3 Signs that an Overhead Conveyor Can Streamline Your Business Operations
There are only two ways to make your business more profitable. Increase sales and decrease costs. If increasing sales was easy, then business owners and managers would just push the magic button and – *poof* – additional profits would appear.
But that’s not going to happen.
On the other end of the spectrum, costs can be reduced in many ways throughout most operations in your company.
Yet, despite the fact that increasing sales is relatively difficult and decreasing costs is at least more doable, the vast majority of businesses spend an inordinate amount on sales, while using decades-old processes on the shop floor.
In many companies, the idea of using overhead conveyors to streamline a process, and reduce costs, makes perfect sense. If you have to move materials, boxed items or parts, an overhead conveyor is at least a viable option, if not the smartest choice.
In other companies, the benefits of overhead conveyors are not as clear. But that doesn’t mean they are not there.
If you’ve ever thought that an overhead conveyor might help make some of your operations more efficient, use the following points to help you decide.
1. A Crowded Warehouse
If you can’t shoehorn in even the smallest piece of equipment, or you never have enough storage space, it’s time to look up. There are great quantities of space overhead. An overhead conveyor can help you use it for temporary storage, active storage (to store items that are frequently retrieved and returned to storage) or as part of a drying process on a paint line.
2. Employees Repeating Tasks like Carrying Items for any Distance
Yes, it’s impossible to have everything you need immediately at hand, but if you see a repeated process, it may be one that can be automated with an overhead conveyor.
3. Don’t Defeat Yourself Before You Start
One of the biggest reasons that many companies do not think of using overhead conveyors is the size of the shop floor. Thinking that conveyors are the domain of massive operations, many companies dismiss the idea of a conveyor simply because they feel their operation isn’t large enough. But the truth is overhead conveyors can help companies of almost all sizes, from those occupying small industrial units to the largest manufacturers and warehouses in the world.
If you’re still not sure whether overhead conveyors can boost your bottom line, give us a call. We’d be happy to take a look at your operation, talk about what you want to achieve and make some recommendations for using overhead conveyors to help get you there.