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Boyce Bonham

Boyce Bonham

Boyce Bonham serves as Hytrol's Chief Engineer. In this role, he is our senior technical solutions provider and has over 30 years of experience with Hytrol equipment. You can email Boyce at

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The belt on a belted conveyor is essentially the heart of the machine. It must be running for the conveyor to move the product. Just like your heart, you must take care of the conveyor belt to ensure that it stays in top condition and keeps the product moving. This blog will address the importance of proper tension, how to check the belt tension, how to properly tension a conveyor belt, and how to care for a conveyor belt.
Roller conveyors are a great solution for your material handling needs. They are a sound choice for both transportation and accumulation of cartons and come in two basic frame styles: rollers set high (RSH) and rollers set low (RSL). These terms refer to the vertical position of the carrying rollers relative to the side frame. Although the RSH frame design has been Hytrol’s default standard for many years, the RSL design offers many distinct advantages in applications within a conveyor system. 
The Industrial Revolution in the 18th century changed manufacturing forever. Now 200 years later, we’re looking toward another change in the industry. Some call this Industry 4.0 and others call it the Fourth Industrial Revolution. No matter how you slice it, technology is changing the landscape of material handling.
Belt conveyor and roller conveyor are both used to transport and/or accumulate products within a facility. With similar basic functionality, it may be difficult at times to determine which is the best selection to apply for a specific application. Both roller conveyors and belt conveyors can be utilized for sorting, assembly, inspection, picking and packing operations within manufacturing and distribution facilities; however, each have some specific performance advantages which should be underst...
Slider beds and roller beds perform the same basic functions—transporting and accumulating product. They’re both often used in assembly, sorting, inspection and packing, but there are a few differences, and some considerations for when each should be used in a material handling operation.
When running cartons through a distribution center—particularly an operation with different sizes and shapes of products—a few things can go wrong. One of the biggest issues we’ve seen is cartons becoming side-by-side in the line. This can cause the following problems:
As e-commerce continues to grow, shoe sortation grows with it. These sorters can handle a variety of products in different shapes and sizes, and are utilized in varying industries including food and beverage, consumer products and parcel. But, as with a range of ideas in a variety of sectors and industries, when it comes to sliding shoe sorters, there’s a status quo that needs to go. That status quo is the proper placement of product on this sortation equipment.
Technology continues to shape the organizational environment, and retail is no different.
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.
  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 ...