8 Things You Need to Consider When Choosing a Conveyor System for Your Process
In this article we are going to discuss the importance of choosing the best conveyor system for your operations. There are quite a few things that play a factor in this decision if you want to operate at the highest efficiency. Engineered Systems & Products specializes in new installations and process improvement and we want to make sure you are making the best possible decision when choosing equipment like a conveyor system. We do our best to partner with companies that share our belief for offering top quality products that are backed by top notch service, all at a competitive price. If you’re interested in contacting ESP for a service request.
Now let’s dive into the handful of important things you need to be aware of so your conveyor system is the best it can be. This decision is not always as straight forward as you might expect. Moving your material at the desired speed and efficiency can be tricky sometimes. Here is what we suggest keeping in mind when choosing a conveyor system.
1. Choose Quality Equipment that You Can Trust
Make sure you do your research and choose a company that you can trust and has a good reputation in the industry. ESP is dedicated to aligning with partners that share the same values of providing the highest quality products to its customers at a competitive price. We take pride in delivering reliable products that will keep your system running efficiently for years to come. We will also be able to service your system to make sure it is always in great shape. You can contact us here with any questions while making your decision.
2. Equipment Size and Design
Bigger is not always better when it comes to the equipment that makes up your conveyor system. The amount of space you have available is a major factor you have to consider when choosing your conveyor system as well. ESP will be able to help you choose the equipment that fits properly in your available space and operates at optimal efficiency. We will help you build a plan specific to your operation. We will look at things like floor space, ceiling height, and other equipment interferences.
3. Work Environment
There are quite a few things in your work environment that influence your conveyor system selections. For example, if you are dealing with open ignition sources or a potential for fire or explosions, there are special types of equipment that will be needed. Another example is if people will be working closely with the equipment, there are certain health and safety measures that need to be taken. You don’t want anybody get injured on the job due to a poor equipment choice.
4. Type of Material You are Moving
Perhaps the most important consideration when choosing a conveyor system is the type of material you are handling in your operations. You will need to know things like temperature, moisture content, and abrasiveness of your material in order to choose the most effective conveyor system. Again, ESP will be able to do an analysis on your type of material and help you choose the proper equipment the first time. This way you can feel confident knowing it will operate efficiently and be a long-term solution for your business.
5. Cost of Equipment
It is obvious that cost is one of the most important and first things you think of when making an investment for your business. The hard-earned money you are spending will help your company grow so it is crucial that make the right move. Going too cheap may come back to haunt you when the equipment fails and you don’t have a service team to fall back on. On the other hand, if you go with the most expense option, you may feel taken advantage of and not get your money’s worth. As we mentioned previously, ESP takes pride in offering extremely competitive prices on equipment. You will always get a fair price backed by great service when working with our team.
6. Type of Operation
The style of conveyor system you choose is highly dependent on the type of operation you are running. There are two main categories when it comes to material handling operations. One of which is called conveying. This simply means taking material from a pick-up point and moving it to its desired drop off point. The other material handling operation is called feeding. This is a more time sensitive process where the material is fed into the system in batches or a constant flow. Whichever type you are dealing with, there are specific types of equipment that will work more effectively.
7. Maintenance Requirements
When equipment goes down, it has a negative impact on your business. That being said, it is important to get equipment back up and running as quickly as possible if a failure occurs. Similar to other equipment, conveyor systems have many mechanical parts that require regular maintenance in order for them to run properly. It is important to have dependable and reliable conveyor equipment in your operations. It is also a good idea to have a reliable team to perform regular maintenance.
8. Long Term Company Goals
The last consideration to keep in mind when choosing your conveyor system is your company’s long term goals. This will have a huge impact on your decision. If you plan to expand your operations in the future then you will want to choose your equipment with this in mind. This will make for easier expansions in the future with less rework and additional cost. On the other hand, if this is a permanent setup you may choose to do things a little differently
Keep These Things in Mind When Choosing Your Conveyor Equipment
As you know, deciding on the best conveyor system for your operations is not always easy. Take your time and make the decision that is best for your business. Keep these 8 things in mind when choosing conveyor equipment and you will be in good shape. Also, feel free to contact ESP today to ask any questions or request service. We look forward to serving your next material handling project.