Every piece of equipment has a set life cycle. Eventually, you’ll need to replace everything in your manufacturing or distribution plant. While some devices you’ll be able to hold onto for decades with only minor maintenance there are other devices and machinery you’ll want to upgrade from time to time. Your conveyor system is one such system.
If you haven’t upgraded your conveyor system before (or it has been ages since it was last swapped out) you will be impressed as to just how much improvement in productivity a new conveyor system can bring your facility. However, before you make plans on upgrading your equipment it is a good idea to know the signs for when you should replace conveyor system hardware. This way you’re not spending unnecessary money in vain.
When to Replace Conveyor System?
Here are some indications that tell when to replace conveyor system:
Struggle To Find Spare Parts
It’s always a good idea to have some spare parts on hand for your conveyor system. After all, you don’t know when a minor issue might pop up that can be quickly corrected, at least as long as you have the replacement parts. However, are you finding that it’s more and more difficult finding spare parts? Maybe the original manufacturer is no longer carrying the parts or you find the delivery time has grown from a few days to several weeks, if not more.
When you struggle to find spare or replacement parts it’s typically because manufacturers are moving away from the current conveyor system you have. While this might not be a problem for you currently, it might cause serious problems in the near future. If your conveyor breaks down and there are no spare parts available you’ll be forced to upgrade your conveyor system. You don’t want to be forced into it without any kind of planning. It’s far better to plan for it. This way, you can adjust your production process to accommodate the necessary downtime. So, if you’re struggling to find parts to replace conveyor system damage it is as good of a time as any to begin considering a full system replacement.
Do you find you are constantly replacing something on your conveyor system? The constant need to replace equipment on your system is not only frustrating but it’s expensive, time-consuming, and it reduces productivity. Chances are, most of the repairs require at least part of the conveyor system to be shut down. This also takes time away from other work you should be doing. Just like a car that is reaching the end of its life, when you are always pumping money into repairs it is a sure-fire sign that it is time to upgrade. When you’ve come to expect downtime due to your need to replace conveyor system parts you need to begin looking at new systems. The upfront cost of a new system will eventually save you time and money over constantly shutting the conveyor down to make a repair.
All Kinds of Technological Improvements
Conveyor technology has taken dramatic improvements in recent years. Every one of these improvements is designed to boost productivity while cutting down on necessary resources. You may be able to take someone off the conveyor system and move them to somewhere else in the facility. This is like hiring an entirely new employee without paying a cent more. Plus, new technology allows for better logic and reduces sorting errors.
Chances are if you haven’t had the need to replace your conveyor system you haven’t spent time looking at upgrades. Because of this, you may not be aware of all the improvements you can make in your facility. After making the conveyor upgrade you’ll wonder why you hadn’t done it sooner. With the savings in time and labor costs, you will make up the cost of the upgrade in no time at all.
Missing Out On Work Opportunities
Do you find yourself turning down jobs or requests because your conveyor system simply can’t handle what is needed? Perhaps the different size requirements are not compatible with the hardware you are running. This is a two-fold problem. First, it is work you’re not landing because of outdated equipment. Second, it is work that is going to your competition. And when this work goes to the competition it likely will not come back around. Clients are not going to wait around for you to upgrade your system. Instead, they will turn to those who already have the necessary machinery in place.
When the competition takes away customers the only real way to bring them back into the fold is to upgrade your conveyor system. Then offer them a better deal than what they are getting. That takes time and it will slash your own profits. All of this can be avoided if you simply upgrade your conveyor system.
Additionally, word of mouth will spread. When you turn down one company because your system is not able to handle what they are looking for the lost client may tell others they network with about the shortcomings. This means those secondary leads will avoid your business and again go to the competition.
By using the outdated hardware you will cost yourself far more than what a new system would run. Due to this, stop losing out on sales opportunities and new customers and upgrade your system. With all the advantages of a brand-new conveyor system, it will help revolutionize your business in time, cost savings, and efficiency.
Upgrade Your Conveyor System With The Pros
When it comes time for you to replace conveyor system equipment you’ll want to turn to the professionals at Gough Econ. It doesn’t matter the size of your production facility or what you manufacturer. If you have gone through these different signs and have found you check off most, if not all of them, you’ll want to upgrade sooner rather than later. While this is a larger investment you will soon see the drastic improvements in productivity