Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!


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.


Subscribe to Modern Materials Handling magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Find out what the world’s most innovative companies are doing to improve productivity in their plants and distribution centers.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

Through acquisition of UniCarriers, MHI and Mitsubishi Nichiyu Forklift will achieve a full lineup of product offerings giving them greater response capacity to customers’ diverse needs.

his acquisition is part of OMRON’s strategy to promote its development of factory automation technology and strengthen its sales capability in the control device business.

In light of the growth of e-commerce-and the fact that consumers and businesses are buying again, many of the discussions that we had at ProMat 2015 didn't revolve around the products and the equipment on display as much as it did the supplemental technology and solutions that are designed to optimize systems in an effort to work "smarter."

The new name better represents how the company strategically partners with customers on lifecycle planning to maximize return on investment.

PMMI used the EXPO PACK México stage to announce that beginning in 2017, EXPO PACK Guadalajara and EXPO PACK México will alternate years.



© Copyright 2015 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA