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Transporting Data Servers

Dangers of Data Servers

According to the National Safety Council, more than 100,000,000 production days are lost each year due to work-related injuries. In the data center industry, this is a frequent occurrence when trying to move heavy servers without the right equipment. The average server is 7 feet tall and can weigh up to 3,500 lbs. Common injuries include sprains, tears, cuts, lacerations, or punctures. Relying on ratchet straps and a pull dolly is not the most efficient, or safest, way to move a data server.

CarryMatic Server Carts

Our CarryMatic Server Cart is the perfect solution designed specifically for transporting servers in tight spaces. Our unique carts can transfer 2 servers simultaneously, cutting costs and improving efficiency. Some of our current customers have experienced DOUBLE the number of transfers every week and have reported no accidents associated with the carts. 

Servers are pushed into the cart and then lifted using an electric mechanism to raise the servers 1″ inch off of the ground. Our patented electric lift helps to eliminate the chance of a hydraulic oil spill. Our carts also use 2 safety laser scanners and 4 emergency stop buttons. The load presence sensors ensure that the autonomous AGV will not pull away until the servers are securely locked into place before transport. This ensures that each transfer is completed as safely as possible and provides the operator with multiple safety buffers. 

The data server cart has 2 individual steering motors to control the front and back, which run independently of each other. This allows for the carts to be pulled in either direction. The unique feature helps to eliminate U-Turns in tight spaces by simply switching the tongue from one side to the other. With 4 casters and 2 center ‘helper’ casters located in the middle, the cart’s design ensures that wheels stay on the ground during transport. Reducing caster flutter and noise and eliminating any chance of tipping.

To learn more about how our server carts can help you optimize your data center, reach out to our CarryMatic team using this link

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CarryMatic System Showcased at Modex with Seegrid

The manufacturing and supply chain community came together, in a big way, for a return to in-person trade shows with a record-setting MODEX event. Roughly 37,047 visitors connected with over 857 exhibitors across 405,000 square feet of exhibit space at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center. This was the largest MODEX event to date for MHI. Our CarryMatic powered roller cart system was on display and moving behind the Seegrid powered Raymond Courier 3220 tow tractor. This automated material movement system consists of powered roller carts, line-side transfer stations, proprietary supervisor software, along with hitch & station controls.  CarryMatic Seegrid automated cart

The CarryMatic system applications are incredibly versatile. From inbound receiving, supermarket delivery or lineside delivery, picking up packing dunnage, dropping off and picking up from pack stations, finished good removal, dropping off at shipping docks and warehouses, and more. Automation is the future, get ahead of the curve and contact Jtec to find solutions for your distribution center, server farm, warehouse, or any other facility.   

We also had our industry-leading mechanical Mother/Daughter cart system, CarryMore, on display in our own booth along with the Electric Lift Mother Cart, the MoveMore-40 push assist, and the CarryMatic Powered Roller cart system making hands free transfers from cart to station.

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5 Mother Daughter Tugger Carts Solutions

5 Mother-daughter cart solutions with CarryMore

The CarryMore system works with any tugger or AGV on the market.  Lifting the daughter cart off the ground for transport gives the operator better ergonomic handling when loading, unloading, and pushing the daughter cart to point of use.  Our patented all-mechanical loading system, Elemate, incorporates HD cam rollers set on an incline to guide and lift daughter carts securely onto mother carts for safe and smooth transport.

1. Center Steering – TCSA-20 (Tugger, Center-Steer, Single-Bay, “A” Size)

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Features our dual pin mechanical center latch with Elemate 1.0 to lift the daughter cart off the ground during transport.  The center-steer diamond shape caster position allows for 2 rigid casters in the center and spring loaded swivel casters centered on both ends. The spring casters allow for continuous ground contact reducing noise and caster flutter.

 

2. Quad Steering – TQSB-30 (Tugger, Quad-Steer, Single-Bay, “B” Size)

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The true quad-steer design creates superior tracking in transit and allows this cart to make tight turns with minimal walk-in from the first cart to the last in the train.  stout casters help easily tug up to 3000 Lbs and can be pulled in either direction with a quick change of the tongue and can be arranged to be loaded from either side of the isle.  Carts are easily connected with a standard 2″ ball hitch that creates a quiet, smooth and consistent follow path. 

3. Dual-Bay –TQDA-40 (Tugger, Quad-Steer, Dual-Bay, “A” Size)

TQDA-40

Easily Tug Up To 4000 Lbs and Maximize Capacity With The Dual Bays Allowing You To Tug 2 Individual Carts Or One Large Cart Over Both Bays.  Features Our Dual Pin Mechanical Center Latch With Elemate 1.0 To Lift The Daughter Cart Off The Ground During Transport.  The dual bay design allows for greater flexibility when designing the daughter cart for your lineside requirements.   

 

4. Electric Lift – TQSA-25-E (Tugger, Quad-Steer, Single-Bay, “A” Size, Electric Lift) 

TQSA-25-E

Uses the standard dual pin mechanical center latch with Elemate 3.0 that connects to the tugger electrical power to lift the daughter cart off the ground with the touch of a switch to be ready for transport.  Offloading the daughter carts is the same as all CarryMore mother carts. 

 

5. Bi-Directional Loading – TCHA-20 (Tugger, Center-Steer, H-Frame, “A” Size)

TCHA-20

Dual pin mechanical center latch on both Sides With Elemate 2.0 To lift the daughter cart off the ground during transport.  Easily tug up to 2000 Lb the H frame is designed to be loaded and unloaded from either side of the isle making this design ideal when isle width is tight and lineside space is a premium. 

 

MULTIPLE STANDARD SYSTEM SIZES

After years of experience, we have narrowed down four system sizes to suit a majority of our customers’ needs. These system sizes support a wide variety of industry needs and have a short production time frame for quick implementation.

If your needs are outside our standard sizing, our team can help you identify and design a customized product to fit your needs. 

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How CarryMatic’s Autonomous Transfer Works

5 facts about CarryMatic power conveyor tugger cart system

The CarryMatic power conveyor system works as a series of components that includes carts, stations, and a supervisor software to complete autonomous material transfers. 

1. Integrates with your AGV

Compatible with almost any AGV in the market by way of a hitch control mounted in the back and integrated with AGV. 

2. Integrates with your existing lineside equipment

Customizable to work with your existing conveyors, stretch wrappers, and stations.

3. Customizable for your capacity needs

We can accommodate various footprints with loads up to 10,000lb. 

4. Complete autonomous system

Not just a powered roller cart, this is a system with powered roller carts, line side stations, integration with existing equipment, on-site support and service for a complete autonomous material transfer solution.

5. Designated installation team 

Jtec has a dedicated installation team that partners with your key team members to assist getting the system running.

Final Word

Let us help you take your plant logistics to the next level.   Let the gained efficiencies and improved practices start showing up on your bottom line by creating a safer and more streamlined approach to part delivery.  Improve your working conditions by reducing or eliminating ForkLift traffic on your plant or warehouse floors safely and more efficiently than ever.  Work smarter……. not harder. 

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CarryMatic Applications

CarryMatic is our newest and most innovative product line. This automated material movement system consists of powered roller carts, line-side transfer stations, proprietary supervisor software, along with hitch & station controls. Additionally, we offer single-bay carts that provide tight aisle access while dual-bay carts maximize payloads. We can build this system to meet any configuration based upon your package weight and footprint. Cart trains are pulled by an unmanned AGV throughout facilities, automatically transferring cargo on and off carts and stations at designated locations. This plug-n-play system works with any brand of AGV tugger and can be easily integrated with a facility’s existing system. This is a hands-free solution that eliminates fork truck usage for deliveries. Routes are pre-programmed through the CarryMatic software, which communicates with the AGV. Highly visible stack lights on each cart and station indicate all material transfer activity. AGV’s or mobile robots are used to pull carts with no operators. The AGV drives a pre-determined route with a train of carts and transfers materials via powered rollers at appropriate locations. Furthermore, the CarryMatic software communicates with the AGV supervisor and other auxiliary control to facilitate proper transfers. CarryMatic systems eliminate common ergonomic safety risks often associated with lifting and bending. Additionally, this system ensures accurate and timely deliveries of materials to appropriate locations, on schedule, maximizing productivity and lineside space. CarryMatics application is incredibly versatile. From inbound receiving, supermarket delivery, or lineside delivery, picking up packing dunnage, dropping off and picking up from pack stations, finished good removal, dropping off at shipping docks and warehouses, and more. Automation is the future, get ahead of the curve and contact Jtec to find solutions for your distribution center, server farm, warehouse, or any other facility.

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Unique Solutions: Jtec’s Order Picker Attachment

In this article, we will explore Jtec’s Order Picker Attachment and how it increases ergonomics, decreases waste, and reduces wear and tear on carts in vertical picking applications. Manufacturing facilities and warehouses are constantly looking for unique avenues to reduce waste, increase efficiencies, and do more with less. In most applications, floor space is a highly valuable commodity. This constraint has given rise to vertical warehouses along with vertical picking and kitting. Order picker trucks are specialized fork vehicles that are designed to allow truck operators to pick individual parts or totes at height in these vertical warehouses. Multiple touches or movements of parts and materials are considered waste in the manufacturing process. An optimized material flow strategy will move material to its’ finished state or point of use in as few touches as possible – which is why picking directly into a cart that then maybe tugged to the line is highly preferred. Jtec manufactures a bolt-on attachment for these picker trucks, the Order Picker Attachment (OPA). This attachment has an array of unique benefits. First, the OPA provides a foot of additional standing room for the operator on the picker truck – this may not sound like much, but when compared to most picker trucks, it equates to around a 35% increase in standing room. This increase is substantial for operator comfort and ergonomics when you’re picking parts 25 feet above the ground during a long shift. Second, the OPA allows for quick and secure connection of Jtec carts. Little time is wasted for the picker truck operator when picking up or dropping off carts and they can rest assured that the carts will remain safely attached to the OPA, with both primary and secondary latching mechanisms available. The final primary benefit of the attachment is that it helps keep your cart fleet running well for longer. The attachment takes the abuse and blows of the unavoidable picker truck condition of dropping a cart down hard on its casters. Over time, this causes damage to the casters, expensive and important components of the industrial carts. Contact Jtec today for a consultation & review of your vertical picking process to see if the Order Picker Attachment is right for your operation!

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What are AGV Carts?

What are AGV and AGV Carts?

Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) are portable load carriers that manoeuver throughout the floor of a facility without an onboard operator. As a result, these robots operate most commonly by following marked lines or wires on the floor. AGV’s can also be guided using radio waves, vision cameras, magnets, or lasers. AGV carts are material handling components that integrate with any AGV. AGV carts provide an efficient way to transfer materials throughout a facility.

Different Applications

AGV and AGV carts have many different applications to help support processing and handling. Below are examples of situations in which AGV’s provide value to a facility. Warehousing: Moving finished products from packaging stations to docks or storage. Kitting: Collecting parts and components from different stations for assembly. Assembly: Transporting products from station to station through the production process. Staging: Transferring items needed from different workstations to the assembly location. Transportation: Loading and unloading loose parts and pallets. Order Picking: Transporting ordered parts for a picker to place selected items upon.

Types of AGV Carts

Automated Material Transfer Carts

Different workflows require different AGV carts. For workflows that have predetermined stop locations, automated material transfer carts, like our CarryMatic line, can reduce labor costs and boost productivity. Any route that rarely changes can benefit from automated material transfers. These routes typically run all day long, are easy to plan for, and require minimal human intervention.

Mother-Daughter Carts

Mother-Daughter carts require a more hands-on approach than automated material transfer carts. As a result, these carts are typically used in kitting, order picking, and assembly. First, the AGV pulls up to the workstation and then an employee detaches the daughter cart from the mother cart. Once detached, the employee can unload or load the necessary parts, connect the daughter cart back to the mother cart and allow the AGV to move to the next station.

Conclusion

In conclusion, integrating AGV carts with your AGV tugger is a simple way to improve the overall productivity of a facility. Eventually, as technology improves, more carts will become autonomous, and material transfers between stations will become more efficient. To learn more about which AGV cart is best for your workflow, click here.

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Four Benefits of Material Handling Carts

Four Benefits of Material Handling Carts

Every facility’s workflow is different. Some require equipment such as tilt tables, conveyors, and pallet positioners which can help to reduce costs and improve efficiency. But the equipment that is most commonly found throughout facilities is material handling carts. Material handling carts can provide tremendous value no matter what parts or components are being transferred and moved within your facility. Below are four benefits of using carts and why you should consider implementing them in your operation.

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Streamline Workflow

One way in which material handling carts can provide value is by helping you to streamline your workflow. Forklifts are a common way to move material within a facility but it can be difficult to map material movement. Mapping carts within a facility helps to decrease traffic intensity, eliminate re-routing, and remove staging congestion. Carts can eliminate forklifts making the movement of material much more efficient and safer while assuring that everything is where it should be when it should be. Some carts can transport loads up to 20,000 lbs, significantly reducing the number of routes per day.

Better Customer Service

Another benefit that you’ll notice is the appreciation your customers will have as a result of implementing material handling carts. By improving the efficiency of your routes, you’ll be able to move more material in a given day. This will translate to shorter lead times. You’ll also realize a reduction in the number of damaged goods as a result of moving material on a day-to-day basis. Customers always appreciate receiving their goods in good condition and at a faster rate.

Increase Productivity

Using the right equipment will also help to increase the day-to-day productivity of any facility. With more material being moved and more time being freed up for employees, you’ll be able to take those additional resources and allocate them elsewhere. Not only helping increase the productivity of your manufacturing process but also increases the efficiency of your inventory management and lead times.

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Reduce Injuries & Accidents

Forklifts are dangerous. They’re responsible for over 36,000 serious injuries annually. Replacing forklifts with carts can reduce the number of accidents that take place in your facility. Some of the most common injuries that take place in manufacturing include neck and back injuries. Improving ergonomics through the use of carts can improve the overall morale of your employees. It will also lead to increased efficiency as an added benefit.

   

Conclusion

Implementing material handling carts will help you streamline workflow, improve your overall customer service, increase productivity while reducing the number of serious accidents. To learn more about how you can implement carts into your facilities and take advantage of the many benefits they have to offer, feel free to reach out to us by clicking here.  

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Lean Manufacturing

Lean Manufacturing

Lean Manufacturing, in simple terms, is a practice that focuses on eliminating waste while maximizing productivity. One of the main goals is to identify what adds value and to remove anything that doesn’t add value. It was inspired by Taiichi Ohno and Eiji Toyoda, two individuals who worked to organize manufacturing and logistics for Toyota in Japan between 1948 and 1975. Their principles became known as the Toyota Production System (TPS). TPS helped to eliminate waste and propel Toyota into profitability and worldwide prominence.

The 5 Key Principles of Lean Manufacturing

The 5 principles of Lean Manufacturing were first mentioned by James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones in their 1996 book Lean Thinking. Lean Thinking is a revolutionary way of approaching manufacturing. James and Daniel developed the 5 principles while studying the Toyota Production System.

lean manufacturingIdentify Value

The customer determines the need for a specific product. Therefore, identifying value is something that the customers determine, not the manufacturer.

Map The Value Stream

The next step after identifying the value (end goal) is to map the steps and processes that need to take place to reach that goal. The purpose is to identify steps that do not create value and to eliminate them. This eye-opening experience helps to map all the processes involved in turning raw materials into finished goods.

Create Flow

Ensure that all remaining production flows as smoothly as possible. This means eliminating delays, interruptions, and bottlenecks to ensure that the remaining value-creating steps flow uninterrupted.

Establish Pull

Customers can “pull” the product as needed only when manufacturing flow has been improved. Often this process reduces lead times from months to weeks. This enables manufacturers to reduce inventory, eliminating costs for the manufacturer and the end-user/customer.

Seek Perfection

Lean manufacturing is not simply to complete steps 1-4 but to make them a part of the corporate culture. Therefore, every employee throughout the manufacturing process should be constantly looking to remove waste, improve flow, and mapping the value stream.

Types of Waste

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Mura:

Mura is a Japanese term that means “unevenness in operations.” For instance, inconsistencies or fluctuations in workflows create waste.

Muri:

Muri is the Japanese term for the “overburdening of people and equipment.” This can include employee burnout due to stress. It can also refer to the breakdown of factory machines. Running production for too long or overloading machines causes burnout.

 

Muda:

Muda is the Japanese term for “waste.” According to the Toyota Production System, there are 8 wastes that manufacturers should work to eliminate.
  • Defects – Any defective parts caused by either poor quality inputs or user error.
  • Overproduction – When the manufacturer produces too much product irrespective of demand or capacity. Overproduction increases costs for the customer and end-user.
  • Waiting – When production has to stop because a part of the workflow is overwhelmed, there’s a shortage of material, something has broken, or something needs managerial approval.
  • Not Utilizing Talent – Human talent is often under-utilized or misappropriated.
  • Transportation – Excess transportation between docks and warehouses can lead to increased costs and wasted time. Reduce potential waste with better process flow and layout.
  • Inventory Excess – An excess in inventory is caused when the supply surpasses demand.
  • Motion Waste – Any excess movement that doesn’t add value, either done by employees or machines.
  • Excess Processing – Any unnecessary steps or redundancies.

“Waste is anything other than the minimum amount of equipment, materials, parts, and working time which is absolutely essential to add value to the product or service.” – Ohno Taiicho

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Mapping Material Movement

Why Mapping Material Movements Matters

It is not uncommon for any of us at Jtec Industries to stand with a LEAN Specialist or Manufacturing Engineer on a walkway overlooking the hectic pace of an operation below. Most often, our perch partner is shaking his/her head as, together, we watch several forklifts make many runs at speeds that would likely be frowned upon by OSHA. That’s why mapping material movement is an important step toward a better functioning workflow. Some of the fork trucks are carrying a load or not, going forward, some backward. Some are moving on a straight path, others are zooming around corners. Image result for Spaghetti Diagram manufacturing What we are watching from our perch is the real-time representation of our customer’s spaghetti diagram with so many lines it becomes impossible to interpret. Creating a spaghetti diagram is the visual creation of actual flow. The keyword is ACTUAL, not what it should be or perceived to be. It is a snapshot in time so it may not include all what-if and special scenarios, but these do warrant discussion as the team progresses. The idea is to make quick and vigorous improvements to the Spaghetti Diagram with zero tolerance for waste. Source: https://www.six-sigma-material.com/Spaghetti-Diagram.html To accomplish this, process-flow specialists often employ Jtec Industries’ CarryMore Mother/Daughter Cart System with unique-in-the-industry, patented capabilities.

How CarryMore Can Help

CarryMore allows for material to be moved about within an organization (manufacturing or warehousing) without the need for forklifts. With a bit of route planning, most materials can be picked up and delivered via a train of carts making a continuous, circuitous route(s). Image result for Tugger route plan manufacturing With CarryMore, mapping material movements become much easier and our customers enjoy the benefits of improved safety and efficiencies. In LEAN terms, one might say the system turns a messy bowl of spaghetti into just one or two noodles! At Jtec, we simply refer to the process of transitioning from forklifts to carts as “Going Fork Free.” Each of us at Jtec sincerely enjoys helping customers maximize the efficiency of mapping material movements while simultaneously contributing to employee safety within operations. Contact Jtec Industries for more information about how you too can begin realizing the many benefits of CarryMore by Going Fork Free.

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