Ron Dwyer
Director of Business Development with SilMan Industries

Ron is the Director of Business Development with SilMan Industries in San Leandro, CA with branch offices in Bardstown KY, Tupelo MS and Decatur AL.  Building on over 25 years of specializing in material handling processes and equipment.  In his background he has worked in a diverse group of industries covering materials, conveyors, controls, truck loading, automated storage and retrieval, and systems for order selection using various styles of racks, light & voice directed picking, portable scan terminals and sortation equipment.

The ideal approach to pursuing automation projects is to keep an open mind, and nurture that curiosity to understand how even the systems that seem beyond affordable are justified by others.

A few experiences:

Parcel – Adoption of appropriate mechanization and telescopic truck loading technology helped a parcel carrier enter a period of strong growth over 5 years that eclipsed their previous history.  The parcel industry is typically the final mile leg of most e-commerce.

Distribution – A leading chain store supplier was faced with a tragic loss, our systems group was able to commission a new PC-based pick-to-light system for them on a rush basis, becoming their new supplier of choice.  Light systems can be the backbone of appropriate types of e-commerce.

Spare parts – A leading specialty robotics manufacturer needed a better way to process spare parts in the energy sector, a way to improve handling in an inefficient stockroom and kit production orders.  An automated storage system with light directed batch picking and replenishment enabled them to reduce their footprint by 75%, improved service, segregated inventories electronically to maintain promised stocks, reduced labor and improved inventory accuracy to over 98%.  An efficient back-end is an important part of handling inventories in any industry.

Manufacturing – An outsider’s observation of the material flow of finished goods resulted in upending of the entire manufacturing strategy of a snacks manufacturer.  Instead of building to warehouses, they began building to orders on a series of truckload-sized pallet flow systems.  As loads were completed in a rack system facing the loading dock, trailers were loaded and yarded for arrival of a tractor.  Driver turnaround was reduced to minutes, inventory went to essentially 0, spoilage eliminated, a decrepit forklift fleet was cut in half and replaced with new, labor reduced and surplus warehouse facilities were leased out.  What started out as just an observation ended up becoming the key to returning a leading brand to profitability after years of stagnation.  Question why if nothing ever changes.


Michigan State, 1984 Business Administration