Dyno con­veys so­lu­tions for ware­house ef­fi­ciency

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - PRODUCT WATCH -

For a piece of equip­ment that quite lit­er­ally car­ries the weight of sev­eral in­dus­tries, con­veyor sys­tems can be mis­un­der­stood and over­looked when, in fact, they could very well be the so­lu­tion you need.

Vin­cent Mur­ray of Dyno NZ says that prod­uct flow is one of the big­gest chal­lenges in ware­house ef­fi­ciency and one that can be easily im­proved. A con­veyor sys­tem can save con­sid­er­able time and labour, from al­le­vi­at­ing the strain of lift­ing and other man­ual tasks to re­duc­ing the walk­ing dis­tance of staff. Dyno prides it­self on gain­ing a good un­der­stand­ing of how a busi­ness cur­rently op­er­ates by mak­ing on site vis­its and assess­ments, says Mur­ray. “First we make sure we have a good un­der­stand­ing of what the busi­ness does and then we dis­cuss re­quire­ments. Of­ten what they think they want and what they ac­tu­ally need are very dif­fer­ent. With 25 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in the game, our aim is to help cus­tomers un­der­stand the scope and sig­nif­i­cance of what a con­veyor sys­tem can achieve for them, work­ing with what re­straints they have, be it, build­ing size/shape, en­vi­ron­ment, bud­gets etc.”

Cre­at­ing ef­fi­cien­cies in ware­houses that dis­trib­ute in high vol­ume have been the ba­sis of sev­eral Dyno projects whether the busi­ness is a cen­tral dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre that sup­plies di­rect, a man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany, or an on-seller.

“Ware­hous­ing is a broad thing,” says Mur­ray. “Needs might sim­ply in­clude a so­lu­tion on how to keep the space tidy; how to have a cen­tral point that ev­ery­one doesn’t have to hike the length and breadth of the build­ing to ac­cess. Flow and through-put of prod­uct can easily get snarled up. Some pick­ers pick faster than the pack­ers can pack. This means the pack­ers can get in­un­dated with or­ders, which causes not only stress but mess. An ef­fec­tive con­veyor sys­tem al­lows quick pick­ers to con­vey their or­der to a place where it can sit out of the way un­til the packer re­leases it to come to the pack­ing sta­tion. The pack­age is then con­veyed to a dis­tri­bu­tion point. The sys­tem means the packer doesn’t feel pres­sured and it can also cut the walk­ing dis­tance of the picker as much as half.”

Gen­er­ally, says Mur­ray, en­quiries are all about how a busi­ness can im­prove its process flow and how to be more ef­fi­cient.

“All in all, Dyno prod­ucts suit ware­hous­ing par­tic­u­larly well. With the ex­pe­ri­ence we’ve had from re­cent projects, the small sports shoe im­porter, to the larger Huh­ta­maki food-serv­ing pack­ag­ing prod­ucts, through to the large USL Med­i­cal, a sig­nif­i­cant sup­plier in the health care mar­ket, we can of­fer our clients a wide range of ex­per­tise and so­lu­tions.”

The long­est belt con­veyor sys­tem in the world is in Western Sa­hara. It is 98 km long, from the phos­phate mines of Bu Craa to the coast south of El-Aaiun. The long­est con­veyor sys­tem in an air­port is the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Air­port bag­gage han­dling sys­tem at 63 km.

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