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The Five Most Common Mistakes When Planning a Distribution Center by TriFactor's Craig Bertorello and featured in Supply & Demand Chain Executive (online).  


Seven Factors to Consider When Choosing an Order Picking System by TriFactor's Richard Gillespie and featured in Industrial Distribution (online).


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Conveyor Systems

Material Handling Conveyor Systems Design and Conveyor System Engineering

Conveyor systems design requires experience and a high degree of application knowledge in order to select the right conveyors to be employed in a material handling system.   Conveyors are commonly used to facilitate most of the operations associated within manufacturing, distribution and warehousing facilities. 

As an example, in a manufacturing environment, conveyors transport manufactured product to a packing operation, where it is then placed inside a case.  Cases are transferred via conveyor to a palletizing operation which, in turn, will convey pallets to a warehouse drop off point for storage put-away.  In this situation, there are three different categories of conveyor; one capable of handling a single piece, another to transport cases and a third capable of conveying a pallet.  All of these conveyor systems have different design criteria and specifications, taking into consideration the additional functions to be performed as product is conveyed; such as weighing, scanning, metal detection, labeling and a host of other tasks. 

Conveyors in all warehouse and distribution environments transport product between successive steps in the order fulfillment process, leaving accumulation buffers throughout the system to allow for workflow balancing due to different processing rates associated with each step.  The following is a list of locations conveyers are relied on for operations: receiving, put-away, order picking, packaging, quality control, returned goods, sortation and shipping.

Engineering automated conveyor systems is a step by step process.  TriFactor’s professional material handling staff has conveyor application experience and takes into consideration the product being conveyed, the rates required to meet operational goals, and a thorough knowledge of gravity, live roller and belt conveyor design to result in a system that functions as intended.  TriFactor’s Craig Bertorello wrote a White Paper titled “Guidelines for Choosing a Conveyor System” that is available for review in the TriFactor Learning Center section of this website.

TriFactor offers facility design layout services for those companies in the new construction planning stages of a storage facility or the reconfiguration of an existing operation.  Regardless of the material handling situation, TriFactor has selected to innovate rather than replicate traditional material handling system delivery methods and services.  Our unique solution process is called the TriFactor Edge.  If you’re looking for an Edge on your competition, discover how TriFactor can make a difference with your conveyor system engineering and design, call today at 1-800-507-4209.

For additional information on Product Slotting, Distribution Center Planning, Choosing a Conveyor System and related material handling issues visit the Material Handling White Papers section of TriFactor Learning Center.

Client Partner Comment


“I am proud to say that TriFactor’s solution granted us the competitive edge we were looking for in our industry.  I look forward to partnering with TriFactor again in the future and would recommend them to any company looking to be involved in a one of a kind process for implementing a new distribution center from cradle to grave.”


Ed Barbour
Corporate Project Manager
PepsiCo Beverages and Foods

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