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ErgoExpo 2017 - What's Trending in Ergonomics?

ErgoExpo 2017 – What’s Trending in Ergonomics?

The 2017 National Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo is quickly approaching. The ErgoExpo is being held August 22-25, 2017 at Paris in Las Vegas. The Darcor team is looking forward to the exciting speakers and sessions scheduled at the ErgoExpo this year.
The Importance of the Right Casters on Medical Equipment in a Healthcare Environment

The Importance of the Right Casters on Medical Equipment in a Healthcare Environment

To understand the importance of using the right casters on medical equipment in a healthcare environment, let us examine a scene in an archetypal hospital where patients, carts and sensitive equipment are constantly ushered to various rooms, crossing multiple floors and possibly traveling long distance. Since the environment is in flux, it is imperative to consider the performance and failure rates of casters when evaluating the design of medical equipment both using original casters and replacement casters. Since casters need to constantly perform at their peak and be durable to create a positive impact on ROI, the logical next step is to examine how to identify the right casters for intended applications. Here are a few key points to consider:
Safe Operating Envelope

Safe Operating Envelope

Just as there are safe operating envelopes for aircraft, there are safe operating envelopes for pushing and pulling carts. Just as for aircraft, the strength and endurance capabilities of the human operator play an important role in determining the safe operating envelopes for carts. Operating forces that stress the operator beyond their limits are outside the safe operating envelope. Consequently, measuring the forces exerted by the cart operator and comparing those forces to known operator limits is the basis for determining a safe operating envelope.
Maintaining Carts for Optimal Push/Pull Forces

Maintaining Carts for Optimal Push/Pull Forces

In North America, limiting the risk of injury while handling carts is commonly done by keeping the operating forces at or below a reference force limit. For example, starting a cart moving shouldn’t require a force more than about 220 newtons (or 50 pounds of force). A good, systematic approach to managing the safety of pushing and pulling carts must ensure that the operating force is within the recommended limits to begin with and then remains there throughout the cart’s working life. Consequently, a manual cart safety program must do more than an initial test of cart operating forces or documenting a purchasing specification for cart push pull forces. Routinely testing carts to ensure that the operating forces are maintained within safe limits is an essential part of managing cart safety. Not to do so means that an operators’ risk exposure is unknown and uncontrolled.
Case Study: A Closer Look at How Low Quality Casters Will Cost Your Organization in Productivity

Case Study: A Closer Look at How Low Quality Casters Will Cost Your Organization in Productivity

What is the Value of Productivity in Your Operations? Continuous improvement and lean manufacturing are top-of-mind with manufacturing and distribution organizations worldwide. The concept is that incremental changes can result in major cost wins for the organization. In a recent real-life client test scenario, high quality casters proved to be effective in increasing worker productivity by 10%. When factoring in wage costs of workers, this translates to significant productivity improvement related cost savings.
What Happened at ProMat 2017?

What Happened at ProMat 2017?

The 2017 ProMat show in Chicago was the place to be last week for those wanting insight into some of the latest innovations in the manufacturing, distribution and supply chain industries. We'll give you a rundown of some of the highlights from this year's show.

Highlights of the Applied Ergonomics Conference AEC 2017

The Darcor team has just enjoyed a fantastic few days at the 2017 Applied Ergonomics Conference at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando. Over 900 participants attended this year’s event - it's 20th Annual. The beautiful conference facilities and warm and sunny weather provided a great environment to enjoy networking between conference session. The AEC 2017 featured a broad spectrum of interesting and diverse ergonomic-centric solutions displayed in the exhibit hall.

Previewing ProMat 2017

Ready to check out some of the latest innovations and solutions in manufacturing, distribution and supply chain equipment? We certainly are! The Darcor team is getting ready to attend ProMat 2017, running April 3 - 6, 2017 at McCormick Place in Chicago. The ProMat show is a great opportunity for people in the manufacturing and supply chain industry to explore new solutions to take their supply chain to the next level of success. The show allows attendees to see some of the best supply chain and manufacturing solutions in action and meet leading providers and experts. As we get ready for ProMat 2017, here are a few of the speakers, events and seminars we are looking forward to seeing:

Getting Geared Up for the Applied Ergonomics Conference 2017

The 2017 Applied Ergo Conference is set to run March 27 - 30, 2017 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando. Over the past decade, ergonomics has been brought to the forefront of concerns that businesses around the world face. Organizations have come to realize that there is a real need to focus on injury prevention and reducing workplace related fatigue. Darcor has been proud to help lead the charge by developing The Guide to Workplace Ergonomics, which specifically focuses on overexertion injuries that occur in the workplace. As we prepare to attend AEC 2017, check out some of the speakers and workshops we are looking forward to. Darcor will also be taking part. If you are interested in finding out more about how casters can be used to support your organization's ergonomic goals, you can visit us at booth #415. You can also check our our educational presentation, Ergonomic Casters: Design and In-Service Testing, which will be held in the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday, March 27 at 11 a.m.
Designing Wheeled Equipment: Purchasing Considerations to Achieve Long-Term Ergonomic and Economic Success

Designing Wheeled Equipment: Purchasing Considerations to Achieve Long-Term Ergonomic and Economic Success

For organizations that rely heavily on wheeled equipment in their day-to-day operations, the purchasing department is tasked with making purchasing decisions that impact the design and handling of equipment. The purchasing department’s main goal is to minimize purchasing costs. This goal can be in direct opposition of other departmental goals. It’s important to remember that a solution that has a low up-front cost is not going to give the long-term, maintenance-free performance and ergonomic benefits of a higher quality, better engineered and therefore more expensive product.

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Pushed, pulled or driven through your workplace, Darcor casters are also silent partners, dramatically reducing noise and noise-related injury as they improve mobility.

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