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Interview: Proximity Detection for Forklift Safety

June 1, 2016

ZoneSafe Pedestrian Safety System

Safety has always been important to warehousing and manufacturing, but in recent years, the emphasis has grown – and it’s no wonder.

The forklift has always been at or near the top of these concerns, due to its common use. There are nearly 900,000 forklifts in use in the United State. Forklift accidents are always in OSHA’s top ten  safety violations lists. But the reality is that despite the dangers they can present, forklifts are indispensable for material handling operations.

We sat down with Donald Prater, Cisco-Eagle’s Safety Division Manager, to discuss some common questions involving ZoneSafe, a proximity detection technology that helps alert drivers that pedestrians are nearby as they do their work.

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Case Study: American Greetings Reduces Maintenance, Noise Levels

May 3, 2016

Conveyor system in Arkansas

American Greetings, the largest greeting card company in the world, with a mission that includes the desire to make the world “a more thoughtful and caring place,” had an issue with its aging conveyor system. The company creates a variety of greeting cards and other products in its massive Osceola, Arkansas facility (which has more than 10 miles of conveyors and occupies a space around the size of 57 football fields).

The plant runs 24 hours, so finding a way to upgrade without reducing production was a challenge.

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Elizabeth Rather is Cisco-Eagle’s 2015-2016 Employee-Owner of the Year

April 8, 2016

Elizabeth Rather and Darein Gandall

Elizabeth Rather of our Dallas, Texas office is the 2015-2016 Cisco-Eagle ESOP Employee-Owner of the Year, an annual award presented by our ESOP (employee ownership) Advisory Committee. (above: Elizabeth Rather and Cisco-Eagle president Darein Gandall).

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Cisco-Eagle wins ESOP “Communications Excellence: Best Print Media for 2016”

April 1, 2016

Cisco-Eagle Employee Owners

ESOP RECORD

From left: Missy Prince (Cisco-Eagle Employee-Owner), Michael Keeling (National ESOP Association President), Rosemary Weiland (Cisco-Eagle Employee-Owner), Jim Schranz (The Southwest Chapter of the ESOP Association President), Bob Hauck (Cisco-Eagle Employee-Owner).

In the early spring of 2015, Cisco-Eagle assembled some special work teams to complete a session of Process Improvement Training. Five employee-owners were designated to participate on the ESOP process improvement training. During six sessions, our team independently identified the need for a ‘re-branding’ of the company ESOP.

The team decided to adopt a theme to celebrate the financial upswing Cisco-Eagle has enjoyed over recent years: Rockin’ to Retirement—symbolic of the economic postwar boom America enjoyed during the 1950s—was selected to send the message that happy days are, indeed, here again. The theme logo was prominently displayed on each ESOP communication shared with employee-owners in emails, monthly company newsletter, monthly EAC newsletter, on company bulletin boards and in company meetings.

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Cisco-Eagle Website: En Español

March 17, 2016

worker in a conveyor system warehouse

To serve our growing base of Spanish-speaking clients, Cisco-Eagle has launched a Spanish language version of our website, www.cisco-eagle.com/es.

Cisco-Eagle specializes in material handling systems, equipment and services for manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, and other industrial operations.  We provide conveyor systems, racks, storage equipment, mezzanines, automation, and other products for safe, productive operations. The new website includes full descriptions of all Cisco-Eagle’s services and products as well as links to in-depth material handling equipment, services and systems content, including:

“It’s increasingly important that we serve our growing customer base in Mexico, Chile, and other parts of Latin America,” said Darein Gandall, Cisco-Eagle president. “But our Latino customer base is very active in the U. S., particularly in Texas and the rest of the Southwest and we did this to serve those customers as well. We have multilingual customer service and salespeople and the ability to execute projects internationally, and are happy to provide this higher level of service to any customer who prefers Spanish language content.”

We invite you to visit Cisco-Eagle En Español at: www.cisco-eagle.com/es
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AisleCop® Upgrades Pedestrian Gate System

February 26, 2016

AisleCop Gate Animation

AisleCop® forklift safety systems are used by  many companies concerned with the safety of pedestrians who work near forklifts in warehousing, manufacturing and other operations. The system relies on a series of gates, sensors and intelligent controls to manage dangerous, high-traffic, or limited visibility areas. Aside from general traffic applications, AisleCop® is also utilized in innovative ways to guard work cells and other areas where people and traffic interact.

In a major product upgrade, new pedestrian gate systems have been introduced to increase the visibility and versatility of the system.

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Cisco-Eagle’s 2015 Employee Ownership Poster

November 24, 2015

ESOP poster

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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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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Safety – A Manufacturing & Distribution Hot Button

November 3, 2015

ProMat 2015 Convention Floor
In manufacturing & distribution, safety is an area of top concern, for both the protection of workers and financial ramifications for companies. We spent some time at ProMat with Kelly Kamlager from Ladder Industries to examine the importance of safety and compliance for industrial companies.

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Download our New Safety Products Catalog

August 27, 2015

Safety Products Catalog

Download the safety catalog

(PDF, 1MB, Opens new window)

We’ve added a safety products catalog in convenient PDF download. This catalog covers a range of pedestrian and traffic management options available to facility managers and operators who want to improve safety for pedestrians who work near and around forklift traffic, including warehouse safety sensors, AisleCop® automated safety gate systems, safety gates for mezzanines and docks, an array of protective guard rails, and more. We also touch on safety guards for racks that help reduce the chances of product spills following forklift collisions, loading errors and other mishaps.

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