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Overhead Conveyor Systems And What They’re Used For

By Paul Timmerman

Many factories require the use of overhead conveyor systems. These are extremely useful and even necessary in many workplaces having limited space and require the system to be suspended from the ceiling, instead of on the main floor. Overheard conveyors can be powered by air pressure, a vacuum, or electricity, or non-powered. When they are non-powered, they must enlist the means of gravity or an employee to make the conveyors function. The three common overhead conveyors around are an enclosed track, a power and free system, and an I-beam monorail set up.

A variety of items are able to be propelled at different speeds, all along the same conveyor system, on a power and free conveyor. Loads are even able to be gathered in one specific section or change to a different track.

Paint lines, assembly lines, picking area trash removal, and delivery of empty cartons to order pickers are just a few uses for enclosed track conveyor systems. Transportation of items over long distances, or between separate buildings can require the use of these enclosed systems. Also, they are great for moving supplies from a receiving dock to an area for storage or between two different departments within the same building. These devices can also be used as a type of mobile storage, by utilizing ceiling space in warehouses for suspending items.

The setup of an enclosed track is very quick, which minimizes company down time. No welding is required because of the track being installed with bolts instead.

Enclosed tracks are quick to install, minimizing downtime for the business having them installed. Tracks are generally bolted into place, so no welding is required. Many conveyors consist of parts that won’t wear easily and are resistant to corrosive environments. Having an enclosed track prevents bearing surfaces and chain needing to be cleaned or maintained as often.

The trolley method, or I-beam monorail systems, are the most common overhead system used. The track is one non-stop loop system where trolleys move along a monorail or tubular track.

Due to the positioning of these conveyor systems being suspended from the ceiling, as opposed to placed on the floor, they can use ceiling space as a sort of mobile storage if needed.

Ceilings and walls constructed of wood or steel are what overhead conveyor systems are usually suspended from. Man power is conserved with the use of these systems, by eliminating the necessity for employees to physically take an item from one area to another. Facilities are able to use all of their space to the fullest by having overhead conveyors, instead of systems that take up floor space. Not only do these different conveyor systems occupy less space, but they also reduce noise which makes the work place much safer. Any of these overhead systems can be used in paint finishing, the food handling industry, manufacturing and assembly, warehousing and distribution, and even as creative displays for retail.

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Timmerman, Paul "Overhead Conveyor Systems And What They’re Used For." Overhead Conveyor Systems And What They’re Used For. 25 Jan. 2010. uberarticles.com. 24 Aug 2015 <http://uberarticles.com/computers-and-technology/do-overhead-conveyor-systems-come-in-handy/>.

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