The Best Tool For The Right Situation

By John Dusek on 2014-12-16 15:20:14 -

Move 55 gal drums that are open.  A picture tells a thousand words.

Spill-Less Open Drum Truck

Anti-Fatigue Mats

By John Dusek on 2013-10-29 12:44:35 -

Standing is hard on your body. Your body is designed to move and be dynamic, not to be stationary with a static load pressing down on your joints and crushing your blood vessels flat for long periods of time. This causes strain and fatigue on the body and creates pressure points which are uncomfortable. An anti-fatigue mat reduces such.

Walking on hard surfaces is almost as severe as standing on them. Spend a day walking on concrete and you will have a soar back and an aching throb in your lower legs. Spend a few years doing that and you can have chronic pain, varicose veins and back problems. Anti-fatigue mats go a long way to fighting those effects.

Freight Savings for Shipping Your Pallet Jack

By John Dusek on 2013-07-14 17:12:08 -

The NMFTA (National Motor Freight Traffic Association) has developed a standard that provides a comparison of commodities moving interstate and intrastate.  The NMFC (National Motor Freight Classification) standard of commodities are grouped into one of 18 classes—from a low of class 50 to a high of class 500—based on an evaluation of four transportation characteristics: density, stowability, handling and liability.  The lower the Class number the lower the cost is.

The LTL shipping of manual pallet jacks/trucks can be categorized into a couple of these published classes.  The key factor is if the units are shipped with their handle attached or unattached.  If the handle is attached they ship Class 175 and if unattached it is considered Class 92.5.

Many standard pallet jacks weigh in around 200 lbs.   In processing an example calculation of freight cost difference of these two freight classes on the same shipping weight to a same shipping destination: Class 175 $162.00 and Class 92.5 $120.00.

Not all pallet truck manufacturers will offer this choice but asking if it can be requested to be done will result in extra savings for your company.  There are additional benefits to this action.  One is that the unit and handle are normally strapped to a pallet or crate providing less chance of damage and loss during transit.  The second advantage is it lessens the temptation of a material handler to coincidentally use the pallet jack to move some nearby pallets.

I've found that most of these manufacturers that do offer this option provide quite adequate instructions and drawings to hook the handle up.  Assembling the handle is quite a simple maneuver of attaching it with two pins and connecting the linkage as shown by the illustration below.

US Equipment Finance Sector to Surpass $740 Billion in 2013

By John Dusek on 2013-01-13 11:27:26 -

As seen on NBC News, a survey was conducted by IHS Global Insight and released by Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation showing U.S. businesses and agencies will finance more than $742 billion in equipment acquisitions in 2013.

According to the study, the equipment finance sector has emerged from the Great Recession with finance volumes at an all-time high, as a result of double-digit growth in equipment investment and a favorable interest rate environment.


  • Seventy-two percent of companies use some form of financing when acquiring equipment using at least one form of financing (excluding credit cards).
  • Cash as a method of purchasing declined for large companies from 2007 to 2012 as larger companies enjoyed greater access to credit markets.  In the current low-interest-rate environment, financing equipment acquisitions is especially attractive.  
  • Even with the relatively high degree of uncertainty over the economy and regulations/fiscal policy, nearly 30% of companies surveyed anticipated increasing their equipment investment over the next 12 months.
  • Companies with sales between $25 million and $100 million doubled their share of financing volume from 2006 - when the Foundation's first market-sizing study was conducted - to 2011.  Companies with fewer than 51 employees also doubled their share equipment acquisition via financing in this time period.  This may be in part a reflection of the difficulty in obtaining other forms of credit for these segments of the market!

Freight Classification Codes

By John Dusek on 2012-10-28 12:15:12 -

Freight Classification Codes for storage products such as shelving types and components, racking, lockers and miscellaneous items has always been a puzzle to determine.

Attempting to compute shipping cost is important in enumerating landed cost of such products for either the end user or the distributor supplying them.  Recently one of our major manufacturing suppliers, Penco, provided such a list to me.  I would like to publish that list for the benefit of others.

Class   Product
50      Rivet Type Shelving, Pallet Rack Beams, Channel Lock Safety Floor Grating
60      Pallet Rack Frames
60      Particle Board
70      Basket Racks
70      Clip Type Shelving       
70      K.D. Lockers
70      K.D. Storage Cabinets
70      Locker Room Benches
70      Modular Drawers for Shelving
70      Structural Mezzanine Products
70      Steel Work Benches
70      Wide Span Shelving
85      Bench Pedestals
85      Wire Baskets for Basket Racks
85      Shop Desks
85      Work Bench Drawers

125     All-Welded Lockers
125     Assembled Lockers (assembled from KD parts)
125     Assembled Storage Cabinets
125     Lockers for Textile Industries (TPCG)

Penco Storage Products

Responsible Financing for Today

By John Dusek on 2012-09-03 12:58:58 -

Indoff provides you with the financial solution that fits your company's specific need. Because Indoff understands that each company and equipment purchase is different, we offer a variety of options that best accommodates your financial plan.

Indoff Capital, our financing affiliate, offers Simple Finance Terms: Fixed finance terms at competitive rates available to qualified buyers for up to 60 months. They have standard terms as well as deferred payment plans.

There are a couple of additional incentives that can be utilized to maximize your purchasing values:

~ Section 179 Expense Deduction: Deduct the price of equipment, whether purchased or financed, in the tax year in which it was bought.

~ Bonus Depreciation: A 100% Bonus Depreciation deduction is included in the “Small Business Jobs & Credit Act” for qualified new equipment acquired and placed in service during 2012.

Contact us at Indoff to answer any questions you might have.


Manufacturing Evolution: China vs USA

By John Dusek on 2012-06-11 15:47:11 -

Manufacturing industries came into being with the occurrence of technological and socio-economic transformations in the Western countries in the 18th-19th century. This was widely known as the industrial revolution. It began in England and replaced the labor intensive textile production with mechanization and use of fuels.

In today's economic climate China has become the leading manufacturing source to the industrial world including material handling products.  It is a fact that we must come to accept and adjust accordingly.

Chinese MfrGE Manufacturing-Plant







There are many real and perceived advantages/disadvantages.  One that comes to mind is the lack of availability of replacement parts for servicing a piece of equipment be it from a warranty claim or not.  Today's society isn't as much into "fix the existing equipment" as "replace the piece of equipment" as a whole!  This again is an example of the evolution of manufactured items.

Don't Sacrifice Safety for Used

By John Dusek on 2012-04-06 16:01:45 -

There are three main categories of metal framed storage units.  Metal shelving units normally 3 foot and 4 foot wide generally utilize clips as boltless connectors.  Pallet racks connect their horizontal beams via specially designed endplates on the ends of the beams to the vertical upright frames.

Pallet Rack Connectors







The category that is most often prevalent in small commercial establishments to larger warehouses are boltless bulk storage racks.  Better known as rivet rack named from the rivets on the ends of the beams that connect into the vertical posts.

Rivet Rack







Of the three category types the number of manufacturers of rivet rack bulk storage units far exceeds that of pallet rack and clip type shelving units.  Several have come and gone as well as the foreign markets have thrived in supplying this type of unit. There have never been any standards for the rivets or their placement specs of of rivets.  Compatibility of one brand hardly ever will link up securely or safely with another make.

For this very reason, purchasing used units can be very disasterous if ever intermixing types, sometimes unwittingly.  Especially watch for components that do NOT have logos or names stamped onto them.  Consultation with a materials handling expert might be the best bet before you commit to an unknown.

LinkedIn As A Resource

By John Dusek on 2012-01-29 18:27:53 -

Social and Mobile Media have become an important resource and component of our society.  If an answer to a question is needed, we can simply ask it from a number of resources.

LinkedIn Logo




Last year PC Magazine stated that: 

Bottom Line:  LinkedIn is the most developed business- and career-oriented networking site and service out there. It's the way millions of career-minded people will find and develop opportunities and to build their reputations. 

Therefore, I'd like to share with you my personal Indoff LinkedIn profile website.


Pallet Rack Layout Grid Designs

By John Dusek on 2011-12-09 12:43:45 -

As a repeated topic of discussion and debates is how does one most efficiently design storage space.  Capacity is always at the forefront as is the amount of time it takes to move product in and out.

Recently, one of our professional industry journals, MHEDA Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association, published an article referring to a conceptual design.  Researchers from The University of Arkansas and Auburn University have found a way make distribution centers more efficient.

Academically and in theory they claimed the Fishbone design would deliver a 20-25% percent reduction in costs when compared to the traditional warehouse design.  One of the main problems is that transferring such a design to realty brings up a number of major obstacles.  Like safety of the forklift drivers at intersecting aisles.  Sure, mirrors "could" be deployed; but will speed be lowered enough to diminish the probability of disasters?

New ideas are always welcome and do modernize and improve methods within our industry.  Always consult with a professional material handling expert you trust.