13 Tips for Your Ultimate Warehouse Design & Layout

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We share 13 tips for optimizing your #warehouse design, storage, and layout to optimize factory efficiency. Read them here!

“there’s not one perfect warehouse layout design for everyone because every industry and warehouse is unique”

— Cody Adams, Formaspace Production Manager

AUSTIN, TX, UNITED STATES, August 14, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — While warehouse operators work hard every day to make sure products flow efficiently in and out of their facilities, some warehouse operations are more productive than others. We share our top tips for optimizing your warehouse design, warehouse storage, and warehouse layout to achieve peak performance at your facility.

We recently spoke to Cody Adams, Formaspace’s Production Manager, to get his recommendations on how to improve warehousing operations at your facility. While Cody wants to issue a disclaimer right off the bat saying, “there’s not one perfect warehouse layout design for everyone because every industry and warehouse is unique,” he hopes you’ll find the following collection of tips useful:

TIP 1: Learn More about Your Warehouse Operations by Engaging Outside Experts to Assess Your Warehouse Layout

Be open to the idea of getting expert advice. Warehouse design has changed a lot in recent years, as large distribution centers (DCs) have moved away from single channel to multichannel inventories and even smaller warehouses have begun to automate many operations.

An experienced set of eyes can quickly scan your warehouse layout and spot signs of trouble, which can range from visible dust settled on products in storage (indicating obsolete inventory) to inefficient use of use of dock space (such as when put-away areas aren’t cleared out quickly enough).

Formaspace offers its Rapid Plant Assessment consulting services to warehouse and factory operators. In as little as 30 minutes, we can offer practical suggestions to help make your operations more efficient.

TIP 2: Use the 5S Process to Improve Efficiency and Reclaim Non-Productive Warehouse Storage Space

If your warehouse has been in operation for many years, “stuff” has a way of accumulating in places that should be used for valuable inventory and stock.

We recommend the 5S process popularized by “The Toyota Way” to reclaim floor space. Once you reclaim your floor space, go vertical for increased storage density.

TIP 3: Implement a Warehouse Management System (WMS) to Collect and Analyze Measurable Historical Data

In today’s competitive business environment, data collection is imperative. Today’s Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), not only track inventory, they collect critical operational data.* Often, WMS can make radical recommendations, such as changing your product slotting philosophy away from conventional product value-based ABC categorization toward often counter-intuitive yet highly-efficient approaches, such as floating inventory warehouse layouts.

*You can also rely on insights garnered from Process Mining tools, which we’ve written about recently.

We recommend implementing automated asset tracking data collection methods to avoid downstream errors — manual entry is a no no. Go a step further and assign unique tracking numbers to assets, don’t rely on serial numbers (which are often not unique). And don’t just track movable assets, track your fixed assets as well.

Armed with accurate data, you’ll be able to improve forecasting. For example, you can use asset tracking to find out how often inventory is picked throughout the year — use drop shipping directly from the manufacturer for SKUs with low seasonal demand.

TIP 4: Identify Warehouse Best Practices and Make Realistic Goals for Improving Your Warehouse Design

Many consultants use the acronym FAST (which stands for Flow, Accessibility, Space, and Throughput) when making recommendations to help you achieve warehouse design best practices. The FAST acronym is also useful for communicating upward to senior management (KPIs can be associated with each category).

Acronyms aside, it’s important to find current information on best practices in the warehousing industry that can apply to your individual circumstances (e.g. an apples-to-apples comparison). Trade associations and other industry information sources can help.

Armed with a sense of industry best practices (such as product order cycle times), you can establish your own set of measurable metrics to track and improve upon.

Here are some key areas to work on:

Establish a logical, repeatable, efficient returns process. This will improve warehouse overall efficiency.

Consider implementing a “lean” warehouse philosophy, focusing on reducing material handling time, reducing loading and unloading times, reducing time locating lost inventory, improving communication to customers, and increasing your supply chain.

Use your improved inventory analysis to identify where to invest next to maximize ROI. For example, investments in automation may make sense for some inventory, or (as IKEA has done) you might build a second warehouse solely dedicated to your highest volume, fastest turnover inventory.

TIP 5: Communicate Up-to-the-Minute Warehouse Operations across the Organization

Sharing is caring. By sharing real-time warehouse information with key staff throughout the organization, you can realize significant improvements in cycle times while avoiding the need to field distracting “where is my stuff” calls from the rest of the organization. (The visibility to executive management doesn’t hurt either.)

TIP 6: Rely on Warehouse Management System (WMS) Data to Organize Your Warehouse Layout

If you have visited or seen videos of industry-leading distribution centers, such as those from Amazon*, you may have become mesmerized by the seemingly random pathways taken by robots fulfilling orders and restocking inventory. It’s an uncomfortable shift for those who grew up on the logic of ABC warehouse layouts, yet we have solid evidence that WMS can sequence orders and organize highly efficient workflow (often using floating locations in the space available) if you only let it.

Having insight from the WMS is also particularly useful when you experience a surge of incoming inventory, such as during seasonal sales activities.

And if you are new to this level of automation, don’t forget that implementing a robust WMS now will help you communicate supply information directly to your suppliers and customers in the future.

*Amazon is a Formaspace customer.

TIP 7: Focus Your Warehouse Layout Design Decisions on the Dock Operations

The dock area can be the most congested and potentially most dangerous area within your warehouse layout.

When designing new warehouse facilities, consider taking advantage of the newest trends, including just-in-time cross-docking. Cross-docking is a technique where fresh inventory is unloaded directly from the inbound vehicle(s) then immediately re-loaded onto outbound vehicles — all without having to store the inventory in the warehouse. You’ll need to allocate additional space and multiple docks to perform these operations without creating choke points that impede flow.

For inventory unloaded at the dock, don’t allow put-away areas to build up inventory. Make sure they are cleared out daily to avoid congestion and avoid product damage.

TIP 8: Organize SKUs in Bins and Re-slot Pick Positions Often to Reduce Pick Times

Do you know where your most valuable, high-volume products are being stored? The answer should be “as close as possible to the shipping area” to reduce picking steps.

Perform an ABC categorization (using WMS data) to identify these most valuable, high-turnover products and get them closer to the shipping area.

But forget about keeping products from the same manufacturer together. That’s old school. Instead, keep each SKU in its own bin. (Don’t put more than one SKU in a bin as that slows down the picker and leads to increased errors.)

With everything in bins, it’s easy to re-slot as needed. It’s not a once a year activity anymore — take the opportunity to re-slot your highest profit/volume products every day to maximize efficiency.

TIP 9: Think Twice Before Expanding Your Warehouse Design and Storage

Are you really running out of warehouse space? Or are you not using the space you have efficiently enough?

If you think you’re running out of space, revisit Tip Two above and perform a thorough 5S program to clear your aisles and clean out inventory that’s not where it should be.

Then, take advantage of vertical space. Pallet racking is safer and more secure than stacking pallets directly on top of one another. Formaspace can help you built custom mobile storage solutions to keep things tidy and organized.

One of our Formaspace clients avoided spending $1 million annually by avoiding the need to acquire new space just by making better use of their existing square footage.

We can also help you create highly-efficient, customized packing stations that will increase throughput. Ask a Formaspace Design Consultant about how this works. (Use the form at the end of the article to request a call.)

TIP 10: Ensuring the Health and Safety of Workers, Your Most Important Asset

Choices made in warehouse layout and enforcement of operational safety standards can help prevent worker accidents and save lives. Docks are particularly dangerous: make sure everything is secured, keep aisles clean, avoid forklifts approaching dock edges, enforce safety protective equipment rules, and have all operators certified to operate heavy equipment.

Make it clear that safety is your top priority. Involve employees in creating a safety committee that is responsible for creating emergency response plans for accidents, including hazardous spills and fire.

Avoid workplace injuries, such as falls and back injuries by providing appropriate material handling procedures (including mechanical lifts for heavy items).

Use ergonomic furniture designs with height-adjustable surfaces for your workers (such as packers) that can adjust on the fly to fit different employee heights.

TIP 11: Don’t Overlook Solutions Once Considered Outside of Traditional Warehouse Operations

Warehouse operations are no longer an island. As warehouse operators wring the last bit of efficiency out of their internal operations, many find that outside factors can have a major positive impact on making things more efficient.

Improved communication with your suppliers and your customers is key. If you have advance notice of sales promotions, new product introductions, unexpected demand spikes or supply shortages, you can make smarter decisions when setting the minimum holding stocks necessary to cover lead times.

As we alluded to earlier, the largest and most advanced companies (think Walmart or Amazon) take this a step further with complete visibility into their supply chains.

It also goes without saying that buying better products from more reliable suppliers can make your warehouse operations more efficient.

Don’t be a hostage to open delivery hours. Request advanced shipping notifications from your suppliers and establish predictable appointments on the calendar. This will help you plan for major shipments by clearing space in advance and making sure your warehouse is fully staffed during peak hours.

Finally, consider ‘out of the box’ solutions, including third-party (3PL) warehousing and drop shipments from the manufacturer for items that don’t fit into your warehouse profile.

TIP 12: Let ROI Determine Roll-out of Automation Implementations

Automation is coming to your warehouse if it hasn’t already. Amazon is creating an end-to-end supply chain, starting with its consumer-based Alexa personal assistant that can take orders by voice command.

What level of automation makes sense for you? The answer lies in analyzing the data collected by your WMS or process mining systems. This historical data, combined with future volume projections, will help you perform the necessary analysis to determine the Return-on-Investment and argue for or against automation.

At present, automation solutions tend to work best for highly repeatable tasks; however, as robots become more flexible and trainable, they are increasingly taking on more complex, changeable work. See other Formaspace articles on robots in industrial settings for more information:

Should Robots Replace Humans in Your Industrial Facility?
Is Digitization of Manufacturing and IoT the New Industrial Revolution?
Amazon’s Amazing Fulfillment Warehouse Strategy
Robot Manufacturers demonstrate “Industry 4.0” Innovations at Hannover Messe
Robot Companion Workers Take Stage on the Factory Floor

Remember, you don’t need to do a wholesale replace when pursuing an automation strategy — in fact, that’s likely a recipe for disaster. Instead, identify which activities would provide the highest ROI at the lowest risk and start from there.

If you have multiple facilities, it might be useful to perform testing at one facility before making changes across the board. This way you can confirm savings by making an apples-to-apples comparison.

TIP 13: Constant Renewal and Improvement is Not a Once a Year Task

Inventory control audits? They are not just an annual thing anymore. Perform these at least every quarter.

The same goes for product re-slotting, as we mentioned above. That needs to happen as often as every day for your highest-profit, highest-volume products.

The bottom line?

You should take the opportunity to measure, analyze, and renew everything about your operations throughout the year.

We have done the same here at Formaspace. During our most recent factory and warehousing reorganization, we designated new special order areas, revised access to our raw metal staging areas, and updated the warehouse layout to increase the efficiency of our laminate storage.

We hope this list of tips will help you optimize your warehouse design, warehouse storage, and warehouse layouts.

To learn more about how Formaspace can help you with our Rapid Plant Assessment consulting services and our full line of industrial furniture, please fill out the form below, and one of our friendly Design Consultants will be in contact with you today.

Brooke Turner
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Oklahoma Business Owner Jeff Finney Achieves 40 Under 40 Wood Industry Award – Recognized at IWF Atlanta

Jeff Finney Ultimate Cabinet Components Owner, blogger and the creator of The Push Thru podcast has been recognized as a 40 Under 40 Achiever by Woodworking Network.

Jeff Finney

Meet Jeff Finney Owner of Ultimate Cabinet Components, Creator of The Push Thru Podcast and a 40 Under 40 Industry Achiever at IWF Atlanta Booth 557

At Ultimate Cabinet Components we strive to help shops double their capacity with no additional investment.”

— Ultimate Cabinet Components Owner Jeff Finney

TULSA, OKLAHOMA, UNITED STATES, August 14, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Jeff Finney owner of Ultimate Cabinet Components in Collinsville, Oklahoma has been selected for the Wood Industry’s 2018, 40 Under 40 Award by Woodworking Network. Recipients of the award are celebrated as the next generation of industry professionals who are making an impact on wood products manufacturing in North America.

Finney’s company is an outsourced provider of cabinet parts striving to help shop owners grow their operations. Ultimate Cabinet Components manufactures cabinet components that can be flat packed assembled at the job site, without glue or screws by utilizing Lockdowel fastening. Finney is the first Oklahoman to receive the 40 Under 40 Award, which is in its third consecutive year.

Jeff Finney took his successful Ultimate Cabinets business and in 2016 turned it into Ultimate Cabinet Components. He has been motivated to “become the most efficient cabinet part manufacturer in the world.” In addition to running his company, Finney also writes a weekly blog for customers and followers, has started a podcast "The Push Thru,” and is a published author of articles, including Woodworking Network publications.

“I’m happy to have won this award this year–barely slid in there at 39!” Finney says. “At Ultimate Cabinet Components we strive to help shops double their capacity with no additional investment. I’m thankful cabinet shop owners are succeeding using our solutions.”

Finney and the honorees will be recognized August 21 at the Leadership Reception at the Georgia World Congress Center, the day prior to the largest woodworking show in the world, IWF (International Woodworking Fair) Atlanta. The bi-yearly show projects 30,000 attendees and has 1,000 exhibitors.

Ultimate Cabinet Components is a first year exhibitor at IWF. “We welcome everyone to the Ultimate Cabinet Components booth booth 557!” Finney says.”I’ve been going to IWF with my family for years, but it’s especially exciting this year being an exhibitor!”

For more information about Ultimate Cabinet Components visit: https://ult-cab.com or contact Jeff Finney atjeff@ultcab.com – 13795 East 136th Street North, Collinsville, OK 74021, 918-371-7171

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Ultimate Cabinet Components – This is how we do it!

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CNC Factory Owner Addresses Cabinet Makers Association Breakfast One Day Before IWF Atlanta

Chris Corrales and JC Bailey discuss the benefits of CNC Factory’s third generation technology and the “Made in the USA” difference.

Chris Corrales CNC Factory Owner Addresses Cabinet Makers Association before IWF Atlanta about 3rd Generation Tech and Made in USA Benefits – IWF Bldg C #2722

Because CNC Factory manufactures equipment in the United States, we can incorporate industry advances quickly, expertly and affordably. And we have with the Scorpion Lockdowel LDR machine.”

— Chris Corrales, CNC Factory Owner

ATLANTA, OK, UNITED STATES, August 13, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Chris Corrales, the owner of CNC Factory (CNCFactory.com) in Santa Ana, California, will speak to the Cabinet Makers Association, August 21 at their IWF Atlanta Breakfast, one day prior to the IWF show. Corrales will cover what is new in CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) equipment for woodworking and what is newly improved. The breakfast will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Centennial Olympic Park at 7:30am. https://www.cabinetmakers.org/august-2018-atlanta.html

Corrales will discuss:

1) 3rd Generation CNC Robotics;

2) The new CNC Factory Printing and Marking Block – allows each cut piece to be labeled with post production instructions; and

3) The new Lockdowel Scorpion boring and insertion machine – enables flat-pack shipping and cabinet assembly without using screws or glue.

“Because CNC Factory manufactures equipment in the United States, we can incorporate industry advances quickly, expertly and affordably. Just like we have with the Scorpion Lockdowel LDR machine,” Corrales says. “Our LDR machine is equipped with third generation, technology, production controls, real-time virtual support, automated gun cleaning, precise laser measuring – and it’s designed for one operator, even when working with large productions.”

According to the company, CNC Factory will have five different CNC machines on display at IWF:

–Python Router with loading and unloading – $69,000

–Viper Router – $32,900

–Badger 3600AT Edgebander – $16,900

–Cyclone 4896 Thermofoil Press – $23,900

–Scorpion Lockdowel Drilling and Inserter – $69,900

“We will have the newest in CNC equipment at IWF Building C booth 2722. Everyone is invited to come see our live demos throughout the show,” Corrales says.

About CNC Factory

Chris Corrales has more than 20 years of cabinet making expertise. His real-world experience inspired him to start building better CNC machines 13 years ago, with a clear goal of helping companies embrace CNC automation. His mission: To make CNC automation as common place as a table saw.

Today this vision is core as CNC Factory designs and manufactures high quality precision CNC routers, machining centers, edgebanders, Lockdowel insertion machines and thermofoil 3D presses to meet the urgent business needs of customers.

At CNC Factory, providing the fastest, most accurate and dependable CNC Machines and supporting products is only the beginning of meeting customers’ needs. “We never leave them all by themselves,” Corrales promises.

Power up your needs with CNC Factory and capture more opportunities within your market! CNC Factory 2001 South Grand Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92705 714-581-5999, CNCFactory.com sales@cncfactory.com

Mary Lynn B Heath
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CNC Factory’s Lockdowel LDR in action!

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Constant Technologies Inc. Names One of Commercial Integrator's Fastest Growing Integration Firms

Constant Technologies, Inc. is formally recognized by a leading trade publication for excellence in operations center video wall design and integration.

Constant Technologies is very pleased to receive this recognition from Commercial Integrator. We have strived very hard to continue steady, organic growth and maintain our unsurpassed service.”

— Brad Righi

NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI, UNITED STATES, August 13, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Constant Technologies, Inc. announces that it has been named one of the fastest growing integration firms of 2018, an accolade granted by Commercial Integrator (CI). Constant was contacted by Commercial Integrator to participate in the study due to its reputation as a global professional video wall integrator, and the trade publication recognized the company as one of the top 18 fastest growing AV integration companies for the year 2018.

For the second year in a row, Commercial Integrator surveyed many firms with demonstrable, above-average growth in AV Integration to honor effective companies and identify successful strategies within the industry. The results of their study into the fastest growing integration firms are featured in the August issue of Commercial Integrator and online at commericalintegrator.com.

Brad Righi, President of Constant Technologies, said of the feature: “Constant Technologies is very pleased to receive this recognition from Commercial Integrator. We have strived very hard to continue steady, organic growth and maintain our unsurpassed service. As a systems integrator for mission-critical 24×7 operations centers, we understand the importance of reliability and quality deployments for our clients across a variety of sectors. What sets us apart as an industry leader is our commitment to our clients and dedication to service and support. We truly value the relationship as a partnership and always ensure successful projects, on time and within budget.”

About Constant Technologies: Constant Technologies, Inc. is a premier mission critical systems integrator providing customized audiovisual integration and console furniture solutions worldwide. With over three decades of experience, Constant’s team has experience with sensitive environments in both the public and private sectors and has implemented turnkey solutions all over the globe. Constant designs, installs, and services projects of all scopes and size to create solutions with the highest levels of security, aesthetics, and functionality in mind.

About Commercial Integrator: Commercial Integrator is a leading trade magazine for commercial technology professionals including integrators and installers that covers industry news, new technologies and products, product reviews, industry events, and best business practices.

Kelly Okerson
Constant Technologies, Inc.
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Murphy Door Creative Door Solutions to Exhibit in Lockdowel Booth 8073 at IWF Atlanta Aug. 22-25

Murphy Door gives this closet door added storage. Lockdowel Fastening makes it easy to assemble.

Murphy Door Gives Customers an Easy-to-Assemble, Beautiful, Secret Door with Lockdowel fast assembly fasteners – See it at IWF Atlanta Booth 8073

With Lockdowel snap-in fasteners, assembly time for a full-sized bookshelf hidden door is about two hours for the average person. This is 60% faster than our old fastener technology.”

— Murphy Door CEO Jeremy G. Barker

ATLANTA, GEORGIA , USA, August 7, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The creators of Murphy DoorTM Creative Door Solutions announce that they will have two secret door bookshelves on display at IWF Atlanta in the Lockdowel booth #8073, August 22-25. Murphy Door uses Lockdowel slide-to-lock fastening technology to expedite the assembly of their Flush Mounted Bookcase, Surface Mounted Bifolding Bookcase, and the Flush Mounted French style Bookcase Doors.

“With Lockdowel snap-in fasteners, assembly time for a full-sized bookshelf hidden door is about two hours for the average person with no carpentry experience. This is 60% faster than our old fastener technology,” Murphy Door CEO Jeremy G. Barker says.

Last year Home Depot started selling Murphy Door Creative Door Solutions nationally. The deal was partially enabled by the use of Lockdowel fasteners, which allowed the company to flat pack ship the doors nationwide.

Murphy Door creates doors that serve multiple purposes. Each design is fully functional, architecturally sound cabinetry that operates smoothly as a door. The company creates doors that serve as usable storage with shelving or hidden compartments. By taking advantage of doorway and wall space that is normally wasted, a Murphy Door can often add 16 to 42 cubic feet of storage to a home or office the company states.

About Murphy Door
Murphy Door is the industry leader in creative door solutions. Featured in ‘This Old House’ and many well-respected publications, Murphy Door is the storage door concept for architects, home builders, designers, remodelers, and do-it-yourself homeowners.

Murphy Doors are manufactured in Ogden, Utah, with an additional distribution and sales center located in Lexington, Kentucky. Murphy Door, Creative Door Solutions- 2541 Rulon White Blvd., Ogden, UT 84404 888-458-5911 sales@murphydoor.com

About Lockdowel

Lockdowel provides simple manufacturing, assembly, and installation solutions for cabinets, furniture, closets, and architectural millwork. Patent pending. Lockdowel 41920 Christy Street, Fremont, CA 94538 , (650)477-7112 www.lockdowel.com

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Sustainable Award for Resysta – Rice Husk instead of Wood

The raw materials required for the production of Resysta are available regionally worldwide: Rice Husk, Mineral Oil and and Rock Salt.

MUNICH, BAVARIA, GERMANY, August 7, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Munich. Not only the natural look and feel of precious wood and 100% water resistance, but especially the comprehensive and sustainable concept behind the material Resysta convinced the Green Product Award jury and it chooses Resysta for this year's winner in the category architecture.

Since 2013, the Green Product Award has awarded innovative, sustainable design products for sustainable consumption. In 2018 over 400 manufacturers and designers of 25 nations applied. Each submission is assessed thoroughly by a specialist jury in terms of design, innovation and, above all, sustainability. The Resysta material not only convinced by using waste materials and local resources for production, but also by its own recycling network, which allows the production of equivalent new products from old products.

The public voting startet on July 17th , when the interested public will be able to choose their winner from almost 100 Selection products on the www.gp-award.com website for four weeks – so it will still be exciting!

The material Resysta can do more than its natural role model

Products made of Resysta are very similar in feel and look to tropical woods. This is ensured by the special surface sanding. In addition, it conveys a warm and comfortable charisma like wood. But in many areas Resysta can do more than its natural role model. It is 100% water-resistant, does not fade, can be processed like wood and is also economically superior to many materials due to its durability and ease of care. Resysta therefore is a genuine material alternative to wood especially in wet areas such as spas, terraces and pool areas, furniture, garden and facade constructions. Apart from its high-quality appearance, Resysta products are non-slip and resistant to chlorine water and salt water and are therefore also employed on cruise ships.

The concept Resysta – international aprooved

The raw materials required for the production of Resysta are available regionally worldwide. This applies to approx. 60% rice husk as well as approx. 22% rock salt and approx. 18% mineral oil and eliminates the need for long routes of transport even before production. Resysta International GmbH licenses worldwide production to large industrial companies, such as Ineos (Europe), Reliance (India) or Agio (China). These in turn sell the primary material to the local industry, which uses it to produce local products for local markets. The product line ranges from decking, facade elements to garden furniture or ship decks. "We are very proud that the material Resysta is used in product design as well as in the architecture of well-known international brands, designers and architects like Starbucks, Waitrose or Mario Romano and we contribute to a sustainable design in international architecture", emphasizes Roland Stoiber, COO of Resysta International GmbH.

In partnership with manufacturers of products made of Resysta, Resysta International formed a recycling consortium and launched a recycling cycle. Companies have committed to recycle leftover waste, such as cuttings or sanding dust, during production, and to take back residues from the markets to return them to the product cycle. Waste and residues are crushed and reintroduced into the production process. Despite the short history of the material Resysta and its enormous durability, the Polish company Croswood (www.croswood.pl) is already recycling today, producing a part of its products from residues from production and construction cuttings. The recycling consortium set up collecting points in five countries (GER, AUT, CH, NED, POL) ans is also supported by Vinylplus (www.vinylplus.eu), a voluntary sustainability development program of the European PVC industry.

About Resysta International GmbH

CEO Bernd Duna was confronted with the scarcity and the associated rising prices of sustainable produced precious woods very early because of his parental furniture business. With this certainty, he developed and patented Resysta, the only natural fiber material in the world that can replace tropical wood in terms of quality and materiality without having to cut down even one tree. The technology company Resysta International awards licenses to leading companies in the large-scale industry worldwide for the production of the sustainable and 100% reusable material. Experience, constructions and applications of more than 15 years convince manufacturers worldwide. These produce, by means of various manufacturing processes, the most diverse products made of Resysta in natural look and feel.

Download Images: https://www.aprioripr.com/green-product-award-for-resysta/

Christiane Lesch
apriori pr and marketing
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WorkBootCritic – Your Go-To Website for Work Shoes Reviews

BOSTON, MASSACHUSSETS, UNITED STATES, August 1, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — As the first half of 2018 ends, it is time once again for Work Boot Critic to look back at its accomplishments and evaluate what it brings new to the table. Because it is one of the few websites in the niche that covers various professional footwear related topics, its articles are specifically targeted towards a diverse pool of conversation topics.

What the Website Offers

Work Boot Critic is one of the most expansive resources for professional footwear information for a reason. Due to its wide array of articles, you can rest assured that you will find almost anything you need. Here are the four main things offered by the website at the moment, as well as in the future.

• Work boot maintenance tips. The footwear you take with you on the job is constantly placed under a lot of strain due to the intensive nature of your daily activities. Fortunately, Work Boot Critic offers an all-embracing repair guide, as well as other accessible maintenance tips that will extend the lifespan of your shoes. With this additional resource on how to repair your boots, you will be able to make the most out of a pair of shoes before moving onto the next.

• DIY recommendations. Even the most basic pair of work boots can be improved with the help of simple DIY items. The market offers plenty of waterproofing creams that can transform any regular footwear into something that can withstand more extreme weather conditions. For anyone looking to try this DIY at home, WBC offers more info on the best boot waterproofing spray you can find on the market. What is more, even boots who are already technically waterproof can benefit from such techniques, as it increases their resistance.

• Footwear reviews for any situation. Depending on the nature of your occupation, you will require various layers of protection as far as your work boots are concerned. The website offers extensive reviews of insulated work boots that can handle even the harshest cold of winter, as well as various other types of boots to fit just about any other situation you might be faced with on the job.

• A community of like-minded professionals. The format adopted by the website promotes discussions among users. Thus, not only are they able to get valuable recommendations from the contributing authors, but also ask around and debate topics with their peers. This creates a tight-knit community of like-minded professionals that keeps growing and improving every day.

About Work Boot Critic

The team behind Work Boot Critic started out with one ambitious goal in mind, namely to bring professional laborers in physically intensive jobs the best footwear advice available. The type of shoes worn on the job makes all the difference in the world in terms of safety and comfort on site, and no one knows that better than them.

For this reason, over the course of the time the website managed to accrue a wide selection of reviews and recommendations to fit the requirements of every single field. Thus, whether you work in construction, landscaping, or waste management, Work Boot Critic has you covered. With a lot of hard work, it became one of the best resources in the field.

Vincent West

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Closet Outlet to Launch New Storage Solutions at IWF Lockdowel Booth 8073

Closet Outlet Revolving Closets turn to give additional storage space. Easily assembled with Lockdowel invisible, snap-in fastening.

New Revolving Closet Systems by Closet Outlet Showcased at IWF Atlanta Aug 22-25 in Lockdowel Booth 8073

Lockdowel fasteners give the units smooth, invisible connections–and when assembled it challenges a seasoned carpenter to wonder how the cabinet was constructed.”

— Andy Patel, Closet Outlet Owner

ST. CLOUD, FL, UNITED STATES, July 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Closet Outlet will show off their newest and highly functional space saving modular storage solutions, featuring the Revolving Storage System by Lazy LeeTM, in Lockdowel Booth 8073 at IWF Atlanta, August 22-25. Closet Outlet uses the Lockdowel simple fastening system to assemble the Revolving Storage Systems and the shelving around them in about an hour.

“Utilizing Lockdowel fasteners the core load bearing structure is not only easy to assemble, but also secure and stable in its daily use,” Andy Patel President and Owner of Closet Outlet says. “Lockdowel fasteners give the units smooth, invisible connections, and when assembled it challenges a seasoned carpenter to wonder how the cabinet was constructed.”

The unique designs of the Revolving Closet Systems require fasteners that have structural stability as the product is a stand-alone unit. “We gain panel to panel and overall structural locking using the Lockdowel fasteners,” Patel says. “With the fasteners totally concealed and the sturdy structural stability of the entire unit, the finished product behaves as if it was made from a single piece.”

Closet Outlet offers 62 different versions of the Revolving Storage System in two heights and four standard colors. Pantry, garage, and closet storage systems range from 27.5 to 42 inches in diameter and standard heights of 85.5 and 92.75 inches. Any height up to 12 feet tall is available.

The Revolving Storage Systems by Lazy Lee are built with a stabilizing dock alleviating the need to anchor the spinning storage units to the floor—while keeping the units stable and able to hold unbalanced loads. The most popular Elite Series, 38.5 inch diameter unit, weighs 300 pounds for shipping. It is made from standard white Melamine with a smooth satin finish. Almond, grey and cocoa colors are offered as standards. Closet Outlet will also manufacture these units in any flavor make, color, or texture of panel material.

With Lockdowel glue-less, tool-less assembly the systems are flat-packed in just one crate, designed by Patel. This reduces shipping costs and ensures the integrity of the product. The most popular Closet Outlet storage system sells for $1,085 but can be purchased for $650 per unit with bulk shipments.

About Closet Outlet
Closet Outlet is fully licensed and mass manufacturers the Revolving Storage System Units by Lazy LeeTM. These rotating cabinets, shelving and hidden storage solutions are manufactured in the leanest, most cost efficient ways so all price savings are passed to customers. From seven walls of a single closet, to one corner, Closet Outlet can fill the storage needs for 100 homes, 500 apartments or just one home. For more information contact: Andy Patel, Closet Outlet, — 1408 Hamlin Avenue, St. Cloud, Florida. 34771, Andy@Patsons.com Off: (407) 777-3838 or Cell: (407) 505-0865 https://closet-outlet.com

About Lockdowel
Lockdowel provides simple manufacturing, assembly, and installation solutions for cabinets, furniture, closets, and architectural millwork. Patent pending. Lockdowel 41920 Christy Street, Fremont, CA 94538 , (650)477-7112 www.lockdowel.com

Mary Lynn B Heath
Mary Lynn Heath, PR
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Lockdowel fastening for closets can be assembled quickly and disassembled for mobility–then assembled again!

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Bella IMC to Unveil New Virtual Reality Room Design Kiosk at Lockdowel Booth 8073 During IWF 2018 Atlanta

Experience Virtual Reality Kitchen Designing with the new Bella IMC Kiosk at IWF Lockdowel Booth 8073.

Experience Virtual Reality Kitchen Designing with the Bella Kiosk at Lockdowel Booth 8073 at IWF Atlanta Aug 22-25

The entire process and program may be labeled as a B2B business service. The Bella Kiosk and system is designed to be used nationwide by various industry providers.”

— Chad Shelton, President Bella IMC

HUNTERTOWN, IND., UNITED STATES, July 26, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Bella IMC™ will debut their newest venture, a virtual room-designing “Bella Kiosk”, in Lockdowel Booth #8073 on August 22-25 during the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) in Atlanta. Use of the Bella Kiosk will allow potential customers to create their dream design for any room with cabinetry needs—residential or commercial. The program begins with entering a room’s dimensions, locations of doors, windows and cabinets, followed by users adding a personal splash of their creativity with choices of select colors, textures and styles. This program also provides name brand appliances for that extra touch of realism.

“Nothing out there is as extensive and realistic as this program,” states Chad Shelton, Bella IMC President and Owner. “For example, with a drag and a drop you can lay out a kitchen to any size and change anything as often as you want. The program can remove walls, expand doors, and even change the lighting in the room with the time of day. When the room is complete the customer will be able to view their design using virtual reality goggles for the ultimate experience!”

Bella IMC cabinets — including garage storage, closets, vanities, and kitchens – utilizes the slide-to-lock fastener by Lockdowel. This allows components to be conveniently flat-packed and sent to the consumer directly or to the job site. According to Bella IMC the company saves 60 percent in labor costs with the Lockdowel fastening system. Shelton states that the Bella Kiosk gives accurate pricing and users may save the creation as a bid, draft, or order immediately.

“The Bella Kiosk is designed to be placed in related industry storefronts or high traffic areas,” Shelton explains. He adds that orders may be fulfilled by Bella IMC or they may be sent to a third party provider, using brand and contact information for that specific business.

“The entire process and program may be labeled as a B2B business service,” Shelton explains. “The Bella Kiosk and system is designed to be used nationwide by various providers.”

About Bella IMC™

Bella IMC (Innovative Modern Cabinetry) is simplifying and leading the way with cabinet industry professionals on a new idea of buying and selling cabinets with unparalleled product quality and versatility that is Assembled On Site (AOS). Enabled by tool-less Lockdowel snap-in fastening, Bella IMC allows for quick changes in looks and designs by easily replacing the doors and hardware. Combine this with cost savings and customers now have control of their cabinetry dreams. Bella IMC – 2410 Main Street, Huntertown, IN 46748 (260)338-2577 info@bellaIMC.com


About Lockdowel

Lockdowel provides simple manufacturing, assembly, and installation solutions for cabinets, furniture, closets, and architectural millwork. Patent pending. Lockdowel 41920 Christy Street, Fremont, CA 94538 , (650)477-7112 www.lockdowel.com

Mary Lynn Heath
Mary Lynn Heath, PR
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10 Skills You Need to Become a Successful Lab Manager

Lab managers working

Lab managers working

Formaspace laboratory phenolic tops

Formaspace laboratory phenolic tops

Are you a current lab manager or looking to become one? Read some of our tips on how to be successful in your career!

In larger organizations, the lab manager may have to interface with dedicated purchasing staff members”

— Formaspace

AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, July 26, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — As a provider of unique furniture solutions to laboratory facilities at major Fortune 500 companies for over 35 years, Formaspace has developed unique insights into the best practices used in today’s modern lab facilities. One key observation is the increasingly important (and diverse) role of laboratory managers.

Over the past 35 years that Formaspace has been working directly with Lab Managers, we’ve seen a lot of changes in the industry. Indeed, today’s lab managers wear multiple hats that require them to develop a broad set of effective management skills — ranging from chief problem solver to team facilitator.

If you are contemplating a career move into laboratory management or know someone that is, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 effective management skills that every laboratory manager should master.

Let’s get started:

1. Laboratory Managers Need to Be Good Business and Project Managers

Overview: Don’t get us wrong. We’re not saying scientific research has to be all business (some of the best discoveries have been made in unorthodox ways). Instead, we’re saying that the role of laboratory management is to provide services to the investigators in a reliable businesslike manner, in order to provide seamless support for scientific research (or related services functions, such as in the case of IT labs).

Scope of Activities: Establish a vision and mission with both detailed short-term plans as well as long-term plans (5+ years out) that track progress on specific project goals, time management, and budgetary issues, such as income sources, spending, salaries.

Recommendations: Lab Managers overseeing large laboratory settings (in universities, government or healthcare / pharma) might benefit from business classes or an MBA in order to manage complex budgets and other requirements. Certification from PMI as a Project Management Professional (PMP) could also be helpful. Countless books, seminars, and online classes teach business management skills. If you are new to all this, then The One Minute Manager and Putting First Things First are two resources to look into.

2. Laboratory Management Typically Oversees Acquisition of Capital Equipment, Purchasing of Supplies and Services, and Inventory Control

Overview: In a small laboratory environment, much of this work will fall directly on the lab manager, who may be directly responsible for allocating budgetary funds (from a research grant for example). In larger organizations, the lab manager may have to interface with dedicated purchasing staff members. In either case, it’s important to adhere to rigorous government* policies that regulate service contracts as well as asset acquisition, use, and disposition activities.

(*Government contracts may require sourcing from vendors, like Formaspace, that are listed on GSA purchasing schedules.)

Scope of Activities: Set spending priorities during each budgetary cycle; identify requirements for capital equipment; investigate vendor options; ensure timely ordering procedures for consumable supplies (including bidding out if required); establish service contracts (such as for disposing of hazardous wastes); negotiate with the company or institution hosting the lab over assigned overhead costs to be borne by your budget; set up inventory tracking and control system as well as establish procedures to protect valuable or potentially dangerous assets from misuse or theft.

Recommendations: In addition to the recommendations for business and project management, new laboratory managers might look into taking classes in purchasing management. If you are working with the government or military, look for online seminars and guides (from the GAO, GSA, etc.). Establishing friendly contacts with the purchasing department of your company or institution early on is also a good idea (rather than waiting until there is a confrontational issue at hand). Ideally, you will be able to find a mentor who can help you understand the ins and outs of rules and procedures already in use at your institution or company.

3. Laboratory Managers Need to Develop Effective Management Skills in Public Relations and Internal Communications

Overview: Do you wonder why some laboratories always seem to be promoted in the news, or they have widespread support throughout the entire organization? Conversely, have you witnessed reports of laboratory errors or accidents that made the news and put the lab in the worst possible light? These are just two examples of how good (and bad) public relations and internal communications programs can affect your laboratory workplace.

Scope of Activities: Public Relations generally refers to a wide range of communication programs directed outside the organization (from community relations, to press coverage, to trade fairs), while internal communications programs are directed at internal audiences (to educate and promote positive awareness of your activities). Depending on the size of your organization, you may need to liaise with existing communications teams (or external agencies), or you may need to develop these resources yourself.

Recommendations: Generally speaking, having a robust external and internal communications program (assuming your work is not classified or a trade secret) will help win over support for activities taking place in your lab (which can be very useful at budget allocation negotiations). Working with your existing communications team (if any), you should consider hosting press events, public tours (if appropriate), provide useful press releases and social media postings to gain local (if not national) coverage. Consider providing media training to lab researchers (such as lead investigators) to improve their ability to communicate in language that targeted audiences can understand — using video recordings for feedback sessions can be very useful. Practice in advance how you would respond to a crisis (such as an accident or another adverse incident) by conducting realistic dry runs on how to communication with the press during that time. Make sure you know the private cell numbers of key administration staff who will need to be looped in at short notice.

4. Laboratory Management is Often in Charge of Education and Staff Development Programs for the Lab Team

Overview: Face-to-face meetings at scientific conferences, scientific journal subscriptions, and training classes are a few examples of education and staff development programs that will help lab team members grow in their field while improving morale at the same time.

Scope of Activities: Participation in most education and development programs (such as conferences and training classes) should be planned far in advance. Managers will need to identify and prioritize which activities and purchases will provide the most benefit for the lab — as well as make judicious choices for who will participate. Associated costs — ranging from time away from the lab to subscriptions, tuition, admission and travel expenses — will need to be budgeted for in advance.

Recommendations: Joining the relevant scientific or trade associations that govern your lab’s area of interest is a good place to start. Don’t overlook participation in standards committees or governing boards (if relevant) if you are looking for ways for your team members to network or raise your organization’s profile. Identifying mentors who can provide guidance to lab team members is another good approach. If travel expenses are an issue, but you have good facilities for hosting guests at your company or institution, consider creating your own event to bring relevant experts to your facility (this is an ideal initiative for lab interns to organize and run).

5. Successful Laboratory Managers Need to Learn How to Write and Administer Grants as Well as Protect Intellectual Property (IP)

Overview: As funding for major government-sponsored scientific grant programs faces further budgetary cutbacks, competition for limited grant monies has never been tighter. At the same time, there is increasing emphasis on the value of licensing Intellectual Property (IP) derived from important scientific discoveries.

Scope of Activities: As a laboratory manager, you may need to oversee grant writing activities; for many laboratories, the future of the lab itself may be on the line if funding sources cannot be identified. In cases where grants are awarded, the lab manager may also have some level of responsibility for administering the grant, including certifying that research activities are in compliance with the applicable statutory governance requirements before grant monies are issued. Protecting Intellectual Property (IP) is another responsibility that may require the lab manager’s oversight. Tasks here can range from making sure that the lead investigator’s scientific notebooks are secured and documented properly as well as interfacing with IP attorneys or technology transfers teams (now common at many research universities) who may seek to license valuable scientific discoveries.

Recommendations: Many Lab Managers will turn to grant specialist to write grant applications as well as manage grant funding, which may require adherence to proper accounting procedures and issuance of timely reports. Successful grant writing is a skill that can be learned with time; serving on a grant selection committee (many positions are open to the public) is an ideal way to learn about the grant evaluation and award process from an insider’s perspective. Reach out to your institution’s Intellectual Property team to learn the best practices for protecting scientific discoveries and maximizing licensing opportunities, if applicable.

6. Laboratory Management Typically Interfaces Directly with Infrastructure and Facility Management Teams

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Brooke Turner
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