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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.
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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.
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...
We’ve discussed before how important it is to create a material handling solution that can convey products for both in-store and online retail efforts. Online shopping may have changed the industry, but in-store sales are still an important piece of the puzzle for many retailers, and it’s important to these customers to have a solution that provides both.
Pacific Coast Cherry Packers (PCCP) is located in the heart of fruit country in the Pacific Northwest. The operation grows, harvests and delivers millions of pounds of cherries worldwide. As a division of Sage Fruit Company, PCCP farms thousands of acres of orchards throughout Washington and Oregon. "PCCP was started as a partnership between a group of cherry growers," said Peter Verbrugge, President of Sage Fruit Company. "We needed to install new technology on a cherry packing line about 10 ye...
Distribution centers of today are facing a unique challenge: You must be able to fulfill e-commerce orders while still maintaining a retail presence. Most companies—especially those smaller in size—aren’t able to create two centers and two solutions to fulfill each side of that equation. That makes it important for a solution to do both, so your company can do both. Solutions should be able to handle a wide range of products very quickly. Variations in size, weight, weight distribution, product ...
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.
At Hytrol, we get to answer a lot of questions about our products. We want to make sure all of our customers understand how we can help create a solution with the best service possible. Some of the questions we answer are equipment specific, while others are more general.
If you’ve been around digital marketing, you’ve heard the term “SEO.” It stands for search engine optimization, and it’s a priority for those seeking more potential customers on their sites. Here’s the gist: SEO is a way to help your website rank higher on search engines, so when someone types in a search (for instance, “Where can I buy...?”), your business will show up on the first page.
In today's Ask Hytrol video, we’re going to discuss how to replace a belt on the ProSort MRT. This task is recommended for two people. So before you get started, have someone assist you with the following steps: Following proper lock-out tag-out procedures, begin by removing the four bolts holding the wear strip support channel in place. Slide the channel toward the discharge end of the conveyor until it pulls free from the wear strip, then pull off to either side of the conveyor.
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: