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.
This is the last in a four-part blog series covering best practices in areas of e-commerce. You can find the third blog here. Handling e-commerce is becoming more and more important to the material handling sector. The range of products and quick consumer demand has made it essential for solutions to be able to maximize space, handle both cartons and bags, and reduce the costs associated with shipping. A large part of this comes in with sortation. It's always important to be able to sort produc...
This is the third in a four-part blog series covering best practices in areas of e-commerce. You can find the second blog here. Material handling solutions in e-commerce facilities require speed and accuracy in combining and merging. In both small and large distribution centers, implement your solution utilizing knowledge and experience, following best practices from beginning to end.
In today's Ask Hytrol video, we’re going to discuss how to configure the loading and unloading zones on an EZLogic® zone controller using the Genesis software. When a product is placed in a zone (a loading zone) or removed from a zone (an unloading zone) by some external means, the EZLogic® zone controller may be programmed to stop the zone and accumulate any upstream products for a preset time.
This is a four-part blog series covering best practices in areas of e-commerce. You can find the first blog here. Material handling solutions in e-commerce facilities may have special requirements. In both small and large distribution centers, these solutions are best implemented with knowledge and experience, following best practices from beginning to end.