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February 2008 Material Handling Tips & Information Newsletter


VIDEO: Model SC Belt Sortation Conveyor

The belt-driven sortation conveyor concept provides a reliable method of tracking packages to the divert stations. The diverter may be controlled by photo cells, a code reader, a PLC controller, or other established control methods. Besides the video, you'll find application shots, specs, product data sheets and more...


Cross Docking: is it viable for your operation?

This article is the second in a series of articles on cross docking by Cisco-Eagle's Chris Doyle.

In concept and on paper cross docking looks great, but, what about actual implementation? What kind of return do we get on this investment? The short answer is the implementation can be challenging. However, with planning, a committed team of upstream and downstream participants, and possibly even a pilot program, it can pay significant benefits.


Cisco-Eagle named Southwest Chapter 2008 ESOP Company of the Year

The Southwest Chapter of the ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) Association named Cisco-Eagle Southwest ESOP Company of the Year at the association’s Spring Conference & Awards Dinner. With this award, we’ve been nominated for National ESOP Association company of the year. Cisco-Eagle has been employee-owned since 2000, and it is a point of pride for us that we have won this prestigious award...


Rising steel, fuel costs - how to minimize the impact

Right now, we are seeing several indications that steel prices and surcharges are on the rise. While it hasn't reached the levels of price instability we saw in 2004, it is something to keep an eye on. As a material handling consumer, it's something you should track too. If we start to see shortages and escalating prices (like we did during '04), projects that you're going to execute may be better off done sooner rather than later.

The other issue is fuel costs. Projections have costs rising throughout the next year. That will add to the cost of capital equipment indirectly, but also add to the not-so-inconsequential cost of delivering it. Most freight companies add a fuel surcharge to the cost of delivery. As the price of fuel fluctuates, they adjust fuel surcharges accordingly. One freight company we work with adjusts their surcharges weekly.


Vertical lift manufacturer PFlow Industries recognizes Cisco-Eagle as top-3 distributor

Pflow Industries recently recognized Cisco-Eagle as a top distributor and integrator of its vertical reciprocating conveyor and other lift products. Pflow Southeast Regional Manager Chuck Cobb presented the awards to President, Steve Strifler, and to Houston Market Manager Jason Eitreim. Pflow manufactures vertical lift solutions for mezzanines, balconies, through-floor, interior and exterior applications. We’ve installed them in many applications ranging from typical warehouse to football stadiums. Our service group has been actively trained to maintain and service Pflow lifts, and we routinely work on them...