Conveyor Systems

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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June 30, 2016

The Pros and Cons of Powered and Unpowered Conveyor Systems

Conveyor systems are something that almost every warehouse has, and if they don’t, it might be something they should consider installing. Conveyor systems are incredibly beneficial when it comes to increasing productivity and helping you move product through your warehouse without relying on skilled human labor to do it for you. Conveyor systems free your team up to focus on other projects and can greatly increase your productivity. If you don’t have a conveyor system currently in your warehouse, the first thing you’ll want to determine is whether you want a powered or unpowered conveyor system. DAK Equipment & Engineering can help you sort through the pros and cons of both systems.

 

Should You Choose Powered or Unpowered Conveyors?

Incline industrial conveyor systems available from DAKUnpowered Conveyor Systems

Unpowered conveyor systems use natural forces to move the product along the conveyor path. A natural force might be gravity or could be as simple as a shove down the line from your team member. Gravity conveyors can be great for unloading trucks quickly, while manual conveyance could be used along the pick line; when the picker is done filling the order, they can push it down the line to the next step in the fulfillment process.

Pros: Inexpensive, easy to install, easy to maintain

Cons: Not a lot of flexibility, best in certain working conditions

 

ConveyorTopScale.jpgPowered Conveyor Systems

Powered conveyor systems are powered by belts and motors that move the product along the path. You’ll see these conveyor systems in larger warehouses, and even being used in airports to move people through long concourses.

Pros: Can be tailored to meet specific warehouse needs, can greatly increase productivity, can move product long distances, lots of control measures can be put in place along the line

Cons: More expensive to install and maintain

 

So Which Should You Choose?

Whether you need a powered or unpowered conveyor system for your warehouse will depend a great deal on the what needs you are trying to fill. If you simply need to move something a few feet or down an incline, an unpowered conveyor is a great choice. If you need something that’s more robust and complicated, you’ll probably want to choose a powered conveyor system. It will depend somewhat on your budget, too, though the DAK Equipment & Engineering team can help configure a conveyor system that works for your warehouse and stays within your budget.

 

Benefits Either Way!

No matter what system you choose, your warehouse will benefit from the increase automation. Conveyor systems are a must-have for any growing warehouse, and will allow you to expand your operations in the future with fewer growing pains.

Conveyor systems are just one of the ways the DAK Equipment & Engineering team can help you increase the efficiency and productivity in your warehouse. Get in touch with us today to talk more about your options, including pallet racks, mezzanine levels, prefabricated offices, and other solutions that can help your warehouse meet and exceed your goals. Give us a call or contact us through our website today for more information about all of our products and services for your warehouse.

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June 13, 2016

Stay Fast and Flexible with Industrial Conveyor Systems

We discussed in a recent blog about how keeping your warehouse fast and flexible is key to increasing your profitability. Industrial conveyor systems are another way that you can do this for your warehouse.

How to Use Conveyor Systems to Stay Fast

Conveyors can greatly increase productivity in your warehouse. That’s because they eliminate a lot of unnecessary labor. Instead of physically walking products from one point to another, warehouse workers can put items on the conveyor and send them off on their own while they focus on the task. It automates a task that doesn’t require skilled labor and instead refocuses skilled labor on the next necessary task. Conveyor systems also reduce the number of touches required to get something out the door as well as the amount of time that it takes to get them there.

How to Use Conveyor Systems to Stay Flexible

One of the benefits of industrial conveyor systems is their ability to be flexible. Conveyor systems can be motorized or manual, run up and down inclines, or provide quick sorting beds to increase picking and sorting. Because of the number of different conveyor systems on the market, there is a solution for every warehouse and every budget. Plus, many conveyor systems can work together, so if you find that you later need to expand your conveyor system, you won’t run into many issues and should be able to expand it easily to meet your needs.

Ready to incorporate an industrial conveyor system into your warehouse to increase your speed? Give DAK Equipment & Engineering a call today to learn more.

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