The Hytrol Experience

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

Lessons We Learned from Tom Loberg

Posted by Robert Jones on Jul 1, 2016 9:04:22 AM

Tom LobergThis blog post was written by the Chairman of Hytrol's Board of Directors as part of our celebration of Loberg Day, in which we honor the legacy of our late founder, Tom Loberg. Tom believed in servant leadership, in empathy and in family. He routinely gave his time and resources to his community, both within Hytrol and the Jonesboro area. As someone who believed in the importance of relationships, Tom wanted his employees to feel like part of a family; he often referred to the company as “The Hytrol Family,” and this is a tradition that continues today. 

 

What was Tom Loberg’s leadership style?  I readily admit that many others are better equipped to report on personal observations of how Tom led.  So many of our current employees or retirees – especially those who are honored on the 40 year pillars in the front office – had much better and more plentiful opportunities to see Tom in action.  But my observations during the relatively brief period I worked directly for and with him continue to provide tools I use in the service of his company: Hytrol.  I am pleased to have the opportunity to share these, especially for those who didn’t have the opportunity to know Tom and see him in action.

There are three hallmarks of Tom’s style that have come to me over that period: empathy, humility and gratitude. 

 

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Topics: Tom Loberg, History of Hytrol, Loberg Day

Ask Hytrol: How to Determine Proper Timing Belt Tension

Posted by Whitney Blackburn on Jun 28, 2016 1:00:00 PM

 

The timing belts in your material handling operation must be properly tensioned in order to run smoothly and efficiently.

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

The 4 Questions You Should Be Asking Your Material Handling Installation Provider

Posted by Boyce Bonham on Jun 23, 2016 7:00:00 AM

DCEZD conveyor installed squarely.Do things right the first time. We’ve all heard it, whether from a parent, a coach, a teacher, or a boss. And when it comes to installing a material handling solution, failing to install conveyor right the first time can cost your company serious money down the line.

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Topics: Educational, Conveyor Maintenance, Conveyor Systems

David Peacock: 4 Practical Ways to Promote Safety in Manufacturing Environments

Posted by David Peacock on Jun 16, 2016 7:00:00 AM

David Peacock

At Hytrol, we create the most advanced material handling solutions in the world, and we couldn't do that without the dedication of each and every employee who walks through these doors.  We also recognize that a manufacturing facility has the potential for a higher rate of accidents than working in an office cubicle. Safety is more than a metric to us— it's a guarantee that we'll get each employee home safely to their families and friends.

Taking steps toward your workers’ safety is imperative to a thriving environment. It creates more loyal employees, improves quality, and reduces the costs of injuries. You want to take all the steps you can toward building a safe environment before an accident happens. These are four practical solutions that will move your workplace toward a safer environment.


 

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Topics: Who We Are, Manufacturing Industry

Ask Hytrol: How to Specify a Replacement Belt in HEROES

Posted by Whitney Blackburn on May 26, 2016 9:00:00 AM

 

When you order a belt in HEROES, the belt defaults to the shortest length, the narrowest width, and less lacing. Use the following steps to specify the properties of your belt.

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Topics: Ask Hytrol, Conveyor Maintenance, E24™