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Case Study: American Greetings Reduces Maintenance, Noise Levels

May 3, 2016

Conveyor system in Arkansas

American Greetings, the largest greeting card company in the world, with a mission that includes the desire to make the world “a more thoughtful and caring place,” had an issue with its aging conveyor system. The company creates a variety of greeting cards and other products in its massive Osceola, Arkansas facility (which has more than 10 miles of conveyors and occupies a space around the size of 57 football fields).

The plant runs 24 hours, so finding a way to upgrade without reducing production was a challenge.

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Industrial Workstations: The Key to Improved Productivity in the Warehouse

April 19, 2016

Modern packaging and shipping work bench station

Providing employees with a comfortable, ergonomic, and efficient workspace is a necessity in any picking, packing, assembly, inspection, quality control, manifesting or other industrial operations. A proper industrial workstation, tailored to the task and employee, goes a long way toward creating a healthier and more productive workspace and environment.

There are dozens of options for workstations, ranging from a simple bench to a more elaborate set up designed with the job in mind. Let’s take a look a few industrial workstations and their unique benefits.

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How Forklift Warning Systems Help Separate Traffic & Pedestrians

April 14, 2016

Large modern warehouse with forklifts

Forklifts are ubiquitous in the modern warehouse

As an invaluable tool, they must be operated properly and always with safety in mind. However, that’s not always the case. OSHA statistics reveal there are more than 30,000 serious injuries involving forklifts (and similarly powered vehicles) in the U.S. each year. Approximately 20 percent of those accidents occur when a forklift strikes a pedestrian. This can make the forklift the most dangerous equipment in your facility.

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Demonstrating the Value of Warehouse Operations

April 12, 2016

Executive in the warehouse

You know that your warehouse is critically important to being able to satisfy customers. You know how warehousing mistakes can impact your company’s bottom line, and how excellent warehousing can boost it. You know that a lack of resources can cripple a thriving storage or distribution operation. You also know that there are people in some organizations who don’t understand this.

Communicating the warehouse’s value is almost as important as establishing it.

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Yard Ramps: 4 Critical Specification Factors

April 12, 2016

yard ramp in use

Yard ramps usually perform one of two functions: (1) They allow forklifts or other equipment to load a truck trailer from the ground, or (2) they allow loading and unloading from the ground level to a dock. For many operations, where truck access to dock doors is impossible or impractical, yard ramps create flexibility. Loads can be deposited at the ground level, and left there until they can be dealt with. Loads can be staged outside the dock area and then picked up by truck later, using the yard ramp. Yard ramps are excellent for many loading/unloading issues.

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Elizabeth Rather is Cisco-Eagle’s 2015-2016 Employee-Owner of the Year

April 8, 2016

Elizabeth Rather and Darein Gandall

Elizabeth Rather of our Dallas, Texas office is the 2015-2016 Cisco-Eagle ESOP Employee-Owner of the Year, an annual award presented by our ESOP (employee ownership) Advisory Committee. (above: Elizabeth Rather and Cisco-Eagle president Darein Gandall).

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Cisco-Eagle wins ESOP “Communications Excellence: Best Print Media for 2016”

April 1, 2016

Cisco-Eagle Employee Owners

ESOP RECORD

From left: Missy Prince (Cisco-Eagle Employee-Owner), Michael Keeling (National ESOP Association President), Rosemary Weiland (Cisco-Eagle Employee-Owner), Jim Schranz (The Southwest Chapter of the ESOP Association President), Bob Hauck (Cisco-Eagle Employee-Owner).

In the early spring of 2015, Cisco-Eagle assembled some special work teams to complete a session of Process Improvement Training. Five employee-owners were designated to participate on the ESOP process improvement training. During six sessions, our team independently identified the need for a ‘re-branding’ of the company ESOP.

The team decided to adopt a theme to celebrate the financial upswing Cisco-Eagle has enjoyed over recent years: Rockin’ to Retirement—symbolic of the economic postwar boom America enjoyed during the 1950s—was selected to send the message that happy days are, indeed, here again. The theme logo was prominently displayed on each ESOP communication shared with employee-owners in emails, monthly company newsletter, monthly EAC newsletter, on company bulletin boards and in company meetings.

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5 Ways Folding Gates Make Your Warehouse Safer

March 17, 2016

Folding security gate: warehouse dock door application

Safety and security are critical for warehouses and other industrial facilities. Many times, safety means controlling access to your facility and keeping unauthorized people out of areas where they aren’t allowed. Industrial-strength folding gates make your facilities more secure, but allow frequent, easy access to those who need it. Whether it’s a doorway, hallway, or loading dock, folding gates make warehouses safer. Let’s dive into it.

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Cisco-Eagle Website: En Español

March 17, 2016

worker in a conveyor system warehouse

To serve our growing base of Spanish-speaking clients, Cisco-Eagle has launched a Spanish language version of our website, www.cisco-eagle.com/es.

Cisco-Eagle specializes in material handling systems, equipment and services for manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, and other industrial operations.  We provide conveyor systems, racks, storage equipment, mezzanines, automation, and other products for safe, productive operations. The new website includes full descriptions of all Cisco-Eagle’s services and products as well as links to in-depth material handling equipment, services and systems content, including:

“It’s increasingly important that we serve our growing customer base in Mexico, Chile, and other parts of Latin America,” said Darein Gandall, Cisco-Eagle president. “But our Latino customer base is very active in the U. S., particularly in Texas and the rest of the Southwest and we did this to serve those customers as well. We have multilingual customer service and salespeople and the ability to execute projects internationally, and are happy to provide this higher level of service to any customer who prefers Spanish language content.”

We invite you to visit Cisco-Eagle En Español at: www.cisco-eagle.com/es
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What’s the Right Warehouse Rack System for Your Operation?

March 8, 2016

Forklift in front of rack and shelving warehouse system

A warehouse rack system is a humble part of any storage operation that can quietly make or break its success. While that may sound dramatic, it’s a fact that in a warehouse or distribution center a rack system is at the core of operations. It’s involved in several stages of operations and it follows that it should be carefully considered.

The good news is warehouse racking systems are available in many different configurations. Most can be customized to suit your warehouse’s specific space and business needs, fill the cube and operate in most any way you’d like. Whether you are storing pallets, beverage loads, heavy components, furniture, food, cartons or any other load, rack systems can be designed to fit your application.

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