According to Industrial Conveying (Aust) , it is important for Australian companies to be highly diligent in choosing the right design engineers and equipment supplier/installer or risk project failure.
Investments in materials handling systems in the food processing, mining, manufacturing and transport/logistics sectors are sometimes ill conceived and incompletely engineered because the wrong original equipment manufacturer (OEM) is involved.
Managing Director of the company, Mr Don Erskine says that success comes down to the design expertise and the standard of equipment that is supplied, regardless of the size or complexity of a project.
Mr Erskine explains that a materials handling project is only as good as the sum of its parts, and in this case the parts are the original equipment and those assigned to specify it, the design engineers.
Assigning a third party company to design a materials handling system and source the equipment may not be wise as they may lack specialised expertise in materials handling.
Industrial Conveying (Aust) has been called in several times to analyse a poorly-functioning materials handling system only to identify poor design and unsuitable components as the primary cause.
In fact, in several cases Industrial Conveying (Aust) has completely replaced the existing system with a new materials handling solution using their own engineers and OEM components.
Accurately specifying the right equipment, components and controllers that can last the full duty cycle expected is critical in maximising output and minimising ongoing expense of the system.
Mr Erskine reiterates that solution specialists for industrial materials handling applications are now more crucial than ever due to the rising cost of downtime. A materials handling specialist, especially one that is an OEM ensures a more consistent level of technology throughout a project, ensuring no weak points or breakdown points.
Engaging local design engineers is also practical as there is a direct line of communication allowing for fast and more accurate design, component sourcing, installation and ongoing technical assistance.
Very importantly, a local OEM allows a rapid supply line of replacement parts if and when they are required.
Mr Erskine concludes by saying that companies need to consider the entire life cycle of the system before they commit to any serious level of capital expenditure on materials handling systems. The only way to achieve the desired outcome is to think about the specialist nature of this equipment and partner with a facilitator that knows the business.