The Hytrol Experience

Ask Hytrol: How to Replace a Drop-In Pulley

Posted by Jonathan Noell on Jun 20, 2017 3:25:00 PM

 

Today, we're going to demonstrate how simple it is to replace a drop-in pulley. With its quick-change capabilities, this pulley's drop-in design allows for minimal downtime on the production floor. This style of pulley can be found on the induction units of models ProSort 100, ProSort 400, before and after the divert buckets on the ProSort SC, and on the model Gapper.

Here's how to replace a drop-in pulley:

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Topics: Educational, Ask Hytrol, Integration Partners

Why Corporate Stability Matters

Posted by Bob West on Jun 12, 2017 9:30:00 AM


stability-1.pngCompanies execute acquisitions so that each can create more value more quickly—it's risky, since about half of those fail before they get off the ground. But, even in the case of successfully being acquired, there can be pitfalls for a company and its customers.

It's because of those pitfalls that Hytrol has never considered being acquired. It's not just the risk involved—you don't find the success that we've had without taking risks. It's because we know exactly how we create value for our customers and our employees, and being acquired just isn't consistent with the way we create it.

This is the way Hytrol chooses to do business, and the way we'll choose to do business for years to come.

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Topics: History of Hytrol, Stability

Employee Spotlight: Cliff Mullis as Director of Systems Business Development

Posted by Rachel Simpson on Jun 7, 2017 4:52:00 PM


Cliff.jpgEditor's Note: The Employee Spotlights are monthly blog posts highlighting one of Hytrol's employees presented in a Q&A style format. We want to showcase how Hytrol's company culture is fueled by our great employees. If you would like to nominate a Hytrol employee, please email info@hytrol.com with the subject line "Employee Spotlight."

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About Cliff Mullis

I am from Jonesboro, Arkansas and have spent most of my life here. When I was younger, I lived in McCleansville, North Carolina for five years. I am married to Tracy and we have four children, 15-year-old Mason, 11-year-old Brayden, 3-year-old Jax, and 2-month-old Hattie. When I'm not at my desk, I enjoy working around the family farm, riding horses and doing software development.

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Topics: Who We Are, Employee Spotlight

Providing the Human Touch in an Automated Customer Service Industry

Posted by Tony Sartin on May 25, 2017 3:35:00 PM


Friendly Customer CareWe've all been there before: calling into a support center expecting a live person to answer when an automated voice answers instead. After following the vocal prompts and being misunderstood by the machine and redirected elsewhere to where you just hang up the phone, you end up right where you started--frustrated.

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Topics: Educational, Customer Experience, Automation

Ask Hytrol: How to Upgrade the Switch on the ProSort 400

Posted by Jonathan Noell on May 18, 2017 10:50:00 AM

 

In today's Ask Hytrol, we're going to discuss how to upgrade your ProSort 400's switch to the latest configuration. First, remove the hex bolt on the rubber bushing mounting bracket. Disconnect the green airlines from the fittings on the cylinder. Loosen the jam nut on the cylinder rod so that the cylinder may unscrew from the rod end. Unscrew the rubber bushing from the cylinder's base. Once the old bushing is removed, add a drop of thread locker onto the new bushing stud and screw the stud tightly into the back of the cylinder. Hytrol recommends allowing the thread locker to cure for approximately 15 minutes.

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Topics: Educational, Ask Hytrol, Integration Partners

David Peacock: Redefining Our Parcel Business with Silver Cell

Posted by David Peacock on May 13, 2017 11:24:00 AM

David Peacock

It's clear--consumers today are demanding more, thanks in part to the expectations set by e-commerce companies like Amazon. With this online retail growth, parcel companies are feeling the pressure.

They are expected to deliver more packages, do so quicker and at an ever-increasing level of efficiency. Material handling manufacturers must address this ongoing growth with parcel customers. Hytrol foresaw this trend and took the steps to prepare and support our integration partners and customers.

With that said, I'd like to introduce our Silver Cell.

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Topics: Manufacturing Industry, Parcel

Employee Spotlight: Marina Bayardo as Controls Engineer

Posted by Rachel Simpson on May 2, 2017 9:52:00 AM

Marina.jpgEditor's Note: The Employee Spotlights are monthly blog posts highlighting one of Hytrol's employees presented in a Q&A style format. We want to showcase how Hytrol's company culture is fueled by our great employees. If you would like to nominate a Hytrol employee, please email info@hytrol.com with the subject line "Employee Spotlight."

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About Marina Bayardo

I was born in California, but I grew up in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. I came back to the United States a few years later. My hobbies are taekwondo and reading. I also like to travel and have fun with my friends on weekends. I don’t have children, but I have two lovely dogs, Rambo and Nitro, that I treat like my babies. 

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Topics: Who We Are, Employee Spotlight

Ask Hytrol: How to Upgrade the Switch on the ProSort 100

Posted by Jonathan Noell on Apr 25, 2017 10:27:00 AM

 

In the latest Ask Hytrol, we're going to discuss how to upgrade the ProSort 100's divert switch to the latest configuration. Following proper lock-out tag-out procedures, remove the divert from the unit. Detach the locknut from the vibration mount holding the cylinder mount to the switch plate. Remove the locknuts above the rod end so that the actuator assembly can be pulled out. Unplug the two green airlines. Discard the rubber bushing and mounting angle from the cylinder's end.

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Topics: Educational, Ask Hytrol, Integration Partners

The Biggest Problem with Training and How You Can Prevent It

Posted by Jonathan Noell on Apr 18, 2017 4:37:00 PM

When I facilitate a training event at Hytrol or at a customer's facility, I always ask participants to share their main goal(s) or objectives for the training so that I can confirm we meet them. Almost without fail, at least one response is, "My boss sent me."

As a training specialist, it's disappointing to hear because it means the employee does not have a clear understanding of why they are in training in the first place and what the desired business outcome for their attendance is. Without that understanding, the employee is almost guaranteed to fail in transferring this new knowledge to their job.

According to the Association for Talent Development, organizations in 2015 spent an average of $1,252 per employee on direct learning expenditures. For even the smallest of organizations, that cost adds up quickly. Failure to drive successful learning transfer, or ability to apply the behavior/skills/knowledge acquired to their job, to actual business results is a very costly mistake.

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Topics: Educational, Training, Sales

5 Ways That Lean Can Help Any Business

Posted by Kathy Cole on Apr 11, 2017 11:05:00 AM

040617_LeanBlogGraphic_FL-01.pngLean manufacturing, often simply referred to as "Lean," is a set of operational tools and philosophies that, when applied, create a quality product at maximum value to benefit customers. The practice involves considering the customer's needs in all aspects of the organization to reduce waste, optimize processes and provide the most value.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing