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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.
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:
Implementing a new system or process can be an overwhelming experience for any organization. The benefits of adding a new system can lead to huge rewards in terms of increased capacity, which adds value to your value chain—but looming concerns of necessary maintenance and potential downtime can put a damper on what is otherwise a positive decision.
It’s a well-known fact that Hytrol goes to market through a network of industry experts called the Integration Partner Network. We’ve worked with these independent companies for more than 65 years, and we believe this is the best option for us—and more importantly—for our customers.
One of the most dangerous sentences in business is, “It’s always been done this way,” and that is doubly true when talking to material handling and manufacturing companies. The way we do business is always changing due to customer demands, and the way we market ourselves must change, too.
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.
One of the foundational cornerstones of workplace safety is good housekeeping. In simple terms, you need a well-organized, clean workplace that is free of clutter and congestion. The 5S methodology is foundationally the same as the principle of good housekeeping. In fact, these two cornerstones have very much in common. Just as you cannot achieve true workplace safety without good housekeeping, you will never achieve true implementation of all Lean principles without 5S. The 5S methodology is an...
When facilitating  a training event at Hytrol or at a customer's facility, we always ask participants to share their main goal(s) or objectives for the training so that we can confirm we meet them. Almost without fail, at least one response is, "My boss sent me." It's disappointing to hear because it means the employee does not have a clear understanding of why they are in training in the first place and what the desired business outcome for their attendance is. Without that understanding, the e...