Material handling is one area of the production process that many employers either ignore or don’t have the time or resources to invest in taking care of. So when you’ve got a job site with materials coming out of a building, it’s almost inevitable that things will be difficult for your employees and, more importantly, your project managers. Using a pre-start system is one of the best ways to make material handling easier at construction sites. In this article, there are some ideas listed to help you achieve this goal without any extra costs or hassle:
Organize and label bins:
Label each storage bin so employees can check off what they’ve taken off a trolley as they approach it or move materials within storage areas. Organize the bins in ways that make sense to your employees, such as similar sizes and accessories (such as foam blocks) grouped in one location.
Lift and store items on pallets:
This is a good idea for keeping pace with your materials and moving them from one area to another. Some employers even make these pallets accessible to all employees for lifting material. These pallets can then be stored until the next project needs their use.
Ensure employees’ tasks are clearly defined and their productivity is closely monitored so any problems or concerns can be addressed promptly. Consider using sensors and intelligent thermometers on your stock so that you don’t end up with spoiled products because they’re not stored properly.
Use a pre-start app:
A pre-start system can help you to secure the site, ensure that everyone is present, all the machines are safe to use, and confirm that all tools and equipment are available. It can also provide information on safety, security, and site access. In some cases, they’ll even deliver essential documents to the appropriate people within your team at the right time and immobilize the machine until the security check is done satisfactorily. Whichever solution you choose, ensure it’s secure since this is often an area of concern for employers trying to make material handling easier at construction sites.
Install a conveyor system:
This will ensure that items produced in a building are stored and moved quickly. Consider installing a conveyor system with various sections, such as pre-processing, assembly, and loading/unloading. Also, having a section where logs are automatically positioned is an excellent way to ensure workers don’t leave the site with any missing records.
Ensure that materials are protected from spoilage:
This could be done using simple methods such as covering pallets or bins in plastic wrap. However, it’s essential to have a straightforward procedure for every process stage to go smoothly. Your employees should be able to use your app on their phones and know when it’s their time to move material from one storage area to another.
There are many ways to make your materials handling processes more efficient, and this article presented a few ideas. The bottom line is that without proper management, your job site will be much less productive than it could be, resulting in wasted time and money.
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