Key Features Of Effective & Efficient Conveyor Systems
July 8, 2017
Choosing the appropriate conveyor system can be an overwhelming and daunting task for any distribution center or warehouse professional. Due to the sheer number of models, components, and features, planners and managers often face a plethora of dilemmas when trying to develop, identify, and acquire an ideal material and product handling system.
If you are also struggling to determine what is the best conveyor system for your business, you should first familiarize yourself with some key characteristics and features of effective and efficient conveyor systems. To help you out with your quandary, we will cover some of them in greater detail.
Given the important role a conveyor system has in the overall process of production, it must be highly reliable and capable of withstanding the test on time. With that in mind, make sure to focus on sturdy and proven systems. In addition, make sure to check the references and contact current users in order to discuss a system’s reliability and performance over time.
When it comes to the flexibility, always look for the conveyor types that can easily accommodate a variety of product sizes, especially those with greater widths. Additionally, make sure to look for the systems that can satisfy both current demands, as well as future output growth.
Regardless of whether you plan on a short term or long term basis, always look for the systems that can facilitate adaptability and growth over time. A good system will incorporate high levels of flexibility and modularity so as to account for a broad range of various product sizes and types.
A conveyor system that features a highly ergonomic design and layout can be quite useful for increasing the levels of productivity, improving the work environment and reducing the risks of injuries. When conducting your search, do not base your decision only on standard guidelines. In addition, pay close attention to your workforce and operations and try to determine their needs and requirements.
When looking for an efficient system, pay attention to its level of modularity, regardless of its type. Pay attention to the systems that come equipped with modules, components, and pre-engineered sections that can be easily combined in order to provide a highly customized layout, as well as easily reconfigured if necessary.
Even though there are conveyors that require less energy than others, you should still pay attention to the energy efficient principles when looking to purchase and install one. Keep in mind that something as simple as programming the system to enter “sleep” mode or shut down certain components during inactivity periods can substantially lower your energy costs. Also, do not forget that staggered or sequential start-up of large systems’ motors can significantly help when limiting peak power draw.
Ease Of Maintenance
Last, but not least, in order to cut down on your expenses and reduce downtime, make sure your system can be easily and quickly maintained and repaired if necessary. The less time and money it takes to maintain a system, the less impact there will be on the operations and your entire business.