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Joel Pason is Cisco-Eagle 2012-2013 Employee-Owner of the Year

April 23, 2013

Joel Pason accepts the Cisco-Eagle Employee-Owner of the Year award

Joel Pason has been named Cisco-Eagle’s Employee-Owner of the Year (click for more details).

The award recognizes an employee-owner that has gone beyond what is expected to promote and support the ownership culture at Cisco-Eagle during the fiscal year. Pason, a Project Manager in our Oklahoma City Systems & Design group, has been with Cisco-Eagle since 1999.

Congratulations to Joel!

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Video: Slip & Trip Accidents

April 8, 2013

Check out this video from ESH Safety News America for some common ways people fall in a variety of situations. The video is informative, and sometimes funny (see the shovel part), but the consequences of a slip & fall accident certainly are no laughing matter.

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How to Reduce Wasted “Walking” Time in Distribution Operations

April 7, 2013

warehouse worker walking in an industrial plant

There isn’t much value in a worker walking across a facility; value is realized at work areas, not in transit between them. In many operations, order pickers can walk as many as 12 miles a day. This level of walking makes workers tired and more prone to error, injuries, and declines in productivity. While some degree of walking is unavoidable, much of this is simply commuting time to retrieve supplies, or inefficient design that makes the job harder and less efficient than it should be.

How can you reduce time walking, and increase the time people spend getting things done?

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A Guide to Pallet Rack Wire Decking Finishes

April 3, 2013

wire decking for pallet rack

There’s a lot of confusion about the different finishes that can be applied to a pallet rack wire deck. Various manufacturers offer different finishes, and you may have need of more than one of them for different types of storage applications. Nashville Wire, our rack decking supplier, has sent us this super-basic primer on the common finish options.

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Don’t Climb that Pallet Rack!

March 18, 2013

To save time, people  sometimes climb pallet racks to pick orders or do other things. This should never happen. While  it’s faster to climb than it is to bring a rolling stair ladder or a forklift in to do it right, it’s dangerous and counterproductive. Do it long enough and there will be injuries.

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Open House & Automation Exhibition at Cisco-Eagle

March 15, 2013

You're invited to Cisco-Eagle

Cisco-Eagle is opening our doors on April 18, 2013 for a day of education and fun at our Dallas offices. The Open House and Automation Exhibition will feature commentary from Mike Cicco, General Manager of FANUC North America. He’ll provide a brief review of the newest robotics technology and applications, and will be available to field any questions you might have about the future of robotics in industrial automation. We’ll have a demo of Seegrid’s automated, driverless lift trucks, as well as AisleCop® Safety Gate Systems, Hytrol e24 Conveyors, and much more. Click below for full details. We’ll be serving lunch, door prizes, and good conversation. Come see us!

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Alternatives to New Facility Construction

March 14, 2013

New facility planning

There is nothing inexpensive about a new facility.

The cost of real estate (or lease costs), new equipment, people, regulatory compliance, and potential downtime add up very quickly, even for a relatively small operation. But reconfiguring your current operation has its own challenges. You have to deal with operating in a construction/renovation environment, the potential that the redesign won’t serve your needs through future growth, new equipment, and more. It’s a difficult choice.

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Bridging the Gap Between Warehouse and Office

February 13, 2013

The Gap Between Warehouse and Office

The warehouse. The office.

Sometimes it’s as if one doesn’t exist to the other. As one customer told us, “it’s like we have two companies here, and one doesn’t know what the other is up to.”

But when you’re trying to improve your operation, or even to operate well, it’s impossible to separate the two functions. Decisions can be made in one area that can impact the other severely, so communication and cooperation are vital. Too bad it doesn’t always work that way. How can you improve it?

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Section 179 Depreciation Extended for 2013

February 6, 2013

money for bonus deductionsSection 179 has been extended for 2012 and 2013 tax years, meaning that you can retroactively file for 2012 for qualifying capital equipment purchases and receive higher deduction limits. Certain types of equipment qualify for a 5-year depreciation period, while others may not.  If equipment isn’t considered “real property” (a permanent part of the structure), it can be classified as “tangible property” and depreciated under 179 for a five year period under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS).

Also, the following advantages extend to qualifying new 2013 equipment purchases: $500,000 deduction limit. $2,000,000 limit on capital purchases, and bonus depreciation of 50%. This means you can in essence deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment during this tax year.

Essentially, Section 179 tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying  products purchased during the tax year from your gross income. See or the Govtrack.US web page for more information.

As always, your accountants and finance professionals should be involved in any decision regarding these issues.

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Warehousing: Hidden Productivity Gremlins

January 31, 2013

box gremilin in a warehouse

Whether you’re operating a dedicated distribution center or the order fulfillment or stock warehouse of a manufacturing operation, most industrial facilities deal with storage and warehousing to some degree. In the not-so-distant past, warehousing was treated mostly as a cost center – a necessary evil that had to exist so that the more profitable parts of an enterprise could operate. Thankfully, more enlightened thought has prevailed recently.

Order fulfillment and storage are not just places you can save money – they can earn money. If the gremlins don’t get you.

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