• Tools/Equipment

    by Published on 05-19-2010 02:48 PM
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    2. Packing,
    3. Art/Object Handling,
    4. Materials,
    5. Tools/Equipment,
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    This post is focused on two aspects of a situation that can add up to be quite a daunting and frustrating dilemma - the counting and packing of large numbers of small objects operating under the time and budget constraints that exist almost everywhere these days.
    It is meant to illustrate a complimentary pair of techniques that can increase the integrity and effectiveness of the process while helping to minimize frustration.
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    Published on 04-15-2010 07:00 AM
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    By Paul Brewin


    The following equipment discussion is focused on the J-bar and other tools used for lifting crates in order to make them mobile via 4-wheel dollies or other means. A sister article Moving Crates with 4-wheel Dollies discusses dolly types and their placement under crates, while another Basics: Moving Crates with Pallet Jacks covers that multi-purpose tool.
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    Published on 04-14-2010 11:12 PM
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    2. Packing,
    3. Crating,
    4. Art/Object Handling,
    5. Tools/Equipment,
    6. Rigging
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    The first PACIN Preparators Conference held on August 14th and 15th at The Clark Institute of Art has been agreed by all attending to be a huge success. For all the delegates, presenters and sponsors attending the conference proved to be an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge and meet new colleagues. The presentations and workshops perpetuated further conversations which continued at the Q & A’s, Roundtable Forum, coffee breaks, lunches and all evening events, planed or free formed.

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    Published on 04-14-2010 07:00 AM
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    2. Crating,
    3. Art/Object Handling,
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    Compiled by Ashley McGrew
    Originally posted 8/30/08
    Updated 11/27/08, 4/25/09 and 6/14/09

    Just as the design of crate interiors and interior containers can determine how the objects they contain are initially handled, there is a relationship between crate design and the tools and methods that will be used to move them.


    ABOUT PALLET TRUCKS AND CRATE DESIGN


    Stability and Efficiency
    Materials moved on pallets usually create a rough cube that will fit two-wide on most trucks and in containers. They effectively use the space and are not prone to tipping. When configuring crates that have multiple objects one recommended approach is to design them to have a broad footprint and a low center of gravity to enhance stability. This type of crate is a natural to be moved by pallet truck.

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    Published on 04-12-2010 07:00 AM
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    2. Tools/Equipment,
    3. Installation
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    Compiled by Ashley McGrew
    Originally published 6/14/09



    These powerful commercial suction cups (Woods Powr-Grip model N5450) are an industry standard for lifting and positioning glass and plex vitrines. The image of the two pairs shown was sent in by LA Packing and Crating. They are shown as they should be - still in the cases they were purchased in. There is a kind of fanaticism on this point that in my view is well placed. It is not an uncommon policy to limit the contact of the suction cups surface to only whatever clean, flat surface they are being adhered to and then the original closed
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    by Published on 03-16-2010 09:22 AM
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    2. Art/Object Handling,
    3. Tools/Equipment,
    4. Technology,
    5. Registration,
    6. Storage,
    7. Project Management
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    Radio frequency identification (RFID) asset tracking has made its way into art handling. Fine Art Shipping began working with it in early 2009, and we are in a fine-tuning stage with the system. RFID shares barcoding’s facilitation of electronic databases in inventory maintenance, but takes the concept a step further. The idea is to improve the accuracy and efficiency of our storage maintenance operations by eliminating several points of potential human error and object handling. And apart from the nearly completed updating of our existing storage with RFID, it has already provided savings on some jobs by streamlining every stage in tracking our custody of objects - up to and including billing.
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    Published on 03-10-2010 12:11 AM
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    2. Crating,
    3. Tools/Equipment,
    4. Casework/Fabrication
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    Submitted by Mark Wamaling
    Originally published 6/21/09







    Most of us have experienced trying to fit an oversized painting or crate through doorways of a building, truck or airplane. As much as we try to pre-plan for such a move we realize there is geometry involved that brings back memories of grade school math class and the Pythagorean Theorem. There is a way to determine what size painting or crate will fit into any doorway by utilizing this math principle as well as ...
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