Conveyor Systems

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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June 03, 2016

The Potential Downside of Conveyor Systems

We’ve discussed a lot on this site about the benefits of conveyor systems. So with all the benefits, is there a downside of installing a conveyor system in your warehouse? Let’s take a look at some of the potential cons to all those pros:

It Requires an Investment

Conveyor systems don’t come for free. You’ll need to invest in the equipment, and how much you spend will depend on what kind of system you choose and how long it needs to be to maximize the benefits to your warehouse. There are ways to cut costs on a conveyor system, though, so you can stay within your budget.

You’ll Need to Maintain It

Conveyor systems, like most other warehouse equipment, will need to be properly maintained in order to get the most out of your investment. That means purchasing replacement parts on occasion and paying for repairs and repairmen. Fortunately, most conveyor systems are relatively low maintenance if you give them some daily attention.

You’ll Have to Train Employees on Use

Conveyor systems aren’t necessarily complex, but there are a lot of moving parts and the potential for injury and accidents. You’ll need to take time to train your employees on the use of the conveyor system and retrain them regularly to reduce the chance of accidents.

Despite these potential drawbacks, there are still so many benefits to having a conveyor system installed that they easily outweigh the downsides. If you are interested in having a conveyor system installed in your warehouse, call the DAK Equipment & Engineering team for more information today.

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