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Insights: Manufacturing Digital Technology

December 20, 2022

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Welcome to our December roundup of articles, videos and news for busy industrial operations professionals. The focus in 2023 seems to be the threat of both labor shortages and a potential recession, both of which offer challenges to warehousing, distribution and manufacturing operations.

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Bryan Gauger Promoted to President of Cisco-Eagle

December 8, 2022

Bryan Gauger

Bryan Gauger will become President of Cisco-Eagle on January 1, 2023, according to CEO and Chairman Darein Gandall.

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How to Handle and Remove Corrugated Box Waste in Distribution Applications

December 6, 2022

Overhead conveyor system removing cardboard waste.

Without efficient waste handling flow, systems bog down as people work to clear trash from their work areas. It’s a distraction that significantly impacts productivity and safety, so removing trash from a large scale picking or packing system can be problematic. Pick systems tend to generate empty cartons, and dealing with that waste material can be costly and time consuming if not planned in advance. Devising the right waste (or empty carton) strategy cannot be minimized during the system design process.

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Forklift-Pedestrian Safety: Docks, Shipping and Receiving Areas

December 1, 2022

Forklift backing away with load at a warehouse truck dock area.

Because shipping docks are busy, sometimes chaotic areas, they can become a safety hazard if not properly managed. During a busy shift, you may find multiple forklifts, carts, walkies and other traffic trying to work across a series of bay doors, all with pedestrians potentially in the same areas. They can adjoin staging areas, which often allow even more forklifts and pedestrians to work in the same, shared area. That’s where accidents are most likely to occur.

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Cisco-Eagle Wins ESOP AACE Award

November 17, 2022

Cisco-Eagle accepting 2022 award for best printed materials small company

Taking place in Las Vegas last week, Employee-Owned 2022 offered educational and engagement opportunities for employee-owned businesses that attended.

EO2022 also had an awards ceremony, honoring employee-owned companies that shined in different categories. This year, Cisco-Eagle won the award for Best Printed Material! This award recognized printed materials — catalogs, mailers, identity items — that are used inside and outside company operations.

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Cisco-Eagle Appoints Board of Directors

November 10, 2022

Cisco-Eagle corporate headquarters

Cisco-Eagle is proud to announce its expanded Board of Directors.

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Warehouse Safety: Pedestrians, Workstations and Forklifts

November 10, 2022

Forklift aisle between warehouse work areas.

Above: work areas facing away from an active traffic aisle with pallet stacks that impede visibility for both pedestrians and forklifts. 

Forklift accidents make OSHA’s top-10 list every year without fail because forklifts are ubiquitous in American industry and interact with hundreds of thousands of people every day. One of the key places to prioritize safety is for pedestrians—the people on foot who work near and walk around forklifts on a daily basis.

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Five Decades of Partnership and Growth: Hytrol and Cisco-Eagle

November 8, 2022

Cisco-Eagle President Darein Gandall and Hytrol President David Peacock

Above: Hytrol President David Peacock (right) presents a 50th anniversary award to Cisco-Eagle CEO Darein Gandall (left)

On November 5th, 1970, Warren Gandall booked the first order in Cisco-Eagle history. Richard Nixon was president that day and if you pumped a gallon of gas, it set you back 36 cents. The company, Eagle Material Handling, was primarily a shelving and rack distributor with only three full-time employees. One of the fledgling company’s most important days—the day it became a Hytrol Conveyor integration partner—wouldn’t come until 1972.

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Cisco-Eagle’s 2022 ESOP Poster Contest Winner

November 3, 2022

ESOP 2022 Cisco-Eagle poster

At Cisco-Eagle, we are proud to be 100% employee-owned. We strive to make sure all employee-owners get a chance to showcase how they feel about having ownership in our company, and one of the ways we do this is through our annual ESOP poster contest.

We had many entries this year, but the winner is a poster designed by Joy Hunsinger!

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Racks, Shelving and Automation: Options for Effective Storage

November 1, 2022

Shelving and rack structure warehouse mezzanine with picking bins

Warehouse racks and industrial shelving are sort of like alligators and crocodiles: they look alike, they do similar things, and they are often mixed up. Both are vertical structures that have horizontal shelves for industrial storage. But they aren’t the same thing–they have distinctive missions and functions. Most warehouses use both types of storage for various types of loads, and there are gray areas where either can be used, depending on the storage strategy. Knowing the differences can help you store your inventory more efficiently and effectively.

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