What is a Pallet Conveyor?

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Pallet conveyor

What is a pallet conveyor, what are they used for?

A pallet conveyor is a heavy duty piece of mechanical equipment designed specifically to automate the transport of pallets. Generally pallets are used for transporting a large amount of goods in a batch, so these pallets of goods are often incredibly heavy.

Pallet conveyors are most often used to improve the efficiency of pallet handling and transport, greatly reducing the need for forklift trucks. Therefore pallet conveyors are often found in warehouses, factories, and other environments which regularly transport and receive large goods, or items in bulk.

Pallet conveyors can be designed in a modular fashion to include many different components. For example complete systems can be designed for the preparation of pallets to assist in the wrapping, strapping, and labelling process.

Some arduous environments may require a purpose designed and manufactured conveyor. Places like cold stores can lead to conveyors malfunctioning in freezing temperatures. That’s why pallet conveyors should be specially designed to suit the environment in which they will be required to operate.

What are the benefits of using a pallet conveyor?

  • Less forklift traffic means better safety and lower costs
  • Allows for a constant flow of pallets to improve efficiency
  • Pallet accumulation
  • Large selection of pallet sizes and weights can be transported
  • Generally pallet conveyors are low maintenance in comparison to forklift trucks
  • Can be designed to suit non-standard pallets

What are the types of pallet conveyor?

Gravity Roller

Gravity roller pallet conveyors are a type of unpowered conveyor. As such manual force or gravity is required to push the pallets over the rollers. Gravity pallet conveyors can comprise of heavy duty rollers mounted within a frame which sits off the floor, or alternatively floor level roller tracks can be installed.

It is important to have some sort of braking control so that pallets can be stopped at any point for safety purposes.


Chain Driven Roller

Chain driven roller pallet conveyors are ideal for transporting loaded pallets, and other very heavy items. They are incredibly durable, with a frame manufactured from fully welded steel.

This type of roller conveyor is positively driven through the use of chains. These chains attach sprocketed rollers to one another which keeps each of the rollers turning consistently with no loss of friction.

These conveyors are available in a wide range of widths, lengths, and heights to suit almost any sized pallet for most applications.

Pallet Conveyor Accessories & Peripheral Equipment

Pallet Transfers – There are several types of pallet transfers, these include roller and also pop up chain transfers. They are used to move pallets off the conveyor to the left or right. Often these are used to move the pallet onto another parallel conveyor.

pallet chain transfer

Pallet Turntables – These allow for pallets to be turned so they can change orientation or be transported around corners.

turntable pallet conveyor
Turntable pallet conveyor

Spaceguard are UK based pallet conveyor manufacturers

At Spaceguard we have many years of experience in designing and manufacturing robust and versatile conveyor solutions for a wide range of industries across the UK and Europe.

We design and build to meet our customers needs, meaning you will always receive the conveyor solution that is expertly adapted to suit your business.

Our knowledgeable sales team is happy to listen to your requirements and assist you in the planning process to ensure our product is the best solution for your problem. Once we understand your required specification, our expert design team will be able to produce plans for your approval prior to us beginning the manufacturing process.

Please contact us today for expert advice and no obligation quotes.

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