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March 2, 2021

Need to know: Types of Material Handling Equipment

The right equipment plays a major role in the overall success of your business. By upgrading your equipment, you can improve productivity, cut down on expenses, and boost productivity, all at the same time. So whether you’re looking to scale up your operations or slash unnecessary expenses, it all comes down to understanding the types of material handling methods available to you. Whether you’re just starting out with your company and want to begin ramping up operations, or you’ve been in business for decades. If you want a better understanding of material handling equipment options, here is what you need to know.

Different Material Handling Options

There are various handling options and equipment your business may want to look into. Some of the different kinds of product solutions available include:

Bucket Elevators and Conveyors

Bucket elevators and conveyor systems are an excellent addition to any kind of handling configuration as they can raise and lower material to various levels within a production facility. This way, if your facility is not large, you may still be able to double the amount of production real estate within the facility by going vertical.

This is an excellent opportunity for improving production without seeking out a different manufacturing plant.

Some of the different bucket elevators and conveyor configurations include:

  • Swinglink Heavy Duty Industrial
  • Elecon
  • Econ-O-Lift
  • Swinglink Food and Delicate

There are different conveyor and bucket elevator options available based on the kind of material you’re working with. If you work in heavy, bulky materials, you’ll need something such as the Swinglink Heavy Duty Industrial setup. In contrast, if you work with softer, delicate objects, including food, you’ll want something like the Econ-O-Lift or the Swinglink Food and Delicate configuration.

And it’s okay if you’re not sure what kind of bucket elevator or conveyor system might work out for your business. With a single phone call to the staff at Gough Econ, you can go over your setup and the materials you’re working with. From there, the staff at Gough Econ can assist in customizing a setup that will help enhance your production.

Conveyor Systems

There are ample conveyor setups, and one will likely work with your facility. Some of the various conveyor systems you will want to look into include:

  • Storage conveyors
  • Belt conveyors
  • Belt and bucket conveyors
  • Continuous vertical conveyors

With a storage conveyor, you can stop production in the middle of a shift and not be forced to offload everything. A storage conveyor will help protect the material you’re handling and prevent spoilage. You can also combine this setup with other conveyor systems.

There are further subcategories when it comes to a belt conveyor. From how you want the conveyor to move to what material you’re placing on the belt conveyor, there is something that will fit your needs. If you already know what works best for your business, great, but if you’d like to discover the various options and which one might help boost production and cut down on unnecessary work stoppages, Gough Econ is here to lend a helping hand.

Belt and bucket conveyors can easily be fitted to work with any bucket elevators you are using as well. This integration of the belt conveyor and the bucket conveyor makes it possible to move material throughout your production facility vertically. This kind of setup makes it possible to maximize your production space without needing a manufacturing floor expansion.

The continued vertical conveyor setup allows you to move material vertically from a horizontal position without moving the material into a different bucket or conveyor. It stays on the same setup. By staying on the same setup, you might be able to limit the number of conveyor installations you need, and you may cut down on the amount of equipment you need to care for and maintain.

Integrated Systems

You might already be happy with your current setup. There are ways to add secondary devices to your conveyor setup. Bulk unloaders can deposit material onto the conveyor system, which allows you to control what material goes onto the belt mechanically. You can also automate the process, so you don’t need to have an employee adding the material to the conveyor line.

Hoppers and bins are great additions to any setup. With a hopper or bin, you can deposit finished products into an easy-to-seal bag. If this is the end of the assembly line, the bag can be offloaded and prepped for shipment. A hopper or bin can be set up to deposit material onto the production conveyor setup. This will allow you to add different deposit stations throughout your production floor.

Of course, whatever configuration you have, the best way to enhance it is to contact Gough Econ.

Customized Setup For Your Business

Even after going through this brief overview, you likely still have questions about the various types of material handling equipment. You might want to know what particular setup will work with your business and what material will function with the kind of floor space you have in your facility. All of this can be answered by giving the staff at Gough Econ a call

Regardless of your industry, the size of your business, and what you produce, the expert staff at Gough Econ will work with you to customize and optimize a setup for you. So if you’re ready to elevate your business production, now is the time to call.

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