The Hytrol Experience

How to Tension the Chain on the Connex™AL Series

Posted by Whitney Blackburn on Sep 21, 2016 2:00:00 PM


The plastic chain on the Connex™ AL series stretches naturally over time, and may need to be tensioned.

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Topics: Ask Hytrol, Conveyor Maintenance, Conveyor Systems, Conveyor Belt

The Two Most Important Factors in Quality Assurance

Posted by Chris Shepard on Sep 14, 2016 4:30:00 PM


It’s imperative in Lean Manufacturing that quality is assured. In a Lean environment you eliminate waste, and there’s no greater waste or cost to eliminate than a quality issue. Between lost hours and lost material, quality issues are costly to your company and, ultimately, to your customer.

One thing I’ve found in my many years involved in quality assurance, is that a company’s quality successes and failures come down to two variables: your people and your processes. This is especially true in manufacturing. But no matter your industry, your quality standards are directly correlated with how well you’re approaching these two subjects.

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Topics: Who We Are, Lean Manufacturing, Customer Experience, Quality Assurance

David Peacock: The 3 Ways Lean Leadership Continuously Changes the Manufacturing Sector

Posted by David Peacock on Sep 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM

David Peacock

On this blog, I’ve discussed trends in manufacturing, in mentoring, in hiring. The overarching theme for each of these topics can be summed up in one word: change. In every industry, in every generation, and in every market, change is the one constant.  Leadership is no different.  While the principles of leadership remain true throughout time, their application is no less impacted by change than any of these other areas previously discussed.

Lean leadership has demonstrated its effective applications of leadership principles in the modern workforce.  The key to its success is its ability to not only adapt to change, but its expectation of and embracing of change. Lean leaders—whether they are formal leaders within the hierarchical structure of an organization or informal leaders addressing challenges in the trenches—are committed to improvements.  These improvements are achieved through change. 

Lean leaders are people at every level of the organization who are leading change in their companies and in the industry in three main ways.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Manufacturing Industry, Leadership

5 Simple Conveyor Application Rules for Optimal Performance

Posted by Scott Stone on Sep 1, 2016 1:00:00 PM


083016_Conveyor_Application_Rules-03.jpgWhen considering new solutions for material handling challenges, there can be an overwhelming number of options and potential vendors, technologies, or equipment types. Finding the right solution for your specific needs is imperative to achieve optimal performance.

Before investing in a solution, decision makers need to understand the ins and outs of their current system, establish clear goals, and communicate budget considerations.

Let’s take a deeper look at the areas warehouses and distribution centers need to examine in order to ensure implementation of the best conveyor application:

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Topics: Educational, Conveyor Systems

Ask Hytrol: How to Load Chain onto the Connex™ AL Series

Posted by Whitney Blackburn on Aug 30, 2016 4:06:02 PM


Hytrol’s Aluminum Connex™ line has a quiet, modular design and is created for easy installation.

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Topics: Ask Hytrol, Conveyor Maintenance, Conveyor Systems, Conveyor Belt

3 Ways a Warehouse Control System Adds to Your Solution

Posted by Bill Maple on Aug 25, 2016 9:00:00 AM

A WCS may be right for your company.In today’s world, technology gets more and more complicated, but also more and more necessary. The material handling industry has always used technology to create better solutions for consumers, and the Warehouse Control System (WCS) is software layer that allows for greater efficiency and integration. But with so much technology out there, why is a WCS so beneficial to manufacturers and distributors?


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Topics: Who We Are, Lean Manufacturing, Customer Experience

How to Troubleshoot Improper Conveyor Belt Tracking

Posted by Boyce Bonham on Aug 16, 2016 5:00:00 PM


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Topics: Educational, Conveyor Maintenance, Conveyor Systems

David Peacock: Material Handling Acquisition Effects on Customers

Posted by David Peacock on Aug 2, 2016 9:00:00 AM

David Peacock

Is your conveyor company the same company it was last year? If it’s Hytrol, it is.

Recently some major players in the material handling industry were acquired through business agreements, and while an acquisition does not spell disaster, it’s always a harbinger of change.  Usually it is a bittersweet moment for those at the company, a period of uncertainty for the customer and the end for the old way of doing business.

I have seen and been involved with multiple acquisitions in previous companies.  Those experiences, both good and bad, have taught me that there is peace of mind working at a company whose culture and processes change naturally to meet customer needs and expectations and not as a result of an acquisition.

Acquisitions matter for customers, and there are three main reasons why.

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Topics: Careers, Manufacturing Industry

Ask Hytrol: How to Interpret Hytrol’s Match Mark Decals

Posted by Whitney Blackburn on Jul 14, 2016 1:00:00 PM


Hytrol’s match mark decals signify how multiple conveyor units have been engineered for setup. They also have a printed QR code which references the Factory Order Number.

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Topics: Ask Hytrol, Conveyor Maintenance, Conveyor Systems, Conveyor Belt

David Peacock: Fostering Millennial Talent as a Baby Boomer

Posted by David Peacock on Jul 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM

David Peacock

It’s a tough fact to swallow: the skills gap in manufacturing means that 2 million jobs will potentially go unfulfilled in the next decade in this sector. The solution to this problem can be even tougher for an older generation to face: we need Millennials in our workforce, and we need them now.

Let me start by saying that I dislike being categorized as a boomer and suspect many others dislike being categorized by age. Not everyone fits neatly into these categories, but it does offer a framework to address an ongoing challenge.

As a Baby Boomer I know about the stereotypes that are placed on Millennials—they’re often portrayed as lazy, unloyal, and ungrateful. I haven’t found that to be the case. To recruit this generation to our industry, we need to be aware that Millennials are simply less constrained by what we see as conventional behavior. At their core, they need to be inspired, to be mentored, and to be recognized. That’s really not very different from every other group. The difference is in how we accomplish that inspiration, motivation and recognition. It’s up to our generation to figure out the most efficient ways to do this.

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Topics: Careers, Manufacturing Industry