21-Dec-2011

Specifying conveyors

Abstract

Initial cost, total cost of ownership, maintenance needs, noise levels, energy consumption, flexibility and cleanroom classification must all be considered when choosing a conveyor for use in a cleanroom. Reconfigurable modular conveyors offer the flexibility of easily changing length and angle configurations as well as easy adaptation of cleanroom accessories and components such as HEPA filters, tunnel enclosures, ionisers and hermetically sealed entry/exit gates. But the most critical requirement is a conveyor’s cleanroom classification.

Taking the time to choose the right conveyor for a cleanroom offers numerous advantages for both companies and staff

Installing a conveyor in a cleanroom can improve productivity radically, but not all models are cheap or suitable. Dynamic Conveyor Corporation looks at the issues.

When analysing a cleanroom conveyor, there are various aspects to consider, including initial cost, total cost of ownership, maintenance needs, noise levels, energy consumption, flexibility and cleanroom classification.

The total cost of ownership is an important step in evaluating the purchase of a cleanroom conveyor system but analysis should go beyond the initial capital investment and installation costs to include: How will energy costs affect the long-term return on investment? What are the preventative maintenance requirements? How often and at what cost will the belt need to be replaced? What is the expected lifespan of the equipment?

Answering these questions will help in evaluating the best conveyor system choice for the long-term. ...

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