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The first week in October is when we celebrate the manufacturing industry with Manufacturing Day on October 5. It is not only a time to educate others about manufacturing careers, but it is also a good time to evaluate processes in your facility.
Plastic chain conveyors are utilized for many benefits—they are lightweight, modular, and flexible, and provide transport for smaller items that are not otherwise easily conveyed. Hytrol's Connex™ conveyor line offers all these benefits of a plastic chain conveyor plus others. See what Connex can do for you and your business.
Connex™ is Hytrol’s line of plastic chain conveyors built with an aluminum frame. While Connex is typically used to carry small items, the aluminum it utilizes also provides great versatility for product design and construction. These materials can be used to build conveyors, but can also solve other issues with your material handling system. Check out some of the unique options we can build for you as part of your system.
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.  
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.
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.
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.