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.

Building Sustainability Into Your Next System Design

Most companies investing in a new material handling system for their warehouse, parcel handling operation, or distribution center (DC) are looking to gain process efficiencies that bolster throughput and enhance the bottom line. Increasingly, however, more are looking to cultivate a different type of green by building sustainability into their next system design.


The reasons for this are multi-fold. First, more organizations are setting corporate-wide sustainability goals as part of their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives. Second, today’s consumers routinely indicate their preference for sustainable brands and products, according to the IBM Institute for Business Value. Indeed, a First Insight report cited by Forbes found that shoppers across all generations willingly spend more for sustainable products.


Third, Federal (and some state) government support—principally in the form of tax incentives, credits, and deductions—for businesses implementing systems that improve energy efficiency will be expanded through the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. It includes provisions that mandate cutting emissions, fund advancements in green power, lower costs through additional tax credits, and more.


Regardless of your company’s motivation for becoming more environmentally friendly, now is a great time to be building sustainability into your next system design. Here are a few approaches to help meet these goals.


Improve power management. According to the US Energy Information Administration, the American industrial sector used 33% of the total US energy produced. One way to reduce that is by simply cutting the power on equipment when it’s not in use. While most people are familiar with motion detection sensors that trigger lights to illuminate when a person enters a certain space, fewer realize that mechanical and automated equipment can function similarly.


For example, photo-eye sensors added to separate conveyor zones can detect the presence, or absence, of an item and power the equipment as needed. Configured through the conveyor controls, these sensors can also prompt the conveyor section to power off after a certain, pre-programmed period of inactivity or time. Daisy chaining the sensor system enables sequential on/off conveyor function by zone for even greater energy savings.


Likewise, in a consolidation area housing multiple individual workstations positioned next to short spurs of conveyor that feed items to associates for pack-out, a similar power management approach is possible. Automated or manual on/off switches ensure power routes only to the conveyors integrated to occupied workstations; when the associate logs in, the control logic powers only the equipment in use.


Add automated storage. The era of limited height pallet rack, wide aisles, and vast expanses of open vertical space is drawing to a close. More operations are seeing environmental benefits from implementing highly compact automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS). These solutions maximize inventory density while minimizing the building’s footprint. That can reduce the amount of energy required to heat, cool, and illuminate a building.


ASRS equipped with goods-to-person workstations also improve energy efficiency by continuously feeding required products to workers. This eliminates unnecessary product and personnel movement by forklift or conveyor, saving motive energy. It also puts an operation into a position to eventually deploy robotic picking arms for a transition to a lights-out order fulfillment operation or Dark DC.


Additionally, the motors and drives in automated systems are increasingly more energy efficient. Some even incorporate regenerative braking, which recovers and returns the kinetic energy from moving components as they slow down into useful energy that powers the system. This can likewise enhance an operation’s sustainability efforts.


Prioritize recycling systems. Trash takeaway conveyors have long been a part of many facilities. Today, however, operations looking to improve their sustainability have begun to automate the sorting and transport of waste to separate cardboard, plastic, stretchwrap, wood, garbage and more. This ensures that recyclables route to the appropriate handling system, such as a baler for cardboard, without contamination or human intervention. It also enables an operation to take advantage of recycling incentives from certain waste management service providers and local municipalities.


Looking for more ideas for how to design a more sustainable operation? Connect with us.


Mike Prince, Project Director, Supply Chain Consulting