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Southworth is often featured in the pages of leading industrial publication in both print and online. Our staff of experts are also called upon frequently by leading editors to provide in-depth educational information on a variety of ergonomic, worker safety and productivity topics.


Economics of Ergonomic Material Handling

Economics of Ergonomic Material Handling

Economics of Ergonomic Material Handling

This year’s ProMat taught us that automation may be inevitable, but for many, unaffordable. So the key is to buy positioning equipment for both human and robot workers.

A little while back, we spoke with the CEO of Southworth Products, Brian McNamara, about how every company needs to develop its own pathway to automating its material handling processes, as every operation’s budget and needs are different.

The main takeaway is that most companies should formulate a semi-automatic plan, one that mixes the best of human intelligence and dexterity and robots’ virtues of reliability and repetition.

The Risks of Unloading

The Risks of Unloading

Unloading Risk: The Benefits of Forklift-Free Plants

Imagine a forklift-free plant floor where unmanned carts deliver parts to an assembly line. It's a scenario that's becoming a reality in at least a few plants throughout North America. Last year, NED mentioned John Deere's plans to introduce automated guided vehicles to deliver parts and materials throughout its Horicon, Wis., plant.

Not every plant has the budget to implement such high-tech, automated solutions. But any technology that can decrease forklift traffic helps plants improve material flow and increase safety, says Jim Galante, director of business development at Southworth Products Corp., a maker of ergonomic material handling equipment.

 

Prepare for Robots

Prepare for Robots

Position for Humans, Prepare for Robots

This year’s ProMat taught us that automation may be inevitable, but for many, unaffordable. So the key is to buy positioning equipment for both human and robot workers.

A little while back, we spoke with the CEO of Southworth Products, Brian McNamara, about how every company needs to develop its own pathway to automating its material handling processes, as every operation’s budget and needs are different.

The main takeaway is that most companies should formulate a semi-automatic plan, one that mixes the best of human intelligence and dexterity and robots’ virtues of reliability and repetition.

The Aging Workforce

The Aging Workforce

Within Hand's Reach: Solutions for an Aging Workforce

Material handling tables and lifts can help manufacturers meet the needs of the changing workforce by increasing productivity, efficiency, and safety.

Creaking knees, bad backs and beer bellies aren't the type of attributes most organizations seek in material handling or manufacturing personnel. The reality, though, is that companies may not have many options.

Materials Handling Automation

Materials Handling Automation

Even If You Can't Automate You Can Still Do Something!

Back when Brian McNamara started working at Southworth Products in 1981, the material handling equipment maker's current president and CEO saw the beginnings of a brave, new automated world on the factory floor. Sure, there weren't artificially intelligent self-driving lift trucks delivering pallets to collaborative robots, but there were AGVs chugging along magnetic tape pathways and welding robots.

"We get lost in if we automate or we don't," McNamara says. "It's not black or white." That gray area is how the Maine-based manufacturer has stayed relevant in a world of servos, semi-conductors and artificial intelligence despite engineering with springs, steel, and hydraulics.

Ergonomic Economics

Ergonomic Economics

How to Inexpensively Reduce Material Handling Injuries

Material handling injuries are costing small companies billions of dollars a year. What's worse is that many of these injuries seem to be preventable. Here's how to prevent them in your workplace.

Southworth's Jim Galante shares discusses simple, cost-effective ways to reduce worker injuries and their associated costs in a discussion with the editors of New Equipment Digest.

Building a Truly Ergonomic, Efficient Pallet Truck

Building a Truly Ergonomic, Efficient Pallet Truck

Behind the Scenes: PalletPal Walkie

In its monthly Q&A series, New Equipment Digest takes a look at Southworth Products' PalletPal Walkie, which re-imagines the pallet truck in an innovative ergonomic design to reduce worker fatigue injury.

Simplify Manual Pallet Loading with Automatic Height Adjustment

Simplify Manual Pallet Loading with Automatic Height Adjustment

Simplify Manual Pallet Loading with Automatic Height Adjustment

A simple material handling tool invented by a doctor may be the right answer to the question of how to deal with an aging and overweight material handling workforce. Jim Galante, chairman of the EASE council, has been a sturdy link in the supply chain industry for 47 years. He is also the director of Business Development at Southworth Products. Interviewed by the editors at New Equipment Digest, Jim shares valuable information about how to improve productivity and safety in the workplace.

Ergonomics Made Easy: Just Choose the Right Tilter

Ergonomics Made Easy: Just Choose the Right Tilter

With This Advice Picking the Right Tilter is Easy

The concept of angling a container or basket up to 90 deg to make its contents more accessible - may be simple, but choosing the right tilter is not, says Jim Galante director of Business Development at Southworth Products.

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