Conveyors are an ideal solution for transporting material (cartons, food items, automotive components, pallets, scrap metal, pills, wood and furniture, and heavy manufactured components) from point A to point B in a warehouse or distribution center. Plain and simple.
As your operations grow it’s important to keep pace with your expansion. By using system automation and technology KMH helps you reduce waste and maximize your bottom line. We utilize an operational audit to configure automation customized to your facility.
Gravity Roller Conveyors are simple but they’re also hugely effective. We provide a wide range of roller conveyors for different businesses and they are among our most popular products. They work simply and do not require any power to move items along, simply requiring a helping hand from the operator and gravity.
Gravity Roller Conveyors Benefit Your Business
Gravity Roller Conveyors are simple but they’re also hugely effective and have many benefits for your business, including:
With no actual power supply needed, gravity roller conveyor systems are cost effective and work efficiently, saving money on the cost of electricity.
The modular design of the gravity roller conveyor systems mean they can be flexibly fitted into and used in a wide range of environments, even those where there is little space to work with or awkwardly shaped rooms.
Easily Attached to Powered Systems
The simple design of a gravity conveyor roller is also compatible with powered systems and can be easily connected to a larger system, great for environments where picking and packing is a key task.
The main part of this type of system is the roller straights but they can also be modified in many ways with curved roller units, spurs and personnel gates easily added and included to create a bespoke system that works for your business.
If you are looking for more ways to use conveyors in your business, we offer a range of other systems that can serve you! Contact us at 1-888-564-7978 or visit our web site to request a free quote:
When considering new solutions for material handling challenges, there can be an overwhelming number of options and potential vendors, technologies, or equipment types. Finding the right solution for your specific needs is imperative to achieve optimal performance.
Before investing in a solution, decision makers need to understand the ins and outs of their current system, establish clear goals, and communicate budget considerations.
Let’s take a deeper look at the areas warehouses and distribution centers need to examine in order to ensure implementation of the best conveyor application:
Define Your Load
When it comes to specifying the right conveyor, the devil is in the details – finding the right solution means defining the load. These questions must be answered:
- Size and weight of conveyed product(s)
- If the product is bagged or boxed, what is the product contained within the bag/box? Are they uniform?
- Is the product evenly distributed within the transport container?
- What is the color of the packaging of the carrying container? (Some devices, like barcode scanners or vision systems, can’t read certain materials.)
- Is the product solid or liquid?
- Are you using totes? Do they need bar codes or RFID tags? If you are handling multiple products, what are the smallest and largest products that will be conveyed?
Knowing your particular load (or load mix) helps narrow in on the optimal choice for a conveyor application.
Communicate Your Expectations
Conveyors shouldn’t be considered an equipment purchase. They’re an investment in business performance. This should be defined in advance and thoroughly understood by all parties. “What does this system do for my business” should be the first question, and the true north of any conveyor project. Defining and then communicating those expectations and key performance indicators is vital. Every decision and design consideration should be run through this filter.
Be sure to understand the baseline ROI and operational improvement goals. Some goals to consider:
- Improve speed from production to shipping
- Add floor space by utilizing overhead space and/or increasing handling efficiency
- Increase storage capacity
- Reduce labor costs
- Improve safety and workplace ergonomics
- Reduce maintenance costs
- Implement technology to help optimize systems
- Reduce energy costs
Keep in mind, specific (and realistic) goals should be attached to these areas where applicable.
Consider the Location
Where the conveyors will be installed can make a difference in whether or not it will perform to its optimal capacity. Discussion of all possible scenarios – including worst-case – should be thoughtfully considered in order to implement a safe and effective conveying solution.
- Do you operate in a dirty or dusty environment?
- Is there a possibility of oil, water, or liquid spray or spillage on the product being conveyed or on the conveyor itself?
- What work happens around the conveying equipment – is there a busy workforce, forklift traffic, etc.?
- What machinery and storage areas does the conveyor interact with?
- Will the conveyor be installed overhead? How will that affect product flow, safety and other considerations?
- How is the temperature controlled within the work space? Conveyors behave differently at very high or very low temperatures.
Asking these questions will determine if any sort of specialized construction is necessary to ensure performance.
Be Clear on a Timeline
This is often a final consideration in the bid process but it should be central to the discussion from the start. It’s often easier to determine a timeline for completion of an entire project, then work backwards to ensure each piece has ample time to be completed.
Be sure to make allowances for weather-related setbacks or construction delays. Most importantly, communicate these deadlines to involved parties.
Develop a Plan of Action Post-Installation
The work doesn’t end once a new conveyor system is up and running; in fact, it’s only begun. Creating a plan to train employees, communicate safety rules, monitor performance, and perform regular preventative maintenance is essential to a successful implementation.
Scott Stone – Hytrol
If you’re interested in additional information on any conveyor project or products and or would like to request a quote, please use the form below to submit your request or contact your local KMH Representative at 888-564-7978.