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Feb 2015 Newsletter
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What is the budget for the project?
Is there a solid budget already approved to complete the work, or is the contact with a distributor simply an expedition to see what a system would cost? Clients often do not realize what is involved with a system. It is usually better to first define what there is to spend, rather than bringing a wish list to the distributor. A client cannot buy a new Porsche on a used Honda Civic budget.
"We also ask clients if they are looking for us to give them a budget figure or a firm figure,"
Has any preliminary work been done?
This question helps to define the current state of the project. Has anyone conceptualized the full scope of the project? Have any preliminary drawings been made in-house before bringing it to the distributor/integrator?
How will the conveyor system fit into the overall design?
Often this requires a consultant or designer who can conceptualize the plan as a whole. This person must possess the expertise to help the client obtain the desired throughputs and efficiencies without creating bottlenecks or choking the systems before and after the conveyor.
“Some clients want reuse old equipment or install used parts to save money. Sometimes this approach works; most times it ends up costing more.
Is the job a turnkey project? Who will be responsible for installation?
Distributors are often better equipped to provide the installation services.
"Conveyor systems are getting more and more sophisticated,"
"Some people think they can save money by having someone else install it. That does not always work, and will cause trouble down the road if not installed properly."
When all these factors have been considered, a plan for the project can be created.