Chicago Conveyor Systems

February 08, 2016

The Advantages of Overhead Conveyor Systems

DAK Equipment has helped many Chicago-area warehouses install conveyor systems that help them move products faster and fulfill orders more efficiently. For some of our customers, though, there are unable to install the conveyor system that they want because they just don’t have the floor space for it. Most of the time our warehouse design experts can help you configure your space to make room for the conveyor system that you need without sacrificing storage space, but it’s not always possible. In those instances, an overhead conveyor system may be the best solution for your Chicago warehouse. The advantages can be many:

  • You won’t have to give up your floor space. Lift systems run across the ceiling, so you won’t be crossing worker’s paths or need to move much shelving to make the system work.
  • They are highly versatile. Whether you need to go around corners or travel long distances, these systems can follow the path you need them to take without much rearranging or construction.
  • They are easy to operate. If your team has worked with conveyor systems in the past, an overhead system will feel natural to them in no time.

If you are interested in learning more about overhead systems and whether or not they are right for your Chicago warehouse, give our project managers a call today. We’ll help you determine the best materials handling systems for your warehouse and then help you get them installed in no time. You can call us on the phone or contact us through our website to get started.

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January 23, 2016

How to Properly Maintain Your Conveyor Systems

You know the importance of properly maintaining the equipment in your warehouse to ensure that it is all working perfectly. The same thing goes for the conveyor systems in your Chicago warehouse. Your conveyors need maintenance just like the rest of your warehouse equipment. However, many people seem to get stuck on how to maintain this machinery correctly. DAK Equipment has a few tips and tricks that will help you get the most out of your conveyor system and keep it working smoothly for years to come:

  • Keep your conveyor systems clean. This important step will keep your conveyor free from debris that could end up jamming it. It will also allow you to easily spot an issue with the conveyor system.
  • Listen for strange noises. You’ll often hear an issue with your conveyor belt before you see it. Listen for issues and encourage your operators to keep their ears open as well.
  • Test the control equipment often. Make sure that emergency stop buttons and other control equipment is in proper working order. This is a test that should happen daily for maximum user protection.
  • Check all parts of the conveyor system for damage or wear and replace pieces as necessary.
  • Watch for misalignment in the system, either with the belts or the rollers and take action to correct it. These minor misalignments can end up causing huge problems for the conveyor systems down the road.

Don’t take the conveyor systems in your Chicago warehouse for granted. Do daily inspections to ensure your system is working correctly and take corrective actions when needed to ensure that minor issues with your conveyor systems don’t become huge, work-stopping-problems in the future. A little preventative maintenance will go a long way with your conveyor systems. Oil and lubricate moving pieces regularly to ensure smooth movements and keep a standard repair schedule for your conveyor systems.

No matter how big or small your conveyor systems are, they will benefit from regular inspections and consistent preventative maintenance. The system will end up costing less over its lifetime and you’ll experience fewer errors. If you are like most warehouses in the Chicago area, you depend on your conveyor systems a great deal to keep your warehouse moving. Sure, you might be able to live without this piece of equipment, but you’ll need a lot more employees and you’ll be shipping your products a lot slower. Give your conveyor systems the love they need and keep them rolling along.

Need help maintaining your conveyor system, need a new one installed or need an old one repaired? DAK Equipment can help. Our knowledgeable team can provide you with the services that you need. Just give us a call and we’ll put you in touch with an experienced warehouse professional who can help. We love working with Chicago-area warehouses to help them get the service they need for their conveyor systems. You can give us a call or contact us online and we’ll help you keep your conveyor systems rolling along smoothly.

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