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.

Four Steps to Take Now to Ensure Continuous Operation Amid the Unexpected

Nearly every company with a supply chain experienced some sort of unexpected interruption in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic spread worldwide. While COVID-19 may have been the first widespread disruptive event to span the globe, it certainly wasn’t the first significant event to upend warehousing, distribution and transportation somewhere. Disruptions happen all the time, and virtually every day.

Regionally, an earthquake, hurricane, tornado, fire, flood or other extreme event can have a significant impact on an organization’s ability to conduct business as usual. Labor strikes, tariff and trade agreement disputes, shipping obstructions, fuel shortages and other events can likewise hinder the routine flow of goods. Or – hyper-locally within your own organization – the loss of a key, customer-facing staffer due to a medical issue, a promotion, or voluntary (or involuntary) separation from your company can prompt confusion or even turmoil within existing operations.

Fortunately, there are several steps that can be taken now to mitigate the potential risks and negative impacts such circumstances may trigger in your company. While it’s a clichu00e9, the best defense truly is a good offense. To address cases such as these, develop business contingency plans that can help your facilities and your leadership respond calmly, in a prescribed, step-by-step way to maintain continuous service should the unexpected occur.

1. Plan for Facility Continuity. First and foremost, should a disaster or accident impact one of your distribution centers or other facilities, it’s important to have emergency action plansin place that you regularly train against to ensure your people are safe. Once you’ve established how personnel will be accounted for, then it’s time to turn to your operations. As part of your facility continuity planning, an owner should have accurate and updated backup copies of as-built documents.

These documents include the drawings of the building and all its internal material handling, automation, mechanical, electrical, HVAC, structural and other key components. With copies of these stored safely (and potentially off-site or electronically in the Cloud), it will be possible to rebuild and recover more quickly from a disaster. Each facility operated by your company should have its own set of these documents, as each building is likely to have its own unique functions, systems, and layouts.

2. Assign a Crisis Team. Assign responsibility to a group of individuals who are authorized to develop, review and implement emergency action plans and other contingency plans should an unforeseen event occur. This team should include at least one representative from each department and every level of management, including floor-level associates, to ensure adequate coverage of your entire operation.

Together, this team should create new or evaluate existing plans for each level of operations that address potential risks and threats to business continuity. Areas for consideration include inventory, storage, procurement, information technology systems, customers, vendors, supplies, transportation, security, and more.

3. Ensure Customer Relationships. If I’m doing my job as President correctly, and I get hit by a bus tomorrow, then our organization won’t miss a beat. That’s because my role is largely behind the scenes (often thinking about issues such as the topic of this post). However, losing an employee to illness, separation or other unfortunate turn of events can be detrimental to a company in terms of customer relationship continuity.

That’s why, when we talk about succession planning, we don’t look at our top leadership roles. Instead, we focus on our project managers, engineers, site administrators and other team members upon whom our customers have the most reliance. We’ve recently taken a new organizational approach, structuring our departments as a matrix to create significant redundancy across customers and projects. By eliminating silos and applying cross-functional teams, we can minimize the impact of a staff change to a customer’s project while preserving the integrity of the relationship.

4. Revisit and Re-evaluate Plans. As boxer Mike Tyson has been famously quoted, Everyone has a plan till they get punched in the mouth. To paraphrase Iron Mike, not every plan you have in place will work perfectly. Nor will every plan be able to address every possible risk. That’s why it’s important to continually revisit and re-assess the plans both before the unexpected occurs and afterwards.

Routinely evaluating existing strategies allows your leadership and crisis team to make updates that keep the steps fresh and relevant to current operations, applications, processes, software and equipment. Further, scheduling a discussion post-event allows the crisis team to solicit and share feedback from all employees about what parts of the plan worked well, what didn’t work so well, and how to improve the response plan for the next unanticipated disruption.

Finally, whether your operation has plans in place for some or all of these different types of possible disruptive events or not, tackling this type of risk mitigation project can admittedly seem overwhelming. Change is never easy. Neither is taking time away from the everyday operational tasks that focus on serving your customers to plan your response for events that may rarely (or never, if you’re lucky) occur. That’s why I don’t recommend attempting to dive into business continuity planning all at once.

Rather, it’s important to ease into this process by first prioritizing what incidents could be most detrimental to your operations. Assign a crisis team, put something on paper and revisit it in six months. This is the type of project that is never finished – and certainly never perfect. But investing some time into preparing for the unexpected will go a long way toward helping your operations recover more quickly should a disaster arrive at your doorstep.

Want to learn more about the types of solutions DCS can implement in your operation that improve worker safety? Connect with us.



Matt Ferguson - President for Designed Conveyor Systems for e-Commerce Warehouse, Warehouse Automation, and Supply Chain ConsultantsMatt Ferguson, President,

Matt Ferguson serves as the President of Designed Conveyor Systems and leads the company with his 15+ years of industrial automation experience and five years in material handling. Matt received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University and began his career as an electrical and controls engineer for a systems integrator specializing in material handling and process automation. He has since grown through progressive roles within system integration, including project management, sales, and leadership. Outside of the office, you can find him spending time with his wife and six children.