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10 Tips: How to Protect Yourself from the Hidden Costs of Used Racks

November 8, 2016

order picker in a rack warehouse

Pallet racks are durable, and you know that if you spend any time in this industry. When properly specified, installed, used and maintained, they can last for decades. If you choose to install used racks, take sensible precautions to ensure safety and stability.

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Tinker Air Force Base Event: Pedestrian Safety Near Forklifts and Other Heavy Equipment

November 5, 2016

Pedestrian crossing busy forklift lane in a warehouse

Cisco-Eagle’s history in Oklahoma City and at Tinker Air Force base has been decades in the making. We have helped a variety of companies increase productivity, reduce inefficiency and advance their goals over the years. When people and forklifts or other heavy vehicles work in the same space, the potential for accidents is great —and the consequences devastating. In warehouses, plant floors, in hangars, or even traffic lots, we offer solutions to help reduce the chances of these accidents.

Visit us November 15th and 16th, from 8:00 to 3:00, building 3001 in the Oklahoma Room.

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Hiring and Developing Outstanding Order Pickers

October 12, 2016

order picker working on flow rack system

Order fulfillment operations come in all sizes, shapes and types, including a basket of challenges that diversity creates. One of the most difficult challenges in this industry is developing order picking talent. It’s competitive these days, as you know, for distribution facilities and e-commerce fulfillment centers. One of the best ways to enhance those operations is to develop your labor force more fully. What can you do?

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Meet us at National Safety Congress 2016

October 7, 2016

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Cisco-Eagle is exhibiting at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo this month, and if you are planning to attend, we’d love to visit! We are at booth 3412, and will be doing live demonstrations of our exclusive AisleCop® forklift safety system, AisleAlert warning sensors, and other innovative safety equipment for industrial operations.

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Cisco-Eagle Announces Austin, TX Office

October 6, 2016

Paul Erlinger Cisco-Eagle Austin

Dallas-based Cisco-Eagle has established operations in Austin, Texas according to Director of Sales Chris Doyle.

The new office serves industrial, commercial, distribution, and other markets in the Austin region, and all of Central Texas. The office was opened in response to Cisco-Eagle’s existing and potential new customer base in the region. “We have been doing business in Austin without a local presence for a couple of decades,” Doyle said. “It’s a dynamic market, with lots of technology, manufacturing and distribution companies that need our services. Because our existing customer base continues to grow and the economies are right, we decided to establish a presence to expand market share and better serve our Austin clientele.”

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How to Create a Conveyor Maintenance Checklist

October 4, 2016

Hytrol conveyor system

The following is a guest post by Boyce Bonham, Chief Engineer at Hytrol. 

Staying on top of your conveyor maintenance is an integral part to the success of your operation. When left untended, equipment can become inefficient, unreliable, and a potential safety hazard.  To keep your alleviate the problems that come with poorly-maintained equipment, it’s important to create and follow a standardized maintenance checklist for each of the conveyor types in your operation, from gravity conveyors to powered conveyors.

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How to Solve the Ergonomic Problems of Floor-Level Carton Picking

September 27, 2016

order picker in a rack warehouse

When working with palletized goods stored at floor level beneath a rack beam in a typical warehouse, there are significant issues for order pickers who execute these tasks daily, including strains and stresses that can lead to major injuries, down time, and worker compensation expenses. What can you do to reduce the chances of these types of problems?

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How to Make Rack Aisles Safer for Foot Traffic

August 17, 2016

warehouse store loading water bottles

Above: Stock image of warehouse store and pallet rack

Pallet racks by nature are very safe storage equipment, but in any areas people interact with machinery, and heavy storage, there are dangers. A recent accident at a big box warehouse retailer helps illustrate some of the problems with busy pedestrian aisles between heavy storage racks.

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In Tight Labor Markets, How Can Warehouses Thrive?

August 12, 2016

warehouse worker in a pallet rack aisle

Distribution is growing — booming, some would say — particularly in larger markets. This tend is being driven by many factors, including a sustained economic recovery and low unemployment rates. Also, e-commerce powers like Amazon are in the midst of one-day or same-day delivery guarantees that require larger, more capable distribution networks that can serve major markets faster and usually within close proximity. These factors help to create stress on labor shortages in these cities, as newer distribution facilities open and existing ones expand. Add to that, the ongoing woes with skilled labor and a generally aging labor force.

How can you cope with a tight labor market?

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Ergonomics and Hand Tools

July 19, 2016

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Ergonomics should be wired into the design of all the processes of a modern industrial operation. Whether that means designing conveyor workstations with ergonomics in mind, utilizing work benches and stations that are adjustable for “right height” operations, adding turntables to rotate product, finding ways to reduce order pickers’ bending and stretching, or designing storage areas so that bending and stretching are minimized, well-designed operations bake ergonomics into their work processes.

One of the common areas you can attack is hand tool use. In many operations, strong younger workers may not complain about using heavy, hand-held tools for 8+ hours a day, but that stress is taking its tolls.

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