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Cisco Eagle Quarterly Manufacturing Industry News Roundup: Q2 2014

June 30, 2014

Manufacturing facility

As we wrote in January, the manufacturing sector is undergoing significant changes this year, with issues in talent development, the re-shoring of manufacturing in some sectors, and the forward momentum of new, disruptive, and exciting technologies affecting manufacturers of all sizes.

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A Mirror’s a Mirror and a Sensor’s a Sensor, Right?

June 27, 2014
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Every facility has its own  devices, equipment, and programs to promote safety. There are signs, strobes, beeps, mirrors, bright colors, vests, id tags, and more. When it comes to seeing a hazard approaching, or being able to see what’s around the corner, it can be hard to determine which technology works best. That’s why I decided to take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of two widely used technologies and one fairly new one. Let’s see what can be gained with each, it’s best application, and what you might miss.

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Three Reasons to Consider Working with a Conveyor Integration Partner

June 26, 2014

Conveyor System Puzzle

The decision to purchase an expensive material handling system can be a career-defining move. Your company’s profitability and future direction is at stake, so it’s important to understand every option and potential relationship that comes into play. You can go direct to a manufacturer. You can bring in consultants. You can work with a distributor/integrator, engineer the system internally, or a combination of these methods.

There are questions regarding system integration partners and their role within the implementation process. In this article, Hytrol’s Matt Farris discusses the advantages of choosing to work with an integration partner like Cisco-Eagle.

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The PickerPal Pick Module Safety Arm System

June 20, 2014

When the fork truck operator is ready to load or unload a pallet with a forklift, he does not need to rely on another worker to handle it. They can position the skid without the assistance of any personal. Often, the gates remain open because of the empty skid, which negates the safety gate completely, causing the safety hazard your trying to correct.

Contact us for information about this safety innovation.

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Order Picking: Optimizing and Storing Slow Movers

June 18, 2014

Order picking slow movers in a shelving row

The focus when it comes to order picking is usually (and justifiably) on the fastest-moving product. You slot your warehouse for fast movers. You pareto-focus on the 20% of the product that generates 80% of the business, as you should. But it’s also useful to consider the slow-moving inventory and pick locations. Simply putting the slowest movers in the least accessible area may make them consume more order picking time and storage space than necessary.

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Innovations in High Density Storage

June 13, 2014

SpeedCell Dynamic High Density Storage
Ever find yourself wondering how you can get more out of your pallet rack? Do you have goods that take up very little space, but your pick operations don’t call for entire pallets full of the product? Then you might need to look at ways to achieve more density in your storage, and we’ve recently found a gem of a product that can help you out. It’s called Dynamic High Density Storage and it’s made by SpeedCell.

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Celebrating Bill Cupps: 40 Years with Cisco-Eagle

June 13, 2014

The Cupps Family

Bill Cupps, Cisco-Eagle’s Senior Vice President, reached his 40th anniversary at Cisco-Eagle this year.

We pride ourselves on the fact that people love to work here. Many of our associates have been with the company more than a decade; quite a few have been here more than twenty years. Bill joins Warren Gandall, our founder, as 40-year veterans. This is one of those days when business and family intersect – something that happens often here at Cisco-Eagle.

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The Need for Emergency Egress

June 11, 2014

dark stairwell with photoluminescent markings

Sometimes, good can come from great tragedy. Take for instance, the changes in emergency egress signage and marking standards since the 9/11 attacks. During the great devastation of that event lessons where learned about emergency egress – painful lessons. People could not find their way out of dark towers when the lights and emergency generators went offline. A better way had to be designed. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Wonder of Robotic Palletizing

June 6, 2014

Robotic Palletizing

I recently attended an ESOP event at a specialty paints and stains company. During the tour of their plant, I got to see a robotic palletizing system in operation. I was impressed. Standing about 6 to 8 feet away from the action, I watched as it placed 5-gallon cans of paint in rows of 3 stacked 3 high. Each row was offset from the previous one, so that optimum pallet space was used. As the robot picked up cans off the conveyor belt using a vacuum end effector, it placed them precisely on the pallet. Then, it slightly dropped down and “bumped” them to make sure they seated onto the row below. That action made me chuckle as I considered what a profoundly human act that was – a little hip action to make sure the cans seated correctly.

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5 Forklift Safety Articles for National Forklift Safety Day

June 5, 2014

National forklift safety day

The Industrial Truck Association has designated June 10 as National Forklift Safety Day which will “serve as a focal point for manufacturers to highlight the safe use of forklifts and importance of operator training,” according to the ITA website.  Given the issues every operation deals with due to forklift safety, an event like this, that serves as a way to increase awareness for improved safety practices, is an excellent idea.

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