The logistics industry plays a vital role in modern society, ensuring a smooth supply chain worldwide. Warehouses are at the very forefront of this sector. Each day, a single warehouse will process thousands of items ready to be shipped to consumers domestically and internationally. The role of this environment is to receive, store, handle and transport goods as quickly as possible without room for error.

A warehouse typically incorporates a large workforce across several processing areas, from storage to distribution, and their job is made much simpler with efficient material handling equipment. In today's article, we will look at why good equipment is essential for warehouses and summarise the top 5 equipment used in the logistics industry.

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why warehouses need good equipment

It's fair to see that speed, efficiency, and safety are three of the most critical values for warehouses to achieve. Warehouses must process, store and distribute thousands of heavy items daily while meeting tight deadlines. The typical warehouse is fast-paced, and it's vital to implement solutions to improve efficiency. Material handling equipment enhances the flow of goods through the logistics process and prevents accidents to workers or damage to packages.

Warehouses use various equipment to carry out tasks, and it's important to note that equipment should complement the workforce instead of replacing personnel. The right equipment can improve a warehouse's performance while saving money and time. At Joloda Conveyor Services, we specialise in equipment allowing warehouses to move several large items simultaneously.

Automating specific processes can do wonders for raising performance, and the following sections will run through a few top examples of equipment.

1. conveyor systems

Let's start with our speciality: conveyor systems! In layperson's terms, a conveyor system comprises several mechanical components that help items move from one location to another. Workers simply need to place goods on the conveyor, and they will travel to where they need to be, such as a vehicle bay ready for loading. Using a conveyor system is safer and quicker than manually transporting goods to different areas of the warehouse. Not to mention it significantly reduces the risk of workers sustaining an injury.

Two primary conveyor systems include a conveyor belt and a conveyor roller. Both systems function similarly in transporting items from place to place; however, the material they use to hold goods are different. Belt conveyors are ideal for bagged products, irregular products, or where an incline/decline is needed. On the other hand, roller conveyors are suitable for accumulating products or designing additional functionality.

After you invest in a conveyor system, we can offer a thorough conveyor service to keep your system in excellent working condition.

2. elevators

When transporting goods vertically, an elevator is perhaps the best solution to consider. A bucket elevator allows workers to transport small and loose items, such as bulk materials like grain. These elevators use small buckets attached to a rotating belt to collect and discharge material. A grain elevator is similar to a bucket elevator, except it is a larger tower structure explicitly built for scooping up and depositing grain.

3. autonomous mobile robots

The future is now! Modern technology is more advanced than ever, and automated robots have surfaced to present viable solutions for warehouses. Businesses can use robotic solutions for various challenging and time-consuming tasks, helping support workers with accurate results and boosting productivity.

Robots can follow pre-determined routes to move heavy items without human interference. They are highly intelligent and can assist workers in finding stock without wasting time or getting lost. Sorting robots can quickly sort goods without making mistakes, a benefit that is especially helpful if bulk items need to be sorted into individual orders.

We recently announced our partnership with Lodamaster, and they are the perfect example of a supplier that utilises intelligent robotics to enable supply chain automation.

4. forklift & pallet trucks

Workers moving heavy loads often need to turn to forklift trucks. Forklifts are necessary for lifting items that are too heavy for people to carry. When operated, a forklift can move goods from place to place or raise them to a higher location for loading or storage. A pallet truck, also known as a pump trump or pallet jack, is similar to a forklift. Pallet trucks are operated by hand or electric, and they are usually smaller and lighter.

5. hoppers

The last piece of equipment we will discuss is a hopper, also known as a particulate collection container. Hoppers usually feature a sizeable cone-shaped metal funnel which can store particulate matter or materials like dust, nuts and seeds. The hopper will hold the material until it's needed, in which case it will then release the exact quantity at the bottom.

get a free assessment for your conveyor

Do you have a conveyor system and are unsure of its condition? We would be delighted to offer a free, no-obligation conveyor assessment. Book your FREE conveyor assessment today, and we'll be in touch to arrange an appointment. When our engineer arrives at your site, they will inspect the conveyor system and let you know of any concerns or work that is needed.

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