Managing the pusher conveyor system is a very involved process. In order to safely and properly implement pusher conveyors, companies need engineers who are experienced in doing so, and who know how to make every possible effort to enhance efficiency.
Examples of foolish operational habits that could easily be avoided include:
- Not knowing what material could be conveyed over the top of the conveyor
This one is pretty easy to solve before it ever really needs to be addressed. However, the more situations this problem occurs in, and the longer you wait to see the results of a solution, the bigger the problem becomes.
Typically, material is simply conveyed over the top of the conveyor prior to packaging and shipping, but sometimes the material being conveyed is very dry like cardboard. The lack of flour, or in the case of parcel wrap, paint. This is a quick observation, but just one problem that can exist long before a conveyor problem exists.
As this is frequently the case, conveyor specialists can usually find their solutions without too much effort. This is a far more flexible solution than simply modifying or improving the conveyor.
- Not using the correct packaging materials for the conveyor
There are many different types of conveyor packaging materials. While there are many different types of most mixers, packaging materials can drastically differ from one to another.
Additionally, products can vary from product to product, and many times the same product can deliver slightly different results. It’s all about the packaging. If you don’t know what material account you need or whether you use oil, coolant, de-grease, or any other type of substance that you need to convey over the conveyor, your solution would need to be physically made.
- Adopting the wrong material for the conveyor
The right material to use is determined by the conditions of the application and the products being conveyed. As examples of the types of conveyor materials may differ from product to product, a relatively new conveyor is almost certainly going to need less packaging when compared to an older conveyor solution, and companies need to be able to convey these differences.
This is also a simple way to avoid issues that affect many other insurance products, fleet programs, and insurance, at a simple cost.
- Incorrect layout, error, and speed upgrades
Upgrading an existing conveyor system, while it may be a sound cost, can have some serious pitfalls. Both structural and physical issues may result in material and machine or equipment damage or failure, which can result in costly repair costs.
Rather than just painting over or replacing production conveyor enclosures, carefully asses, and re-measure the workflow and identify and read the subtle differences between equipment, production, sterilization, and packaging guidelines.
The more obvious cousins from the inside may be much more costly than you implement a regular conveyor upgrade or potential for damage.
- Unnecessary auto shows
Automation is key… when it’s the most cost effective tool available. However, using automated machinery and methods to automate the entire system, regardless of manufactured chamber, generally requires a manufacturing company to have a production line that is identical to the assembly line of the system that needs to still be automated.
If you’re not prepared to invest in the auto showcase, you don’t have a conveyor that has the capacity to automate. One second to talk to a conveyor specialist may result in an hour to a year ofgirl trouble.
For example, I often see conveyors that are limited by rust and plating. Since this material will not even be used in transporting your products (unless it’s added later), it is redundant, logically inefficient, and expensive.
- Designing the conveyors
When companies go on to design conveyors, what usually happens is that they actually create a better conveyor!
However, as with most mirror thoughts, what’s often the situation is that the conveyors are designed as an afterthought – you review conveyors, analyze and design, and then finally plan and incorporate conveyors. So you, as the business owner, have zero input, no one ever checks the conveyors in, and it doesn’t matter if there’s any extra time or effort required.
There’s a big difference between needing more conveyors, and a conveyor that is only limited to what your production systems can provide.