Friday, February 27, 2015

Expect to Reach New Heights with the Jungheinrich ETR Series

The new ETR 340, 345 and 335d series of pantograph reach trucks is setting new standards in reach truck performance by delivering longer run times— up to two shifts on one battery charge—and the class-leading performance and efficiency that your business demands.

You can order these high-performance reach trucks from Southern California Material Handling (SCMH), a local warehouse solutions company that has been around for over 75 years. SCMH is known for its top-brand solutions that include lift trucks, warehouse pallet racking design, rental equipment, forklift service and maintenance, forklift parts, and its OSHA-endorsed operator training programs.

See what the Jungheinrich ETR can do for your warehouse operations. WATCH NOW.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hard-to-Find Rental Equipment Available at SCMH

Did you know that SCMH Rental Solutions has an extensive fleet of rental equipment? Specialty lift equipment such as scissor lifts, boom lifts, aerial lifts are just among the newer fleet SCMH Rental Solutions​ has in its inventory. Daily, weekly, monthly, and long term leases are available. Call now to find the equipment you need to optimize any job scope 1-877-752-3425 or visit for a complete list of rates including attachments and batteries.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

SCMH Proudly Features the Jungheinrich Warehouse Navigation System

Increase Productivity, Improve Picking Accuracy And Reduce Costs With Warehouse Navigation

The Jungheinrich Warehouse Navigation system can be used with all rail or wire guided very narrow aisle lift trucks, including the Jungheinrich EKX 410 man-up turret truck, EKX 513-515k series of man-up turret trucks and the EKS 208/308 series of mid- to high-level order pickers.

How does it work?

The Warehouse Navigation system is a semi-automatic approach to reaching pallet positions within the aisles of a warehouse. Transponders are placed in the warehouse floor at specific distances and are used to communicate with a RFID reader / writer in the lift truck to identify warehouse aisle locations and distances. Armed with this information and the forklift’s height measuring capability, the system knows its location within the aisles at all times and can be programmed to reach specific pallet positions by selecting the most efficient combination of traveling and lifting.

 Warehouse Navigation can be integrated with an existing warehouse management system (WMS), allowing for seamless transmission of orders to the operator’s RF terminal that is installed on the forklift. Once the order is received, the operator can activate the accelerator and the lift truck will drive to the designated pallet position. The lift truck can then store/retrieve a pallet automatically, or stop, allowing the operator to pick from the current pallet location.

The Benefits:

Up to 25% increased productivity
Improved flexibility along with logistics performance
Reduced logistics costs
Pinpoint approach using the fastest route to your destination
Higher order picking and stacking accuracy
Adjustable warehouse layout
High throughput for the entire shift
Maximum Flexibility – Minimum Maintenance

More goods throughput does not have to mean more power consumption. Flexibility for any changes in the warehouse is a main consideration in the development of transponder technology. In the past, commands to the forklift restricted the user through the position of magnets or reflective markers. However, Jungheinrich’s warehouse navigation solution offers complete freedom. If a rack row changes in the warehouse aisle, the transponders are simply reprogrammed to adapt to the new location.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

New to Warehousing Operations? 3 Things to Consider in Sourcing the Right Material Handling Company

New to Warehousing Operations?

3 Things to Consider in Sourcing the Right Material Handling Company

Yippee! You just landed a job as a warehouse manager. Maybe it was a well-deserved promotion and you already know the warehouse workflow by heart. Maybe you just earned your certificate in Logistics and Warehouse Management (click here for other courses But for whatever reason you are in this path, by choice or by fate, your first step in ensuring that your operations flow as smoothly as it can go, is to know who and what your available resources are.

GATHER INFORMATION   Are you taking someone else’s post? Make it a point to get a hold of all the contact information of the vendors, suppliers, technicians, etc. whom he has worked with. Make sure it is readily available and accessible because more likely than not, you will need that list. Without these information, you’ll be flying blind. Here’s a sample of a quick reference list

Are you a business owner establishing a new warehouse? Solicit at least three proposals from reputable material handling companies and compare them against:
a.      Expertise & Experience How long has the company been around? Are they local? Can other customers attest to their quality of work? Would you choose a company who has been around five years over one that has been around 70 years? Check what their customers say about them. Do they have a BBB rating? Check even their social media pages. Do they have bad reviews? You’ll be surprised what you can dig up with customer reviews—good or bad, little things count. Here’s an example of a company with customer reviews and has been around for over 75 years 

b.      Responsiveness and professionalism     Consider this: How many times have you had to call a company before they provided you a quote? Did you have to follow-up? Imagine it’s only the beginning of a probable deal and you’ve already been made to wait. Suppliers who are not prompt may reflect probabilities of not meeting deadlines. So be observant about these little things. Get a referral too. See if you know anyone who has worked with and can vouch for material handling suppliers—be it a storage racking job, or warehouse products and supplies. Check out this Southern California local they have an online catalogue where you can find most warehouse supplies. Their WPG manager Jim Neidhart is known for his responsiveness and expertise.

c.       Pricing  Why did we not put price on top of the list? Because cheaper does not always mean better. Especially when your entire warehouse operations depend on a reliable equipment and a well-flowing lay-out. While it is good to compare pricing, what is cost-effective must always be your first consideration. Would it be worth buying electric forklifts for a little bit more $ if your productivity is driven higher and if you save more on LP/Gas in the long run? You can contact to help you determine what is the best forklift for your warehouse. They can come to you and they can advise you on the best truck capacity, make, model, type that is best suited for your warehouse. 

If you’re in Orange County, call Jim Nolan. He is always ready to drop by your office early in the morning 562.244.2076. If you’re in San Fernando Valley, Chris Key is your guy. He runs a satellite office in that area dedicated to customers in the Valley. They have their own technicians, parts, and inventory of trucks. Chris can be reached at 818-612-1916. You can also browse their brand new inventory here

Budgetary concerns? Have you considered renting? Maybe you have not decided yet what to buy. Maybe you want to try what works best. Since you’re new on the job, we recommend you go with a company that rents out brand new or newer trucks. Well-maintained and feature-packed means less things for you to worry about. Here’s a rental solutions company that rents out newer trucks in Southern California 1-877-752-3425. Yes, new, but the price is the same as the old trucks John Doe rents out next door. So don’t worry about the price. It’s NOT more expensive. Here's a sample of rental rates

So remember, gather information on experience and expertise. Gauge the responsiveness and professionalism of the material handling company. Solicit at least three quotes, do your research, and seek referrals. Cheaper is not always better.
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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Two Centuries of Experience and Expertise

During the first quarter employee meeting of the year, Southern California Material Handling (SCMH) COO Mike Wolfe highlighted the anniversaries of 27 employees holding tenures of up to 25 years. What is notable is over half were recognized for being with SCMH for 25, 20, 15, and 10 years, a significant combined total of 238 years. Awardees came from the parts, service, sales, and accounting departments. Cited as well are the newer generation of SCMH talent whose dynamism complement traditional values. A century of expertise coupled with vigorous strategic approach is the perfect blend for SCMH to be of greater service to its customers.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Show Her Some Lovin'!

Because she deserves to be treated right
not just on Valentine’s Day,
give her the gift of care and the attention
she yearns all year long.

February Promo includes one free planned maintenance (PM) for three PMs booked in 2015. Promo code PMVDAY.

Applicable to new customers only. Existing contracts not eligible. Call for details.