The Hytrol Experience

How a Partnership Helped Dick’s Sporting Goods Modify its Merchandising

Posted by TR Cutler on May 26, 2015 9:00:00 AM

The Evolution of Dick’s Sporting Goods

Dicks_Sporting_GoodsDick’s Sporting Goods has come a long way from its founding in 1948 by Dick Stack as a bait and tackle outpost in upstate Binghamton, NY, as recently reported Retail Dive. There are now some 600 Dick’s 
stores nationwide, and counting. From the perspective of retail, it has actually come quite a ways in recent years and months, too, thanks to a concerted all-channels effort and a close watch on merchandising. 

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Topics: Industry News, Integration Partners, Case Study

Best Practices in Conveyor Relationships

Posted by Whitney Blackburn on May 27, 2014 10:00:00 AM

How a Collaborative Experience Among Partners, Manufacturers and End Users Creates a Culture of Best Practice in Conveyor Relationships — published in Business Excellence May 2014


TechnologyCenter2The historical perspective is easy to grasp. Automated product movement is a well-established, easily understood concept. It is so familiar and normative that many in the material handling sector consider conveyance technology little more than a commodity. That is a wild oversimplification. Conveyor solutions are developed from dynamic and complex challenges which require safe, ergonomic, tested and proven products, developed by creative people with a focus on lean manufacturing continuous process improvement.

According to Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA), the only trade association dedicated solely to improving the proficiency of the independent material handling equipment distributor, conveyor systems have been an integral part of material handling for more than a century, and transport of bulk materials by conveyor belts dates back to around 1795; the vast majority of these early iterations were used to move grains over very short distances. The first conveyor belt systems were very primitive and consisted of a leather, canvas or rubber belt traveling over a flat wooden bed. This rudimentary system was successful enough to provide incentive for engineers to consider conveyors as an economical and efficient way to haul large quantities of bulk material from one location to another.

By the turn of the 20th century, conveyors were being used in the Minneapolis – St. Paul area to unload wooden shingles from railcars. Conveyors are now used for thousands of additional applications, particularly moving items in manufacturing plants and distribution centers.

Hytrol Conveyor Company’s first conveyor, designed by founder Tom Loberg in 1947, moved bags of seed in preparation for stacking, and folded when not in use. Loberg discovered that the right angle reducer he had designed for a rotary lawn mower was just the right size to make a belt run at the proper speed on a conveyor.

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Topics: Industry News, The Hytrol Experience

How to Use Apps to Convey Positive Customer Experience

Posted by Phillip Poston on Apr 17, 2014 10:30:00 AM


Great experiences are the result of a company dedicated to providing positive customer interactions at every level. When it comes to delivering a superior experience, companies need to fully understand the items that customers truly value. Once companies identify their value propositions, they can begin to work on tools and processes that raise the level of the customer experience. A tool that has proven to do this well within the B2C realm is the mobile app. The good news for companies that operate primarily within the B2B market is that apps can perform well there, too. Hytrol believes that its Toolbox app conveys a positive experience by streamlining the information process for customers.

When it comes to the value of an app, it is important to assess the target user. Start by gaining a full understanding of why he or she will want to use your tool. Next make the app free, if possible, because it will eliminate any true barriers to entry. Lastly, if you are going to position your app as a win for the customer, then it better deliver the results. These factors and many more were considered when Hytrol developed its Toolbox app.

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Topics: Educational, Conveyor Maintenance, Industry News

Countdown to Modex 2014

Posted by Whitney Blackburn on Feb 11, 2014 10:30:00 AM

In a few short weeks, we’ll be on our way to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta for the industry’s newest expo. MODEX® may be the new kid on the block, but it’s where the best and the brightest thinkers in the supply chain will be on March 17th – 20th.

We’re very much looking forward to exhibiting again this year, and our team of experts is preparing for a great turnout. Our exhibit at MODEX (booth #7434) will focus on cutting-edge solutions that provide the flexibility, accuracy, speed and advanced controls required by today’s manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain industries. Our team of experts will be on hand to discuss the latest trends, technologies and performance enhancement strategies, as well as answer questions and provide solutions to fit a wide range of applications. Hytrol’s exhibit will also showcase the following:

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Topics: Industry News, The Hytrol Experience

There’s PINK everywhere! Hytrol Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

Posted by Paige Carswell on Oct 15, 2013 11:43:00 AM

It’s October. The weather is changing the leaves are turning vibrant colors and it’s beginning to look like fall in Arkansas.  As the leaves begin to change, you may have noticed a rosy shade blanketing our cities, our favorite football teams, and across our television screens. Pink is everywhere, and its symbolism is well known. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we are showing our support.

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Topics: Industry News

Welcome to The Hytrol Experience.

Posted by Whitney Blackburn on Aug 13, 2013 9:03:00 AM


Hello, and welcome to Hytrol'’s Blog, an educational online forum designed to share industry news, trends and tips. As an enhancement to our new website, our blog will house the tools and information you need to improve your operation’s, capabilities and productivity. With over 65 years of experience and a solid network of integration partners, we hope to offer a unique perspective on the material handling industry. Our blog will leverage the influence and knowledge of our employees and integration partners as we discuss real-world applications.


Hytrol's blog, The Hytrol Experience, will be a compilation of industry-specific topics written by our passionate and experienced team of experts. Our authors will provide insight on educational and applicable matters, such as system success stories, maintenance tutorials and upcoming events and tradeshows. Most importantly, the Hytrol Blog will allow you a “behind the scenes” view on matters that may affect your business or industry.

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Topics: HytrolTV, Educational, Conveyor Systems, Industry News, Who We Are, The Hytrol Experience