In the face of unprecedented demands on equipment, facilities of all sizes are modernizing hardware, software and maintenance strategies.
The latest technologies offer powerful ways to boost speed and accuracy in warehousing and distribution facilities, but in the face of e-commerce, the Amazon effect and fierce competition, the most important metric is uptime.
Instead of “only going to the doctor when something hurts,” connected equipment can ensure any unwelcome operational symptoms are treated promptly and efficiently. As the circulatory system of a facility, conveyor systems are already playing a critical role in the transformation to “smart” operations. Every belt, roller, motor and drive can provide bits of data that add up to a comprehensive, real-time view of the movement of goods down to the individual item.
Until recently, these systems had not been asked to provide any such information.Tom Jensen, senior vice president and general manager at AMK Automation, says the conveyor market of yesteryear was a race to the bottom for the cheapest and most durable.