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April 2007 Material Handling Tips & Information Newsletter


8 ways to keep conveyor running smoothly...

Most conveyor systems are designed to handle a specific product or products. They run quite smoothly with little preventative maintenance if specified correctly. However, there are steps to take to keep that peak performance. Here are eight ways to keep your system running smoothly...


Industrial Environments in Summer Heat

As temperatures start to rise, it gets particularly hot in industrial facilities, warehouses, shops, and distribution centers where air conditioning isn’t always present, extremely costly, or always effective. Experts say that employee productivity increases when ambient temperatures are comfortable and plummets when they aren’t. Error rates are forced up, safety is reduced as workers fight through hot, sweaty conditions...


Cisco-Eagle wins 2 ESOP Association AACE Communications Awards

Cisco-Eagle has won two prestigious Annual Awards for Communications Excellence from the National ESOP Association. The AACE Awards are sponsored annually by the association to recognize outstanding member communications and educational programs. Cisco-Eagle won first place in the External ESOP Advertising, Web Sites category. The company was runner up in External Advertising, Print Advertising. Cisco-Eagle has been owned by its employees since 2000.


Material Handling Product Guides

The Cisco-Eagle website has a nifty bunch of material handling guides available (and has had 'em for a long time). But they're now packaged into a single, easily-referenced page. If you need to size, configure or just research a piece of equipment, it's probably there. It is in the form of web page, PDF's, and even some video guides....


A ladder safety guide

A ladder is a tool like any other. If it is used properly and according to safety guidelines, it will give many years of trouble-free service. However, if proper cautions are not taken, a ladder can be involved in an accident. Particularly in warehouse and industrial environments, with the faster pace, the presence of heavy duty equipment and storage media, it's essential for order picking, maintenance and other plant workers to exercise care every time they use a ladder....


4 tips for cutting inbound freight costs

Inbound freight costs are generally hidden in your cost of goods but average between 2% and 4% of revenue. To reduce the bite to the bottom line, Operations & Fulfillment magazine's George Mollo offers 4 ways to cut these costs. They include...

  1. Review your “prepay and add” vendor invoices.

  2. Establish a third-party consignee billing account for vendors that ship small-package shipments (under 200-250 lbs.) to you via UPS or FedEx.

  3. Review your “free freight” terms with frequently used vendors that offer them.

  4. Audit your actual paid-freight bills.

The article (linked above) has specifics on these and notes on other methods to reduce inbound freight costs...