Long ago, conveyor belts transformed industrial production. Automating the assembly line boosted outputs beyond expectations. Since they have become a staple in so many facilities, innovation never really stopped. Conveyors consistently last 15 to 20 years, so if you’re looking for repairs or upgrades, you may not be fully up to speed on some of the latest and most valuable new options. Here’s a breakdown of a few ways conveyors have improved in recent years.
Optimizing Production Space
Of all the advantages of innovative conveyor design, this is probably the most important. Side-by-side conveyors can double conveyor volume while minimizing demands on additional square footage. Custom designs can maximize throughput when space is tight, and modular conveyors let you adjust the custom design on the fly. You can quickly adapt to changing space constraints or volume changes without spending any money at all. As a simpler option, power and free conveyors provide high levels of adaptability in a more traditional design. Often these systems cost less to implement than some of the more advanced alternatives. It all comes down to making a savvy investment now to save time, money and trouble later.
Better using space is definitely important, but intelligent conveyors bring a whole new dimension to maximizing productivity. Modern sensors can measure anything from object weight to traction. When combined with effective software, they can automatically adjust speeds to match throughput goals while simultaneously minimizing slippage and safety concerns. These adjustments can handle variable loads to keep the facility at peak productivity even as dynamic changes arise throughout the day. Going a step further, Internet of Things and big data analysis can inspect your entire operation and find every opportunity for improved efficiency.
Making conveyor systems green might not be your first thought, but for environmentally conscientious producers, it is an option. Largely, conveyors go green through two possibilities: power efficiency and friendly materials. The first option is the easier of the two, and it lowers overhead to boost profits. Power-efficient motors are better than ever, and they can typically be installed without scrapping your entire system. Green materials are sometimes available, but if you ever handle hazardous materials or do work that requires stringent safety protocols, your options may be limited.
Whether you’re looking for something simple like a power and free conveyor or massively complex and impressive like an Internet of Things system, you’ll find that there is a perfectly fitting option for your needs. With a little research you can transform your facility and push it to new heights.