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Optimizing the Outbound Logistics Process

June 29, 2022
With the boom in the ecommerce market, companies will have to optimize outbound processes in order to keep up with the race and continue to meet customer expectations – correct orders with on time fulfilment. Let's look at how.

Conveyor Systems: The Easiest Automation for Speedy Workflows

February 22, 2022
For decades, conveyor systems have been crucial for warehousing and logistics operations. Conveyor systems are used in all fundamental warehouse processes to transport raw materials out of storage to the production line, move products into other storage devices, and move final product into packaging lines, or transport packaged products to shipping. It is the most basic automation for anyone in the facility to transfer materials between long distances on varying elevations.

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.

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.

How to Increase Productivity Within Your Warehouse Fulfillment Center

July 22, 2013
Automation is an effective way to increase productivity in the workplace, but it still requires a careful approach to meet your needs and fit your budget. Depending on the size and demands on your warehouse and employees, different levels of automation may provide the most reliable returns and better productivity... Continue Reading >>

Bastian Solutions’ Complete Guide to Conveyor Systems

May 16, 2013
We are often asked for more information about the different types of conveyors available, the benefits a conveyor system provides, and how it affects productivity in the workplace. To answer all these questions and more, we are happy to provide our complete guide to conveyor systems... Continue Reading >>

Out With the Old, In With the Newly Retrofitted Conveyor

March 17, 2011
Out with the old and in with the new is a common phrase and common practice for most people in today's world. For example if your toaster stops working, what are you going to do? Chances are you will probably just throw it away and buy a new toaster... out with the old, in with the new. However, if your car is having a problem, more than likely you aren't going to just throw it away and get a new one. It's too expensive for that. In most cases, you find out what the problem is and have it fixed. I would like to teach you how you can treat your conveyor system more like your car and less like your toaster.

"Rules of the Road" for Conveyor

May 28, 2009
There are basic rules of the road for designing a conveyor system. Here are a few. · Determine the size curve required for your conveyables before picking the width of the conveyor for your system · Be sure to select straight tangents before or after curves depending if you are entering or exiting a belt conveyor or a live roller conveyor · Never skimp on horsepower. It doesn’t cost much more before the system is installed but it’s always more expensive to upgrade later · Unless you have first hand knowledge of how a product conveys, test it. Inclines and declines can surprise you since boxes or totes may be slippery or unevenly loaded. Airborne particulates can be a gotcha... Click on "Rules of the Road" above to read more...
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