Ever wonder what replaces your humble wooden spoon in huge cookie factory? Or whether or not something exists in an industrial capacity which would allow you to just throw out your mop?
Here are five staples every household likely has and industry has modified for its purposes.
- The Closet
A closet is just a small room with a rod or shelves to store items in, right? Just as you struggle to fit all your belongings in the limited storage in your house, many businesses have that issue as well. They need to safely and efficiently store uniforms, garments, customer outerwear or even their own inventory. So how do they “industrialize” the common closet? By investing in garment racks! They find a garment rack manufacturer for the retail industry who can customize their product for their needs, whether that means an adjustable length for changing volume, “double-decker” racks to minimize storage space for shorter items, or even affixing wheels which can withstand the heavy duty usage. If you struggle with making your closet “work” for you, maybe you should consider getting garment racks that you can roll in and out to make the most of the space you have.
- Paper Towel
Spills happen all the time, whether it’s milk on the kitchen counter or hundreds of gallons of pancake mix on the factory floor. Paper towel is an invention we have all grown to appreciate at home when we need a quick fix for an accident. However, when there’s a big spill in an industrial setting, what do they do? Just use more paper towel? In many cases, paper won’t cut it and workers turn to absorbent pads, socks, dams, and more in order to quickly and safely control the spill. This is especially important if the spill is a potentially harmful chemical or oil. Even though we rarely have such large or risky spills at home, I’m sure we’re itching to see how these industrial spill solutions would measure up to some of our household disasters.
When entering into our homes, many of us switch our outdoor shoes for an indoor alternative like slippers. It keeps our floors in better condition and minimizes the amount of dirt being tracked into our homes in the treads of our boots or outdoor shoes. Some industries require their workers to switch their casual footwear for steel toe work safety boots. However, if there is no heavy equipment and sanitation is a big deal, you might witness employees walking around in funny blue shoe covers. These are often disposable or at least easy to clean and sanitize, allowing for quick and easy transitions for the outdoor to indoor settings without having to switch your shoes. That’s something you might want to consider giving your guests at your next dinner party!
If you think that your apartment or house takes a lot of time and sweat to clean, consider what it would be like to mop up a factory or institution that has more than 20,000 square feet of floor to clean? The work would never end. Between actively mopping the place, moving around, refilling the water and cleaner solution, and the constant wringing, the floor would probably be dirty again before you ever finished this unsurmountable task. Industry has taken this problem and made a solution by producing the “floor scrubber”, a machine that the operator pushes in front like a lawn mower which quickly and easily cleans all floor surfaces. For larger jobs, you can even find the kind that you can ride around like a little vehicle. This allows for maintenance staff to make the area as clean as possible in the shortest amount of time.
- Storage Bins
Go to any hardware store or big box department store and you’ll find that there is always a range of storage bins available for the average consumer. From little containers for kitchen leftovers, to large bins for storing off-season shoes or Christmas ornaments with snap lids, most can admit to owning several in different shapes and sizes. However, industry has slightly different expectations than the average household consumer. Depending on what is being stored and where, you will find that there are specialized containers for certain materials or products- like refrigerated dry box trailers for frozen foods, humidity controlled bins or rooms for cigars, or storage bins on heavy duty wheels which can be pushed around easily for relocation.
While we might think that industrial-grade things always mean they are better, remember that most of the time the inspiration comes from normal everyday problems we can relate to. Though you can try to adopt some of these solutions for your household use, you’ll usually find that the price point and realistic use of these tools are impractical for your everyday life unless you adapt them to the scale that you need them at.