Pty Ltd specialised conveyor advice saves SMEs.jpg)The budgets of small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) across the industry spectrum are often very tight so it is undeniable companies want to make the most out of every dollar spent on conveyors and associated handling equipment.
Properly designed and installed warehouse conveyor systems are vital for heightening the productivity of a medium or small warehouse or distribution center, according to the Managing Director of a specialist in this technology, Industrial Conveying (Aust) Pty Ltd.
“There are important considerations to take into account,” says Mr Don Erskine. “One is the capital outlay; the other is the quality of the hardware needed in relation to the duty cycle it is expected to carry. It doesn’t matter if the system is installed in a food processing plant, a factory, a packaging operation, for waste handling or any other industrial process, the same planning principles should apply.
“In choosing choose the right system for any warehouse, the upfront costs must be considered and it takes a conveying professional first hand to accurately calculate the up-front costs as well as ongoing costs of maintenance and energy consumption. Taking into account the required throughput of the system is also a primary matter. This takes into account the environment in which it will perform and the associated noise levels it may create.”
To determine the necessary throughput for the conveyor system eventually installed, planners need to calculate the speed at which the warehouse must operate. Also, what Mr Erskine has been seeing more commonly in recent years, is that some operators prefer to configure a modular conveyor system that allows reconfiguration on a regular basis to cater for changes in processing.
Modular conveyor systems are easier to disassemble and reassemble than other conveyor systems; therefore they reduce downtime and cause less interruption to business.
To ensure control of the system remains with management rather than shop floor employees, modern control systems are recommended. This could be any one or combination of sensors, plc units, RFID equipment, motors and drives, optical sensing equipment, batch counters and weighers and MRP (manufacturing Resource Planning) software.
“Because Industrial Conveying is a conveying specialist, we are normally at the forefront of integrating all the new technologies as they come to market,” said Mr Erskine. “But once it is installed and running, ensuring your conveyor system is relatively easy to access and repair is important to reduce downtime potential and the impact on business.
“There is no substitute for in-depth research prior to purchase, and consultation with a first-party specialist in conveyors is the ideal start. Specialisation makes it a near certainty your business receives the best equipment to suit the circumstances while staying inside a budget."
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