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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.

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

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

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

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.

7 Reasons to Choose DC Power for Your Next Accumulation Conveyor

August 22, 2013
The majority of case conveyor systems include at least some amount of accumulation conveyor, and while there are many types of accumulation conveyor, DC powered accumulation conveyor is becoming more and more popular for several reasons... Continue Reading >>

Automation in the Retail Space: Is It Closer Than We Think?

January 24, 2012
I often joke with my wife about what it would look like if I took my two passions in life--designing and building warehouse automation systems and cooking--and combined them into one enterprise, an automation café. All the food would be delivered automatically, and the wait staff would be in the form of some fun type of HMI (Human Machine Interface) screen. Over the years, I have had fun dreaming of how something like this might look and function. Would the conveyors  used to deliver the food be placed over top of the tables or come up from under the floor? I like to envision the waiter on the HMI screen being a Max Headroom-like character, but perhaps the entire restaurant would be run by robots delivering food like Rosie in the Jetsons. Read More >>

Overview of WestPack 2011

February 17, 2011
Bastian Material Handling and our sister company, ASAP Automation , recently had the opportunity to exhibit at WestPack in Anaheim, CA, February 8 through 10. For those of you who don't know, WestPack is one of the premier trade shows in the U.S., and the only trade show on the West Coast that addresses the material handling industry. All-in-all, the event showcases packaging and processing machinery, materials, and associated technologies from companies throughout the U.S. Read More >>

Top 3 Reasons to Consider Material Handling System Simulation

December 29, 2010
When most people hear the word " simulation ," they often envision a flight simulator (circa 1986 Top Gun), a race car game, or possibly even this theory that suggests we actually live inside of a massive computer model--wow! Nonetheless, individuals don't often realize the benefits and applications of simulation in the material handling world . To showcase the usefulness and advantages of material handling simulations I've included the top 3 reasons one should consider simulating their current or future processes.
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