Material Handling Experts


Information on the products and techniques to better store, handle, and move products in your facility.

Curtains and Dividers Help Retain Climate, Protect Products

July 18, 2014

When I was a kid, on rainy days my friends and I used  kitchen chairs, old blankets and lots of clothespins and built our own special space for imaginary adventures. Our rag-tag shelter was temporary, but gave us the sensation of being in our own little world. Frequently, in manufacturing and warehousing facilities, work zones and independent departments need separation from the larger whole for either safety or autonomy purposes, and there are products out there that answer those needs. Products like curtain walls, acoustic walls, thermal barriers and welding screens. Read the rest of this entry »

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Order Picking that Doesn’t Pull any Punches

July 11, 2014

I just got done adding some mobile automated pick dispensers to our website and got thinking about how a fulfillment manager can know when they need to add pick dispensers. So I went out on the internet and found some great info at the website hosted by MHI, an industry organization for material handlers.

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You Must Control Access to Your Facility

July 2, 2014

Driver's Cage

Above: a driver security cage, which allows entry into a dock area door, but restricts access within the facility

It’s difficult enough to handle the people who are supposed to be in your plant every day, much less visitors. Even those you invite.

The problem has two components: safety and security. From a safety standpoint, you have no idea how an untrained guest might behave. That guest may not know which machines are dangerous. He may not know to use your specified pedestrian walkways, wear steel toe boots, or stay clear of running conveyors. He doesn’t have your safety training. From a security standpoint, guests can be problematic from a number of angles. A plant visitor who has access to storage areas has access to inventory. With even the cheapest of phones now having good cameras and video built in, a guest may photograph something you don’t want made public. That guest could also damage something, accidentally or otherwise. There are lots of wrinkles.

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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.

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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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