In our current climate every business is looking at their sustainability and energy use. In a warehouse this is a high factor with the amount of production, but the more efficient it is then it becomes more sustainable. At the heart of warehouse facilities is the conveyor system and here are some things to think about when installing or updating your system with energy efficiency in mind.
Select the best motors for the conveyor line
Motors should be running at the highest capacity possible all of the time. When load weights differ, two-speed motors and adjustable drives should be used to enable motors to reach their top capacity. If a motor is selected that does not have the proper specifications for the application, this can lead to an uptake in breakages due to the stress on the conveyor.
Explore the energy cost of the motors
Make sure to select high energy efficiency motors for new installations and replacements of standard efficiency motors. Energy efficient motors can provide up to 8% additional energy efficiency over standard motors.
Consider modular conveyors
When the warehouse layout needs to be adaptable a modular conveyor is a suitable option. They are designed to be versatile and interchangeable meaning conveyor components can be reused and reconfigured resulting in the longevity of the conveyor.
Investigate the properties of the conveyor chain
When selecting the chain, factors that need to be taken into account are the belt speeds, impact and application temperature to ensure durability of the chain. A modular plastic chain allows the worn-down area to be easily replaced with minimal chain sections.
Adhere to a preventative maintenance plan
Regular maintenance requires the reducers and bearings to be checked and re-lubricated, the removal of material build up and the inspection of the chains and components. Preventive maintenance also includes the replacing worn or damaged items quickly and testing electrical components to increase their lifecycle and minimise production disruption. Keeping a conveyor system well maintained ensures it runs at its highest efficiency and helps to assure that all of the components last as long as possible.
Design the conveyor line with energy savings in mind
Choose energy efficiency motors. Power down the conveyor when not in use. Consider the layout and usage needs. Reduce friction where possible to increase efficiency of the line. Consider gravity chutes and straight running conveyors as they reduce the energy usage on the line. Think about collecting the energy data and usage of the conveyor system, having the knowledge of where the energy is being consumed and the usage will drive savings.
Asmech Systems Ltd. can help with your choices of conveyor systems offering bespoke design, and support from design through to after sales. To talk to our expert and knowledgeable team please contact us on 01623 424 442 or email@example.com