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Happy Thanksgiving from American Surplus

 

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We’d like to wish all our friends, family & customers a very happy thanksgiving. American Surplus is a family business and we value family above all else. We strive to treat our customers & friends like family and work together to solve problems & provide solutions for businesses across the globe.

 

This year has been a great year for American Surplus and we thank all our employees for their hard work and dedication. The used material handling business is not always easy and we all work hard to make sure everything works out for our customers. Our sales team & production staff work together to provide warehouse solutions every day and help business get their feet on the ground, as well as help those already in business continue to grow and prosper.

 

As we near the end of 2016, a lot of things are happening around American Surplus. We have our Pizza Luncheon this week in honor of Thanksgiving. With all the cooking to be done on Wednesday & Thursday, what better way to relax than kick your feet up and order some delicious pizza & calzones to share with our friends. Next week, another employee outing at the Providence Bruins game will be taking place as they host the Binghamton Senators @ The Dunk. Following the New Year, we have a huge event going on, which will be celebrating American Surplus’ 25th Anniversary. We could not be more proud of this milestone and again, led by Bill & Claire DiMaio, we have all our employees to thank in accomplishing 25 years of success. We will also be celebrating Bill DiMaio Sr.’s 80th Birthday & honoring his retirement. He is one of the most hardworking people in this country, and will continue to aid American Surplus and guide the company to continued success in the future.

 

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

 

 

New Warehouse Liquidation November 2016

 

Another Liquidation is underway with American Surplus. Located in New England, a liquor distribution center is growing so they needed to move to a larger facility, and American Surplus is here to help. This acquisition features three major products, pallet rack, conveyor, and mezzanines. In addition there are various miscellaneous products available as well. We have acquired floor scrubbers, case erectors, industrial fans, industrial hoppers, anti-fatigue mats, wire security cage, pallet scales, and more!

 

The Pallet Rack portion of this buy features a large stock of Interlake & Ridg-U-Rak Pallet Rack. The rack is in great condition, teardrop style, and came with Wire Decking. Some of the racking system even had wire cage back stops, a great safety feature in any warehouse.

 

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This prevents pallets & materials from falling off the back side of the rack. A great insurance for your product & inventory, and even more importantly for any employees on the other side of the pallet rack. Another alternative to this safety feature would be pallet rack netting.

 

This liquidation also featured several other types of rack, including pallet flow rack, carton flow rack, and span track. These styles are great for inventory picking operations, coupled with conveyor systems.

 

Used Conveyor

 

 

 

 

The conveyor in this job was extensive, spanning across the entire building. The conveyor was incorporated into the pallet rack systems, utilized an incline to travel through the warehouse, traveled on, over & under mezzanines, and ended with a telescoping conveyor system at the end to load their inventory onto the trucks for shipping. With no time to spare, this conveyor system made the order processing very efficient.

 

The mezzanines held a lot of the conveyor system, and featured some inventory storage & packing operations underneath the system. Mezzanines are a great space enhancing product for your warehouse, no matter how or where you utilize them.

 

If you have any questions at all about this material or would like to make your warehouse more efficient, give our knowledgeable sales team a call today!

 

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Speed Up Your Shipping Department with A Stretch Wrapper

Used Stretch Wrapper

Used Stretch Wrapper

 

Stretch Wrappers, also known as pallet wrappers, are commonly used in warehouses across the globe to make packing orders for shipping much more efficient. Using a low density polyethylene stretch film, these machines wrap boxes and pallets very quickly. This film can stretch up to 500% of its length before breaking. The stretch properties of the film allow material to be bound tight & secure for long, grueling hauls to your customer.

 

The advantages and functions of using a stretch wrapper are numerous. In warehouses and industrial settings, these machines are essential to any shipping or packaging operation. Improved stability of products and packages provides confidence to your team that the material will reach the end user intact and unharmed. In addition, the handling of the load comes much easier for the material handlers on both ends, as picking up a skid that has been stretch wrapped is a breeze compared to inadequate packaging. Now unfortunately, there are also bad people in this world, thieves, who would seize any opportunity to make a couple dollars. Having a stretch wrapped load makes it difficult for anyone to access the material inside. Finally, the wrapped material is protected from dust and debris, helping to ensure a clean, beautiful product arrives at the other end.

 

There are three different types of stretch wrappers, manual, semi-auto, and automatic. There are variations of each but I will quickly discuss each in general.

 

Manual stretch wrappers, being the least efficient, rely on an employee or employees to use one of several techniques to manual wrap the order with a roll of the polyethylene film. Obviously this is going to leave some room for error as the task is tedious and you have a to get a strong, consistent stretch the whole time to make the load secure. While it can be done with the right technique, manual stretch wrapping should be considered for small boxes, or odd shaped orders that the machine cannot handle.

 

Semi-Automatic Stretch Wrappers come in three styles, turntable, orbital, and rotary arm. Turntable units spin the load on the platform of the machine while a roll of film is released on a fixed mast, moving up and down as the load spins. All of these styles are working on the same principle, the load is rotated faster than the film is fed, stretching the film as it turns. Orbital wrappers feature a vertical rotating ring to apply the film horizontally through the ring.  The last style, rotary arm, the material is stationary while a rotating arm circles the pallet, wrapping it with film.

 

Automatic Stretch Wrappers, are your best option, and also obviously the most expensive. However, they are worth the investment. These units, similar to semi-auto, but feature technology to load the machine, apply, seal, and cut the film. These stretch wrappers come in turntable and rotary arm styles similar to semi-auto units described above. The style unique to automatics is the rotary ring wrapper. The film is on a horizontal ring which moves vertically relative to the material being wrapped as the load stays in place. Automatic being the best option, allows the employee/operator to sit back and observe a perfect wrap with confidence.

 

Deciding on which unit to invest in, depends heavily on how much volume your shipping department needs to handle. These units are an investment, and will pay for themselves over and over throughout their life cycle. You will want to speak with one of our knowledgeable salesman before making a purchase to determine the perfect unit for your teams’ needs. American Surplus can help determine the model best suited for you and your material handling team.

 

 

 

When Your Pallet Racking Needs to Be Replaced

Pallet Rack will typically last a lifetime, however, collisions, ware and tare, and just plain freak accidents are always a possibility. Forklift operators have a tough job and with heavy objects and tall racks, no one is perfect and accidents can happen. Forklifts are very heavy and as you can imagine, it doesn’t take much for a pallet rack frame do become damaged if it is hit by one. The severity of the damage depends on several factors, and it is important to determine when it is necessary to take action.

 

The first course of action the forklift operator should follow is the procedure to report the incident. They should be aware that they will not be fired for accidents (unless they become excessive and regular) and for everyone’s safety, should not be afraid to report such incidents. If you notice damage in your warehouse, you should report it immediately as well.

 

In most warehouses, there is at least one individual that should have enough knowledge about pallet rack to determine whether or not it is safe to continue working or if the area should be unloaded and blocked off. Depending on whether or not the pallet rack is used pallet rack or new pallet rack, you have to decide if you need to replace, or repair the pallet rack.

 

If you have purchased used pallet rack, as long as the damage is not too severe, it is acceptable to use a pallet rack repair kit to make the frame structurally sound again. This is effective, and the least disruptive solution to your problem. I am sure you can imagine how difficult and labor intensive it would be to replace one frame in a pallet rack system. However, if you do have a new pallet rack system, installing a repair kit may void your racks warranty. That is a huge consideration that needs to be discussed before making a decision. In this case, replacing the frame would be of equal or lesser cost in the long run.

 

With all this said, the best way to handle pallet rack damage is prevention. You do not want this to happen in the first place, so preach safety constantly to your warehouse employees. Do everything you can to train your employees how to work safely, and of course, forklift driver training is a must and should be taken very seriously.

 

Used Pallet Rack

Used Pallet Rack

 

 

 

Benefits of Wire Decking

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When designing your pallet rack system there are many considerations before making a decision on your purchase. The basic decision involves purchasing your frames & beams. This step is usually as simple as knowing your capacity and size requirements. From there you must decide which type of support system for your products is best, and if your design will require any other addition accessories (wall ties, row spaces, top ties, safety products, column protectors, etc.). The two most common types of support for your pallets/product are pallet supports or wire decking. If you are hand loading you may be able to use wood as an alternative, although we do not recommend this usually in pallet rack, but wood is more commonly seen in rivet rack and bulk rack applications. Today we will strictly focus on the benefits of wire decks.

 

Wire decks are composed of 3-4 main supports with a grid style wire mesh that covers the entire depth of the frames. The width, as well as the depth, will depend on your pallet size/application. The wire decks can provide a great range of capacities to handle your products, which benefits both efficiency and safety in your warehouse. Below we will list the main benefits of wire decks:

 

  • Safety
    • In case of an emergency, the wire decks allow for your sprinkler system to work quickly and efficiently.
    • This benefits the building, the pallet rack itself, your products, and your employees’ safety.

 

  • Visibility
    • This does also play into safety, but the ability to see through the wire decks can help you identify products and pallets as well.
    • Makes inventory processes easier as well.

 

  • Reliability
    • The design of wire decks provides for great reliability, loading racks is not always easy and wire decks make that job more manageable.
    • The wire decks are more forgiving when loading and unloading pallets and while you do need to do your best to center the pallet on the wire decks’ supports, they are more forgiving than pallet supports.

 

  • Price
    • While the price of wire decks may be more than pallet supports, the benefits will pay back your investment very quickly.
    • You will save time and labor after you have installed your pallet rack system with wire decks for your warehouse.

 

  • Lighting
    • The wire decks design allows for light to pass through the levels in the pallet rack system.
    • This will brighten up your warehouse and eliminate a possible need for more lighting after your pallet rack is installed.

 

  • Cleanliness
    • Again the wire deck design is an advantage, in warehouses, as I am sure you know, dirt and dust is everywhere, and accumulates rapidly
    • Cleaning off solid shelves in a warehouse would be a nightmare, especially in tall systems, the wire decks allow dust and dirt to pass through and fall to the floor, which makes cleaning and maintenance much more manageable.

 

  • Installation
    • Wire decks are simply dropped into your pallet rack system, regardless of style, step wire decking, flared wire decking and inside flush wire decking.
    • In contrast to pallet supports, which need to be bolted to your beams, the wire decks require little effort to install.

 

  • Flexibility
    • The final benefit of wire decks to discuss here is the flexibility, you do not necessarily need your product to be palletized to utilize pallet rack, you can store almost anything on the wire decks.
    • This versatility can benefit your warehouse and business by saving time, money, and labor.