Determining the Cost of a Conveyor

There are endless factors to consider when selecting a new conveyor. The cost of a conveyor often depends on the amount of customization involved, along with many other factors. Whichever conveyor you choose, it should be customized to save time, money, and increase safety.

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When It Comes Time for a New Conveyor

When your company needs to invest in a conveyor to move your product, there are several questions to think about. What environment does it need? Will it need an incline or decline? Does it need to rotate or turn corners while it’s being conveyed? There are many factors to take into consideration. One of those is if the conveyor should be made in house or purchased. Discover the pros and cons of both in the categories below:

Core Strengths

We know you’re experts at what you do, and so are we, which is why our core strengths focus on building custom conveyors and manufacturing buyer ready conveyors for a wide range of industries. Our conveyors do the grunt work, giving you the opportunity to do what you do best — create quality products. This allows us to do the research, quality control, testing, and provide you with service and support that is unparalleled in the conveyor manufacturing industry. We can help you determine whether you should make or buy, it’s part of what we do.

Hidden Expenses

Whether you are making or buying a conveyor, costs can easily add up when it comes down to the nitty gritty details. These costs are often covered by a proper conveyor manufacturing company, like us here at Dorner Conveyors. Always consider taking things like warranties and last minute changes into account when planning out your conveyor budget.

Production Capacity

This is broken down into time and space. Firstly, how much time do you have? Building a conveyor is more time intensive than purchasing an already manufactured machine. You may already pay your employees, but the time spent building a conveyor is time lost that could have been used by them to improve and expand your current products. Time lost also includes time spent on engineers researching, modeling, and creating, purchasing department spent finding and buying pieces of the conveyor, and staff members spent assembling, testing, and debugging. Secondly, space is a premium feature. How much space do you have to work with that won’t encroach on your current output if you are building a new conveyor yourself?

Repeatability

Building with a conveyor manufacturing company and building without a conveyor manufacturing company can create entirely different results for your conveyor. Ideally, you are left with a product that can repeatedly have parts available for maintenance and repairs and proper documentation for running a production line

Things to Consider When Calculating Conveyor Costs

If you do choose to build your own conveyor, one of the pros is that you’re guaranteed to optimize the space available in your warehouse. You understand the best dimensions and configuration and can customize your conveyor system to meet these needs. Additionally, building a conveyor belt in-house may have cheaper up-front costs, as you can handpick parts from a variety of suppliers who offer the best price.

You also aren’t required to purchase a warranty on your own product, reducing costs even further. Without a warranty there’s no guarantee in the protection against future defects or mechanical issues, which is why many conveyor manufacturers, like Dorner, provide warranties when you build or purchase any conveyor system from them.

There are potentially small hidden costs that will add up over time with any conveyor, such as the administrative costs of processing a purchase order, the warranty, any changes made in the design process, customization, etc. These costs don’t have to be a surprise. It’s these added expenses that add to the pros of choosing the right conveyor manufacturing company.

Get the Conveyor You Need

While your company may specialize in a product that utilizes a conveyor belt, building the conveyor belt system may not be your specialty. Outsourcing to a conveyor manufacturing company provides a guaranteed quality solution, with your conveyor belt built with the most current technologies, reliable component suppliers, and consistent service and support.

In the end, deciding between making your own conveyor or buying one from another company comes down to weighing the pros and cons and analyzing what will be in the best interest for your company, your budget, and your product. 

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