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February 2009 Material Handling Tips & Information Newsletter


Case Study: Electric Boat slashes costs, increases efficiency with vertical conveyor system

As part of a $20 million upgrade, Electric Boat, Inc. wanted to make access to submarines in the assembly process easier, faster and safer. Before the upgrade, workers at the final assembly building were forced to climb scaffolding stairs to build submarines. The top of a Virginia class submarine can be as high as 40 feet, meaning that workers had to constantly climb stairs. Here's how the company used vertical reciprocating conveyors to slash costs and ramp up efficiency...


How to transfer onto belt conveyors

Typically, we do not recommend transferring onto belt conveyors, because we typically see box tracking issues when that's done. When you use belt conveyor, boxes will probably drag the belt as they enter, which will push the belt toward the far side. However, there are times you can't avoid it, and here's how to solve that problem...


Optimizing your distribution or manufacturing operation during tough economic times

It isn’t news that the U.S. has been in a recession for most of the last year. It also isn’t news that you can utilize certain equipment and process improvements to upgrade at lower costs, and even return your investment more quickly in an environment like this one. When orders are flat, when your operation runs at partial capacity, when things are slow, what can you do to improve your operation that is affordable, sensible, adds value, and returns your investment quickly? Here are some ideas...


Warehouse Space Saving Tips: Consolidating Shelves into Modular Drawers

In today’s challenging business climate, it is particularly critical to use space wisely in your facility. Even in an environment where space may be less expensive than it was a year or two ago, it makes sense to utilize what you have the best you can, since higher density operations tend to be more secure and more productive due to enforced organization and less "walk time" for pickers and packers.

If you’re squeezed for space, and the load is right (components, hardware, small parts, tools, or other items), you can save tons of space by consolidating shelves into modular storage drawers. Drawers have an unmatched amount of storage density compared to a bin on a shelf...


Calculate shipping costs live & online at Cisco-Eagle.com

It’s common for websites that ship products through parcel services to calculate shipping costs, making it easy for buyers to learn total costs before ordering. Very few sites can calculate motor freight shipments for heavy, bulky equipment like industrial shelving, wire security partitions, warehouse racks, or conveyors.

Our website now calculates shipping on almost every order, giving you instant access to that information as you are working on a project. If you use the site's QuoteBuilder function, you can also store projects for later use. Click the Online Catalog from any page to check it out...