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Southworth Teams Up With For Black Friday Deals

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By Dani LaMarche

In celebration of their 125th Anniversary, Southworth is pleased to join with Raymond Handling Concepts in this special Black Friday Sale.

For a limited time, we will be offering the best work positioning equipment in the industry at special Black Friday pricing. Products included in the sale are our rugged PalletPal Level Loaders, LS Scissor Lifts, manual stackers and the powered Stack ‘n Go Also included is our newest low profile product, the Roll-E Level Loader.
All of these Southworth products come backed with a two year warranty.


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PalletPal 360 Spring Actuated Level Loader - $1,682.81

This automatic load leveler uses a system of springs and shock absorbers to lower and raise loads as boxes are added or removed from pallets. A turntable allows nearside loading and unloading. No power or air supply is required. Pallet loads up to 4,500 lbs can be handled.



Hydraulic Scissor Lift Table - $2650.10

Southworth Backsaver Hydraulic Lift Tables are extremely rugged and reliable machines. Thousands of Backsaver Lifts are in use throughout the United States for machine feeding, work positioning, assembly, order picking, pallet loading, and a wide range of other applications.

The wide range of power options, controls, tabletops, and base configurations that can be specified for each of the many basic sizes gives the user an almost unlimited choice of variations.


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The Roll-E Level Loader - $4,865.90

Features a unique low-profile design that allows it to be fed with an ordinary hand pallet truck. Foot switch allows for hands-free positioning of the load. A full perimeter toe-guard provides an added measure of safety.


They feature a rugged, ergonomic design that is extremely simple to use, highly maneuverable and available in capacities up to 3,000 lbs. with lifting heights up to 80".


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Southworth Stack ‘n Go Stackers - $5,556.83

All feature a narrow mast and offset handle to give operators a clear view of what is in front of them. Forward and reverse drive controls are located on either side of the steering handle and an auto-reversing belly switch protects workers when walking backwards with the stacker.

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Guide to Lift Tables

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by Danille Bettridge, Web Store Specialist

Guide to lift tables  

What is a lift table?

Lift tables are devices that allow objects to be raised and lowered on a platform to reach ergonomic and accessible heights for specific tasks or purposes. A lift table is typically made up of the following major components:

  • The Base
    • The base supports the rest of the assembly and is located at the bottom of the lift table.
    • The base must be strong, rigid, and stable.
    • The base is usually made to be placed on the floor, but it can also be built into a pit. It can also include wheels or casters to create a more portable and mobile lift table.
  • The Legs or Lift Mechanism
    • The leg assemblies provide true, level vertical motion while supporting the platform or top. The different types of lifting mechanisms/legs available on lift tables are:
      • Scissor - Scissor style lifts are by far the most common type of lift table. The power source moves two sets of legs that are connected by shafts at the center pivot points, as well as at the upper and lower hinged ends. Rollers are attached to the other end of the legs, which move back and forth on the base frame, and along the underside of the platform.
      • Screw – These types of lifts rely upon the helical thread of a screw, which moves the table along the length of the screw as it rotates.
      • Rack & Pinion - Vertical motion is provided by the drive of a rack (gear) and its related pinion (essentially a linear bar with mating teeth). The rotation of the rack moves the table along the track provided by the pinion.
      • Telescoping - Linear platforms are stored within the middle cavity of a larger cylinder, sometimes in several sections, creating a small footprint in retracted form.
      • Articulated – These lifts have jointed arms that are extended by the use of linear actuators. These can typically offer some horizontal movement in addition to vertical elevation.
      • Chain & Sprocket - A rotating sprocket with a vertically oriented chain drive supplies the required force to raise the lift table.
  • The Platform (Top)
    • Objects that you want lifted are placed on the platform, or top, of the lift table.
    • The platform can be any size that is compatible with the base and legs. With most lift tables, the platform can be no smaller than the length or width of legs/base. Within limits, platforms can be larger than the legs/base.
  • Platforms can have a variety of options such as conveyor tops, turntables, tilt tops, non-slip textures, mounted clamps, or special work fixtures.

  • The Power Source- the system that provides power to the lift table allowing it to move. The different types of power sources are:
    • Manual - Manual lifting is powered by a crank, pump, racket, or screw that relies upon the operator for stimulation. This is prominent in light-duty lift tables, but might be suitable for heavy or high-volume loading.
    • Pneumatic - Elevation is accomplished by the use of a pressurized air cylinder in conjunction with a compression mechanism. Occasionally, an air spring is used instead.
    • Hydraulic - Pressurized hydraulic fluids power a linear actuator to raise the table. An accompanying hydraulic pump is required.
    • Electric - Electric motors provide a rotational power source that can power elevation with the use of a mechanical advantage, such as a rack/pinion drive or a chain lift.
  • The Control - the remote on the lift table that allows the user to designate the amount of travel. The most common types of lift table controls are:
    • Hand operated
    • Foot operated
  • How are lift tables used?

    Lift tables can be used in almost any industry, indoors and outdoors. Industries that commonly use lift tables include woodworking, manufacturing, metalworking, paper, printing and publishing, warehousing and distribution, drafting, equipment and vehicle service, heavy machinery, and transportation. Common uses of lift tables include:

      • Vehicle loading and docking operations
      • Work positioning and ergonomic handling
      • Load positioning (such as when integrated into conveyor systems)
      • Work piece feeding/offloading
      • Furniture upholstery
      • Dog grooming
      • Accessing high work
      • Handling long and/or heavy work pieces
      • Multilevel handling and assembling
      • Loading and unloading pallets
      • Working under or over equipment and vehicles

    What are the most important considerations when deciding on a lift table?

      • Capacity - This is the maximum weight the table is rated to handle. Tables capable of lifting five [short] tons or more are common.
      • Size - This includes the physical dimension of the lift table including the base and platform that would be compatible with the objects that you plan to lift.
      • Elevation - This is the elevation capability of lift table, from collapsed height to fully elevated height. Depending on how the lift table is to be used, it might also be important to consider how long the platform takes to move up and down.
      • Power Source- Depending on the location you plan on using the lift table at, it may be necessary to consider to what type of power you will have access to in order to operate the lift table. See “Power Source” above for the different power source options.
      • Special Features - Depending on how you plan to use the lift table, you might need it to do more than simply travel vertically. For instance, you might need a rotating platform, mobile base, tilting platform, and so on.

    Lift tables are designed to fit your needs. There are infinite options you can choose from; making lift tables a great solution to improve various everyday tasks in many work places. Contact us at or 1-844-445-1119 if you need assistance in selecting a customized lift table or have any questions .

    You can view our featured lift table selection by clicking here> Warehouse Lift Tables

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    What are column protectors?

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    by Danille Bettridge, Web Store Specialist

    Column protectors are guards that fit on posts, beams, pipes, columns, or any vertical surface. Column protectors serve as a buffer between the surface and possible collisions, absorbing the impact. What are benefits of column protectors? What are column protectors

    • Helps prevent damage to the racking and/or column it is protecting
    • Significantly reduces the chance of damage from a collision to the forklift, vehicle, or person
    • Decreases repair expenses sustained by racking and forklifts during a collision
    • Bright color options Increase their visibility to forklift operators and act as guides warning people approaching to keep a safe distance.
    • Minimizes obstruction that might occur from a collision
    • Ranges in pricing to fit any budget
    • Easy Installation options are available
    • Little to no maintenance is required once installed
    What are the different types of column protectors? It is important to choose the right protector for the job. There are a number of options you should consider:
    • Size
      • Width: Choose a width that matches the amount of available space, the desired type of column protector material you would like, and the width of the vertical space you want to protect.
      • Height: Column protectors are available in customizable sizes, but standard sizes run from 12 inches to 12 feet, and some may be stacked one atop the other to provide additional height coverage.
      • Shape: Some column protectors come in molded shapes with cut outs in the center to fit tightly against I-shaped, square, and round verticals. Most are cylindrical to create an equal barrier around the column, but some are cube- or hexagon-shaped.
      • Pieces: Most column protectors are usually two-piece units that are fastened around the vertical. However, a few column protectors are single-piece, pliable units that wrap around the vertical.
    • Color
      • Yellow (most common color)
      • Lime green
      • Orange
      • Multi-colored (usually striped with black and a bright color)
      • Reflective (usually added to a solid color)
    • Material
      • Polyethylene protectors: Polyethylene protectors are made to have a cushion of air between the column and its outside wall to absorb any impact. This type of material is the most commonly used kind of column protector in material handling industries. Polyethylene protectors tend to be thicker than other kinds of protectors.
      • Steel protectors: Steel protectors employ heavy-duty strength and a bolt system to withstand a collision. While they are heavier than some other kinds of column protector materials, they tend to be thinner in overall diameter, taking up less space around the column.
      • Vinyl protectors: Vinyl protectors are also known as "bumper wraps." Vinyl protection material runs about ½ inch thick and comes in a roll that allows you to cut to a custom size. This kind of protection material is commonly used at car dealerships and shopping centers to protect light poles from minor collisions.
      • Foam Protectors: Foam protectors, also known as "padded column wraps," have a padded center with a nylon cover to help reduce collision damage. Foam protectors are commonly used in parking garages for minor impacts, such as those caused by car doors.
    • Fastening
      • Velcro straps: Velcro straps are generally made of nylon, and wrap around the column protector to secure it to the surface. Velcro straps are easy to install and maintain. They are available in multiple colors including reflective finish.
      • Bolts: Bolts fasten pieces of the column protector together, and can also fasten it to the ground.
      • Snap fasteners: Snap fasteners use a four-rivet connection attached to the column protector that locks into an upright column.
      • Cable ties: Cable ties wrap around the column protector to fasten it in place.
      • Reflective tape: Reflective tape wraps around lighter duty column protectors in place. They come in a variety of colors.
    How much does a column protector cost?
    • Each column protector can range in price from $15 to more than $1,000, depending on the type, as described earlier in this article.
    • Column protectors that use non-standard options are more expensive since they require special customization.
    Check out our many column protector options available at the Materials Handling Store by clicking here.


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    What is a battery spill kit?

    Posted by Danille Bettridge on

    by Danille Bettridge, Web Store Specialist

    While looking at Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation's (RHCC) materials handling web store, you might come across an item called a spill kit, but you might not know what they are or why they're important.

    What is a battery spill kitWhat is a battery spill kit? It is a package of materials and supplies that are used to clean up and neutralize battery acid spills.

    Battery spills can happen when replacing batteries with cracked cases, which allow the acid to leak. RHCC's battery spill kits meet the following OSHA and DOT requirements for packaging and transporting hazardous wastes:

    • 1926.441(a)(5)- “Face shields, aprons, rubber gloves and quick drenching facilities shall be provided for workers handling acids or batteries”
    • 1910.178(g)(2)- “Facilities shall be provided for neutralizing spilled electrolyte”
    • OSHA Regulation 1910.132- “All employers must provide equipment for cleaning up hazardous materials such as battery acid”

    What are the contents of a spill kit?

    The kits include the following pieces of wearable gear to ensure that your workers are dressed protectively when cleaning up battery acid:

    • Apron to cover body and clothing
    • Acid resistant gloves to protect hands
    • Safety goggles to shield eyes
    • Disposable boot covers to protect shoes and feet
    • Dust mask to cover mouth and nose
    • Face shield for protection of the face

    All of RHCC's spill kits found in our Materials Handling Store are designed to help you quickly respond to and clean up battery acid spills. Each item in our kits is strategically packed so you can quickly dress yourself in the safety gear, contain the spill, neutralize and absorb the acid, and DOT-approved containers for transporting and disposing of the acid and clean up supplies. The kit also includes all the necessary tools for a proper battery acid clean-up:

    • Bucket or barrel with locking lid
    • Brush and pan
    • Disposable plastic bags
    • Danger sign
    • Six-foot barrier rope
    • Absorb bags and containers
    • pH test strips
    • Large kits include neutralizing/absorb pillows

    How to use a spill kit

    • All employees that work in environments with batteries need to be trained on where to find and how to use a spill kit in the event of a battery acid spill.
    • Employees should learn the procedures to follow during and after the clean-up of an acid spill, to ensure proper clean-up and disposal.
    • It is important to remember the proper packing of a spill kit, in the case the kit is unpacked and then not re-packed in the proper order. It is to be packed in the order that you will need the materials to allow the acid spill to be cleaned up in the quickest and most thorough way possible. Refer to the information found in your kit, but the general packing order is as follows:
      1. Personal protective equipment is on top to remind employees that the first step is to put on the safety gear.
      2. Danger sign and isolation ropes are next so that employees can cordon off the spill and warn others of the hazard.
      3. Absorbent materials used to clean up the spill are packed next.
      4. Lastly, plastic bags and other tools that will be used to clean up the debris and spill (such as the broom and pan) should be at the bottom of the kit.
      • Assuring that everyone is properly trained and that the kit is set-up in the most efficient way possible creates a more prepared environment in case of a battery acid spill.
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      Why Use Storage Bins in a Warehouse?

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      Why use storage bins in a warehouse

      When developing a warehouse, there are many different options that you can use to organize items. So, why choose storage bins to help? Let’s first address what exactly makes a bin a storage bin.

      A storage bin is the smallest available unit of space in a warehouse that can be used to place items, stock, and product.

      Ways to use storage bins

      There are a number of ways storage bins can help you organize your warehouse:

      • A storage bin can be used as a place holding device, which will help keep similar items in one area while keeping those items separate from other items, or preventing items from falling through your racking.
      • You can use a number and/or letter system with storage bins to create an effective way of organizing items, making them easier to find and put away. For example, you could label a silver wires bin as A-02-03, meaning that you can find the silver wires in Row A, Stack 2, and Level 3. After you have come up with a system that works best for your warehouse, you can then label each bin to make sure that bins are returned to their designated spots, setting an expected sort and order to your warehouse organization. By using a system to organize the placement of each bin, a storage bin can be used as a navigational tool, helping you find an item's location in your warehouse through the number and/or letter system.
      • Storage bins are useful when you want to pick a small amount of items or stock, as opposed to taking an entire box or pallet down, which might require more time and equipment.

      Storage bins can help organize your warehouse

      • The many different storage bin colors, options, and sizes can help you organize your warehouse based on your particular needs. Some storage bins are made out of special material, such as polypropylene, which is resistant to extreme cold and can withstand temperatures up to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. The different sizes allow you to choose the particular bin measurements that best fit the shelving. Also, a wide variety of available bin sizes allows you to choose bins to fit the items you want to store.
      • Instead of using a number and/or letter system to label bins, you could also use color coordination. For example, you could place all Raymond-branded products in red bins or nuts and bolts in clear bins. An easy to remember, color-coded system allows employees to find what they need quickly, and also return items to their proper locations. This kind of system can also be more visually pleasing.

      Storage bins allow workers to easily access items

      • Some warehouses place bins containing a small number of items on the easily accessible lower shelves, while placing the remaining stock on the overhead racks. This helps you create a well-organized and efficient system that allows workers to easily access items without the need of a ladder or lift device every single time you need to pick something. Ladders and lift devices are only needed when it's time to restock the storage bins.

      Overall, storage bins can be powerful tool to create an organizationally optimized warehouse, which will save you time and money in the long run.


      To purchase storage bins for your warehouse, CLICK HERE


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