Product handling is a real challenge for companies. However a good conveyor system can turn the tide on poor profits.
Things move quickly in today's world. Whether companies are shipping directly to consumers, who want next day delivery of their purchases, or to business customers, who demand small regular deliveries on shorter lead times; delivering faster while keeping your handling costs down is becoming a real challenge for industry.
The key is choosing the right equipment to help you handle goods more cost effectively.
Regardless of the type of business, companies will be moving products throughout the facility – between processes, from one end to the other, and ready to supply your customers. This transportation adds cost to the company's products, whether they are being moved at a moderate volume over a short distance or moving many units per hour across the entire length of the warehouse.
With tight OH&S requirements and increasing labour costs, manually handling of products can be very expensive.
Motorised trolleys and automated guided vehicles (AGVs) can carry heavier loads much further than people, which can increase efficiency over traditional manual handling.
For larger goods, forklift trucks and pallet movers are excellent universal handling machines that can also load and unload vehicles, and lift pallets up high for storage.
However the biggest savings and efficiency gains are made using conveyors. Conveyors are great for straight-forward transportation over short, medium or long distances. And unlike people, they don't run out of energy after carrying just a few cartons.
Transportation conveyors can flow throughout the facility, eliminating rehandling before and after each process, and can even be loaded and unloaded automatically; reducing the amount of manual handling needed and the cost of handling each carton.
According to Colby Conveyors, more flow, more manoeuvrability and more management control are what companies should be looking for when it comes to choosing a conveyor solution.