adjustable tables and desks as well as anti-fatigue floor mats and operational equipment such as lift trucks, power stackers, and scissor lifts for safe lifting. 

Optimizing Office Space for Maximum Employee Happiness and Productivity

Turnkey Inplant Offices

Divide the office: Keep professional and personal spaces separate (work space vs. lounge space, kitchen, etc) to achieve balance between professional/private life, create two different environments in the same office to make employees more productive.  Use Implant Offices from A+ Warehouse: easily install implant offices in your warehouse/office without having to close for construction. Create comfortable leisure/mealtime spaces for employees.

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Happy Purim From A Plus Warehouse

March 10, 2017  |  Comments

Happy Purim

Purim is a festive holiday celebrating freedom and the power of good over evil.

The whole team at A Plus Warehouse wishes peace an happiness to all of our excellent employees, customers, vendors, and political leaders as well. Governance is at best very difficult and we all pray for a good outcome from our leaders actions - both locally and nationally.

 

Happy Purim

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What is the Difference Between Galvanized Steel and Stainless Steel?

March 2, 2017  |  Comments

galvanized steel vs stainless steel

Galvanized Steel versus Stainless Steel

So you're in the market for steel equipment. And not just any steel -- you've heard all about these other, reportedly stronger, more durable kinds of steel. That's right, we're talking galvanized steel and stainless steel.

What is the difference between them? When would you choose one over the other? And which is right for your needs? We at A Plus Warehouse are here to answer these questions and shed some light on their differences, similarities, and general uses.

The Materials

Before we can make any sort of claim to how strong they are, first we have to know how these steels are made.

How is galvanized steel made?

When manufacturing galvanized steel, a sheet of regular carbon steel is coated with rust- and corrosion-resistant zinc.

How is stainless steel made?

Stainless steel is made by mixing molten steel with chromium, which protects from rust.

Their Uses

A wide range of industries use both galvanized and stainless steel equipment in their everyday work. Common uses for them include outside or wet environments, as their rust-resistant qualities provide you capable equipment you'll be able to use for years. Food service or agricultural applications commonly use either galvanized or stainless steel equipment.

We suggest that if you are going to be using the equipment outside that you would choose galvanized steel. 

Stainless steel is specially designed to work with food, pharmaceuticals, and in applications where there needs to be no static electricity, like computers. 

The Cost

All right, let's talk price -- how much does one type of steel cost compared to the other?

Because manufacturing stainless steel is a much more involved process, galvanized steel is generally the more affordable option. Remember, galvanizing a sheet of carbon steel only requires a zinc coat, while stainless steel must be made early on during the mixing stage.

Three Shelf Stainless Steel Mobile Stand

That said, you can find plenty of low-cost, high-durability stainless steel products, such as this three shelf stainless steel mobile stand.

The Bottom Line

And now the moment you've been waiting for… the question you've been dying to hear an answer to… Is galvanized steel stronger than stainless steel?

pre configured galvanized pallet rack

And the answer is… it depends! Although, yes, technically stainless steel is stronger because its rust-resistance is built into its make-up, galvanized steel can be plenty strong enough for most applications. For example, you can reliably store 20,000 to 27,000 pounds on this Galvanized Pallet Rack -- an impressive feat by anyone's standards!

Galvanized or Stainless Steel?

So which type of steel will you use? The sturdy yet affordable galvanized steel, or the uncompromising, near-flawless stainless steel? Now that you know all about them, reaching a decision should be a matter of research and knowing your needs.

Stainless Steel Bench With Galvanized Legs

If you can't decide, you can always compromise. You can find equipment that utilizes both types, such as this stainless steel workbench with galvanized legs. Truly the best of both worlds!

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Are You Using the Wrong Lockers?

February 6, 2017  |  Comments

Are you using the wrong work lockers

Could Your Workspace Benefit from Lockers?

Every workspace varies according to the type of work being done. This raises an important question: does every workspace need lockers of some sort? Because lockers are so widely used in a variety of workspaces, it’s natural to assume any locker would be a perfect fit for yours.

However, before you decide whether you need lockers or not, you may need to ask yourself some questions. We’ve listed a few of the most important ones here to ensure your workspace can get the most benefit from the right kinds of lockers.

“Do I need to protect belongings and/or private information?”

Protecting personal belongings is of paramount importance in any workspace. This is especially true in schools and colleges, which you may not think of as a traditional workplace. However, lockers are a staple of educational facilities around the world. Both iconic in appearance and unrivaled in function, lockers have provided safe, secure storage for students of all ages for generations.

smart phone lockers social sharing

School lockers come in many different types, from ventilated to box lockers that can meet a variety of security needs. As we move into the digital age, we may see students trading in their physical textbooks for tablets, laptops, and other electronic storage devices. This may lead to a decreased need for the traditional lockers of the past. Cell phone lockers can make capable replacements, as they provide secure storage for smartphones and tablets.

“Is my storage flexible enough for my needs?”

You can depend on lockers to provide you with ample storage space. However, if your storage needs change, will your chosen locker be up to the task? Lockers that provide multiple kinds of storage may be what you need.

The good news is you can find lockers with multiple storage capabilities. Combination uniform and shelf lockers could provide the flexibility you’re looking for, as they allow you to store work uniforms and personal belongings in a single locker.

“Is my equipment safe both during and after work hours?”

Although the people are the highest priority around the workspace, you can’t ignore the need for equipment storage. For manufacturing facilities, packaging plants, and other industrial workspaces, the equipment is necessary to getting the day’s work done. Storage for this equipment is a must-have.

Heavy duty lockers are the best suited for industrial equipment storage, as they are made from sturdy 12-14 GA steel and are all-welded for strength. Shelves within have wide openings that allow you to secure a range of items.

Get the Lockers You Need Today

If your workspace could benefit from lockers, now’s the time to add them to your workspace. Lockers can keep your items safe and secure when you need them. Choose the ones that fit your needs best!

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Which Ladder Works Best for the Space You Have?

January 18, 2017  |  Comments

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Your Work Space Determines Your Ladder

No matter what kind of warehouse you have, a ladder is an essential piece of equipment. However, no two warehouses are set up in quite the same way. You’ll need to figure out the right kind of ladder your warehouse needs.

We at A Plus Warehouse have put together this handy guide to help you decide on a ladder that fits your space, adds work efficiency, and gets the most bang for your buck.

The Tall and Narrow Warehouse

Many warehouses store products or materials on tall racks. Racks can be on the tall side; to reach the top you’d need an equally tall ladder. For that, we recommend the Everest Extra Tall Rolling Ladder. The Everest is one of the tallest production ladders on the market, with a maximum of 16 steps at 160” high.

The Wide and Flat Warehouse

If your warehouse space is wide and flat, you’ll want a ladder that can easily navigate between your storage equipment. A ladder as tall as the Everest ladder won’t likely work here. A shorter ladder may work well here to avoid straining to get items out of your reach.

Oftentimes, a wide, flat warehouse space will need multiple ladders at multiple locations. Rolling ladders solve this by providing height and mobility, allowing you to move them where they’re needed most to get you ergonomic (and economic) value.

The Large Storeroom

A large warehouse is great for storage purposes, but the sheer amount of space to navigate can be problematic. Keeping track of the thousands of products it contains can be difficult as well, so wouldn’t it be great if you had a ladder that helped with both?

Stock picking ladders specialize in keeping the items you need to stock close at hand, saving you from having to constantly go to the storeroom. A 6-8 or 9-12 step ladder combines with either two or three 350-lb. shelves, offering you a convenient way to take your work with you.

The Right Ladder for You is at A Plus Warehouse

A ladder offers you a simple way to reach up high without having to strain yourself or use any complicated machinery. Although all ladders have a similar functionality—just set it up, and up you go!—the ways you can use one will be limited by the kind of warehouse you have.

But no matter what kind of warehouse you have, you can find an ideal ladder at A Plus Warehouse. Our selection is always stocked and ready to help you achieve better work efficiency.

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The Secret Solution(s) to Successful Warehouse Organization

January 9, 2017  |  Comments

The Secret to Warehouse Organization

What's the secret to getting orgazined?

With proper warehouse organization, you can accomplish so much. Without it, you can feel like you’re rolling a giant boulder up an even more giant hill. But you’ve got a job to do; you can’t be held up by trivialities like a disorganized warehouse. Especially not when the solution to this problem is easily solved. Getting work done around your warehouse doesn’t need to feel like an immovable boulder; all you need is better warehouse organization. Here are our secret tips for getting your warehouse organized.

The Problem: You don’t have the right kind of storage.

Eight Opening Uniform Exchange Locker

Uniform Exchange Locker

 

Let’s go back to our boulder analogy. Once you get the boulder up the hill, you need somewhere to put it. Except when you go to put it away you find all your storage is square- or rectangle-shaped, and the boulder is a circle. No matter how much you turn it, it’ll never fit in the storage you have. The Secret Solution: You need the right kind of storage. Does your warehouse have a variety of bin cabinet storage for small parts storage?  Does it have uniform exchange lockers for your employees? Do your hazardous materials have their own separate space, like flammable liquid cabinets?

tall flammable liquids cabinet

Flammable Liquids Cabinet

All of your equipment, tools, and materials need a dedicated space. Specific storage ensures they will be easy to find when you need them while keeping them out of the way of your other items.

The Problem: You don’t enough storage.

Jumbo Storage Cabinets

Jumbo Storage Cabinets

So you’ve brought your boulder to the top of the hill. And you’ve put it in the right-sized storage container. But what about the next boulder? All those boulders need to be put away too, or else you’ll just end up cluttering the place. The Secret Solution: Get more storage space than you think you need. Over time, it’s highly likely your warehouse will need more space than you previously anticipated. So the only logical course of action is to make sure you have enough space to support a surplus of materials, equipment, etc. After all, growth is good for a business. In the inevitable case that you end up running out of space in your usual storage spot, you’ll have plenty of backup storage to cover it, which will lead to better warehouse efficiency. You can partly solve this by going with larger storage items, such as jumbo cabinets.

Solving Warehouse Organization

You and your employees may be the most productive workers on the planet, but even that might not be enough to get all your work done. With warehouse organization being such a pervasive issue, it’s a problem that needs solving right now. Ask yourself the following questions: Does your warehouse have the right storage it needs to succeed? Does it have enough storage capacity to support a surplus or excess? Only by following these principles can you prepare your warehouse for the challenges ahead and then overcome them with ease.

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Show Snow Who's Boss With Snow Melting Mats

December 23, 2016  |  Comments

Snow to be shoveled or you can use a snow melting mat

Snow Melting Mats

During the winter season shoveling and salting snow can be time consuming and a pain. So what’s an easy alternative?

Snow melting mats.

Eliminate the need to shovel and salt snow, making your industrial, residential, or commercial area easily accessible without the hassle.

Snow Melting Mats - Use

Whether your heated snow melting mat is for your home or business they can be used to:

  • Create a walkway – By placing heated mats around foot or wheel traffic before it begins to snow, that area will stay snow-free while it’s snowing. This allows you to maneuver in and out of your work space or residence with ease.
  • Keep your loading dock or driveway clear – Place the ice and snow melting mats where you need your cars and trucks. Our industrial snow melting mats are covered in thick heavy duty rubber allowing you to create a space where you can park your car or unload a truck at any given time.

ice and snow melting outdoor mats

Snow Melting Mats - Placement

When placing your snow and ice melting mats take into consideration where snow may not reach. Over hanging roofs and awnings may provide extra space where mats don’t need to be placed giving you more floor space to use your mats. The industrial mats have 6-foot power cables that are water-tight and extra durable, protected with GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter).

Snow Melting Mats - Efficiency

Instead of shoveling or salting the snow away, these mats do it for you.

Shoveling snow is time consuming if there isn’t a snow blower to do it, and even then there is less work with heated mats.

Salting the snow can be easy but the mess that salting creates can be tracked into your home or business, expanding the mess. Also salting will eat away concrete over time, ruining your driveway, sidewalks, and any other areas.

The mats plug right into the wall and can be turned on or off with ease. The most efficient snow removal while being low cost to operate, cleaner areas, and they are also slip preventive.

What are you waiting for?

For warehouse areas there are always places outside the building that snow can impede on work being completed in a timely manner. Even office buildings that have a walkway leading to it can be a tough time in the snow. The snow melting mats melt snow at 2 inches an hour, by turning them on when it begins to snow you already prevent the first 2 inches of snow from affecting your walkways.

…or you could stick to shoveling.

 

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Which Conveyor Best Fits Your Needs?

December 19, 2016  |  Comments

Which Convey Fits Your Needs?

 

 

Choosing Your Perfect Conveyor

When planning a conveyor system for your workplace, you’ve probably run into a small problem. There seem to be as many types of conveyor belts as there are uses for them. This can all get rather confusing if you don’t know which kind will work best for your needs.

Save yourself the headache. Whether you’re dealing with a large daily volume of packages or lots of bulk materials, here’s how to identify the right conveyor for your needs.

High Volume

Conveyors are great for moving a high volume of items. If your distribution warehouse needs to move lots of ready-to-be-shipped packages, selecting the right type of conveyor is critical.

Heavy Duty In Stock Expandable Conveyors

Skate Wheel Heavy Duty Conveyor

Your ideal conveyor should feature smooth movement to ensure your items won’t get caught. Belt, roller, and skate wheel conveyors can all work for this use. If you’re using roller or skate wheel conveyors, be sure the rollers or wheels are spaced fairly close together. Depending on the items you are moving, something could get caught, which could slow down your entire operation.

Best Conveyors: Belt conveyor, roller conveyor, skate wheel conveyor

Fragile

Protecting goods as they travel along the conveyor system should be a high priority for any facility. However, even if you are extra careful with how you handle fragile packages and goods, you may find your items still need a little extra TLC.

Heavy Duty Slider Bed Power Conveyor

Belt Conveyor

A belt conveyor handles items with a gentle touch. Because items travel on a single flat surface at a uniform speed, there’s less risk of damages.

Best conveyors: Belt conveyor, Power conveyor

Loose Materials

Manufacturing facilities that specialize in producing small, loose materials need a conveyor to move these parts around efficiently.

Extra Heavy Duty Power Expandable Roller Conveyor

Power Conveyor

A power conveyor is your best bet to ensure your materials or parts get where they need to go. You may also need a conveyor that moves your materials between multiple floors of your warehouse for different stages in production.

Best conveyor: Power conveyor, incline conveyor

Wet Use

Do you need to use a conveyor outside? If so, a normal conveyor won’t be able to handle the kind of heavy duty work you’re performing. That’s doubly true if you’re working under wet or rainy conditions.

Heavy Duty Dry and Wet Use Aggregate Conveyor

Heavy Duty Dry and Wet Use Aggregate Conveyor

You need a conveyor with a high capacity that can move a large amount of dirt, mud, or sludge from a potential construction site or other location. This conveyor must support both wet and dry conditions. Incline capability is useful as well, as it allows the conveyor to move materials from multiple levels of elevation.

Best conveyor: Aggregate conveyor, Incline conveyor

Apply Your Conveyor Knowledge to Your Work

That just about covers all the most common types of conveyors and conveyor uses. Of course, there are other conveyor types that can add efficiency to your workload, proving there’s always something to learn. However, we’re confident you now have the knowledge to get the right conveyor system for your needs.

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Different Types of Conveyors and Their Many Uses

December 2, 2016  |  Comments

 Different Conveyors and Their Uses

How Can You Use Different Conveyors?

Conveyors specialize in making things move, in getting things from Point A to Point B. It’s a simple concept to understand, but the idea of moving things is actually more complex than it seems. “Moving” can mean traveling from the truck, through the warehouse, up and down, and “things” can mean pallets, packages, and even loose materials.

This has all led to the creation of the many types of conveyors we see today. Today we’ll go over the various conveyor types and the purposes they serve.

Roller Conveyors

Roller conveyors are among the most common type of conveyor. They are used in just about every kind of industrial application you can imagine, from warehousing and distribution to packaging and manufacturing. Roller conveyors are available in light, medium, heavy, and extra heavy duty.

Power Roller Conveyors

Many conveyor systems employ the use of gravity to move loads. However, if the load is too heavy or must travel up to a different level of the facility, a power roller conveyor is ideal. Power conveyors use electricity to move large, heavy loads where they need to go.

Stainless Steel Conveyors

Stainless steel is a convenient material that resists rust and corrosion. Where movement is concerned, this is an invaluable trait because it ensures your equipment won’t be hindered when it matters most. Stainless steel conveyors allow food service and other industries that value sanitation to have clean conveyor systems without fear of rust locking it up.

Gravity Pallet Conveyor

Heavy pallets are often moved along conveyors for better efficiency around the workplace. A gravity pallet conveyor is a specialized type of conveyor suited for moving pallets. Featuring a 50-inch width and 500 lb. capacity, this pallet conveyor uses gravity to get even more ergonomic movement.

Belt Conveyor

Industries that use belt conveyors want smooth movement above all else. A powered belt conveyor allows the operator to control the movement between multiple phases. The addition of a trough bed to the conveyor can better contain items that may fall off, making the belt conveyor a staple for food service and manufacturing facilities working with fragile materials and products.

Skate Wheel Conveyor

Skate wheel conveyors are an alternative to roller conveyors. Skate wheels are staggered, meaning they have more space between them than rollers do. This makes them perfect for moving larger loads like packages that aren’t necessarily as heavy as the loads that roller conveyors can support.

Expanding Conveyor

For the facility where space is a premium, an expanding conveyor is a useful item. Also called an accordion-style conveyor, this conveyor can expand and contract easily to fit around bends, pillars, and other obstructions on the warehouse floor. It is an ideal conveyor for moving loads from loading trucks.

Aggregate/Hopper Conveyor

We’ve grouped this type of conveyor together because they are often used in the same application—moving large quantities of aggregate/loose materials to make room for construction sites, etc. Aggregate conveyors are usually powered incline conveyors that use belt or cleated surfaces to move rocks, coal, and dirt, while hopper conveyors use hoppers that are ideal for pellets.

We hope you got some good use from this guide and learned a thing or two about the kinds of conveyor systems you can have!

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5 Workspace Problems Only Cabinets Can Solve

November 9, 2016  |  Comments

5 Workspace Problems Only Cabinets Can Solve

Cabinet Solutions to Your Storage Problems

No matter how efficient you think your workspace is, it could always be better. Equipment is left out overnight, or you can never find that drill bit you’re looking for.

We understand your pain. And good thing for you, we also understand how to solve your problems! When you’re looking to improve your workspace, few things will make as big a difference as cabinets will. Today we’d like to share with you 5 common problems that only cabinets can solve.

Stainless Steel Storage Cabinet

5. “All my expensive equipment is getting wet and rusted!”

If you work in wet or semi-wet conditions, rust and condensation buildup is inevitable. Although you and your employees may be okay with a little moisture, your equipment won’t be. Construction tools like electronic drills and sanders as well as heavy duty mechanic’s equipment such as air compressors can be completely ruined if they get too much exposure to moisture.

The Solution: Stainless steel cabinets. Stainless steel is a material that is immune to rust, and is corrosion- and acid-resistant as well. A stainless steel cabinet will protect all of your equipment down to the tiniest bit or screw, saving them from rust—and saving you the headache of replacing them.

12 ga hybrid storage cabinet

4. “I can never find the exact piece I need!”

Ever spent a good part of the work day hunting for that 3/8” shank drill bit? We all know how frustrating it is to not find what you’re looking for right when you need it. You have to stop whatever project you were working on while you search. Wouldn’t it be easier if that drill bit you needed was in the same dedicated space?

The Solution: Bin cabinets. With a bin cabinet, you can have a separate bin for every type of drill bit, screw, nut, bolt—anything! Rows of sturdy pull-out bins let you find and store the small pieces and parts you need, so you never have to hunt them down again.

Military Combination Cabinet

3. “My work uniform always smells!”

When you work hard, you work up a sweat. Over time, your uniform can start to smell. Since you can’t always get them washed at work, your clothes are doomed to smelling like mildew. Or are they…?

The Solution: Ventilated cabinets. Sometimes simple airflow is all you need to extend the use of your uniform until washing day. Vented doors and sides and sturdy all-welded construction make a ventilated cabinet essential wherever uniforms are needed. The best part is you still get additional storage shelves as well, which is perfect for a personal locker to keep your uniform and daily equipment within.

60 in wide electronic access cabinet

2. “People are getting into lockers they aren’t supposed to!”

We all know how it works: someone “borrows” a tool and then never brings it back. Security isn’t as big an issue at every workplace, but it can still be important.

The Solution: Restricted Access Cabinets. You can lock up your “authorized access only” items in a restricted access cabinet. With its electronic lock that supports up to 250 unique users, this cabinet keeps equipment safe so they’ll always be available when needed.

Deluxe Aluminum Horizontal And Vertical Cylinder Cabinets

1. “I don’t feel safe putting dangerous materials here…”

If space is at a premium at your workplace, it isn’t uncommon to store many items together just to save some space. But if you’re dealing with sensitive or dangerous materials, you run the risk of not only contaminating your other equipment but endangering your workplace.

The Solution: Specialty cabinets. If you deal with flammable materials like gasoline, Super Safety Cabinets provide a safe place for them. For gasses stored in cylinders, you need Cylinder Cabinets. Both cabinets save you from having to store possibly dangerous materials with your other equipment.

Cabinets can solve some very specific problems, from protecting and storing your equipment to even protecting your workplace. Now that you know how to solve these 5 problems, get the cabinets you need now!

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