Smiley Monroe notes ‘significant changes’ in materials-handling industries
13 Mar 2023
Conveyor belt maker reports trends towards sustainability, safety and the adoption of digital technologies
Lisburn, UK – Conveyor belt manufacturer Smiley Monroe has seen a shift in customer demands since 2020, with a greater focus on sustainability, safety and the adoption of digital technologies.
In particular, the pandemic has led to increased demand for remote monitoring and control of crushing and screening operations, according to the Northern Ireland-based company's sales director Ryan Wright.
This, he noted, has resulted in increased adoption of technologies such as telematics, remote control systems, and automation to ensure the safe and efficient operation of equipment.
In addition, there is now a growing emphasis on sustainability in the crushing and screening industry, Wright continued in a 9 March online post.
Manufacturers and operators, he said, are now focusing on reducing emissions, improving energy-efficiency, and using recycled materials in equipment design and production.
The materials handling and mining industries have also seen a significant increase in the adoption of digital technologies such as AI, machine-learning, and IoT.
Applied to conveying equipment, these technologies are helping to improve equipment performance, reduce downtime, and enhance overall productivity, according to Wright.
Demand for mobile crushing and screening equipment has also increased, driven by the need for flexibility and mobility in mining, quarrying, and construction applications, he also pointed out.