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Choosing the Right Conveyor – Conveyor Guide 2024

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Choosing the Right Conveyor System for your Application

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There are many kinds of conveyor types, conveyor systems and even conveyor manufacturers to consider when choosing the right conveyor to suit your application. Choosing the correct conveyor system will not only positivley impact productivity and efficiency, it will also aid workers ergonomically in their working environment.

  • When choosing a conveyor system for your application there are a few things to consider:
Industry Product Handling choosing the right conveyor

         INDUSTRY                                     PRODUCT                                      HANDLING

What to Consider when Choosing the Right Conveyor System

conveyor gear icon  INDUSTRY

Industries conveyors are designed for can impact multiple factors of their design. For example, a conveyor for transporting food will have to be built with quality, hygienic, food grade materials. For a packing application, an intergrated system of conveyor & packing tables would greatly improve efficiency and create an egonomical environment for staff. As a result, knowing your industry can help in designing the conveyor system best suited for its application.
In addition, an extra point to consider is energy efficiency and cost, if your product is a food item, it may need to be transported quickly by a conveyor, will a higher speed motor be more efficient? If so, will this impact the long term cost?

  • Application examples:

+ Warehouse & Logistics
+ Vehicle Loading
+ Packing
+ Food & Drink
+ Manufacturing
+ Sortation
+ Floor to Floor


Packing boxes conveyor guide icon   PRODUCT

When choosing a conveyor it is important to know the product it will be transporting. Features about the product and dimentions/weight will determine a conveyors details when in the design stage.

  • For example, consider these types of questions:
+ Is it flammable?
+ Does it require special treatment due to conditions such as high moisture?
+ Size, shape, weight and material of product?
+ Is the product fragile?


product handling conveyor system icon   HANDLING

How the product will be handled by staff will determine if a powered, unpowered or a combined system is best suited. If more handling is required for the product, extra details to the conveyor system design (such as safety rails or conveyor motor speed) and guidelines will have to be considered for the safety of employees.
As an example, when designing a production line conveyor system layout, consider the available space and accessibility for cleaning and maintenance staff. These two factors could change the entire shape and design of a system, thinking about these points will create an optimal production line design which prioritizes work flow to enhance productivity and efficiency.

+ How often will employees handle the product?

+ What is the available space for the conveyor system?

+ Does the conveyor design require extra safety details for employees?

+ Does the production require an accumulation / Rotary table?

Our team can guide you in choosing the right conveyor system for your application, please consider information such as:

  • Industry
  • Product
  • Budget
  • Available Space

Contact our team through the Spaceguard Enquiry Form or alternatively find more information about our bespoke conveyor products and contact our team via our sister website: www.conveyorsystems.co.uk.



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rotary table accumulation table

A Rotary Table can be a useful addition to your production system for product accumulation.

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Conveyor Types

Many conveyor types and custom options are available on the market today, below are some of the most common conveyors we see purchased and used within a variety of industries. As a company, we can design and build standard conveyor systems, as well as work close with our clients to create a completely bespoke, conveyor system design to suit space and requirements.

Firstly, lets look at the two most common conveyor styles:

Roller Conveyors

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Most commonly transported items on roller conveyors:

  • Crates
  • Boxes
  • Totes
  • Cartons
  • Trays
  • Pallets

Roller Conveyors are a made up of a continual row of rollers, they are most suitable for transporting flat objects preferably with a rigid base to sit on the rollers.

Loose items such as bags and packets are unsuitable for roller conveyors, this is because loose items can become stuck and caught between the rollers.
The product should be able to cover around several rollers or the product may not move along the conveyor as efficiently.

Roller conveyor systems are most often used in settings such as industrial warehouses, production factories, assembly lines and airports.


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Belt Conveyors

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The most common items seen transported using belt conveyor systems:

  • Packaged Products
  • Loose Materials
  • Packets & Bagged Goods
  • Food & Drink Products
  • Luggage

Belt Conveyor systems are fitted with a belt strip of material which transports items smoothly, they are the most versitile type of conveyor available due to the variety of belt options and a flat surface to transport almost any product.

A belt conveyor can be used to transport almost any item, however sharp products or very heavy items may cause damage to the belt.

These Conveyors can be found in just about every industry, commonly in farming industries, e-fulfilment centres, warehouses, supermarkets, factories and mining industries.


Belt Material Examples

conveyor belt materials

When to use a Belt Conveyor over a Roller Conveyor?

The advantage Belt Conveyors have over Roller Conveyors in many case is the fact that Belt Conveyors can transport a variety of different items and products, Roller Conveyors however have the disadvantage of potentially snagging loose items between the rollers, or smaller items falling through the gaps of slightly more distanced rollers.

Less handling is also another positive for Belt Conveyors, employees manually pushing products across a gravity roller conveyor for long periods may impact employees well-being and morale, as well as a higher risk of human error in relation to the transportation of the products.


Commonly Used Conveyors

24 volt conveyor choosing the right conveyor

24V DC Roller Conveyor


  • Powered conveyor systems
  • Very Versatile
  • Low-Maintenance
  • Energy Efficient

bottle slat conveyor

Slat Conveyors


  • Ideal for food & beverage
  • Variable Speeds
  • Stainless Steel chains available
  • Completely Customisable

modular conveyor blue choosing the right conveyor

Modular Conveyor


  • Resistant to Chemicals
  • Food Safe
  • Highly Customisable
  • Suitible for wet environments

lineshaft conveyor

Lineshaft Driven Roller Conveyor


  • Uses a series of bands to connect each roller to a spinning shaft underneath
  • Great for cartons, boxes or totes

gravity conveyor choosing the right conveyor

Gravity Roller Conveyor


  • Unpowered - Uses momentum of gravity
  • Easily transports goods
  • Special Application versions available
  • Robust & Reliable

ball table conveyor

Ball Tables


  • Multi-Directional movement
  • Unpowered
  • Great for transferring & turning heavy objects
  • Choice of ball size & pitch

flexible conveyor choosing the right conveyor

Flexible Roller Conveyors

  • Also known as 'Expandable Conveyors'
  • Different Roller Styles available
  • Heavy Duty options
  • Ideal for smaller spaces & Storage

pallet conveyor unit

Pallet Conveyor


  • Less Forklift Use
  • Pallet Accumulation
  • Improved Health & Safety
  • Low Maintenance
  • Faster Transport Time

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