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  • Today, MHS is a single-source provider of turnkey material handling automation solutions, able to handle virtually all aspects of distribution center projects in-house, from system design and fabrication to controls, installation and aftermarket support. We’re proud of the trust and reputation we’ve built and look forward to solving the challenges facing the market now and in the future.
Product Portfolio
  • INDUSTRIES

      • PARCEL

      • Move more packages to more places, faster than ever

        Our dedicated parcel team brings extensive industry experience and expertise for projects of all sizes and throughput requirements. From smaller regional service providers to global logistics corporations, we provide customized, automated systems with the equipment, software, and workflows to meet the unique requirements of each site.

        MHS solutions keep polybags, corrugated boxes, soft pack mailers and more moving efficiently and reliably through sorters, scales, and scanners. Our innovative designs deliver the high productivity needed to meet customer demands, with ongoing Lifecycle Performance Services to maximize system longevity and performance during critical peaks.
      • DISTRIBUTION + FULFILLMENT

      • Leverage the latest technology tailored to unique omni-channel requirements

        Whether an operation is replenishing stores, shipping e-commerce orders or doing both, retail, wholesale and third-party logistics (3PL) distribution and fulfillment facilities face the same challenges regardless of the products they handle. To remain competitive, facilities in every market must better balance a variety of conflicting demands: Ballooning inventories, but increasingly expensive warehouse space. Faster delivery times, but leaner logistics budgets. Higher throughput requirements, but a dwindling labor pool.

        Addressing these challenges requires a focus on innovation and design expertise to deploy automation in the most efficient, effective manner while optimizing overall output. From smaller, independent facilities to multi-site operations, each industry and application poses unique requirements, with strict standards for traceability, product care, inventory management and more.

        MHS provides the technologies, industry experience and dedicated approach to go above and beyond when solving even the toughest challenges across a variety of multi-channel industries.
      • E-COMMERCE

      • Meet consumer expectations quickly and accurately

        From apparel and electronics to even groceries and eyewear, consumers keep ordering more products online. Just as product diversity grows, so do consumer expectations for fast, accurate and inexpensive delivery. MHS understands the unique pressures e-commerce operations face from fast-growing startups to established retailers with omnichannel strategies.

        MHS offers a broad range of automation solutions capable of meeting unique operational requirements for storage capacity, seasonal peaks, returns processing and order velocity. Our software and controls allow for the workflow flexibility, maximum throughput and order accuracy needed to compete in a crowded, evolving marketplace. We provide the expertise and custom solutions to boost performance and manage costs today, with the adaptability and scalability to handle future e-commerce realities.
      • INTEGRATORS

      • Deliver the highest-performance systems, on-time, and on budget

        From giant logistics hubs to local distribution centers, systems integrators take on a variety of projects and customers, each with a unique mix of demands. MHS offers a broad product portfolio and expertise to take a leadership role in system design or simply support installations of all sizes and across industries. Investment in innovation ensures the latest technology to meet the requirements of the most demanding customers and situations, with a well-earned reputation for project management, reliability, and ongoing support. Whether unique package handling requirements, limited floor space or aggressive timelines, MHS is ready to go above and beyond to solve key challenges and deliver maximum value through the life of the system.
      • MANUFACTURING

      • Adapt to evolving challenges and compete in a global marketplace

        From small, specialty operations to large, global corporations, manufacturers today must overcome a unique combination of pressures. Just-in-time strategies, greater product variety, limited floorspace and decreased reliance on labor all converge to require new, innovative ways to optimize the various processes in the production environment. Solutions from MHS play a critical role in optimizing material handling operations in manufacturing facilities, whether you handle individual or case quantities for direct-store deliveries or pallet loads for wholesale replenishment. Our dedicated teams create solutions to solve challenges throughout the manufacturing facility and supply chain, optimizing everything from kitting, buffering, storage and internal load transportation to e-commerce and in-store order fulfillment. Our approach offers a comprehensive package of products, system design, on-time installation, ongoing support and willingness to go above and beyond to solve the mission-critical challenges of today and tomorrow.
    • FUNCTIONS

        • CONTROLS

        • Maximize quality, efficiency, and adaptability with single-source control solutions

          MHS provides turnkey control solutions from a single source, designed to make the most of automated equipment in parcel, e-commerce, food and beverage, automotive, and other operations. Extensive controls engineering expertise and design experience enable complete solutions with minimal subcontracting, keeping vendor management simple, lead time low, and quality high.

          Whether a distributed controls architecture or traditionally centralized panels, MHS has the in-house product offering and preferred integrator standing to provide end-users with the best control systems, designed around their needs. All major equipment vendors are supported, including Rockwell, Schneider Electric, and Siemens. This capability results in the best available controls system optimized based on hundreds of installations and designed under one roof according to the unique requirements of each facility.

          Take advantage of the shortest lead times in the industry and simple, easy access to support in a complete solution designed to maximize topline benefit – not just control individual islands of automation.
        • GOODS TO PERSON

        • Handle massive order volumes with maximum labor efficiency

          Today’s supply chains face an increasingly challenging labor climate, with industry growth far exceeding worker availability. This leads to high turnover and places a premium on maximizing the efficiency of that limited labor pool. For fulfillment centers pushed to serve high volumes of direct-to-consumer orders at high velocities, this starts with optimizing operators’ time and eliminating unproductive, low-value tasks.

          In traditional operator-to-goods order fulfillment operations, time spent walking storage aisles can account for half an operator’s shift. Goods-to-operator workflows are flipped, sending inventory to operators and eliminating time spent traveling between pick locations, allowing operators to focus on picking more orders, more accurately.

          Orchestrating such a solution requires a tightly integrated package of automated equipment, software, and order picking technologies to make the most of available space and labor. MHS has the workflow expertise, software capability, and integration experience to translate hypothetical benefit to tangible results, keeping operators engaged and creating adaptable systems to maximize long-term return on investment.
        • IDENTIFICATION

        • Ensure efficient operation and tracking in the DC and beyond

          Automatic identification and data collection play a critical role in today’s increasingly complex, highly automated supply chains. Inside the distribution center, identification systems ensure items move along the right path, informing proper divert points, value-added services, and outbound destinations. Elsewhere in the supply chain, traceability initiatives for food, beverage and pharmaceutical operations depend on scannable labels, as do step-by-step updates for direct-to-consumer delivery.

          MHS has experience with a broad range of identification solutions and the expertise to leverage these data-driven systems for the highest performance and accuracy. From barcodes and scanning devices to radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and dimensioning equipment, take advantage of reliable, best-fit technologies to track and optimize storage, replenishment, order fulfillment and other distribution center processes.
        • LOADING + UNLOADING

        • Relieve labor from challenging, manual tasks on the dock

          Loading and unloading cargo on the warehouse dock is one of the most labor-intensive tasks in any facility. These jobs are subject to extreme temperatures and expose staff to the risk of repetitive stress injury from constant lifting and twisting, making the process of finding and retaining staff an ongoing challenge.

          Solving the challenges of loading and unloading requires a multifaceted approach, one that considers lightly automated ergonomic assistance all the way to cutting-edge technology in pursuit of complete automation. MHS has the process expertise and integration experience to not only assemble the right mix of technology for loading and unloading tasks but engineer them as part of high-functioning, integrated systems, capable of optimizing critical warehouse processes.

          These processes include receiving, returns processing, cross-docking, packing, and shipping, each of which come with an opportunity to optimize labor and product flow in and out of the building.
        • ORDER FULFILLMENT

        • Get orders out the door efficiently and accurately

          In the world of e-commerce, consumers not only expect access to a broad inventory but delivery that is both fast and free. Competition is only a click away and logistics operations are responsible for much of the customer experience – getting the right order, to the right location, at the right time.

          Meeting these standards hinges on optimized order fulfillment, and MHS has the lineup of software, picking technology, automation equipment, and workflow expertise to maximize efficiency and accuracy. From less than 5,000 to more than 50,000 orders per day, in goods-to-operator workflows or value-added services, take advantage of best-fit solutions designed maximize system utilization and productivity from scarce, turnover-prone labor resources.
        • PANELS

        • Taking panel fabrication to the next level

          MHS has the capability to engineer, design and build your control panels. Specializing in electrical and pneumatic control panels, we can handle your most critical requirements. From a small wall mount to a multi-door electrical panel, we can handle your custom control panel specification.

          For more than 25 years, our electrical enclosures have improved our clients’ competitiveness by delivering quality panels on time, at the lowest possible cost. MHS is a UL compliant panel fabricator certified with the ability to build panels compliant with CE guidelines. We adhere to all NFPA, NEC, and CSA codes and guidelines. At MHS, we are committed to going Above + Beyond the competition with Six Sigma quality.
        • PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS

        • Get ahead of potential issues and keep your operation in the fast lane

          Distribution centers depend on complex, automated systems to keep supply chains moving, and in today’s hyper-competitive, e-commerce-driven landscape, unplanned downtime is not an option. The proliferation of sensors and data collection holds great potential to keep systems running and uptime at a maximum, all while reducing maintenance costs and staffing requirements.

          Enter predictive analytics. By leveraging key data points, machine learning, and OEM equipment expertise, operations can more accurately determine when performance issues will occur and maintenance action is necessary. This enables operations to more efficiently deploy technicians and control maintenance spend while meeting critical performance goals. Predictive analytics break through the data deluge of increasingly connected facilities to provide real-world benefit from practical, targeted insights. For an overview on MHS Insights click here.
        • SORTATION + CONVEYING

        • Maximize throughput of various products and packaging types

          Conveyor and sortation systems are critical infrastructures as supply chains strive to deliver on the increasingly aggressive service commitments of online commerce and retail distribution. As distribution centers face higher order volumes, skyrocketing SKU variety, faster delivery times and a diverse array of challenging packaging types, the challenge falls to conveying and sorting solutions to keep operations moving with flexibility and efficiency.

          From less than 5,000 to over 40,000 items per hour, MHS offers a broad array of conveyor and sortation technology, and most importantly, the experience and expertise to produce a system that meets unique operational requirements. MHS maintains control of all aspects of conveyor and sortation systems in-house, handling design, engineering, installation, fabrication and controls to bring together all elements of a complete, tightly integrated solution. In greenfield and brownfield projects alike, this expertise optimizes product flow and makes the most of limited floor space and labor.
        • STORAGE + BUFFERING

        • Carefully release and control inventory flow

          With distribution centers housing massive inventories to serve ever-growing order volumes and SKU variety, automated systems are critical to managing product flow, maximizing storage capacity and meeting fulfillment deadlines. MHS offers access to the broad lineup of storage and buffering products that high-performance facilities need, from high-density automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) to specialty conveyor products.

          Managing the flow of inventory requires a unique combination of technology, operational expertise, and controls to make multifaceted storage and buffering systems work together. This allows operations to house greater storage capacity in a reduced footprint and offers flexibility to scale up for peaks or sustained growth. From AS/RS releasing inventory in the proper sequence to careful accumulation and release of parcels to shipping sorters, take advantage of storage and buffering solutions backed by years of experience and expert support.
        • SOFTWARE

        • Consolidated software functionality maximizes control and agility

          As distribution and fulfillment operations become increasingly automated, the need to break through software silos grows and the line between traditional warehouse management systems (WMS) and warehouse control systems (WCS) blurs. Consolidated software control over key pieces like automated equipment, inventory management, and picking is crucial to providing the agility required to meet ever-increasing standards for delivery speed and accuracy.

          MHS offers a software solution that meets the need for easy customization and scalability, combining a full-featured WCS enhanced with key WMS functionalities for intelligent decision making to execute a wide range of distribution center processes.
      • TECHNOLOGIES

          • AS/RS

          • Maximize storage density and reduce manual touches

            From e-commerce and apparel to beverage and home improvement, SKU proliferation and rising commercial real estate costs push operations to fit as much inventory into as little square footage as possible. The answer is to take advantage of vertical space, with automated systems capable of maximizing a facility’s cubic volume and providing quick access to inventory to keep critical processes moving efficiently.

            Automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) receive, put away and retrieve inventory automatically – even in cold environments – and are capable of handling a wide variety of packaging types and load sizes. These systems are ideal for manufacturing and distribution operations looking to reduce labor requirements, boost inventory accuracy and cut operating costs in a variety of workflows, including goods-to-operator order fulfillment.


            MHS offers the software expertise and industry experience to deliver the right AS/RS system as part of an integrated solution built around unique operational requirements.
          • AUTONOMOUS MOBILE ROBOTS

          • Automate load transportation

            Today’s operations face an increasingly challenging labor situation, with difficulty finding and retaining quality staff. Autonomous mobile robots can handle basic load transportation tasks completely independently, offering a solution to reduce labor requirements as components of complete, integrated automation solutions.

            Autonomous mobile robots offer the latest navigation technology, requiring no wires, magnets, tape or other guidance infrastructure like traditional AGVs. Instead, simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) technology enable robots to build their own map of the operating environment and use onboard sensors and cameras to process their surroundings, self-locate and navigate based on real-time conditions. This makes mobile robots a more flexible solution, capable of adjusting routes and adapting to changing facility layouts without intervention or reinstallation of guidance infrastructure.

            MHS provides the deep operational expertise and systems integration experience to put mobile robots to work as effective parts of complete systems, maximizing throughput and making the most of limited labor resources.
          • CONTROLS

          • Maximize quality, efficiency, and adaptability with single-source control solutions

            MHS provides turnkey control solutions from a single source, designed to make the most of automated equipment in parcel, e-commerce, food and beverage, automotive, and other operations. Extensive controls engineering expertise and design experience enable complete solutions with minimal subcontracting, keeping vendor management simple, lead time low, and quality high.

            Whether a distributed controls architecture or traditionally centralized panels, MHS has the in-house product offering and preferred integrator standing to provide end-users with the best control systems, designed around their needs. All major equipment vendors are supported, including Rockwell, Schneider Electric, and Siemens. This capability results in the best available controls system optimized based on hundreds of installations and designed under one roof according to the unique requirements of each facility.

            Take advantage of the shortest lead times in the industry and simple, easy access to support in a complete solution designed to maximize topline benefit – not just control individual islands of automation.
          • CONVEYOR SYSTEMS

          • Keep products moving in, around and through facilities

            With operations facing more SKU variety and greater throughput requirements than ever, conveyor systems must be flexible and provide long-lasting, reliable performance to fuel critical supply chain functions. MHS leverages deep expertise and decades of experience to match operations with the right conveyor products to manage the efficient flow of cartons, polybags, totes, and pallets.

            From accumulation and elevation changes to transportation and merging, MHS integrates roller- and belt-driven conveyor with other automation components to connect logistics processes in a space-efficient design. Systems are engineered for easy maintenance and to keep downtime to a minimum, with room to expand when growth dictates.
          • HMI + VISUALIZATION

          • Maximize visibility with the right information to the right people

            Today’s operations need close control over the finely tuned symphony of automated equipment responsible for maximizing productivity in parcel handling, e-commerce, and other logistics facilities. The right HMI and visualization solutions are critical to providing visibility into system performance and quick access to system data for faster maintenance and information sharing.

            User-friendly, minimalistic designs and intuitive, zoomable functionality allow even non-engineers to get the most out of automated systems. High-level dashboards and detailed equipment statuses are easily accessible, allowing everyone from upper management to maintenance technicians to get the information they need, where and when they need it – on both work stations and mobile devices.

            Through the proprietary Zooming Operator Environment (ZOE) platform and comprehensive equipment controls expertise, MHS provides the HMI tools operations need for visibility, flexibility, and insight.
          • IOT

          • Breakthrough data overload and solve real problems

            Data is playing a bigger role in businesses and daily life, with everything from wearables, homes, airplanes and even supply chains labeled as ‘smart’ or ‘connected.’ Gaining a sense of how the Internet of Things (IoT) applies to specific parts of the supply chain is a challenge, with plenty of options to cover entire facilities with sensors, but little direction to put the right data to work for practical, targeted insights.

            As distribution centers face increasing volumes and velocity, IoT holds great potential to address real, practical concerns, namely monitoring and maintaining critical automated systems. With larger facilities spanning hundreds of thousands of square feet, adequately staffing maintenance operations quickly becomes untenable. But the show must always go on and incorporating the right data into an intelligent system can success in today’s e-commerce-driven supply chain landscape.

            MHS has the unique combination of IoT and industry expertise to drive targeted, data-driven insights that solve real problems facing distribution centers - helping boost labor efficiency, limit unplanned downtime and address safety challenges. Rather than monitoring thousands of data points, MHS focuses on the most critical assets and failure-prone areas to provide the most value in the most efficient framework.

            Work smarter to save time and money, and stay ahead of the ever-increasing pace of today’s supply chains.
          • LIGHT-DIRECTED FULFILLMENT SYSTEMS

          • Maximize labor productivity in mission-critical picking processes

            In the always-on world of e-commerce, consumers not only expect access to a broad inventory but delivery that is both fast and free. Competition is only a click away and logistics operations are responsible for much of the customer experience – getting the right order, to the right location, on time. It starts with order fulfillment operations, and light-guided systems are critical to maximizing efficiency in fulfillment workflows.

            Light-guided systems are an efficient, accurate alternative to paper-based systems, with a proven track record of boosting productivity and accuracy. Simple, easy-to-read displays make training easy, enabling new employees to be productive more quickly than ever. With warehouse jobs becoming increasingly difficult to fill and plagued by high turnover rates, light technology enables operations to get consistent, efficient results in a variety of mission-critical order fulfillment processes.
          • PRINT + APPLY

          • Enable traceability and swift movement through automated systems

            Print-and-apply solutions are critical pieces for today’s supply chain operations, both inside and outside production facilities and distribution centers. Proper labeling gets the right data to automated equipment to ensure swift movement through internal processes and out to loading docks. Elsewhere in the supply chain, traceability initiatives for food, beverage and pharmaceutical operations depend on scannable labels, as do step-by-step updates for direct-to-consumer delivery.

            MHS offers access to a broad range of print and apply solutions, appropriate for operations of all sizes and compatible with a wide range of packaging types. Enjoy consistent print quality and label application for consistent scanning all throughout the supply chain.
          • ROBOTICS

          • Automate repetitive tasks and maximize labor efficiency

            Robotics are evolving faster than ever, with advanced vision, sensing, and gripping technology coming together to expand the role of automation in key processes. This comes at a time when parcel, manufacturing and distribution operations alike all face growing labor challenges, with a quality workforce increasingly difficult – and expensive – to find and retain.

            This intersection of technology and labor drives operations to adopt robotics to handle repetitive tasks and repurpose employees to higher-value positions, helping boost worker engagement and reduce long-term operating costs. MHS has deep industry experience and integration expertise to provide cutting-edge solutions designed to address critical operational challenges, like singulating items in preparation for sorter induction, unloading at the receiving dock and more. This provides innovative robotics ready to make a meaningful impact as important parts of larger automated systems, designed to maximize labor efficiency and throughput across a variety of industries.
          • SINGULATION

          • Keep automated systems moving with a single-file stream of product

            Today’s parcel and e-commerce operations face unprecedented package volumes that challenge the entire distribution puzzle, from last-mile delivery to automated systems inside the distribution center (DC). Growing volumes mean increased bulk flow in the DC, challenging operations to find the right singulation solution to convert multiple flows into a single-file stream of product ready for automated sortation systems downstream.

            Space savings are also critical, as operations feel the pressure of high commercial real estate and construction costs. Conveyor-based singulation solutions provide an efficient means to produce consistent, single-file throughput. A single self-contained singulator is the ideal solution for operations looking for an alternative to large, complex controlled merge systems at a fraction of the cost and floor space requirements.

            Leverage the singulation expertise and experience of MHS to keep throughput flowing smoothly in a complete, integrated system.
          • SOFTWARE

          • Consolidated software functionality maximizes control and agility

            As distribution and fulfillment operations become increasingly automated, the need to break through software silos grows and the line between traditional warehouse management systems (WMS) and warehouse control systems (WCS) blurs. Consolidated software control over key pieces like automated equipment, inventory management, and picking is crucial to providing the agility required to meet ever-increasing standards for delivery speed and accuracy.

            MHS offers a software solution that meets the need for easy customization and scalability, combining a full-featured WCS enhanced with key WMS functionalities for intelligent decision making to execute a wide range of distribution center processes.
          • SORTATION

          • Move a broad range of products and packaging to the right places at the right time

            Increasing order volumes, strict requirements for delivery speeds and constantly evolving packaging. Sortation systems must handle all of these challenges and more to keep finely tuned parcel and e-commerce distribution operations moving. From less than 5,000 to over 50,000 items per hour, MHS offers a broad range of sortation technology to meet today’s needs and expand capacity as the business grows.

            MHS maintains control of all aspects of sortation projects in-house, from design, engineering, and installation to controls, manufacturing and ongoing maintenance. This expedites project timelines and simplifies troubleshooting, ensuring high-quality systems that run at peak efficiency. For greenfield and brownfield projects alike, take advantage of integration expertise to optimize product flow, with the right sortation technology and supporting systems in an efficient footprint.
          • VOICE

          • Reduce training time and maximize productivity

            Today’s logistics workforce is characterized by change, with employers flexing their workforce with temps and new hires to support high growth and seasonal demands, and high employee turnover. These workers are involved in a variety of tasks and workflows, from value-added services and replenishment to order picking and receiving – and in the fast-paced, always-on world of e-commerce, they need to get up and running quickly. With competition only a click away, businesses must continually optimize processes to enable ever-faster delivery and preserve profitability.

            Voice solutions have a proven track record of success with employees of varied experience levels, ages and language skills. The simple, two-way voice dialogue offers clear instruction for fast-startup and training, and a consistent high level of accuracy and performance. MHS has the operational and software expertise to provide a tailored, best-fit voice solution for your operation capable of adapting and scaling to changing business requirements and operational realities. Unlock the potential of hands-free, eyes up work to gain competitive advantage and get the most out of today’s challenging labor pool.