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.

Where Are Your As-Builts?

Where Are Your As-Builts?
by Meg Culler

As-builts (or redline drawings) are important pieces of documentation that detail the as-constructed system in your facility. This documentation can include layout (or plan view) drawings, elevation drawings, building & equipment details, electrical schematics, power diagrams, controls programs, Operations & Maintenance Manuals (O&Ms) and more. While it’s easy and even exciting to review this documentation during the design phase of a project, as-builts are often treated as an afterthought or forgotten altogether.

Do you know where your as-builts are?

Keeping a well-maintained and accurate set of as-builts and maintenance documentation is important for many reasons. Reputable contractors and vendors should offer them as part of their deliverable package. If you’re unsure that they’re included in your project, don’t hesitate to make them a contract requirement and hold part of payment as retainage until you receive them. Once you have the documents, keep hard copies in a safe place where multiple parties know their location, and keep electronic copies on your company network AND on a hard drive (such as a thumb drive).

Your as-builts will help you:

  • Understand your system’s capabilities: Want a conveyor to go faster? Slower? Reverse? Carry more load? If you have all the design details, you’ll know if your system can do these things and how to make the changes. Just remember to update the documentation afterwards! If you find your system can’t make the adjustments you want, read on.
  • Aid in future expansion work. This is a big one. When you want to add onto your existing system, or make more than a simple change, you often have to engage with outside contractors. These companies will need to reference your as-built documentation to understand your system, accurately quote the work, and create submittals to local authorities to secure permits. If you don’t have accurate as-builts, you may have to hire an engineering firm to create them from scratch, adding unplanned costs and delays to your project.
  • Maintain, identify & purchase spare parts. Certain components have a life span. Some parts require a little TLC, like periodic cleaning or lubrication. Your as-builts and maintenance documentation will help you to understand maintenance schedules and identify and order these replacement parts.
  • Ensure Life Safety plans are well-communicated to your team. These can include exit locations, egress paths, fire extinguisher locations, appropriate material storage locations, and other site specific information. Your as-built drawings are the ideal source from which to create your Life Safety diagrams, as they are the most accurate drawings of your system and building. Aside from the obvious benefit of keeping your employees safe, this documentation could be crucial in OSHA or other accident investigations.
  • Understand your assets. A good set of as-builts can help you to prove what you, as the customer, own, and assist in valuing your equipment for resale, depreciation, or other accounting purposes.

A project is not complete until you have your as-built documentation safely in hand. So I’ll ask again: Do you know where your as-builts are?


A 16-year veteran of DCS & the material handling industry, Meg has worn many hats u2013 system concepting & design, project management, business improvement u2013 and has settled in over the past year as Director of Engineering. Outside of the office, Meg loves to cook, and is into traveling, trail running and gravel cycling.