Choosing a tire conveyor can be a daunting experience. But we are here to help you with this task, and by doing so, make your life easier.
In essence, the best tire conveyor is not that which fits your budget and works fine for you, even though that’s important. The best tire conveyor is one that is designed to solve your problems in the present but also be able to solve the problems in the future.
In this article, we will cover how you can choose a tire conveyor using forward-thinking considerations. And by doing so, you will avoid the common pitfalls of those who didn’t think before buying.
Whenever you’re ready to prepare your business for the integration of a valuable conveyor, keep reading.
On Tire Conveyors
Way too often, a tire conveyor is thought of as a non-valuable simple piece of technology. With this illusioned mindset, the conveyor’s installation, upgrades, and advancement happen to be at the bottom of decision-related positions.
A well-developed conveyor system is more than a valuable asset. Proper selection is essential to remaining competitive in your market. Conveyors are often referred to as the arteries of any workflow. And this is true if you look at their value and physical features.
Tire Conveyors are not simple, they are complex. To realize their maximum efficiency, they need to be subject to design and budget consideration. Conveyors when compiled together with advanced technologies, such as pick-to-light can reduce operator errors by almost 100%.
Using tire conveyors as buffer accumulators can only happen by queuing product, which allows the system downstream to execute at peak capacity while other system parts buffer down.
Whether your facility needs to improve its safety and health standards, its throughput, improve accuracy, or decrease damages, a tire conveyor system can help achieve this.
But that’s only if its design and budget of the machine are appropriate for the use that you require.
One of the most important things to think about when choosing a tire conveyor is the environment. Is it humid enough to cause rust or any other issues? Will the room be cold enough to thicken lubricant? Is it dusty that puts more wear on sprockets, gears, and chains?
At any point, a single system might have to go through more than a single type of environmental hazard. For instance, in tire handling, conveyors might experience astringent chemical washdown, daily conveyor disassembly, extreme heat, and much more.
Even in otherwise sterile environments, the loads on their own can become considerations for the environment. For example, can puncture, bottles break, metal shavings have oil residue, or even have magnetization.
Another thing to consider is how the product will move throughout the various environments.
Conveyors that handle tires to move them from one level to another will have different requirements for each conveyor and what it can handle. Moving between various completion zones brings about a new degree of difficulty.
Consider the product types that will be moved on your conveyors besides tires. Heavy flat bottomed boxes? Packaging containers? Fragile parts? Bulk materials come with their own set of considerations, such as abrasiveness, moisture contents, flowability.
Conveyors need to move to a variety of items. In these instances, considering limiting factors is critical. What are the largest and smallest, lightest and heaviest, and extremely fragile items?
Finding a solution to handle the extremes of your workflow will bring your tire conveyor list down. For example, friable or fragile items will not hold up to starts, and sudden stops.
Thus, the way the loads will handle the flow and speeds of the conveyor system should be considered. In any case, motors can be tuned to execute soft starts. Accumulation can be set to zero-pressure, low pressure, zero-contact, and much more.
Footprint, Scalability, Modularity
One of the primary disadvantages of typical conveyor systems is their footprint. Especially when you put them against AGVs, which can work with existing floor plans of the warehouse, conveyors usually block throughways and take up lots of space.
This concern is superficially true when conveyors are purchased from a manufacturer directly. Manufacturers do provide great products, but they are limited in their offerings.
At the same time, manufacturers are most likely unable to offer tire conveyors that can scale with the growth of your operation. At EZ Lift, our conveyors are both scalable and modular. This means you can start with a small system and scale up to meet your needs.
As your business continues to grow, the module can be scaled up or reconfigured so that it becomes part of your greater solution. By doing so, your initial investment is not lost.
Process And Demand
Next, you need to consider the demand and process of your workflow. How many hours is the system operating daily, how many days per week? What are your work cycles? How much material is being moved?
Regular starts and stops mean motors have to be robust. This also means, cycling down the unused systems will decrease your bills and work better with consumer demands of the green enterprise.
Gravity can also serve as a power source. Simple skate-wheel or chute conveyors can be declined, and they come to be very energy-efficient and cost-effective.
Goals are very important in business. When we talk about goals, we think of two things.
First, we want to understand your immediate needs for the system. But also, we need to understand your broad growth goals that are related to the lifespan of the entire system.
For instance, if you hope to add a new line of tires, then planning for the new product demands within the system is critical to realizing your return on investment. Developing a system that can meet your future and current needs will mean that you don’t have to replace or redesign in the future.
Your Conveyor, Your Choice
Now that you know how to choose a tire conveyor, you are that much closer to actually getting one. However, it can still seem to be a very distant reality.
If that’s the case, let us help. Let us bring this distant reality a bit closer. If you’re interested in a variety of floor-to-floor conveyors, get in touch with us and we will happily accommodate your needs.