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5 striking benefits of powered conveyor in a modern warehouse



Any conveyor machine is simply a movable or even immobile machine intended to handle products routinely from one position to another. It really is one of the most conventional procedures applied with regard to equipment transporting mainly because of its unique ability to complete the appropriate operations continuously. Conveyor systems are mostly used inside the product handling and packing business but they can be put into use by many other types of companies.  Conveyors are one of the most popular warehouse equipment pieces due to the improved efficiency and the wide variety of products that can be moved with conveyor.  Due to product being moved in a hands-free system they are also able to promote safety.  Today we are going to discuss why a powered conveyor system can help your warehouse stay up to date.


  • Automation

With a greater use of automation, powered conveyor can cut down on worker fatigue as well as worker mistakes. Automation also allows for a greater increase in productivity as an employee will not have to walk an item from one part of the building to another. With new technologies an employee can put an item on the belt and it can end up at the intended destination with no manual help.  Photo eyes and diverters can move the product throughout the warehouse with no employee supervision.


  • Location

Powered Conveyor systems can be set up more or less anyplace in a warehouse. Heavy duty conveyors can even be set up outside if your operation has a need for it.  With powered conveyor items can move from high locations to low ones and back again with belted and cleated conveyor. Incline conveyors move product between various floors of a warehouse.   Controlling transportation of products from floor level to a mezzanine, platform, or building to building, saves valuable floor space by transporting products to an overhead location without the use of a forklift.  Conveyor can be set up in short bursts if you need it or can connect 1000’s of feet of line together.


  • Safety

Safety is improved because of the effective use of conveyor systems not just because of less human handling but because, relative to various other equipment, they’re less hazardous to use. A few examples of equipment which are sometimes be substituted by conveyor machines include fork lifts, cranes, and good old carts and wagons. A lot of conveyor systems have got built in safety functions which help to minimize the risk of any sort of accident just like automated plus manual stoppage of operation.  Conveyors can also come with many added safety features such as an emergency cable stop which is a pull cord that can be used for immediate stopping a conveyor system.


  • Decreased Man Hours

People are always your most important resource and should be used wisely. To go along with automation, with a powered conveyor you will need less labor to help your product move.  With less man hours going into moving product around your warehouse they can be freed up to do other tasks such as stacking shelves or picking a greater number of orders. With less man hours being used to move product you may also be able to hire a conveyor technician to help make sure your conveyor is always in the right working manner.


  • Availability to buy used

Buying brand new equipment for a large warehouse can be an expensive and time consuming process.  Luckily the ability to buy used conveyor is one that is readily available.  Here at American Surplus we stock many different types of powered conveyor that is all in great condition.  When we sell used conveyor we make sure that every part is doing its supposed job and that the customer won’t be able to tell the difference between used conveyor and new conveyor besides the price.


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5 Ways to Improve your Packaging System

Whether you are shrink wrapping pallets or sealing boxes full of your product your packaging system is most likely a very important part of your warehouse.  Making sure you are getting the efficiency out of this system is important to both your bottom line and customer satisfaction.  Not only can adding packaging equipment to your line increase the speed at which items are finished it can also save you money by having less labor costs and less potential injury on the warehouse floor. If you are able to maximize economical utilization of packaging materials you are most likely in good shape. This means that you should get the maximum number of packages out of a minimum amount of materials.  Here at American Surplus we have many different products that can help assist you in getting the most economical packaging system.


Stretch Wrapper

Making sure items are firmly attached to a pallet for shipping or for storage is crucial. If you are shipping a pallet full of product to a customer you want to make sure it arrives undamaged and intact to its destination.  Before stretch wrappers employees would use a spindle of shrink wrap to enclose to the product and the pallet together.  Sometimes the wrap could end up lose or not fully wrapped around the product.  Now with stretch wrappers the whole system can be automated and consistency would be the name of the game.  Get the same wrap on your pallets every time and always have happy customers.

Used Stretch Wrapper

Case Sealers

Case sealers are most likely at the end of your production line.  This is the worst place to have a bottle neck in your system.  People are only able to seal so many boxes in a certain amount of time.  Even your best employee would most likely be no match for an automated case sealer.  Some case sealers are even able to adapt to different size boxes on the fly with no need for an employee to adjust any settings. You will also be able to cut down on costs because there will be no need for re-tapes that can come with manual case sealing.

Used Case Sealer

Foam Dispensing Systems

Filling space in a package for shipment can be important to make sure the package arrives undamaged and with the product still intact, foam dispensing systems may be the answer.  The foam in bag system can make your packaging operation more efficient and more effective. This machine is ideal for cushioning fragile products, blocking and bracing more rugged products, or filling the empty space in cartons containing a variety of products. These foam dispensing systems are so versatile that they can be the ultimate tool in your packaging operation.

Used Foam Dispenser

Industrial Paper Shredders

When people first hear paper shredder they probably think of the little office sized ones used for shredding small amounts of paper around the office.  But when you need to shred large amounts there are machines capable of doing that, Industrial Paper Shredders.  When privacy is at a premium you can never be too safe with your data.  Large scale paper shredders have aggressive cutting assembly to destroy a wide range of material at the highest level of destruction.  Small shreds can result in fewer plastic bags for shredded output.

Used Industrial Paper Shredder

Industrial Balers

If waste around your warehouse is taking up too much space then a baler is most likely needed.  Balers can take shredded paper, trim waste and other excess materials into dense, quality bales that can be stacked, stored and recycled.  You are able to reduce your costs spend on handling shredded materials and recoup valuable storage space.  Balers make it easy for you to make profits from recycling by making tight, high quality bales.  Most balers are able to pay for themselves in under 2 years.

Used Cardboard Baler