Cisco-Eagle Logo

Vertical Package Transport: Incline Conveyors vs. Reciprocating Lifts vs. Spiral Conveyors

February 2, 2023

vertical spiral conveyors vs. automated package lifts

High-velocity order picking operations frequently need to transport cartons vertically–on and off mezzanines or pick modules, into workstations, onto work platforms, over traffic aisles or to merge with overhead conveyor lines. You can accomplish this with incline conveyors, vertical package lifts, spiral conveyors, automated package lifts and manual methods. Each method has its limitations and its advantages.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Conveyor, Automation, Lifts, Mezzanines| No Comments »

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.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Conveyor, Material Handling, Order Picking & Fulfillment| No Comments »

November Roundup: Conveyor Safety, Manufacturing and Automation

November 15, 2022

Morning coffee with Cisco-Eagle photo
We’ve curated a number of the most insightful tips, articles, opinions and videos we’ve been seeing this month.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Conveyor, News, Manufacturing| No Comments »

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 President and 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.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Conveyor, News| No Comments »

How to Convey Large, Heavy Loads

October 25, 2022

Conveyor with large, heavy carton

The demand for high-throughput, accurate order fulfillment isn’t only about sorting cartons, parcels and other relatively small, light packages. Large, bulky, heavy items are also in high demand and must be quickly picked, sorted and shipped.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Automation, Order Picking & Fulfillment, Conveyor| No Comments »

Gapping Conveyors: A Guide to Types and Applications

July 12, 2022

Gapper Conveyor line in a distribution center

Conveyors that create gaps between loads—called “gappers”—are used in functions ranging from sortation to quality control to packing to machine integration. Any process that requires identical and predictable gaps between the back of a load and the leading edge of the following will probably need a gapper. Most gappers are slider bed belt conveyors, since belts provide superior control and support.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Conveyor, Automation, Material Handling| No Comments »

How to Reduce Conveyor Headaches, Repair Costs and Downtime

June 16, 2022

conveyor service

We spoke with Tim Harris, our manager of Field Services Group. Tim’s expertise when it comes to conveyors – and how to keep them running tip-top – is unparalleled. Tim and the Field Services group maintains many miles of conveyors from virtually every manufacturer, in just about every environment. Here’s what he had to say.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Conveyor, Manufacturing, Material Handling, ROI| No Comments »

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?

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Conveyor| No Comments »

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. It’s 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.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Conveyor, Automation| No Comments »

Conveying Fruits and Produce

February 1, 2022

cherries being sorted and packed in a processing facility.
Conveyors used to transport, sort and deliver produce such as fruits and vegetables must be precise, sanitary and capable of carefully handling delicate foods. Production and packaging machinery should integrate with conveyor systems to ensure seamless operation. What are some produce conveying factors?

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Conveyor| No Comments »

Read our customer reviews