Package Handling
DCS’s design and engineering team has more than 40 years of experience creating unique parcel handling systems for diverse customer applications. With installations including semi-automated handling in small city distribution centers and fully automated, integrated hubs with advanced conveyor and sorter equipment, DCS routinely thinks outside the box.
E-Commerce and Multi-Channel Fulfillment
DCS designs and implements end-to-end warehouse automation solutions for e-commerce and multi-channel retailers that address numerous workflow challenges. This includes solutions for receiving, putaway, storage, replenishment, order fulfillment, picking, packing, sortation, and outbound shipping. Our custom integrated warehouse, distribution, and fulfillment systems draw from a deep pool of conventional, semi-automated, and automated material handling technologies.
Various Distribution Applications
Whether an operation is considering the construction of a new distribution or fulfillment center, or a retrofit or expansion of an existing facility, it’s important to create a solution that fits the overarching supply chain strategy. DCS has four decades of experience designing and integrating comprehensive, end-to-end material handling solutions that meet a multitude of operational goals. Whether conventional, semi-automated, or fully automated, DCS can help your organization implement a custom solution that meets its goals while maximizing return on investment (ROI).
Supply Chain Consulting
The DCS Supply Chain Consulting team offers a range of services to help your operations address the challenges it faces. Working in partnership with you, DCS consultants analyze your business data- existing workforce, workflow processes, inventory, order data, operations, and more- to determine a strategy that addresses your unique needs. Whether you need an operations assessment, process improvement recommendations, or distribution design services, DCS consultants will help guide you to the material handling system or operational solution that best meets your current and future needs, as well as your budget.
Customer Support
Keeping your warehouse operations and material handling systems running smoothly and at the peak of productivity are the goals of DCS’ Customer Service Team. By partnering with DCS, your warehouse automation solution is supported from commissioning to end of life. You’ll receive comprehensive in-house training of your personnel, including specialized training of your designated internal system expert. Plus, DCS offers a complete package of spare parts and expert system troubleshooting support from qualified engineers dedicated to your installation.
System Design & Integration
DCS offers a broad range of material handling equipment and automated system design, installation, and integration services for a multitude of projects. These include retrofits, expansions, upgrades, and more. While every project is unique, our system design and execution processes are the same, encompassing meticulous attention to detail, frequent communication, and a dedicated partnership with our clients.
About Us
Designed Conveyor Systems (DCS) has 40 years of experience serving major clients in multiple industries by providing material handling, full-scale warehouse operations, and conveyor design solutions that are custom crafted for their needs. DCS does not sell ready-made conveyor systems but builds relationships that empower collaboration to craft custom warehouse designs together. DCS utilizes consulting, engineering design, project management, installation services, and client support to ensure our customers can keep their promises to deliver on time.
With more than 40 years of experience providing automated system design, installation, and integration services, DCS has created solutions for companies throughout the United States in a broad range of industries and markets. We’ve completed more than 1500 projects ranging from greenfield facilities with completely new systems to expansions and retrofits of existing operations.

7 Ways to Reduce Your DC’s Carbon Footprint

Consumers are paying more attention than ever on sustainability, so much so that it’s become a factor when making a buying decision. A new report from the IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) found that – of the 14,000 consumers in nine countries who responded to the March survey – 93% of respondents say the pandemic affected their views on environmental sustainability. Further, 54% are willing to pay a premium for brands that are sustainable and/or environmentally responsible.


This trend supports an increase in corporate interest in setting environmental goals, as well as establishing, implementing and investing in sustainability initiatives across all levels of their organizations, including in their warehouses and distribution centers (DCs). These companies see the benefits of higher customer satisfaction and a reduced carbon footprint that can contribute to a healthier planet. Likewise, many have come to realize that enacting measures to increase sustainability can also have a positive impact on the bottom line.


Here, we explore seven different ways that DCs and warehouses can minimize their carbon footprint.


  1. Replace Existing Lighting with LED. According to Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations (IMPO) magazine, switching from high-pressure sodium, high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps, incandescent, or fluorescent overhead lighting to industrial LED lights can cut lighting energy usage by up to 90%. In January 2019, the publication estimated that more than 144 million industrial lighting fixtures were in use in the U.S. Switching those to LED could save more than $3.6 billion in energy costs collectively. Additionally, implementing smart controls and sensors that automatically detect when someone is in an area and turn the lights on – then turn them back off after a given period of time – is another way to cut energy usage, and costs.


  1. Look around at all that cardboard, stretchwrap, broken wood pallets and leftover packing crates, and even metal (scrap banding, old racking, obsolete parts, and so on). All of those materials can be recycled instead of sent to a landfill, which further contributes to a reduction in carbon footprint. There are a variety of industrial waste management companies nationwide that can help implement a recycling program for a DC or warehouse.


  1. Right-Sized Packaging. There are a number of equipment manufacturers and suppliers who offer equipment that produces custom corrugated boxes on demand. These machines measure the item (or set of items) to be shipped to a customer, then automatically construct a box that fits it precisely. This eliminates the need to stock multiple different sizes of cardboard shipping containers, as well as void fill to secure the item in a carton. Further, the elimination of airspace around shipped products in their cartons allows more to fit into a trailer for transportation, further reducing emissions.


  1. Solar Panels. The S. Energy Information Administration says that U.S. warehouses spend up to 15% of their total operating budget on energy, at an average cost of $0.75 per square foot. With expansive rooftop space, warehouses offer a virtual blank canvas for leveraging the sun to generate clean energy through solar panels. Industrial buildings, which primarily use power during the day, can benefit from the panels’ peak production time also occurring during daylight hours. Additionally, the installed costs have been steadily decreasing over the past two decades, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The organization also notes that solar power has become increasingly cost competitive with utility power, and that generating and storing solar power offers an opportunity to sell that energy back to the grid, or save it for use in the evening hours.


  1. Minimize Thermal Transfer in Temperature-Controlled Storage. Maintaining refrigerated or frozen temperatures requires approximately 60% of the electricity used by a facility (conversely, a non-refrigerated warehouse typically spends just 15% of their operating budget on energy), according to Food Logistics magazine. Refrigeration is the primary culprit for this difference. Therefore, to reduce energy usage, it’s important to minimize the amount of cooled air that can escape. Some of the equipment that can help includes high-speed doors that open and close quickly, yet still provide forklift access. Alternately, automating a cold storage warehouse can virtually eliminate the need for entry into the space. Be sure to install adequate insulation in the walls and ceiling, use insulated curtain walls or door panels to further retain the cooled air, and consider reflective roof panels to reduce energy load.


  1. Material Handling Equipment. Switching from diesel or propane powered forklifts to electric can also enhance an operation’s overall sustainability efforts. The Electric Power Research Institute offers a Lift Truck Ownership Cost Comparison Calculator that offers users a way to compare the lifecycle costs and emissions levels generated by the different types of lift truck power sources. To further the benefits, it’s important to properly maintain the battery systems in the vehicles through regular watering to ensure they store the maximum amount of energy capacity, which lowers the amount of time they must spend charging. Installing high-efficiency chargers and managing the temperature of the battery is also important to extending battery life while lowering carbon footprint.


  1. Reduce Square Footage. Adding automated solutions that leverage the overhead space to maximize the cube of a building reduces the overall footprint of a facility. With less square footage to heat, cool, and illuminate, an operation will use less energy overall. The trend toward increased deployment of highly-automated micro-fulfillment centers located closer to the end customer – saving both time and transportation costs in last-mile delivery – likewise reduces carbon footprints by reducing last-mile emissions as much as 26% by 2025, according to a 2020 study by Accenture.


Looking for more guidance on ways to cut your warehouse or DC’s operating costs? Connect with us.



Scott Singer, Systems Sales Consultant,

A 10 year veteran of the 3PL and material handling world, Scott’s career has been focused on solutions engineering and design, business development, and sales consulting. Scott spent most of his career developing cost saving innovative designs for 3PLs and their clients. He leverages this experience to help 3PLs generate flexible high return solutions. In his free time, Scott spends his time exploring the four corners of the world in culture and the great outdoors.