Materials handling systems and conveyors are vital to keeping products moving through the supply chain, from manufacturing to packaging to distribution. Essential specifications for conveyor systems include:
- Maximum load capacity
- Conveyor belt system speed/rated speed
- Frame configuration (width and length)
- Drive location
There are several types of material-handling conveyor systems. Depending on the process and the materials being moved, some varieties may be more beneficial for certain applications than others.
A belt conveyor is a versatile yet simple design consisting of a fabric, plastic, or rubber belt stretched over two or more pulleys that create an endless loop. A variety of products and materials can be moved uphill or around curves, and the speed can be variable, constant, or stopped and started.
ROLL CONVEYOR SYSTEMS
Roll conveyors move products down a system of parallel rollers mounted in frames via gravity. They are one of the most affordable options and can be combined with other material handling systems with the help of conveyor system integrators. They also come in a wide variety of roll sizes and frame types.
With this type of conveyor, some or all of the rollers are powered to move the product down the line. Usually, one in nine rollers on the frame is powered by an internal motor and linked to the other non-powered rollers with O-rings. These are ideal for lightweight, flat-bottomed materials.
SLAT BELT CONVEYOR/APRON
This heavy-duty, long-lasting chain-driven conveyor comprises non-overlapping slats or plates made of steel mounted on roller chains. It offers superior stability for even irregular-shaped items and can transport heavy, hot, or dangerous items.