Your automated conveyor and sortation system is vital to the success of your operation.Taking the time to think out the implementation and installation of the system is critical to its long-term success, which is something an experienced partner can help with. Once the system is in place and ready to roll, other aspects need to be addressed, one of which is how to best maintain your system over time.
Advances in automated conveyor and sortation systems have begun to benefit bottom lines in ways you can no longer ignore. Providing 24/7 capabilities in sorting and moving product is something we’re all interested in, not to mention critical to the success of most businesses.
Keeping your system running
That doesn’t mean that once you purchase and install an automated conveyor system, you’re good to go forever. Just like an employee needs time off to refresh, so too does your automated system.
Think about it. Your new system allows you to sort and move products every hour of every day, but that’s a lot of work produced by a lot of moving parts and components. Those conveyor parts, components and motors will require maintenance.
If you’re not staying on top of your system and how it’s holding up, you’re going to miss the warning signs of a potentially catastrophic failure, which will cause extended downtime, emergency assistance, and the need for staffing at a moment’s notice. All of that costs you a lot of time and money to resolve.
More than just tightening the belt
Scheduling regular maintenance of automated systems is the most cost-effective way to avoid crippling downtime. Think of it like you would treat preventative care for yourself. Staying ahead of potential problems is always the smarter approach, and that’s what regular maintenance is: Preventative care.
Regular maintenance also ensures your system’s warranty remains intact. Did you know that most warranties only cover systems maintained per the recommendations? That means there’s a genuine possibility that your system could go down and without a proven history of maintenance, your warranty could be null and void.
Make sure you’re clear on exactly what your manufacturer means by its recommended guidance and get clarity on what kind of regular maintenance satisfies the contract.
A warehouse automation provider and partner
All of this might seem overwhelming, but that’s where a material handling systems integrator comes into play. Abel Womack has been a trusted one-stop shop for all your warehouse automation needs. We’re there from the moment you have the first inclination that you need to automate your operations to the design and implementation of a system all the way to sourcing parts and providing all the maintenance required to keep your systems moving once installed.
If you’re interested in an automated warehouse, conveyor and sortation system, or how to keep yours running smoothly, contact us today!