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May 28, 2019

Practice Social Distancing with Conveyor Belts

Social distancing and other pandemic-related requirements are starting to taper off here in the United States, at least for the time being. We have no idea what the future might hold and whether these mandates might be brought back in some capacity. However, we all learned over the past year that it is best to prepare not only for the present but also for the future. That is exactly why you need to outfit your business for anything that might come down the pipeline, including the return of strict social distancing requirements. As a manufacturing business, one of the best ways to do this is with the aid of a conveyor belt. Conveyor belts naturally place distance between your employees while allowing them to continue performing their routine work. And with any number of design variations capable of fitting your production floor, your company can practice workplace social distancing throughout the year.

Control Your Employee Position

With a conveyor belt, you have greater control over spacing out your employees. Without an automatic conveyor, belt employees are forced to interact more closely together, even for a small amount of time. That requirement is removed once a conveyor belt is installed. Because the belt moves the material through your facility, there is no need for employees to pick up and move items around manually.

The addition of a conveyor belt will not only help with the reduction of human interaction and the natural spacing of your employees, but it will also help speed up the production process. By taking out the need to pick up and move items, employees can remain in place, which in turn will make it possible for them to get more work done in less time. It also lets you control the overall speed of the conveyor belts, so if employees can handle a faster workflow, this boosts production that much more (which is excellent if you have a rush order that needs to be taken care of).

Build A Conveyor System To Fit Your Facility

With a conveyor belt, you have the capability of adjusting the overall design of the conveyor. With any number of configurations, you have the capability of having it curve and shift throughout your facility based on your workspace. So whether you need a long, straight conveyor belt, or you need something that will follow the walls of your production floor, all of this can be possible. It is all about maximizing the amount of space you have. And by maximizing the amount of space you have, it becomes possible for you to better space out your employees to practice social distancing. Employees can either be located all on one side of the belt, or they can go on either side, which naturally adds more distance between them. Conveyor belts are designed to make your work much easier, and in these modern times, social distancing may be an on-and-off requirement.

Multiple Levels Of Conveyor Belt

Your workspace is more than just to the left and the right. You also likely have a higher ceiling. If you do have a higher ceiling, why not take advantage of this additional space? There is only so much space you can use on the traditional floor, which means there is only so much space available to practice social distancing. Thankfully, with the assortment of conveyor belts, there is the possibility of having materials elevated thanks to ladder systems. This can pick up and carry the material to a higher level and then run down additional conveyor belts. With this secondary level of workspace, you can have more employees working off the ground, giving them the required six feet of separation from employees below them. Of course, it all comes down to what you’re comfortable with, what kind of budget you’re holding yourself to, and the production requirements of your facility, but when you want to maximize space and keep employees spaced apart, this is a viable option.

We’ll Work With You In Designing Your Conveyor System

If you have an exact idea of how you want your conveyor system to work, that’s great, and our staff here can get right to work helping those plans come to fruition. However, maybe you have a basic idea, but you’re not exactly sure what the best overall design might be. If this is the case, we would love to sit down, go over your workspace, and what your plans are for your facility and your production floor. We can help customize a conveyor system that will allow you to maximize your floor space while also ensuring your employees can maintain maximum social distancing with the conveyor belts. We can also provide suggestions for other equipment that might help improve productivity. So if you’re looking for ways to upgrade your current production facility while also practicing social distancing, conveyor belts may be exactly what you need. And as our company specializes in bulk material handling solutions, we are the experts to call. We can assist you with all your planning and designs.

Improve Company Production While Maintaining Social Distancing

One of the best ways to improve productivity within your manufacturing business is the installation of conveyor belts. Conveyor belts help keep products and materials moving without picking up and manually moving the items. This saves both time and the strain it places on workers. Additionally, it helps ensure your company maintains social distancing. You can space employees out as far as you’d like. This way, should social distancing requirements and mandates come back in the future, your business will be readily prepared for any rules to follow if you’re interested in learning more about conveyor belts and how the upgrades can make a dramatic difference in how your company functions give us a call here at Gough Econ, Inc. at your earliest convenience.

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