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by Luc Seesing President of SMD Machinery

Originally posted here

General productivity at sheet metal fabricators and machine shops, is measured by how much input is required to get a certain output. Often "O.K-looking" numbers show up. Fair enough. 

But if you look a little closer, at how much capital and space is wasted with poor material storage & retrieval, the landscape changes dramatically. Nice looking numbers turn out to be rather bad looking numbers instead.

Material storage and retrieval is one of the biggest waste factors. Most plants that I have seen (and believe me, I have seen a lot of plants) seriously struggle with storing and handling material. Sheet / plate as well as bar-stock (long-span) material.

Of course, Just In Time delivery of the material to your plant would be great. You would not even have a storage issue. But keep dreaming. Reality is different.

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It feels a little paradoxical, equating lifesaving devices with clutter and their placement with inconvenience, but the standard remains — hospitals are to maintain free and unobstructed access to all exits, minimize fire risk, eliminate pickup parking lots, establish a clear line and destination for bed and patient transport, and maintain the integrity of the means of egress, for starters.

In previous years, The Joint Commission has cited more than 45 percent of hospitals with “insufficient compliance,” noting specific violations in hospital corridors and the storage therein. Crash carts, computers, empty beds and supply carts left unattended in corridors and paths merit such violations, which, in turn, spurs the conversation of reducing clutter in corridors per relevant regulations.

Click here to read the entire story and find out why Vidir's Hospital Bed Storage is the ideal storage solution.

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Up For Grabs

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Guest columnist Dean Dueck of Vidir explains how the rack and pinion drives, simplified controls architecture and ergonomic loading/unloading design of the latest generation of automated vertical lifts for sheet metal storage enable smaller shops to improve safety and minimize downtime.

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Straight Up

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Vertical lifts allow metalforming shops to control inventory safely.

The growing movement toward smaller order sizes and just-in-time delivery has placed very high demands on all aspects of manufacturing, including sheet metal forming.

The technologies for mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic presses used for metalworking have adapted, with improved automation and drive engineering, and extremely fast response times. Many presses have been upgraded for better execution of critical press safety functions by integrating controls and safety into one package for better protection of operators and machines, a welcome addition when running a 500- or 1,000-ton press.

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Stop By And Say Hi

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Until October 16 Vidir will be showcasing our Textile Carousel and Cutter at the IFAI conference in Minneapolis. 

Located at Booth 411, we will be happy to demonstrate our equipment and answer any questions you might have. In addition to being highly customizable, textile carousels not only reduce search and retrieval times, they also make the work environment a safer place for employees by eliminating the need for bending, reaching and lifting. 

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