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Carter Control Systems / www.cartercontrols.com / 2012 revenue: $15 million / HQ: Frederick, Md. / Employees: 40 / Specialty: Automation and material-handling integration / Duane Glass, president: “We can do complete systems integration, from small systems to entire facilities.”
carter control systems’ equipment is used in manufacturing, packing, processing and distribution.
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carter control systems has made a name for itself in many commercial and government settings with its leading-edge materialhandling equipment, controls and solutions. by eric slack
Housed in a 36,000-square-foot facility in Frederick, Md., Carter Control Systems (CCS) specializes in automation and material-handling solutions. Its products are used in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. CCS’s equipment is used in many settings, including government agencies, manufacturing lines, food processing, packing operations and distribution centers. “Some of the products we manufacture have been sold to other integrators, but we can do all design and building of conveyors, and integration, inhouse,” President Duane Glass says. a wider array of commercial and government customers. Its signature product is the CarterRoll CL line of power conveyors, which can be used in various case, mail, parcel and pallet transport applications. In addition to conveyors, the company manufactures sorters, automated manifest-processing systems, warehouse control software and industrial control panels. CCS also manufacturers the AutoSleeve – a corrugated sleeve for trayed product protection – and the AutoScale, which weighs products in real time and forwards the information to a storage and tracking system. The company has made several upgrades to its offerings in recent years. In 2010, it expanded its CarterRoll CL power conveyor to include a powered merge/divert spi-
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ral conveyor, and it released a 24-volt version of its CarterRoll CL power conveyor, which conserves power for its user. In 2011, CCS released a new version of its ATS-R automated mail tray sleever, which was designed with new robotic technology that utilizes an articulating robotic arm with a tool that forms, places and holds the sleeve on the conveyor. “We’ve focused on refining conveyor designs,” Glass says. “We’ve made our conveyor design more diverse, and our software group has made updates to our manifest systems.” From a solutions perspective, CCS can adapt an array of material-handling approaches to the needs of each customer. Its offerings include end-toend automation, integration and engineering, controls and software, simulation and modeling, and robotics. CCS also strives for internal improvement and solid relationships with vendors and suppliers. The company has been implementing lean manufacturing techniques over the last 10 years. Acquisition has been another method of improvement; CCS purchased the assets of Mail Automation and Capitol Conveyors in October. “That added some exceptional employees, as well as access to additional markets,” Glass says. “We are also negotiating a move to a new building in Frederick, which should happen over the next three months.” Other improvements included adding to its sales force earlier this year, and launching a new website in 2011. On the external side, CCS has partnered with best-in-class companies. These include companies such as Insight Automation, a developer of controls for CCS’s motorized drive roller conveyor, and ABB, a provider of robotics. “Our vendors are important, as they do vendor-managed inventory and come in as needed to restock employee workstations,” Glass says. “That increases our just-in-time
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Applied Energy Solutions
Carter Control Systems
Global Technology Systems
Tampa Tank Inc./Florida Structural Steel
Fullerton Tool Co. Inc.
Honda of South Carolina
Sapa Extrusions North America
ACE Controls Inc.
Vendors Exchange International Inc.
EXEL North America
Capewell Components Co.
U.S. Sugar Corp.
Industrial Magnetics Inc.
Lakeside Plastics Ltd.
Norpak Handling Ltd.
Mid-State Machine Products
TenCate Protective Fabrics
The Dupps Co.
Western Manufacturing Ltd.
Wisconsin Plastics Inc.
LaSalle Bristol LP
DAP Products Inc.
Honsa Ergonomic Technologies Inc.
Engineered Material Solutions LLC
Master Spas Inc.
U.S. Chemical & Plastics Inc.
Votaw Precision Technologies
Banker Steel Co.
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