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.

Frequent Communication Is Key To Ensuring A Successful Installation During COVID-19

Daily life has been upended by COVID-19, and all the uncertainty and disruptions Americans are experiencing in our normal routines have likewise impacted material handling installation projects. I learned this first-hand recently, while spending time at a customer site as our team constructs a new conveyor line to expand their current operation.

With associates still working in the building, there were a number of additional, pandemic-related health and safety precautions requested by our customer that we took very seriously. Simultaneously, however, staying on track with the project timeline was also of critical importance. As a resource manager supporting the managers on-site as they try to balance both objectives – while also overseeing the installation and contractors – I wanted to share some insights based on my experience. My goal with this post is to help facility owners as they navigate similar installations during these most unusual times.

First and foremost, frequent communication is key. (Of course, this is true of every project!) However, in a situation which is extremely fluid – with the latest news about the virus dominating the media continually and best practice recommendations about how to prevent the spread of contagion shifting routinely – the frequency of conversations between supplier and customer representatives at every level should be significantly increased. Doing so will minimize confusion, as well as allow both parties to work together to find satisfactory resolutions to issues that will inevitably arise during these uncertain times.

Some of the key topics for discussion include:

  1. Review On-Site COVID-19 Safety Requirements. Both parties should review the facility’s pandemic safety requirements routinely to ensure compliance, particularly as these instructions could change frequently. Mandates might include wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks or gloves; maintaining a minimal distance of 6 feet apart; routinely sanitizing shared equipment, forklifts, and surfaces after each use; daily documentation of all team members on site; and passing through a thermal scanner every time the building is entered.
  2. Discuss How Those Requirements Will Be Enforced. Will the facility operator assign someone to monitor the installation team to ensure compliance with COVID-19 requirements? Or will the installation team need to dedicate a member to do so? How will violations be handled? How will the installation work area be secured to ensure separation from facility associates? What printed safety information should be posted in the work area? How often should supervisors review the safety requirements with the installation team? Working together ensures that both sides understand the facility owner’s expectations.
  3. Consider Possible Exceptions to COVID-19 Mandates. While maintaining a 6-foot distance between personnel filling orders may be possible, it can be difficult to do so when installing runs of conveyor or when reading and discussing configuration blueprints. Both sides should discuss potential scenarios such as this one to determine the safest, most appropriate way to manage these situations.
  4. Discuss the Potential for Time Overruns. Contractors obviously want to respect the customer’s requirements while on the job – nobody wants to be the source of an infection that prompts an operational shut down. At the same time, these additional measures are likely to add time or require more workers on the project site. It’s the responsibility of the contractor to discuss those potential overruns and team additions as soon as possible and work with the customer to make timeline and cost adjustments as necessary.
  5. Confirm Alternative Sourcing for Delayed Supplies. Supply chains worldwide are under tremendous pressure to maintain their shipment and delivery commitments. In spite of many manufacturing and distribution operations being considered essential operations, there are still challenges related to staffing and keeping up with demands. Discuss alternative sourcing options, as well as anticipated delays, with solutions providers in order to formulate backup plans to minimize project slowdowns.

In my recent experience, having regular discussions with our customer at each level of contact was tremendously helpful to ensuring our team satisfied their COVID-19 safety and health requirements. Additionally, installation supervisors increased the amount of communication with the install team, adding a brief verbal reminder at the start of each day and verifying that all communal tools and vehicles were sanitized upon completion of use. Installation team members also worked together to help each other follow the mandates; for example, cordially reminding their colleagues to frequently sanitize personal smartphones and tablets, to change disposable gloves often, and to avoid touching their faces.

Ultimately, as in every project, ensuring success means working together and communicating expectations. For us, adding the customer’s COVID-19 safety requirements into our standard operating procedures – and increasing the frequency of discussions between both parties – quickly became part of the routine. That minimized project disruptions and kept the timeline on track.

Want to learn more about working with DCS on your next facility expansion project? Connect with us.





Brian Niccum, Manager of Site Management,

With 20+ years in the industrial, baggage and material handling industries in both airports and distribution warehouses, Brian has developed and refined an expertise in electro-mechanical conveyance installations. In his career he has worn several hats – from an apprenticeship level to superintendent, and now proudly wears one as our Manager of Site Management. Brian has a love for comedies, sports and more importantly his family and 3 bulldogs. They thoroughly enjoy Disney trips as well as spending time at the beach and in the Smokey Mountains.