The Hytrol Experience

David Peacock: Managing Growth

Posted by David Peacock on Feb 22, 2017 10:39:00 AM

David Peacock

In many aspects, these are heady days in the material handling industry. Technology is colliding in many areas to create incredible opportunities. Often when this happens, success can appear simple. These conditions can make it easy for many to achieve success in the short term. However, to achieve lasting success as an organization, the ability to balance all aspects of growth is crucial.

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Topics: Manufacturing Industry, Leadership

Relationship Focus: Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Posted by Whitney Blackburn on Feb 21, 2017 10:13:00 AM

Founded in 1933 at the end of the prohibition era, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) now serves as the sole distributor for distilled spirits in the state, serving more than 260 liquor stores. Their main facility is located in Portland, Oregon, with 42 full time employees covering two shifts. The Portland operation has expanded three times. First in 1977, again in 2007, and the most recent expansion coming in 2016. This newest venture was their most ambitious yet, as they set their sights on previously unattainable shipping numbers.

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Topics: Sortation, Relationship Focus

Advantages of Choosing a Plastic Chain Conveyor

Posted by Chris Woodall on Feb 16, 2017 4:45:00 PM

connex_pc.jpgThanks to the popularity of plastic chain conveyors, more companies are opting for the flexible, low-profile design these conveying solutions offer. Plastic chain conveyors can serve specific needs and perform well with specific industries, such as food packaging, pharmaceuticals, personal care applications and more.

With advances being made daily, this kind of solution is becoming more established alongside the traditional conveyor styles, such as roller conveyor. The following describes four advantages this plastic chain solution offer to companies considering a unique material handling solution:

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Topics: Pharmaceutical, Aluminum plastic chain, Connex, Plastic Chain Conveyor, Food packaging

Ask Hytrol: Importing a Parts Order from an .h4i File

Posted by Jonathan Noell on Feb 14, 2017 5:15:00 PM


Importing a spare parts order into HEROES allows for electronic tracking for spare parts orders and removes the possibility of order duplication. Let’s talk about how to import this list from HyNet.

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Topics: Educational, Ask Hytrol, Integration Partners

Manufacturing an Optimal Customer Experience

Posted by Cameron Gillespie on Feb 7, 2017 4:28:00 PM

Companies are having to reinvent their strategies surrounding customer loyalty. A great example of an industry having to rethink its tactics regarding their customers is the manufacturing industry. As the field has become more competitive and saturated, manufacturing companies face rapid commoditization.

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Topics: Customer Experience

Employee Spotlight: Lisa Richardson as Systems Product Engineer

Posted by Rachel Simpson on Feb 2, 2017 9:25:00 AM

LisaRichardson-895439-edited.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 with the subject line "Employee Spotlight." 

About Lisa Richardson:

I am from Swifton, Ark. but I currently reside in Paragould, Ark. with my husband, Brian and our three boys, Forrest, Silas and Barrett. My hobbies include running, basketball, wakeboarding and any other outdoor activities. I also enjoy cooking for my family and would consider that my hidden talent!

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Topics: Who We Are, Employee Spotlight

Ask Hytrol: Reading EZLogic® Indicator Lights to Determine Zone Status

Posted by Jonathan Noell on Jan 23, 2017 2:05:00 PM


Welcome to Ask Hytrol. Today, we're going to talk about reading EZLogic® LED indicator lights to determine zone status. The first step when troubleshooting an error on any Hytrol EZLogic® model of conveyor is to determine whether or not it is an EZLogic® problem.

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Topics: Ask Hytrol, Conveyor Maintenance, Conveyor Systems, EZLogic®

Highlighting the Value of Relationships

Posted by Phillip Poston on Jan 20, 2017 4:59:00 PM

At Hytrol, we believe we create the best material handling systems in the world, but we also believe that businesses are only as strong as the people—and the relationships—that support them.

Strong businesses have been the foundation for Hytrol’s success. We have worked for more than 70 years to build solid connections with our customers, integration partners and employees. Some of these dealings have produced new product designs, helped us permeate new markets and crafted innovative solutions for a wide range of applications and industries.

These partnerships have also provided a solid foundation for mutual growth and development. We understand that communication and collaboration are the keys to success and longevity, and we are committed to building and maintaining bonds through several valuable types of interactions.

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Topics: Who We Are, Relationship Focus

5 Benefits of Product Management

Posted by Mitch Smith on Jan 5, 2017 4:23:00 PM

121216 5 Benefits of Product Management-01.jpgIn a lean environment, everything is about the customer. Every process and every product should add value. That's where product management comes in.

In the traditional method of business, an engineer may design product technology, a marketing team will research the best way to showcase a product, and business development will connect end users with your business. Product management still utilizes all three roles, but the manager creates a structure and takes responsibility for the overall process. The product manager must be fluent in all three areas to be able to take a product from its beginning stages to the end result.

Here are some benefits of having a product manager on board:

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Topics: Material Handling, Lean Manufacturing, Leadership

Employee Spotlight: Daniel Aspinwall as Systems Engineering Project Manager

Posted by Rachel Simpson on Jan 4, 2017 9:03:00 AM

aspinwalldaniel_1024.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 with the subject line "Employee Spotlight."


About Daniel Aspinwall

I was born in West Helena, Ark. but was raised in Waldron, Ark. I graduated from Arkansas State University with a Bachelor of Arts in marketing. When I'm not at work, I enjoy being outdoors, including hunting and working on our family homestead in Williamsville, Mo. I've been married to my wife, Teresa (a former Hytrol employee of 17 years), for 15 years as of this January. Together, we have two children, 19-year-old James Alex Aspinwall of Jonesboro and 36-year-old Dr. Brandi Hamilton of Bakersfield, Ca. 

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Topics: Who We Are, Employee Spotlight