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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. 
Last year saw a 16 percent increase in e-commerce sales to $453.5 billion according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. This was no surprise as e-commerce sales have averaged a 15.2 percent and $40.5 billion increase every year since 2010, doubling since 2012. During that same time, the size of new warehouses in the U.S. increased by more than 108,000 sq. ft. (143 percent) and 3.7 ft. in height.  
The largest manufacturing and supply chain expo of 2018, MODEX, is coming up quickly. The show is April 9-12 in Atlanta, and with more than 850 exhibits and 100 educational sessions, you could find yourself overwhelmed with your choices. A little planning will help you make the most of your MODEX experience. Use the following quick tips to make sure you utilize your time wisely.  
What is the key to success? It can vary from company to company, but for Hytrol it’s a relationship that started more than 50 years ago with our Integration Partner Network.
  Today, we’re going to discuss how to properly tension and track a belt on a model ABEZ conveyor.
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.
It’s difficult to separate yourself from running the business to work on changing the business. That’s something I heard early in my role in strategic planning, and it has stuck with me. Running the business requires a lot of effort and focus, and often people forget to think about what happens 5 or 10 years down the line. That’s where strategic planning comes in. The goal of strategic planning is to define the vision for your company and help you get there. It helps you create the processes, te...
2017 was an excellent year for Hytrol, and we expect similar results in 2018. We plan for modest growth this year, which will allow us to focus more on refining the solutions that will increase our capacity and capabilities. Taking advantage of these opportunities, we will create more efficiencies in our processes and new technology that expands our product line.
In today's Ask Hytrol video, we're going to discuss how to address a misaligned V-belt on an LRC. One of the most important preventative maintenance items on Hytrol’s V-belt driven models is to check for proper V-belt and sheave alignment.
I’d like to start with the obvious: 2017 has been the best year in Hytrol’s history. That’s not meant to discount any of the successes of the previous years—we certainly wouldn’t have seen the success we achieved this year had it not been for years and years of preparation and hard work. We know that it’s the work that has happened since Hytrol’s founding in 1947 that we build on to create the progress we see today.
Research and Development (R&D) is often spoken of as a tool a company can use to create success. The truth is, though, that innovation isn’t just an added bonus for a company—it’s a cornerstone of success. In today’s reality, adoption rates of new technologies continue to speed up, which means that without a serious commitment to innovation, companies will be left behind quickly.