What Does The Future Hold For Overhead Doors & Warehouse Technology?
For people who grew up in the 1970’s, 1980’s, or even the 1990’s, the technology they had as kids or teens was likely rather primitive compared to the high-tech gadgets and devices that we have today. Listening to your music on a portable CD player required you to take the drive and a pair of headphones, put in the CD of your choice, and navigate to the particular song you wanted to listen to. Of course, the melody would be interrupted by skips and jumps no matter what you did. Now, after generations of iPod development, you can simply grab your smartphone and load it up with hundreds or thousands of songs from multiple artists and genres. Then you can pick whatever tune you like as you head out for the day, and there are no skips or interruptions outside of you pausing the song. If you wanted to play a video game, you could play the Commodore 64 or the Nintendo Entertainment System, but you would have to deal with simple controls and pixellated graphics. Now, you can pick up a Playstation or an Xbox and enjoy photorealistic graphics, 3D environments, and complex control schemes. Movie special effects used to be executed with puppets and practical effects; now CGI and computers are what takes us to a whole new world. Needless to say, entertainment isn’t the only thing getting a major boost from new technology. Industrial businesses have more options than ever when it comes to their overhead doors, safety and security, and warehouse layout. All of the new technology being designed can be easily adapted to make a warehouse a safe and secure place to work. Having a more efficient and well designed workplace also boosts your business and leads to more sales and regular customers. From your dock equipment to your safety barriers, everything is up for improvement. Read on for some of the most exciting evolutions for industrial businesses.
Flexible, Soft, Yet Secure: New Safety Barriers for Warehouses
One such innovation that is making warehouses a safer place is flexible safety barriers, such as the “iFlex” range of safety barriers. In order to understand why these polymer barriers are so efficient, imagine for a moment that you’re falling from a high height. If you land on a hard floor, you’re likely to injure yourself and be in a lot of pain. However, if you fall on a soft sea of pillows, you’re likely going to be able to get back up and move. In the past, safety walls and barriers were designed to feel more like the hard floor. Nowadays, there are walls and barriers that feel closer to a pillow. Warehouses, especially ones where employees are gathering around the overhead doors to load goods into trucks for shipping, need barriers to keep employees and drivers safe. The new, softer solution is safer than the traditional hard barrier for a few reasons:
1) If there is a collision, having something softer reduces the impact and helps prevent damage to dock equipment and employees.
2) These barriers are easier to move and manipulate, and in the chance they fall they are less likely to cause injuries or damage.
3) They allow you to easily segregate the warehouse into sections, keeping certain kinds of tasks safely isolated and separated from other workers.
New Storage Solutions Open Doors for Industrial Businesses
If you’re a fan of the game Tetris, you might be intrigued with the new storage and spacing options that are becoming effective. New storage technology looks at vertical solutions for storing your goods and wares. This saves you on labour costs and energy bills by opening up more space in the warehouse. This also allows workers more space to navigate around your overhead doors and prepare shipments. Many aisles range about four metres, which make navigating a lift truck more awkward. When storage is more compressed, the typical aisle layout can be tweaked, and employees become safer as a result.
If It Ain’t Broke, You Should Still Fix It: Why New Technology Has Promise
We’re all familiar with the term ‘if you ain’t broke, don’t fix it’, but when it comes to warehouse technology such as overhead doors, you should be a forward thinker. Businesses need to be ready to grow and evolve, even if things seem to be fine on the surface. For instance, you should be scheduling regular maintenance for your garage doors, not waiting for them to break and then responding after the fact. Adopting one of the technologies above, or another exciting innovation that is still on the horizon, is a proactive approach that will pay off for your business in the long run. Keeping up with the vanguard of industrial tech is an investment that keeps your employees safe and allows you to grow and advance.
Should You Pick Up a New Technology At First Glance?
While the above text holds true, it’s still important to remember that you don’t want to be an “early adopter”. Before you look at new technologies or advancements, look for reviews or concerns that come from other businesses. Take a realistic look at how it’ll affect your new business if things go wrong, and whether it’ll be a big risk to change the way you do business or the equipment you use. This is especially true for sensitive and essential equipment like your overhead doors. Use reviews, news stories, and other resources to make sure that your upgrade will actually improve the workplace. Otherwise, your efforts could end up being for naught.
Industrial businesses need to stay on top of maintenance and repairs for their dock equipment and overhead doors. However, they also have to be prepared to evolve and improve their workplace. Some of the new technology coming out could be exactly what your business needs to grow. Implementing these measures can increase productivity, save time, and keep employees safe. Just be careful not to be an early adopter or a beta tester for early technology, as you could end up dealing with bugs and issues. For more information on warehouse productivity and industries, visit the McKee-Horrigan Inc. blog. We provide an expert perspective on common issues and concerns surroundings garage doors, industrial businesses, and home renovations.