A conveyor system moves materials from one location to another. Conveyors are useful in applications involving the transportation of heavy or bulk items. Conveyor systems allow for quick and efficient transportation for a wide variety of materials, which make them very popular in the material handling and packaging industries. There are various types of conveying systems that are available.
Conveyor systems are used widespread across a range of industries due to the numerous benefits they provide.
Conveyors are able to safely transport materials from one level to another, which when done by human labor would be strenuous and expensive.
They can be installed almost anywhere, and are much safer than using a forklift or other machine to move materials.
They can move loads of all shapes, sizes and weights. Also, many have advanced safety features that help prevent accidents.
There are a variety of options available for running conveying systems, including the hydraulic mechanical and fully automated systems, which are equipped to fit individual needs.
Gravity Conveyor: Gravity conveyor consists of rollers typically spaced 3" on centers with either 3" or 1-3/8" diameter rollers.
Accumulation Conveyor: Accumulation conveyor is powered conveyor that utilized PLC (programming logic) to accumulate product as it builds up.
Typically there are "zones" set to accommodate the specific size of product or totes. When a photo eye detects a tote/ product in the initial zone, the zones behind begin to accumulate and hold in place. When the tote/product in the initial zone is removed, the totes/product will singulate forward.
Expandable Conveyor: Also known as "snake conveyor" this is a versatile system on mobile casters commonly utilized in dock unloading/loading of light to medium duty boxes. Expandable conveyor comes in gravity fed or powered configurations. Expandable conveyor can be provided in skate wheel staggered rollers or live steel roller configurations. Check out this video on expandable conveyor solutions from our manufacturing partner FMH Conveyors.
Although a wide variety of materials can be conveyed, some of the most common include food items such as beans and nuts, bottles and cans, automotive components, scrap metal, pills and powders, wood and furniture and grain and animal feed. Many factors are important in the accurate selection of a conveyor system. It is important to know how the conveyor system will be used before designing a system. Some individual areas that are helpful to consider are the required conveyor operations, such as transportation, accumulation and sorting, the material sizes, weights and shapes and where the loading and pickup points need to be.
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