Industry Position on the Regulation of VRCs
Material Handling Industry Practices and Guidelines - Functional Requirements
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VRC Application Guidelines
The Application Guidelines for Vertical Reciprocating Conveyors were thoroughly revised from the original 1991 Version which they replace. They were prepared as a result of the VRC Sub-Committee's recognition of a need to develop comprehensive safety guidelines and establish a minimum design criteria for when such are used in conjunction with ASME B20.1 - The Safety Standard for Conveyors and Related Equipment.
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2014-2015 Scholarship Recipient
Joshua York, Michigan State University

Conveyor and Sortation Systems Honor Scholarship

CSS contributes money yearly to the Material Handling Education Foundation Inc. to supply money for a scholarship. The Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. was established in 1976 as an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting material handling education.

The Foundation offers a variety of scholarships to students pursuing an education in material handling. These scholarships are grouped into three types of funds: Company Funds, Named Scholarship Funds and Material Handling Industry Product Section/Trade Association Funds. Contributors can choose a particular fund or an individual scholarship. The affairs of the Foundation are administered at the offices of MHI.

For more information on how you can participate in the efforts of the Foundation, please contact Donna Varner, Sr. Executive Administrator at 704-676-1190 or .

CSS of MHI Presents: Vertical Conveying 101
Please join the CSS industry group of MHI to learn more about conveyors and sortation systems. This presentation will cover all available vertical conveyors on the market and provide an explanation of the benefits and description of their function. The presentation will also provide an explanation of the differences between conveyors and how it affects their use differences, integration with other conveyors, and control systems.
How Conveyor Systems are being Designed for Maintenance
Sponsored by Conveyor and Sortation Systems (CSS)
This session will explore how the latest conveyor and sortation hardware and control systems are being designed to anticipate or be alerted to problems quickly, maximize MTBF and uptime, and minimize MTTR. We will also examine the benefits of real time and historical data monitoring and visualization to reduce downtime, decrease maintenance and increase operational efficiency and throughput
Answering the Multi-Channel Shipping Paradox: How to Handle Cartons and Bags
Sponsored by Conveyor and Sortation Systems (CSS)
As the strong growth of e-commerce continues, multi-channel distribution centers are faced with increasing material handling challenges. E-commerce order profiles drive significantly higher parcel volumes. In addition bag packaging is often the preferred packaging material for apparel and other non-fragile e-commerce order profiles. The combination of high volume shipments of both cartons and bags can create labor inefficiencies, bottlenecks and mis-sorts in the shipping area. This seminar will focus on a proven conveyor and sorter shipping system that handles high volume carton and bag shipments (2,000-10,000 parcels/hr), provides layout flexibility and high accuracy. Real world case studies will be presented.
Can You Turn Your Green Conveyor And Sortation Initiatives Into Greenbacks?
Sponsored by Conveyor and Sortation Systems (CSS)
The common conclusion in “green” discussions is that sustainable systems are a responsibility we all share, but they have yet to provide a financial payback as it relates to conveyor and sortation projects. This seminar will take an updated look at that conclusion with the latest developments in conveyor and sortation equipment, system design and an update on regulations and tax benefits that may be applicable to your projects.
Bridging Technologies Using Singulation and Sortation
Sponsored by Conveyor and Sortation Systems (CSS)
You perform sortation because you want to reduce labor, increase efficiency, and lower your overall handling costs. Attend this session to learn the advantages of advance sortation techniques such as auto-singulation and auto-dimensioning. Also learn when you need the throughput and accuracy provided by these systems. See how they support cross-docking, order fulfillment, and returns logistics.
Event Start Date End Date Sponsor Location
ProMat 2017 4/3/2017 4/6/2017 MHI McCormick Place
Chicago, IL
2017 Spring Meeting 5/22/2017 5/24/2017 MHI Marriott Center City
Charlotte, NC
2nd Annual MHI Solutions Conference 5/22/2017 5/23/2017 MHI Marriott City Center
Charlotte, NC
2017 Strategic Planning Meeting 7/19/2017 7/22/2017 MHI Ritz Carlton
Half Moon Bay, CA
Fundamentals of Material Handling Systems 8/17/2017 8/9/2017 MHI Allentown, PA
2017 Annual Conference 10/1/2017 10/4/2017 MHI Boca Raton Resort
Boca Raton, FL
MODEX 2018 4/9/2018 4/12/2018 MHI Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, GA

CSS Managing Executive

Anupam Berry Bose



Joel Thomas
Lenze Americas

Vice Chair
Todd Hunter
Vanderlande Industries, Inc.

Boyce Bonham
Hytrol Conveyor Company, Inc.