When you need someone to do an on-site mobile repair, using an authorized service center is the best route. Not only will it save you time and money, but it can also give you the peace of mind that your equipment will be better performing and will run for longer. Several facets go into a great mobile repair unit, including the utilization of trained service technicians, genuine service parts, and factory warranties. Here are some factors you should look at when choosing the mobile service unit to help your company. 

1. Trained Service Technicians

When you look at a company to repair your equipment, one of the first things you should research is what type of training their technicians have had. Ideally, they will be factory trained, as well as having specific training through their business. It is also helpful if they are certified to perform quality repairs and rebuilds just like the manufacturer. 

2. Certified Parts Dealer 

By choosing a company that sells, services, and inventories genuine manufacturer’s service parts, you can determine the quality and durability of the parts that will be used when replacing or repairing your machinery are second to none. Generally, this will also mean that the technicians must follow factory-approved rework specifications as well.

3. Factory Warranty

Typically, quality and reputable repair companies will offer a warranty that is the same or similar to that of the manufacturer(s) they carry. Looking for this when you are choosing the mobile company to do your onsite service can offer huge cost savings. Look into the warranties to guarantee the best fit for your company and equipment. 

4. Short Lead Time

When you need someone on-site, it is typically because you are already short on time. When you are looking for the right company to do those repairs, they should compete with new unit lead time. Most hydraulic repair shops stock the most commonly used service parts, allowing factory-quality component repair and rebuild to be performed in as little as two weeks. 

If you are looking for a company that can meet all your specifications and get you up and running in no time, call Yarbrough Industries today.

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Every manufacturer dreams of ways to increase productivity, reduce costs, and maximize profits. Every one of those goals can be achieved by increasing efficiency at your manufacturing plant.

Although there is a common idea that increasing efficiency means cutting costs as much as possible, that isn’t always the case. Cutting corners often contributes to a reduction in product quality. However, there are several things any company can do to improve efficiency out in the plant without sacrificing the quality of your products. Check out these methods you can implement to improve efficiency at your manufacturing plant.

1. Evaluation

The first step in any progress is to evaluate and determine what is working or what isn’t. Obviously, you will have a hard time identifying areas that need improvement if you don’t first examine your current workflow. Three main areas can typically determine what changes are needed in your workflow:

Labor

  • Do your employees have the skills to perform the tasks they need to do efficiently and effectively?
  • Have they been achieving your determined objectives?
  • What is the time cost to complete certain jobs?
  • Are there any potential ways to speed up completion time?

Processes

Once you’ve analyzed your labor needs, it’s good to investigate if your processes are the most efficient. This process involves finding out whether the stages in your production typically go as planned. More importantly, looking at your processes can help you discover where the pain points and bottlenecks prevent you from being as efficient as possible. 

Equipment and Technology

The third area you need to evaluate is your equipment and technology. Does all your equipment work properly? Is your technology the most optimal for your current business needs? How easily can you make changes to production? Is there anything you can do to increase efficiency through technology? (Pallet Dispensers are a great investment for this.)

Let’s explore a little more in-depth ways to use your evaluation to improve efficiency in your industry. 

2. Labor

In manufacturing as well as other industries, employee training is an essential and ongoing process. Obviously, training employees on new equipment and technology is the best way to ensure you are enhancing your value in them. Employee training is also an excellent retention tactic because every employee wants to have the opportunity to develop their abilities and reach their full potential. 

That’s why it is important not to limit training and education to only the equipment and technology. Your manufacturing business process will run more smoothly if everyone can understand the company’s policies and the right way to communicate with each other.

3. Processes

Streamlining your processes and ensuring that you are effectively organized can gain you an incredible amount of efficiency. The organization is the key to an efficient workspace. Pay attention to your manufacturing plant, the layout, the spaces for workers and heavy equipment to get in and out, and how each area is used.

A few things you need to check:

  • Are all the tools easy to find?
  • Are staff able to easily pick up all the raw materials or finished goods?
  • Is the packing and shipping area close to where the finished goods are placed?
  • Are the forklifts able to easily move around your manufacturing plant?

Another area to look at when evaluating processes is how much material waste you have. One of the biggest issues and most expensive areas in manufacturing plants is material waste. Here are some ways to reduce it:

  • Decrease materials while packing your products.
  • Recycle, or if you can’t do it yourself, resell the scraps to a recycling center.
  • Utilize all available materials for creating new products

Supply chain management is another zone that is often forgotten when looking at ways to improve efficiency, but it can make an incredible difference. There is no easier way to improve efficiency than automating your business processes. Supply chain management is one of the most important segments in the manufacturing business. However, if the process is still run manually, then optimized efficiency will be difficult to achieve. With sophisticated supply chain management software, you can automate various processes, from tracking inventory across multiple manufacturing plants, setting up inventory levels, ordering raw materials to suppliers, to shipping orders to customers.

4. Equipment

You can have the very best employees, but if your equipment is outdated or doesn’t work properly, it will be a challenge to improve your workplace efficiency. Therefore, it is crucial to invest in modern equipment that allows your processes to run better. Advanced equipment also helps you reduce costs for repairing damage and increasing the productivity of your employees. There are also options for equipment that specifically address efficiency hang-ups, like pallet dispensers.

Obviously, having efficient, modern equipment is a huge way to improve efficiency, but it is also important to keep it maintained. Some equipment may still be used for a longer period of time if treated properly. The new equipment also needs to be maintained so that it can be used to the fullest.  And as you already know, maintaining equipment is far cheaper than replacing it. So, never wait to care for a piece of equipment until it is damaged. A better idea is to conduct preventive maintenance according to the type of equipment regularly. 

Yarbrough Industries is here to help you with that maintenance on hydraulic equipment and more. Contact Us today to see how we can help your company operate more efficiently.

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Maintaining equipment, no matter the size or parts, is the best way to get a great return on your investment. When you are thinking about your pump or motor, the bearings, seals and gaskets are no exception. Preventative measures can save you money, time and effort by minimizing wear and tear on your equipment over time. Let’s take a look at some ways you can ensure process reliability by protecting your gaskets, seals and bearings with preventative pump maintenance.


Pump Bearings


It is essential to routinely examine changes in lubrication, vibration, temperature and noise of your pump/motor to determine that your pump bearings are operating properly. There could be several factors affecting the performance of pump/motor bearings. Your environment, speed, loading and lubrication can all determine how much stress it handles and how long the bearings last. By taking notice of changes, you can prevent damage that could extend well beyond the pump/motor bearings.

To start, consider the noises coming from a pump/motor. Take the time to evaluate any unusual sounds, as many times, you will hear uncharacteristic noises from pump/motor bearings if there is damage, poor lubrication, contamination or excessive clearance.

Vibration with your pump/motor bearings is likely caused by an imbalance, misalignment or play. Use standard practices to evaluate the vibrations, such as recording the vibration data and vibration acceleration. It’s common for pump/motor bearings to have an increased magnitude of vibration when the bearings are damaged or worn.

Measuring the temperature of a pump/motor bearing is also an effective strategy to determine its condition. In addition, nowadays most pump/motor bearings are sealed and do not require lubrication. Before pumping grease into your bearings please consult with the staff at Yarbrough Industries as this could cause failures due to excessive grease buildup in the motor windings.


Maintaining Seals

When choosing seals for your equipment, consult with the staff at Yarbrough Industries to ensure that you’re using the proper seals. In most cases, seals are inexpensive, but are crucial to maximizing the efficiency and life cycle of your pump/motor.


Gaskets


When a gasket fails, it’s most likely due to improper installation, lack of maintenance, improper hardware or improper gasket selection. When choosing a gasket, for maximum efficiency, you’ll want to select one that contracts and expands at the same rate as the metal in your pump, especially during low or high-temperature thermal cycling. Doing so, helps prevent sealing loss. You’ll also want to minimize damage to your gaskets by using gaskets with higher-sealability that are designed to prevent leaking. When a liquid is present on the sealing surface, chances of the liquid causing erosion to the pump are increased, leading to a corrosive environment for your equipment.


Evaluating, assessing and troubleshooting problems with gaskets, bearings and seals can significantly impact how well your system operates. While these parts may not be large components, they play a vital part in your system’s overall efficiency. Preventative maintenance and routine assessments are crucial to extend the life of your equipment and the staff at Yarbrough Industries is here to assist with your service needs.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you update your equipment and understand more about the importance of maintaining your pump/motor bearings, seals and gaskets.

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Many people ask how a pallet dispenser would benefit their industry or organization. Because of the versatile industries, Yarbrough works with, we have put together a few reasons anyone can benefit from purchasing a pallet dispenser.

1. STREAMLINED PRODUCTIVITY

Enhancing a high-production work environment can be as simple as having all of your machines and products in the right place. With high-quality pallet dispensers from Yarbrough Industries, you are able to integrate your product lines without skipping a beat. Each Pal-O-Matic Pallet dispenser is custom-made for industrial applications, giving you the opportunity to allocate time and resources toward other critical production areas while knowing your pallets will be where they need to be.

Some productivity benefits of pallet dispensers include:

  1. Elimination of manual pallet handling

  2. Reduction of employee injuries due to removal of manual pallet handling

  3. Increased production while minimizing time and labor involvement

  4. Minimal floor space used for storage and staging for pallet stacks

  5. Minimal pallet damage

  6. Stand-alone models offer simple stacking and dispensing

2. SEAMLESS INTEGRATION

At Yarbrough Industries, every solution we offer you is geared toward improving workflow for smooth, efficient product integration. We recognize how difficult it can be to find technology that simultaneously keeps operating costs at a manageable price while also increasing productivity. 

  1. Problematic labor replacement, including the elimination of repetitive motion risks while allowing stacking of square and stable loads to full height to minimize freight costs.

  2. Compact, mobile footprint fits into existing tight spaces, typically taking up only as much or on occasion, less space as what you are already using for manual palletizing.

  3. Modular flexibility to dramatically minimize hassle and ensure optimal time for customer projects.

  4. Financial incentives realized in as little as one year. Having a pallet dispenser can dramatically lower certain costs for 1-shift, 2-shift, and 3-shift operations.


3. INCREASED PRODUCTION

One of the hardest parts of improving the performance of your facility is finding the right technology to fit your space, budget, and production requirements. With Pal-O-Matic Pallet Dispensers, you’ll be able to perform at an exceedingly high level without disrupting the area you operate in while staying within budget. Replacing cost-increasing inefficient manual labor with the Pal-O-Matic Pallet Dispenser makes work easier and safer while letting you keep more of your money—It is our job at Yarbrough Industries to continually find exciting ways to make your production easier. With our high-quality automated pallet dispenser, we’ve done just that.

Contact us to find out how we can make things simpler for your facility.

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What is a Pal-o-Matic Pallet Dispenser?

Pallet dispensers replace manual handling of pallets to streamline automated and manual material handling systems.  A pallet dispenser holds a number of pallets, often up to 45, and provides pallets one by one for easy retrieval at floor level by an electric pallet jack, manual pallet jack, or forklift.

Having a good pallet dispenser is an integral part of an efficient manual or semi-automatic palletizing system ensuring a pallet is always ready for your team to place products.

Yarbrough’s Pal-O-Matic pallet dispensers reduce labor and improve productivity for your company.  Our pallet dispensers can be used alongside semi-automated palletizing, order pick systems, and low cycle store/dispense processes.  The Pal-O-Matic can be configured to integrate with existing equipment. 

Once you have invested in a Yarbrough’s Pal-O-Matic pallet dispenser you can expect it to last many years and be very reliable while requiring minimal maintenance.

Who Needs a Pallet Dispenser?

Industries such as medical supply, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, food processing, grocery warehouse, chemical processing, auto parts distribution, material handling, paper and consumer products distribution can all benefit from an automated pallet handling system.

The Pal-O-Matic dispensers will work with most types of pallets, including stringer style, white wood, block style, slave boards, plastic, metal, as well as custom shipping skids.

How Does a Pallet Dispenser Work?

Pallet dispensers are loaded with a forklift. A pallet jack, hand truck or forklift can then access the front of the dispenser and retrieve one or two pallets at floor level. The machine then quickly places another pallet on the floor.

What are the Benefits of a Pal-O-Matic Pallet Dispenser?

There are numerous ways a Pal-O-Matic Pallet Dispenser can benefit your company.

  1.  Effective Use of Time: Your order pickers will spend less time retrieving
    pallets, up to 4.7 hours saved for every 1000 pallets*.
  2. Using Space Efficiently: Our Model 4500 will hold 45 pallets and occupies only 40 sq ft of valuable floor space. The same number of pallets in 4 ft tall stacks
    scattered around your warehouse takes more than twice that area.
  3. Reduce Pallet Damage: During the typical manual retrieval, pallets are thrown and stacks are toppled. Pal-O-Matic ensures that no longer happens, saving time and money for your company. Also, the pallets
    are contained so the jack can enter without the pallets pushing away. This
    eliminates damage to building columns and rack legs.
  4. Improves Safety for Employees: An “overexertion” injury, typical from lifting a heavy or
    bulky object, can easily cost $50,000 in medical expenses and lost time. If
    manual lifting of pallets is eliminated from your employees’ duties, you make
    their job easier and have a high probability of preventing a painful and
    expensive injury. Lifting pallets is often the most difficult part of an order
    picker’s job, so eliminating it can increase your hiring options.
  5. Improves Morale: When the order pickers realize that our automated pallet dispenser makes their job easier, they feel recognized and appreciated. This, of course, leads to improved productivity!

How Long Does a Pallet Dispenser Last?

With proper maintenance, you can anticipate a 12+ year life from our machines even in heavy service of 2 or 3 shifts per day. It is
not unusual for us to hear from customers that have been using our
machines for 15, 20, or even 25 years. We provide technical and parts
support long after the sale.

Contact us at (877)869-5344  with any questions.
*information from a time study provided by one of our customers comparing
pallet retrieval times with and without an automated dispenser

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Yarbrough Industries had a new Cincinnati press brake “flown in” to provide even higher quality bent parts at competitive prices.  This new machine is the perfect complement to their laser, water jet, welding and other fabrication equipment.  Now is a great time to contact Yarbrough for a quote on your parts or assemblies.

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