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Conveyor technology: Are you thinking differently?

With new distribution requirements and more investment in automation underway, Modern set out to find how readers are now approaching the use of conveyors and sortation systems.
By Bob Trebilcock, Executive Editor
April 01, 2013

Continued investments in productivity
The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) is predicting slow growth for the conveyor market for 2013 to 2014. Shipments are expected to grow by 5% to $10.9 billion while the orders booked are expected to decline modestly by 2.9% to $10.3 billion.

Those steady-as-she-goes numbers are reflected in the purchasing plans of Modern’s readers. Nearly 42% said they plan to increase the level of conveyor in their facilities while 53% plan to maintain the status quo. Only 5% plan to reduce their levels of conveyor equipment. Similarly, 26% of readers plan to increase their use of sortation while 67% plan to maintain the same level. Only 7% plan to reduce their use of sortation.

About the Author

Bob Trebilcock
Executive Editor

Bob Trebilcock, executive editor, has covered materials handling, technology and supply chain topics for Modern Materials Handling since 1984. More recently, Trebilcock became editorial director of Supply Chain Management Review. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Trebilcock lives in Keene, NH. He can be reached at 603-357-0484.


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