Industrial conveyors for logistics warehouses

Industrial conveyors: tricks of the trade

March 28, 2019

Which industrial conveyor should you choose among all the market available models? Choosing a conveyor and getting it right isn’t so easy. That said, it is well worth the trouble because then picking and storage processes are done in the best possible conditions. Thus, your products don’t get damaged. Here is a list of questions to ask yourself to get started in this management task, as well as some examples of conveyor systems used in our sector:

How to choose your industrial conveyor

Before choosing a certain type of industrial conveyor, analyse the following issues since they affect the goods being handled:

  • What material are the goods made of?
  • How big are the unit loads?
  • How much does they weigh?
  • How fast should each be moved?
  • What route should they follow? Are their slopes to bridge?
  • What direction will the conveyor circulate?
  • How will the goods be placed on the conveyor? Is a certain piece of handling equipment used to do so?

You must also take your warehouse’s characteristics into account:

  • Which are your ambient working conditions? Is there dust, heat or humidity?
  • How was your warehouse designed?
  • How are your goods organized?
  • What storage solutions do you use?
  • What order fulfilment processes do you use?
Conveyor belt used in order picking
Conveyor belt used in order picking

Conveyor belts: What’s available?

As you probably know, there are many industrial-grade conveyors on the market. So, in order to find the model that best responds to your business activity; first you should analyze your needs.

Here are some examples of conveyors:

The classic general-purpose conveyor

These types of systems are often made of materials like rubber, leather, PVC, nylon, etc.

Some reasons they are used include:

  • Their oil-resistant qualities.
  • Their capacity to handle high temperatures.
  • The handling of loose items.
  • The strength they provide when moving goods on sloped areas.

Belt conveyors

This model is very common because it is light, long lasting and doesn’t wear out much despite years of usage.

Here are some of the main industries that use belt conveyors:

  • Agri-foods.
  • Pharmaceuticals.
  • Construction.

Chain conveyors

This handling solution is highly sought after by logistics companies, especially due to their metallic design that helps ensure a long service life span. The agri-food, recycling and automobile industries are the ones that use these sort of conveyors the most since they are able to transport pallets and boxes.

Pallet conveyors with rollers

Many sectors equip their warehouses with this type of roller-based conveyor. As its name indicates, this pallet conveyor is the perfect solution for moving unit loads, working with storage solutions, e.g., stacker cranes, and guaranteeing proper picking processes.

If you want to know more about pallet conveyors, take a look at our article called High productivity and automated goods handling with pallet conveyors.

Roller conveyors for boxes, totes and bins

Used to transport boxes, this type of conveyor is the perfect system for companies in the consumer electronics sector and in logistics, above all thanks to its modularity and low maintenance features.

There is a long list of available industrial conveyors. So, analyze your needs and get in touch with professionals to find the conveyor that best adapts to your warehouse.

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