Conveyor Systems

July 01, 2018

Why Integrating Automation in your Warehouse Saves Time and Money

By: Chris Andersen

 

The initial overhead cost for integrating automation into your facility can be a little (or very) deterring. The questions become: is the return on investment worth the upfront costs? What about the maintenance? How expensive is the robotics and software? What will my electric bill be like? All of these are excellent questions that should be analyzed before jumping head first into warehouse automation and conveyor systems..

But, like many large retailers across the world, automation is the only way to keep up with inventory, output, and demand. Let’s take a look at the benefits to going with automation.

 

Maximization of Space

By upgrading your product retrieval and storage systems to automation, you essentially cut your facility’s spacing needs in half.

Automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) decrease your aisle size, which was a function to allow forklifts enough of a radius to maneuver to each product position. Because there is no need for a forklift or a person on the floor, aisle widths can be just small enough to fit the track and automated picking system. Mobile shelving or mobile pallet racking systems omit unused aisles entirely, leaving you with a smaller footprint and larger storage density.

Automated conveyor systems also work as a space saver. Industrial conveyor systems can be completely customizable and a faster way from A-to-Z. Unlike a person on the floor, product can be conveyed suspended from rafters, revolving around and straight through pick modules and mezzanines, or inclined and declined at any point in the system. The route can be so specialized that it becomes much faster than any forklift or manual traveling time.

The bottom line: how does this save you money? For one, you get more pallet rack storage out of one warehouse than if you were to combine multiple warehouses, potentially saving you millions in distribution centers. More space also means more opportunity to increase inventory, which in turn will create more profitability.

 

Efficiency

This is quick and to the point. Automation subtracts human error. Although supervised by a human element (designing the PLC, integrating the robotics, maintenance, etc), all the work is entirely delegated upon the automatic material handling system.

Faster retrieving and sorting is a given. With instantaneous instructions read by the automation, and programmed pin-point accuracy, nothing can surpass the efficiency of having automation on your side. And with increased demand, you will need to rely on faster order fulfillment to keep up. This also allows for firms to add specific marketing ploys such as free shipping or returns – giving them the advantage in the market.

Decreased Day-to-Day Costs

As much as the overhead costs for robotics, conveyors, and integration may be, the return on investment could be tenfold. Automation works faster, longer, and on weekends. It takes no vacation days off, and it doesn’t celebrate holidays. You don’t pay your robotic arms overtime.

With the correct maintenance and material, your investment in a new material handling system can be running continuously without problem. And most integrating engineering reps are always available if there is a problem down the line.

 

Keeping Up

Not all companies will see it a necessity to create a completely automated warehouse, but those that are frustrated with their order fulfillment, output, and human error are beginning the integration process. Robotics, conveyors, and warehouse management systems are being integrated with more ease than ever before.

Automation is paving the way for future warehouse applications. DAK Equipment and Engineering can help, so contact us today!

 

 

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September 20, 2016

Taking Up Less Space with Your Conveyor Systems

Space in most warehouse is at a premium. Warehouse managers are forced to constantly assess their current space usage and look for ways to maximize it. Sometimes that means putting in a mezzanine level, rearrange their industrial storage racks, or going without new equipment that could take up too much valuable space. If you’ve been putting off the installation of a conveyor system because you are concerned it’s going to take up too much space in your warehouse, DAK Equipment & Engineering has great news.

 

We Can Help You Save Space

Industrial conveyor systems don’t have to take up a lot of room in your warehouse. There are several things you can do to get the conveyor system you need installed without sacrificing your space.

 

Use a manual system.

Some non-powered systems take up less space because you don’t have to make room for motors and command centers. Don’t write all powered systems, though; some are more space-efficient than you might think.

 

Elevate your conveyor.

Just like a mezzanine level can help make use of the space over your head, a conveyor system can do the same thing. Powered systems can provide lift to move products up from the warehouse floor, transport them across the warehouse, and take them back down to floor level again.

 

Consider what you are saving.

While you are going to take up some space with a conveyor, you may be saving space elsewhere. Are you eliminating pathways that will no longer be needed for human access? Are you eliminating cart storage by moving things automatically? You might actually be gaining space.

 

Contact DAK Equipment & Engineering to Find the Right Conveyor

If you’d like to explore the possibility of putting a conveyor system into your warehouse, talk to the experts at DAK Equipment & Engineering. We’re familiar with a variety of conveyor systems so we can recommend one that’s compact and meets your budget. Fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you with some options for new industrial conveyor systems in your warehouse!

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August 17, 2016

Could Your Conveyor Systems Generate Their Own Power?

One of the potential drawbacks of powered conveyor systems is that you need, well, power. The system relies on electricity to move the belt of the conveyor and move your products from one area to another. This need may require you to run electrical cables through your warehouse, depending on your set up and where your conveyor system is going to operate, making it considerably more expensive than other conveying options such as an unpowered system. But is it possible to have your conveyor system generate power for other purposes?

 

What One Australian Company is Doing

According to a recent article on AustralianMining.com, one company is using “kinetic energy from a moving conveyor belt to generate power to run electronic systems within a power station.” The power station gives power to safety systems and monitoring stations for the conveyor system.

“‘We found we could draw energy from a moving belt by attaching an independent generator directly to one of the rollers,’ said Paul Harrison, Global Engineering Manager.” This gave the team the ability to power their monitoring equipment without running more cables or drawing power from other sources.

This is an ingenious way to harness the power of a conveyor system that’s already in place. It’s also an eco-friendly solution; by generating their own power, they don’t have to pull that electricity from other sources which could be damaging to the environment.

 

DAK Equipment Can Help You Find the Right Conveyor System

Are you interested in finding an eco-friendly and budget-friendly conveyor system for your warehouse? Contact DAK Equipment & Engineering by filling out the form below and we’ll help you find a solution that’s right for your warehouse.

 

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