Conveyor Systems

July 30, 2016

Quick Daily Tasks to Keep Your Conveyor Systems Running

dreamstime_xxl_37265311One of the best things that you can do for your warehouse equipment is maintenance. Whether it’s daily, monthly, or annual maintenance, giving your equipment a little check-up can help you head off problems before they start and keep your equipment in proper working order. This is especially true of your conveyor systems. While your conveyor probably gets daily use, if it doesn’t get some kind of daily maintenance, you could be wearing out the system sooner and be facing the cost of replacement more often. Fortunately, there are some easy things that you can do to help ensure you get the most life out of your conveyor system.


Daily Maintenance for Your Conveyor


Clean off the belt or rollers.

The belt on a powered conveyor and the rollers on a non-powered conveyor are really the workhorses of your system. They take the most impact and get the most use out of any other area of your conveyor. Keeping them clear of dirt and debris can keep them rolling along for much longer.


Clean the area around the conveyor.

Don’t neglect the area around your conveyor, either. Keeping the space around your conveyor system free from hazards can help prevent accidents that damage your conveyor systems. Don’t allow the space around your conveyor to become a convenient storage space in your warehouse.


Listen for strange noises.

Ask your team to keep an ear open for any strange noises occurring when they use the conveyor system. A strange noise could be the first indication of a mechanical failure that might result in costly delays in your warehouse.


Report any malfunctions immediately.

If your team experiences any issues with the conveyor in your warehouse, have them report it to you immediately. The sooner you can address issues with your conveyor system, the sooner you can get them fixed and avoid more expensive repairs down the road.


Look for worn parts.

Give your conveyor system a daily once-over to look for any parts or pieces that might be getting old. These parts should be replaced as soon as possible to avoid wear and tear on the system.


Call DAK Equipment for Your Conveyor System Needs

Whether you need a completely new conveyor system or just need some help fixing up your existing system, our team is here for you. Get in touch with DAK Equipment & Engineering today by filling out the form below. We’ll get back to you with the information, service, or part that you need right away!


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July 25, 2016

Defining Terms About Conveyor Systems

When you are looking at different conveyor systems for your industrial space, you might be confused about some of the terminology used. DAK Equipment & Engineering put together this handy guide to explain some of the more common terminology used when talking about conveyor systems!


Definitions of Conveyor System Terms

463L Pallet Conveyor SystemFulfillment Steps

These are the steps that an order must go through in your warehouse in order to go out to the customer and be completed. They might include picking the order, packing the order, and shipping it. A conveyor system can move orders through each step of fulfillment without the effort of your team.


Accumulation Buffers

These are systems put in place to keep the flow on your conveyor systems under control. It is simply a means for preventing backups, such as when pickers are able to pick orders faster than your packing team can manage them. A conveyor system can act as a sort of flow management tool.


Non-Powered Systems

These are the conveyor systems that don’t require electricity or motors to work. They instead rely on human power, gravity, or another force to make them work.


Gravity ConveyorsSpiral Conveyor

Gravity conveyors are an example of a non-powered conveyor system. They move packages through your warehouse using gravity, such as from an upper level to a lower one.


Powered Conveyor Systems

These are conveyor systems that use power to move products through fulfillment steps. They might use belts, motors, and other automated systems to move products. They are more expensive than non-powered system but require less effort by the user.


Belt Systems

An example of a powered conveyor system. Belt systems use a wide belt made from rubber or another material to move products along. An example of a belt system would be a people mover in an airport as well as a conveyor in a grocery store checkout line.


Have Questions About Conveyor Systems?

If you have questions about conveyor systems, some of the terminology that you’ve seen, or which conveyor system would work for your warehouse, get in touch with the DAK Equipment & Engineering team. We offer conveyor systems of all configurations so you get exactly what you need to move your product through your warehouse as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Simply fill out the form below and one of our project managers will get back with you to discuss your conveyor system options. You can also give us a call at 855-863-0340!


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July 13, 2016

How Drones Could Replace Your Conveyor Systems (And Why They Probably Won’t)

dreamstime_xxl_46218009Drones are a hot topic right now. We’re seeing drones used more and more in the military, as a hobby, and even in the industrial world. It was big news when Amazon announced that they would be using drones for delivery, and the company is currently testing their Prime Air delivery drones in centers in the United States, the United Kingdom, Austria, and Isreal. So are other industries going to follow suit soon? Could drones be coming to your warehouse?


How Drones Could Work in the Warehouse

There are a number of advantages to using a drone in your warehouse. First, it’s simply an extension of the automation that many warehouses are putting in place. If you are using an automated conveyor system, a robotic order picker, or other automation systems, you are already one step closer to using a drone. One of the most obvious places that a drone could take over is by replacing the function fulfilled by your current conveyor system.

Instead of employees needing to walk over to the conveyor system and lift heavy packages onto the belt, a drone can do it all for them. Imagine your team picking orders into their cart or basket, and when they are done, the cart simply lifts into the air and delivers itself to the packing area. This is even better than a self-driving cart since in the air there will be less chance for a collision with your human workers and less floor space dedicated to cart paths.


Why You Probably Won’t See Them Anytime Soon

This could be the future of warehouse materials handling. But for now, it’s likely going to be up to big companies like Amazon to work out the kinks of integrating technology like self-flying drones into the warehouse environment. Once this sort of system becomes commonplace for them, the technology will get better (and cheaper!) and filter down to smaller warehouse operations. Until that happens, it’s unlikely that you’ll be using drones in your warehouse anytime soon.


Until You Have Dones, You Have DAK Equipment

If you are looking for a way to improve the operations in your warehouse, DAK Equipment & Engineering can help. From automated conveyor systems to consulting on pick and pack management, we’re your partners in creating an efficient, well-run warehouse that maximizes your space and your profits. Get in touch with our project managers today and they’ll help you develop the solutions that you need. Fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch with you right away!


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