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They Won a Nobel Prize for Choosing Lithium, And Now You Benefit Too.

Yesterday morning we woke up to see a familiar name in the news as John B. Goodenough was announced by the Nobel Prize Committee, along with two others, as the recipients for this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry. We’ve written about John in earlier posts (See “A Week For Gratitude”) and can say we’re thrilled to see the recognition he, M. Stanley Whittington and Yoshino Akira received for the work they did over two decades in three countries that led to what one committee member referred to as “a highly charged story with tremendous potential”!

Topics: News Trends Lithium Iron Phosphate Lithium Power

Is The 2019 Android Migration The Tipping Point For Mobility?

If you’re at all plugged into the pulse of the industry, you probably recognize your facility as one of the following:

  • Ultra-modern and already migrated to Android, with devices and plans for more of them.
  • In transition or planning to transition from Windows to Android, and hoping to use your existing devices a bit longer
  • Convinced that Android is only a phase, and adamant that your current green-screen devices are all you’ll ever need.
Topics: Mobility Warehouse Research

How Green is Your Warehouse?

Twenty years ago, making a DC/warehouse “green” was almost universally a very low priority if it made the list of near or long-term goals at all. As the digital age was just starting to ramp itself up with the advent of e-commerce, managers were more focused on the building blocks needed to transform their facilities to raise the volume, speed and variety of services they perform. But while the last twenty years have been almost exclusively a race for adapting the business into a speedier, direct-to-customer version of it’s pre-internet self, prioritizing factors like energy use, reduced packaging, etc. is becoming a desirable skill-set and focus of KPIs.

Topics: Productivity Warehouse Efficiency

Things to consider when you shop for a Portable Power System

A portable power pack equipped cart with a wireless computer is really a mobile workstation. Capitalizing on the benefits of auto-ID technologies, it integrates the facility's software with devices on the cart to establish a mobile on-demand label printing station, a mobile shipping/receiving station, etc.

Topics: Portable Power Planning

How to save time and labor in a Warehouse

Mobile Powered Solutions reduce footsteps and errors in typical warehouse and factory floor applications that use PC’s, laptops, printers, scales, etc.

Topics: Mobile Powered Workstation Carts Warehouse Process Improvement

Prevent Theft in your Warehouse - (Inspired by Amazon News)

Theft from the supply chain is an old problem that even the newest facilities can’t entirely eliminate. A recent arrest in the Seattle area showed just how big a dent a small group of industrious thieves can make in even the biggest player in the industry.

Topics: Warehouse Management Supply Chain Security

Mobile Powered Workstations Now Arrive Fully Assembled!

The latest news from Newcastle Systems includes "No assembly required".  We have improved the delivery process by assembling the workstations in our manufacturing plant and packaging them for you to unpack in minutes. You can easily have the mobile workstation with portable power unpacked and rolling in minutes. We have assembly manuals, but soon they will become obsolete.

Topics: News Mobile Powered Workstation Carts

A Look at Warehousing for Manufacturers

Warehouse design and management are an art form and  science unto their own. 3PLs and large retailers, in particular, have taken what was once a slow-moving, unseen part of a cost-center in the business and turned it into a highly efficient, increasingly automated, carefully measured and service-focused asset. Manufacturers, on the other hand, while being at the leading edge of automation, measurement and efficiency on the production floor, may not always apply the same level of industrial design planning and management as they would normally demand.

As it turns out, warehouse operations for a manufacturing facility have a lot of similarities as other types of businesses, but do have some requirements that are unique to their needs.

Topics: Manufacturing Warehouse Management Warehouse

The World’s Smallest, Forever Battery Is Coming Soon…

Managing power supplies can always be a challenge. There are a lot of variables involved, especially when you want your power to be cordless and mobile. There are competing needs – in some scenarios, there is a constant need for more power as the number of devices, their features and their wireless needs grow, but traditionally this results in more weight. At the same time, many devices use less power than ever, allowing for smaller and smaller power packs to meet the need, but can be more expensive using the new chemistries and form factors they require.

Topics: Technology Portable Power Nucleus

Trends in Fleet Management You Should Know

As a major pillar of the distribution industry, shippers and logistics service providers are a critical element of any business’ customer satisfaction goals. But as a facility manager or a business that relies on a shipping partner to help you meet your service goals, how much information do you share between you in order to ensure you can make the relationship as productive as possible? A recent industry survey by Descartes Systems Group, a solutions provider for fleet management operations, provides some useful insights.

Topics: Trends Planning Shipping