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The McCue Blog

Improve Machine Guarding Without Investing in a Complete Redesign

Posted by Bill Sullivan on Jun 8, 2017 12:51:20 PM

Is there a section in your facility that just constantly seems to generate problems? Or maybe it's a certain product in the warehouse that your maintenance team continuously needs to repair? When there's a consistent issue facing your facility, a facility manager's first instinct is to implement a solution to put a stop to it. But if the problem is larger than one off-the-shelf product can fix, in lieu of a complete redesign for that area of your facility, it's often tempting to have your team spin up a customized machine guarding solution and figure out a way to make it work.

But as with most quick fixes, in the long run it's best to get something done correctly from the get-go. Now, that doesn't have to mean complete redesign, but you should create a solution that's meant for asset protection, not one that's pieced together.

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Topics: Bumper, Pedestrian Barrier, Facility Maintenance, product damage

5 Facilities Engineering Challenges Every Engineer Will Face

Posted by Amanda Meltzer on May 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Houston, we have a problem.

As an engineer, there might not be a worse phrase to hear. While you're likely not facing issues quite as complicated as a major technical problem on a spaceship thousands of miles away from earth, there's certain to be a host of problems you come across with each new build.

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Topics: Material Handling, Warehouse Tips, Facility Design

4 Ways to get customers off their phones and into your stores

Posted by Valery Miranda on May 5, 2017 3:43:05 PM


As you know the retail industry has been impacted by evolving technology that has changed the shopping habits. Many retailers have come to understand this major impact and are learning how to adapt to this change to stay afloat or above the competition. The influence of technology has changed the traditional shopping experience into a virtual landscape for the customer, customizing their shopping experience, making it easy to shop in the comfort of their own homes, and even when online shopping becomes more common in our daily lives the in-store shopping experience still matters and customers still enjoy it.

So, what do you do to deliver great service, create an exceptional shopping experience and meet their demands, expectations and keeping them happy and coming back? Here is what some retailers are doing to achieve successful results.

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Topics: Trends In Retail

3 Huge Ways Your Facility Is Experiencing Profit Loss

Posted by McCue Material Handling Team on May 3, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Developing a scalable, high-efficiency site is your bread and butter. And you work with your team on a daily basis to solve the big problems facing each facility. All in the hopes of what? You guessed it: lowering downtime and increasing profitability.

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Topics: Material Handling, Facility Maintenance

How to Trim Your Maintenance Budget Without Sacrificing Quality

Posted by McCue Material Handling Team on Apr 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

You can get something done fast and cheap, but it won't be high quality.

You can get something done cheap and well, but it's going to take a whole lot of time.

You can get something done well and fast, but it'll cost you.

And all three — good, fast and cheap? Keep dreaming.

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Topics: Material Handling, Facility Maintenance

5 Best Practices for Protecting Warehouse Assets From Employees

Posted by Bill Sullivan on Apr 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

You ain’t seen nothing yet. No, we’re not talking about B.T.O’s 1974 smash hit in today’s post. That's a phrase we often hear facilities managers use when comparing their employees' track record of protecting warehouse assets. And it never seems to be something good.

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Topics: Warehouse Tips

How to Convince Your Employees Warehouse Cleanliness Matters

Posted by Scott Tierny on Apr 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

If cleanliness is next to godliness, it’s safe to say your warehouse is not the holiest of places. The general upkeep of your warehouse is often the first thing a visitor will notice, but it can be hard to convince your employees of the importance of keeping things clean. Taking the time to show your employees the value of warehouse cleanliness will go a long way toward keeping your facility running smoothly. You can get started right away.

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Topics: Facility Maintenance, Warehouse Tips

Innovative Design Tricks to Avoid Product Damage in Your Warehouse

Posted by Amanda Meltzer on Mar 30, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Like us, you're always on the lookout for new ways to make facilities more efficient. And sure, most of what you've tried in the past has worked out well. But for the next build, you're pushing to try something even better. We're all about that mindset and we'd like to offer some tricks to help.

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Topics: product damage

5 Things Not To Miss at PROMAT 2017

Posted by Valery Miranda on Mar 21, 2017 1:00:00 PM

1. New Industry-Transforming Ideas

At ProMat you will find the best solutions and innovations the industry has to offer. This is your chance to meet, connect and build strong partnerships with providers from around the world. Learn the latest ideas and strategies that are driving the industry to the next level. MHI has gone beyond to make Promat the best experience for your business.

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Topics: Material Handling

Simple Warehouse Etiquette Rules to Implement Today

Posted by Scott Tierny on Mar 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Running a warehouse is tough work. Not only do you need to keep up with the daily production, picking, packing and shipping requirements for your company, but you also have to develop a way for everyone to work well together and respect one another as they move through their days. And all of it has to be done with respect for the product, too, so you don't incur any damages or lost time.

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Topics: Warehouse Tips