The Material Handling and Supply Chain Blog

A Poem About “The Robot Industry” in Honor of National Robotics Week

Written By: Steven Hogg

April 11th, 2014

National Robotics WeekAs a Robotics Application Engineer, I work to develop systems that are innovative and push the boundaries of my own creativity. If you are not continually pushing yourself to improve and innovate, then your skills will become static. This is the same thinking behind National Robotics Week. It is important to celebrate how far the robotics industry has come, but we also want to encourage continued education and growth in the field.

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Solutions to 5 Common Microsoft Project Frustrations

Written By: Jason Petrie

April 9th, 2014

MS Project frustrationsIf you’re like most project managers, you’ve had some frustrations getting your project schedule to look the way you want in Microsoft Project Professional, but don’t give up. MS Project has so many amazing features that take the guess work out of creating a project schedule. Here are solutions to 5 of the most common frustrations I hear about in MS Project Professional.

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When Meat and Material Handling Equipment Meet

Written By: Aaron Jones

April 3rd, 2014

Meat processing conveyorWhen in review of some of the most demanding and extreme conditions that material handling equipment (MHE) can be subjected to, the applications can be quite daunting. But despite all the smoke, fumes, dirt, grease, and grime, perhaps the most extreme applications for MHE can be found in one of the cleanest industries of all: meat and poultry processing plants.

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Standing in Line for 2.5 Hours: Tips for Process Improvement

Written By: Bill Bastian II

March 27th, 2014

Process Improvement Prevents Long LinesAfter standing in line for more than 2 hours at the Post Office, I realized how important studying processes and improving them can be for any organization. Here are a few tips for redesigning processes in your company.

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3 Options for Starting and Stopping an AC Motor

Written By: Ron Daggett

March 17th, 2014

AC motor conveyorAC motors can be used for anything from running a conveyor to raising a gantry arm, but your best method for starting and stopping an AC motor depends on your end goal. This article will address the three means to control AC motors from lowest to highest capability and cost.

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