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Conveyor Maintenance Tips to Reduce Downtime, Missed Deadlines & Headaches

May 26, 2015

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Your conveyors are the unsung hero of your facility, delivering product quickly and efficiently at the push of a button (or automatically in many cases) where it’s needed, when it’s needed. Most people don’t think about their conveyors and automated equipment much, but if it breaks down, you suddenly can’t think of much else. You simply can’t afford downtime when material handling equipment is delivering your core business.

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What’s Next for Manufacturing Technology?

May 14, 2015

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A record number of manufacturing and supply chain professionals gathered in Chicago at the end of March for ProMat 2015, the largest material handling and logistics trade expo in North America. According to an MHI press release, registration topped 37,000—an 8.8% increase in attendance over the 2013 show.

“ProMat 2015 was the largest in the event’s 30-year history,” said MHI CEO George Prest. “The energy level among visitors and exhibitors was at an all-time high.” So what were attendees buzzing about during the show? Manufacturing technology was one topic discussed at length during the four-day event.

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Incentive Programs for Warehousing & Manufacturing

May 7, 2015

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Incentive programs are surprisingly common for industrial operations, and they can produce significant savings, quality increases and improved employee satisfaction – if the program is built correctly. In manufacturing, assemblers are often incentivized for quality and speed. In warehousing, it can be reduced product damage, pick rates, error rates or any number of other categories. When companies build out these programs, there are opportunities to create great value. How are companies going about this?

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A Quick & Easy Ergonomic Lifting Calculator

April 23, 2015
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The question people often have when they design warehouse work flow is, “how much can we lift by hand?” The answer to that question isn’t cut-and-dried. It all depends on the angle, the approach, the frequency, weight and reaching/twisting requirements.

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Hytrol e24™ Rollers vs. Lineshaft and Conventional Motor Driven Rollers

April 21, 2015

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Since Hytrol rolled out the e24™ 24-volt motor conveyor in 2008 at Pack Expo at the Cisco-Eagle booth, we have implemented many projects with the new technology. In fact, it has become 18% of power roller conveyor sales since then. Many manufacturers have copied the concept as well. Its advantages and cost savings are well documented, but this comparison takes it a step farther for several existing types of conveyors.

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ProMat Interview Series: SI Systems

April 16, 2015

ProMat Floor 2015

Eight hundred exhibitors from industry, commerce, and government. Three hundred thousand feet of supply chain innovations and solutions. One hundred sessions on manufacturing and supply chain trends, technologies, and innovations. There’s a reason why ProMat is considered the largest expo for manufacturing and supply chain professionals in North America. Attending the show offers access to the latest manufacturing and supply chain solutions as well as the opportunity to engage with industry professionals and build business partnerships.

During the week of March 23 – 26, 2015, we traveled to Chicago to get in on the action at ProMat. When we weren’t touring the show floor or attending breakout sessions, we were connecting with industry partners and customers for their insight on this year’s show, as well as some of the broader trends in manufacturing and the future of the industry.

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Vic Leonard: An Appreciation

April 14, 2015

Vic and Jan Leonard

Victor Joseph Leonard, our former vice president of systems design–and a giant in the material handling industry–passed away Tuesday March 31, 2015.

To his family he was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. To his Cisco-Eagle family, he was the mentor for a generation of conveyor designers, engineers and salespeople. More importantly, he was a friend, a force for change and class individual who will be sorely missed. His wife, Jan preceded Vic in death by only two weeks. They loved going on cruises and spending time with their extended family together.

Vic came to Eagle Material Handling in 1981. We were a very different company at that time than today’s Cisco-Eagle. It is no stretch to say that he transformed us.

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Cherie Speer is Cisco-Eagle’s 2014-2015 Employee Owner of the Year

April 13, 2015

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Pictured: Cisco-Eagle President Darein Gandall presents the 2014-2015 ESOP Employee Owner of the Year Award to Cherie Speer.

Cherie Speer of our Tulsa, Oklahoma office is the 2014-2015 Cisco-Eagle ESOP Employee-Owner of the Year, an annual award presented by our ESOP (employee ownership) Advisory Committee.

The award recognizes an employee-owner who has gone beyond what is expected to promote and support ownership culture. Cisco-Eagle believes that empowered, fully-invested employees who own a stake in their company is the best business approach. It allows us to provide superior customer service and engagement. This award is not selected by senior management — it is awarded directly by a committee of employees based on a nomination process that includes all employees. It is an award to one employee from his or her peers.

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A Jargon-Free Guide to Vertical Reciprocating Conveyor Specification

April 7, 2015

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Facility space is expensive—very expensive—so it’s become increasingly important to utilize it to its full potential in any industrial facility. We’ve seen many companies find ways to expand their crowded operation utilizing mezzanines and other elevated work platforms that help seize the vertical cube. There are multiple methods for moving materials between vertical levels, and  vertical reciprocating conveyors (VRCs) are one of the best.

With an array of carriage types, drives, designs and power sources available, what vertical lift might meet your needs?

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Warehouse Ergonomics: A Quick Guide

April 2, 2015

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Everyday functions of most warehouses and industrial operations falls within the realm of manual material handling–constant lifting, bending, stretching, reaching, pushing and otherwise manipulating materials by physical force. People are moving cartons, picking orders, reaching for packing materials and other activities. Manual material handling contributes to musculoskeletal disorders, to the tune of more than 500,000 reported annual reported cases of strains and stress in shoulders, backs, arms, and legs.

While you can never eliminate it, you can reduce the worst aspects of it. Let’s dive into some ways.

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