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The smartest of storage rack systems, carton flow rack is a gravity flow-based racking solution used mostly by warehouses and distribution centers. Essentially, carton flow racking systems follow the...
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Temperature control is extremely important to maintain a comfortable and healthy working environment in your warehouse. Industrial facilities usually experience hot and humid internal temperature...
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You won't want to miss our latest stock of used stack and nest bins, which function as either nestable bins or stackable bins depending on which direction you flip each bin. Our nest and stack...
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American Surplus has recently reached its 15th anniversary of manufacturing our ECONO-200 Modular Office units that offer premium quality customizable modular offices.American Surplus is pleased to...
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As one of the most common types of warehouse storage systems in the world, pallet racking is also one of the most important investments a company can make. Unlike steel shelving, which usually costs...
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When purchasing used pallet racking there are lots of details to consider to ensure you choose the right storage system for your operation. The size of the products you’re storing, as well as the...
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At ASI, we know that no two material handling facilities are the same. Although there are similarities from one warehouse to the next, the specific set up of each material handling operation varies...
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First and foremost, your town wants to make sure your design has been approved by a licensed engineer. This gives them a sense of assurance that your facility will be safe for workers. In addition, ...
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There are many reasons as to why someone would want pallets properly secured, but most importantly is to ensure that the load gets to its destination in the same condition it left the facility. ...
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In order to help you determine whether a pallet or a skid would be best for you, you first need to know what the differences are between the two. Skid A skid offers a different style of support...
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At American Surplus we have genuine, high-quality Crown equipment. Not only do we offer the highly durable genuine Crown manual and electric pallet jacks and order pickers, we offer them at a...
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Inplant Offices provide a modular solution to a rigid problem: Where can I find space for my administrative staff and sales team? Real Estate near your warehouse or distribution center may be too...
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Stack Racks are a flexible warehouse storage solution that allow you to optimize the density of your storage space while allowing for a configurable layout. Unlike semi-permanent solutions such as...
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American Surplus recently completed a used conveyor installation in Reno, NV. This project had two phases of conveyor installations. The first consisted of 300 linear feet of used transport style...
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Check out our most recent pallet rack installation. This was a new teardrop pallet rack installation because the size was so large it was more beneficial to the customer to go with the new option. ...
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1. Invest In a Used Steel Mezzanine Mezzanines, also called storage platforms, are a perfect way to add area to your warehouse without renting additional space. You can incorporate conveyor, ...
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From everyone at American Surplus, we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We have had a great year and want to thank all our customers, vendors, employees, subcontractors and everyone else...
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It is hard to believe that 2017 is ending already, but that means it is time to talk about the Section 179 Deduction program again. This tax program can save your business thousands and should be...
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Balers in the material handling industry are used to compress disposable waste products such as plastics, paper, cardboard, metals, and other materials. Originally, balers were used in agriculture to...
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American Surplus custom designs used mezzanine systems using CAD drawings to suit your specific needs. Some of the benefits of a custom designed used mezzanine from ASI include: Cost Effective –...
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Steel shelving is ideal for hand loading small inventory items, parts, tools, etc. There are several other terms for steel shelving, we also call it warehouse shelving and industrial shelving. When...
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One of the best features of inplant offices is their modular construction. All the components are interchangeable, so when it comes to what sort of spaces you can create in your facility, offices are...
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American Surplus has used cantilever rack now in stock. With five different capacity styles, we are bound to have something perfect for your application. Cantilever Rack is perfect for storing...
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Used Pallet Rack: Which Type Is Best for You? Whether you are opening a new warehouse, adding on to your existing used pallet racks due to business growth, or moving into a new facility, you have...
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Flexible Conveyors are a great investment for your shipping and receiving department. This product is a powerless, gravity driven conveyor that transports products throughout the warehouse. They are...
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Maintaining and organizing a warehouse is no easy task. If you have ever worked in a warehouse you can imagine the difficulties a manager faces while trying to squeeze efficiency from the building’s...
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American Surplus is now stocking new teardrop pallet rack. Pallet Rack Frames, Beams, and Wire Decks are in stock and ready to ship to you. We understand that price, quality and convenience...
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We are very excited to have 5 ASI team members headed to the 2017 Promat Show iin April this year. It is a great way to network and put a face with the vendors and customers we talk with all year. ...
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We would like to wish all our friends, family, and customers a very Happy Thanksgiving. American Surplus is a family business and we value family above all else. We strive to treat our customers and...
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Stretch Wrappers, also known as pallet wrappers, are commonly used in warehouses across the globe to make packing orders for shipping much more efficient. Using low density polyethylene stretch film, ...
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Pallet Racking will typically last a lifetime; however, collisions, wear and tear, and accidents are always a possibility. Forklift operators have a tough job and with heavy objects and tall racks, ...
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When designing your pallet rack system there are many things to consider before making a decision on your purchase. The basic decision involves purchasing your frames and beams. This step is usually...
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A fire could rage through your facility in literally seconds, leaving nothing to spare. This is just one of the reasons why it is extremely important to keep flammable/toxic chemicals and other...
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When researching and purchasing used material handling equipment, there are many factors to consider. Used Warehouse Equipment can save you a lot of money, but if you are not careful, it could be a...
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American Surplus is having a great year so far and we are looking forward to the second half. A couple of weeks ago we had one of our employee appreciation events at the Paw Sox Game and it was a...
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Maximizing your warehouse space is a tricky task. As a warehouse manager, you want to be able to store as much product as you can in the smallest amount of space. At the same time, you want to store...
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Forklift manufacturers have made substantial improvements to all types of lift trucks in recent years, from diesel and propane to gasoline and electric. Each forklift type has definitive advantages...
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Here at American Surplus we have 5 main departments. These departments are Conveyor, Fabrication, Forklift, Racking and Shelving. Below is a video tour of our building that will take you to each of...
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Buying equipment for your company can be a long and painful process, but if you avoid these mistakes, you can have an easy buying process in no time. Poor Time Management Amazon has changed...
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Whenever a company grows beyond its current warehouse capabilities the first thought is “We need to move to a larger warehouse.” But I am here to tell you that there may be another option that will...
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2015 was a great year for us here at American Surplus. We set new records in sales and expanded our warehouse, so we have even more space now. With these expansions we added some new people to our...
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Any conveyor machine is simply a movable or even immobile machine intended to handle products routinely from one position to another. It really is one of the most conventional procedures applied...
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Whether you are shrink wrapping pallets or sealing boxes full of your product, your packaging system is most likely a very important part of your warehouse. Making sure you are getting the efficiency...
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Scissor lift tables provide an ergonomic solution to lifting, positioning, and transporting heavy loads. Scissor lifts can be used to safely move and lift loads to better ergonomic positions. Lift...
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There are a multitude of reasons why you should not buy your Material Handling and Storage equipment at an auction. Buying equipment at an auction is a very complex purchase process because the...
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Before we get into what the differences are between these two styles of vertical lifts that American Surplus sells, you should have a basic understanding of what a Vertical Reciprocating Conveyor...
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Industrial steel shelving is designed to store small, light to very large heavy, bulky items. There are several application and shelving features that must be compared and considered when...
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When considering the various types of pallet racking for your facility it can be a difficult choice if you have a wide range of load sizes, types of pallets, weights, and a high inventory turnover. ...
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Survey says: Buy a standard brand that has been time tested and from a company with an excellent reputation. When comparing products, expect that the latest model with a higher price should...
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Both hand taping systems are generally priced under $1,000, versus the automatics which are priced around $10,000 new. Will both systems get the job done? Actually, yes! The hand taping system is...
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A used case sealer is an effective high-volume method of applying sealing tape to a cardboard case. Operators, depending on the application, fold the bottom flaps of the case and, while holding the...
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Cantilever rack with out decking Cantilever is a popular style of racking for storing long, bulky, bundled or loose tubes, cylinders, and piping, including flat stock such as lumber, metal or...
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Forklifts are one of the most significant pieces of material handling equipment in most industries. Lifts come in various types and sizes for material handling operations from warehouses, ...
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My Current warehouse storage is at 80% of total available floorspace. How can I use my current storage space more effectively? There are two factors that must be considered: Storage Density:...
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American Surplus has a large inventory of used pallet jacks, both standard and electric. Here are some factors that can help determine which is most appropriate for your material handling...
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Electric Pallet Jack: picking from low level storage locations Power Operated Stacker: lower weight and lifting capabilities for internal transport Power Counterbalanced 3 and 4 Wheel Fork Lift...
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If you are looking for flexibility when choosing a racking system, the most popular option is stack racks. American Surplus sells two different style stack racks: Tier Rack and Nestainers. These...
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Moving into a new facility or need to consolidate your existing facility? American Surplus is constantly seeking used material handling equipment, including but not limited to: Conveyor –...
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American Surplus Inc. has been in the business of buying and selling used material handling equipment for over 20 years. We are constantly expanding and require additional sales representatives to...
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A warehouse or industrial facility is constantly changing its inventory as new items are being acquired and stored, and products are being distributed. One of the most important factors in laying out...
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Forklift batteries are extremely heavy duty and can be recharged a number of times. Taking proper care of this super duty battery will really help extend its lifespan. By following these basic tips, ...
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Operating a forklift is fun and can be exciting. However, it is no cake walk. You must adhere to strict guidelines and safety practices to get the most out of your experience as a forklift operator...
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Forklifts are one of the most common causes of destruction in a warehouse facility, as they are constantly weaving through aisles upon aisles of pallet racks.One little mistake can cause the forklift...
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Conveyors have been around for hundreds of years, and they were originally used in agricultural settings. Farmers would use conveyor belts to load grain onto ships, but these devices were not even...
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Before forklifts, manually powered hoists were typically used to lift loads. These hoists were mainly composed of chains and winches. The first platform trucks were essentially hoists that were...
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One problem to overcome with loading docks is bridging the gap between the open end of the truck bed and the warehouse floor. This causes a problem because not all warehouse floors are the same...
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Safety around any equipment in a warehouse facility is crucial, and this is especially true around conveyor equipment. With many moving parts, chains, gears, and pinch points, it can be dangerous for...
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Strapping is the process of securing pieces of equipment together for shipment or for storage and is also known as “bundling” or “banding”. This improves the organization of product being stored, ...
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Warehouse facilities can be hazardous to your safety in several ways, if the proper safety procedures are not being followed. Some of these scenarios are more common than others, but we will discuss...
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National and global attention is shifting towards the responsible use of energy, and it is being implemented in homes and businesses via solar panels, wind turbines, paperless billing, and more. What...
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Although improvements to your material handling processes are usually done during the slow season, you can learn a lot from the busy holiday months. If you can stay focused during these chaotic...
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Palletization is the process of taking cases of product and packing them together in one unit on a pallet for storage or transportation. There are three categories for palletizing products: manual, ...
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Many people are obviously hesitant when considering purchasing used shelving for their warehouse facility. This is very reasonable because not all used industrial warehouse equipment is treated the...
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When deciding the storage device to be utilized for a new warehouse facility or an existing one, you must first consider what kind of material you are handling. There are many factors that will...
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Companies that often depend on their conveyor system for their daily operations do not always take proper care of them, so when a breakdown occurs the company can be out of commission for a long...
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If you are in an existing warehouse or storage facility looking to improve efficiency, or you are moving to a new facility, you should consider a slotting analysis. Slotting is the activity of...
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Stretch wrappers most commonly use low-density polyethylene, which can stretch up to 500% of its length before breaking. The film is typically only stretched 100-300% when in use and, once it is...
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There are many factors to consider when attempting to make your material handling facility run more efficiently. Chances are, your facility’s processes, from shipping and receiving to production and...
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One of the major benefits of a used yard ramp is they do not require a permanent docking bay. Construction of a docking bay can be quite costly, so it is only realistic in a more permanent facility...
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Typically, palletized loads are automatically transported via gravity through the pick module system. They can be directed into storage onto flow racks, or they can be broken down into individual...
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A modular office space or in-plant office is a cost-effective solution and a customizable way to add offices to your storage facility. It is a great way to make the most out of an already existing...
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Dock boards and dock plates are a portable solution to bridging the gap from the edge of a dock to an open truck bed. This can be a problem because trucks vary in height, so there is a gap and a...
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The maximum size and weight of the heaviest load and average load The height the product needs to be lifted Whether it’s for outside or inside use The aisle dimensions Whether it’s electric or...
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What is a pallet jack and how does it work? Pallet jacks are one of the most useful and commonly used warehouse tools. Pallet jacks transfer thousands of pounds of inventory with ease and can be...
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All types of flow rack use wheels or rollers, which are gravity powered, to transport products from the rear of the racking system to the front automatically. This is a “first in, first out” style of...
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Carton flow rackis a style of racking that uses a “gravity feed rear load” design. Inventory sits on skate wheels or rollers that are set on a pitch, allowing for products to glide to the front of...
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Used bins and totes might seem like a straightforward purchase, but there are actually many options that go along with it. One of the first questions to ask is do you need totes that stack on top of...
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Cantilever rackis a style of racking that has beams that only anchor on one end and are commonly found in lumber yards or plumbing supply warehouses where items being stored are long and bulky. It...
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Pallet racking is any material handling storage system that stores materials on pallets in horizontal rows on multiple levels. Pallet racks require the use of a forklift truck to load and unload...
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Gravity Conveyor, as the name implies, is a powerless free flowing conveyor system for transporting products throughout the warehouse. They can be set up at a decline to have products flow...
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Used Material Handling blog is an effort to offer American Surplus Inc. customers an opportunity to get the latest information, tips and suggestions relative to the purchase and use of quality used...
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