In your facility, it’s likely that conveyor systems have the important job of getting your product from point A to point B. First used in the late 18th century to transport farm goods and coal, conveyors quickly became an extremely efficient way to move goods safely. Now, most manufacturing and shipping facilities utilize conveyors to some degree.
However, different conveyors styles serve different, and often niche, purposes. To understand which one is best for your business, you first must know the pros, cons, and primary purpose of each conveyor type.
Types of Conveyors:
As a type of gravity conveyor, chutes have no moving parts. They funnel products from different levels, relying on gravity to push the product across its smooth surface.
Only good for transporting goods downwards
Often in a fixed location — no customization
Products need to be heavy enough to counteract friction
Features rolling bars that push products in a forward motion. Can either be powered or gravity fed, which requires manual pushing to move products along.
A common choice
Moved products easily
Good for a variety of product sizes and weights
Most models are inflexible and locked in one direction
Requires gravity or manpower
Similar in concept to rollers, this style uses small skate wheels to move products.
Can come in flexible models
Easy to push products along (low friction)
Small products could be at risk of falling through wheel gaps
The first ever conveyor designed, belts using a motorized rotating flat surface that carries products. Belts can be made of rubber, leather, or other flexible materials.
Motorized action cuts down on labour costs
Belts at risk of wearing out
Not suitable for heavy products
This conveyor type is used primarily to organize and group products for easy management. It typically uses a belt system to carry products and arms or barriers to sort/funnel them.
Ideal when dealing with large product quantities
Helpful in grouping products together
Take up more space than many other conveyor types
Very similar in concept to belt systems, chain conveyors use a continuous chain mesh to move products down the line. Chains can be made of various materials in different styles and sizes.
One of the best systems for heavy objects
Easy to install
High power consumption
Are you unsure of which conveyor system is best suited for your business? Contact a Crawford Packaging Specialist — we’ll conduct a full audit of your packaging system and find the solution that best applies to your needs.