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One of the first steps in the process of ordering a material handling solution is to get it quoted. Hytrol’s Quoting Department completes around 7,000 quotes a year, and we are dedicated to offering the best conveying solution. With a little planning and research, you can ensure that your quote is processed quickly and accurately with the best solution available.
Plastic and modular chain conveyors may be more encompassing than you think. Usually best suited for the pharmaceutical, food production, packaging or manufacturing industries, they offer many advantages and benefits for material handling needs. What makes these belts a good fit for your system and when should you consider using them?
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.  
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.
Hytrol is in the business of manufacturing, and look—people often have the wrong idea about it. There have been some alarming studies out there about what people think of when they think about careers in manufacturing. They think it’s dirty work. They think it’s not exciting. They think it’s not well-paying. But here’s some news: that is simply not true about today’s industry. Take a look at these common misconceptions—and what manufacturing means today.  
Companies execute acquisitions so that each can create more value more quickly—it's risky, since about half of those fail before they get off the ground. But, even in the case of successfully being acquired, there can be pitfalls for a company and its customers. It's because of those pitfalls that Hytrol has never considered being acquired. It's not just the risk involved—you don't find the success that we've had without taking risks. It's because we know exactly how we create value for our cust...
We've all been there before: calling into a support center expecting a live person to answer when an automated voice answers instead. After following the vocal prompts and being misunderstood by the machine and redirected elsewhere to where you just hang up the phone, you end up right where you started--frustrated.
2016 was one of the best years in Hytrol history. We overcame challenges in the influx of business, diversified our markets, grew our workforce and invested in our relationships.
According to a survey conducted by PwC regarding innovation, 92 percent of industrial manufacturing executives said innovation is important to future revenue growth. It makes sense—to meet consumer demand in this day and age, businesses must evaluate how to solve problems and generate new capabilities to increase throughput. However, innovation efforts can’t take off without a shared vision or strategic plan. Throwing resources at research and development won’t solve the problem. It is important...