Improving Efficiency With Lift Tables
Lift tables are an integral component of the infrastructure in warehouse or manufacturing setups. Lift tables are also used in shipping, aviation and logistics. If you have a need to lift or raise and carry heavy loads, which could be fragile or sturdy goods, then you must invest in some state of the art lift tables. At the face of it, lift tables appear to be an expense that you can avoid. The investment or affordability will always be a concern but if you consider the benefits then you would see how you can improve the overall efficiency in your warehouse, factory and in myriad kinds of onsite operations.
Let us first focus on how you would be improving efficiency with lift tables.
- Picture a scenario where you are using manual labor to lift heavy loads. You may also be using some kind of tools assisting the workforce. The human threshold or load bearing capacity is substantially lower than machines. Even if you have several people working on the lifting of a particular load, it is not an efficient way. You would be wasting time, money and the effort needed from the manpower is humongous. You may need to lift a load from the ground level up to ten feet or even higher. The higher it goes, the more difficult it gets till it becomes impossible for a person. In some cases, you would not have any efficiency in load handling and management. In some cases, you simply cannot use manual labor. Lift tables are the only rational choice. They are the solution. In simpler words, heavy duty lifting and raising or even moving of goods is unwise, impractical and near impossible without lift tables.
- For comparison, let us presume that a person or a trained workforce is attending to all the heavy lifting, carrying and management of loads. Calculate the time they spend to get the job done and then watch lift tables do the same job. You can refer to videos online these days that would give you a factual sneak peek. The time you would save will have a direct impact on your operational costs. You would be able to derive more from your manpower, your operational capacity would increase and the time saved is itself precious enough. This also nullifies the shortcoming or challenge of the initial investment. By improving efficiency with lift tables, you would be making more money which will justify the initial investment.
- Improving efficiency with lift tables is just one aspect of it. The other and often considered to be more important is the safety aspect. You would be reducing risks of injury and that would save you a lot of money. Heavy lifting will always put an enormous risk on the workforce. People get injured all the time. Companies get embroiled in lawsuits if they cannot pay adequate compensation. Also, high risk jobs don’t get enough people interested so that is a concern too. With lift tables, you are posing no risk to the health of the staff. They can simply operate the lift tables and monitor the operations. While lift tables do away with the risk to your workforce, they also do away with any scope of fatigue. When manual labor is used for heavy duty lifting and hauling of goods or loads of any kind, fatigue is a perennial factor. An employee, however trained and strong, would have a limit and beyond that he would suffer from fatigue. You certainly don’t want a fatigued employee to do the lifting.
- Improving efficiency with lift tables is further complemented by ensuring stability of the operations, which ensure safe handling of the goods. Whether the load is fragile or sturdy, you need to ensure that the lifting and hauling is done properly so the goods don’t get damaged. That cannot be assured all the time when you have manual labor getting the job done. With lift tables, this is almost always guaranteed. You don’t have an unstable platform, you don’t have the risk of fatigue and you know for certain that the lift tables are capable of lifting the load it is supposed to and engineered for. Lift tables cannot just lift the loads in context at one place but can also be moved around to be used throughout the warehouse or manufacturing plant or the site you have. You can move the lift tables from one place to another and some can also be moved with the load atop it. This is another way you would be improving efficiency with lift tables.
There are many types of lift tables, from hydraulic ones to ergonomic ones with tilting feature, low entry designs and double long models. The load bearing capacity can range from a few hundred pounds to several tons. Your need will determine the exact choice of lift tables. Contact us today for more information or help finding the right lift table.