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Boyce Bonham

Boyce is the Director of Integrated Systems and Controls.
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Deskilling the Retail Supply Chain through Automation

Posted by Boyce Bonham on Mar 22, 2017 4:31:00 PM

Technology continues to shape the organizational environment, and retail is no different.

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Topics: Conveyor Systems, Automation

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

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

Balancing Long-Term Goals with Short-Term Costs

Posted by Boyce Bonham on Jan 20, 2015 7:00:00 AM


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Above: Total Cost of Ownership means that a greater initial investment may save you money over time in maintenance and operational costs.

When you invest in a material handling solution, you’re investing in the future of your business. That makes it important to consider all of the options available to you to get the most use and greatest value for your solution. Your long-term goals should be a driving force for your decisions, as should the total cost of your solution over time.


Long-term goals to consider

When you’ve determined the solution you need for today, that same solution may not be ideal for your changing business needs. To save yourself the extra time, effort, and money of building a new system 5 or 10 years down the line, make sure you’ve asked yourself these questions:

Will my product line change? It’s common for a product line to expand. What is even more common is for a product’s packaging to be changed. In particular, we see this kind of repackaging driven by marketing efforts that is caught too late; the packages won’t convey and then you have a serious, expensive problem.

Will my business grow? If your business expands and you need more throughput or additional conveyor, keep that in mind to make the next step as painless as possible.

What is the total cost of ownership? Like any investment, conveyors have initial costs, operational costs, and maintenance costs. Higher initial costs may be compensated for by lower costs in energy and maintenance over time. When you plan for these long-term costs, you can decrease the total cost of ownership.

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Topics: Educational, Conveyor Maintenance, Conveyor Systems

Sustainability Initiatives in Warehousing and Distribution Centers

Posted by Boyce Bonham on May 8, 2014 10:30:00 AM


How do sustainability initiatives impact warehousing and distribution operations? Incorporating greener strategies can be a win-win proposition for the company, its employees, and the environment. They reduce damaging effects to the environment; promote worker safety and comfort, while garnering the respect of your customers and community. Not surprisingly, these initiatives often save money, at least over the long term. By lowering operating costs through energy efficient technology and processes, a company’s financial performance can significantly improve. In this article, we will discuss several ways that green initiatives can affect warehousing and distribution centers (DC).

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Topics: Educational, Sustainability

Cross-Docking Operation Requires Advanced Material Handling Solution

Posted by Boyce Bonham on Nov 5, 2013 10:30:00 AM

Since its first delivery in 1944, California Cartage Company has become an industry leader in trucking, warehousing, and deconsolidation, owning and operating highly specialized logistics divisions nationwide. As a third-party logistics company, or 3PL, Cal Cartage provides customers a multitude of services. Their facility in Suffolk, Virginia, houses a cross-docking operation servicing a well-known major retailer. “We make it easier for large companies to break down their freight and ship out to their distribution centers. We condense the actual supply chain. We make that process very easy for potential customers,” said Jammie Faltz, assistant general manager.

 Advanced Material Handling System


Hytrol and the integration partner worked diligently with Cal Cartage to implement an automated material handling system capable of processing the customer’s large volume of product. The conveyor system gives Cal Cartage the capacity to deconsolidate up to 20 containers at the same time, with 4 additional doors for future growth.


“We were able to achieve some really unexpected goals, and we were able to make our customer happy and meet their demands." — Gary Taylor, engineering and maintenance manager


"Some of the containers would normally take 8 to 9 hours to process. Now, we can process them in 3 hours." — Jammie Faltz, assistant general manager


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