A power conveyor can hum along for years, doing its important job of moving cartons, pallets, and packages around your warehouse, shipping and receiving stations or distribution center. Perhaps you have kept the same equipment in place for decades, only replacing worn belts or rollers to keep everything moving.
With the latest innovations available today, it may be time to look at some of the recent advances in technology. There are specialized systems available for unique needs of smaller businesses as well as large facilities. If your online sales are booming, power conveyors can play a key role in keeping operations nimble so that your order-to-ship time can meet the demands of today’s consumer.
Beyond Belts and Rollers
Here are some modern features you may wish to consider if it is time to upgrade a power conveyor in your facility:
- Motorized pulleys that reduce energy costs and sound levels
- Electronic sensors allow greater flexibility in handling lighter carton weight than the older mechanical sensing rollers
- Improved conveyors that can offer faster speeds than your older unit
- Motor-driven rollers, each powered by a low-voltage motor, can drastically cut your energy costs
- Software and electronic sensors allow closer spacing of items on the conveyor
- Variable speed control that reduces energy costs and equipment wear and tear
- Modular design allows you to reconfigure your facility as business needs change without buying new conveyors
Today’s conveyors can be software-controlled so that you need only input your daily planned throughput. The software calculates and controls the conveyor speed. Software can also provide a control dashboard so it’s easy to see what is going on each line. Electronic sensors monitor equipment performance and electrical current draw so that you can be more proactive about maintenance. Camera feeds can also be displayed on your on-screen management dashboard.
If your facility only had horizontal conveyors in the past, think about how you could maximize space with today’s modern vertical reciprocating conveyors. You can gain more productivity per square foot of facility space without having to invest in vertical lift trucks.
It’s certainly true that conveyors can eliminate significant manual labor, but for most businesses, there are still some areas that require human interaction with conveyors. Today’s systems have been designed for safety, with fewer pinch points, and controls that allow workers to adjust the belt height to minimize back injuries.
If you had not thought about replacing your conveyors, consider the energy savings, reduced downtime, and greater productivity that a modern power conveyor can bring to your business.