Barrett-Hamilton Inc. &
Glazer's Wholesale Distribution


Hytrol Distributor: Cisco-Eagle Inc. (Little Rock, AR)
Conveyors Help Company Capitalize on Business Opportunity

Liquor distributor swiftly responds to market demand for micro brews by adding new conveyor line. Total installation time: Just 11 Days.

Who do you turn to when you need a new conveyor line up and running fast to take advantage of a high potential business opportunity?  For Barrett-Hamilton Co., the answer was Hytrol Conveyor Company. and its distributor, Cisco-Eagle Inc. of Little Rock.

Barrett-Hamilton, a Little Rock based distributor of distilled spirits, wines, and popular beers, wanted to capitalize on the burgeoning consumer demand for microbrewed beers.  And it wanted to take advantage of the opportunity quickly.  Yet the company's distribution facility did not have the conveyor capacity needed to handle such a major expansion to its existing product line.

Working with Cisco-Eagle, Barrett-Hamilton developed a straightforward and highly efficient response to the challenge.  The new system incorporated minimum pressure power conveyors and curves, an incline, and a rugged skate wheel diverter that streamlines the flow of orders to the delivery docks. All of the equipment is seamlessly integrated to facilitate order flow.

One particular feature of the project merits special attention:  the tight time frame.  Complete installation-from initial order to final implementation and testing-took only 11 days.  Barrett-Hamilton was able to achieve this kind of turnaround by ordering the equipment and component from Hytrol's FasTrak Distribution Center in St. Louis.  The FasTrak Center can provide 24-Hour shipping on more than 50 conveyor models in over 2,400 sizes.

Responding to a Business Need

The new conveyor system moves full-case quantities of micro beers from a ground-level storage area to a quality control station on the mezzanine.  All orders need to pass through this station prior to loading on the delivery trucks.

For the full-case pick line, Cisco-Eagle installed 100 feet of minimum pressure horizontal power conveyor (190-ACC) with a feeder belt at the end. An incline conveyor (190-RB) carries the orders up to the mezzanine level. There, a live roller curve conveyor (190-LRC) moves them onto a reversible belt conveyor, which is the quality control station.  Two other pick lines also merge at the quality control station.

After passing a thorough inspection, all of the orders move through an accumulation conveyor, down a decline conveyor and onto high density skatewheel curves enroute to the shipping area.  At this point, Barrett-Hamilton had been having a problem with cases jamming and not diverting properly.  To address this situation and to accommodate the volume added by the micro brew line, Cisco-Eagle added a "Y" switch divert with high-density skatewheels and manual plow.  This Hytrol unit provides a simple method of smoothly converging or diverting product from one line to another without jamming or back up.

Barrett-Hamilton now provides a wide range of micro brews to its retail customers, thereby capitalizing on an important new business opportunity. And a basic conveyor system-fully installed in less than two weeks-helped make it possible

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