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Forklift Attachments

March 16, 2015  |  Comments

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We are changing the way we sell forklift attachments

Historically , we sold drum equipment with drum handling and other forklift attachment in materials handling.  This makes little sense.  A fork mounted snow remover is it's own creature - not an electrical hoist.

A Plus Warehouse has a simple purpose - to make ordering materials handling and allied items easy to order - either online or the old fashioned way with real life salesmen!

Your hardworking blogmaster is also a seasoned sales person - having run an operation that has sold a good percentage of $100 million dollars in equipment since A Plus Warehouse started over 20 years ago.

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Roller Conveyor Update

March 8, 2015  |  Comments

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The HDRC conveyor is one our most popular items. We have added some options for customer convenience.

  1. Optional Structural frames - for machine loading
  2. Optional railings - single or both sides
  3. Heavier Capacity Stands
  4. An additional 10 stand elevation options

We do a great job with roller conveyors - call us 800-209-8798 if you need help

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General Information

March 6, 2015  |  Comments

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We have finally done it!

A Plus Warehouse has launched their new website.  This beauty has all the bells and whistles of a new website.  We also have the same amazing staff ready to help. Feel free to interact with us!

For Roller Conveyors , Lockers , and Shelving - there still is no better place to go !

 

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New Changes to our All Welded Cabinet

April 28, 2014  |  Comments

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View 14 GA all welded cabinet

We updated our 14 GA all welded cabinets to show additional sizes and colors . Like the BigBlue cabinet - these cabinets have a capacity in excess of 1000 pounds per shelf.

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The Top 10 Uses for Storage Bins

March 31, 2014  |  Comments

Industrial storage bins have wide variety of uses in many different areas and industries, including materials handling plants, warehouses, retail stores, schools, and even home use. Additionally there is also an extremely large selection of types of storage bins available for use. Read on to learn the top ten uses for storage bins.

1. Integrated Storage Systems

The most common use for storage bins is for a comprehensive storage system integrated into shelving, racks, cabinets, or lockers. Because storage bins come in so many different shapes and sizes, they are ideal for nearly any storage need, from a lot of different small parts to bigger, more expensive materials that may need extra protection.

2. Protection of Parts and Materials

Speaking of extra protection, heavy-duty storage bins with permanently attached tops provide great security for your more high-end parts and materials. FDA approved polyethylene lids that close securely will easily protect bin occupants from dust and damage. Some bins even come with a padlock eye on the permanently attached lid to allow for even more protection.

3. Protect against Electrostatic

If you're looking for protection from something other than dust, conductive plastic storage containers offer excellent protection of highly sensitive electronic components. These Conductive Containers protect MOS modules and certain PCBs against electrostatic charges in order to avoid erasing any important stored data.

4. Organization

Maybe you have a bunch of durable parts that don't really need extra care, but they need to be organized. Many storage bins contain partitions to divide each container as needed. Many also feature optional label holders which attach securely for faster and easier part identification

5. More Convenient and Easy Access

Stackable storage bins and shelf bins come in handy when you have shelf clearance, because they allow you to access parts through the hopper front. Imagine a bin that is five inches tall sitting on a shelf with fifteen inches of clearance. By using a regular shelf bin in this scenario instead of stackable storage bins, you would be wasting two thirds of the vertical storage space. Multiply this through an entire facility, and you are paying for too much warehouse space. But with a hopper front you can grab what you need quickly without moving other bins around.

6. Heavy-Duty Storage

Storage bins made from reinforced polyester resin can safely hold up to 500 pounds when stacked, with the bottom container in the stack supporting up to 3,000 pounds. Their thick walls provide extra strength and durability, and can withstand extreme temperatures too.

7. Transportation of Raw Materials

Storage bins are often used in transportation of raw materials and work in progress inventory within any given facility. They are a safe way to store materials of varying sizes without the risk of losing any little pieces. 

8. Food Handling

Closed mesh storage bins are designed to allow air circulation and visual inspection, making them ideal for food handling. They can hold many different kinds of foods without risking spoilage due to lack of air.

9. Children's Items

For consumer use, storage bins are great for storing toys, craft supplies, and more. Their bright colors make clean up fun for kids, and their large size accommodate everything from small lego bricks to bulky stuffed animals and bigger toys.

10. Garage Organization

Organize tools, nails, bolts, nuts, screws, raw building materials, pipes, and much more with a shelf bin and wire shelving system in your garage. You will love the added convenience when it comes time to do a project.

For the ultimate in organization at materials handling plants, warehouses, retail stores, schools, and home, implement storage bins into your storage system today.

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Praise From A Customer on Our School Lockers

March 25, 2014  |  Comments

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School LockersSchool Lockers are a specialty at A Plus Warehouse and we take pride in outstanding customer service.

Merchant Pay Network had a requirement for a good amount of lockers and needed delivery immediately! Steve Jacobs from Merchant Payment Network was nice enough to send us this letter. 

Carol & Ed, you guys have been a true blessing to me in having gone above & beyond in meeting and exceeding my expectations on your products and services.  You have also made me a rock star in my CEO & COO’s eyes with the pricing and customer service you’ve demonstrated thus far and I can’t thank you both enough.  Your dedication and passion to your customers is remarkable to say the least in this day and age and it is so greatly appreciated.  I look forward to working with you both again soon on our next order!

When you want praise worthy service like Mr. Jacobs experienced , please give us a call at 800-209-8798 - We are your right choice , right now..

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Safety Cabinets are Essential for Storing Hazardous Materials

March 24, 2014  |  Comments

OSHA and NFPA dictate that hazardous materials such as acid, paint, flammable materials and gases must be stored securely according to strict regulations. Safety cabinets are made specifically for this reason - not just to adhere to OSHA and NFPA regulations - but to ensure that hazardous materials are safely stored to protect your employees and prevent accidents. Read on to learn about the different types of safety cabinets available for storing hazardous materials.

Cylinder Cabinets

When gas cylinders are left unsecured there is always a chance for trouble to develop, but cylinder storage cabinets allow you to secure cylinders full of gasses safely. Cylinder cabinets are not only essential for safety at any manufacturing facility or plant, but they also allow you to be in compliance with OSHA regulations.

When ordering cylinder storage cabinets, the first issue you want to consider is in what environment will your cylinder cabinets be used? If you are using gas cylinder storage cabinets outdoors, you may want to consider aluminum cylinder cabinets. For indoor applications, you'd probably want to use steel cylinder storage cabinets.

Having made the decision of whether to order aluminum or steel cylinder storage cabinets, you now need to consider how the cylinders will be stored. Gas cylinder cabinets are available that store cylinders and tanks in a horizontal or vertical position, or both horizontally and vertically.

Double-Walled Flammable Storage Cabinets

Double-walled cabinets reduce the risk of costly, damaging fires, and also provide convenient storage of your flammable liquids. They feature air space between the two walls of the storage cabinet that act as insulation to protect paints, gasoline, and chemicals against heat, sparks, or fire.

Self-Closing Cabinets

Automatic self-closing cabinets have fusible links that hold the doors open. These metallic links melt at a relatively low temperature and the spring loaded doors close themselves. In the case of a manual door, an employee needs to manually shut the door if a fire starts. But really, in the case of a fire, you should only be worried about getting yourself out of the area and let the cabinets take care of themselves. Just remember to never obstruct a safety cabinet door! The auto close feature is a waste if there is an obstruction preventing a door from closing in an accident.

There are many different rules for flammables and gas cylinders. The smartest way to pick a safety cabinet is to look at what OSHA and NFPA regulations require, as well as any other laws that may regulate flammable and gas storage. Beyond the scope of law, it is always recommended to buy auto-closing safety cabinets over manual units. Don't put yourself or your employees in danger, always store hazardous materials safely in OSHA or NFPA approved safety cabinets.

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How Do Evaporative Coolers Work?

March 10, 2014  |  Comments

When it's the middle of the hot, hot summer, you don't care what it takes, you just want to cool down! One way to cool the air around you, without spending your life savings on air conditioning, is with an evaporative cooler. Read on to learn how evaporative coolers work.

Also known as swamp coolers, evaporative coolers lower the temperature around you by evaporating water from a reservoir within the machine. That's the easy explanation, but how and why does evaporation actually cool the air? A certain amount of heat, referred to as latent heat, is required to evaporate liquid. An evaporative or swamp cooler draws latent heat from the air in order to evaporate the water in its reservoir. As the water evaporates, it is atomized into micro-sized droplets that flash evaporate and create a noticeable drop in temperature.

This type of thermodynamics is much more common than you may think. In fact, your body probably does it on a daily basis. When you become overheated, you start to sweat and the perspiration evaporates exothermically, thereby reducing the temperature of your skin. 

Evaporative coolers work more effectively in dry climates than in humid environments because if there is already a lot of moisture in the air, evaporated water has no place to go (this is also why you feel more sweaty on hot, humid days, because your perspiration can't evaporate as easily).

Evaporative Cooler Uses

Depending on the dewpoint and relative humidity of an area, an evaporative cooler can lower surrounding temperatures up to 30 degrees Fahrenheit or more. For that reason, they are seen in many areas where air conditioning would be impractical. For instance, rather than attempt to cool an entire stadium, portable evaporative coolers are often seen at sporting events to cool down the athletes.

The same goes for warehouses or plants where a lot of space may be taken up by stock and materials, but employers still want to keep their workers comfortable. A simple portable evaporative air cooler can be the difference between keeping a valued employee and needing to replace them with an untrained person willing to work in hot conditions. For very little money, companies can show workers the respect they deserve by lowering work temperatures. Additionally, once temperatures reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit, worker productivity drops by 45%, so keeping your employees cool and comfortable can actually increase productivity.

Evaporative Coolers vs. Air Conditioners

The power consumption of an evaporative cooler is limited to just a fan and water pump, so operating costs are about 75% less than the operating costs of an air conditioner. Evaporative coolers also increase the humidity in the air, which can actually improve the breathability of air in dry climates.

If you are in a location that is relatively dry, evaporative coolers may just be what you need to chill out! Stay cool and get an evaporative or swamp cooler today!

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Maximize Your Storage Space With Pallet Racks And Cantilever Racks

March 3, 2014  |  Comments

If you or your company uses a warehouse to store products, materials or equipment, you could be wasting a lot of space by storing items on shelves or on the floor. Pallet racks and cantilever racks allow you to take advantage of the empty air available in buildings and truly maximize your storage space.

Most shelving has capacities limited to 800 pounds per shelf, and the standard width for shelves is generally limited to 48 inches. This means you can only store a limited amount of product on your shelves before you turn to storing it on piles on the floor. This method is not only inefficient, it can be dangerous too. No one wants to trip over a pile of dry wall when they're distracted or in a hurry! 

Pallet racks are used for storage in many factories and warehouses due to their ability to hold extremely heavy items as well as wider items than shelving can hold. Most pallet racks can go up to 20 feet high and 10 feet wide, so you can store nearly anything. Pallet rack shelving has capacities of up to 24,000 pounds per upright and 6,000 pounds per pair of beams, while structural pallet racks have upright capacity up to 45,000 pounds and beam capacity to 15,000 pounds - that's a lot of storage! When you need high weight capacity and a large opening, pallet racks are clearly the way to go.

Way too often companies put bulk items like dry wall, aluminum sheets, sheet steel, plywood, granite and flake board in piles on the floor, leaving it to the warehouse personnel to constantly sort unrelated heavy and bulky items. Because cantilever racks are designed to store longer or odd shaped materials, they are perfect for organizing warehouses, lumber yards or manufacturing facilities. Some of the many items that can be stored on cantilever racks include: aluminum sheets, piping, plumbing tubing, lumber, plywood, wooden crates, metal crates, sheet metal, dry wall, fabricated long parts, carpeting, flake boards, masonite sheets, marble, granite, and other stone products. 

There are simple rules governing how to position the arms on cantilever racks. Rule #1: use the correct amount of arms so that the divided weight does not exceed arm capacity. So for example, a 4,000 pound load of materials would require at least 4 arms with 1000 pound capacity per arm. Or a 2,000 pound load would require at least 4 arms with a 500 pound capacity per arm. Rule #2: the total amount of overhang is equal to (1/#arms) x the length of the material. For example, if you had some 20 foot long plywood on a cantilever rack with 4 arms, the total overhang would equal (1 / 4) x 20 feet = 5 feet. So 2.5 feet can overhang on the left and the right.

Cantilever racks can also go up to 20 feet high, so you can utilize every last inch of space in your building. If you need more storage space in your warehouse, don't build more - install some pallet racks and/or cantilever racks for more efficient storage today!

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Improve Warehouse Efficiency With Conveyors

February 24, 2014  |  Comments

Conveyor systems are commonly used in many different industries to safely transport materials from one location to another, thereby reducing human labor and improving efficiency. There are a number of different types of conveyors, each with a specific purpose and application. Read on to learn how a conveyor system could improve efficiency in your plant, warehouse or company.

Conveyors can be installed almost anywhere, and are much safer than using a forklift or other heavy machines to move materials. They can move loads of all shapes, sizes and weights, which when done by human labor would be excessively strenuous and expensive. In addition to saving strain on employees, most conveyor systems also have advanced safety features to prevent accidents.

Many industries utilize conveyor systems, including packaging plants, food processing, pharmaceutical, automotive, chemical, print finishing, computer, electronic, aerospace, bottling and canning, and agricultural companies. While a wide selection of materials can be conveyed, some of the most common materials transported by conveyors include automotive components, pills and powders, food items, bottles and cans, wood and furniture, grain and animal feed, and scrap metal. 

There are many important variants that factor into which conveyor system you choose for your processing plant or warehouse, including where materials will be transported; material size, weight and shape; and the type of transportation needed (i.e. accumulation, sorting, etc.). Some of the many different types of conveyors are listed below.

Roller Conveyors

Roller conveyors are one of two main types of conveyor systems. Roller systems may be non-powered (gravity) or powered. Gravity systems are used mainly for accumulation of materials, whereas powered systems can be used for accumulation and merging/sorting. Roller Conveyors are sold in various roller centers. A roller center is the measure from the center of one roller to the center of the next. This is a very important figure as having too large of a roller center causes boxes to submarine. Transporting a flexible package (i.e. bags of materials with non-rigid bottoms) requires four rollers under the package while a rigid package requires only three rollers.

Gravity Conveyors

Gravity conveyors are non-powered systems that let gravity do the work of transporting items. They are most frequently used for accumulation of heavy materials. They require a slope (the size of the slope depends on how heavy the materials being transported are), and come in a wide variety of sizes to accommodate a wide variety of materials (heavy-duty gravity conveyors can handle up to 2,500 pounds per roller). Gravity rolling conveyors are ideal for any firm that needs to transport products or work in process from one to another work area.

Power Conveyors

If gravity is working against you, why not use electricity? Power conveyors allow users to move materials in an efficient manner that could not be done with only gravity sections and people power. Powered roller conveyors are belt or chain-driven and provide limited incline movement capabilities.

Belt Conveyors

Conveyor belts are the second type of conveyor system, and are commonly used to convey items with irregular bottom surfaces, small items that would fall in between rollers or bags of product that would sag between rollers. Belt conveyors provide considerable control over the orientation and placement of a load, making them ideal for transporting light- and medium-weight loads between operations, departments, levels, and buildings.

By adding conveyors to your materials handling process you can significantly reduce the amount of man power being used to move product, and save an unbelievable amount of money in just one year. For example, one employee might spend one-third of their time moving product back and forth. If the addition of a conveyor system reduces this to one-tenth of their time, you have probably just saved over $10,000 per year � making it well worth the cost. Reduce employee strain, improve efficiency, and save money with a conveyor system for your plant, warehouse or company today.

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