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Ideal Warehouse Innovations manufactures and distributes a comprehensive line of products to deliver the highest standards of safety and protection. With an amazing arsenal of more than 1100 products from our innovative design lab and our network of top producers around the world, we stand for safety in loading dock, warehouse and manufacturing environments.

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Maintenance on warehouse rack locations includes regularly-scheduled cleaning. How do you safely and effectively access racks at height, or beyond one pallet deep, with power-operated cleaning tools? The answer is: from inside the MARC's engineered safe zone with its "power on board" feature. For cleaning warehouse racks and other maintenance needs inside the rack system, the MARC delivers 110-volt AC power right where it's needed for 2 hours or more (at 8 amps).

While our ratchet-top jack has a number of great attributes (it's efficient and easy to position, for example), it's not recommended as a substitute for a trailer stand. It is designed and rated for maintenance operations and/or tire changes, not for preventing upending or tip-over during loading or offloading operations.

Landing gear collapse is one of the most dangerous and costly results of side-to-side trailer rocking caused by forklift activity during loading or offloading operations. The solution that creates a safe work environment is our newest and strongest trailer stand: the AutoStand Wide.

For a low traffic dock environment that handles heavy weights, we recommend the AutoStand for its strength and stability. Its 100,000 lb load capacity helps create a safer loading dock.

Our AutoStand and AutoStand Plus are a tried-and-true means to a safer loading dock. Both feature a design that permits crank-free installation (ergonomically faster and safer for your workers) using a gas-shock system. A great solution for high-traffic situations.

The latest addition to our family of trailer stand products is our shunt-truck installed unit that keeps dock workers out of harm's way and supports even the heaviest of trailers in busy environments. The easy to maneuver stand supports trailers at any height, on incline or decline, and even on damaged pavement.

The continuing demand for increased productivity at the loading dock, in the form of quicker turnaround times among other things, adds pressure that can lead to increased safety risks. The greatest risk for accidents is often found during the loading and unloading of spotted (or dropped) trailers in the form of tip over or up-ending. These incidents wreak havoc not only inside the trailer, but also outside in the immediate vicinity. Workers operating the forklift and workers in the yard - even at the end of a line of trailers, unaware of an active loading operation - can be put in harm's way when multiple trailers collapse in a domino effect from one landing gear failure, or patch of sinking pavement (trailer tip over). Workers both inside the trailer and on the dock near its open end are in danger when excess weight in the nose of a dropped trailer up-ends the entire unit.

The simple solution for both of these dangerous events is to stabilize the trailer during loading and unloading operations. The most effective means of creating a stable platform for accessing the load is by leaving the cab attached to the trailer throughout the duration of work. Unfortunately, this option is not always practical. An alternative is the use of a vehicle restraint secured to the trailer's ICC bar. This device can minimize "trailer creep", and prevent "unscheduled" departures from the dock, but is not sufficiently effective when it comes to preventing tip overs. The choice for both effective and practical considerations is a supporting device to take the place of the trailer cab, when the cab cannot remain in place. That choice is a Trailer Stand.

A simple, budget conscious solution for lower-traffic docks can be found with our Two-Post Trailer Stand. This unit consists of 2 points of support, for strength and stability to guard against tip-over, on a single cart for easy deployment and retrieval. While it's easy to maneuver into place, it does take a few seconds longer to implement than some of our other products, so is not recommended for high traffic loading docks. For higher traffic situations, the AutoStand is an easy to deploy option that is available in three different configurations: standard, plus and wide. All three designs are up to the task of supporting a dropped trailer self-leveling gas shocks and all terrain wheels. And the newest device, the Shuntable stand, is a cost effective improvement over early truck- positioned models that deploys in 2 minutes (on average), and completely eliminates the need for workers to be on the tarmac.

Prices for various types of trailer stands range from under $100 to over $10,000. Choosing the right one for your loading dock comes down to matching the selection to your workplace's volume of traffic, type of loading (live vs. spotted) and the maximum weight of loads handled (including the loading device, whether it's a person or a forklift).

Click here to download our Trailer Stand White Paper.

Both of our guardrail systems offer a visible deterrent to impacts, to protect walkways, equipment, materials and more. The one that's right for your warehouse is easily determined by the kind of risk: whether an impact is possible or likely. Where incidental impact is less likely to occur, our steel-in-concrete solution will meet your needs; where impact is likely to be a repeat occurrence, our flexible rebounding system is the right call.

In a busy warehouse environment, there's risk around every corner. Twisting, turning and darting forklifts. Busy, distracted workers and visitors. Expensive assets and warehoused goods. The potential for mishap is great. Strategically placed safety barriers are a smart addition to every warehouse, to protect pedestrian walkways, equipment and more.

Pulling particulate matter out of the air with a filtration system offers more benefits than you may have imagined. In addition to preventing the spread of common cold and other harmful viruses and bacteria, which reduces sick days, it also improves productivity and cognitive scores among the workforce, and provides better temperature control for lower heating and cooling costs.

Dock bumpers are the unsung heroes of safety. While they are rarely credited with protecting life and limb, they simply, and economically, absorb the relentless, repeated impacts of trucks docking. It's no small feat: preserving the integrity of the warehouse's structure, and preventing an incident that can shut down a loading dock for days.

Ideal Warehouse Innovations offers more than 500 SKUs of loading dock bumpers for sale from three warehouses across North America -- which means that we have the product you need in stock and ready to ship.

For a high traffic dock environment handling heavy loads, we recommend the AutoStand Plus jack stand. It is well-suited to a busy workplace since its self-levelling pad can be positioned in seconds; it is built to withstand the weight (100,000 lbs static load capacity) and stresses of a bustling loading dock.

Push back rack systems are invaluable assets in modern warehouses, facilitating efficient storage and retrieval of goods. However, like any mechanical system, they are susceptible to occasional jams, which can disrupt operations and incur costs. Ideal Warehouse Innovations Inc. recognizes the importance of minimizing push back rack jams to optimize warehouse productivity and safety.

A push back rack system has a great many benefits, and is overall a very efficient system, but it can present its challenges. For example, when there is a jam, no matter the cause, the result is out-of-service pallet positions.As our case study demonstrates, these jams can often create extremely dangerous situations for operators. The solution for this need to perform tasks within a push back racking structure is The MARC - an engineered anchor system that allows operators to move within the racks safely. No more man-handling spilled product or climbing among the racks without an approved anchor point. Watch this video to see The MARC in action!

In this comprehensive guide, we delve into the causes of push back rack jams, effective solutions, and proactive prevention strategies to mitigate their occurrence.

Understanding Push Back Rack Jams
Push back rack systems utilize inclined rails and carts to allow pallets to be stored and retrieved with ease. However, various factors can lead to jams within these systems, including:

Overloading: Exceeding the system's weight capacity can cause jams by placing excessive strain on the rails and carts.
Misalignment: If pallets are not properly aligned during loading or retrieval, they can become wedged within the system, leading to jams.
Mechanical Issues: Wear and tear, damaged components, or faulty installation can contribute to push back rack jams.
Poor Pallet Quality: Irregularities in pallet dimensions or damaged pallets can hinder smooth operation, increasing the risk of jams.
Operator Error: Inadequate training or negligence by warehouse personnel can inadvertently cause jams during pallet handling.

Solutions to Push Back Rack Jams
When faced with a push back rack jam, swift and effective action is essential to minimize downtime and prevent further complications. Ideal Warehouse Innovations Inc. offers the following solutions:

Clear Communication Channels: Establish clear communication protocols between warehouse personnel to promptly address any jam-related issues.
Regular Maintenance: Implement a proactive maintenance schedule to identify and rectify potential issues before they escalate into jams.
Quality Assurance: Ensure that pallets meet specified quality standards to minimize the risk of irregularities that could lead to jams.
Operator Training: Provide comprehensive training to warehouse staff on proper loading, retrieval, and troubleshooting procedures to minimize operator-induced jams.
Mechanical Upgrades: Consider upgrading or retrofitting push back rack systems with advanced components or features designed to enhance reliability and prevent jams.

Prevention Strategies
Preventing push back rack jams is far more cost-effective and efficient than dealing with them after they occur. Ideal Warehouse Innovations Inc. recommends the following proactive strategies:

Regular Inspections: Conduct routine inspections of push back rack systems to identify any potential issues or signs of wear and tear.
Weight Monitoring: Implement weight monitoring systems to ensure that the weight capacity of push back rack systems is not exceeded.
Load Planning: Develop a comprehensive load planning strategy to optimize pallet placement and minimize the risk of misalignment.
Emergency Procedures: Establish clear emergency procedures for addressing push back rack jams to minimize downtime and ensure employee safety.
Continuous Improvement: Foster a culture of continuous improvement within the warehouse environment, encouraging feedback and implementing solutions to enhance system reliability and efficiency.

Push back rack jams can significantly impact warehouse productivity and pose safety risks if not promptly addressed. By understanding the causes of jams, implementing effective solutions, and adopting proactive prevention strategies, warehouses can minimize downtime, reduce costs, and optimize operational efficiency. Ideal Warehouse Innovations Inc. is committed to providing innovative solutions and expertise to help warehouses mitigate the risk of push back rack jams and maximize their storage capabilities. Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive range of warehouse safety and optimization solutions.

If your loading dock suffers from the stresses of up and down trailer movement, our gliding steel face bumper is an ideal solution: it compresses to protect from impact and glides to resist surface abrasion. Our 5-year replacement warranty tells you it's the strongest impact protection you can buy.

For bumper protection of incidental impact areas that require a longer surface, our extruded dock bumpers are available in a range of lengths from 12" to 36", allowing the flexibility to create custom protection for your loading dock or inside the warehouse.

The right choice of trailer stand for your application can be made by determining two things: whether your dock experiences a high volume of traffic or not, and whether you require a heavyweight solution or not. No matter the answer, one of our four products will be perfectly suited to your needs.

Ideal Warehouse Innovations offers two permanent warehouse guardrail solutions and one system for installing a temporary barrier. The key difference between our permanently installed products is flexibility; that is, one is built from structural steel, while the other is designed to flex (and rebound) on impact. Both types of guardrail systems are easy to install, highly visible and very effective at protecting people and equipment.

How do you prevent unsafe climbing in high density rack systems? The MARC (Maintenance and Retrieval Cart) is loaded using standard material handling equipment and then inserts and locates into the rack system easily using integrated alignment guides. The MARC is an engineered 'safe zone' to access deep inside rack systems at height. The MARC creates safe access to spilled product, stuck pallets or push back trays. Watch this video for more information.

Ideal Warehouse Innovations is passionate about protecting people and profits through safety. Are you aware that the use of forklift safety cages is contrary to safe practices for accessing high density racking structures? Moreover, racking systems themselves are not designed for operator access. Nevertheless, there are many instances when it is necessary for your staff to perform tasks at height (and at depth within racks, as well) such as; man-handling stuck pallets or spilled product to clear jams, servicing the rack structure and other components at height, inspecting the structure and the products it contains, and more. All of these tasks are extremely dangerous, to both the operator performing the task and those on the ground, without benefit of an engineered anchor point, among other safety measures. The MARC is the engineered safe zone that eliminates unsafe entry into racking systems. Talk to us today about a product demonstration.

The wall-mounted Onyx air purifier works by drawing air through the bottom, and then passing it through six stages of filtration: a pre-filter, a HEPA filter, activated carbon, ultraviolet light, a nano filter and finally the negative ion generators. The clean air re-enters your environment from the top of the unit.

Drawing only 4.8 amps, the Atomik Air filtration system moves one million cubic feet per hour, to not only remove particulate matter from the air, but also to stabilize the temperature in your warehouse. In a large volume space, that function can save 20 to 40% on your heating costs in the winter, and distribute cooling air throughout the space in summer.

We offer a germidical ultraviolet light air purifier to eliminate harmful viruses and bacteria in your choice of two wall-mounted units. These VK units are designed for rooms of moderate size with a ceiling height of at least 9 ft. The VK-250 removes airborne organisms in up to 150 sq ft per unit, while the VK-1500 can manage up to 625 sq ft per unit. Contact us for advice in putting together a strategic design plan that will provide coverage for your entire space effectively and efficiently.

The key to creating an effective guardrail system that can withstand repeated impact (without requiring constant repairs) is in combining a flexible rail (available in 4m lengths that can be cut to size) with rebounding posts. This configuration absorbs and deflects the energy of an impact, protecting and minimizing damage to the forklift, the driver, the materials, and the guardrail itself.

Whether you need warehouse guardrails and trailer jack stands to protect your people or loading dock bumpers and safety barriers to safeguard your equipment, we have a full spectrum of solutions to create a safer workplace. Call 1-866-828-6737 or email us at [email protected] to discuss your needs.