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Many warehouses and distribution centers face the issue of outgrowing their facility. When a business has a production line or has heavy traffic in the shipping and receiving departments, storage space is vital. A warehouse mezzanine can be added to the space to increase storage, which is a more affordable option than renovating or relocating to a larger facility.
Operational excellence is the process where organizations focus on their customers’ needs while consistently improving the organization’s current procedures that are set in place. This can be used as a source of measurement on what can be improved to maintain a competitive advantage in the industry.
An automotive parts department was struggling to keep up with the growing demands of the dealership. REB designed and installed a storage solution specific to the parts department's space and workflow needs.
For companies that handle many small parts, such as nuts and bolts, a solution created specifically for small parts storage is a crucial element for organization and to help keep parts easily accessible for employees. Shelving and bins are both excellent options for small parts storage applications and can be utilized in a variety of environments including warehouses, offices, and retail stores.
When companies implement positivity and encouragement practices in the workplace, the overall performance and productivity of employees is higher. Not only is positivity a good practice for the bottom line of the company, it is also beneficial to your employees.
Retail stores use a backroom space to house the overflow of goods that may not fit on the allocated display shelf space. Most overflow is received directly from suppliers or distribution centers, making the store’s backroom storage indispensable. By adding shelving to this space, retailers can easily store overstocked goods, making it easier to organize inventory and accelerate stock replenishment.
REB Storage System International’s Joe Malerba presented "Understanding Rack Safety and Repair" at the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) Conference in Ft. Worth, TX.
Industrial storage containers are just one example of a material handling product that can help optimize your storage space. They are highly versatile and can be used to store products within your facility, and/or transport them between different facilities, while providing security for your products. There are several types of industrial storage containers, with various sizes and stowing options, tailored to your operation.
An essential step toward adapting to change is understanding it: what is happening and why. Monitor market signals, and based on your analysis generate ideas about how you might adapt your strategies. It’s also important to have an evolving definition of success and how to achieve it.
Material handling is a field involving the transport, storage, and control of goods and products throughout the processes of manufacturing, distribution, consumption and disposal of all related materials. A material handling conveyor system is a common piece of mechanical handling equipment that moves materials from one location to another. Conveyors are especially useful in applications involving the transportation of heavy or bulky materials.
Companies are built by great employees who can work well together. Ask anyone in a leadership position about hard working, key employees who help contribute to the overall success of the company and most often, they will use the word dedicated to describe them.
The push back retrofit system rests on top of the existing drive in rails and is either bolted or welded to the system at the front position. Reconfiguration of the existing system is rarely needed.
We are delighted to announce the launch of our brand new website! Our goal with the new website is to provide our visitors an easier way to learn about REB’s products, services and view the company blog updates. You will find the navigation bar on the top of the page, creating a simpler way for you to browse everything REB has to offer.
REB conducted a rack safety inspection on a local logistics company and found a total of seventy-four (74) areas where the pallet rack frames were damaged and required repair.
Last-in, first-out (LIFO) is a type of inventory management that allows inventory placed into a rack system last to be removed first. Last-in, first-out storage is most often used for goods with a long shelf life or those held in large quantities.
Researching and asking questions that deepen your understanding about your customers provides you with knowledge that makes selling easier and increases the percentage of prospects that become customers. To forge a deeper relationship with your customers, think long-term partnership, rather than short-term sales goals, and you’ll grow as your customers grow.
A California-based floral importer and distributor was storing pallets of floral arrangements on the floor and needed to increase their storage density due to growth. The company wanted the rack system to accommodate their existing forklifts.
REB Storage Systems International’s VP of Marketing, Jacqueline Terrell, was recently interviewed by The MHEDA Journal. In the article, which is featured in the First Quarter 2017 The MHEDA Journal, Jacqueline shares her experience and tools for success along with her role in MHEDA’s Women in Industry Net Group.
Through the course of normal operations, storage rack frames can be damaged by forklifts and other material handling equipment. Damaged frames have a reduced capacity and present a serious risk of collapse and personal injury. A collapse can also damage merchandise, adjacent building structures and equipment.
Congrats to Mike Palko on receiving his PMP! He joins Joe Yassine as the second REB Project Manager to receive a Project Management Professional Certification!
As we look ahead to 2017, it’s important to start visualizing what you want out of it. Any changes to workplace operations you’d like to make? Any changes to your leadership style?
REB Storage Systems International's VP of Business Development Matt Myers was recently interviewed as an authority on mezzanines for Modern Materials Handling's article "Mezzanines: The Space Race". The article, which is in the December 2016 issue, discusses options, safety precautions, and other considerations when implementing a mezzanine.
A manufacturer of insulation and fiberglass composites needed to add storage to their 34,000 sq. ft. warehouse. The warehouse was a working facility with much of their products being stored on the floor. Racking was required to maximize and differentiate the storage area and production area.
It’s important to always be open to necessary changes in your processes. In fact, it’s best to be proactive in seeking out these changes. If you improve the process, you can improve the output.
REB Storage Systems International Continues to Invest in Project Management Department with the Addition of Industry Experts
Lori Palmer, REB president, spoke on why these additions are important: “Proper project management and engineering is vital to producing an effective storage solution. REB made the strategic decision to invest in a first-rate project management and engineering department in order to strengthen the level of efficiency and precision that customers have come to expect.”
A carton flow system can be an integral part of your warehouse or distribution center, improving efficiency and helping to maintain a steady, available flow of inventory. However, this smooth flow can only occur if all parts of the system are operating properly.
Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs on their stunning victory to clinch the title of World Series Champs! As a proud Chicago business for 54 years, REB could not be more excited.
Distribution centers and warehouses have been using pick to voice technology for almost 30 years, though it’s still a little known picking option. Also known as voice directed picking, this man-to-goods picking system is increasing in popularity, thanks to improved technology and the steady decrease of software costs.
A major quality in being an effective leader is to ask questions. Ask questions of your employees, since they are involved in day-to-day operations and can likely provide you with the best feedback to help you lead effectively. People will respect you for asking and valuing their opinion.
There are three types of accumulation conveyors: zero pressure, zero contact, and minimum pressure. In this video you'll learn the differences of each including how they operate and ideal uses.
Lighted picking systems use pick to light and put to light technology in conjunction with carton flow systems in order to improve order accuracy and picking speeds. Pick to light and put to light systems are best for settings operations requiring order fulfillment with a high pick speed and low error rate, such as general merchandise retailers or apparel companies. Due to the basic visual aids used to fulfill each order, lighted picking technology is able to improve both order accuracy and picking speeds.
Rose Muersch and Gene Bellan have retired after 50 years of employment at REB Storage Systems International. Both have been involved since the start of REB and hold the title of longest employed. Rose retires as Chief Accounting Officer and Gene as past Warehouse Manager and current Maintenance Associate.
Perseverance is often the difference between failure and success. Once you accept that hard work and determination are the cornerstone of all significant achievements, you will be on the way to attaining your goals.
Transportation conveyors can be used for a variety of applications from heavy full-pallet loads to lightweight items that vary in size. In this video you'll learn about the three main types of transportation conveyors: gravity conveyors, belt conveyors, and live roller conveyors.
Transportation conveyors move pallets or cartons from point A to point B. They can be used for a variety of applications from heavy full-pallet loads to lightweight items that vary in size. Transportation conveyor options are available to accommodate requirements such as desired speed and product handling procedures.
REB Storage Systems International President Lori Palmer is featured as the cover story in the August edition of Women of Distinction Magazine, a publication dedicated to sharing women’s success stories and inspire the new generation of professional women.
For decades, the standard method of order fulfillment has been man-to-goods. A worker gathers the product(s) and assembles the product(s) into a complete order. This “older style man-to-goods methods [is] characterized by serious labor costs, heavy turnover, high cost shelving, conveyors, lifts, and transport and other systems to get targeted materials to a picker/packer or palletizing operation.”
Why is it important to REB to get involved in industry events? Three REB employees recently answered this while exhibiting at the 2016 PRISM conference.
A manufacturer of helicopter parts needed to consolidate storage. This required them to relocate racking from one warehouse to another 407,000 sq. ft. warehouse.
A beauty and personal care products distributor wanted to address picking issues they were having in their 850,000 sq. ft. distribution center. The issues were due to inadequacies with their warehouse picking carts.
PRISM International (Professional Records & Information Services Management) is the not-for-profit trade association for the commercial information management industry. This industry is made up of outsourcing partners that provide their clients with physical and digital information protection, access, retention, storage, and disposal.
First-in, first-out, or FIFO, is a type of inventory management that allows inventory placed into a rack system first to be removed first. FIFO rack systems are ideal for customers requiring rapid stock rotation, have a high turnover rate for inventory, or store items with expiration dates. For example, FIFO food storage applications allows for constant product movement, safeguarding that no inventory spoils or goes to waste.
Women in the Industry, a MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association) networking group aimed at supporting women within the Material Handling Industry as well as attracting new women to the industry, recently came together to further this initiative by exhibiting at MHEDA's annual convention.
Gravity flow racks are designed for first-in, first-out (FIFO) inventory management. This means that the first piece of inventory placed into the system is also the first item picked for an order. This option is ideal for locations where inventory has a shelf life: food, fashion, technology, etc. The goal of FIFO racking is to ensure space is efficiently utilized and profit is maximized.
REB conducted a full on-site rack safety inspection of the distribution center. A significant number of damaged frames were found along with other typical rack damage. REB provided the manufacturer with a scope of work drawing detailing all damage and how critical each was.
A pick module can be designed for manual pick applications, automated pick applications, or a combination of both. This video covers pick module options, how they operate, and typical components.
Carton flow rack is a first-in, first-out inventory management system for case, tote, and piece-picking applications. In this video you will learn about carton flow rack including components, ideal uses, options, and accessories.
Pallet rack is available in both structural and roll-formed steel. In this tutorial you’ll learn the differences of each including how they are constructed and ideal uses.
Greater Northwest Chicago Development Corporation, an organization that offers programs and incentives to further industrial retention within it's service area, held its recent meet and greet at REB Storage Systems International's headquarter Chicago office. The event was attended by various businesses in the area and featured Chicago's 36th Ward Alderman, Gilbert Villegas. The event was aimed at demonstrating the strength of the industrial sector in Chicago's 36th Ward.
You’ve invested in a customized storage system that perfectly suits the needs of your company and paid to have it installed. Your company is starting to benefit from the improved efficiency that your new layout provides, and your material handling operations are running much more smoothly. You’ve checked everything off of your to-do list and you think you’re done with racking components.
Rack systems are highly engineered, high performance structures that are designed to carry more than ten times the self-weight of the structure. Daily abuse, neglect, adding new rack, modifying, or reconfiguring old rack can compromise the integrity of those systems in ways that goes beyond dents, rust, or chipped paint.
Rack uprights are bumped and pushed by material handling equipment, beam elevations or pallet loads are readjusted to fit loaded pallets, and components are modified or aisles narrowed to accommodate inventory. All of these actions happen as a matter of running a warehouse, but what warehouse rack safety measures are taken to ensure that these actions have not compromised the integrity of your rack system?
Once the decision has been made to install pallet rack in your warehouse, the next big question is “How do I go about installing it?” Warehouse rack installation doesn’t have to be a difficult process; with the right groundwork, your pallet rack installation will be a breeze.
The racking system in your warehouse facility serves as the entire framework for your operation. When choosing an industrial warehouse racking option, you need racking solutions that are ideal for your space and built to last.
Industrial warehouse shelving is not limited to one type or size. There are various types, sizes, and styles to choose from – exploring all of the options is the best way to customize your warehouse in order to maximize your industrial space.
Material handling is much more than the handling of inventory – it’s the movement, protection, storage and control of materials and products throughout their lifespan of manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, consumption, and disposal. Material handling encompasses a range of components to keep the supply chain running, including a variety of equipment types (manual, semi-automated, and automated) and systems (single level storage, multi-level storage, conveyors, etc.).
Material handling equipment is general or specialized equipment used for the movement, storage, and protection of goods during the manufacturing, distribution, consumption, and disposal processes. Not all material handling equipment is the same and the various types can be broken down into several categories based on their use.
There are various pallet racking types, all with different features, benefits, and ideal uses. Which is best for your operation not only depends on the products that you are storing but also the selectivity and density that you require. Below is a comparison and descriptions of pallet racking types.
Pallet rack is available as both structural steel rack and roll formed steel rack. The main difference between these two is how they are made: structural steel is formed while still hot, whereas roll-formed steel is formed while cold. The outcome of these processes is two different types of rack with different ideal uses and benefits.
Your warehouse product flow determines your overall productivity and efficiency. When designing the overall layout of your warehouse the shipping and receiving placement should be evaluated and chosen based on your available space, product throughput needs, and available resources.
As a business grows, additional space is needed to accommodate this expansion. Unfortunately, adding on to a building is often an expensive investment that can halt operations for an extended period of time. One way to add space to your building while avoiding an addition is a warehouse mezzanine system. Mezzanines are a cost effective solution that add additional capacity to a warehouse or distribution center by utilizing vertical space.
REB employees joined together to achieve 8,303,934 steps for the month of March, that’s 124% of our March goal! Congratulations to REB employee Glenn Staley who was March’s winner. Glenn chose Hospice of the Comforter to receive a donation from REB in remembrance of his parents..
These statements should prove that you need to implement pallet rack protection now: 1. The safety of your employees is of the upmost importance. 2. The products stored in your warehouse are essential to your business. 3. Your rack system is a significant investment.
REBfit February was a great success! REB employees joined together to achieve 8,305,859 steps for the month, that’s 112% of our February goal! Congratulations to REB employee Jesse Ruiz who was February’s winner. Jesse chose the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago to receive a donation from REB in honor of his son, Aiden Ruiz.
REB employees are joining together to step for charity! Each month REB employees will stride as a team to reach each month’s step goal. Each month that step goal is reached REB will donate to a charity chosen by an employee that reaches their individual step goal for that month. Come back here each month to view our progress!
A pick module system is an engineered rack system that utilizes rack components integrated with a variety of storage solutions to move product efficiently through a distribution center to expedite the order fulfillment process. The module is designed to optimize the efficient flow of multiple orders.
Keeping your warehouse operating safely and at peak efficiency begins with routine inspection and maintenance. International Building codes (IBC) and occupancy permits increasingly include ANSI/RMI (American National Standards Institute / Rack Manufacturers Institute) standards. Ask yourself, what standards are in place after a warehouse is put in operation or what about retrofitted warehouses? Rack uprights are bumped and pushed by material handling equipment, beam elevations or pallet loads are readjusted to fit loaded pallets, and components are modified or aisles narrowed to accommodate inventory. All of that happens as a matter of running a warehouse, but what doesn’t always happen is regularly inspecting pallet rack systems.
Many food distributors store a combination of items that are picked frequently and also that remain static for longer periods of time. For this it is recommended to use a combination of selective pallet rack with carton flow, pushback, pallet flow, and/or drive-in storage.
Automotive technician and service departments are fast-paced and include countless parts and pieces, all of which need to be stored and transported efficiently. Unfortunately, automotive parts can be particularly challenging to store properly due to the numerous shapes and sizes of parts that exist. Here are some simple ways to make your technician and service areas operate more efficiently:
REB Storage Systems International Continues to Invest in Project Management Department with the Addition of Industry Experts
Chicago, IL, 10/15/2014- REB Storage Systems International has announced additions within their Project Management Department. The additions include California-based Project Manager Randy Duston, Chicago-based Project Manager Steve Vlach, and Chicago-based Engineering Manager Jerry Pytel, all who have 30+ years of experience with the design and installation of storage systems.
Selective Pallet, Cantilever, Flow, Drive-In, or Push Back: What is the Ideal Racking System for your Warehouse?
here are many options to consider when choosing the correct type of racking for your warehouse. While more than one option may work, likely there is an ideal option over the rest. Implementing the right warehouse racking system can help speed up productivity and increase storage capacity. Here are common warehouse storage systems to consider:
REB Storage Systems International, specialists in Storage and Material Handling Solutions, announced that on February 1, 2014, Executive Vice President Lori Palmer was elected President by the company’s CEO, Tom Lesko, and its Board of Directors.
REB Storage Systems International Named Exclusive Distributor of Russ Bassett Corporation Media Storage Products for the Archive Market
REB Storage Systems International, records storage solutions specialist, has been named the exclusive distributor of Russ Bassett Corporation’s line of media storage products for customers within the archive market. The product line consists of high-capacity media shelving and cabinets including Gemtrac, Maxrac, and Ractrac.
On this week's RIMproReport, a weekly talk show dedicated to the RIM services industry, Lori discusses some of the cool things happening at REB these days. She makes a big announcement about a new, well-known staff member who has just joined the team. She also shares some of the recent trends she’s seen in the industry related to the purchase of racking systems, remediation of existing rack, and global expansion.
REB Storage Systems International, the Chicago-based company specializing in material handling solutions, has announced the addition of four distinguished professionals in the Material Handling and Records Storage Industries.
In 1988, our partnership began. A company “interested in getting into the records storage business” called and wanted shelving for four hundred (400) archive cartons. I took the phone call and made the sales call. We sold them five (5) units of 69” x 32” x 7’ rivet shelving with four particle board shelves. They were in the commercial real estate business and had purchased a building on Northwest Highway on the Northwest side of Chicago. “They found the perfect business to offset the cost of the building.”
Optimizing the space in your commercial record center is key to maximizing your monthly storage revenue. Therefore, your racking system needs to be designed and configured to help you achieve maximum use of cubic space within your facility. There are several factors to take into consideration when choosing the right configuration for your business:
Compromised and damaged racking can lead to a variety of problems that not only threatens the security of stored materials but may also affect the overall viability of your operation and put your employees at risk. As a result, it's necessary to assess and address any safety issues with your racking system.
Supplementing your racking system is one of the most significant expenses you're likely to incur for your business. Fortunately, the option of buying used equipment can help you reduce your costs. However, used equipment can create a multitude of problems that may end up costing you more. As a result, it's necessary to consider two important factors that will ultimately enable you to get the best value for your money -- size and compatibility.
In today’s economy, getting the most bang for your buck is imperative. But making buying decisions solely based on price is not always the wisest way to spend your money. Often, cost cutting leads to purchasing of inferior products that end up costing you more in the long haul. Storage racking is a prime example…
CHICAGO,IL, August 30, 2012 - REB Storage Systems International, leader in turnkey material handling systems since 1962, has announced the purchase of Classic Modular Systems, Inc. A 30-year-old company located in Cary, IL, CMS is well-known for designing custom space solutions for office and plant environments through ergonomic task furniture, workstations, modular offices, high density shelving and custom cabinets and counters.
REB continues to grow, hiring new Project Engineer Adam Salage. Adam comes to us with over twelve years of experience in the racking industry. He has extensive knowledge of all types of racking systems including archive, push back, drive-in, pallet flow and pallet storage.
Six-year REB employee Dennis Tarnowski has recently been promoted to Engineering Manager. Beginning his career at REB designing material handling systems, Dennis quickly excelled to become a Project Manager, handling multi-million dollar installations.
2012 marks REB Storage Systems International’s 50th anniversary providing Turnkey Record Storage Solutions. REB has and continues to set the bar in the engineering, supplying and installing of records storage systems internationally.
Since 1962, REB Storage Systems International has been a leader in providing Turnkey Material Handling Solutions internationally. We have served our customers with quality products and services for almost 50 years from our headquarters in Chicago. We strive to constantly improve in order to better serve our clients and, with this objective in mind, we are now opening a new facility in Southern California in order to provide local support to our West Coast customers.
REB Storage Systems International, a leader in the design, manufacture, distribution, and installation of Record Storage and Material Handling Systems today announced an expansion of its global presence with the opening of an office on the outskirts of Dublin, Ireland.