We’ve come a long way from traditional conveyor belt systems. From intelligent monitoring systems to enhanced predictive operations, there’s a lot more these belts have to offer in today’s world of 2024. Many sectors across all industries rely on conveyor belts for a smooth and seamless transfer of materials and finished goods, and now we’ve stepped into an era where these systems have embraced automation.
Here are some of the trends we predict that will change the industrial conveyor belt landscape this year!
A leap forward in precision and efficiency, image recognition technology is a game-changer in the conveyor belt industry. It only requires the installation of cameras and AI tech to be able to capture specific images and text which can identify necessary data and direct goods towards where they need to go. It provides a more hands-on approach to the manufacturing process and an extra set of eyes on deck.
Omnidirectional belt systems
Moving away from the traditional trolley, roller or chain conveyor belts, more and more industries are now going for omnidirectional belts that present them with the ability to navigate complex layouts seamlessly. From sorting to re-routing, these belts are expected to see an implementation surge on the floor space in 2024. Speaking from 25+ years of experience, these omnidirectional belts are here to stay.
Increased integration of AI and machine learning
As we’ve already discussed in our latest blog, AI power is making conveyor belts faster and more efficient. Its increased integration is a trend we predict in 2024, knowing that its autonomous decision-making skills have already won the hearts of many. A few of the many benefits of introducing machine learning algorithms to your conveyor belt systems include predictive maintenance, optimised inventory management, and cost savings due to reduced downtime.
A recent report by Logistics Technology Insights indicated that RFID (radio-frequency identification) tagging has already led to a 30% reduction in lost or misplaced items in the warehouse, contributing to a more streamlined supply chain. With increased advancements in this technology, it won’t be too long until its adoption picks up pace and enhances visibility and traceability across the material handling process.
Modular conveyor belt systems
Who wouldn’t want flexibility in their warehouse? Modular conveyor belt systems offer just that and a lot more. Easy to install, and easier to maintain – these modular conveyor belt systems have grown in popularity. They’re made up of individual modules or links that can be organised and altered to meet changing production requirements. They’re ideal for handling products that are too large for a slat conveyor or too heavy for a belt conveyor. The configurations are limitless, and Asmech offers one of the best modular conveyor belt systems in the industry.
The conveyor landscape in 2024 is changing, and it’s changing for the better. If you’d like to make the best of these innovations in the hands of a trusted provider, then get in touch on 01623 424 442 or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org