F.N. Sheppard Conveyor Evolution: Response to the Growing Demand for Smart Solutions
In the insightful article titled “The Demand for Smart and Efficient Conveying Systems” on Food Engineering Magazine, the author sheds light on the evolving landscape of conveying systems, emphasizing the need for smart solutions that seamlessly integrate with existing automation, conserve energy, and adapt to changing product or packaging sizes. Authored by [Author’s Name], this piece underscores the critical importance of meeting FDA, USDA, and dairy 3-A Sanitary Standards for cleanliness in conveying systems.
The global conveyor system market, as indicated by a survey from Research and Markets, is projected to reach $12.7 billion by 2027, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6%. This growth is attributed to increased adoption of customized automated material handling solutions and a rising demand for handling larger volumes of goods in various industries, including consumer/retail and food and beverage markets.
The report highlights that continuous investments in research and development by conveyor system manufacturers, coupled with expanding supply chain networks, are driving the demand for conveyor solutions. With the UN Industrial Development Organization forecasting a surge in goods consumption in developed countries to approximately $30 trillion by 2025, the need for efficient material handling systems, including advanced conveyor solutions, is on the rise.
While specialized applications in the food industry often involve enclosed tubular conveyor systems, the study points out that belt conveyors are projected to be the largest and fastest-growing market segment. It recognizes the significance of belt conveyors, which offer higher capacities, cost efficiency, and versatility in covering longer distances. Despite certain food and beverage applications relying on sealed tubular conveyors for specific needs, belt conveyors, especially in packaging and warehousing/distribution systems, play a vital role in tandem with specialized conveyance systems.
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