The conveyors and associated material handling systems that transport products through the DC require regular attention. Unfortunately, busy operations managers often don’t give much thought to the conveyors they use every day until there’s a breakdown. Then production stops, employees are idle, shipments are late, customers are upset, and conveyors suddenly become the center of attention.
A major cause of conveyor system irregularities and unnecessary maintenance cost is failure to train employees on the proper use of the conveyor equipment. Improper use contributes to poor performance. One of the most common examples is using the conveyor to transport items that are non-conveyable based on size, weight, and configuration, including damaged containers, and containers that have protruding parts or loose flaps/straps. The result can cause interruption in flow due to jams, equipment damage and increased risk of injury to operations personnel.
Another common example of improper use occurs in...