How Stopping Your Conveyor Increases Production
Production is the name of the game when it comes to washing cars. Nobody's arguing that, but if your only focus is running the conveyor, you could miss an opportunity. Sometimes stopping the tunnel increases production better than anything else.
Not all conveyor stops are created equal. Think about the difference between stopping because a collision happened and stopping to prevent a collision from happening. The impact on production is radically different between the two kinds of stops. When the conveyor stops to prevent a collision, you end up with more uptime than a situation involving smashed bumpers. Preventative stops turn risky situations into non-issues. Employees reposition the car that hopped a roller and then restart the conveyor. Operations are back to normal in a few minutes, which is much better compared to an in-tunnel pileup.
Reactive Stops Create Downtime and Expenses
Stopping the conveyor because a collision happened results in more downtime, plus other headaches. Reactive stops usually involve a bigger mess that takes employees more than a few minutes to untangle. During that downtime, the line outside gets longer. Long lines deter potential customers, but the missed opportunity doesn't stop there. After pileup victims exit the tunnel, it's management's job to smooth the situation as best they can. Dealing with an accident can easily take an hour and a half. That's time the manager could use to improve efficiency. Instead they're doing damage control, and unfortunately, the effort probably won't prevent future indirect costs.
Preventative Stops Improve Business
Preventative conveyor stops aren't only about avoiding potential expenses. They help operators increase production too. Think about it. If you know your tunnel stops before accidents happen, you feel better about the whole operation. It's similar to wearing a helmet on a motorcycle. Extra protection helps you feel better about going a little faster. In our case, the extra protection helps you feel better about increasing chain speed and loading cars closer together. Both adjustments result in more cars per hour and better profitability.
So what's the best way to gain this confidence we speak of? You could put someone in the tunnel to watch for hopped rollers and stop the conveyor. They'll probably prevent a few accidents, but how confident are you in an entry level worker sitting in a distracting environment for extended periods of time? Odds are they'll eventually lose focus and miss an event that leads to an accident. This reality is what brought us to an automatic approach to stopping car wash conveyors. An approach that really isn't about stopping the conveyor at all.
NoPileups Isn't Really About Stopping the Conveyor at All
The NoPileups approach is all about stopping in-tunnel collisions to increase uptime. It saves your business money by avoiding expensive accidents, plus it helps you feel better about increasing throughput. NoPileups monitoring never gets distracted. It's responds automatically and won't want to quit after a long, hot, day of preventing collisions for your business. If you're interested in preventing accidents, avoiding unnecessary costs, and increasing your operation's profitability, it's the way to go. Please, get in touch to learn more about installing the service in your tunnel.