How to choose the right belt conveyor for your application
Look at your products, size, weights, quantities, how and where do you need them moving?
Establish where you need to put everything to make it work well for you. For example, link your products infeed conveyor through the packing bench on to a outfeed conveyor
Conveyor belts are ideal for moving various size and shaped products at the same time. If you have variations in the size and shape of your products then a belt conveyor is ideal for you.
Conveyor belts offers many benefits
- They reduce operational costs.
- Reduce the manual handling involved in your process.
- This in turn can reduce damage to both person and package.
- Most importantly they improve productivity.
To help us establish the best belt conveyor for you we need need some information
The product & application
Establish the right belt type for your application. With belt options of smooth PVC or PU, grip face or flighted for incline, plastic modular or slat chain. The type of belt required determined by your products and environment. The more information about how you work and what you are hoping to achieve. The more benefit you will have from your belt conveyor.
The smallest size L x W x D to the largest size L x W x D. This is because we need to establish that your product will fit on the belt and not snag.
The lightest verses the heaviest weight of your products. As we need to establish that the belt is strong enough to carry the total weight. Without causing damage to the components used within the conveyor.
Desired conveyor speed
How fast to you want the products to travel.
What length of conveyor belt do you need. This is often determined by the space available.
Conveyor control options
This should be looked at early on. The addition of a control panel has the benefit of reducing operator risk. Along with protecting both the conveyor and operators. Lowers ongoing maintenance costs.
Plug and play or self integration
We would always recommend plug and play, or installation by competent personnel. Conveyors should come with manuals and even some training.
Why use a belt conveyor instead of a roller conveyor?
The main advantage of using a belt conveyor over a roller option like a gravity conveyor is that when you have various size products on a roller conveyor they can fall or snag between the rollers.
The The driven belt conveyor requires less human interaction. You might feel a little sorry for the person having to push all the items along a gravity roller conveyor all day long!
Conveyor belts can increase productivity, speed, and distribution as they are designed to work without human interaction. Belt conveyors are ideal to transport your products with least amount of effort whilst also lessening the need for manual handling.
Belt Conveyors are often used in warehousing and distribution centers. With more and more companies opening for on-line (e-commerce) sales. Belt conveyor’s are a necessity for any company looking to keep up with the demands of the internet shopper.
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