No matter what industry you are in heavy lifting can be a laborious, time-consuming and frequently injurious task. In this blog we will discuss 5 ways that bin tippers can help your business prosper.
1. Increase productivity
As any good business knows, time is one of the key determinants of productivity. Making Small changes in how you work can gradually add up to big changes in productivity.’
Bin tipping machines can take the weight and pressure off your business by introducing efficiencies. A small investment in bin tippers will have significant productivity gains immediately.
Pictured: Dumpmaster Bin Tipper-Battery Operated
2. Reduce bottlenecks
If you’ve read The Goal you’ll know that bottlenecks in business and industrial processes are the number one issue affecting efficiency and productivity.
In most businesses, the quicker basic tasks can be completed, the more can be done overall. But hit a bottleneck like manual material handling and waste management and the whole business slows down. Tippers can remove this bottleneck and therefore improve productivity.
3. Scale up
Bin tippers not only speed up any process of waste disposal but they can also enable greater quantities of materials to be disposed of in one go – large tippers can lift up to 300kg of materials, allowing sheer scale to reduce bottlenecks caused by limited manpower.
Pictured: Multi Tip Bin Tipper
4. Mobile power
Best of all, modern bin tippers have a range of power-sources, from basic hand-cranked mechanisms to traditional mains-power and for those in need of more mobile solutions, solar power.
The direct enhancements delivered through bin tipping machinery are complemented by the broader gains of a safer working environment.
5. Safer working
According to Safe Work Australia, injuries cost the Australian economy $28 billion a year. The cost to business is enormous, not just in terms of direct medical costs but also in terms of days lost. 92 million days are lost each year to unexpected absenteeism. The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates the injury rate to be around 64 per 1000 workers.
Whether working with hazardous hospital waste, rubbish from a construction site or corrosive material at a chemical plant, bin tipping machines present a safe and effective means of disposal, helping workers keep a distance from potentially dangerous materials.
Of course it is not just hazardous materials handlers who will see the benefits of bin tippers. Cafes, restaurants, schools and shops should also consider more effective waste disposal solutions.
Pictured: EZI-MT Bin Tipper
A Pallet Cage is a fundamental component in the smooth running of many businesses. This is due to their protective design. A pallet cage has security features that you do not get with any other type of pallet. A pallet cage will ensure the safety and protection of goods, ensure easy and effective moving and handling, save space when stored and are sturdy and durable. Not all pallet cages are the same and so we’ve broken down some of the key points for you to consider when choosing the right pallet cage for your business.
Pallet cages come in various material, including wooden bases. Look for a cage made from galvanised steel or one that is zinc plated. The galvanising process provides a coating to the steel that protects it from corrosion, strengthening it and increasing its lifespan, making the pallet cage a cost-effective option.
Pictured: WERKS® Galvanised Pallet Cage
When looking for pallet cage it is a good idea to go for something that stores and stacks well. This will save your racking space. You could opt for a pallet cage that has forklift compatibility so that the cages are easy to access and stack. Having the ability to stack pallet cages will maximise storage capacity and make the most of your warehouse space.
You may decide that you will not always need to have all of your pallet cages in use at one time. For this reason, having a pallet cage that folds and stores is ideal. For optimal versatility, without compromising on performance, look for a pallet cage that can be easily racked or stored whether it is full, empty or folded.
Good pallet cages are easy to move around any warehouse or business. The best pallet cage will easily fit a pallet jack or forklift. Look closely at the design aspects to make sure that it is straightforward to transport.
5. Sizing and load capacity
There are smaller sized pallets available. A pallet cage with a reduced height can provide you with the option of separating different goods in one pallet space This can be useful if you are storing specifically sized goods or want only half height stacking. These half-height pallet cages offer a great alternative storage solution. Take note of the load capacity of the cages you are looking at as this can vary depending on the design of the pallet.
Accessibility might be something that is important to the effective storage management of goods. Some cages offer a quick release door mechanism that allows access to inside the cage with minimal effort whilst stacked.
Pallet cages are a sturdy and versatile storage solution for any business. They come in various designs, shapes and sizes to suit varying industry needs. If you’re not sure which cage design best suits your business needs you can get in touch with one of our expert team members at Backsafe Australia who will talk you through your options. Contact us via phone at 1300 305 314 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every warehouse, factory and manufacturing business without fail will have invested in a large number of materials handling equipment with an equally large price tag. To make your production efficient and cost-effective, it’s a necessity to have the right tools for the job. It’s equally important to ensure that equipment is well maintained. Examples include conveyors, forklifts, and cranes not to mention all the attachments and accessories that go along with them. To save money on repairs and reinvestment, avoid periods of downtime as well as extend equipment lifespan and ensure the best return on your investment, it is essential to maintain equipment.
Pictured: STURGO Gravity Conveyors
1. Maintenance plan
A maintenance plan allows you to predict, plan and more importantly prevent excessive breakdown. A maintenance plan will also act as a record for systems, regular maintenance and a parts inventory. It should include an easy to follow, systematic approach for equipment upkeep. Areas to look at are electrical components, wiring, tyres, belts, all moving parts and pulleys and this list isn’t exhaustive. Lubrication may need to be added as well as checking functionality.
A lot of equipment requires an operator or in a lot of cases, several operators. These people need to have the knowledge and skills to work the equipment safely and productively. Most of the time training is provided at the time of implementation, but it is equally important to maintain on-going training. People come and go and people lose skills and forget. Poor training can lead to poor equipment usage and consequently result in downtime and repairs, both of which can be costly.
Being responsible for the equipment ultimately comes down to the business owner. They undoubtedly will already have enough on their plate running an efficient business. It is a good idea to give the role of maintenance and upkeep of equipment to an employee. They can advocate for the upkeep, policy and maintenance of equipment. They can also be a point of contact for staff as well as for feedback issues to the business owner.
Equipment is made of many components and moving parts and overtime these can accumulate dirt, dust, and grime. An important element of any maintenance schedule needs to include a cleaning schedule. This should include storage and protection of equipment when it’s not in use.
Pictured: Discrete Concrete Removal
The use of equipment often elicits repetitive movement, vibration, friction, and heat, all of which can be corrosive. There is also the age of the equipment to consider. Checking for signs of wear and tear is an important element of your maintenance schedule. It’s important to repair or replace damaged parts quickly before they worsen and become unsafe or cause malfunction and breakdown or even worse, cause an injury.
Implementing these simple measures will extend equipment life and return of investment. This will ensure that your business runs efficiently with minimal downtime in production.
Are you looking for materials handling equipment? Backsafe Australia has a huge range of high quality materials handling products for you. Contact us today at 1300 305 314 or send us an email at email@example.com and we will give you the right advice on the best materials handling equipment for your business.
An efficient warehouse is key to keeping your business running smoothly and cost-effectively. Design layout, labelling, racking and software all play their part. Effective Storage solutions are one of the most simple and basic principles in managing an effective and organised warehouse. Having the right storage for the right products and materials will improve the accuracy of customer orders, improve picking efficiency and increase your storage capacity by optimising your available space and reducing costs. Better use of vertical space will help you get more in the same square footage. Using a variety of different storage methods will also help you maximise efficiency. For instance, storing small items on pallet racks wastes space so various types of shelving for differently sized goods is often a good option. There are a number of storage solutions available depending on your warehouse needs.
Cantilever racking is used for heavy, bulky or long items such as timber, plasterboard or piping, although it can be used for less heavy duty storage and pallets. The flexibility of being able to add arms means that is customisable to store all different shapes and sized goods. Cantilever racking can be created with customisable layout that will meet your specific need. A 3D computer design can be generated so you can design each element and feature and ensure you get maximum storage space in your warehouse.
Pictured: Cantilever Racking – Heavy or Light Duty
Pallet Racking is a popular warehouse option. This type of racking provides a way of storing pallets vertically in order to save floor space and make the most of storage space. There are various designs available. Some key considerations in choosing the type of racking system you need will be: the desired storage density, your available floor space and ceiling height, inventory accessibility and rotation, the size and weight of the materials being stored and the cost of installation. Racking can be double or single and consider accessibility as well as space efficiency.
Pictured: Pallet racking
There are many various types of industrial shelving available depending on the materials you are planning to store. You may require a solid shelving unit, or an easy to clean wire one. You may also want to consider if the shelving is open or have doors, the size of the objects and the accessibility.
Pictured: Flat Top Industrial Cabinet
Stackable pallets, shelf bins and crates
Stackable pallets, bins and crates provide a solution for small parts storage. Warehouse pickers can use them to organise and access small products that are in high demand. This increases efficiency and speed as items are easy to locate. Stackable pallets also offer a great space saving advantage as they can often be folded or easily dismantled for storage when not in use.
Pictured: Stackable WERKS Timber Pallets
Why you need an effective pallet racking system
A strong and robust pallet racking system in your warehouse or storage facility is essential to efficient and cost-effective business operations. But how do you know if the pallet racking you are currently using is working as well as it should be?
The two key elements to effective pallet racking are safety and efficiency. Warehouses can be high-risk environments, so your pallet racking needs to be in a condition that allows work to be carried out safely. You therefore need to make sure that all pallet racks are in good working order.
At the same time, you need to have flexible storage that can be configured to meet changing inventory needs, and which supports productivity by giving you easy access to stock at all times.
Pictured: Pallet Racking
What are the signs that your pallet racking needs replacing?
Pallet racking can be subject to heavy loads and extensive use, so regular inspections are crucial to ensure that structural integrity is being maintained.
For instance, you should look for any signs of rust or corrosion, as well as any cracks or damage to the uprights, beams or floor fixings. In particular, check for signs of stress or bending which may be the result of being knocked by a forklift or pallet truck. Rusted or corroded uprights, joints that have been damaged, or anchor bolts that are no longer secure may require replacement. If the damage compromises safety and efficiency, a new set of pallet racks is advisable.
You should also regularly check that shelves have not become uneven or tilted as a result of being overloaded, or individual shelves becoming detached. Likewise, you should regularly inspect to ensure that beams remain attached to uprights and that all welds are in good condition. This is important to maintain structural integrity and avoid collapse. While some shelves that are detached or unsteady can be fixed, in this situation it may be quicker and more cost-effective to have your pallet racking replaced.
Is your current pallet racking meeting your storage needs?
Aside from structural and safety issues, you need to ensure that your pallet racking continues to meet your operational needs.
Easy access to inventory is crucial for efficiency. Pallet racking that doesn’t give you this is likely to slow down the rate at which you can ship goods in and out, so it is a worthwhile investment to reconfigure your set-up. In this case, it could prove quicker and cheaper in the long run to start afresh with new and improved pallet racking rather than trying to reconfigure your existing storage.
This could also be the right approach if you are moving to new premises, where trying to re-install your existing pallet racking could prove overly costly and time-consuming.
Pictured: Cantilever Racking – Heavy or Light Duty
The advantages of replacing your pallet racks
Replacing your pallet racks is beneficial to your business in two key ways: safety and efficiency.
With new pallet racks, you can be assured that they are structurally sound, keeping both your stock and your workforce safe. A new pallet rack set-up that matches the needs of your business will also improve your overall operating efficiency.
Do you need a new pallet rack to improve warehouse efficiency and safety? Backsafe Australia has the ideal pallet rack for you. Call us on 1300 305 314 to speak with one of our helpful consultants or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
While having the odd gas cylinder around may be common place in your workplace, they represent an often-underestimated risk. It may be easy for the location of your gas cylinders to be a complete oversight, keeping them wherever there’s free space, or close to where you need them, however there are a lot of important factors that should play a part into where they end up around your worksite.
Location is vital
A little forethought and planning goes a long way when it comes to increasing the safety of your workplace. Your gas cylinders should be kept vertically on the ground floor. If indoors, in a well ventilated storage area made out of non-combustible materials. If outside, keep out of direct sunlight, preferably in a weather sealed structure that is well protected from the elements so that there is no risk of damage to the structural integrity of the gas cylinders.
Pictured: Aerosol Storage Cage
Stay away from populated areas
The higher amount of people and movement around the cylinders, the higher the risk factor. There’s more chances of people who aren’t equipped, aware, or don’t have the knowledge around the safety requirements of working with dangerous gases, so avoid putting them near large walkways, doorways, offices, eating areas – anywhere that is likely to be a thoroughfare for humans.
Make sure the area is well ventilated
While storage of gas cylinders aren’t recommended indoors, if you are planning on keeping them there it should be a designated storage space, pre-planned for this use. Generally, there should be an industrial ventilation system within the storage space, in order to prevent any possible buildup of escaped gases. If indoor storage is the case in your workplace, try to avoid having an unnecessary number of spare cylinders on site if possible.
Pictured: Heavy Duty Gas Cylinder Storage Cabinets
Separate your used & unused Cylinders
While it’s important to separate any hazardous chemicals and incompatible gases, it’s equally important to separate your used and unused Cylinders. While the overall weight of the cylinder can be an obvious sign of the status of its use, it’s worth having a clear label system to prevent any risks of miscommunications in storage. Keep in mind there is also mandatory placards that should be in use around the storage area at your workplace.
Finding the right storage solution can be difficult, and each company will have its own experience in navigating the workplace for the perfect solution for them. We here at Backsafe Australia offer custom solutions featuring 12-month warranties, at the best quality the industry has to offer.
We understand that that every business is different, so we maintain a client focused range of products to help you find the best solution for your workplace. Have a look at our range of products here, and if you still aren’t sure which option will work for you give us a call on 1300 305 314 or send us an email at email@example.com.
The importance of materials handling equipment for the safe and efficient operation of any sort of production, shipping or storage facility cannot be overstated. A materials handling system that is built upon the right products and equipment will bring multiple benefits to operations by ensuring high productivity levels, efficient use of manpower, and in creating a safe working environment. Here are ten of the most significant benefits:
1. Improve your efficiency and reduce costs
Using the right materials handling equipment is a boon for efficiency, regardless of the sector or industry in which you operate. Goods need to be handled less often, they are easier to locate, and the time required to move them in and out is significantly reduced. This ultimately reduces costs and increases overall operating efficiency.
2. Keep your workforce safe
Using materials handling products that meet your operational needs and are appropriate for the physical environment will help to eliminate potential hazards and enhance workplace safety. The mishandling of materials is a primary cause of workplace accidents and injuries in Australia, but using the right equipment will significantly reduce risk.
3. Be more productive
Productivity is increased in a warehousing facility when goods are stored so that staff can easily access them, or move them in or out efficiently, so that there is rapid movement of inventory. Likewise, well-ordered storage that doesn’t impact on the ability of staff to move around also contributes positively to productivity levels.
Pictured: Cantilever Racking – Heavy or Light Duty
4. Keep your customers happy
If you’re in shipping or supply, you’ll know how important it is that customers receive products on time and in good order. The more efficiently you can move stock in and out ultimately determines how satisfied your customers are. Materials handling equipment that helps to reduce shipping time is therefore a good investment.
5. Reduce handling costs
Every time you handle products during warehousing or shipping costs you money. It contributes to labour costs and slows down the movement of goods, so over-handling creates significant yet unnecessary overheads. However, if your materials handling equipment is fit for purpose, you reduce the number of times goods need to be handled — as well as the associated costs.
Pictured: STURGO® Hydraulic Scissor Lift Table
6. Keep better track of your inventory
Effective materials handling isn’t only about moving goods — it’s also about tracking inventory. Knowing where your stock levels stand means you reduce the risks of running low, or of overstocking and taking up valuable resources with goods you can’t move. Production and stock control are much better managed with the right materials handling systems.
7. Make the most of the space
In any type of warehousing or production facility, space is at a premium. Materials handling systems should always facilitate productive storage and movement of goods through providing ready access to stock.
8. Less damage, less loss
The right materials handling products will reduce the risk of goods being damaged or lost. Poorly organised storage can damage goods so that they can’t be sold or shipped, or can lead to stock getting lost, creating unnecessary delays and unwanted costs. Well-designed materials handling equipment minimises the risks of this occurring.
9. Become more competitive
In business, reputation can be all. If you’re known for shipping goods on time and in good order, you have a better ability to compete in the marketplace. Likewise, when your materials handling systems are in good working order, you can spend more time developing customer relationships rather than simply getting your goods out there.
10. Maintaining the quality of your products
Reducing the number of times a product is handled not only cuts overheads, but also contributes to product quality. The fewer times goods have to be moved, the fewer chances there are for accidental damage. For producers and shippers alike, the condition of the end product is crucial, and quality materials handling equipment reduces the risk of accidental damage.
We understand that that every business is different, so we maintain a client focused range of products to help you find the best solution for your workplace. Have a look at our range of materials handling products, and if you still aren’t sure which option will work for you contact us on 1300 305 314 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s fewer worksites in Australia tougher than the mines. Mines require tools and equipment known as ‘mine spec’ – short for ‘up to mine specifications’. Mine spec tools and products need to be built tough for harsh conditions. But does that mean you should you invest in them for your workplace? Yes, we think so. Here’s why:
1.They’re More Versatile
A gold mine will be different to that of a tin mine or bauxite mine; therefore, mine spec equipment not only has to be tough enough for all of these different applications, but it also has to be adaptable for different types of ore or conditions – underground mines vs. open cut mines, for example. Whether you work in warehousing, retail, medical, or any other industries, mine spec materials handling equipment will work for you. In addition to the products already being of a high standard they can be fitted with different attachments for additional safety or utility.
2.They’re More Durable
Though you wouldn’t want to intentionally unnecessarily put your materials handling equipment through the ringer, mine spec products are designed to exceed Australian Standards, and will last longer than comparable equipment. If your industry isn’t in the mining or heavy construction industry, it’s likely that your mine spec products will last far beyond their non-mine spec counterparts. A slightly higher investment today will most likely mean less costs in terms of replacement and maintenance in the medium- to long-term. The mine spec product will definitely be able to withstand all the scrapes and knocks of everyday use, and will last beyond any regular spec materials handling equipment that you can think of.
3.Their Quality is More than Assured
Since there’s versatility and durability baked into all types of mine spec materials handling products such as lifters, forklift attachments, scissor lifts, drum handling equipment and other pallet or heavy load handlers, with the correct supplier the quality of all the products you choose – no matter what – will be above and beyond anything else in the market. Mine spec, as we’ve mentioned, is built extraordinarily tough, rigged for maximum safety. Bringing an additional peace of mind; you can trust that your equipment won’t fail at critical times, nor will it be the primary cause of accidents or incidents due to overuse or fatigue. Once you purchase your mine spec equipment, the company card will gather dust for a long time to come (at least when it comes to replacement, anyway!).
Pictured: Mine Spec WERKS Pallet Cages – Zinc
Where to Find Mine Spec Materials Handling Products
Backsafe Australia carries a range of mine spec materials handling products suitable for not only the mining industry but a range of different industries. If you’re interested in purchasing some mine spec equipment don’t hesitate to get in touch.
You can contact us on 1300 305 314.
As we’ve discussed in previous blogs, materials handling is essential for increasing safety, efficiency, and workflows in the mining industry. As you know, mining requires robust and built-tough components to withstand the rigours of fierce mining conditions. Here are four materials handling products that can make the life of your employees easier and safer.
Werks Megabench 6000kg
The Werks Megabench is a behemoth for materials handling in mining and heavy industry. Rated for loads of up to 6 metric tonnes (6,000Kg), the Megabench is an integral part of any mining workshop. Gone are the days of wondering if your bench can measure up to handling plant or heavy machinery. It’s also manoeuvrable via forklift pockets and features concealed lifting lugs/eyes for better ease of use. Don’t need 6 tonnes? The Megabench has a little brother – the 2,500kg benches. All benches are 900mm wide by 920mm high, and comes in lengths of 1800mm, 2100mm, and 2500mm.
Pictured: WERKS® Mega Bench 6000kg
Side-Shift Drum De-Palletiser
Don’t let the futuristic name put you off – a side-shift drum de-palletiser removes 300kg worth of drums resting on pallets with only 12kg of force. It operates using a dual-speed hydraulics system which ensures fast and efficient de-palletising. Built to mine spec, it’s suitable for heavy industrial and mining environments. It moves using 250mm front wheels and 100mm rear braked castor wheels. The locking sliding lifter is useful for lateral positioning. It retains a maximum rated capacity of 350kg. It’s a must-have ergonomic de-palleting solution for mining.
Pictured: Side Shift Drum De-Palletiser
Partition Walls – Perforated Panels
Reaching for the right tool in adverse conditions is a breeze with perforated panel walls, made to high-grade mine spec. Using a centre support, you can hang wall panels at 90, 135, 180, and as crosspieces in mine applications or heavy industrial or warehouses. Create your own tool or equipment wall in a variety of colours to your own exacting specifications.
Maximising room and decreasing manual handling is a must in mines, and a pallet cage achieves both ends in an elegant and hassle free solution. The Werks pallet cage is stackable for transport and storage that’s built for production, warehousing, and component storage. The cages are portable by a forklift or pallet truck from all four sides. It can be used as standalone applications such as racking. When you don’t need them, you can collapse the cage for easy stacking.
The Werks pallet cages are designed with a positive locking bar on the racking to ensure pallets are locked in place, preventing any movement. These cages are fitted with a drop down access gate for easy entry into the base, even when pallets are stacked in the cage. Naturally, the Werks Pallet Cages are available in heavy duty and mine spec configurations. You can also protect your pallets with optional PVC cage cover. Available in 950mmH or 650mmH.
To find out more about materials handling products for mining operations contact us on 1300 305 314.
Lean warehousing 5S practices involve a very specific and structured approach to getting your entire workplace cleaned up, well organized and standardized. Now you might be wondering the reason why they are called the ‘5S’ practices. The ‘5S’ is based on 5 Japanese words starting with the letter ‘S’ which describes the 5 steps it involves. You may be eager to know what these 5 steps entail. Well, these 5 ‘S’ are – Sort, Set, Shine, Standardize and Sustain.
Implementing the 5S practices is key to maintaining a lean warehouse. The basic objective of implementing 5S is to make problems visible, thus creating a safer workplace. Having a clean and highly organized warehouse is much more than just looking great. It is mainly about having an efficient warehousing operation and smart communication amongst the workplace.
A lot has been said regarding lean warehousing and the 5S practices, but the following are the key benefits of implementing the lean warehousing 5S practices.
1. Enhanced Level of Efficiency
One of the key principles of 5S is to get rid of items that are not used. This makes it easier to find items that are necessary. To implement this strategy, you will get rid of clutter, unwanted items, scrap materials and unused supplies. Instead, only focusing on tools that are needed on a regular basis. This ensures that time is spent more productively by avoiding wasting valuable time to find needed tools and materials amongst the clutter.
With the lean warehousing 5S practices all necessary; materials, tools, machines and equipment are placed in ergonomic locations. This reduces fatigue and quickens access to required materials, resulting in a more efficient workplace.
2. Increased Safety
One of the primary benefits of the lean warehousing 5S practices is increased workplace safety. The cleanliness of the practices ensures that potential hazards are cleaned up immediately and that potential hazards are detected early, preventing any disastrous situations. In addition to this, the 5S practices result in the elimination of any unsafe warehouse practices that may have existed previously, further protecting employees from any potential hazards or injuries.
3. Reduced Costs
A good amount of space can be freed up by eliminating unused materials and clutter. There is also always a cost associated with the space that those materials were taking up. Not only the cost of renting the space but the cost of heating/cooling, cleaning and maintaining it. Not only will your costs be reduced from clearing this space but that space is then free to be used more efficiently.
4. Improved Maintenance and Less Downtime
By maintaining tools and equipment clean and free of clutter, it can be easier to spot out small defects, failures and problems like oil leaks. This early recognition of a defect allows you to take preventive measures before it becomes a more serious problem.
Pictured: Pallet Racking
5. Improved Morale of Employees
If an employee recognizes that their company cares, employee moral will be boosted, and employees will care more about their job. By implementing lean warehousing 5S practices not only are you creating a safer, cleaner and more efficient workplace but you’re showing your employees that you care about them, their area of work and their safety.
Now it’s time to apply the lean warehousing 5S practices so that you can reap the benefits that the practices bring. If you’re looking for 5s/lean system products for your workplace, contact us at Backsafe Mining, our friendly team are always happy to assist you in creating a more efficient workplace.