Reduce Material Handling Cost: Ergonomics to the Rescue!
Overexertion involving an outside source
Falls to the same level
Other exertions or bodily reactions
Falls to a lower level
What can be done to make packing and shipping stations safer for everyone?
The answer may lie in improved ergonomics.
Let’s take a look at five specific recommendations.
1. Take A Look At Your Material Handling Workflow, Is It Really Efficient?
Start by making a detailed assessment of your packing and shipping station operations. Here are some things to look for:
Check if the area is well-lit, organized, clean, and tidy to help reduce slips, trips, and falls. If not, implement the Japanese 5 S process at your facility.
If the packer needs to access multiple containers to complete an order, containers are not arriving in the correct sequential order.
If you observe the packer walking away from the shipping station to find an item, something is wrong in the staging process.
Are your packers shipping large cartons filled with very few items? That could drive up storage and transportation costs considerably.
What about fixing packing errors? Create an error correction sequence plan. Allocate enough physical space at the packing station for reboxing.
The CDC has produced a useful materials handling checklist that can help you create a safer workplace while mitigating the risk of injury.
Did you know, Formaspace offers a Rapid Plant Assessment (RPA) consulting service? We conduct on-site facility surveys, confidential operator interviews, current state process evaluations, and other valuable continuous improvement insights that will help you increase your packing station efficiency while reducing the risk for worker injuries.
2. Can Your Packing And Shipping Workers Reach Everything They Need For Material Handling Quickly And Efficiently?
Investigate the ‘must have’ equipment that packers need on hand, including:
Equipment and Automation Tools: Scanner, keyboard, tape shooters, gluers, fill systems, and dunnage dispensers.
Packing Supplies: Envelopes, bags, boxes, labels, pens and markers, void fill material supplies, etc.
Reference Materials: Training materials, reference charts, instructions, signs, charts, etc.
Personal Items: Personal Protective Gear (PPG), jackets, purses, etc.
Rank them by priority, e.g. how often they need to be accessed. (Category 1 items are used constantly. Category 2 items are used quite often. Category 3 items are used infrequently.)
Next, consider the available three-dimensional space surrounding the packing station operator. There is room on the packer’s left side, on the right side, above the table, under the table, and behind the packer.
Put Category 1 items where they are easiest to get to, then place Category 2 items in the next available areas. The less often used Category 3 items can be stored behind the packer. You can also create storage for bulky or rarely used items that swing or slide out of the way when not in use.
Formaspace created custom distribution center workbenches for a large e-commerce fulfillment and third-party logistics company. The red frame and white worksurface colors are part of the company’s corporate branding.
3. Are Your Material Handling Workers Having To Bend Over, Stretch At Odd Angles, Or Lift Heavy Objects?
Protecting workers from short-term or permanent injury is critical. As the Liberty Mutual research above indicates, we need to be on the lookout for ways to reduce accidents that damage the musculature, ligaments, tendons, bones, soft body tissues and nerves (collectively known as Musculoskeletal Disorders, or MSDs for short).
First, shipping stations need to be stable and secure.
Avoid situations where packers need to physically stretch, twist or bend to perform their work.
Make sure materials and cartons are always handled at a safe height.
Remember: Let equipment do the heavy lifting for the worker. Don’t locate heavy equipment on a lower shelf that requires the packer to lift it.
If conveyors can’t solve the problem, Formaspace can create custom lift tools or elevators to raise, lower, and transport heavy containers.
Formaspace Can Manufacture A Wide Range Of Solutions For Moving Heavy Objects. Shown Above Left Is A Solution With Rollers Integrated Directly Into The Work Surface. Roller Balls Are Another Excellent Ergonomic Solution (Shown Above Left); These Allow Workers To Easily Move Heavy Items In Multiple Directions.
4. Do You Have Material Handling Employees Of Different Heights And Sizes?
This is a trick question. Workers come in all shapes and sizes, with a wide range of physical and cognitive abilities.
We can help. Formaspace offers shipping station solutions that can be adjusted to accommodate taller and shorter workers. With Formaspace, you can make fast configuration changes during shift changes with no downtime.
Our packing stations can also help accommodate differently-abled workers as well. In fact, design changes required to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act often provide direct benefits to all employees.
For example, creating wider pathways for wheelchair access that are clear of clutter can help reduce tripping and falling accidents for non-disabled workers as well. And all employees will benefit from flexible, height-adjustable work surfaces.
Why? There is increasing evidence that sitting for long periods of time can be as dangerous to your health as smoking cigarettes. Our variable height packing workstations can help workers change position throughout the day, which can help improve circulation and help reduce lower back injuries.
Customized Benchmarx for Industrial Packing Station
The Formaspace custom manufactured workbench shown above features a fully adjustable height work surface. Heights can be adjusted manually with a crank or you can choose a powered option that allows you to adjust the work surface height at the touch of a button.
5. Are Your Material Handling Setups Flexible Enough To Meet New Challenges, Yet Also Built To Last?
The logistics market is changing rapidly, so you need to have the flexibility to reconfigure your shipping stations.
Don’t get locked into shipping station designs that cannot be modified in the future.
Thanks to our modular furniture designs, Formaspace packing stations can be updated or extended to accommodate additional volume or to incorporate more automation technology, such as robotics.
If you need to move to a new facility, modular design also makes it straightforward to disassemble, transport, and reinstall Formaspace packing tables at a new location, thus preserving your investment.
You can also come back to us at any time and order matching parts to replace, extend, or duplicate your existing Formaspace installations.
We can also build prototype packing stations so you can test out different configurations under real-world conditions. This is highly recommended when you want to fine-tune packing operations before committing to a major investment.
And your investment is protected by the Formaspace guarantee. All our products are backed by a 12-year guarantee, even if you use it 24×7, 365 days a year.
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