25th Feb, 2021
Operating a dangerous forklift has left one teenager hospitalised with serious injuries and a businessman’s livelihood in ruins.
Courts in the UK recently heard of how a 17-year-old worker was left hospitalised for two weeks after having his leg trapped by a poorly maintained forklift. The truck, which was on loan from another business for six months, had a catalogue of defects, including stuck ignition keys and faulty steering. Wo...
24th Feb, 2021
*Jay H. Wadhwani is Chief Operating Officer at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Asia Pacific. As part of a new series offering advice to young engineers, he reflects on his own career, the people who helped him along the way, and why EQ is a key ingredient of success. *
What advice would I offer young engineers just starting their career? The main pointer would be to develop your emotional quotient (EQ), something which is also referred to as emotional in...
23rd Feb, 2021
1. WALK THE FLOOR
Active floor supervision helps managers improve performance in the distribution center in three ways – space utilization, product flow and work flow.
2. MEASURE AND MONITOR
Measurements or metrics can be used to monitor your overall operations (cost-per-order shipped or lines picked per man-hour) or specific improvement issues (lost-time injuries or error rate per hundred orders shipped).
3. LOOK AT SPACE UTILIZATION
Start by e...
22nd Feb, 2021
Gone are the days when employees were expected simply to work hard and be productive. Nowadays we understand that workers’ wellbeing is a key to greater job satisfaction and higher productivity.
In materials handling – and especially when it comes to forklift equipment – there are many corrective measures you can take to improve ergonomics. For example, if you want a more user-friendly driver’s compartment, you may consider replaci...
19th Feb, 2021
The age of hydrogen may be dawning. With plentiful supply on Earth, the lightest atom holds promise as a limitless, nonpolluting source of power. And while hydrogen isn't new, with varying technologies surrounding its production, only recently has it been seen as a versatile answer for a different conundrum: how to store excess renewable energy, especially in the United States.
Making renewable energy more reliable
Increasingly, renewable resources make ...
17th Feb, 2021
As the European Union (EU) strives to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, hydrogen will play a crucial role in cutting emissions across all sectors.
Central to that ambition is the European Commission's (EC) hydrogen roadmap. Adopted in July 2020 as part of the Green Deal strategy, it outlines a plan to boost Europe's hydrogen production capacity six-fold by 2024, increasing availability and driving down costs. Now, governments across the region are prepar...
16th Feb, 2021
The companies Shell, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Vattenfall and municipal company Wärme Hamburg are planning how they can jointly produce hydrogen from wind and solar power at the Hamburg-Moorburg power plant site and utilize it in its vicinity. To this end, the four companies have now signed a letter of intent. In addition to the construction of a scalable electrolyser with an initial output of 100 megawatts, the further development of...
15th Feb, 2021
Forklift tyres: the crucial test that too many companies fail
Your forklift's tyres do a lot more than help your truck move around the warehouse... Unlike car tyres, those on a forklift are absolutely necessary to keep your operation stable and safe. But how do you know when a tyre becomes dangerous? And how can you stay safe for longer?
Frighteningly, it's an area where 28% of companies get it wrong: 3% of tyres are replaced too late (which puts opera...