An integral part of many different businesses, conveyor systems make it easier to move parts, products, packages, etc., from place to place. There are many different types that all serve different purposes and functions. Finding the best type of industrial conveyor system for your business depends on how you plan to use them, what kinds of items you will be moving, how much space you have, and other factors.
Belt Conveyors Can Ease the Workload in Your Warehouse
Ideal for production lines, assembly lines, food handling, loading and unloading trucks, and more, belt conveyors are a common presence in businesses from industrial to retail. They involve a belt made of rubber, leather, or some other material that is automatically rotated around rollers to move items, just like the checkout at a grocery store. Belt conveyors can be stationary or telescopic, depending on your need for space. The type of conveyor and the belt material depends on what kind of products to be moved. Belt conveyors can be flat or inclined depending on your needs as well.
Gravity Skate Wheel Conveyors are an Alternative to Traditional Conveyors
These conveyors are different from belt conveyors in that they do not require a belt and are not automated. They simply use gravity and rollers to move packages and containers in shipping, distribution, packing, and more. Gravity conveyors save energy because they do not require the use of electricity. They save space because they are accordion-designed to lengthen and collapse as needed and are on casters for easy mobility.
Power Roller Conveyors Offer the Best of Both Worlds
These offer the best of both belt conveyors and gravity skate wheel conveyors. Power roller conveyors are still accordion-style for easy mobility, lengthening, and collapsibility, but the rollers are driven by a belt underneath. The rollers turn so that packages and boxes of all sizes can move easily along without the need for gravity. Large pallets, drums, and bulk containers can move easily on these sturdy conveyors.
Proper Industrial Conveyor Operation Depends on Quality Installation
Purchasing the right conveyor system is just the beginning. Proper installation is crucial to performance for all types of conveyors, especially stationary types. When you permanently install a conveyor system you want to make sure it is placed in the optimal location and that it will operate effectively. Telescopic conveyors need to be carefully placed so that they can expand and collapse easily without interference. And all industrial systems must be installed according to code. Carolina Material Handling representatives are OSHA certified to make sure your equipment will be in compliance.
Keep Production Smooth with Regular Conveyor Service
Conveyor systems, whether powered or not, need periodic servicing in order to operate effectively. Professional maintenance by a material handling company like CMH will ensure your industrial conveyors are in good working order. Regular maintenance can prevent unexpected breakdowns that could slow down productivity or even halt production entirely until repaired. Worn out belts and casters may need replacing, rollers need lubrication, and electrical connections need to be checked. Being proactive about these services will save you time and money.
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