#1) Improved Employee Satisfaction
Investing in custom material handling devices for your workplace will result in happier, more satisfied employees. Workers will appreciate having a new piece of equipment to perform their tasks. Whether it’s lifting a large cylindrical drum, or manipulating an awkwardly shaped piece of sheet metal, these are just a few of the many ways in which material handling devices can be used.
#2) Reduced Risk of Injury
Arguably, the greatest benefit of using custom material handling devices is its positive impact on workplace safety. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) account for roughly 70 million doctors visits each year and many more ‘health care encounters.” MSDs are often caused when workers are forced to manually lift and transport heavy loads without any mechanical assistance. Over time, the added stress will take its toll on workers, resulting in MSDs like carpal tunnel syndrome, slipped/herniated disc, arthritis, etc.
#3) Greater Productivity
Another noteworthy benefit of using custom material handling devices is increased productivity. Just because workers can physically lift and move heavy loads without mechanical assistance doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the most efficient solution. It may take a worker 15 minutes or longer to move a heavy load across the factory, but a rail-based lifter could perform this operation in a fraction of this time; thus, yielding greater productivity and overall efficiency in the workplace.
#4) Allows for Expansion and Growth
A third benefit associated with custom material handling devices is greater room for growth and expansion. If your company suddenly received a larger order without any notice, would you be able to fulfill it? Without custom material handling devices, workers would have to lift and move loads manually, which can be time-consuming and tedious. But with a mechanical material handling device, workers can perform these operations with ease, regardless of the project size at hand.
#5) Cost Savings
Think custom material handling devices are too expensive? Think again. Like all commercial machines and equipment, there’s an initial investment required when purchasing a custom material handling device. However, you have to think of it as just that: an investment. Investing in custom material handling devices will save you money by boosting worker productivity, reduces worker injury and