About Conveyor Systems for Product Transportation
Midwest Engineered Systems offers a variety of conveyor systems solutions for product transportation. We specialize in beginning-to-end automated package handling systems including design, integration, conveyor control systems and conveyor system retrofits. Our conveyor systems are focused on providing high-speed and high-precision handling. Combining automated weight-weight scale verification as well as code tracking leads to better quality control and full digitally-recorded traceability on each product or package.
Conveyor systems are very useful when a company has many items that need to be fed or transported from one location to a different one. These systems can be used in many different industries and for transporting a wide variety of products. Conveyors come in many different configurations, allowing items of different weights, sizes and material properties to be transported without damaging either the products or the conveyor system.
Without conveyors, materials would have to be manually transported and tracked. This adds costs and creates potential issues, such as increasing labor and having to find effective ways to handle training and labor-management issues.
Advantages of Conveyance Automation
There are many benefits to automating the process of moving items from one place to another. Here are some of the more notable benefits of automated conveyor systems, in place of using labor, forklifts or manual lifts for transporting products:
- Conveyors have virtually no limit on the number of items that can be continuously loaded and unloaded.
- With the right power, a steady supply of products, and regular maintenance, conveyor systems can essentially run indefinitely.
- Conveyors installed with automated incline belts can unload products without the need for manual labor. This eliminates the need for supervision of the material unload process.
- Systems can be configured to feed materials between levels with virtually no height limitation, which is especially useful for large, multi-level factories or facilities.
- Conveyor speeds can be controlled through programming or interfaces, reducing the chances of an item breaking or other handling issues stemming from product loss.
- Conveyors can transport materials in both directions. A useful feature in cases where a product has to be moved between different ends of a warehouse or room during the product’s manufacturing phase.
Integration with Other Automation Systems
Conveyors can be integrated with a wide range of automation systems, depending on the purpose and function of the system. Some examples of automation systems that conveyors are integrated with are:
- Sorting systems: These systems use sensors, scanners, or other devices to identify and separate items based on certain criteria, such as size, shape, color, weight, or barcode. Conveyors are used to move the items to the appropriate bins, chutes or destinations after they are sorted.
- Assembly systems: These systems use robots, machines, or other devices to assemble parts or components into finished products. Conveyors are used to deliver the parts or components to the assembly stations and to transport the finished products to the packaging or storage areas.
- Packaging systems: These systems use machines, software, or other devices to pack, label, seal, or wrap products for shipment or distribution. Conveyors are used to feed the products into the packaging machines and to move the packaged products to the loading docks or warehouses.
- Inspection systems: These systems use cameras, sensors, scanners, or other devices to check the quality, quantity, or condition of products or materials. Conveyors are used to present the products or materials to the inspection devices and to divert any defective or non-conforming items to the rejection or rework areas.
Types of Conveyor Systems
The industry and application typically select the optimal sort of automated conveyor system. Whatever your conveyor requirements are, we can help, but here are a few popular types of conveyors seen in warehouses, distribution centers and supply chains.
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