Simpson Strong-Tie Quik Drive® System Reduces Operator Fatigue and Increases Efficiency

Pre-Solution Application

The client, a manufacturer of electrical component enclosures, was constructing pallets for shipment of their products utilizing bulk screws and a battery-operated impact drill.  This method was extremely time consuming and labor intensive causing worker fatigue due to poor ergonomics.

The R.V. Evans’ Value Added Solutions

After performing a Site Needs Analysis and thorough review of the application, an R.V. Evans Fastening Solutions Specialist determined the appropriate value added solutions.  The recommendation: The Simpson Strong-Tie Quik Drive® PRO300S.


Key Benefits of the Simpson Strong-Tie Quik Drive® PRO300S

  • Expanded depth settings for high-density flooring materials
  • Reversible and replaceable non-skid teeth
  • Uniform toenailing and countersink on slick surfaces
  • Sure-grip guide tube increases stability for a broad range of screws
  • Decking nose clip positions the screw on the deck board and centers it on the joint for an easy, uniform installation from a standing position
  • The patented curved collation strips hold the screws up and away from the work surface, making moving and positioning the tools easier.  They are also pointed on the inserted end to simplify loading
  • Limited lifetime warranty on attachment and extensions, 1-year limited warranty on screw-driver motors


Measurable Savings Realized

The Simpson Strong-Tie Quik Drive® system has enabled the client to provide their employees with a system that greatly reduced the operator fatigue by providing improved ergonomics.  The efficiency of the system has allowed them to construct pallets to ensure they keep up with production requirements.  in addition, they eliminated the expense associated with purchasing new batteries for the battery-operated impact drill that frequently caused downtime while the batteries recharged, resulting in the inability to meet production requirements.

To see the Simpson Strong-Tie Quik Drive® System in action, check out this video on our YouTube channel.

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Lift Table “Elevates” Productivity for High Temperature Masonry Brick Manufacturer

Pre-Solution Application

The client, a manufacturer of high temperature masonry bricks, has a dedicated staging area in their facility to hand load bricks onto pallets for shipment.  They had to dedicate the use of a fork truck to elevate the pallets up to the proper loading height.

The R.V. Evans’ Value Added Solution

After performing a Site Needs Analysis and thorough review of the application, R.V. Evans’ Packaging Sales Specialist determined the appropriate value added solution.  The recommendation: The Presto XL36-60 Scissor Lift.

Key Benefits of the Presto Scissor Lift Solution

  • Hand control pendant or foot control options
  • Heavy-duty hydraulic cylinders with chrome plated rams
  • Rugged 3/4″ steel plate scissor legs
  • Lifetime lubricated bearing on all rollers and pivot points

Measurable Savings Realized

The lift table frees up the forklift, is much safer, and provides improved ergonomics making it easier for the users to adjust the pallets up and down to the proper loading height.

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Safety and Savings

Making sure a workplace is meeting safety standards can be expensive, but a good safety program can save $4 to $6 for every $1 invested. By using this calculator from the OSHA website, one can estimate costs associated with workplace injuries and see just how much more revenue is needed to cover costs. When using this calculator, it’s important to realize that the extent to which the employer pays the direct costs depends on the nature of the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy, but the employer always pays the indirect costs. For example, if an employee were to sprain something, the direct cost would be approximately $28,866, whereas the indirect cost would be approximately $31,752. The employer would have to pay the indirect cost, and depending on their insurance policy, part or all of the direct cost. The estimates include the following kinds of indirect costs:

  • Any wages paid to injured workers for absences not covered by workers’ compensation;
  • The wage costs related to time lost through work stoppage associated with the worker injury;
  • The overtime costs necessitated by the injury;
  • Administrative time spent by supervisors, safety personnel, and clerical workers after an injury;
  • Training costs for a replacement worker;
  • Lost productivity related to work rescheduling, new employee learning curves, and accommodation of injured employees; and
  • Clean-up, repair, and replacement costs of damaged material, machinery, and property.

Some of the possible kinds of indirect costs not included in these estimates are:

  • The costs of OSHA fines and any associated legal action;
  • Third-party liability and legal costs;
  • Worker pain and suffering; and
  • Loss of good will from bad publicity.

To cover these costs, a company would need to make an additional $1,058,420 to cover just the indirect cost when the sprain could have been avoided with an effective safety and health program.

To create an effective safety and health program, a company must do the following:

  • Comply with OSHA rules
  • Create a plan that focuses on the workplace hazards
  • Train employees
  • Everyone has to work at safety and health

An effective safety and health program will reduce employee injuries, which in turn saves the company money, and increases productivity and employee morale.  R.V. Evans Company can give you the assistance you need to make your workplace safer by providing real value added solutions. Our professional team will help develop a plan for your company to make sure your packaging and fastening processes are ergonomically sound. For more information on how R.V. Evans Company can help you, read the article “Ergonomics and How We Can Help.”

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Ergonomics and How We Can Help

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According to Merriam-Webster, ergonomics is a science that deals with designing and arranging things so that people can use them easily and safely.  Although the R&D departments of manufacturers are sure to design all of their products to fit into this mold, they unfortunately don’t have the time or the resources to make sure that the correct product is being used to its greatest capacity to ensure an ergonomically sound process.  That is where distributors like R.V. Evans Company come in.  FoxJet has a great article on the importance of distributors.  We couldn’t agree more.
R.V. Evans has a full professional team of product experts who take the time to learn the ins and outs of each one of their customers’ processes, developing a plan to make sure each company is using the best solutions to keep their processes ergonomically sound. This keeps employees safe, promotes a positive company culture, and increases efficiency and profits.
Our expert team offers the following solutions:
  • Equipment & Tool Selection
  • Set-up & Training
  • Technical Support
  • Failure Analysis
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Safety Programs/MSDS Management
  • Technology Updates
  • Site Needs Analysis

These product experts are also proficient in every item under their specialty, meaning they use their extensive knowledge to ensure that every solution is well-catered to your business.  Visit our website, YouTube Channel, Contact Us, or Scheduled a Site Needs Analysis to get started making your company ergonomically sound.