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Material Handling Tips & Info


Welcome to the February 2004 edition of Material Handling Tips & Information. We're seeing both challenges and opportunities on the horizon for warehouse and manufacturing, and hope to provide useful guidance to help you navigate them.


JA Majors Adapts to Changing Market, Increased Business without Adding Personnel with WMS and Material Handling System

JA Majors is a distributor of medical, educational, and other publications. As business increased, and customer demands became more just-in-time, Majors realized that it needed to revamp its warehouse operations, including a comprehensive WMS system and new pick & pass order system. Here's how they did it.


From CEI Logistics: Reverse Logistics & Returns systems: how to most efficiently deal with the problem of returns in your distribution center

As competitive pressures force retailers to implement more liberal return policies, return volumes have exploded. Today, it is not uncommon to find retailers receiving back as much as one-third of the total items they ship. Returns processing can be an extremely expensive activity, consuming space, labor, dock doors, and other resources while tying up potentially valuable inventory. How can you cope with returns in your warehousing operation?


From Cisco-Eagle Field Operations: How to adjust your conveyor drive chain alignment and tension

A conveyor's drive chain and sprockets should be checked on a regular basis to insure proper tension, alignment and lubrication. Improper adjustment or lubrication may cause noise and/or extensive wear to the drive components, resulting in a shorter life cycle and decreased conveyor performance. The good news is that it's something you can easily adjust and maintain.


Hytrol Conveyor Product Spotlight: Model CREDZ chain driven live roller conveyor

Hytrol's Model 25-CREZD is a chain driven live roller conveyor designed for zero pressure accumulation of both unitized or palletized loads. This conveyor combines Hytrol's patented EZLogic® accumulation system with Hytrol's EZDrive system to provide the most versatile conveyor of its kind.