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Applications for Urethane Sleeved Conveyor Rollers

May 17, 2022

Roller conveyor incline with urethane sleeved rollers in an ecommerce distribution center

Above: urethane rollers used on an incline distribution application.

Roller conveyors are typically made of galvanized steel, but can be sleeved in urethane, or constructed from it for specific applications. These rollers can be used almost anywhere and are often specified for food & beverage, printing, automotive and medical/pharmaceutical operations. When should your conveyor utilize urethane rollers?

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National Forklift Safety Day is June 14th

May 12, 2022

National Forklift Safety Day logo for June 14th 2022

This year’s National Forklift Safety Day takes place on June 14, marking the 9th consecutive year the program—which puts a spotlight on forklift safety—has been operating. It’s a good time to refresh your knowledge, reflect on the dangers and take stock of the way you use forklifts in your warehouse.

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Cisco-Eagle Wins Major Southwest Chapter ESOP Awards

May 5, 2022

Cisco-Eagle's Employee-Owners with ESOP awards

Above: Cisco-Eagle employee-owners Randy Williams, Kevin Harwell, Elizabeth Rather and Logan Beard

One of the reasons we are a great partner to our customers and vendors is that Cisco-Eagle is owned, operated and managed by its employee-owners, all of whom own shares in the company. We were recently recognized by the Southwest Chapter of the ESOP Association for two major accomplishments: Cisco-Eagle is the Southwest ESOP Company of the Year, while Kevin Harwell won the award for 2021 Employee-Owner of the Year. 

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Pallet Rack Evaluation: Storage and Retrieval Speed

May 3, 2022

Loading a pallet into a high-bay rack system with a forklift
Your rack system is your business, if you’re operating a warehouse or distribution center—or, it at least holds your business.

Pallet racks aren’t simply rows of storage shelves, and you shouldn’t treat them that way. Something so fundamental to a warehousing operation can and should be evaluated for improvement. One of the chief roles of a rack system is to allow efficient, quick access to stored products. How fast can you store things? How fast can you retrieve them?

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Accumulation Conveyor: How to Choose Zero or Minimum Pressure

April 26, 2022

Accumulation conveyor system with open top cartons moving on the line.

Accumulation systems let you adjust drive pressure on the product to a minimum—or eliminate it completely. This is useful when you have to accumulate a long line of cartons without damaging any of them.

Accumulation is ideal for applications like machine feeding, case sealers or shipping area buffers. When integrated correctly, accumulation increases throughput and gives you precise control of your conveyor line, the products on it and the time they spend in various stages.

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OSHA’s 2021 Top 10 Violations

April 21, 2022

OSHA Top 10 Violations 2021

For the year 2021, OSHA recently released its annual ranking of the top 10 safety violations.  While the previous year gave most operations an easier time managing employee distance and protection, these rankings show us that safety is always a top priority.

This year saw some shuffling within the top 10. With that said, the overall number one remained unchallenged and unchanged yet again.

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Randy Williams is Cisco-Eagle’s 2021-2022 Employee-Owner of the Year

April 14, 2022
Presentation of award obelisk in front of Employee Owner of the Year wall plaque

CEO Darein Gandall presents Randy Williams with the award

Randy Williams has been named Cisco-Eagle’s 2021-2022 Employee-Owner of the Year by his fellow employee-owners.

The award is presented annually by Cisco-Eagle’s ESOP Advisory Committee. The award is unique because management plays no role in its selection; all nominations come from Cisco-Eagle employee-owners. A committee of peers—not management—chooses the winner. This means that our winners have earned genuine respect and admiration from the people around them.

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The Anatomy of a Pick Module

April 12, 2022

Pick module with carton flow on two levels in an apparel distribution center.

Pick modules support a range of warehouse activities, but their primary role is to increase the speed and space efficiency of order fulfillment operations. Configured with racks (which are usually the support structure), conveyors, flow storage, shelves and modular storage, they let you design the storage, fulfillment and picking strategy that fits your needs. Some pick modules are simple — really, just a shelf-supported mezzanine. Others combine automation and WMS systems for full systems integration.

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Shoptalk: Goal Post Dock Door Guards

April 7, 2022

dock door goalposts in warehouse

In this installment of Cisco-Eagle’s Shoptalk series, Lance reviews how goalpost dock door protectors work.

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Raw Power – Motorized Carts For Ergonomic Material Movement

March 29, 2022

powered cart operating in warehouse environment

Forklifts are the usual method to move heavy materials, but there are plenty of times—and many good reasons—you might not want to use one. You can use pallet jacks, stackers, tuggers, pallet dollies, AGVs or even conveyors, but what about the instances where you don’t need forklift power, but your loads are too heavy or the travel time too far for pushcarts?

Enter the powered cart. This option resides in that “sweet spot” for material movement. But what exactly can a powered cart offer you, and what are your options?

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