The Hytrol Experience

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

Be People Savvy: How to Create an Omni-Channel Customer Experience

Posted by Tony Sartin on Jun 9, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Create an omni-channel customer experienceOmnichannel is here to stay: it's a goal in every industry, creating a seamless experience in every customer interaction.

But it's also more than just a buzzword. A truly integrated environment is more than just the same color scheme and pricing; it’s about the customer. To create the ultimate experience, you have to be more than tech savvy—you have to be people savvy.


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Topics: Educational, Who We Are, Material Handling

How to Use Conveyors to Improve Plant Ergonomics

Posted by Scott Stone on May 19, 2015 7:00:00 AM

ErgonomicsAccording to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the leading causes of workplace injuries and illnesses. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, in fact, shows MSDs (e.g., carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, muscle strains, lower back injuries, etc.) accounted for roughly 33% of all worker injury and illness cases reported in 2013.


Conveyors can reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injury in tasks that involve manual handling by reducing the need for repetitive lifting and carrying of heavy loads. But the devil is in the details, as always. If your conveyor workstations aren’t correctly configured, they can actually contribute to the development of MSDs. Conveyor systems are essentially an interface with workers, and should be designed as such.

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Topics: Educational, Integration Partners, Material Handling, Scott Stone

3 Ways to Be Proactive with Workplace Safety

Posted by Paige Carswell on Mar 9, 2015 4:16:00 PM

One of a good employer's top goals is to make sure employees go home as healthy as they came in. 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. When you want to take the next step before an injury or fine happens, these proactive steps will help you on your way.

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Topics: Who We Are, Integration Partners, Material Handling

How to Test Your Conveyor for Performance: A 5-Step Checklist

Posted by Scott Stone on Feb 5, 2015 7:00:00 AM


While conveyor systems can help you create warehouse efficiency and optimize operations, they are both a major investment and a serious decision. You want the best equipment you can buy for your money, so it’s important to factor in considerations such as the Total Cost of Ownership to determine how you can maximize the investment over the long term.

To ensure you get the most out of your conveyor system now and in the future, it’s also important to allow adequate time for testing prior to getting the new system up and running. There could be hidden mechanical issues that would delay production, or any number of other problems that may need to be adjusted so the conveyor system can perform at peak efficiency.

So how do you test your conveyor for performance? Follow this 5-step checklist.

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Topics: Conveyor Maintenance, Conveyor Systems, Conveyor Testing, Material Handling, Scott Stone