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3 Key Lessons for New Year DC Throughput Efficiencies & Adaptability

January 19, 2021
We’ve all heard some variation of the saying “Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste” but how good are we at recognizing the crisis and the best way to capitalize on it? As we enter this new year, we must acknowledge 2020 was unlike any other year in many ways, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted everything in our lives: personal, political, and professional. The world learned to work from home, educate from home, and to the point of this article – shop from home. What can be learned from this “Great Accelerator” event to ensure distribution centers are ready to adapt in the future and improve throughput efficiencies? Here are three lessons from this past year, and a few recommendations for each to ensure the 2020 distribution center (DC) “crisis” doesn’t go to waste:

Supply Chain Returns: Strategically Handling the Post-Holiday Rush

January 13, 2021
With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season now over, many would think that retailers and manufacturers could catch their breath and start to focus on the next season. However, all retailers and online businesses know that there is one more hurdle to cross before closing out this season and that means processing returns! Here are 3 Key Thoughts for Strategically Managing Returns.
Posted in General Blogs

New Year DC Resolutions: 4 Operational Considerations for a Smoother Year Ahead

January 06, 2021
As we close the door on a year of tremendous challenge and change, it’s a good time for distribution center (DC) leaders to pause and reflect on how to apply the hard-won learnings of 2020 in order to make course corrections for 2021 and beyond. Despite how early it may seem, now is the time to prepare for the second half of 2021, by which time the COVID-19 pandemic may be substantially behind us. As you chart your distribution operation’s path forward consider a few key questions that take into account your business needs, workforce, trends and technologies. Not only will this help prepare your operations for a smoother process but will help you assess your capabilities as external factors continue to change.

7 Ways to Help Your Warehouse Employees Work at Peak Performance

December 29, 2020
For years, logistics consultants, material handling engineers , and supply chain execution providers have been slicing-and-dicing warehouse statistics in a quest to enhance employee performance for the ultimate purpose of bringing profitable dollars to the bottom line. While having tangible statistics and historical records of warehouse operation is important, I suggest that these benchmarks alone will not drive peak employee or warehouse performance.

Scalable Automation: Creating Optimization for Today and Tomorrow at Parts Town

December 16, 2020
Parts Town needed a way to get ahead of their 30 percent year over year growth. Order printouts and manual push carts bustling from one side of the warehouse to another just wasn’t working anymore. Wanting to embrace their success without sacrificing their promise to customers of same-day delivery, Parts Town turned to Bastian Solutions. It was time to envision a new approach and make better use of their space.

Goods to Person Systems Stretch Beyond Social Distancing Benefits

December 09, 2020
Various goods-to-person technologies have risen to the challenge of social distancing by creating naturally spaced workstations for employees and allowing companies to continue their business momentum. In some cases, ramping up to match shifts like we’ve seen in ecommerce. In Q3 2020, about $1 in every $5 was spent on online sales, according to U.S. Commerce Department retail data.

Drones en la Cadena de Suministro

December 09, 2020
Era sólo cuestión de tiempo para que los proveedores logísticos, los integradores y las diferentes empresas multinacionales empezaran a buscar maneras de aprovechar esta tecnología.

El Comercio Electrónico en México

November 18, 2020
Sin duda el comercio electrónico ha revolucionado la manera en la que las personas realzan sus compras. No sólo ha incrementado la participación comercial del comercio electrónico en el mundo, si no que en los años recientes el crecimiento exponencial representa una amenaza para el comercio tradicional. Read: El Comercio Electrónico en México
Posted in Bastian Mexico

Multi-Site Project Implementations: Consistency Drives Efficiency

November 18, 2020
As the global effects of COVID-19 continue to play out, demand for contactless shopping via eCommerce is increasing putting pressure on fulfillment. Businesses are scrambling to identify opportunities to increase supply across their distribution networks. Many are seeking support from automation systems integrators (conveyor, robotics, software, controls) across several fulfillment sites at once. While multi-site implementations can be challenging, when executed successfully they can achieve greater results than single-site implementations.

Pandemic Accelerated Growth: 5 Ways AGVs and AMRs are an Asset to Your Operations

November 12, 2020
Automated guided vehicles (AVGs) and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are transforming the way manufacturing and distribution centers operate. They are easier than ever to integrate into your operations and are currently seeing a significant boost in adoption.

Black Friday Prep: Peak Season Trends

November 06, 2020
Although 2020 has been an unpredictable year with unprecedented commerce demands, this year worldwide ecommerce sales have already increased by 18% more than last year. That’s $3.5 trillion USD, according to Shopify. And, it’s expected to nearly double by 2023 to more than $6.5 trillion. Chances are that planning was already underway to shift processes to accommodate for the expected growth in ecommerce before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. However, the state of the world during the pandemic greatly shortened the time frame in which updates and changes needed to be made. Companies everywhere scrambled to quickly pivot based on their unique situations.

5 Order Fulfillment Technologies to Keep an Eye On

October 28, 2020
As an independent systems integrator, Bastian Solutions is constantly evaluating the latest cutting-edge technologies. Largely driven by the continued growth of ecommerce, advancements in automated order fulfillment solutions continue at an unprecedented pace. Here are five order fulfillment technologies to keep an eye on…

Using an AutoStore ASRS as a Manufacturing WIP Storage Buffer

October 22, 2020
With the advent of cube storage solutions, non-traditional ASRS have become more prevalent. In certain applications, the cube storage solution can be denser (smaller facility footprint) and less expensive than traditional ASRS.

Hyper-Local Fulfillment 101: Permanent Changes in Buyer Behavior

October 14, 2020
This supply chain evolution has created the need for hyper-local fulfillment, which also comes with its own challenges. Customers expect things like free or low-cost shipping, same or next day delivery, hassle-free returns and inventory to be always in stock, just to name a few.

Breaking the Ice on Cold Storage Automation

October 08, 2020
Bastian Solutions’ Supply Chain Explained: LIVE webinar series continued with Robert Humphry, manager of systems sales taking a look at the complicated industry of frozen and refrigerated goods.

B2B Warehousing: Automation to Transform your Operations

September 30, 2020
Our second webinar of the Supply Chain Explained: LIVE series featured advice from Bastian Solutions’ Director of Consulting, Jason Tenorio, on challenges everyone in the B2B warehousing world is facing. The country has seen a large increase in onshoring due to international transportation issues, along with shutdowns or extreme volume losses in the food service, retail and entertainment industries. In some situations, B2B warehouses are being converted to ecommerce shipping sites, and are being asked to drop-ship direct to consumer orders. We’ve also seen an increase in labor shortages and turnover rates – making it that much harder to meet demand.

Ecommerce Automation: Addressing Overnight Changes in Buying Patterns

September 24, 2020
In the first installment of our Supply Chain Explained: LIVE webinar series, Director of National Accounts Matt Kuper discussed the massive impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the ecommerce supply chain. With retailers shifting to more online sales, grocers managing more buy online, pick up in store (BOPIS) orders, and supply chain interruptions across the globe hindering the ability to order parts or products, we saw a major shift in buying patterns for both B2B and B2C.

Business Intelligence and the Benefit of Sofware Analytics

September 21, 2020
'Business Intelligence' and 'Analytics' are buzzwords in our society. Any google trend search will show the rise of these buzzwords over the last 15 years. Everyone wants to make smart business decisions based on the data that they have; and everyone wants to know that they have made smart business decisions - and how to improve on those decisions. This is especially true in the automated warehousing industry as these systems need to produce an ROI to justify the expense of implementation.

5 Ways to Keep Your Project on Schedule

September 10, 2020
The two weeks at the beginning of a project take just as long as at the end of a project. The difference between the beginning and end, is that the beginning is usually less stressful than when a project is getting close to a deadline or a hard Go Live date. It can be easy to let precious time slip! By being efficient during the negotiation stage and clearly communicating the project timeline and milestones at the beginning of the process, you can help your projects run smoother.

10 Types of Ancillary Equipment for Industrial Robotic Systems

September 03, 2020
Now, more than ever, companies struggle to staff industrial areas due to the ongoing labor shortage. Pair this with slim margins, and the need to improve efficiencies, lower labor costs, and improve quality is magnified. One avenue to accomplish this, is through an industrial robotic system. Robotic systems can accomplish many tasks within an industrial environment, including palletizing, depalletizing, case packing, machine tending, and many other roles.

How Much Does Pallet Racking Cost?

August 27, 2020
There are many factors which must be considered when pricing the various types of pallet racking. For the most accurate pallet racking price you should always consult with your material handling provider. However, what if you’re only looking for a ROM (rough order of magnitude) or high-level estimate? Below are a few rules of thumb that will help you determine a rough price estimate for pallet racking.

Bastian Solutions Modular Sorter

August 19, 2020
Due to the rapidly expanding industry of ecommerce, ease of installation and maintenance of conveyor systems is exceedingly critical to remain competitive in today’s material handling market. The more complicated the system, the more of an impact this can have on its design and success as a solution. In material conveyance terms, sortation is one of the most complicated problems out there. Typical medium rate sortation requires AC power, DC power, and pneumatics for successful sortation of packages up to 75 pounds in weight. They provide rates up to 300FPM at 85CPMwith a maximum sorter length of 150ft. Bastian Solutions’ conveyor team has now developed a solution that provides the same speed at 90CPM, an unlimited maximum sorter length, and requires nothing but low-voltage DC power for operation, all while offering competitive pricing; the Modular Sorter.

2020 Internship Program

August 13, 2020
Ever wondered what Bastian Solutions interns are up to during their programs? Bastian Solutions makes every effort to ensure each intern goes back to school or out into the industry with valuable skills necessary for success. From controls to software and systems, our interns had a diverse experience this year, and even with the challenges presented with COVID-19, they each flourished and brought great value to our teams!

Implementing AGVs with Robotic Palletizing Systems

August 05, 2020
An automated guided vehicle’s (AGV) key role when interacting with robots is the delivery/removal of materials. Special attention needs to be given to interaction points in order to have a successful automation ecosystem

Microfulfillment Part 2: Pros and Cons

July 29, 2020
The term “microfulfillment center” has quickly become one of the top buzzwords in material handling. But what is it and is investing in it the right decision for your supply chain?

Microfulfillment Part 1: What is Microfulfillment?

July 22, 2020
Without a doubt, microfulfillment is one of the hottest trends in supply chain. The ability to get products into consumers’ hands quicker than your competitors is the ultimate leg up, so not only is it a trend, but it’s a strategy enabling today’s retailers to decentralize fulfillment, create a better customer experience and redefine the retail landscape. So, what is it?

Building A Community for Women in Tech: Mentorship and Sponsorship

In the spirit of Canada’s National Engineering Month back in March, and as we welcome a new wave of grads into the workforce, we’re sharing our top tips for inspiring students and young engineers to join the engineering field, stay motivated, and find the community they need to feel sense of belonging. In light of COVID-19’s isolation measures, there’s no better time to connect with community members for a video call to discuss their goals and how you can support them.

Promoting Warehouse Worker Safety Post-COVID-19

June 23, 2020
During this global coronavirus pandemic, people are concerned with protecting themselves and their families from contracting and spreading the disease; many go to extraordinary measures to ensure everyone they care about stays healthy. For employers, this protective nature extends to the employees who are the foundation of their business too.

How to Properly Select a Vertical Reciprocating Conveyor

June 17, 2020
With skyrocketing warehouse real estate prices in many parts of the country, Bastian Solutions is finding more of our customers want to make better use of their vertical cube.

Throwing Good Money After Bad: Addressing Failed Operational Investments

June 09, 2020
Throwing good money after bad often happens without the realization that it’s being done. We’ve worked with several clients over the years where the common thread across projects has been an investment in something of considerable capital value that simply isn’t well suited for the client’s operation.

A New Graduate's Experience in the Warehouse Automation Environment

June 03, 2020
Graduating from university is an exciting and meaningful milestone for many. Following shortly after is a huge leap into the first full-time position of your career

The Importance of Discussing Slotting Early in New Facility Design

May 19, 2020
When designing a new warehouse or distribution facility, the earlier that conversations are had about slotting goals, the better the end result.
Posted in General Blogs

How Automation is Helping During a Pandemic

May 14, 2020
Because of COVID-19, many manufacturing companies are finding themselves needing to change operating procedures. Here's how automation is helping one company make much-needed PPE.

Using a Gaming Engine for Agile Supply Chain Optimization

May 12, 2020
How embracing agility and operational responsiveness in supply chain modeling and network design software gives businesses the best opportunity for success.

Questions to Expect From a Material Handling Integrator

May 05, 2020
In any material handling project or consultation, the first step is getting to know your business and its needs. Here are some of the questions you can expect.

World Day for Safety & Health at Work: Looking To The Future

April 28, 2020
With business so drastically changed amid the crisis, will the focus on ensuring worker health and safety be permanent?
Posted in General Blogs

Automation in Software Development

April 23, 2020
Automation in software can be a very powerful thing, when done correctly. Here are some tips on how to analyze whether automating a process is the right decision.

What Do Material Handling Applications Engineers Do?

April 14, 2020
A break down of the role of applications engineers and how they help ensure each project is successful.
Posted in General Blogs

The Benefits of Post-Implementation Support

April 09, 2020
Even the best designed system isn't perfect, so having a reliable support system in place is vital to the success of a high performing business.
Posted in General Blogs

Robot EoAT Tool Changers: How & Where They Are Used

April 07, 2020
On any given production line, workers pick up different specialized tools to complete different tasks. End of arm tool changers allow robots to do the same.
Posted in System Automation

Top 5 Benefits of Pick to Light Explained

March 31, 2020
Pick to light has become a staple of warehouse distribution and order picking. Here are the top 5 benefits.

A Thank You to Essential Businesses and Personnel

March 30, 2020
Without the world of supply chain – truck drivers, factory employees, maintenance crews and retail workers, just to name a few – our world might, figuratively, stop turning.

What's the Difference Between WMS, WES and WCS?

March 24, 2020
If you work in material handling or order fulfillment, you've heard these terms, but they're hard to keep straight. Read this article to learn which piece of the software puzzle does what.

How COVID-19 Will Permanently Change your Omni-Channel Supply Chain

March 19, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to force unprecedented shut downs, will the resulting changes to supply chains be temporary anomalies or permanent changes?
Posted in Industry News

MODEX 2020: A Lesson in Resiliency

March 17, 2020
Despite fears of the COVID-19 pandemic amidst the biggest trade show of the year, the supply chain industry adapted and made the best of a difficult situation.
Posted in Industry News

The Changing Role of a Site Supervisor

March 16, 2020
With large-scale projects, proper planning is required for success. This is where having a good site supervisor makes all the difference.
Posted in Project Management

Data Analysis - Time Consuming, but Vital

March 12, 2020
When designing advanced automation systems, detailed, accurate customer data is the key to delivering the best recommendations and ROI.

The Importance of Validating AGV Design with Simulation

March 05, 2020
AGVs have some pretty impressive benefits, but only if implemented correctly. Here's how simulation can ensure the right AGV count and design for your warehouse or manufacturing operations.

Delivering Best Buy's Supply Chain Transformation

March 03, 2020
Learn how we helped Best Buy overhaul its omnichannel operations and supply chain network to stay competitive against Amazon.
Posted in System Automation

Replenishment: The Hidden "Traffic Cop" of Distribution Operations

February 27, 2020
Without a solid, well-designed replenishment strategy as part of a fully integrated operation, picking systems can't operate at their optimal level. Here are some tips to help.

Six Reasons to Simulate Your Operations

February 26, 2020
Six reasons you should consider simulations to help address some of the challenges in your manufacturing or warehousing environment.

Weathering the Storm, Part 2: The Balancing Act of Supply Chain Risk Management

February 19, 2020
It's impossible to predict where or when a disaster may occur, but these tips can help mitigate the risk in today's increasingly global supply chains.

Weathering the Storm, Part 1: Preparing Operations for Natural Disasters

February 18, 2020
Understanding how your operation could be affected in the wake of a natural disaster can help your business survive the worst.

The "Final 50 Feet" of Ecommerce Delivery: Trends, Challenges, and Technology

February 13, 2020
While the “last mile” has long been a focus for retailers and carriers, one particularly challenging element is the “final 50 feet” of urban parcel delivery.

Staffing For Peak Season: What Went Wrong?

February 11, 2020
If your operations hired additional staff over peak season and it was still a struggle to keep up, these factors could have been overlooked in your planning process.

Building the Business Case for Distribution Center Automation

February 06, 2020
While there is often a compelling ROI for automating your DC operations, there are several other key factors that should also be considered when building your business case.

Importance of Communications in Supply Chain Management

February 04, 2020
From timely deliveries to employee morale, communications touch every aspect of any business. These tips will help you establish an effective communication plan.

How Automated Material Handling Systems Impact Warehouse Facility Design

January 30, 2020
Automated material handling systems often have requirements that exceed typical warehouse design considerations. These are the items to keep in mind to ensure your new distribution facility can properly house these complex systems.

Lean Warehousing: The 5S Method

January 28, 2020
Developing a Lean culture in your organization is a multi-step process and, in this article, we will discuss one step in particular: establishing a 5S program.

Two Key Elements to Effective Change Management

January 23, 2020
Change is not easy and not everyone adapts well. Fortunately, with effective change management, successful transformation can be reached with minimal issues.
Posted in Project Management

Creating Project Teams with the Right Mix of Engineering and Operational Expertise

January 21, 2020
Successful warehouse projects require collaboration between the individuals possessing engineering and analytical knowledge and those with a deep understanding and expertise of the operation itself.
Posted in Project Management

Planning Your Future DC

January 14, 2020
Planning for a future distribution center can be a daunting task, but these tips for developing a robust plan will help mitigate risk and ensure success.

AutoStore Aims to Redefine Retail With Micro-Fulfillment

January 08, 2020
AutoStore is redefining retail and customer service with an exciting new micro-fulfillment campaign and design concepts that will help retailers enhance a customer’s in-store experience

AutoStore anuncia campanha de micro-execucao (Portuguese)

January 08, 2020
A AutoStore está redefinindo o serviço de varejo e atendimento ao cliente com uma nova campanha de microprocessos e conceitos de design interessantes que ajudarão os varejistas a melhorar a experiência na loja do cliente.
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AutoStore annonce une campagne de micro-traitement (French)

January 08, 2020
AutoStore redéfinit le commerce de détail et le service client avec une nouvelle campagne de micro-exécution et des concepts de conception passionnants qui aideront les détaillants à améliorer l'expérience en magasin d'un client.
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AutoStore anuncia la campana de micro-fulfillment (Spanish)

January 08, 2020
AutoStore está redefiniendo el servicio minorista y de atención al cliente con una nueva campaña de microprocesos y conceptos de diseño interesantes que ayudarán a los minoristas a mejorar la experiencia de la tienda del cliente.
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Reverse Logistics & Omnichannel Returns: Maximizing Opportunity

January 07, 2020
Today’s shoppers do not hesitate to send back items that do not meet their expectations. Modernizing the returns process has become a key objective for many retailers.
Posted in General Blogs

Why Spare Parts Distributors Should Consider Goods-To-Person

December 18, 2019
Over the years, Bastian Solutions has partnered with several OEMs & spare parts distributors to improve their order fulfillment systems. We’ve found that goods-to-person systems are a great fit.
Posted in System Automation

Why Your Material Handling System Is Only as Good as Your After-Sales Support

December 12, 2019
When it comes down to it, after-sales support is about making the customers’ lives easier. We believe it is vital to take care of the customer throughout not only the sales cycle, but also the lifecycle of anything we provide.

The Prime Effect, Labor Shortages, and Dynamic Economy: A Glance at the 2020 Market

December 04, 2019
While impossible to predict, certain market trends can give us an idea on what to expect in the supply chain and logistics market for 2020 and how to prepare.
Posted in Industry News

Automation is Here to Stay (and Improve Your Life)

November 21, 2019
I often get asked about automation’s effects on employment. Here are some lessons from history that show how the implementation of automation improved the quality of our lives by changing the kinds of jobs available.

How to Choose the Correct Divert for Your Conveyor System Design

November 12, 2019
There are a wide-range of divert options available for conveyor, ranging from fairly simple to highly complex. These are the factors to consider when choosing what type of divert is best for your system.

The Value of a Good System Test Plan and Test Scenarios

November 06, 2019
As distribution centers become more automated, a well thought-out and formal warehouse system test plan and test scenarios can help conquer these increasingly complex systems.
Posted in System Automation

Automated Bulk Case Dispensing with Conveyor

October 30, 2019
Our client needed a better solution for building mixed-SKU orders. Here's how we designed a simple solution that increased speed and accuracy.

How an Apparel Company Moved from a 3PL to In-House Distribution

October 17, 2019
After previously relying on a third-party logistics company to handle shipments to its global customer base, Adore Me knew it was time to bring its order fulfillment operations in house.
Posted in System Automation

Third Party Logistics vs. In-House: What's Right for Your Operation?

October 09, 2019
Every warehouse operation has unique challenges. When considering third-party logistics, it's important to have a thorough understanding of the entire operation.
Posted in General Blogs

Sifting Through Single Item Sortation

October 01, 2019
Single item sortation is frequently used to quickly fill multiple orders that contain similar items. Here's how it works.

6 Reasons Why You Need a Site Manager on your Project

September 24, 2019
All projects, large and small, have many moving parts that need to come together in time to meet your deadline. For projects to run smoothly, it's important to have one person who knows your system inside and out, making sure it all goes smoothly - a site manager.
Posted in Project Management

Inside the Success of an Electronics eCommerce Distribution Center

September 13, 2019
With the right people, processes, and technology in their new advanced distribution center, NewEgg can accurately fill orders faster with a lower cost of shipping and provide overall better customer service.
Posted in General Blogs

Tackling Returns: An Online Clothing Retailer Changes the Game

September 10, 2019
Dealing with returns and reverse logistics can be a struggle for ecommerce order fulfillment - especially in the retail and consumer goods industries. Here's how we helped one client improve their returns process.
Posted in System Automation

Finding the Right Solution: Supercapacitors vs. Batteries

August 28, 2019
When making a decision, it’s important to fully consider the benefits and disadvantages of each available option. Here's how we decided between supercapacitors and batteries when developing our warehouse robots.

How the World's Largest Wine & Spirits Distribution Center Ships 25 Million Cases Each Year

August 20, 2019
After consolidating all the inventory and functions of its Florida facilities into a single location, Southern Glazer’s Lakeland, Florida facility is now the largest liquor spirits and wine distribution hub on the planet.

Retail Fulfillment: The Costs to Be Free

August 15, 2019
As ecommerce continues to grow, it’s apparent that fast and free shipping is a key motivator for online shoppers.
Posted in General Blogs

5 Reasons to Study Your Supply Chain Network

August 07, 2019
Whether a company has established supply chain optimization as a competitive advantage or is just starting to explore the possible benefits, here are 5 reasons to conduct a distribution network study.

Automation's Effect on Flexibility

July 31, 2019
When exploring automated solutions, it’s important to consider not just the benefits, but the overall impact each will have on your operations - including their effects on flexibility.
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Posted in System Automation

How to Identify a Replacement Conveyor Part

July 23, 2019
Replacing conveyor parts is a normal part of system maintenance, but it's not always easy to identify the right part number to reorder. This guide will help.

The Challenges of Grocery Ecommerce

July 16, 2019
Grocery retailers are clambering to position themselves for success in the ecommerce channel. Here are their various approaches and the challenges they present.
Posted in General Blogs

Joint Process Improvement: How to Find the Right Partner

July 11, 2019
A joint process improvement program should reduce costs and improve quality - if you choose the right partner. Here are the characteristics you should look for to ensure success.

Drones in Supply Chain

July 09, 2019
Drones are becoming increasingly popular in multiple industries, but will they ever become an essential tool for warehouse management and logistics?

Why You Don't Need a Consultant

June 28, 2019
Not sure whether you need a consultant? This quick guide should help you decide if hiring one is right for your operation.

Creating a Successful Cross-Docking Operation

June 26, 2019
One of the best options to reduce waste is to implement cross docking, but it requires careful consideration and planning to be effective.

Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement: Part 2

June 20, 2019
While every organization is unique, the steps required to build a continuous improvement culture are the same.

Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement: Part 1

June 17, 2019
Creating a culture of continuous improvement requires commitment, investment, and empowerment. First, you must understand what continuous improvement is.

Major Trends That Will Drive Distribution Throughout the 2020s

June 13, 2019
Millennials, and their desire for choice and convenience, will drive requirements and expectations on fulfillment and logistics creating a new “on-demand ecommerce” model throughout the 2020s.

Florida’s Growing Distribution & Logistics Market

June 11, 2019
With over 20 million residents and more than 100 million visitors every year, plus the growing demand for faster delivery, Florida has seen tremendous growth in distribution centers over the past few years.
Posted in General Blogs

3 Ways Lift Assist Devices Can Benefit Your Manufacturing Process

June 06, 2019
Rather than risking damage or injury when moving large and heavy objects, more and more companies are turning to ergonomic industrial lift assist systems. Here are 3 benefits that make lift assist devices a worthwhile investment.
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O que e o AutoStore? (Portuguese)

June 04, 2019
Saiba mais sobre o AutoStore, um sistema de armazenamento e recuperação automatizado goods-to-person que é líder no mercado em termos de densidade de armazenamento.
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En quoi consiste l'AutoStore? (French)

June 04, 2019
Learn more about this unique automated warehouse storage system and what makes it the best option for maximizing storage density.
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Posted in Uncategorized

Que es AutoStore? (Spanish)

June 04, 2019
Obtenga más información sobre este exclusivo sistema automatizado de almacenamiento de almacén y lo que lo convierte en la mejor opción para maximizar la densidad de almacenamiento.
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What is AutoStore?

June 04, 2019
Learn more about this unique automated warehouse storage system and what makes it the best option for maximizing storage density.
Posted in System Automation

3 Ways Simulation Modeling Optimizes Distribution Center Design

May 30, 2019
System simulation modeling is a very effective strategy to validate the future-state design of a distribution center, but the benefits don’t end there.
Posted in System Automation

Michigan’s Contribution to Material Handling

May 23, 2019
How Michigan’s history as a regional center of automotive manufacturing led to the rise of innovative assembly line technologies.
Posted in General Blogs

What are Photo Eye Sensors, and How Do They Improve System Automation?

May 21, 2019
Whether they’re used to sense the presence of boxes on a conveyor or parts on a manufacturing line, photo eyes help keep automated systems running around the world.

8 Questions to Consider When Choosing Warehouse Racking

May 17, 2019
While it’s pretty simple to construct, the art of properly choosing and implementing racking can either optimize or inhibit your storage density. These are some questions to consider to ensure you select the best warehouse racking solutions for your facility.

Choosing your Material Handling System: A Quest for the Right Solution

May 14, 2019
Your business is starting to take off and orders are coming in faster than you can keep up. It’s starting to look like time for an upgrade to your warehouse system, but where should you begin your search? These tips will help you start the journey.

Designing an Endless Metal Belt Conveyor Solution to Withstand High Temps

May 09, 2019
While every operation is different, some have unique challenges that require creative solutions. This client needed a conveyor that can tolerate high temps while transporting molten plastic. Here's how we designed the solution.

4 Steps to Reduce Operational Waste in an E-commerce World

May 08, 2019
The Toyota Production System (TPS) characterizes waste using 3 Ms: Muda, Mura, and Muri. These 4 steps can help ecommerce organizations enhance their understanding of these wastes and create a plan reduce them.
Posted in General Blogs

3 Things That Will Help You Succeed in a Robotics Career

May 02, 2019
At Bastian Solutions' R&D branch, we have seen many intern candidates and interested students apply, all hoping to get into robotics. Here are three characteristics that we look for. They may not be what you think!
Posted in Education

4 Signs It's Time to Replace That Outdated Conveyor System

April 30, 2019
Conveyor systems can last a long time, but even the best maintained systems only last so long. Here are 4 signs that it's time to replace your outdated conveyor system.

The Rise of the Urban DC

April 23, 2019
More and more people, especially young adults, are moving into cities. To reach this increasingly important market segment, retailers need to find a profitable and efficient way to do urban fulfillment.

5 Simple Strategies to Attract and Retain Warehouse and Distribution Center Labor

April 16, 2019
Warehouse and distribution center managers face massive challenges in both hiring and retaining employees. Here are five simple strategies that help attract and retain warehouse and distribution center workers.
Posted in General Blogs

Technological Advancements Enabling the Growth of Robotic Picking

April 04, 2019
In the very near future, robotic picking will become mainstream, facilitating a 24/7 picking and order fulfillment environment. Improvements in a few existing technologies have helped pave the way.

3 Advanced Features of the ZiPline Shoe Sorter

April 02, 2019
From day one, the main design criteria for our ZiPline shoe sorter was maximum uptime with industry-leading crash avoidance. That’s why we developed the best slat, shoe, and end offload in the industry.

Palletizing and Depalletizing with Cobots

March 28, 2019
Palletizing and depalletizing with collaborative robots just made a huge step forward. These easy-to-integrate solutions can handle a range of product sizes and styles while eliminating the need for safety fencing and requiring minimal floor space.
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The Customizable Gripper That’s Changing Robotic Handling

March 26, 2019
Until recently, handling delicate products required a human touch. The flexibility and dexterity of Soft Robotics' new modular collaborative robot gripper kit changes that.

Lessons Learned: Styrofoam Coolers and Timing Belt Transfers

March 20, 2019
While most of our projects are successful, there is always the occasional project that didn’t go as planned. Here are some lessons learned from a recent project involving timing belt transfers and styrofoam coolers. Read: Lessons Learned: Styrofoam Coolers and Timing Belt Transfers

The Emergence of Kiva Look-Alikes

March 14, 2019
After Amazon acquired Kiva Systems, these look-alike vendors have copied and expanded on the fetch & carry, goods-to-person fulfillment method. Read: The Emergence of Kiva Look-Alikes

7 Energy Considerations for Material Handling Automation

March 11, 2019
Automation can provide a wealth of benefits with the right system. Don't overlook these 7 energy-related questions when selecting which automation technologies are best for your operation. Read: 7 Energy Considerations for Material Handling Automation
Posted in System Automation

Distribution Facility Selection: It’s Not Just About Location and Cost

March 06, 2019
Cost and location are important factors when selecting a new distribution facility, but don't overlook these important physical components. Read: Distribution Facility Selection: It’s Not Just About Location and Costy

What to Expect When Onboarding at an Engineering Company

February 28, 2019
Here's what you can expect when starting a new role at an engineering company based on my experience joining a team of industrial & systems engineers. Read: What to Expect When Onboarding at An Engineering Company
Posted in Education

SpeedCell: Store More in Less Space

February 26, 2019
Warehouse and distribution companies often need to hold many SKUs and pick faces in a small space. For this client, the SpeedCell storage system was the perfect solution. Read: SpeedCell: Store More in Less Space

Labor Management’s Role in Automation

February 21, 2019
While effective labor management is vital in any operation, it’s critical to not lose sight of its importance as the supply chain and material handling industry moves further down the path of automation. Read: Labor Management’s Role in Automation
Posted in System Automation

5 Simple Ways to Protect Your Warehouse Pallet Rack

February 19, 2019
You've made an investment in your pallet racking, so why not take the next step and protect it? Here are 5 simple ways to protect your warehouse pallet rack and improve warehouse safety. Read: 5 Simple Ways to Protect Your Warehouse Pallet Rack

Split Case Picking Systems: A Beginner’s Guide, Part 3

February 15, 2019
With the growth in e-commerce, the demand for split case picking order fulfillment systems has never been higher. Here's Part 3 of our Beginner's Guide: Considerations for Choosing a Split Case Picking System Design Read: Split Case Picking Systems: A Beginner’s Guide, Part 3
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Split Case Picking Systems: A Beginner's Guide, Part 2

February 14, 2019
With the growth in e-commerce, the demand for split case picking order fulfillment systems has never been higher. Here's Part 2 of our Beginner's Guide: Options for Designing a Split Case Picking System Read: Split Case Picking Systems: A Beginner’s Guide, Part 2
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Split Case Picking Systems: A Beginner’s Guide, Part 1

February 12, 2019
With the growth in e-commerce, the demand for split case picking order fulfillment systems has never been higher. Here's Part 1 of our Beginner's Guide: What Is Split Case Picking? Read: Split Case Picking Systems: A Beginner’s Guide, Part 1
Posted in Education

La importancia de utilizar un Consultor en Logística en México

February 07, 2019
Mexico needs consultants to get to the next level. To get there, Mexican companies need to trust that not everything can be solved from the inside. Read: La importancia de utilizar un Consultor en Logística en México

Trends Driving the Case for Distribution Center Automation

January 31, 2019
An overview of the economic and technological trends that are increasing demand (and ROI) for distribution center automation. Read: Trends Driving the Case for Distribution Center Automation

Velocity Slotting with Supply Chain Software

January 29, 2019
Velocity slotting can drastically improve order pick time and operator productivity, if used correctly. Here's what you should keep in mind. Read: Velocity Slotting with Supply Chain Software

Integrating Conveyor into a Part Press Operation

January 25, 2019
When trying to determine the best automated solution for a manufacturing application, it’s important to ask the right questions. Read: Integrating Conveyor into a Part Press Operation

Tips on Integrating Pallet Flow Rack in a Freezer

January 23, 2019
Standard pallet flow components will not hold up to the rigors of cold storage, but these tips will help you find what will. Read: Tips on Integrating Pallet Flow Rack in a Freezer

The Blockchain Supply Chain: Transparent and Traceable

January 17, 2019
Modern supply chains are extremely complex, making it difficult to track provenance, production methods, and more. Blockchain technology can change that. Read: The Blockchain Supply Chain: Transparent and Traceable

AutoStore Black Line: Resposta para as suas duvidas (Portuguese)

January 15, 2019
O que há de diferente no novo sistema de mercadorias para pessoas da AutoStore Black Line? Preparamos uma sessão de perguntas e respostas para que você possa aprender o que há de novo e se é certo para você..
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AutoStore Black Line: Las respuestas a sus preguntas (Spanish)

January 15, 2019
¿Qué tiene de diferente el nuevo sistema AutoStore Black Line de bienes a persona? Hemos preparado un Q&A para que pueda aprender qué hay de nuevo y si es adecuado para usted.
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AutoStore Black Line : Reponses a vos questions (French)

January 15, 2019
Qu'est-ce qui différencie le nouvel AutoStore Black Line? Nous avons préparé un Q&R pour que vous puissiez découvrir les nouveautés et savoir si cela vous convient.
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AutoStore Black Line: Your Questions Answered

January 15, 2019
What's different about the new AutoStore Black Line? We've put together a Q&A so you can learn what's new and if it's right for you. Read: AutoStore Black Line: Your Questions Answered
Posted in System Automation

The 8 Wastes of Lean Manufacturing Applied to Warehouse Operations

January 10, 2019
Using lean manufacturing principles to increase efficiency and productivity in warehouse operations by eliminating wasteful, non-value-added components. Read: The 8 Wastes of Lean Manufacturing Applied to Warehouse Operations

Which Products Should Go into a Goods-To-Person System?

January 03, 2019
Considering a goods-to-person system, but not sure which one to choose or what to put inside? Start by analyzing your data. Read: Which Products Should Go into a Goods-To-Person System?

Trends in Supply Chain Network Software Stack

December 27, 2018
Supply chain network software tools that can help optimize inventory, facilities, and transportation - and some tips to use them. Read: Trends in Supply Chain Network Software Stack

Lessons From the Amazon Effect

December 19, 2018
How the retail and material handling industries have evolved to service increasing e-commerce demand. Read: Lessons From the Amazon Effect

Great Gifts to Give an Engineer

December 10, 2018
We polled Bastian’s engineers to see which gifts they’d love to get this holiday season. From books to gadgets, even STEM toys for future engineers, our fifth annual Gifts for Engineers holiday guide is sure to please! Read: Great Gifts to Give an Engineer

5 Questions to Ask When Considering AGVs

November 30, 2018
Wondering whether automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are the right solution for your material handling problem? These 5 questions will help. Read: 5 Questions to Ask When Considering AGVs

The Art of Reusing Conveyor

November 28, 2018
When you’re tasked with reusing conveyor the customer already has, these tips will make the redesign and transition as smooth as possible. Read: The Art of Reusing Conveyor

Optimizing Productivity and Space Utilization Through Warehouse Slotting

November 15, 2018
One of the differentiators between average-class and best-in-class operations is having an active warehouse slotting program. Read: Optimizing Productivity and Space Utilization Through Warehouse Slotting

A Food Bank Supply Chain: The Logistics of Feeding the Hungry

November 13, 2018
Food banks from a supply chain perspective: how they receive, store, process, and distribute millions of pounds of food out to the community. Read: A Food Bank Supply Chain: The Logistics of Feeding the Hungry
Posted in The Supply Chain

What is a Pallet Positioner and Why Do I Need One?

November 08, 2018
Find out how pallet positioners like the PalletPal™ can make loading and unloading pallets faster, safer, and easier for your workforce.. Read: What is a Pallet Positioner and Why Do I Need One?

Reaching The Apex 2018 in Review

November 06, 2018
A review of Bastian Solutions’ Reaching the Apex 2018, a 3-day supply chain and logistics event combining education, facility tours and one-to-one consulting to take your distribution operations to the next level. Read: Reaching The Apex 2018 in Review

5 Advantages of a Cobot from Universal Robots

October 30, 2018
Do you want to automate a process in your facility without breaking the bank? Here are 5 advantages of cobots. Read: 5 Advantages of a Cobot from Universal Robots

Distribution Center Layout and Design - Part 1: Fundamentals

October 25, 2018
Before diving in to more complex topics, it’s important to have a general understanding of the types of DCs and the functions that happen inside. Read: Distribution Center Layout and Design - Part 1: Fundamentals

Distribution Center Layout and Design - Part 2: Systematic Layout Planning

October 25, 2018
Effective distribution center layout planning is essential for achieving optimal performance. Systematic Layout Planning is our preferred strategy.. Read: Distribution Center Layout and Design - Part 2: Systematic Layout Planning

Back to Basics: 4 Common Types of Racking & Their Benefits

October 18, 2018
Racking is one of the most basic tools in material handling. Here is a simple overview of 4 common types and their benefits. Read: Back to Basics: 4 Common Types of Racking & Their Benefits

A Guide to Testing Your Warehouse Execution System (WES)

October 16, 2018
A WES is a powerful tool that can help a wide range of warehouse DCs. Here’s what’s required to properly test and implement a warehouse execution system.. Read: A Guide to Testing Your Warehouse Execution System (WES)

Automated Picking Technologies for Omni-Channel Fulfillment

October 11, 2018
There are many automation technologies available to improve omni-channel fulfillment – but which are right for your operation? Read: Automated Picking Technologies for Omni-Channel Fulfillment

How Industrial Automation Helped Detroit Recover

October 04, 2018
With the perseverance of its manufacturing industry and the help of innovations like industrial automation, Detroit has made an impressive comeback. Read: How Industrial Automation Helped Detroit Recover

5 Things to Consider When Implementing Trash Conveyor

September 27, 2018
Don’t throw your money in the trash! Here are the first 5 factors you need to consider when selecting trash conveyor. Read: 5 Things to Consider When Implementing Trash Conveyor

Fixing a Conveyor Belt Tracking Issue

September 19, 2018
How a conveyor belt tracking issue let us prove our commitment to providing exceptional customer service. Read: Fixing a Conveyor Belt Tracking Issue

How to Calculate the Ideal Building Column Spacing for Warehouse Pallet Racking

September 13, 2018
Anyone who has been through the process of laying out warehouse pallet racking knows the frustrations of trying to accommodate building columns… Read: How to Calculate the Ideal Building Column Spacing for Warehouse Pallet Racking

8 Top Recruiting and Interview Tips for Companies and Job Seekers

August 28, 2018
The hiring process can be a challenge for both companies and candidates. Here are 8 recruiting and interview tips to make the process better for everyone. Read: 8 Top Recruiting and Interview Tips for Companies and Job Seekers

5 Cobot Applications for Distribution Centers

August 22, 2018
From picking, packing, palletizing and beyond, here are some distribution center applications that can benefit from using cobots, or collaborative robots. Read: 5 Cobot Applications for Distribution Centers

Understanding Host System Integration with Exacta: Supply Chain Software

August 07, 2018
Integrating supply chain software may seem intimidating, but with the help of our experts and a good software package such as Exacta, connecting your host software system to your automated material handling system is easy. Read: Understanding Host System Integration with Exacta: Supply Chain Software

Integrating a Modular Overhead Conveyor System

August 01, 2018
How Bastian Solutions evaluated and integrated an overhead conveyor system for a customer’s new manufacturing procedure. Read: Integrating a Modular Overhead Conveyor System

Increase Revenue with Automatic Stretch Wrapping

July 26, 2018
You spend millions of dollars to get your product to the customer as fast as possible. So why let outdated wrapping procedures slow you down? Read: Increase Revenue with Automatic Stretch Wrapping

Think Globally, Shop Locally: Choosing Your Material Handling System Integrator

July 24, 2018
Whether you’re in Atlanta or Madrid, there are benefits to selecting a material handling system integrator with a local presence. Read: Think Globally, Shop Locally: Choosing Your Material Handling System Integrator

3 Factors for Proper Roll Handling

July 19, 2018
The key to any material handling operation is the collection of product data. For roll handling, these are the most important pieces of information to have. Read: 3 Factors for Proper Roll Handling

4 Things to Consider When Selecting Wire Decking

July 11, 2018
After you’ve decided wire decking is the best option for your warehouse or distribution center, you still need to decide which options will work best. Here are 4 things to consider when selecting the best wire decking for your application. Read: 4 Things to Consider When Selecting Wire Decking

Are You Being Held Hostage by Your Material Handling Provider?

July 03, 2018
One of the most important questions you should ask before choosing your material handling systems provider is: do they program in an open controls architecture?  The implications of the answer might surprise you. Read: Are You Being Held Hostage by Your Material Handling Provider?

Surprising Applications for Plastic Modular Chain Conveyors

June 28, 2018
Part 2 of our series on plastic chain conveyors. Typically used to transport clean, cool, or small products, plastic modular chain conveyors are surprisingly well suited for the opposite, too. Read: Surprising Applications for Plastic Modular Chain Conveyors

3 Reasons to Implement a Plastic Chain Conveyor System

June 26, 2018
The demand for plastic chain conveyor systems has been steadily increasing as companies realize the benefits they provide. Here are the top three reasons why you should consider using a plastic chain conveyor system. Read: 3 Reasons to Implement a Plastic Chain Conveyor System

5 Key Steps to Your Next Material Handling System Modification

June 20, 2018
In today's fast-paced, demand-driven world, material handling system modifications are almost guaranteed and required to keep up with competition. To ensure a smooth project and successful go-live, whether a brand new system or modification, follow these five steps. Read: 5 Key Steps to Your Next Material Handling System Modification

Material Handling Ergonomics: 4 Products to Keep Your Workers Safe

June 14, 2018
Most material handling situations involve physically-straining or repetitive actions, such as lifting products from variable elevations, installing a component in an assembly process, or picking products into containers for order fulfillment. Those physical stresses could lead to worker injury and additional costs. Read: 4 Ergonomic Products to Keep Your Workers Safe

How to Avoid the 6 Most Common Pitfalls of Robotic Palletizing System Startups

June 07, 2018
“Garbage in, garbage out.” As this phrase applies to robotic palletizing systems, the system outputs, particularly built pallet quality and throughput rates, are directly tied to the quality of the system inputs. To avoid issues, it's critical to ensure quality products, pallets as well as downstream and upstream processes. Read: How to Avoid Common Pitfalls of Robotic Palletizing System Startups

The Benefits of Automating Line Replenishment with Electronic KANBAN

June 01, 2018
With the improvements and new technology in material handling, we can take the idea of Kanban to whole new levels. The question is, what level of Kanban implementation, if any, is right for you and your facility? Read: The Benefits of Automating Line Replenishment with Electronic KANBAN

Adopting Automation and Change Management: What to Expect and How to be Prepared

May 23, 2018
Whether its automating the picking process with goods-to-person (GTP) technology or the pack-and-ship process with tapers and print and apply, the path to a successful automation implementation can be seamless and smooth for some organizations, but also, prolonged and strenuous for others. Read: Adopting Automation and Change Management

New Brew of Software for Beverage Distribution

May 16, 2018
Consumers are getting more tech savvy when it comes to purchasing goods. The common trend is to be faster, more accurate, and provide decision-making information on-demand. The wine and spirits industry is no different, which is why smart distributors are investing in new hardware and software. Read: New Brew of Software for Beverage Distribution

Understanding OSHA Safety Standards for Conveyor

May 09, 2018
Conveyor equipment can be dangerous if not used in the proper manner and with necessary safety precautions in place. To prevent injuries and accidents, OSHA has outlined several conveyor safety standards, which we'll review and expand upon. Read: Understanding OSHA Safety Standards for Conveyor

Comparing Internet of Things (IoT)-Based Asset Tracking Technologies: RFID vs. BLE

May 04, 2018
Searching for the right asset tracking solution can be daunting. Within the materials handling and supply chain industry, Radio-Frequency Identifier (RFID) is commonly championed as the defacto successor to previous approaches like barcode scanning, but there are other methods that have competitive advantages and technological trade-offs. Read: Comparing IoT-Based Asset Tracking Technologies

Software and Automation for Third Party Logistics

April 30, 2018
The need for third party logistics companies has grown greatly over the past decade. With the rise of e-commerce, many companies do not wish to host their own distribution for those channels of sales. The solution is for businesses to outsource elements of their distribution and fulfillment operations. Read: Software and Automation for Third Party Logistics

Robotic Truck Loading is the Future of Shipping Dock Automation

April 19, 2018
Automation has reached almost every corner of modern warehouses, but one area often still lacks efficiency—shipping and receiving docks. In these areas, an employee is often required to manually lift and handle cases, causing injury and discomfort. This is leading companies to search for automated solutions for improved ergonomics. Read: Robotic Truck Loading is the Future of Shipping Dock Automation

3 Key Factors in Goods-to-Person Throughput Design

March 30, 2018
From a mechanical standpoint, a goods-to-person system certainly can attain the tote delivery rate advertised on a vendor’s website.  However, these advertised rates do not consider the primary determinant for the throughput rate that is actually realized at a goods-to-person work station – the pick cycle time.  Read: Key Factors in Goods-to-Person Throughput Design

Why Choose Composite Pallets?

March 28, 2018
Companies invest heavily on staff, machinery and automation to create highly efficient processes to get goods to the market, however they overlook a keystone item, the pallet. This oversight, usually with great affect to efficiency, ends up costing big. Read: Why Choose Composite Pallets?

Decoding Your ZiPline Conveyor Model Name

March 21, 2018
With ZiPline Conveyor, we want anyone to look at the model name and instantly know what type of conveyor it is. To do this, our naming convention identifies three key features of any conveyor system--belt surface, conveyor function, and power type. Read: Decoding Your ZiPline Conveyor Model Name

5 Tips for Attending Trade Shows Like an Expert

March 16, 2018
If you’ve never attended a trade show before, they can be a bit daunting; however, with proper preparation, they can provide you with a lot of exposure to new trends and technologies within a relatively short period of time! Read: Attending Trade Shows Like an Expert

How Can Internet of Things (IoT) Tracking Help Recover Assets?

March 14, 2018
From theft to damaged goods, there is a disconnect in the current supply chain. The Internet of Things is quickly changing how we track, manage, and recover assets. What can you do today to ensure your products are shipped on time and uninterrupted? Read More: How Can Internet of Things (IoT) Tracking Help Recover Assets?

Your Pallet Racking Guide: Insider Tips on Selecting and Installing

March 08, 2018
Pallet racking is a common storage solution in warehouses, distribution centers, and manufacturing facilities of any size. Although common, there are many options to consider, so it’s good to understand your objectives before jumping into the proposal process. Read: Tips on Purchasing & Installing Pallet Rack

Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe: Picking the Best Supply Chain Trade Organizations

March 02, 2018
Welcome to the world of distribution…or is it supply chain….or maybe logistics? Whatever you call it, your objective is to get something from one place to another. There are hundreds of thousands of people working to do the same. Wouldn't it be great if you could find those people and learn from them? Read: Picking the Best Supply Chain Trade Organizations

The Highway to Success – Enhancing the Value of the Workforce through Automation

February 28, 2018
Last year, MHI published its “Material Handling & Logistics US Roadmap 2.0”. The Roadmap explains how changing trends in the workforce, technology, consumers and logistics infrastructure will impact material handling and logistics through 2030. One of the biggest changes we see occurring is the relationship between the workforce and technology. Read: Enhancing the Value of the Workforce Through Automation

It’s the Little Things: How Anti-Fatigue Mats Make a Big Impact

February 23, 2018
It’s easy to focus on highly automated material handling solutions, especially when these systems have technologies such as fast-moving robots, conveyor, or software. However, it’s just as important to focus on the basics of a material handling environment, including ergonomic products like anti-fatigue mats. Read: How Anti-Fatigue Mats Make a Big Impact

Industrial Real Estate Considerations for Goods-to-Person Technologies

February 21, 2018
Just as the internet has been an enabler for e-commerce, today’s modern goods-to-person (GTP) automation technologies have been an enabler for e-commerce order fulfillment, especially when those orders are delivered on the promise of next-day or same-day delivery. Continue Reading: GTP Tech Impacts Building Design

Automated Order Routing: A Keystone of Your Warehouse Control System

February 16, 2018
From intelligent modules, to proactive monitoring, and complete data visibility into your operations; Automated Order Routing is a software system that will be the keystone to holding your entire operation together. Read: Automated Order Routing Defined

How the New Tax Law Could Impact Material Handling

February 14, 2018
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that President Trump signed into law this past December was the most comprehensive overhaul of the US tax code in over 30 years.  The law contains significant changes to both individual and corporate tax rates.  There is little doubt the law will impact all Americans in some manner or another, but what impact will the tax law have on the material handling industry? Read: Tax Law Impact on Material Handling

3 Keys to a Successful Warehouse Management System Implementation

February 09, 2018
Purchasing a new warehouse management system (WMS) can bring levels of uncertainty. You want to ensure it's installed correctly and smoothly and your employees are properly trained. To do so, here are 3 steps to a successful WMS implementation. Read: 3 Keys to a Successful WMS Implementation

How to Select a Warehouse Management System

February 06, 2018
Searching for a new warehouse management system (WMS) can be a complicated matter. It is very important to have a plan for success before starting, and then work that plan to the best of your ability. Read: How to Select a Warehouse Management System

Is Mobile Pallet Racking the Right Fit for Your Warehouse?

February 01, 2018
In today’s world, we are continuously looking for ways to cut operating costs, maximize the capacity in our facilities, and become more efficient in our everyday processes. As industrial space becomes more difficult to find, mobile pallet racking is emerging as a viable solution. Read: Is Mobile Pallet Racking the Right Fit for Your Warehouse?

Mini-Load ASRS: What is it & why does Australia need it?

January 24, 2018
ASRS is the short way of saying “Automated Storage and Retrieval System.” Although these systems have been around for several years, many in warehousing facilities have not heard of it, and those who have might not exactly understand what it is or how it could benefit their operations. Read: Mini-Load ASRS in Australia
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3 Dock Door Equipment Options for a Warmer and Safer Winter

January 17, 2018
Many parts of the U.S. have felt the full force of a ‘bombogenesis’ nor’easter and overall freezing temperatures this season, making it a great time to consider ways to make sure your facility is protected against mother nature. Here are three options for dock door equipment to improve the safety and comfort of your facility. Read: 3 Dock Door Equipment Options for a Warmer and Safer Winter

Supervisão das Instalações de Manuseio de Materiais no Exterior

January 12, 2018
Supervisionar uma instalação de equipamentos como em outras áreas requer atenção, paciência e obviamente o conhecimento técnico necessário, tanto para lidar com os técnicos como com o cliente. Leia o Artigo

Don’t Let Wash-Down Conveyor Leave You Feeling Drowned

January 10, 2018
Often times, when people think of wash-down conveyor, stainless steel comes to mind. That's correct, but there are several key components to successful wash-down conveyor. They are complicated as long as you work with a trusted vendor. Read: Getting Started with Wash-Down Conveyor

5 Ways to Optimize Your Warehouse Processes with Microsoft Access

January 03, 2018
If your warehouse management system provides countless amounts of raw data, a database management program such as Microsoft Access can help you maximize all that valuable information. Read: 5 Ways to Optimize with Microsoft Access

10 Common Warehousing Mistakes to Avoid This Year

December 28, 2017
Constraints such as omni-channel distribution and speed to delivery have really put a strain on overall operations.  Given the immense challenges faced today, DC managers and facility engineers should work to avoid the following 10 common warehousing mistakes. Read: 10 Common Warehousing Mistakes to Avoid This Year

6 Considerations when Integrating Cold Room Conveyor

December 21, 2017
Many of us think about winterizing our car or home, but your conveyor system also needs protection from cold temperatures. In this article, we will discuss six areas to consider when installing conveyor and other material handling equipment in cold rooms or freezers. Read: 6 Considerations when Integrating Cold Room Conveyor

The Magic Behind Online Shopping

December 19, 2017
E-commerce fulfillment is on the rise and investing in automating these facilities streamlines operational processes. Through the use of robotic ASRS, supply chain software, and conveyor sortation, fulfillment centers are beginning to look a lot like high-tech versions of Santa's workshop. Read: The Magic Behind Online Shopping
Posted in System Automation

20 Awesome Gifts to Get an Engineer in 2017

December 04, 2017
For our fourth year, we're bringing you our annual list of top 20 awesome gifts to get an engineer for 2017. We polled our team of engineers to find out what was on their wish list, and they had some excellent ideas for engineers of all ages. Read: Top 20 Gifts for an Engineer 2017

How to Quickly Build Mixed Layer Pallets

November 21, 2017
Layer picking is a high-rate, high-SKU order fulfillment application used in warehouses across many industries to increase efficiencies and reduce fulfillment costs.  Layer picking operations are made even more efficient when combined with pallet flow racking equipped with specialty separators. Read: How to Quickly Build Mixed Layer Pallets

Collaborative Robots Part 2: Benefits and Expanding Capabilities

November 16, 2017
Industrial robots play a large part in the automation of industrial environments, but collaborative robots are expanding the realm of possibility. In part two of our series, we’re discussing the benefits of collaborative robots, and why that makes them a growing piece of today's modern manufacturing and distribution puzzle. Read: Collaborative Robot Benefits

Collaborative Robots Part 1: Pros, Cons, and Applications

November 14, 2017
Once you know the strengths and weaknesses of cobots, where do they make the most sense?  Typically, they’ll find homes in applications where they move light products relatively slowly. Read: Collaborative Robots Part 1

Robótica e a otimização de espaço de armazenagem

November 10, 2017
Apesar da tecnologia de armazenagem e retirada automatizada (ASRS) não ser exatamente recente, é notável o nível de desenvolvimento e sua capacidade de solucionar problemas complexos otimizando processos logísticos economizando espaços ao máximo. Leia: Robótica e a otimização de espaço de armazenagem

Using Virtual Reality for Material Handling System Design

November 07, 2017
Virtual reality is the next disruptive technology making its way into many different industries and applications, including material handling systems design. Learn more about BastianVR and how our team is using it to help customers visualize their system investments. Read: Virtual Reality for Material Handling System Design

Artificial Intelligence: Hype or Game Changer

November 01, 2017
Artificial intelligence (AI) has been in the news a lot lately.  Self-driving cars, smart personal assistants (e.g. Amazon’s Alexa), and recommendation engines that serve up your favorite movies and books, are all exciting AI applications that you have probably heard about.  There are, though, many more, including in material handling automation. Read: AI - Hype or Game Changer

From the “Other Side” – Perspectives from a Systems Integration Rookie

October 19, 2017
Material Handling is not as large of a household term as many of us would like, but once you have product that needs handled, you must know certain levels about the industry. Here's my first material handling systems integration experience. Read: Perspectives from a Systems Integration Rookie

Supply Chain Software: What are Unit Tests and Why Should You Care?

October 11, 2017
Unit testing has become quite the buzzword over the past several years, but what is and why should you care? Learn more about this process and how it can help. Read: What are Unit Tests and Why Should You Care?

Zone Skipping Your Way to Increased Profits in Ecommerce Distribution

October 05, 2017
Zone skipping is a logistics technique where companies ship their products directly to sorting facilities close to the final ship-to destination.  Zone skipping can result in a significant savings as the costs associated with multiple sort and transfer points by the carrier are eliminated. Read: Zone Skipping Your Way to Increased Profits

A 3-Step Method to Warehouse Optimization

September 27, 2017
While there are many different areas and processes you can focus on when attempting to optimize your warehouse, this three-step method can be applied to all areas of your warehouse in one form or another. Read: A 3-Step Method to Warehouse Optimization

3 Space-Saving Conveyor Support Alternatives

September 21, 2017
Conveyors are often routed through all parts of a facility at various elevations. Supporting these conveyors while maintaining critical floor space and walk ways creates a unique challenge. Here are three conveyor support alternatives to help you maximize floor space. Read: 3 Space-Saving Conveyor Support Alternatives

The Importance of Installation Drawings for Your Material Handling System

September 15, 2017
Material handling system drawings are a key tool when proposing a new system to a customer or vendor, so if they don’t make sense, it can hinder proposal discussions and the final outcome of the system installation. Read: The Importance of Installation Drawings for Your Material Handling System

Is Your Machine Race Ready?

September 13, 2017
Downtime can be one of the most expensive costs to a business. Minutes and even seconds are critical in a high volume facility. Almost every machine in the industry will come with some type of preventive measures to ensure it runs smoothly. Take the time and COMPLETE your PM checks. Read: Is Your Machine Race Ready?

Mobile Robotics: Uma solução que combina Robôs e mobilidade

September 08, 2017
A precisão robótica significa menos preocupação com erros e limitações no processo de “picking”. Tenha ganhos de performance com a capacidade de operar 03 turnos sem a necessidade de recarregar a sua frota. A solução “Mobile Robotic” posiciona seu processo de expedição acima dos padrões de mercado. Read: Uma solução que combina Robôs e mobilidade

Business Intelligence in Modern Material Handling

September 06, 2017
As consumer needs get more demanding, material handling companies must keep pace and stay competitive.  There is a plethora of unique technologies for developing a warehousing solution, and with all of these, the ability to monitor the system and make meaningful decisions is crucial. Enter business intelligence... Read: Business Intelligence in Modern Material Handling

18 Essential Pallet Racking Guidelines

August 30, 2017
The material handling industry is abundant with new technologies and innovations. In the background of all this fancy new technology is a variety of less exciting, but equally important equipment, including pallet racking. Read: 18 Essential Pallet Racking Guidelines

Beyond Conveyor: The Evolution of Material Handling Technology

August 24, 2017
Whenever asked about my job, most questions revolve around conveyor and racking, but I can’t help but wonder why the scope of the industry ends there, or at least the perception of it. Today's material handling technology is impressive and more advanced than ever before. Read: The Evolution of Material Handling Technology

Information Security and Its Beneficial Role in Warehousing

August 21, 2017
If you think information security only applies to encrypting sensitive data and protecting against data breaches, what would you think if I told you that you were only scratching the surface of information security? Read: Information Security and Its Beneficial Role in Warehousing

Up, Up, & Away: Spiral Conveyor vs. Incline Conveyor

August 16, 2017
In a perfect world, every conveyor system would be flat. However, this is hardly ever the case. People, equipment, walls, and daily operations always seem to get in the way. Therefore we must go over, under, or around. Read: Spiral Conveyor vs. Incline Conveyor

Which Sortation Technology is Correct for Your Application?

August 09, 2017
There are many different technologies to choose from when selecting a sortation conveyor, and each solution should be compared to ensure that the correct sorter is used to meet your system needs. Let's explore the options. Read: Exploring Your Sortation Technology Options
Posted in System Automation

On-Demand Packaging Saves Time, Space and Money

August 03, 2017
Have you heard anyone talk about “on demand packaging”, “right sizing boxes”, or “custom box making”? These terms refer to using box making equipment to deliver the sizes of boxes you really need, when you need them. Here's why it's beneficial. Read: The Benefits of On-Demand Packaging

A Beginner's Guide to Order Picking Technologies

August 01, 2017
Time to impress upper management with four picking technologies you should know when beginning a career in the supply chain. Read: A Beginner's Guide to Picking Technologies

4 Tips for New Engineers Starting Their First Job

July 27, 2017
So you just graduated from an engineering school, and you had a couple interviews with a company that went pretty well. With a sigh of relief, you’ve managed to convince them that you know stuff about things. You may have even convinced yourself of the same. For a time. Read: 4 Tips for New Engineers Starting Their First Job

Configuring Your AutoStore System: 5 Design Parameters

July 25, 2017
AutoStore is an automated, high density warehouse storage system designed and manufactured by Norway’s Hatteland Group (although now owned by Sweden’s EQT Partners). The system is modular and uses standard components, which makes its configurability nearly endless. Read: Configuring Your AutoStore System
Posted in System Automation

AC/DC: Selecting AC Powered Conveyor vs. DC Powered Conveyor

July 20, 2017
Conveyors can be complicated to understand until you break them down into their individual components and understand what they do for your system. A good place to start when understanding your conveyor system is AC (alternating current) powered conveyor versus DC (direct current) powered conveyor. Read: Selecting AC vs. DC Powered Conveyor

Is it Time to Automate Your Machine Tending?

July 18, 2017
With the continued advancement of the automotive industry and the high demand placed on manufacturers, is it time to automate your machine tending operation? Read: It is Time to Automate your Machine Tending?

Automação e Software Supply Chain

July 14, 2017
O software WMS (warehouse management system) é o mais velho conhecido sistema de suporte de operações em armazéns, faz o controle de inventário, processa o recebimento, ordens de armazenagem, ordens de separação e envio. Read: Automação e Software Supply Chain

Manufacturing Automation, Material Handling, and the 21st Century

July 11, 2017
Modern manufacturing facilities are relying on new technologies and innovations to produce higher quality products at faster speeds with lower costs. Implementing more intelligent software and hardware is the only way to compete; however, those technologies have levels. Read: Manufacturing Automation, Material Handling, and the 21st Century

The Truth about Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)

July 06, 2017
When selling software, market transparency is a key. Ideally you want the best solution when it comes to functionality, flexibility, and return on investment without over spending. Avoid any company that tries to oversell on modules that do not directly affect your bottom line. Read: The Truth About Warehouse Management Systems

The Death of Brick and Mortar Retail…Not So Fast!

June 29, 2017
Never in our lifetimes have we seen such as change in the retail supply chain. The traditional process of regional distribution centers shipping to brick and mortar stores has been significantly altered by online fulfillment from the likes of Amazon.com and an ever-growing list of online retailers. Read: The Death of Brick and Mortar Retail

Preventing Common Warehouse Safety Hazards

June 27, 2017
Although safety is a year-round concern, June is National Safety Month, so it's the perfect time to look at the most common warehouse safety hazards and how to prevent them. Read: Preventing Common Warehouse Safety Hazards

Is Your Warehouse Traffic Resembling a Busy Interstate?

June 22, 2017
Self-driving cars are the future of our roads, but manufacturing and distribution centers have been using autonomous vehicles for years. Are AGVs right for you? Read: AGVs Assist with Warehouse Traffic
Posted in System Automation

A Review of the Distribution Automation Landscape in Mexico

June 16, 2017
We all know and believe that automation is the future (and in some cases, the present), but what’s different for Mexico and LATAM (Latin America) in general? Why is it so difficult to take that first step to automate material handling processes in those countries? Read: A Review of the Distribution Automation Landscape in Mexico

Back to School: Choosing the Right Employee Lockers

June 13, 2017
Now that we are all grown up (in body more so than in mind), lockers can be even more important than back in school. They store the items we need for work, a change of clothes, give us space for personal items, and allow us to feel at home with a personal space of our own. Read: Choosing the Right Employee Lockers

A Supply Chain Software Comparison: WMS vs. WCS vs. WES

June 07, 2017
The evolution of supply chain management has introduced a new breed of supply chain software, but what are the differences between the "big three"? Let's examine the functionality of WMS, WCS, and WES. Read: A Supply Chain Software Comparison: WMS vs. WCS vs. WES

A Conveyor Poem

June 02, 2017
Conveyor doesn't have to be all business. Have some fun with this short poem all about the life of a hardworking warehouse conveyor. Read: A Conveyor Poem
Tags: Conveyor, fun, poetry

Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS): A Beginner's Guide

May 31, 2017
Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS) are not new technologies. They actually became commercially available in the 50’s and 60’s. Since then, there have been vast improvements. Is an ASRS right for your warehouse? Let’s dive into this technology to find out. Read: Should You Consider an Automated Storage and Retrieval System
Posted in System Automation

Your Guide to Critical Spare Parts

May 26, 2017
Have you ever driven down the highway and noticed someone standing along the roadside next to their automobile, waiting for road service? You glance down and see they have a flat tire and NO SPARE! What has this down time cost them? Read: Your Guide to Critical Spare Parts

Now is the Time to Replace RF with Voice Picking Technology

May 23, 2017
Warehouse picking technologies have developed immensely over the past 15 years. Offerings range from paper pick lists and light directed picking, all the way to goods-to-man technologies. Depending on throughput, budgets, and space requirements, each of these have their place in the warehouse logistics world. Read: Now is the Time to Replace RF with Voice Picking Technology

How to Select the Right Industrial Casters

May 18, 2017
Casters, like most day-to-day items, are often overlooked—until they don’t work. From carts to portable gravity conveyor and work stations, there are a lot of components within a warehouse, distribution center, or manufacturing plant that often utilize them. So if you haven’t replaced a caster in a while, the time is likely coming. Read: How to Select the Right Industrial Casters

4 Questions to Ask Before Selecting Goods-to-Person Solutions

May 16, 2017
Over the past few years, the phrase “goods to person” has become mainstream. As distribution facilities look to service customers more quickly, optimize warehouse space, and improve accuracy of order fulfillment, goods-to-person technologies have become a realistic option to accomplish these goals. Read: 4 Questions to Ask Before Selecting Goods-to-Person Solutions
Posted in System Automation

Navigating the World of Automated Warehouse Vehicles

May 12, 2017
The world of automated warehouse vehicles can be confusing. Just consider the various types of available guidance systems: wire-guidance, magnetic tape and magnetic paint, laser-guidance, inertial navigation, and camera based imaging (i.e. vision-guidance). When you factor in the type of vehicle, e.g. tugger, unit load, custom, etc., the task of selecting a specific platform can be overwhelming. Read: Navigating the World of Automated Warehouse Vehicles

How to Increase Meeting Effectiveness

May 09, 2017
Communication is key in any business! We're often managing meetings with people in various locations and time zones, both internal and external resources. Each employee's communication manner directly impacts the image of both the employee and the company. Read: Increase Meeting Effectiveness

When It’s Right to Use Wide Span Bulk Shelving, “It’s Right”

May 05, 2017
Storage is a key component of every warehouse. Oftentimes it involves pallet rack, but in many instances smaller, bulk storage is needed. This is the perfect application for wide span bulk shelving. Here is run down on the basics of bulk shelving for your warehouse, manufacturing plant, or distribution center. Read: The Basics of Wide Span Bulk Shelving

The 5 W's Behind an AutoStore Goods-To-Person System

May 02, 2017
Goods-to-person systems are taking the material handling automation industry by storm. One of these technologies is AutoStore, and it’s worth taking a more detailed look. Below are the who, what, when, where and why of AutoStore systems. Read: The 5 W’s Behind an AutoStore Goods-To-Person System
Posted in System Automation

An Engineering Consultant’s View of ProMat

April 27, 2017
ProMat and Automate offered the perfect platform to see an amazing array of technologies and speak with developers first hand. For any company looking to automate, there were plenty of solutions to review and discuss. Read: A Consultant's View of ProMat

Get a Grip on Your Pallet Handling

April 25, 2017
When looking for a pallet handling solution, knowing the key questions to be answered and the crucial information regarding your product and process is critical. Read: Get a Grip on Your Pallet Handling

Supply Chain Software Making a Big Impact for Small Business & Startups

April 20, 2017
Large companies have teams of statisticians, data scientists and engineers to solve complex logistical problems. Companies like Amazon invest millions of dollars for small improvements to their already lean and efficient operations. But what about companies just starting off in warehouse distribution? How can these companies plan for growth while maintaining small, budget friendly operations? Read: Supply Chain Software Making a Big Impact for Small Business & Startups

Carton Flow Rack: Which Type is Right for you?

April 13, 2017
Carton flow rack is one of the many places in the material handling world where gravity is used to assist in the transportation of products. Carton flow utilizes a slightly declined array of rollers or skate wheels to provide an efficient, steady supply of product to an employee picking product for various applications. Read: Carton Flow Rack Types

Bastian Solutions Unveils Its ZiPline Conveyor Shoe Sorter

March 28, 2017
Bastian Solutions is proud to introduce a shoe sorter as the newest addition to its ZiPline Conveyor product line. Over the years, our team has integrated and installed many shoe sorter designs. Using that experience, we are proud to manufacture our own shoe sorter, featuring some unique design improvements. Read: ZiPline Conveyor Shoe Sorter Unveiled

Augmented Reality (AR): The Future of Supply Chains?

March 24, 2017
Augmented reality and virtual reality are new technologies being applied to the ever evolving supply chain. Integrating these devices with warehouse software, picking processes, and robotics could be the future of distribution and manufacturing operations. Read: Augmented Reality (AR): The Future of Supply Chains?

Click and Collect: Stores Become Retail Distribution Centers

March 17, 2017
Today’s retail stores are evolving, but what does the future hold? Could AGVs or augmented reality speed order picking and take fulfillment to the next level? In the future, will we ever have to go into a store again? Read: Stores Becoming Retail Distribution Centers

Industry 4.0 - Are you Prepared for the Winds of Change?

March 15, 2017
Industry 4.0 poses massive implications for OEMs and equipment suppliers who don't keep their feet under them. Industry 4.0 is already paving a viable future for manufacturing and distribution advancement. The first gusts are here, and it begs a proper storm warning. Read: Industry 4.0 - Are you Prepared?

4 Benefits of Material Handling System Simulation

March 08, 2017
Modern material handling systems employ increasingly complex hardware and software to optimize material flow and order fulfillment. As such, committing to a new design, or to modifications of an existing system, can become a daunting task. Learn how simulations can help. Read: 4 Benefits of Material Handling System Simulation

7 Tips for Selecting the Right Conveyor Type

March 02, 2017
There are many items to consider when selecting a conveyor type for a project. Each item has it’s own importance and will impact conveyor selection. Use the following criteria to make the best choice for your operation. Read: 7 Tips for Selecting the Right Conveyor Type

How Wire Shelving Increases Facility Safety and Versatility

February 22, 2017
There are two key underlying fundamentals that all successful warehousing, distribution, and manufacturing facilities have – safety and versatility. Implementing wire shelving has many advantages that meet both of these fundamentals. Read: How Wire Shelving Increases Facility Safety and Versatility

If Julia Child Upped Her Throughput: Food Grade Conveyor 101

February 16, 2017
As standards of food manufacturing and distribution change with new mandates, food manufacturers and processors sometimes struggle to keep up. The regulations may require facilities to modify their existing material handling equipment for new, updated equipment that meets current standards. This article sheds light on which conveyor is best for conveying various food products. Read: Food Grade Conveyor 101

Can 3D Printing be Additive to the Supply Chain?

February 14, 2017
From prosthesis, to robotics, food, and even guns, 3D printing has been making headlines in recent years. 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, has been around longer than most think. Read: Can 3D Printing be Additive to the Supply Chain?

Project Management: A Tool for a Successful Automation Implementation

February 09, 2017
Project management is a critical piece to any successful automation system implementation. From the development stage to go live, the project manager must ensure all is going as planned and as the customer needs it. Here is an overview of what a good project manager should cover. Read: Project Management for Successful Automation Implementation

Top 10 Things to Know About Robotic Palletizing

February 07, 2017
There are many factors to consider when implementing a robotic palletizer. What goes into creating an efficient and robust palletizer, and what can determine the overall success of your solution? Here are ten important aspects of robotic palletizing systems you should know. Read: Top 10 Things to Know About Robotic Palletizing

Carton Flow Rack: Roller vs. Wheel

February 02, 2017
By definition, carton flow rack is easy to understand; a form of shelving that uses a rear load design, as an item is removed from the front the item directly behind it takes its place. The idea gets to be distinctly harder to comprehend when choosing between rollers and wheels for your carton flow. Read: Carton Flow Rack: Roller vs. Wheel

Key Considerations When Designing Goods-to-Person Systems

January 26, 2017
The ever-increasing need to satisfy customers in the world of order fulfillment is causing the warehouse and distribution industries to consider more efficient and cost-effective solutions to satisfy the need. This has lead many companies to implement, or consider, higher-automation solutions that include goods-to-person technologies. Read: Key Considerations When Designing Goods-to-Person Systems

E-Commerce, the Economy, and Our On Demand World

January 24, 2017
A movie, pizza, pair of shoes, microwave…your new material handling system. All these things and anything else you can think of are now available with a few keystrokes and a click of a mouse. All this buying is not only driving the retail market, but also growing other businesses. Read: E-Commerce, the Economy, and Our On Demand World

Paper Handling Success Story: Using Standard Conveyor in a New Way

January 18, 2017
When we come across items that are difficult to handle, this often leads us to designing and manufacturing custom equipment to get the job done. However, for a recent customer, we were able to modify one of our standard conveyor models, the T-Rex transfer, to solve the issue. Read: Paper Handling Success Story

Y tú ya has comprado por internet? Como estar preparado para el Boom del e-commerce en México

January 16, 2017
Cada día vemos como están llegando nuevos servicios de comercio electrónico a los retailers que ya conocemos, así como nuevos jugadores. Esto porque todos quieren ser parte de los USD 3.2 B que representa e-retail, con un crecimiento del 15% sostenido. Leer: Preparación para el boom del e-commerce en México

What to Look for When Sizing Up High Capacity Industrial Trailers

January 11, 2017
There are many applications for high capacity industrial trailers in industry today. A couple examples may include handling aluminum slabs, coils, and die handling. Capacities can quickly exceed a hundred thousand pounds or more, and it is essential to match the right trailer components with your warehouse or manufacturing application. Read: 10 Considerations for Industrial Trailers

Tesla VS Edison la guerra de la corriente, Conveyors un nuevo campo de Batalla

January 06, 2017
Precisamente en el momento en donde el nombre de Tesla comienza a ganar su lugar en la historia, donde cada día se conoce mucho más de su genio incomprendido y nos hacemos partícipes de todas las mejoras que ayudaron a moldear mejor el mundo actual vengo a reavivar la llama de la famosa guerra entre la corriente directa y la corriente continua que se libró hace más de un siglo. Leer: Tesla VS Edison la guerra de la corriente

The Top 4 Benefits of a Robotic Document Inserter

January 04, 2017
A Robotic Document Inserter can accurately place the proper paperwork into your case or carton every time and can ease the demand on your operational team. Read: The Top Benefits of a Robotic Document Inserter

The Whole 9 Yards on E-Commerce

December 21, 2016
With an unprecedented ability to compare prices and shop around without ever leaving the house, more and more people are utilizing E-commerce. So how are successful E-commerce companies setting themselves apart? Read on to find out. Read: The Whole 9 Yards on E-Commerce

The Do’s and Don’ts of Conveyor Roller Replacement

December 15, 2016
Understanding what information to have on hand when ordering replacement conveyor rollers can remove a lot of guess work, reducing the risk of ordering incorrect rollers and not having the correct parts available when equipment breaks down. Read: Do's and Don'ts of Replacing Conveyor Rollers

20 STEM educational gifts perfect for aspiring engineers this holiday season

December 13, 2016
Our list of STEM gifts for the 2016 holiday season will not disappoint the budding engineer in your life. From one year of age and up, these toys make the perfect gift for growing, young minds! Continue Reading: 20 STEM educational gifts for aspiring engineers
Posted in Education

5 Passos para uma Implementação de Automação Logística bem Sucedida

December 09, 2016
O sucesso de uma solução de manuseio de materiais bem implementada depende de alguns passos importantes a seguir. Um bom manuseamento de materiais integrador siga estes passos para garantir que o projeto for bem sucedido, e que o cliente está satisfeito. Rear o artigo completo

Taking Ownership of Your New Automation System

December 07, 2016
A customer who is ready and willing to take ownership of their new automation system is more likely to be successful Continue Reading: Taking Ownership of Your New Automation System

20 Awesome Gifts to Get an Engineer for 2016

November 29, 2016
Take a look at our annual holiday list, carefully crafted by our engineers for engineers to enjoy this holiday season. Whether the engineer on your list wants something simple or is crossing his or her fingers for a Tesla, we have the right list to make your holiday season magical. Continue Reading: 20 Awesome Gifts To Get An Engineer

I am Thankful for….Same Day Shipping!

November 22, 2016
As Thanksgiving approaches, I would like to admit that I am very thankful for same day shipping. Yes, of course this comes behind my family, friends, home, etc. However as part of a two-working-parent household with two young boys, this convenience is a lifesaver. Continue Reading: I am Thankful for….Same Day Shipping!

Your First ZiPline Conveyor and the Basics of Owning It

November 08, 2016
You are now the proud owner of a ZiPline conveyor, and maybe you are starting to wonder what exactly the next step is. Possibly this is the first conveyor you have ever purchased to which I will be the first to say congratulations on taking the efficiency of your operations seriously and making a bold step to transition to an automated facility. This is likely a little scary, a little exciting, and a little costly compared to previous modes of operation, but don’t worry, you’re in good hands. Read: Your First ZiPline Conveyor and the Basics of Owning It

Is the World ready for the New Frontier of Robotic End of Arm Tooling?

November 01, 2016
With recent innovations in technology, Robotic End of Arm Tooling concepts are rapidly becoming a reality in today's manufacturing environment. These innovations are helping manufacturers increase productivity and efficiency in their operations. Read: The New Frontier of Robotic End of Arm Tooling

Bringing an Independent Systems Integrator to the European Market

October 25, 2016
With a large population that possesses a more-than-comfortable purchasing power, Europe creates a space where goods must move a lot, which makes automated solutions in both production and distribution a necessity. Read: Bringing an Independent Systems Integrator to the European Market

3 Considerations to Prep Your Order Fulfillment for Black Friday

October 17, 2016
In order to be best prepared for seasonal peaks such as Black Friday and its potential 10:1 volume spike, distribution leadership must begin looking at how their warehouses are set up.

Taking Your Warehouse to Another Level (Literally!) with Elevated Platforms

October 13, 2016
If you've maximized the floor space of your current facility, you might be thinking of making an expensive move. But another option to consider is using the full volume of your facility and investing in your vertical space with elevated platforms. Read: Taking Your Warehouse to Another Level

What if Selecting your Material Handling Integrator was like Electing your Next President

October 11, 2016
Like a presidential election, selecting an automation partner is based on understanding what the candidate is trying to accomplish, their experience, and their trustworthiness. Thankfully, material handling integrators do not have to be elected, but just for fun, we explored what it would be like if they were. Read: Electing a Material Handling Integrator

Tecnologia Avançada de Separação de Pedidos traz Melhorias para Operadores de E-Commerce

October 07, 2016
Acompanhando o grande sucesso do e-commerce é fácil imaginar como é crítico e eficiente o processo de separação de pedidos de empresas de e-commerce. Seus clientes esperam receber seus pedidos cada vez mais rápido e por outro lado o único caminho de atender as expectativas é usando sistemas automáticos ao invés de operação manual. Ler: Tecnologia Avançada traz Melhorias para Operadores de E-Commerce

WMS Implementation Strategies: Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Sunshine

October 05, 2016
Cloud-based Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) have been around for 4 to 5 years. Up to now, customers of these systems have been primarily smaller companies or startup companies that do not have the infrastructure or financial strength to implement a full-fledged, on premise, WMS. Read more about the state of cloud-based WMS

Fluid Loading and Unloading: It’s Really Cut and Dry

September 28, 2016
Loading and unloading a moving truck by hand is a task that we despise in our personal lives and yet a very similar task is performed everyday across the world by thousands of businesses and tens of thousands of people. Here are three conveyor options to improve your fluid loading process. Read: Fluid Loading and Unloading: It’s Really Cut and Dry

Importância do Integrador na solução de automação para manuseio e movimentação de material

September 22, 2016
O Brasil segue se desenvolvendo na área de logística tanto em tecnologia como também em processos. Um novo e importante papel que começa a fazer diferença, é o Integrador. Ler: Importância do Integrador na solução de automação

How to Select and Optimize Cost Effective Material Handling Systems

September 20, 2016
In any distribution or manufacturing operation, material must be moved from point A to point B. This movement is not free; so whether it is people, conveyors, or automated guided vehicles (AGVs) being used to transport goods, the cost to move material has a significant impact on a company’s bottom line. Read: Selecting Cost Effective Material Handling Systems

Bastian Solutions na Movimat 2016, de 20 à 22 Setembro (Expo Center Norte – SP)

September 14, 2016
A Bastian Solutions irá participar da Movimat 2016, que ocorrerá no período de 20 a 22 de Setembro no Expo Center Norte em São Paulo - SP. Ler: Bastian Solutions na Movimat 2016

Top 10 Things to Know About Industrial Robots

September 08, 2016
The need to reduce labor cost, improve ergonomics, maximize system efficiency and speed, and improve product quality has never been more vital than right now. Here are ten important aspects of industrial robotic systems you should know. Read: Top 10 Things to Know About Industrial Robots

Sorting Through Sorters: Your Guide to Sortation Conveyor

September 01, 2016
The heart of most distribution centers today is sortation. If it is applied correctly, products are efficiently routed to appropriate areas of the facility. Applied incorrectly, and the consequences can be catastrophic, often times costing companies millions of dollars in wasted labor and non-value added processes. Read: Your Guide to Sortation Conveyors

Pallet Dispenser Essentials

August 24, 2016
One of the most vital parts of any palletizing system is a pallet dispenser. Pallet dispensers automate the infeed of an empty pallet at regular intervals into the system. This automatic infeed increases the overall efficiency of the system by leaving operators available to tend to different parts of the same line, or even a different line altogether. Read: Pallet Dispenser Essentials

Be the Box:  Using Visualization to Create a Better Material Handling System Design

August 19, 2016
When creating your material handling system design, visualizing your product's path and any potential bottlenecks ensures an efficient design that will be successful now and in the future. Read: Visualization for Better Material Handling System Design
Posted in System Automation

Leaning on Smart Manufacturing

August 16, 2016
In the modern world of industrial robots and manufacturing, there are many new and innovative ideals being proposed as guidelines to streamline the mechanisms cranking out the incredible magnitude of products populating our world today. For instance, the Lean Manufacturing movement. Read: Leaning on Smart Manufacturing

Dress Up Your Pallet Rack With Accessories

August 12, 2016
To take full advantage of your pallet rack investment, you should also consider some common accessories to ensure the safety and longevity of its use. These accessories can include wire decking, row spacers, and column protectors to name a few. Read: Dress Up Your Pallet Rack With Accessories

What Does a Material Handling Systems Integrator Do and How Can It Benefit My Business?

August 10, 2016
If you're wondering why you've been directed to a material handling systems integrator by an OEM or if you stumbled across a website in an attempt to learn more, then here's some information on the benefits of a systems integrator and what you should expect. Read: Benefits of a Material Handling Systems Integrator
Posted in System Automation

5 Tips on Project Requirements Definition

August 04, 2016
It would be nice if you could download the ideas for your next project to someone else, but today you have to define project requirements. That term is used often and everyone has a different idea of what constitutes a “requirement”. Read: 5 Tips on Project Requirements Definition

A Guide to Dock Boards and Dock Plates

July 26, 2016
Any facility you go into that requires material handling equipment, will most likely have one, if not more, dock doors. Dock doors are the life line to get your customers product in and out of the facility. So, how do you handle the transition from the carrier (via truck) to getting the product into the building and back out? Read: Guide to Dock Boards and Plates

Flushing Out Plastic Chain Conveyor

July 22, 2016
As I am watching a product demonstration on plastic chain conveyor, the gentleman next to me turns towards me and states, “I need this conveyor in my house to deliver toilet paper for when I run out. Now that I look back upon it, he was on to something. Read: Flushing Out Plastic Chain Conveyor

Spare Parts and Why You Need Them

July 20, 2016
Whether you require conveyor system spare parts, robotic spare parts, or other spare parts inventory, having those critical items on hand is key to keeping your material handling system at maximum uptime. Read: Spare Parts and Why You Need Them

Pallet Rack Systems: Structural vs. Roll Form Pallet Racking

July 13, 2016
Choosing the correct type and style of pallet rack system is critical in ensuring your warehouse space is efficiently utilized on the first day of use and for years to come. Whether selective, drive-in, pallet flow or some other type of rack is best suited for your application, determining whether to use roll form or structural components is a decision that should not be overlooked. Read: Structural vs. Roll Form Pallet Racking

How to Choose and Work with a Robotics Integrator

July 07, 2016
Choosing the proper integrator to partner with to accomplish an organization’s strategic goals for robotic automation is not a trivial task. Companies have several avenues that they explore when it comes to gathering information, soliciting bids, evaluating, and selecting an integration partner. Read: How to Choose a Robotics Integrator

Making Sense of "All the Things"

July 05, 2016
RF scanning devices, conveyor photo eyes, and warehouse management software are a few of the elements that contribute to the warehouse Internet of Things. Take the concept a step further by mining data from the operation to feed business intelligence software and you have the Internet of Everything. Read: Making Sense of "All the Things"

5 Reasons to Utilize Conveyors Over Carts for Material Transport

June 24, 2016
The challenge of how to best move materials efficiently though the facility is something that keeps many operation managers scratching their heads. Generally, as product volume dictates, carts are brought into the equation and then non-powered trucks or conveyor. But when is it right to invest in conveyor for your material transport? Read: 5 Reasons to Utilize Conveyors Over Carts for Material Transport

Organize Your Warehouse with the Right Industrial Containers

June 22, 2016
For all of us in the northern hemisphere, it’s officially summer time, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late for a little spring cleaning. If your facility could benefit from improved storage and organization, there is a wide variety of industrial containers from which you can choose based on your storage needs. Read: Organize Your Warehouse with the Right Industrial Containers

Accumulation Conveyor 101: Understanding Minimum and Zero Pressure

June 16, 2016
When designing your conveyor system, you will most likely find yourself in need of some sort of accumulation conveyor. Whether that accumulation is belted or roller, minimum or zero pressure, or fixed zone or dynamic, Bastian Solutions is here to help. Read: Accumulation Conveyor 101

5 Easy Steps to Choosing a Conveyor

June 10, 2016
Selecting the right conveyor for your operation can be difficult. There are many brands and types to consider based on your application, goals, and environment. Although our team is always available to help you in the conveyor selection process, here are 5 steps to get you started. Read: 5 Easy Steps to Choosing a Conveyor

It is Not Bad to Be Wrong: Learning is a Journey

June 08, 2016
Even though I have been in the industry for nearly six years, I still see myself as a fresh out of college engineer. During those six years, I have had many memorable learning experiences where I have translated classroom knowledge into real-world applications. Without a doubt, my biggest and most important learning experiences have come when I or my team made a mistake. Read: It is Not Bad to Be Wrong: Learning is a Journey

How to Specify Your Conveyor Safety Netting

June 01, 2016
Overhead conveyor is a common and useful component of many material handling system designs. It saves valuable floor space and can provide a safer working environment for employees as long the proper safety features are included. One key safety component of overhead conveyor is safety netting. Read: How to Specify Conveyor Safety Netting

Put Walls: The Low Investment Solution for E-Commerce Order Fulfillment

May 24, 2016
E-Commerce Sales around the globe have eclipsed previous records continuously for the past ten years, and it’s easy to see why. Consumers can purchase everything from household commodities to a lock of Justin Beiber's hair and all from the comfort of their home. Read: Put Walls for E-Commerce Fulfillment

9 Things to Consider Before Buying a Carton Flow Rack System

May 20, 2016
Carton flow rack can be a valuable tool that allows users to save space and increase efficiency in order fulfillment operations. The key is selecting the right type of carton flow rack for your facility. There are several options to choose from, and there are several factors that must be considered. Read: Things to Consider Before Purchase Carton Flow Rack

Improve Warehouse Safety During National Safety Month

May 16, 2016
Employee safety is important in any field of work, but for manufacturing, distribution, and warehouse workers, it's something that must be considered every day. From poor ergonomics to high-tech machinery, there are a lot of situations our workers encounter each day that could potentially lead to injury. Read: Improve Your Warehouse Workers' Safety During National Safety Month

The Reality of “One-Size-Fits-All” Supply Chain Software

May 11, 2016
Many supply chain software companies want to sell an entire suite of products to their customers, but oftentimes, only a few of the products fit a customer’s needs. When a “one-size-fits-all” solution doesn’t work, that’s when software modules come into play. Read: The Reality of “One-Size-Fits-All” Supply Chain Software

Why ResinDek® is a Great Cost Saving Alternative to Concrete Mezzanine Floors

May 06, 2016
Conventional wisdom has always suggested that concrete floors are superior construction when it comes to mezzanine floors. A popular choice for new construction by many general contractors, concrete is a proven flooring material offering both durability and longevity. Concrete construction, however, comes at a cost, a very high cost. Read: ResinDek vs. Concrete Floors

Voice Guided Technology: A Proven Solution for your DC and WMS

May 03, 2016
Voice technology is evolving all around us, and its use in the warehouse is no different. Even with the onslaught of advanced automation, voice-guided picking is an effective and popular order fulfillment solution. Read: Voice Guided Technology: A Proven Solution

Anatomy of a Pneumatic Lift

April 28, 2016
Within a complex material handling system, product may need to be transferred between elevations. The most commonly used piece of equipment for this elevation transfer is an elevator lift. For light duty applications such as totes and boxes, a pneumatic lift elevator is a very economical solution. Read: Anatomy of a Pneumatic Lift

Difficult to Convey: Documents and Stacks of Paper

April 26, 2016
The material handling industry is wrought with products that are simply a bear to move. For some products there are plenty of “okay” options, but an optimal one is seemingly nonexistent. So do you just call it quits, close the doors, and never sell another of your difficult to convey products? Of course not. Read: Difficult to Convey: Handling Documents and Stacks of Paper

Where Should My New Distribution Center Be Located?

April 22, 2016
Whether you are looking to build your first Distribution Center (D.C.) or your fifth, the location of the D.C. is critical for the success of your operations. There are many factors that can affect the decision of where the facility should be, including: real estate cost, transportation cost, labor cost, access to quality labor, taxes, transportation routes, service level guarantees and many others. Read: Selecting Your Distribution Center Location
Posted in The Supply Chain

Buying Versus Leasing Industrial Equipment

April 20, 2016
When it comes to procuring industrial equipment, we have to look at what option is best for our companies. Many businesses often seek to save as much money as possible when it comes to acquiring this type of equipment. Some businesses have available capital to invest in purchasing new equipment, while others prefer leasing. Read: Buying vs. Leasing Industrial Equipment

Next Generation Goods-to-Person System Extends Beyond the Storage Buffer

March 28, 2016
Goods to person automation is an ever growing field that represents a revolution in the material handling industry – eliminating the costly and time-intensive process of having operators travel throughout the warehouse to pick. There are many options out there, but all of these technologies are representing only half of the goods-to-person concept. Read: Next Generation Goods-to-Person System

New ZiPline Product: Two-Lane Flighted Conveyor Merge

March 23, 2016
Our ZiPline brand flighted conveyor merge may sound like some sort of fancy, new piece of technology that uses cutting-edge controls to parse products at lightning speed through the air. Well, it’s actually much simpler than that. In fact, it kind of removes the need for controls. And fancy technology. It’s really quite simple. Read: Two-Lane Flighted Conveyor Merge

The Southeast U.S. Provides Big Opportunity for Business

March 18, 2016
With MODEX 2016 right around the corner, I took some time to speak with our Atlanta regional manager, Brian Ulanch, on the growing opportunities and benefits of doing business in Atlanta and the importance of hosting one of our industry's biggest shows. Read: The Southeast U.S. Provides Big Opportunity for Business

Which Goods-to-Person Technology is Right for Your Operation?

March 08, 2016
With increasingly high customer expectations in the world of order fulfillment, many distribution and warehouse managers are searching for ways to improve throughput, accuracy, and efficiency. To help, we need look no further than the best-in-class Goods-to-Person (GTP) technologies that are changing the face of order fulfillment. Read: Which Goods-to-Person Technology is Right for Your Operation?
Posted in System Automation

5 Ergonomic Products Employees Will Love

February 24, 2016
As we wrap up the month of love and get even farther into 2016, maybe you’re asking yourself, “What can I do for my employees to make 2016 even better for them?” One place to start is ergonomics. Read: 5 Ergonomic Products Employees Will Love

Your Path to an Automated Warehouse: 3 Things to Know

February 23, 2016
Peace of mind, organization, simplicity. These are things we all strive for in life, and of course within the four walls of a warehouse or distribution center. To achieve these goals in your operation, here are 3 steps for implementing proven intelligent technology into your current process. Read: 3 Steps to an Automated Warehouse

New Singulator Handles 60-Pound Tires

February 18, 2016
There are various types of singulators, and they can handle everything from boxes to specialty products, or in this case, circular/cylindrical items. One of our newest projects coming off the production floor is a singulator designed to efficiently handle heavy tires during the manufacturing process. Read: New Singulator Handles 60-Pound Tires
Posted in Manufacturing

Machine Tending Robots: The Importance of Part Positioning

February 10, 2016
One of the key aspects of a robotic machine tending system is part positioning. It is critical during the design process to understand the interface between the part, machine center, and robot. Read: Machine-Tending Robots: The Importance of Part Positioning

Keg Handling 101: 3 Options for Easy Moving

February 05, 2016
One of the most challenging and often times dangerous items to handle and store are beer and wine kegs. Not only are they awkward and heavy, but their round, oblong shape leads to very inefficient storage. Here are 3 helpful solutions for your keg handling needs. Read: Keg Handling 101: 3 Options for Easy Moving

Competitive DC Growth Nationally Drives Need for Space Efficiency

January 26, 2016
The Journal of Commerce reported that big-box distribution facilities of 500,000 to more than 1 million square feet are leading construction activity. These large-scale, modern warehouses give top retailers and distributors the economies of scale of operating under one roof, whether serving as national distribution centers or regional distribution facilities. Read: DC Growth Drives Need for Space Efficiency

Examining the State of Logistics Report

January 14, 2016
Every year the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals produces a “State of Logistics Report”. The 26th annual report, released last June, analyzed U.S. logistics in 2014 and gave a prediction for what 2015 would have in store. Here's a look at some of the key stats and tips on how logistics companies can respond. Read: Examining the State of Logistics Report

What’s the Impact of Cyber Monday Beating Black Friday?

January 05, 2016
For the very first time in American consumer shopping history, Cyber Monday generated more revenue than Black Friday. In total, US e-commerce exceeded $400B in 2015, up 25% YOY (year over year). Soon the US Commerce Department will announce that fourth quarter sales accounted for nearly 40% of online sales for the year. Read: The Impact of Cyber Monday Beating Black Friday
Posted in Industry News

15 Popular Posts from 2015: Tech and Cost-Savings Top the List

December 30, 2015
In 2015, manufacturers and distributors were faced with growing consumer demands—faster delivery, at a lower cost, with more order customization—a tough achievement for companies while still maintaining strong revenues. With these challenges, it’s no surprise that out most popular blog posts often featured discussions on new material handling technology trends and operational cost savings through labor, ergonomics, and space utilization. Read: Our Top 15 Posts of 2015

How High Can I Build My Pallet Flow Rack?

December 28, 2015
While there is no one-size-fits-all answer for how high pallet flow rack can go, let’s look at the major variables that are taken into consideration when designing a racking system for pallet flow. Read: How High Can I Build My Pallet Flow Rack?

Making My Christmas Lights Show Bigger and Brighter

December 18, 2015
Each year I enjoy creating a large light show during the Christmas season, and every year, I also do what I can to make it bigger and better. The past couple of seasons, I’ve made some critical upgrades with help from friends. Read: Making My Christmas Lights Show Bigger and Brighter

#RelationshipGoals in the Material Handling Industry

December 16, 2015
Time is important, and your time is valuable to you and me, so I’ll try and be quick. After reading, you should be able to determine your type of integration partner more efficiently, and have smoother starts to your projects, large or small. Read: Relationship Goals in Material Handling

Adapting Drones for Modern Material Handling

December 04, 2015
The consumer U.A.V. industry is one of today’s fastest growing markets. Modern technology is enabling one of the greatest tech adaptions to society. With every new technology, there is a certain level of acceptance. As that acceptance grows, oftentimes the new tech presents unanticipated applications, and to me, that is the most exciting part. Read: Adapting Drones for Modern Material Handling

5 Ways to Supercharge Your Barcode Scanning System with Camera Vision

November 30, 2015
Does your current single line barcode scanner underperform, resulting in excessive no-reads or read conflicts? Today’s barcode reading systems need to reach read rates of 99.9% to 100%. If your system is not reaching this percentage, it’s time to re-evaluate your technology. Read: Supercharge Your Barcode Scanning with Camera Vision

Get the MOST from Your Workforce

November 19, 2015
Do you or any of your clients have processes where employees’ expected rates are unknown, based on averages, or quite frankly conjectured from guessing? Rates may be unknown or need re-evaluation because of new or different layouts, or process changes. If any of these situations are affecting your employee production rates, then you should consider MOST, Maynard Operation Sequence Technique. Read: Get the MOST from Your Workforce

Ergonomic Benefits of Industrial Robotics

November 05, 2015
Hundreds of thousands of people have to deal with risky work environments, dodging workplace injuries, and making it home to their families every day. There are industry shifts, however, that are seeking to reduce the need for utilizing human labor in these inherently risky operations and shifting them to safer tasks in the facility. Read: Ergonomic Benefits of Robotics

Why and How to Calculate Short-Circuit Current Rating (SCCR)

October 28, 2015
SCCR may sound like an acronym for a competitive racing circuit or a certain rock band from the 60/70s. However, fortunately for you, SCCR is way more interesting. It stands for Short-Circuit Current Rating, which is defined in the 2011 NEC (National Electric Code), Article 100 as: “The prospective symmetrical fault current at a nominal voltage to which an apparatus or system is able to be connected without sustaining damage exceeding defined acceptance criteria.” Read: Calculating Short-Circuit Current Rating (SCCR)

Complicated vs. Complex Automation Systems

October 22, 2015
At first glance, complicated and complex systems might sound the same, but a closer look at your business model and SKU seasonality will reveal which system will work best for you. Read: Complicated vs. Complex Automation Systems

The E-Commerce Pick Module

October 15, 2015
Goods-to-person picking, the new buzzword in material handling, is a great option for operations with a high number of SKU’s and a relatively low cubic velocity of SKU’s, but in an operation that has very fast moving or large items, it can be prohibitively expensive to use this technology throughout. Sometimes it is best to use, or supplement a goods-to-person operation, with a pick module. Read: The E-Commerce Pick Module

Robotic Cell Layout Considerations

October 09, 2015
In a robotic application, many times the goals are safety, labor-cost, throughput, or ergonomics. Once the system type is defined, technical requirements are stated, and the goals are established, one of the most crucial ingredients to a successful project is an efficient system layout. Read: Robotic Cell Layout Considerations

How to Choose the Best Support for Your Selective Pallet Racking

October 07, 2015
Selective pallet racking has been a popular and effective storage method in warehouses, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers for decades due in large part to its ease of design and implementation. As easy as it may be to install some frames and beams and call it a day, it’s also important to assess the need for pallet supports or wire decks and to decide which is best for your application. Read: How to Choose the Best Support for Your Selective Pallet Racking

3 Industrial Lift Table Uses Safety Officers Would Hate

September 25, 2015
Discussing the benefits of an industrial lift table can be a no-brainer for professionals who use them regularly. From the ergonomic benefits to the efficiency in moving products of any size, lift tables provide a great advantage for the difficulties of product distribution. But there are also a few ways you shouldn't use them... Read: Industrial Lift Table Uses Safety Officers Would Hate

Project Spotlight: New Robotic Bag Palletizing EoAT

September 23, 2015
Bastian Robotics recently redesigned and upgraded our robotic bag palletizing End of Arm Tool (EoAT) to accommodate a wider range of products with the same base tool. Similar to past renditions, this tool still has a clamshell design and interfaces with our custom bag pick conveyor. Read: New Robotic Bag Palletizing EoAT

Industrial Robotics in the Automotive Industry

September 17, 2015
Industrial robots have been associated with the automotive industry ever since their inception over 50 years ago. Back in 1962, Unimation’s UNIMATE was installed in General Motors’ New Jersey plant, making it the very first industrial robot to ever be used by a major manufacturer. However, it wasn’t until about 20 years later when industrial robots truly became synonymous with the auto industry. Read: Industrial Robotics in the Automotive Industry

7 Helpful Tips for Selecting Food Grade Conveyor

September 14, 2015
Conveyor systems are most critical in the food processing and manufacturing industry to reach high efficiency and profitability. The answer to which style of food grade conveyor can be a difficult decision. Conveyor technology is changing rapidly, and it’s always beneficial to study what is available in today's market before making a decision to settle on yesterday's offerings. Read: Selecting Food Grade Conveyor

The Importance of Preventative Maintenance for Your Automation Systems

September 03, 2015
We’re hearing more and more from material handling and packaging automation facilities that having spare parts on hand is a luxury they can’t afford. But what is your facility sacrificing if your production line comes to a screeching halt when a component fails? Read: Importance of Preventative Maintenance

My Favorite Pop Culture Robots

August 31, 2015
Before I began my career at Bastian Robotics, my main exposure to the world of robotics wasn’t through the world of industrial automation. No, I pictured robots more like the ones I saw in movies or read about in books; evil robots trying to take over the world, or heroes in epic space adventures. There have been so many iconic robots in popular culture throughout history. Here are a few of my favorites. Read: My Favorite Pop Culture Robots

6 Helpful Tips for Installing Conveyors in Freezers

August 25, 2015
In the conveyor world, there aren’t many more challenging applications than freezer installations. The deep cold introduces many obstacles for components. In general, the colder you go, the more things you must take into consideration. Here are 6 helpful tips for ensuring a successful freezer conveyor installation. Read: 6 Helpful Tips for Installing Conveyors in Freezers

3 Steps to a Great Turnkey Material Handling System

August 20, 2015
A turn-key material handling solution is the complete design, build, and installation of material handling equipment. This type of solution allows you to work with one company to ensure your project exceeds expectations from start to finish. Here's what you should expect during the three phases of your turnkey project... Read: 3 Steps to a Great Turnkey Material Handling System

Project Spotlight: Utilizing the Auxiliary Axis Servo of a Robot

August 11, 2015
In this month’s project highlight, we’re diving into a recent project in which we used the auxiliary axis on a robot to control the sweeper bar on a row forming conveyor. This allowed us to add an additional axis of integrated motion to the robot, giving us 7-axes of motion. Read: Using the Auxiliary Axis Servo of a Robot

4 Simple Reasons to Try Our New Online Conveyor Pricing Tool

August 04, 2015
As e-commerce sales continue to rise, more and more of that growth is coming from industrial products and business services. In response, Bastian Solutions decided to re-design and improve our online equipment store. Our goal was simple – to create a platform that allows purchasing agents, industrial engineers and maintenance technicians the ability to move beyond the conventional, and often times very slow, sales process. Read: 4 Reasons to Try Our Conveyor Pricing Tool and Configurator

Your Complete Guide to Robotic Case Packing Systems

July 23, 2015
Robot-based automation is also an excellent alternative to manual operation. In addition to increased up-time and total throughput, fewer accidents and increasingly demanding workplace ergonomics are compelling reasons to make the shift to robotics. In the packaging industry, robots generally fall into two main areas: pick and place applications and feed placement... Read: Your Complete Guide to Robotic Case Packing Systems

Improve Your Automation System Safety with These 4 Components

July 16, 2015
In the automation world, safety is of the utmost importance. Not only do industrial robotics and other automated material handling systems perform difficult tasks that keep personnel out of unsafe and ergonomically difficult conditions, but these same automation systems must be inherently safe for personnel to work around as well. Read: Improve Automation System Safety
Posted in Uncategorized

Understanding Lift Table “Drifting” and “Leak Down”

July 09, 2015
A majority of industrial lift table owners are probably familiar with the phenomenon commonly referred to as “drifting” or “leak down”. However, they may not know what causes this, or how it can be controlled. Here are some tips for eliminating the issue. Read: Understanding Lift Table Drifting

How to Select the Right Container for Conveying Products

July 01, 2015
Are you considering the purchase of a conveyor system to transport your product in the warehouse? If so, there can be many factors to consider when deciding how to convey your material, especially when it comes to the box or container holding the material. In this article, we’ll discuss a few things to keep in mind. Read: Selecting the Right Container

The Most Important Factors of a Robot in a Machine Tending Application

June 16, 2015
When deciding what machine tending robot best fits your application, it is important to look at a number of criteria and weigh the pros and cons of each to figure out which robot is the best fit. Read: Factors for a Successful Machine Tending Robot Application

3 Low Cost Pieces of Equipment Your Employees Will Thank You For

June 11, 2015
Working in an industrial setting which involves a lot of lifting, twisting and turning can be strenuous to your employees. You may see lost time in production, or worse, workman compensation claims. How can you reduce these burdens without it hitting hard on your wallet? Here are 3 low-cost entry pieces of equipment that are sure to help. Read: 3 Low Cost Pieces of Equipment Your Employees will Thank You For

What is Hydraulic Lift Table Coasting and How Can It Be Prevented?

June 08, 2015
It is often required that hydraulic lift tables stop at precise elevations. However, the phenomenon commonly referred to as lift table “coasting” can allow lift table platforms to continue past the intended stopping point. In this article, we'll discuss the causes of lift table coasting, and how it can be prevented. Read: Hydraulic Lift Table Coasting and How to Prevent It

Warehouse Execution Systems: A New Label for an Established Solution

June 03, 2015
In 2009, in an attempt to appeal to a younger audience, Pizza Hut began to market itself as “The Hut.” Now, Pizza Hut themselves would admit that nothing about the company, their pizza, their restaurants or policies had changed. This was simply a way to get into the conversation of the “texting generation.” This rebranding or renaming practice is performed in every type business, and it is currently taking place in the material handling industry. Read: WES: A New Label for an Established Solution

Robotics in the Food and Beverage Industry

May 28, 2015
As government regulations become more stringent, retailer demands continue to increase, and competition intensifies, the need for robots has never been more imperative for success in the food and beverage industry. Read: Robotics in the Food and Beverage Industry

How Does a Hydraulic Scissor Lift Table Work?

May 21, 2015
By far the most common industrial lift is the hydraulic scissor lift table. This may seem like a complicated piece of equipment, but in actuality hydraulic lift tables are very simple in design. These lift tables are comprised of five major components: the platform, base, scissor legs, hydraulic cylinder, and power source. Read: How Hydraulic Scissor Lift Tables Work

10 Tips for Setting Up a Label Print and Apply System

May 19, 2015
Automatic print and apply units can be tremendously helpful in labor reduction and product throughput if done correctly. They can also cause a lot of downtime and operator headaches if done incorrectly. The intent of this article should be to spark focus and attention to design considerations before implementation. This can be used as a guide and hopefully generate interest in systems of this nature. Read: 10 Tips for Setting Up a Print and Apply System

30 Questions to Consider When Selecting a Lift Table

May 11, 2015
Selecting an industrial lift table ca be overwhelming. Between sizes and options there are literally thousands of configurations to choose from. When making your selection, it’s important to consider what is being lifted, how it needs to be lifted, how the lift table should operate, and whether any safety features are required. Ask yourself the following questions to ensure you select the best lift table for your operation. Read: How to Select a Lift Table

Warehouse Storage Myth Debunked - Equal Space Strategy versus Equal Time Strategy

May 07, 2015
Ask any warehouse manager how to stock a forward pick area, and you may get one of these two methods--allocate the same amount of space to each SKU or store an equal time supply of each SKU in the area. Here's a look at why either solution might offer the same labor costs. Read: Warehouse Storage Myth Debunked

How to Get the Most Life Out of Your Industrial Robot

April 30, 2015
There are several ways an industrial robot can wear out sooner than intended. On average, most companies plan to get more than eight years of service out of a robot. However, some companies have robots that are still running after nearly 20 years. What causes some companies to get more or less use out of their robots? Read: Increasing the Life Span of an Industrial Robot

Using a Lift Table for Pallet Offloading

April 29, 2015
With limited fork lift resources, one manufacturer installed a pallet handling system that used a lift table, floor pit, and pallet conveyor to improve cycle times and reduce traffic in a busy assembly area. Read: Using a Lift Table for Pallet Offloading

You’ve Got a Friend in the PalletPal 360™

April 23, 2015
Most of us don’t consider our material handling equipment to be among our closest friends. After all, what has a conveyor, cart or pallet jack ever done for you? However, there is one piece of equipment that you might want to consider adding to your Christmas card list – the Southworth PalletPal 360™. Read: You’ve Got a Friend in the PalletPal 360

Project Spotlight: Integrating a Transfer Robot

April 22, 2015
In this month’s product highlight, we are going to focus on a very important aspect of a recent case packing project--the transfer robot. Bastian Robotics developed a robotic case packing system that required the orientation of the product to be changed 90° from the production line prior to inserting it into the case... Read: Integrating a Transfer Robot

The $1.3 Trillion Benefit of Order and System Visibility

April 16, 2015
$1.3 trillion…Globally in 2014, that’s how much money consumers spent shopping online. Although especially busy during the holidays, e-commerce retailers are growing increasingly busy throughout the year. Shipping deadlines are tighter, and customer expectations are at an all-time high. As pressure mounts, retailers are depending on automated facilities with material handling equipment for efficient processing of large volumes of orders. But aside from the equipment, software is taking center stage for ensuring order deadlines are met. Read: The $1.3 Trillion Benefit of Order and System Visibility

ROI Factors in a Material Handling Automation Project

April 08, 2015
Introducing automation into a business can be a large and intimidating project. A good deal of time and money are generally invested up front in order make the project successful. However, there are several benefits automation can bring about that help justify these expenses. Read more: Material Handling Automation ROI Factors

Why AutoStore by Bastian Solutions Would Be Perfect for Storing My Kids' Toys

March 16, 2015
With three kids, the scariest part of the weekend usually comes sometime between the hours of 1 and 3 PM each Sunday--cleaning up all the toys in the basement. The drill is simple: Identify the toy, figure out where it belongs and then travel across the basement to put it away. There has to be a better way to store all this stuff. So, I ask myself what I would recommend to one of my clients. It would absolutely be AutoStore by Bastian Solutions and here are 5 reason why… Read: Why AutoStore Would Be Perfect for Storing Toys
Posted in System Automation

Wearable Technology in the Warehouse: Picking with Vuzix Smart Glasses

March 10, 2015
Technology has always been a driving factor in supply chain progress and efficiency gains. The perfect example of this is the introduction of “goods-to-person” technologies over the past couple years, but as the industry is still enjoying the benefits from this technology, wandering eyes are already looking toward the next solution. One of the more promising up-and-coming technologies is wearable technology, and more specifically, smart glasses. Read: Wearable Technology for the Warehouse

The 5 Inefficiencies STEALing from Your Distribution Center

March 05, 2015
There are 5 common inefficiencies and resource wasters STEALing from distribution operations everywhere, but today’s goods-to-person technologies can turn those losses into profit in as little as 2 years. Let’s look at these five wastes and how goods-to-person systems are overcoming them. Read: Goods-to-Person Systems Improve DC Inefficiencies

Conveyor System Best Practices in the Pharmaceutical Sector

March 03, 2015
After comparing its warehousing operations to industry best practices, Roche Diagnostics Operations (RDO) revealed opportunities to improve processes by standardizing across all warehouses and implementing a more automated material handling system. In doing so, Roche was able to increase pack rates, reduce operating costs, and gain better visibility of carton-level details. Read: Conveyor System Best Practices in the Pharma Industry

New Goods-to-Robot Systems Take E-Fulfillment to the Next Level

February 23, 2015
In the past decade, order fulfillment lead times have become increasingly aggressive with eCommerce sites promising as quick as 1-hour delivery of certain items. To fulfill these demands, goods-to-person systems were introduced, but taking it one step further, goods-to-robot systems offer speed, accuracy, and flexibility like never before. Read: Goods-to-Robot Systems for E-Fulfillment

Growing E-Tailer Increases Throughput 200 Percent with Order Fulfillment Automation

February 11, 2015
To keep up with strong consumer demand, Monoprice, Inc. needed an order fulfillment automation system to help increase daily throughput from roughly 300 orders per hour up to 1,000 orders per hour. Read: E-Tailer Increases Throughput 200 Percent
Posted in System Automation

Robotic End of Arm Tools: Get a Grip on Your Product (part II)

February 03, 2015
A colleague wrote earlier about the ways of getting a grip on a product. He emphasized the importance of the robotic end of arm tool (EoAT) to the system even though it may seem like a small component. He also delved into the many ways the robotic EoAT can be used. I wanted to use this article to expand on his ideas and describe how this gripping action is accomplished. Read: Get a Grip on Your Product (part II)

Engineering Meets Fashion Design

January 26, 2015
Engineering Meets Fashion Design. It's not everyday you see the words engineering and fashion used together in the same sentence; they seem to be about as opposite as you can get. Yet, surprisingly, these two seemingly opposite careers have several similarities. Abigail Messmer, a Field Service Technician at Bastian Robotics, has a passion for both of these disciplines and has found a way to incorporate them into her life and career. Read: Engineering Meets Fashion Design

Making Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification a Standard

January 09, 2015
One of the most important considerations when selecting an integrator to supply a material handling system should be the quality and engagement of the integrator’s project management. This is why in 2015, all robotics project managers will need to be PMP certified... Read: Making PMP Certification a Standard
Posted in Project Management

Cross-Training: The Key to Manufacturing Success

January 07, 2015
When it comes to manufacturing, schedules are constantly being shifted and moved around in order to accommodate projects in the most efficient way possible. In order to improve our productivity, we had to go against the traditional methods and adapt a dynamic cross-training method. Here are some tips to get your team started as well. Read: Cross-Training for Manufacturing Success

Robot Spider Shows Off Impressive Tech

December 23, 2014
I came across this interesting little robot on YouTube through one of my favorite shows, Mythbusters. One of the stars, Adam Savage, who loves all sorts or crazy inventions and toys found this T8X Spider Bot from Robugtix, to be irresistible. Read: Robot Spider Shows Off Impressive Tech

Giving Thanks for Great Customers

December 19, 2014
It’s always good, especially around the holiday season, to give thanks for all our good fortunes and blessings. In a professional setting, I especially like to give thanks to those who have made my job more fulfilling, challenging, and successful. At the forefront of those whom I am always most grateful for are my customers. Read: Giving Thanks for Great Customers

Unforeseen Benefits of Adding Robot Labor to the Workplace

December 17, 2014
Robotic automation is becoming more commonplace in the manufacturing realm, with general industry and automotive parts suppliers leading the way. Modernizing factories throughout the Americas, the expected benefits have contributed to an increased number of robot installations, but the unexpected benefits have rapidly accelerated the pace of those installs. Read: The Unforeseen Benefits of Robot Labor

Industrial Robots by the Numbers

December 08, 2014
Numbers are an extremely powerful tool. They can help us calculate, quantify, and analyze just about anything. But what makes them so important? In the ever changing world of industrial robotics, what can we learn from them? As it turns out, we can learn quite a bit. Read: Industrial Robots by the Numbers

What’s Old is New Again: The Many Uses for Used Robots

November 24, 2014
The modern-day industrial robot is one of the most robust technologies and will generally last for years, even decades. However, as with all good things, they eventually move toward the end of their useful life. When this occurs, a robot-owner is presented with a few options... Read: The Many Uses for Used Robots

Tips for Selecting the Right Tire Handling Equipment

November 19, 2014
The tire manufacturing industry continues to push for automation of tire handling, resulting in reduced labor costs and improved quality. The automation of this process includes a variety of conveyors and material handling situations. We will highlight several of these key processes and the equipment used to properly convey and store tires... Read: Tips for Selecting Tire Handling Equipment

4 Ways Industrial Robots Provide Flexible Packaging Automation

November 17, 2014
The current manufacturing landscape is subject to rapid changes in demand, presenting the need for highly efficient, customized technologies. This is why flexible automation is critical for companies who seek to remain competitive and grow their business. With shorter production runs between SKU and packaging material changes, flexibility is a key feature in a manufacturing environment, especially when it comes to packaging automation. This is why industrial robotic systems are an excellent option. Read: 4 Ways Robots Help with Packaging Automation

Project Management: Who is to Blame?

November 12, 2014
I came across an article about the GT Advanced Technologies bankruptcy and thought, who is actually at fault? GTAT’s position is that Apple put them out of business with burdensome demands whereas Apple’s position with GTAT remains unclear. Last year, Apple offered $578 million to assist them with setting up their facility. As a project manager, I suggest that both parties are to blame. Read: 9 Principles of Project Management

Breaking News: Rosie the Robot is Real

November 06, 2014
Remember when Rosie the Robot, the famous maid from The Jetsons, was a fantasy character every human wished they had available in their own home? Why should we have to do regular household chores when a robot could do them for us? Then we could focus our efforts on more important things, like watching a baseball game or going out of town on a family vacation. Well folks, I have news for you: Those robots are REAL! Read: Rosie the Robot is Real

The Top 3 Specifications for Designing Effective Sortation Systems

October 29, 2014
Whether a project is a multi-million dollar distribution center or a small shipping system, one thing that can make or break it is how efficiently the system can sort the product. To avoid issues and ensure a successful sortation system, one of the most important factors is thoroughly discussing our customers’ specifications prior to the design. Read: 3 Specs for Designing Sortation Systems

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Benefits of 3D renderings and simulations

October 24, 2014
A key component in our sales process is the creation of 3-D renderings and simulations. With advanced modeling and software tools, Bastian Robotics can bring 2-D drawings to life with highly accurate renderings and illustrations that can alleviate many system concerns... Read: 3D Rendering Benefits

What's Your Exit Strategy? 5 Methods for Variable Height Access

October 22, 2014
Safely and efficiently accessing and exiting variable height platforms is important for operators who spend their days going between levels. Here are 5 of the most popular methods for variable height access and the pros and cons of each. Read: 5 methods for variable height access

Machine Tending: Is It Truly a Robot’s Paradise?

October 16, 2014
Machine tending can be some of the most grueling and hazardous work conditions for an industrial operator, so if you need to increase throughput, it often means a reduction in quality. With the help of industrial robots you can maximize both of these requirements while providing your operators with a safer working environment. Read: Machine Tending Robot Requirements

Introduction to Industrial Robots: What You Need to Know

October 10, 2014
If you work with robots every day like I do, it feels almost second nature when selecting the right one for any given application. There are plenty of people, though, who when they hear robot think of Terminator or I-Robot. Industrial robots are a little different than the aforementioned Hollywood versions, so if you are interested in using robots to improve your business, it helps to understand your options. Read: Intro to Industrial Robots

Prep for the Holidays with These Material Handling Maintenance Tips

September 24, 2014
The holiday season is fast approaching: Yesterday was the first day of fall, football is finally back, and Kmart has already released its first Christmas commercial (no matter how hard they deny it). With the holiday rush around the corner, it’s important to inspect each area of your material handling system to ensure it's running at peak performance. Read: Material Handling Maintenance Tips

The Top 3 PC-Based Software Features for Industrial Controls Programming

September 18, 2014
When programming controllers for an industrial automation project, I base my platform (PLC, PAC, or PC) on a variety of project details, one of which is the software that drives the platform. Here is a review of the 3 top features I look for on the software side of a platform decision... Read: Top 3 Software Features

You Need it When?! The Challenges of Same-Day Delivery

September 11, 2014
Same-day fulfillment and delivery is a growing trend and one that is being explored by big name retailers for an additional competitive edge. With continuing growth in e-commerce sales and mobile device usage, comapnies will need to master the art of fulfillment in minutes to meet same-day delivery requests. Read: Challenges of Same-Day Delivery

Industrial Robot Proof of Concept: Verify Functionality and Avoid Risk

September 04, 2014
Due to the complexity of certain industrial robot projects, a Proof of Concept (PoC) is sometimes required to verify functionality and key components of a design prior to commencing a full project. Here are the benefits and specifics of arranging a Proof of Concept... Read: Benefits of Robotic Proof of Concepts

What is an Engineer’s Favorite Food?

August 29, 2014
With Labor Day weekend upon us, I asked our robotics team about their favorite food. From the results, it seems they are very carnivorous! See the full survey and enjoy a great grilling recipe from one of our engineers. Read: Engineers' Favorite Foods

4 Signs a Small- to Mid-Sized Company Needs Order Fulfillment Automation

August 25, 2014
You don’t need a giant distribution center rivaling Amazon or Wal-Mart to benefit from automation. These days, small and medium retailers are competing with the big boys by investing in scalable technologies. Here are 4 signs you're ready for automation. Read: 4 Signs You're Ready for Automation

How to Create a Better Warehouse Layout

August 20, 2014
It is important that a warehouse has enough space to operate efficiently. However, it may be even more important that the space is laid out in a way that optimizes the warehouse’s abilities. Here is a 4-step process used by our consulting team to create the best facility layout. Read: Creating a Better Warehouse Layout

6 Popular Applications for the Hytrol EZLogic System

August 14, 2014
Hytrol’s EZLogic® conveyor is a versatile product, capable of filling many applications. However, are you aware of everything you can program EZLogic® eyes and modules to do? If not, take a look at 6 common applications and features of Hytrol’s EZLogic® conveyor, as well as explanations for each setting. Read: 6 Hytrol EZLogic Applications

5 Communication Tips for Better Project Implementation

August 12, 2014
During a project implementation, it's important to speak the same "language" as your customer. Certain terms might having different meanings as you switch from an old system or software to a new one, so it's critical to ensure everyone is on the same page. Here are 5 tips to ensure good communication and a successful project implementation. Read: Communication tips for project implementation

Ready, Set, Action! Industrial Robots Go Mainstream

August 04, 2014
Many people recognize that industrial robots are a big part of manufacturing and production plants, but these robots are now earning a new customer: the entertainment industry. Robots are grabbing the attention of the average customer through music, movies, and more. Read: Industrial Robots Go Mainstream

The Final Step in the DMADV Decision Making Process: Validation

July 30, 2014
For several weeks, we have discussed the DMADV process for decision making. The first four (4) phases (Definition, Measurement, Analysis and Design) have been completed, so now we need to consider the effectiveness of the design(s) through a validation process, our 5th and final phase. Read: Validation in the DMADV Process

How to Select the Best Wire Deck for Your Storage Rack

July 23, 2014
There are several considerations when determining the best wire deck for your next storage rack or shelving project. You have to think about your product weight and dimensions, your rack type, waterfall, etc. Here is the full list of items to consider when purchasing wire deck... Read: How to Select Wire Deck

Design: Step 4 in the DMADV Process for Supply Chain Improvement

July 16, 2014
In this article, we continue our review of the DMADV 5-step process for improving your supply chain. Design is step four in the process and involves leveraging the criteria, characteristics and flows developed in the “Analysis” step to look at alternative designs and technologies to create the best facility layout. Read: Design in the DMADV Process

Another Broken Pallet! Tips for Better Pallet Handling

July 10, 2014
Although handling pallets might seem simple, there are many considerations when selecting the right equipment such as pallet type, pallet condition, and pallet load stability. Here are a few items that you should consider before selecting your pallet handling equipment... Read: Tips for Better Pallet Handling

A Review of 3 Popular Lift Tables: Pneumatic, Hydraulic and Ball Screw

July 02, 2014
The lifting, bending and twisting that often comes with manual labor in our field, can quickly cause neck, back, and other upper body injuries. One easy solution to help with ergonomics is industrial lift tables. Here is a quick review of the 3 most popular types of lift tables... Read: 3 Popular Lift Table Options

Analyze: Step 3 in the DMADV Process to Improve Your Supply Chain

June 30, 2014
In previous editions of this article series the Define and Measure stages of the Five Step Decision Making Process (DMADV) to drive supply chain improvements were discussed paving the way for step 3 - Analyze. During this step, the overall performance of the system is evaluated using statistical models to analyze transactional and inventory data. Read: Analyze - Step 3 in the DMADV process

Top 5 Reasons Modular Offices Make Sense

June 25, 2014
When business demands require different space solutions, modular office systems offer a cost effective and quick answer. Whether you need a portable shelter, clean room, guard shack or other office concept, here are 5 reasons modular offices make sense... Read: 5 Reasons Modular Offices Make Sense

The Future of Consumer 3-D Printing is Now

June 12, 2014
Low-cost, 3-D printing is now more readily available than ever before with basic, single material printers available for starting prices in the hundreds of dollars. 3-D printing has been a great way to test new part designs in the industrial world, but with lower price points for the machines and easier access to a wide range of materials, the at-home use is expanding every day. Read: Consumer 3-D Printing

Measure: Step 2 in the DMADV Process to Improve Your Supply Chain

June 05, 2014
DMADV stands for: Define, Measure, Analyze, Design, and Validate. It is a problem-solving approach used by our consultants to help customers make the best decisions for their warehouse and ultimately their supply chain. We've reviewed step 1, but here's more information on step 2: Measure. Read: DMADV Step 2 - Measure

Sortation – 5 Reasons to Consider the Hytrol SC Pivoting Wheel Sorter

May 28, 2014
Merely utter the words “pop-up wheel sorter” and instantly one is bombarded with a plethora of negative remarks. However, Hytrol Conveyor Company’s ProSort SC Pivoting Wheel Sorter challenges all of these past observations. Here are five reasons why you should consider the Hytrol ProSort SC Pivoting Wheel Sorter. Read: 5 Reasons to Consider Hytrol ProSort SC

Defining the Problem: Step 1 in the 5-Step Decision Making Process to Improve Your Supply Chain

May 22, 2014
In a previous article, we started the discussion on the 5-step decision making process, DMADV, and how it helps you make better decisions in your supply chain or any area of your business. In a series of articles, we’ll further explore and define each step so you can get the most out of this process. In today's article, step 1... Read: Step 1 - Defining the Problem

How to Prepare for a Weekend Cutover

May 15, 2014
Now that your new material handling system is designed, it’s time to get it installed and working properly. The trick is to complete the switch from your old system to your new one with as little downtime as possible. Read: How to Prep for a Weekend Cutover

5 Methods for Reducing Product Loss in Your Warehouse

May 12, 2014
There are a few major concerns in distribution system design that need to be consistently addressed. One of the most critical cost concerns is financial waste through damaged product. In a post-recession era when companies are working to “stay lean”, managing product waste is a tangible area where capital investment can lead to great returns.

How to Fix Conveyor Belt Tracking in 3 Easy Steps

May 06, 2014
One of the biggest pain points in the life of a maintenance technician or installer is conveyor belt tracking. Here are a few helpful tips to lookout for and an easy, 3-step process to get your belt running right down the middle.

Developing Problem Solving Skills Over Lunch

April 24, 2014
Most of the time, lunch is an easy decision, but it provides an excellent example of how simple problems can quickly become complex. Good problem solving skills include knowing when it's OK to trust your gut. Read: Developing Problem Solving Skills Over Lunch

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

April 11, 2014
As 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. Read: A Poem About "The Robot Industry"

Solutions to 5 Common Microsoft Project Frustrations

April 09, 2014
If 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. Read: 5 Common MS Project Frustrations

When Meat and Material Handling Equipment Meet

April 03, 2014
When 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. Read: When Meat and Material Handling Meet

Standing in Line for 2.5 Hours: Tips for Process Improvement

March 27, 2014
After 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. Read: Tips for Process Improvement

3 Options for Starting and Stopping an AC Motor

March 17, 2014
AC 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. Read: Starting and Stopping an AC Motor

4 Defining Qualities of a Great Project Manager

March 11, 2014
The role of the project manager is of critical importance when running a large project. Their performance impacts the success of a project more than any other team member involved. Therefore, it is important to ensure that the individual appointed to the role possesses the necessary skills and abilities to run a project successfully. A talented project manager will possess the following defining qualities. Read: Qualities of a Great Project Manager
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The 5-Step Decision Making Process to Improve Your Supply Chain

March 03, 2014
Sometimes it can be hard to make a decision. Especially when that decision will cause major changes to the status quo or cost a lot of money. So how do you know you’re making the right choice? One way is to use the proven Bastian Consulting 5-step methodology, DMADV, as your decision making process. Read: The 5-Step Decision Making Process

Why Did You Become an Engineer?

February 20, 2014
In honor of Engineers Week, we asked some of our team members why they choose an engineering career. The responses we received were both fun and interesting! Read them all in today's blog article. Read: Why Did You Become an Engineer?

Material Handling in a Conveyor World

February 13, 2014
Even as new material handling technologies enter the market, conveyors seem to remain a critical part of almost every automation system. Here's a brief overview of conveyors and their uses as well as some considerations for choosing the right one to ensure your system performs at peak performance. Read: Material Handling in a Conveyor World
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