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 - MMH Editorial

Conveyor and sortation systems are the foundation of any automated materials handling solution. If there is only one piece of automation in a facility, it is likely to be a conveyor. And, if it goes to more than one location, a sorter is sure to be associated with the system.

Those are givens. With new distribution requirements and an unprecedented level of investment in automation underway, are end users thinking differently about how they use conveyors and sorters? Those are among the questions we put to Modern’s readers in our annual survey of conveyor technology.

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As with years past, we set out to learn about our readers’ plans for the purchase of conveyors and sortation systems in warehouses, DCs and manufacturing applications in the coming year. With all of the recent investments in automation, especially by retailers and food and beverage distributors, we also sought to learn if end users are thinking differently about how they deploy conveyor and sortation systems, as well as what they value in conveyor technologies. Finally, we wondered if there are attributes that end users are willing to pay a premium for in their conveyor systems.



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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