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Limitations of traditional tray conveying systems

19th May 2023

Traditional tray conveying systems have several limitations, including:

Limited Flexibility: Traditional tray conveying systems are often designed for specific tray sizes and shapes, making it challenging to accommodate different product dimensions or variations in the production process. Modifications to the system may require significant time and cost.

Low Throughput: These systems are typically limited in terms of speed and throughput capacity. The conveyors may not be able to handle high volumes of products efficiently, leading to potential bottlenecks and reduced productivity.

Lack of Adaptability: Traditional tray conveying systems are not easily adaptable to changes in production requirements or layout. Reconfiguring the system to accommodate new processes or rearranging the production floor can be complex and time-consuming.

Prone to Jams and Blockages: Tray conveying systems can be susceptible to jams and blockages, particularly if the trays or products have irregular shapes or sizes. These issues can disrupt the production flow, resulting in downtime and decreased efficiency.

Limited Sorting and Diverting Options: Traditional tray conveying systems may have limited capabilities for sorting or diverting products based on specific criteria. This limitation can restrict the system's ability to handle complex production scenarios or different routing requirements.

Higher Maintenance Requirements: These systems often require regular maintenance due to wear and tear on the conveyors, motors, and other components. Maintenance can be time-consuming and costly, affecting overall system reliability and uptime.

Lack of Real-time Tracking and Traceability: Traditional tray conveying systems may not provide real-time tracking and traceability features for products. This limitation can make it challenging to monitor and manage the production process, especially in industries with stringent quality control requirements.

To overcome these limitations, many industries are turning to more advanced and flexible automation solutions, such as modular conveyor systems, robotic handling systems, or autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), which offer increased adaptability, higher throughput, and improved overall efficiency.