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Insider tips for choosing the right type of conveyor system

Posted by IndustryNet on Friday, December 8, 2017

100000156conveyorWith a growing number of conveyor systems available to handle various materials, you will want to explore which conveyor meets the needs of your business and the products you are producing.

With the proper conveyor, your company will have a seamless system that is not only efficient but also protects your products. To select the right conveyor, consider which type best meets your needs. Here are common conveyor characteristics to look for based on conveyor specific criteria.

The most common conveyor types

There are multiple types of conveyors, with some more common than others.

Manual Monorail Conveyors: These will quickly move light loads throughout a facility. They are simple to maintain and save money.

Floor Conveyors: These are ideal for processing centers or assembly lines. Materials move underneath machinery such as manufacturing, so the mechanism can quickly access the supplies.

Power or Free Conveyors: They are highly flexible with multiple tracks.

The most common belt types

In addition to the material handling system itself, there are multiple types of belts, each of which works best in a particular situation:

General Purpose Belts: They usually have an outer cover and inner carcass and can be neoprene, urethane, rubber, PVC, nitrile, nylon, polyester, leather or another material.

Plastic Belting With Chain: They are resistant to wear and very lightweight, ideal for manufacturing, packaging and food production.

Hinge Metal: This is very durable, making it suitable for scrap removal, high-temperature operations, stamping operations and more.

Woven Wire: This is ideal for environments with extremely high or low temperatures and during drying.

Flat Wire: The surface is flat, so this belting works well in food handling. It is more affordable than woven wire.

Important questions to ask 

Every company operates differently. With that in mind, you will want to be prepared when choosing the right conveyor system by carefully considering certain requirements. Take the time to consider these questions in your search for the ideal conveyor for your business:

• How large and heavy is your product?
• What materials is your product made of?
• Will you need to change the product's orientation?
• How will you load the product? Is there impact loading?
• How fast will the product move?
• Do you need any inclines or declines?
• What is the environment in the facility? Will the conveyor operate in hot/cold, dry/wet, corrosive or indoor/outdoor conditions?

Other considerations

Finally, consider some of the features and characteristics related to the material handling such as modularity, scalability, safety, reliability, ease of maintenance and energy efficiency. Each one of these factors plays a role in selecting the conveyor that works best for your company.

Finding a manufacturerchoosing the right conveyor system

Choosing the right type of conveyor is not only about the machinery itself but also the manufacturer. Select a company with experience in the field and is known for high-quality products.

They should be willing to walk you through their options, so you end up with the ideal material handling tools for your needs. They will have a strong reputation for both quality and customer service. With 631 companies in the industry, you should find one to work with you.

Exploring some top conveyor suppliers

To get a better feel for the industry of conveying and material handling supplies, explore some of the leading companies. Each has its focus, along with special services.

Vilberg-Victor Co. Inc.: This company has a general specialization in conveyors and material handling systems, including bulk equipment.

A & E Conveyor Systems Inc.: They work with all conveyor systems as well as pneumatic ones. This company began in 1989 and currently has a range of high-quality products, such as Mat Top and Table Conveyors, with a variety of materials. They not only manufacture the conveyors but also design, install and provide related services.

Dorner Mfg. Corp.: Dorner delivers a range of precision, sanitary and industrial conveyance solutions. They have 51 years of experience, during which time they dramatically expanded. Now they work with nearly all industries from medical to packaging to food processing.

FHS, Inc.: In addition to conveyors, FHS specializes in overhead cranes, hoists and storage rack systems. They have a complete line of equipment for material handling and have been in business since 1994.

They are one of the few companies to offer products for all aspects of material handling, instead of just conveyors. This range allows customers to save time and effort.

GTC Industries Inc.: Like the previous company, GTC Industries Inc. also provides monorails, hoists and cranes in addition to conveyors.

They opened in 1973, giving them decades of experience with engineering, manufacturing and distributing automation equipment of all types. They also provide installation and maintenance.

Metzgar Conveyors: This company offers parts, conveyors and related products. Among the oldest in the industry, Metzgar Conveyors began in 1933 and has a range of solutions for supply chains.

They will design, manufacture and install the system, and can assist regardless of the project's complexity or simplicity.

NEDCO Conveyor Technology Co.: Nedco dates back to 1961, giving them more than 50 years of experience supplying Fortune 500 companies with quality material handling equipment. They provide every service, including engineering, design and manufacturing for electrical and mechanical equipment. The company has representatives in every major area.

Wildeck Inc.: Wildeck Inc. is among the most significant manufacturers of vertical reciprocating conveyors and mezzanines. Their products always meet high-quality standards, including those for electrical, mechanical and structural design.

The employee-owners have industry experience to customize equipment for individual solutions. They also pride themselves on their service, support, strength and durability.

Webb-Stiles of Alabama: This company focuses on the design, manufacturing and installation of engineered conveyor systems, and they serve customers around the world.

They opened in 1956 and have grown continuously since then. They serve nearly all industries, including appliance, building products, automotive, casting and foundry, finishing, heavy equipment, defense, rubber and more.

R.J. Tricon Co. LLC: R.J Tricon has more than 90 years of experience in the industry, during which time they have been a leader in conveying equipment, power transmission and related services.

They pride themselves on heavy-duty material handling systems with customer-confirmed reliability.

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