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March 2007 Material Handling Tips & Information Newsletter


10 Ways to Optimize Conveyor Operations - a free download from Cisco-Eagle

Conveyors are the backbone of effective material handling systems. In this free downloadable document, you'll discover ways to enhance your conveyor operation from start to finish. From maintenance tips to problem-solving answers to testing advice, this quick-reading report is designed for conveyor users at any point in the life cycle of their operation. For more information, visit our website for the download. It's free and does not require registration. You will need Adobe Acrobat reader, or you can choose to read it on the website.


Pull, Don't Push with Belt Conveyor End Drives to Avoid Buckling Issues

Using an end drive to push loads causes many maintenance, buckling and product flow issues.

Many serious belt tracking and general conveyor issues result from trying to push a load rather than pull it. If a conveyor is supplied with an end drive, it is recommended that it be used in a one-direction application to pull its load, never to push it. Here's how to design your conveyor so that you always pull the load and never push it...


Capacitors at Capacity: Mouser Expands Distribution Center, Customer Service with Handling System

“We have a nice look to our facility, and the new systems give us such a natural flow...”

“We have been averaging a 33% annual growth rate since 2002,” explains Pete Shopp, director of operations for Mouser. With such accelerated growth, Shopp says it was inevitable that the Mansfield facility, built in 2001, undergo an upgrade. The driving concern centered around capacity constraints and the need to alleviate bottle necks caused by increasing volumes in Mouser’s consolidation, packing and shipping areas.


RFID Testing Available

Have the University of Arkansas RFID Lab do testing for your company product. The advanced testing center offers pallet, case, conveyor, and sweet-spot testing to make sure that your product is as RF friendly as possible. The center also provides in-depth reports that will make it easy to see what your company needs to do to achieve RFID compliance.


The Ultimate in Cost Effective Storage: The Boltless Pallet Rack

Industries which benefit the most from boltless pallet racks are those with the need to adjust their storage rack configurations on a frequent basis, as the products they handle change with increasing frequency. The ability to move shelf levels without tools is the biggest benefit of boltless rack


Suit Maker Goes 'Lean' to Keep Jobs in U.S.

If you check the tag on a men's suit these days, chances are it says "made in China". But if the suit is a Joseph Abboud, it still says "Made in America." The company is one of the few that continues to produce suits in the U.S. How are they doing it? In part through Lean Manufacturing processes.