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.

Embedded Tools and Visibility in a Warehouse Execution System Enable Faster System Troubleshooting, Support

When DCS began developing our new, proprietary DATUM warehouse execution system (WES), our team of industry software experts included an extensive list of features and functions. These capabilities respond to the increasingly complex needs of operations managers as they run warehouses, distribution centers, and parcel handling facilities.

With more operations incorporating a wider variety of material handling equipment and fulfillment automation into their existing systems, it was clear that other WES software in the market had functionality gaps that led to extended downtime. The longer a system is down, the more expensive it becomes for the operation, as workers are unable to fill orders on time. These result in significantly impacted labor and productivity costs.

That’s why DATUM’s programming incorporates functions that solve problems — such as errors and bottlenecks — faster. The results? Higher overall uptime and greater operational productivity. Here are some examples of how DATUM’s embedded tools and visibility features enable faster system troubleshooting and support.

Intuitive search and graph functions.

Two key functions in DATUM’s programming enable users to access key business information quickly and intuitively.

The first is a built-in full text search feature that operates similarly to major web-based search engines. Users can quickly search for anything — orders, exceptions, specific containers, workflow processes, errors, key performance indicators, and more — and access answers in real time. DATUM executes the search across all connected data sources instantaneously, saving time.

The second is a graph function that displays visual illustrations of key processes throughout the entire system. At a glance, users can quickly see which processes are flowing as they should, which are at risk of an issue or error, and which have stopped completely. Rather than an operations manager retroactively analyzing data log files to identify operating faults or exceptions after a problem arises, DATUM highlights areas of concern so they can be addressed proactively.

SCADA visualization helps pinpoint problems.

DATUM leverages supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) control architecture. This enables the WES to seamlessly pull data from all connected automation within the facility. DATUM supervises and accesses sensors, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), network communication, automation from different original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), warehouse management system (WMS) software, enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, and more.

By connecting to and coordinating all of these disparate systems, DATUM directs order planning, releases tasks intelligently, synchronizes all current work, and optimizes process flow. It also displays these functions through a series of highly intuitive, user-customizable, drag-and-drop dashboard interfaces and visualization features embedded within its structure.

Unlike other WES that require users to spend time digging through different software associated with each piece of equipment and retrieving error logs, DATUM synthesizes all these data points into a single hub. No external visualization software is necessary to interpret the data. Instead, DATUM immediately pinpoints where the problem is. This significantly cuts troubleshooting time, ensuring quick resolution of errors and faults. DATUM’s search and graph functionalities allows operations managers to focus on maximizing the productivity of their facility instead of focusing on problems.

Overarching control solves sub-system flaws.

At a recent DATUM implementation site, its system-wide control and synchronization of existing automation equipment enabled the WES to address an ongoing issue. The operation uses a pick-to-light system to fill orders. Order totes circulate on a sorter. Previously driven by the pick-to-light’s control software, totes that required an item in a certain pick zone were diverted to the area.

While this approach worked beautifully when the picking zones were fully stocked, there was no accommodation within the existing programming order totes needing items awaiting replenishment. Instead, order totes that were incomplete continuously returned to the necessary zone over and over. This required an operator to re-scan the tote’s license plate repeatedly until eventually the position was replenished, wasting a tremendous amount of time.

With DATUM, DCS was able to address the issue. Based on a real time analysis of order requirements, inventory volumes, and stock positions, the WES automatically knows when a pick face needs replenishment. Before the pick face is empty, DATUM sends a replenishment command to proactively minimize downtime.

Also, because it continuously tracks each order as it navigates through the fulfillment system, DATUM only routes order totes into pick-to-light zones where the required items are available. If an order tote needs an item awaiting replenishment, DATUM recirculates it on the sorter until the pick zone is ready. This saves a tremendous amount of time as associates are no longer manually scanning the same tote repeatedly.

Extensive testing and timely issue resolution.

DATUM’s base platform leverages widely used components that are extensively deployed worldwide by major corporations. In addition to its highly stable microservice architecture, DCS conducts exhaustive testing of the code and its functionality prior to deployment at a customer’s site. This enables us to isolate and remediate any issues before the WES is installed.

Additionally, thanks to its modular and scalable architecture, updates can be quickly applied in isolation to address specific issues. For example, when a customer began receiving conflicting error messages about pick locations, DCS’ software engineers were able to quickly pinpoint and resolve the issue.

The incorrect location instructions were coming from the operation’s existing WMS; with the implementation of DATUM, the WES was now the designated source for those instructions. Rather than manipulating the legacy WMS, DCS’ software team quickly developed code that directed DATUM to disregard location messaging from the WMS. Deployed overnight, the solution immediately resolved the issue before the first shift clocked in the next morning.

Learn more about DATUM.

Want to experience the DATUM WES difference for yourself?  Connect with us; our software team is happy to schedule a virtual demo that walks you through the embedded tools and visibility features that enable faster system troubleshooting and support for greater uptime and higher productivity.


Author: Mawi Woldehawaryat, Software Support Engineer,