Having the ability to move items from one location within your warehouse to another is critical when it comes to efficiency. One of the easiest ways to accomplish the level of unrestricted product movement most warehouses need is to install a pneumatic conveyor system.
Here are three tips that you should keep in mind when installing a pneumatic conveyor system to ensure your system is equipped to meet your warehouse's movement needs in the future.
1. Provide full disclosure during the system's design.
In order to ensure that your pneumatic conveyor system will operate without problems in the future, it's essential that you provide full disclosure at the time of the system's design.
Being realistic about your tonnage requirements, energy (both power and compressed air) availability, and layout/length of pipe runs during the design phase will give your system's designer access to the data needed to customize your pneumatic system to meet your warehouse's unique needs. A properly designed system will eliminate potential problems in the future, so ensuring that full disclosure during the design phase is a priority.
2. Conduct a pressure test prior to use.
Your pneumatic conveyor system's ability to maintain constant air pressure is critical to the functionality of the system as a whole. Without proper air pressure, the conveyor belt will not move properly, and you will experience significant system delays. Once you have installed all the components for your pneumatic conveyor system, you should engage in a pressure test before you put the system to use.
If the system is unable to sustain desired air pressure levels for an extended period of time, check to ensure that flanged fittings are installed properly and that welds are airtight. Addressing air pressure problems before you begin using your conveyor system allows you to make repairs before product movement issues create costly delays for your company.
3. Track operating parameters.
As you begin to put your new conveyor system to use, you should keep track of operating parameters. These parameters include air pressure flow rate, tonnage delivered, and maximum conveying times.
By tracking operating parameters over time, you will be able to identify any discrepancies that could signal a mechanical problem within your conveyor system. These problems can be addressed before they become too serious and result in costly delays.
Understanding the steps required to successfully install a pneumatic conveyor system in your warehouse will allow you to easily implement a conveyor to address your product movement needs in the future. To learn more, contact a company like HAF Equipment Inc.