The Conveyor & Sortation Systems (CSS) members are the Industry’s leading providers of conveyors and sortation systems. They design, fabricate and install conveyor and sortation systems worldwide and in virtually every major manufacturing and distribution sector. CSS prepares and distributes educational and promotional materials regarding the proper application and benefits of conveyor and sortation system solutions.
Mission: To promote the market growth and effective use of conveyor and sortation systems in manufacturing, warehousing, distribution and other key markets.
Vision: To be the recognized independent authority for end users and suppliers on market trends, technology developments, and applications through:
A conveyor is a horizontal, inclined or vertical device commonly used in manufacturing and distribution facilities to move material, packages or objects. Conveyors usually consist of a looped belt or chain moving along a pre-determined path and having points of loading and discharge, fixed or selective. A sortation system merges, identifies, inducts, separates and conveys products to specific destinations.
Conveyors and sortation systems allow for more efficient retail, wholesale, and manufacturing distribution. They are also a labor saving system that allows large volumes or material and/or product to move and be sorted rapidly through a process, allowing companies to ship or receive higher volumes with smaller storage space and with less labor expense.
Conveyor & Sortation Systems members meet regularly to discuss the industry and promote the best and largest possible market for conveyors and sortation systems; consistent with the best interest of the user. CSS pursues this mission through planned programs and internal committees by:
|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 dvarner[at]mhi[dot]org.
|Introduction to Conveyors|
This seminar will serve as an introduction to conveyors and material handling, covering basic models from case and pallet conveyors to material handling solutions such as accumulation and merge conveyors. This information will be great for those new to the material handling industry, or those who want to learn about the wide variety of capabilities and uses of these various models. This seminar will also cover the inner workings of a facility and how conveyors can help product flow and truck loading and unloading.
|Sortation - Directing Product Traffic|
This seminar will cover all types of sortation conveyors. You’ll learn how the material handling industry moves product around a facility with more basic sortation (transfers and pushers), mid-level sortation (belt sorters and narrow belt sorters), and high-rate sortation (sliding shoe sorters). We’ll take a look at which types of product work best on the various sortation conveyors and see what industries are most relevant to the various models. We’ll also take a look at loop sorters, which are high-rate bi-directional sortation conveyors. Loop sorters have three basic configurations and we’ll cover each: tilt tray, cross belt, and Bombay.
|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.
Anupam Berry Bose
Vanderlande Industries, Inc.
Hytrol Conveyor Company, Inc.