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Five MHI Industry Groups collaborate to deliver the latest news and technology trends on robotics and automation solutions for warehouse and distribution center operations.
Recently, the Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association (ProGMA) created two videos: “Pick Module Safety” and “Vertical Reciprocating Conveyor (VRC) Safety.” Both videos have received praise from across the industry.
MHI recently launched a blog that concentrates on overhead lifting solutions. The MHI Overhead Alliance, comprised of members of CMAA, MMA and HMI affiliated trade associations of MHI collaborated and created this new informational and news resource for manufacturing and supply chain professionals.
Manufacturers and warehouse managers needing work platforms or multi-level shelving can now utilize two standards approved by the American National Standards Institute—thanks to MHI and its Storage Manufacturers Association (SMA) Industry Group.
A loading dock that’s tailored for your unique business can be a huge contributor to your productivity, but choosing the wrong equipment can result in a loading dock that is a major bottleneck and safety hazard. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 25% of industrial accidents occur at the loading dock. It is critical that operators utilize equipment that ensures safety and accessibility. There are a variety of loading dock accessories with features that make communication easier, conserve energy and enhance safety.
As a safeguard against the industrial steel storage rack falling down, anchor bolts are used to secure column base plates to the facility floor. Critical to the structural integrity of the rack, the anchors prevent the rack uprights from sliding out of position should they be impacted, as well as a measure to prevent the system from tipping. 
   
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The Conveyors and Sortation Systems (CSS) Industry Group of MHI has released a follow up document to their popular “Introduction to Conveyors and Sortation Systems.” The second publication in their educational series is titled, “Handling Applications with Conveyor and Sortation Systems," and provides an overview of the different possible functional applications of conveyors and sortation systems within warehouses and distribution centers.
Overhead hoists are used in manufacturing and warehousing facilities to lift, lower, handle and move loads. For safe operation, regular hoist inspections are critical. Unfortunately, some companies wait until there is an accident before they recognize the importance of committing to a hoist inspection program.
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While books and videos remain a great way to learn about a topic—such as how overhead handling equipment operates—nothing replaces the knowledge gained through the experience of actually working with cranes and hoists. Yet the chances that a company would put someone with limited experience, such as a high school student, behind the controls and let them play around with the equipment to get the feel of lifting, moving, and positioning loads are nonexistent. That’s why the virtual reality (VR) “Crane Game” was developed by MHI’s Overhead Alliance. The free game was created to serve as a fun, educational experience to introduce novices—such as students in high school and younger—to overhead lifting equipment and its operation.
   
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There’s a reason the phrase “no pain, no gain” is such an enduring cliché. All too often, if you want to make something easier or better in the future, you may have to endure some major inconveniences in the present. That’s definitely true in the ever-evolving material handling industry, where buyers of new systems and technology and the suppliers who serve them must work together to minimize the disruption to existing operations while implementing major changes. In fact, managing that difficult transitional period when the old meets the new was recently identified as one of the top barriers to implementing new technologies.
   
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A few years after MHI’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program was established as an approach to addressing both the current and future shortage of skilled workers needed throughout supply chains, the first P-TECH school launched in Brooklyn, NY. When that program opened its doors in September 2011, the P-TECH—short for Pathways in Technology Early College High—approach established a model for how to empower young people (including those identified as disadvantaged) with the academic, technical and professional skills required by both “new collar” jobs and continuing education.
The rise in e-commerce has customers expecting more from the supply chain industry. To meet these expectations, organizations must continue to adapt and leverage digital solutions to transform your business. Having the right people in your organization can help you integrate new technologies and complete a digital business transformation.
The labor market as a whole is changing, but even more dramatically in the logistics industry. Qualified labor is getting harder to find, while a significant percentage of the existing workforce — baby boomers — will be leaving the workforce over the next 10 to 15 years. For the first time, there is actually an inversion in the marketplace, meaning that there are now more jobs available than people available to fill them across the entire economy and particularly in this industry.
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The first half of 2019 was solid. And we expect continued growth for the overall economy in the second half of the year. But growth still seems to slow through the end of 2020. Part of that slowing appears likely, in part, due to a potential slowing in business investment. But the consumer remains a bright spot that is likely to support overall GDP growth. And the Fed is going to be patient and cautious going forward.