An example that is relevant in today’s economy where package sizes are becoming smaller is to change the spacing of conveyor load carrying rollers from the typical 3 inches to 2 inch spacing. Most conveyor side frames are pre-punched in the factory for 2 inch roller spacing. Other minor equipment modification may be necessary in order to convey a larger array of small light weight packages such as replacing mechanical sensors with electronic sensors.
By reusing equipment instead of replacing it, a company can enjoy considerable savings. For one thing, the cost of retrofitting is often less than 60% of new equipment cost. Moreover, by retrofitting and modernizing your equipment, you boost its reliability, renew its service life, while cutting maintenance and operating expenses. Furthermore, by updating companies can ensure compliance with current federal and state safety regulations, thereby helping reduce work-related injuries and insurance premiums, including workers' compensation.
At the same time, companies seeking to upgrade their material handling system controls and software should consider adding a Warehouse Control System (WCS) to enhance flexibility, performance, and broaden access to real-time operational data. To learn more, follow this link: When Automating a DC, be Sure to Stay on Top of the WMS-WCS Discussions