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Exploring the Different Types of Conveyor Systems


Although automating your entire packaging operation or production line may not be possible, installing conveyor systems can help keep manual handling requirements to a minimum. As these systems are highly versatile, they are suitable for a wide range of purposes. However, they are typically used to transport materials to different parts of a distribution hub or warehouse, thereby reducing the need for manual labor and increasing facility productivity and efficiency. There are different types of conveyor systems available. Let’s take a look at three of the most common ones:

  1. PoweredConveyors

Powered conveyors come in several forms and are specifically designed to get your pallets and packages from one place to another easily, quickly and safely. Which one you should choose will depend on your needs and how much you are willing to spend. These can be divided into the following main sub-types:

  • Chain Driven Conveyor – This motorized conveyor is typically used for transportation of extremely heavy loads and can be used to move pallets vertically or horizontally, depending on your needs.
  • Roller Conveyor – These are ideal for situations where pallets of different sizes and widths have to be transported as the rollers can easily support pallets of any size. Roller conveyors are extremely robust and can be used for any pallet handling application.
  • Slider bed conveyor – These are typically used for small, light packages which vary in size; or if the contents are susceptible to damage. These are the basis for incline/decline conveyors shown below.
  • Pallet conveyors, also commonly referred to as unit load conveyors, or pallet handling conveyors, offer a highly efficient means of transporting, accumulating and distributing heavy loads weighing thousands of pounds to specific locations within a warehouse. This conveyor system is the ideal alternative to stacker cranes and can considerably improve the efficiency of processes involving receipt, handling and dispatch of pallets.
  1. Gravity Conveyors

Gravity conveyor, also known as non-powered conveyor, is typically used in package and pallet handling, truck offloading and kitting or assembly areas. They have metal rollers that are spaced to allow the transportation of products between point A and B. Featuring a slight incline or level installation, the conveyor uses gravity or manual power to move the placed objects along its length. This type of conveyor system can accommodate numerous objects at one time and is often chosen because they are the most affordable of all conveyor system options.

  1. Incline/Decline Conveyors

An Incline/decline conveyor is used in situations where objects need to be moved between two levels of elevations. The most basic elevation changing option, these conveyor systems are ideal to convey between floor levels and can be used as either incline or decline units, depending on your needs.

That’s about it! A better understanding of the different types of conveyor systems will make it a lot easier for you to choose the one that best suits your needs.

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