Seven Things to Consider when Installing Conveyor in your Cooler or Freezer

Life is full of so many things to ‘keep in mind’ or ‘remember to do’. When considering installing conveyor in a refrigerated or frozen environment, it’s no different. Beyond just selecting the right conveyor product solution for your needs, when considering automation for your cooler or freezer environment there are many special considerations you need to take into account in order to ensure optimal performance of your automated system.

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Evaluating your automated equipment maintenance options

serivice_viastore_1When trade publication Modern Materials Handling recently published the findings of their first annual maintenance study, “Reader survey: Maintaining the automated warehouse,” the results confirmed the trends we’ve been observing for a while:

  • More warehouses and distribution centers (DCs) are investing in automated material handing equipment, systems, technologies and software. Two-thirds of the respondents reported at least 25% of their facilities had some level of automation; 13.4% run operations with as much as 75% to 100% automated systems.
  • Operations are struggling to find personnel qualified to service and maintain those installations. A total of 87% report that it’s “somewhat difficult” (32%), “very difficult” (42%), or “extremely difficult” (13%) to find technicians who can maintain these complex systems.

Why? Well, as the article notes, the baby boomer generation—who have held many of these skilled positions—are retiring. New technicians are hard to find; there simply haven’t been as many people entering the skilled trades in the past couple of decades. [Read more…]

Installing a Material Handling System in your Cooler or Freezer? Here’s What You Need to Know

Operating conveyor in a freezer is not the same as everywhere else. It’s cold in there. REALLY cold. Just like your car prefers not to operate in sub-freezing temperatures, neither does other mechanical equipment. With temperatures under 0 degrees Fahrenheit, there’s a lot to take into consideration when installing your freezer solution.

If you’re considering automation for a cooler or freezer environment, you’ll need to take into account everything from air condensation to motor temperature ratings. To ensure optimal performance of your automated system, you’ll need to take all of these into account and be ready to implement solutions.

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