Choosing the Best Conveyor System for Your Business
A conveyor system is an essential component of any efficient materials handling system. Conveyor systems allow for the rapid movement of large items and products that would otherwise have to be moved around by human labor, forklift or truck.
The versatility of conveyor systems allow a warehouse, manufacturing plant or distribution center the ability to move objects with minimal effort while reducing the potential for injury or damage to the product.
While working with a well designed and installed conveyor system, workers are less likely to hurt themselves moving heavy materials and are kept at a distance from any hazardous material. A conveyor system also provides a cost effect material handling solution, requiring fewer workers to be involved in the shipment of materials.
Types of Conveyor Systems
Choosing the best conveyor system for your materials handling operation involves considering a number of factors. The size and weight of the material, the distance it needs to be transported, the overall size and scalability of the operating environment and the delicacy of the material to be moved are just some of the thing to keep in mind
There are many types of conveyor systems designed with specific conveyance needs in mind. To aid you in your conveyor system design, below is a brief introduction to some of the systems.
Gravity Conveyor Systems
Gravity and inertial powered systems use the weight of the object to propel it over rollers or balls. Gravity powered systems are often designed to slope downwards and towards the desired location, allowing the gravity of the object to bring it to its destination.
In some cases, gravity powered systems are set up level to the ground and workers are used to move the material by hand. This system is usually used over short distances to enable workers to move heavy objects without having to lift them. Gravity conveyor systems are frequently used by package distribution facilities to move large, heavy and fragile boxes and items.
Powered Conveyor System
Powered conveyor systems are ideal for moving large, heavy items that are difficult to move by hand. They feature a belt line system or a roller configuration powered by an electrical motor. They are great for applications that require an object to be moved up and incline or to another level in the shipping dock. A variation of a powered conveyor system is a parts-veyor. The belt on a parts-veyor is designed with divisions that keep the parts or material from tumbling under extreme incline.
Featuring a belt instead of rollers, skates or balls, a the belt powered conveyor system is also great for moving small objects during manufacturing and assembly without the possibility of the object slipping through a gap and becoming lost.
Conveyor System Design
A fully functional conveyor system may depend on both powered and non-powered roller systems. Integrating the two systems depends on the distance and type of items being transported. Powered belts may be employed over long distances with minimal interference from workers. The powered belts can then deliver objects to loading/unloading areas where workers can use the advantage of rollers, skates and ball tables to manipulate the objects before loading.
Conveyor Systems with Reno Forklift
No matter what your conveyor system requirements, Reno Forklift has what you need. Reno Forkift supplies both powered and non-powered conveyor systems, including parts-veyors, rollers, skate wheel roller and table ball systems. Operating for nearly 50 years in the Reno, Nevada area, Reno Forklift is the premier choice for all your materials handling needs. Contact us or stop by our online catalog to browse our large selection of materials handling solutions.