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3 Ways To Know It’s Time To Upgrade Your Equipment

The continued development of equipment over the years has helped many businesses and people perform their jobs and services with increased efficiency, productivity, all the while saving money and manpower. If you are an individual or business that has benefited from the use of various equipment, you know how important it is to keep said equipment and machinery up and running to the best of its ability. But as you know, equipment always endures wear and tear, and there comes a time where maintenance is needed, parts are to be replaced, and upgrades are necessary to continue business as usual. When is the time right for you to upgrade your equipment? How can you know when the line has been crossed and a piece of equipment is no longer worth putting money into repairs, but you will be better off upgrading your old equipment?

When Your Company Outgrows It

One of the best ways to know that it’s time to upgrade your equipment is when your company outgrows it. This is a little bit of a grey area, but when the equipment no longer is serving its purpose it might be time to make the upgrade. This might mean that you have too much work that your equipment cannot keep up, or it could simply be that whatever equipment you have is just too small to keep up with the applications you are using it for. For example, if you have a trash compactor for your business, as you continue to grow your trash compactor will get to a point where you are just producing too much trash to use your compactor efficiently. If that is the case, you will want to consider investing in a larger compactor!

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When Your Mechanic Recommends It

Another good way that you can know if the time is approaching to upgrade or replace your equipment is to check in continually with your trusted mechanic during their routine maintenance sessions. An experienced mechanic will many times be able to spot issues or problems before they become actual issues or problems for you. No business wants to experience down time with a machine or piece of equipment that is out of order. A mechanic should be able to help you understand when your equipment is in need of replacement or an upgrade in order to keep your business running properly.

When The Cost of Repairs Outweighs the Increase in Productivity

Our last tip when it comes to knowing when it’s time to upgrade your equipment is a pretty practical one…it’s time to upgrade your equipment when the cost of equipment repairs outweighs the benefits of the piece of equipment. For example, in a very basic sense, if you are a business that owns a cardboard baler in order to simplify your recycling process but your average yearly cost to continue making repairs to the cardboard baler are more than what you are saving in terms of manpower and recycling costs, it’s likely time to make the upgrade for your business.

Unfortunately, everything is not always black and white when it comes to the time to upgrade your equipment – but as a business, it’s important to always be thinking about the ways in which you can continue to grow as well as keep track of the things that might be holding you back.

If you are interested and looking for more information on updating your businesses compactors, balers, loading dock equipment and more, feel free to contact us today. Our experienced staff and team is more than happy to walk you through how an upgrade can help you.

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Everything You Need To Know About Loading Dock Rules

Loading docks are the hub for shipping and receiving for many businesses meaning that they are also a big source of profit for businesses. Because of all the hustle and bustle that happens on a loading dock there can be many dangers of working on and around them – there are various rules that both employers should implement, and employees should follow while near to loading docks to make sure that everyone is as safe as they can be. Of course there are some very general loading dock rules that everyone is expected to follow such as keeping floors clean, dry, and in good condition meaning that it’s important to clean up any trash or miscellaneous items that might find their way onto the floor where everyone is moving about as well as being alert to your surroundings including other vehicles, workers, and materials. But what about the less known loading dock rules, the ones that you might not know exist? The United States Department of Labor: Occupational Safety & Health Administration or OSHA doesn’t have very many CLEAR guidelines when it comes to requirements for loading docks, but here is what we have found. OSHA states the biggest potential hazards when it comes to loading docks are “falling off the edge of the dock” and “skidding or slipping due to wet or icy conditions”

Be sure to check through your individual state loading dock rules and regulations as well to ensure that you are making your workspace the safest that it can be. To help you get started thinking about some of the less thought of various concerns when it comes to your loading dock, we decided to put together a short list of rules to think about based on OSHA’s stated potential hazards so that you can make your loading dock a safe one.

Keep a Lookout for Wet, or Slippery Floor Surfaces.

Keeping a close eye out for any potentially slippery surfaces is important in the world of loading docks, just a little bit of water, or a small spill can drastically affect the people that are working on the floor. Spills or wetness can affect loading dock equipment such as forklifts making it challenging for them to drive or move.

Clean Up All Spills Immediately

If you do see any sort of spill, no matter if its water or something else, be sure to clean them up immediately so as not to cause any accidents.

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Report And Take Caution With Any Rain or Water Leaks

Reporting anything that is out of the ordinary is important when it comes to safety. Simple maintenance fixes should be reported as soon as they are recognized and dealt with accordingly! Be sure to talk to all employees about the importance of reporting any maintenance fixes, including and especially any leaks that might make your floor slippery or.

Use Caution When Moving Dock Plates

All employees should always use caution when it comes to working around machinery, loading docks, equipment, and other higher risk situations.

Don't Run On or Around Loading Docks or Loading Dock Machinery (Fork Lifts, etc.)

Remember to slow down when moving around your loading dock area – walking while you are on or around loading docks and loading dock equipment can prevent many accidents from happening, all you have to do is just use extra caution.

Keep a Safe Distance from Loading Dock Edges

Be sure to keep a safe distance from all loading dock edges in order to prevent any potential falls and keep yourself and other workers safe.

Don't Run On or Around Loading Docks or Loading Dock Machinery (Fork Lifts, etc.)

Remember to slow down when moving around your loading dock area – walking while you are on or around loading docks and loading dock equipment can prevent many accidents from happening, all you have to do is just use extra caution.

Keep a Safe Distance from Loading Dock Edges

Be sure to keep a safe distance from all loading dock edges in order to prevent any potential falls and keep yourself and other workers safe.

Train All Employees to Use All Loading Dock Equipment Properly

Training is a large part in keeping your business and loading dock area safe. Be sure to hold training sessions for all employees that covers how to properly use all loading dock equipment. Let all employees know the various risks and dangers as well as what rules and regulations you have put into place to keep them all safe.

Use Hand, Head, Eye, and Ear Protection as Needed. (gloves, hats, glasses, etc.)

Using proper protection can be a big help when it comes to working on the loading docks. Employers should always implement hand, head, eye, and ear protection regulations in order to keep all employees as safe as possible on and around the loading docks.

Be sure to check your state regulations as you make rules for your company and loading dock personal. If you are looking for various loading dock accessories and parts, take a look at our different options and available parts here! Not seeing what you are looking for? Please contact us today! Our representatives would be happy to talk to you about what needs you might have!