What exactly are automated conveyor systems?
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Automated conveyor systems are the basis of many factories and warehouses for transporting materials along the production route or warehouses. They can be automated conveyor systems — fully mechanized to transport heavier materials and to interact with automated production lines, or they can be completely basic conveyor belts that rely on momentum built from slopes to transport materials. There are several types of transportation systems available for many types of industry.
Why use automated conveyor systems at all?
We use automated transportation systems because they are easy to design and maintain. The variety of transport systems available makes it possible to fulfill different roles. Transport systems are used to move products, create buffers, and deliver products sequentially in the manufacturing process. Automated conveyor systems primarily provide optimization of efficiency and high capacity, but they have many other advantages. They provide an improved work environment, since the use of automated transport systems no longer requires heavy manual labor. Automated conveyor systems are designed to allow low energy consumption. It is also worth mentioning the optimized flow of material that eliminates manual intervention, but one of the most important features of automated transport systems is their economical use of space and increased productivity in warehouses. Special systems have even custom models that provide better comfort and productivity.
Automated conveyor systems come in many variants with many uses. They serve us to move products, create buffers, and deliver products sequentially in the production process. Other common types of conveyor systems are belt conveyor system, roller conveyor system, hydraulic, mechanical, and the like. They can be categorized as floor mounted conveyors (ground mounted) or overhead conveyors and can be fully automatic.
The most amazing among the material handling conveyors
Belt conveyor system is the simplest material handling system and is, in fact, the most versatile of all conveyor systems. It can be used in production as well as in distribution facilities. Two or more pulleys are driven by an endless belt with a loop that moves the product smoothly and quickly from point A to point B, and the belts are either fabric or rubber.
How does the belt conveyor system work?
A conveyor belt is the carrying medium of a belt conveyor system. Pulleys (two or more) are it’s very important part. Pulleys have an endless loop of carrying medium (the conveyor belt) that rotates about them. The way they work is pretty simple: when pulleys are powered (or at least one), they start moving the belt and the material on the belt forward.
There are two main industrial classes of belt conveyors on the market. Those in general material handling conveyors such as those moving packages along inside a factory and bulk material handling conveyors such as those used to transport large volumes of resources and agricultural materials. A classic version of a belt conveyors can often be an easy method of transporting products along the production line, when it comes to production plants with assembly lines. Belt conveyor system is actually a much more efficient solution than if someone would need to manually transport either materials or the equipment to each production station piece by piece.
Flexible Conveyor Systems and their advantages
The flexible conveyor systems are based on a conveyor beam in aluminum or stainless steel and it has low friction slide rails guiding a plastic multi-flexing chain. Products travel directly on the conveyor, or on pallets/carriers. Flexible conveyor systems are made at varying levels and designed to even be worked around obstacles and keep production lines flowing. They also have the advantage to work in multiple environments and are indispensable in pharmacy, food packaging, they even use them in some retail stores.
Industrial conveyor systems are literally everywhere
So far we have already realized how convenient automated conveyor systems are. No wonder their use in the industry is so widespread.
We can install conveyor systems almost anywhere, since they can be personalized. They are popular in automotive industry, with computers and other electronics, not to mention the aerospace and mining.
Industrial conveyor systems can move product in any shape and size, and especially the weight. There are a plenty different way on how to run it, so there is no surprise they are commonly used in food industry and in agricultural.
With industrial conveyor systems we do not need to worry about a safety precaution. This especially satisfies pharmaceutical and chemical institutions. Organizations dealing with packaging, canning and bottling also like to use the conveyor systems. Who would not want an automated conveyor system that does it all?