As a production manager, you know downtime is not an option. Most likely, you are constantly looking for ways to optimise your production flows. Thus, when it is time to invest in a new conveyor system, it is really overwhelming. It is no secret that there are many things to take into consideration.
It all starts with the product and its requirements.
What conveyors you should choose naturally depends on the products that need to be handled and its requirements. Essentially, comprehensive understanding of your products, its production process and the production environment, as well as system and software. Detailed design criteria will help your material handling specialist to find out which system is the most suitable for you.
Modularity, scalability and flexibility are important features of conveyor systems
The “perfect” conveyor system includes modularity and scalability as well as flexibility. A flexible conveyor enables adaptation to fluctuations in demand, implementation of continuous improvements and introduction of new products. Standardised modules in a range of sizes and shapes will enable retool of your production line quickly and easily. Look for one that is adaptable to changing product characteristics and volumes, but can also be easily reconfigured, if necessary.
Easy maintenance with the right technology
Any downtime of any step in the process will disrupt the entire fulfilment engine. Consequently, your conveyor system needs to be geared for redundancy and easy maintenance. Technology that provides information about conveyor status and wear indications helps you reduce unplanned downtime. The ability to monitor the overall flow of a facility in real time is a powerful tool for efficiency and uptime.
Be prepared for the future
It might be tempting to choose a solution based on what you are doing today, just to get your line up and running. But try to avoid it. It is always more expensive to make changes later than during the initial project. Try to visualise what your production line will look like in a couple of years – and invest accordingly. In other words, look for a conveyor system that can accommodate future throughput growth requirements and easily adapt to changes.