Regardless of what it is you produce or manufacture, at some point, you are going to need to move, and store the products to get them to consumers. Quite often, this is the last thing companies worry about and then end up with a stack of product that they cannot handle properly. Without the proper equipment, there is going to be a higher loss percentage, a larger payroll, and a longer time before our customers get what they ordered. Here are a few pieces of equipment you should consider purchasing to ensure everything gets to where it needs to be on time.
Pallet and Forklifts
Storage and moving around in a warehouse can be accomplished simply with pallets and a forklift. If you do not have adequate shelving to hold something, put down a few pallets. This will keep them off the floor and make it easier to move the whole stack from one place to another. With a forklift, you can lift the whole pallet and then move it to the delivery truck. Even if the whole pallet is not being shipped, this makes it easier to get what is needed onto the truck.
When you need to move individual items or boxes, a conveyor comes in very handy. The belt can start at the end of the packaging machine and the other end can go to where you need to store the product. The packaging machine can set the product onto the conveyor and then as more items are added they will be pushed down it. This saves you from needing to have workers moving the items from the production area into storage. The less people have to tough the items the less of a chance of something getting broken.
Scissor lifts are very handy to have when you need to put items up high. The lift can hold a whole pallet full of things or just a few items. It can be used to put things up on a high shelf or load items onto the delivery truck.
Although product handling equipment may cost you a lot of money to buy, it is going to save you time and money in the long run. If you are not sure it is really necessary, contact a company that provides product handling services and let them work in your warehouse for a while. Odds are good you will see the benefits and find some way to either keep the equipment or the services.