Automation has become an integral part of the manufacturing industry.

Stiff competition and the need for efficiency has compelled manufacturers to automate the various key processes.

Apart from picking and packing, managers should also automate conveyor systems. Automation of conveyor system designs makes moving raw materials, finished products, and other goods easy and is cost-efficient.

At Richards-Wilcox Conveyors, we create automated systems for assembly, material handling, and fabrication, finishing line, and specialty applications like robotic integration into a paint line for car parts.

Automation may require a huge investment, but in the end, its advantages are apparent.

Benefits of Automated Conveyors

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Reduced Labor Costs

Installation of automated conveyors costs a lot. However, they result in overall reduced day to day labor costs and a high return on investment (ROI).

Unlike humans, robots do not get fatigued, don’t require off days, holidays, and overtime pay. Additionally, they don’t get injured in accidents and definitely won’t sue for damages.

They can perform the work faster and consistently without the need for more human labor. All you’ll need is an overseer and a few engineers to handle any software or hardware problems that may arise.

At Richards-Wilcox Conveyors, we design conveyors customized to your factory’s needs and optimize productivity while cutting human labor costs.

Reduced Error and Injuries

Humans are intelligent but not perfect.

While robots require human supervision, they’re reliable and more consistent. Proper programming of conveyors and automation makes it less likely for costly errors to occur.

Our conveyor systems and engineering come with conveyor controls with Operator Interface Displays, the latest hardware, straightforward software configurations, and a Graphic User Interface (GUI) where the operator can see the real-time production information.

Additionally, they also feature emergency shut-down capabilities, thus reducing errors and preventing injuries. The conveyor controls also come with support documentation and comprehensive training on operation and maintenance.

Saves Space

Automated conveyor systems require less space on the passageway between conveyors as there’s no room required for forklifts and manual machines.

The production floor can open up and look less cluttered. Moreso, automated conveyors do not necessarily require to be on the floor.

If there’s limited space, we can design and install a conveyor that suspends from the ceiling to reclaim the space on the floor. But first, our conveyor simulation will demonstrate how it will work.

Before installation, we design a conveyor simulation, a computer-generated model that demonstrates how your conveyor will work. It shows you the exact components of the system and how it will function in your space.

The conveyor simulation shows how effective the system is, allows modification to customize the system to your needs, and detects any problems before it is installed.

Conclusion

Automation is the future of manufacturing. At Richards-Wilcox Conveyor, we will build and install automated conveyor systems for you. We will provide you with a simulation before installation to make sure the system will work as expected. Our conveyor systems design comes with conveyor controls and everything you need to make conveying seamless.