The Future of the Conveyor: 4 Trends and Developments
The future of factories and warehousing certainly sees many businesses and processes wanting to create more efficient solutions. While this may be that conveyors — a traditional and sturdy piece of warehousing machinery — might be looking to be replaced, it is simply not the case. Instead, conveyors have moved with the times and become more efficient, sleeker and smarter.
1. Smart Machinery and Technology
As the world moves forward, it’s almost essential that any piece of equipment or machinery looking to last will have to adopt some form of smart technology to keep up with the times. This means that conveyors have had to get smarter, too. This machinery, therefore, needs to be outfitted with updated technology to work more efficiently.
That being said, the choice of conveyor is up to the owner, as some production lines may not need an advanced, smart piece of machinery, and may still only need the basic model. It’s clear nonetheless that developments in software and technology make it easier for conveyors to function, and communicate with other processes and parts.
What’s more, those companies which are providing conveyor solutions are embracing the rise of technology and how it can help the supply and demand of conveyors.
2. Conveyors Have Progressed to Have a Specific Purpose
Conveyors have developed sufficiently enough to present various models for very specific purposes. This means that there is not a particular conveyor which is widely used as the only solution. Conveyors have become highly flexible with their purpose, and able to fill a gap in many different processes, large or small.
In the future, it would be expected that conveyors are developed and defined even more specifically to fill a variety of needs and be able to handle even more complex demands of a varying degree, with further adjustability and flexibility.
3. Motors and Controllers are Becoming Smarter, Too
With the advance of technology and smarter materials, the motors of machinery and the way items are controlled has fast become more efficient. This is the same with conveyor processes. With this increase in intelligence is also a more efficient and streamlined design, with motors and controllers becoming more compact and easier to manage. For conveyors, this means that each machine can have a more streamlined and smaller motor system, incorporated into the machine itself.
4. The Use of Advanced Materials
Advanced materials have become vital for manufacturing and machinery purposes. For conveyors, this means an efficient development where the belts themselves can handle a wider variety of processes and detect specific features in a better way, depending on the process. For example, this could be metal detection or bacteria alert.
The future for conveyors and belts is likely to only grow more extensive and efficient. Conveyor processes and technology is adapting as the years move forward, providing more flexible technology for a variety of purposes.
What’s clear is that companies supplying and manufacturing conveyor technology need to stay up to date with these trends to stay on top.