The latest technologies offer powerful ways to boost speed and accuracy in warehousing and distribution facilities, but in the face of e-commerce, the Amazon effect and fierce competition, the most important metric is uptime.
With uptime as the goal, conveyors with some intelligence are vital not just to the movement of goods, but to the methodology for designing, maintaining and optimizing a system. Five years ago about one in five service calls required a technician be dispatched to the site, says Andy Eckerle, ZiPline Conveyor operations manager for Bastian Solutions. Now, more than 99% of the time it’s possible for system engineers to remotely address any control, software and mechanical issues.
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