Modern Materials Handling: Is it a boon to the industry?

Modern Materials Handling: Is it a boon to the industry?
June 15, 2019 Eada Hudes
In Productivity

Do you know how most of the things we use every day are transported? – the stuff we buy from a departmental store that come in huge cartons, and are stocked on the racks before we, mindlessly, grab them. Can you think of the first, or most common, application that comes to mind when you think about modern material handling equipment that transports people and material? The travelator!! Or the moving walkway – normally seen in airports and malls! Travelators are mobile walkways, commercially used to transfer large groups of cargo, equipment or people between two set points. The very first commercial moving walkway in the United States was installed in the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Erie station in 1954.

Conveyors are used in nearly every industry that requires cargo handling. Hence manufacturing parts including the metal profile, the pulley, and the driving unit, depend integrally on professionals who can customise parts to suit any business requirement, and determine that it functions perfectly. Whichever industry you hail from, and if you are looking to source conveyor parts, then Wainwright Engineering Services can handle and advise you on the products that work best for your applications. They offer professionally engineered range of customised, versatile and highly durable systems for a range of applications including food, minerals, agricultural produce, packaged goods, high precision systems and ultra hi tech industrial processes.

Benefits of using conveyors in a globalised economy

Conveyor rollers are used to automate several tasks handled by humans that are linked with the production and mobilisation of materials. This includes tasks like feeding, moving, loading and unloading of materials from point A to point B. It is crucial to keep a stock of spare parts to keep things running efficiently, and in the event of a breakdown, it reduces downtime significantly.

Here are some of the highlights to using them and their benefits:

  • Efficiency: Conveyors can move in both directions. Cargo can be transported between two points of a manufacturing and supply line. It is simple to mobilise to two opposite ends.
  • Worker wages:  Due to productivity gained, less manpower is required. It was largely anticipated by companies as automation has started to replace people’s jobs. This ultimately has resulted in gains for the companies. Have you ever used self-checkout in large departmental stores and enjoyed the process?
  • Controlled movement:  The capacity to control the workflow caters to the work distribution and requirements. The rate of movement can be channelled as per requirement. This, too, helps increase productivity – Sounds great?  Conveyors are capable of working non-stop over a long period, to load and unload materials.
  • Pace: Factories have a reliable and speedy option for transporting cargo from one place to another through this mode. The rate at which the materials move is controlled carefully, ensuring that there is less breakage during handling. So, the handling cost is reduced. Workflow is seamless. In turn, efficiency and productivity level up.
  • Modularity:  Bigger companies will need materials to be transported between many floors and levels.  Conveyors can be designed to transport across different floors with no limitation of height.
  • Error free:  Defective or damaged products can be easily spotted when moving on an assembly line conveyor, as the lack of uniformity can be noticed easily. Flaws can be reduced considerably.
  • Automation: Due to automation of material handling, there is less worker handling, reduction of risk and expenses. A large part of conveyor systems handling is not entirely automated yet. In such cases, supervision is necessary through the use of manpower.
  • Safety: There is less human handling and relatively less risk. Not just this, relative to other equipment, it poses less risk because of the expert engineering and correction of design flaws over the years. Many conveyor systems have built-in safety panels which minimises the risk through automated cessation of operation, if a safety issue were to be detected.

Move over, carts, wagons, cranes, and even forklifts!! They are available in all formats and can be designed for use in countless applications. As the requirement for automation and its demand increases, it is here to stay. Aren’t you fascinated by the way engineering has taken over our lives?

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