What Are Conveyor Systems?
Conveyor systems are tools that allow for the transportation of materials from one location to another. These systems are designed to improve efficiency and consistency with manufacturing, sorting, and recycling needs. Depending on the specific task at hand, there are a few different options.
Types of Conveyor Systems
Belt Conveyor Systems:
Belt/horizontal conveyors use a continuously moving belt to move products along the machine. The conveyor belt will be stretched across between rollers at each end which creates tension to place the product on to move it along. This type of conveyor is similar to what you see at the grocery store in the checkouts. Belts are commonly made out of rubber, plastic, metal, fabric, or leather. The belt’s thickness will be determined by the size and weight of the load being hauled.
Roller Conveyor Systems:
Roller conveyors don’t use belts or power to move products along. These use rollers that are mounted in parallel with each other to let goods freely move along. There are two varieties of roller conveyors, powered and non-powered. The powered rollers require more maintenance and upkeep but can be used in more functional ways. The non-powered ones generally require the machine to be installed at an angle to utilize gravity to move the product along.
Magnetic Conveyor Systems:
These conveyor systems use magnets to move ferrous material along a plate. The magnets are mounted underneath a stationary non-magnetic plate and they move along the plate. These can be used horizontally, vertically, or even upside down.
Chute Conveyor Systems:
Chute/Trough conveyors are material handling devices that use gravity to move products from one level to another. These are used for scrap, packaging, mail and are designed to have low friction.
Choosing the Right One
Whether you are looking for a belt conveyor, inclined conveyor, or troughing conveyor your friends at Tuffman can help you find the right fit and solution for your needs. Our sorting and conveying systems can cost-effectively help your process to automate your business.