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The pandemic significantly accelerated many supply chain trends and technology adoptions. Sustainability is no different as the drivers shifted from risk management and compliance to the opportunity for new supply chain efficiencies and market differentiation. As manufacturing and supply chain professionals face demand from employees, customers and investors to deliver on sustainability goals, they are stepping up their environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives. 
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Now, more than ever, you need to bring greater efficiency, reliability and resiliency to your operations. Find out how at MODEX 2022, where the future of manufacturing and supply chains comes together in Atlanta in March 2022. From educational opportunities to next-generation technology and equipment in action, MODEX 2022 gives you a hands-on look at cutting-edge solutions and the latest trends.
All components of an overhead handling system — including cranes, hoists and monorails — are designed and constructed by their original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to support a maximum rated load. Typically measured in tons, the load capacity of each specific piece of equipment should never be exceeded. Their load capacities are also a key factor in determining the duty cycle of a given overhead handling component.
The ProMat 2023 exhibit space draw, held November 16-18, 2021, attracted 683 exhibitors who reserved a record 472,275 net square feet of show floor space at the industry's premier international manufacturing and supply chain event.
   
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A digital twin can give you an all-inclusive look into how your warehouse operations are functioning. By using real-time data to optimize performance, this emerging technology will change how supply chain professionals conduct business.
According to a recent report by Markets and Markets, the automated storage and retrieval system (also known as AS/RS or ASRS) market is expected to increase at an 8% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) — from $7.3 billion in 2020 to $10.7 billion by 2025.
Education & Professional Development
The demands of today’s global economy and fast-paced technological change reinforce the need to draw top talent to sustain and strengthen material handling and supply chain businesses for the future. Since 1976, Material Handling Education Foundation programs have supported over 1,000 students and educators seeking pathways to quality educational programs and fulfilling careers.
Sustainability
  
Realizing ESG goals and science-based emission reduction targets takes commitment and cooperation along the full length of the supply chain.
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Here are the MHI Solutions articles that intrigued readers the most in 2021. If you haven’t read them yet, take some time to check them out and see why your manufacturing and supply chain peers ranked them right at the top.
With almost everything in your warehouse going online, have you considered updating your safety equipment with power operation? Electrical power is the most popular option, but you can also tap into pneumatic systems to power protective guarding.
When selecting a cart for pick and fulfillment operations, there are many things to consider including shelving types, number of shelves, style of casters and add-on accessories. Each picking cart begins with a base and length, with 36”, 48” and 60” being the most popular options. Once the base is selected, you can begin building your cart.
Safety in material handling operations is paramount wherever employees are working, whether they are in the loading dock, moving near machinery or picking from pallets in upper levels of rack systems. Proactively purchasing protective guarding equipment while the facility is being designed is always a smart decision, but it can also be added to the facility as systems change or risks are uncovered.
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Now solidly embedded in the global business lexicon, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) has assumed a role unimaginable five years ago. Setting and achieving ESG goals is no longer a nice-to-have but an urgent necessity for companies battling to win over customers, employees, investors and other stakeholders. Strong leadership, effective communication, authenticity and a shared sense of ownership are keys to building an ESG culture that can help differentiate your company and gain a competitive edge. 
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When Amazon announced its new WorkingWell program — an effort to improve employee health issues and reduce the risk of injuries — in May 2021, the company’s high-profile emphasis on ergonomics established its leadership position among competitors.
As more operations add pick modules, rack supported platforms, and elevated work platforms to increase the throughput and capacity of their picking zones, facility owners need to be aware of safety requirements for fall prevention measures that protect workers.
Global Trade
  
Container ship backlogs and other disruptions to port operations around the world can result in long and costly delays for logistics providers and their customers, but research on several fronts points to one promising technology that could help keep the supply chain moving.