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Joel Pason is Cisco-Eagle 2012-2013 Employee-Owner of the Year

April 23, 2013

Joel Pason accepts the Cisco-Eagle Employee-Owner of the Year award

Joel Pason has been named Cisco-Eagle’s Employee-Owner of the Year (click for more details).

The award recognizes an employee-owner that has gone beyond what is expected to promote and support the ownership culture at Cisco-Eagle during the fiscal year. Pason, a Project Manager in our Oklahoma City Systems & Design group, has been with Cisco-Eagle since 1999.

Congratulations to Joel!

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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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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 Section179.org 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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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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OSHA Safety Violations: The Top 10 for 2011

October 24, 2012

OSHA logo

OSHA has released the top safety violations for 2011. It’s not a big departure from recent years, but still worth noting for industrial operations. How many of these potential violations are in areas that are present in your operation? OSHA releases this information in part to allow employers to do the kind of self-inspection and auditing that might help avoid issues.

Most of these violations (and the injuries/costs that accompany them) are preventable.

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Conveyor Down in the 2nd Shift, On a Holiday Eve

July 13, 2012

This note came to us regarding one of our Service & Maintenance clients, a major retailer distribution operation in Dallas, TX, and the experience it had with our technician. With a power conveyor out during the evening, the night before a holiday, he needed fast assistance.

“Tuesday night (July 3) we experienced a significant conveyor failure on night shift. The belt on a straight conveyor section leading into a critical area had broken and wrapped around the drive unit. A huge mess on the night before a holiday.”

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DCVelocity: The Top 12 Distribution Center Metrics

May 22, 2012

a picking operation with conveyors and carousels

This month’s DCVelocity magazine featured its annual report on DC Metrics – a great tool for benchmarking your warehouse operations. The survey was issued to the magazine’s readers and members of WERC, by researchers from Georgia Southern University and a consulting firm partner.
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ICWM Issues New Caster & Wheel Standards

April 30, 2012

Casters & WheelsThe ICWM (Institute of Caster & Wheel Manufacturers) has created a new set of standards for industrial caster manufacture and usage.  The standards, which cost $50 as a download from the ICWM’s website. It’s an excellent resource for engineers, designers, fabricators, and caster users.

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Automation More Important Than Ever

February 3, 2012

Manufacturing - motors at an automotive plantPresident Obama’s State of the Union address focused on manufacturing in the United States – which everyone, no matter their political persuasion, can agree is a vital part of our economy. Countries that don’t make things aren’t world powers, period.

And the numbers, on the surface, can look dire. According to Forbes Magazine,  22 million manufacturing jobs were lost globally between 1995 and 2002. The U.S. lost hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs in that timeframe.

The common belief is that these jobs were palletized and shipped east to China or south to Mexico. While that has happened – we’ve seen it in our client base more than once – it’s only part of the story. The reality is more complicated, and may help us to understand why manufacturing output has increased in the U.S. while jobs have been reduced. Manufacturing output didn’t just grow; it rocketed 30% since 1995. China – the supposed vampire of manufacturing employment – has lost a whopping 16 million manufacturing jobs.

In a word, the “culprit” (if you want to call it that) is automation. Robotics is less expensive and significantly more capable – and continues to improve. The same goes for other automation of other kinds.

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Justifying AisleCop Forklift Safety Gate Systems

January 13, 2012

AisleCop warehouse pedestrian safety systemWe see two kinds of operations that have shown interest in, or implemented an AisleCop® forklift safety gate system. The first are those companies who have defined traffic plans and are looking to prevent possible accidents in high-risk, limited-visibility, or heavy-traffic aisles. They foresee potential accidents and are taking measures to prevent them. The second kind are companies who have had an incident, or a near-miss.

In both cases, the question has been “how can I justify this system?”

Aside from the fact that it could help save a life, or help prevent horrific injuries (the only kind that a forklift-pedestrian accidents seem to produce), AisleCop® can also save money in a variety of ways.

We have created a document, free for download, that you can use if you’re pitching a safety system to your management. It’s a short, but informative read.

Check it out here: “AisleCop®  return on investment” (PDF file)

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