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Cisco-Eagle’s 2015 Employee Ownership Poster

November 24, 2015

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Cisco-Eagle runs an annual contest to design an employee ownership poster. Amanda Miller, systems design engineer with Cisco Eagle’s Systems & Design group in Tulsa, Oklahoma, created this year’s winning image. Amanda says her submission was inspired by Mike Rowe’s Facebook post Take Ownership of Even the Dirty Jobs from July 10, 2015.

Amanda wanted her illustration to portray “that, just like the things we personally own, we should treat everything involving our company/job/work like it is ours  – because it is!.” Being an employee owner to Amanda means she realizes more so that she is “an important piece of the whole. Having a ‘stake in the outcome’ makes even the smallest of job tasks seem that much more meaningful.”

Observing teamwork between employees and teams, inspires Amanda.

Joel Pason, Cisco-Eagle’s Oklahoma Manager of Systems & Design observed that “the poster is a great reminder of what it means to be an employee owner. Simply reading the words, preceded by MY, is the perfect way to re-center one’s perspective as an employee owner.”  Pason remarked that Amanda’s “personal accountability, and focus on our company, makes her a great employee owner.”

Miller’s poster will be submitted to represent Cisco-Eagle in the ESOP Associations’ annual contest.

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Structural vs. Roll-Form Pallet Racks: a Comparison

November 16, 2015

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Structural vs. roll form racks: which fits your application and operation best?

Roll-form selective rack is the standard for many industrial storage operations. It’s the go-to rack due to its teardrop assembly, ease-of-use, and strength. Because it doesn’t require bolts or other hardware (aside from a snap-on safety clip) to attach beams to uprights, it’s a popular option for selective industrial pallet storage operations. But there is another option: structural rack with bolt-on beam/frame connections, higher capacities and rigidity.

Why would you use structural racks rather than roll-form racking?

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How Conveyors Improve Lean Operations

November 12, 2015


In Lean Manufacturing, less is more.

A Lean operation’s ultimate goal is to eliminate waste in a system, which it achieves by creating flexibility and disposing of overproduction. Lean environments sometimes shy away from using powered conveyors in their operations, but when correctly applied, automation propels Lean Manufacturing goals—not hinders them. It’s the “secret sauce” of excellent lean manufacturing and warehousing operations.

In a true Lean environment, the customer is paramount. In other words, you need to consider what the customer wants to pay for at every point in your production. The automated solutions of today can help your Lean Manufacturing operation in three significant ways. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cisco-Eagle Places 2nd in Southwest ESOP Association BBQ Competition

November 11, 2015

Benny Bruner and Congressman Pete SessionsDallas, TX, October 30, 2015–The Southwest Chapter of the ESOP Association celebrated Employee-Ownership Month in the DFW Area on October 30 with its 8th Annual BBQ Cook-off hosted by Vermeer Texas-Louisiana. Congressman and ESOP advocate Pete Sessions of Texas was on hand as a guest judge. A few raindrops didn’t stop a great crowd from turning out to try some tasty BBQ chicken, ribs and brisket. Cisco-Eagle’s own Benny Bruner, took 2nd place with his mouthwatering brisket.

Bruner, an ace service technician from our Field Operations division, enjoys being an employee owner by watching how his decisions affect all of Cisco-Eagle. He remarked that “it’s not just a job”.

Donny Goforth, Manager of Cisco-Eagle’s service division, observed that Benny cares for his customers just the same way his cares for his brisket. Goforth acknowledged that “Benny is always eager to please and concerned each customer is happy.”

He also smokes a mean brisket!

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A Guide to Stacking Bulk Materials

November 10, 2015

When you have bulk materials to store and handle, when is it best to stack them on the floor, and when do you need to move it to storage equipment like heavier racks? How can you safely and effectively stack these materials on the ground? OSHA offers some guidelines on the question from a safety perspective. When you do opt for either floor stacking or rack storage, what are some safeguards you should take?

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Goods-to-Picker Methods and Alternatives

October 29, 2015

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The long path from person to product

In a distribution or warehousing operation, the most common working concept is “person-to-goods” order picking, which simply means that order pickers move to storage locations, often pushing or pulling carts and reading orders off paper. These pickers spend significant amounts of time walking between storage, and are then expected to decipher an order picking sheet. These operations spend lots of money and time and resources on those steps. Picking paths and storage locations evolve as inventory profiles change — and not always for the better.

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Cisco-Eagle Attends The 2015 Great Game of Business

October 16, 2015

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The Great Game of Business: Gathering of the Games was held in St. Louis, Missouri from September 9 through 11. The Gathering of Games is the only practitioner-led conference in open-book management and Cisco-Eagle sent 4 employee-owners this year.

Rosemary Weiland, our Education and Training Administrator wrote this summary of what we learned this year.

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How to Properly Evaluate Your Warehouse Management System (WMS)

October 15, 2015


What Does a Warehouse Management System Do?

A medium-sized chain of convenience stores once asked me to take a look at their Warehouse Management System (WMS) to see if it was time for an upgrade. After documenting all the functions it performed, we discovered that none of them could be described as serving warehouse activities. The system had lots of good purchasing functions—but offered nothing to support the actual warehouse.

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New Videos: Spiral Conveyors

September 15, 2015
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A video overview of vertical conveying solutions

An excellent way to move products vertically in a distribution environment is through spiral conveyors. You can move materials between levels (pick modules, mezzanines, multi-story buildings) using several methods, but when it comes to carton or tote loads that are so common in order picking applications, the choice tends to be between spiral conveyors, incline conveyors, and package handling lifts.

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How Automation & Material Handling Extends the Careers of Skilled Workers

September 9, 2015

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We published an article in the third quarter of the MHEDA Journal, Automation and Labor: Can’t They Get Along? The point of that article is that for American labor, robots aren’t currently reducing employment so much as changing it. Automated industries tend to be more profitable and less vulnerable to offshoring and other job-reducing factors.

Our friends at AutoQuip brought up another point—that automated systems and lifts can add valuable years to the working lives of high-skill, aging employees.

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