Material Handling Experts


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

Don’t Climb that Pallet Rack!

March 18, 2013

To save time, people  sometimes climb pallet racks to pick orders or do other things. This should never happen. While  it’s faster to climb than it is to bring a rolling stair ladder or a forklift in to do it right, it’s dangerous and counterproductive. Do it long enough and there will be injuries.

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Open House & Automation Exhibition at Cisco-Eagle

March 15, 2013

You're invited to Cisco-Eagle

Cisco-Eagle is opening our doors on April 18, 2013 for a day of education and fun at our Dallas offices. The Open House and Automation Exhibition will feature commentary from Mike Cicco, General Manager of FANUC North America. He’ll provide a brief review of the newest robotics technology and applications, and will be available to field any questions you might have about the future of robotics in industrial automation. We’ll have a demo of Seegrid’s automated, driverless lift trucks, as well as AisleCop® Safety Gate Systems, Hytrol e24 Conveyors, and much more. Click below for full details. We’ll be serving lunch, door prizes, and good conversation. Come see us!

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Alternatives to New Facility Construction

March 14, 2013

New facility planning

There is nothing inexpensive about a new facility.

The cost of real estate (or lease costs), new equipment, people, regulatory compliance, and potential downtime add up very quickly, even for a relatively small operation. But reconfiguring your current operation has its own challenges. You have to deal with operating in a construction/renovation environment, the potential that the redesign won’t serve your needs through future growth, new equipment, and more. It’s a difficult choice.

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Bridging the Gap Between Warehouse and Office

February 13, 2013

The Gap Between Warehouse and Office

The warehouse. The office.

Sometimes it’s as if one doesn’t exist to the other. As one customer told us, “it’s like we have two companies here, and one doesn’t know what the other is up to.”

But when you’re trying to improve your operation, or even to operate well, it’s impossible to separate the two functions. Decisions can be made in one area that can impact the other severely, so communication and cooperation are vital. Too bad it doesn’t always work that way. How can you improve it?

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Section 179 Depreciation Extended for 2013

February 6, 2013

money for bonus deductionsSection 179 has been extended for 2012 and 2013 tax years, meaning that you can retroactively file for 2012 for qualifying capital equipment purchases and receive higher deduction limits. Certain types of equipment qualify for a 5-year depreciation period, while others may not.  If equipment isn’t considered “real property” (a permanent part of the structure), it can be classified as “tangible property” and depreciated under 179 for a five year period under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS).

Also, the following advantages extend to qualifying new 2013 equipment purchases: $500,000 deduction limit. $2,000,000 limit on capital purchases, and bonus depreciation of 50%. This means you can in essence deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment during this tax year.

Essentially, Section 179 tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying  products purchased during the tax year from your gross income. See or the Govtrack.US web page for more information.

As always, your accountants and finance professionals should be involved in any decision regarding these issues.

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Warehousing: Hidden Productivity Gremlins

January 31, 2013

box gremilin in a warehouse

Whether you’re operating a dedicated distribution center or the order fulfillment or stock warehouse of a manufacturing operation, most industrial facilities deal with storage and warehousing to some degree. In the not-so-distant past, warehousing was treated mostly as a cost center – a necessary evil that had to exist so that the more profitable parts of an enterprise could operate. Thankfully, more enlightened thought has prevailed recently.

Order fulfillment and storage are not just places you can save money – they can earn money. If the gremlins don’t get you.

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Safety and ROI for Industrial Operations

January 30, 2013

Kevin Gue

In a recent blog post, Auburn professor Dr. Kevin Gue, one of the bright minds in the country when it comes to the business of industrial distribution and plant operations, reflected on the reaction to his ProMat 2013 talk on “Designing a Worker-Centric Facility”.  Many salient points emerged:

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Infographic: Safer Pallet Rack Operation

January 29, 2013

Pallet rack is typically safe and easily-maintained storage equipment, whether you are dealing with selective, pushback, drive-in, or other types of rack.  But if you load it wrong, if you don’t inspect and repair/replace damaged components, if you don’t understand your capacities, and if you don’t take steps to ensure your rack isn’t impacted by loading equipment, that safe rack can become dangerous and expensive.

We have created an infographic to help you navigate the most common mistakes people make dealing with pallet racks.  Feel free to share this graphic to any site or other media. It is the first of many infographic posters we’ll be offering to help people operate and maintain material handling equipment.

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Cisco-Eagle’s Tulsa Offices are Moving

January 9, 2013

After 33 years at its current Tulsa location, Cisco-Eagle is moving to a new facility. This change is effective Monday, January 21, 2013.  All contact information other than our physical (mailing) address remain unchanged. This change was made to reflect the need for more office, conference, and meeting space. The new address is:

10015 E. 51st Street
Tulsa, OK 74146

This location is between Garnett and Mingo on 51st street, at the Oxford Square center.

The office’s telephone numbers remain as follows:

  • (918) 622-9010,  Local
  • (800) 722-4343, Toll-free
  • (918) 622-9059, Fax
  • All direct line and cell phone numbers you may have are unchanged.

If you have questions, please let us know.

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Ideas for Cost Savings in E-Commerce Warehouses

December 6, 2012

Jay Moris has an excellent article in this month’s Inbound Logistics on ways you can cut expenses in your e-commerce operation. Some quick pointers:

  • Increase customer satisfaction. Moris explains that right-sizing your packages can reduce carton size and ensure customers receive the right package at the right time.
  • Reduce packaging costs. By using cartonization strategies, you can reduce parcel sizes – and by extension, shipping and packaging costs.
  • Decrease labor and increase throughput. By optimizing its sortation systems, one retailer cut 62 cents off every package shipped.
  • Reduce freight, sortation, and shipping costs. Reducing carton dimensions does all of these things in a world where just a single sheet of paper is capable of changing a carton’s shipping class.

We live in a world where weight and dimensional measurement of packages is becoming faster and easier to gauge. Shippers can and will be able to charge more for smaller and smaller differences, so every bit of the process you can automate and optimize, the better. There are more tips (and plenty more detail) at the article – check it out.

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