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Types And Uses Of Roller Conveyors

By Micheal Webb

Different industries use different types of roller conveyors. These roller conveyors are available in different types and models to fit an industry’s particular needs and requirements. Different models are designed for different applications that will speed up the process in product manufacturing and also in distribution centers.

Types of Conveyors and their uses

One type of conveyor is the gravity conveyor. It is free flowing and is used in a push or a level application in order to facilitate movement of the product. You can set them in a declining position to allow products to flow from a higher elevation. They are available in a skate wheel or roller configuration and can be used together with a different type of powered conveyors in a series of conveyor systems. One type of gravity conveyor is the gravity roller conveyors which are mainly used for products that have bottom surfaces that are smooth. These products include carton packages or pallets, drums, molds, cans and any other products that have uneven bottom surface. They are typically sold in sections of 10 feet with widths ranging from 12 to 30 inches. This is the industry standard although there are many types and roller sizes that are available for different applications.

An alternative to a gravity roller conveyor is the gravity skatewheel conveyor. It is light weight and economical, which allows it to be moved or reconfigured to allow for storage of larger products. There are also different types of this conveyor and are available in aluminum and steel frame models for use in lightweight and heavyweight applications. They are mostly found in shipping areas and packing stations.

A conveyor system is usually comprised of a series of more than one conveyor, especially in industries where it requires large conveyor systems. One type of conveyor that is used and is a very important link to the operation is the accumulation conveyor system. It helps in keeping the whole conveyor system and other machines from becoming overloaded. This type of conveyor uses pop up sensor rollers and has a pressurized air system. The pressurized air holds the product in queue while waiting for the go signal for it to release the product for the next stage of production. It moves the product onto the case sealer, weigh station or any other work stations. The two most common types are the zero pressure accumulation conveyors which minimizes chances of package collision by placing gaps in between packages. Another type, the minimum pressure conveyors place packages beside each other but with little back pressure.

Another part of the conveyor system and one of the most expensive types is the sorting conveyors. Their main function is to sort out packages and products according to specifications. These machines have controls and scanners that make it more convenient and efficient to use. There are types designed for both big and large products.

There are many reasons to use roller conveyors, from moving people to moving products in a timely and efficient manner:

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