Conveyor Systems Overview – The Different Types

Conveyor systems are typically used to transport goods of various kinds and sizes to different parts of a warehouse or distribution hub. Kinds of products that can be transported include: large products, white goods, car parts, boxes and food products.

Uses involve moving products or storage of products.

There are various kinds of conveyor including roller, belt, powered, pallet, in-floor, gravity. All these different kinds have purposes and reasons for use.

Roller conveyor and gravity

Using roller and gravity conveyor allows the easy transport of products around a warehouse. This uses rollers on the conveyor which allows the products to be pushed around or using gravity to move the products. An advantage for using gravity conveyor is that it is that the cost is less than powered conveyor.

Pallet conveyor

Pallet conveyor can be used to move bulk storage and bulk sized products. The differences are the size of products that are transported. Using pallet conveyor make’s the moving easier and faster.

Powered conveyor

Powered conveyor allows the transport of the products around a warehouse being able to be controlled. This means that the products can be transported up to another floor or round to other parts of the warehouse. Being able to control the stopping and started and which way the products go and to which area they sent makes the efficiency greater and the process faster.

Belt conveyor

Belt conveyor is used a lot of the time for a vertical change in the system, allowing the warehouse to use multiple floors on different levels. Other methods include vertical lifts or spiral conveyor that allow the products to be taken up or down to other levels.

A conveyor system puts these different kinds of conveyor together to suit the purpose of the project to make it work in saving time, allowing better movement or storage in the warehouse or distribution hub. By putting all these parts together they allow the movement of goods in a way that makes the warehouse run effectively. Having the various parts together in a complete system allows the control and fast working of the conveyor to suit the purpose of why it is built.

Benefits of a conveyor system include:

  • Being able to move multiple products around a warehouse
  • Control where products and goods go
  • Automate your production line
  • Speed up the transport of goods
  • Stop and start the movement of products to fall inline with production timimgs