General Information On Conveyors Types and Their Uses
There are several types of conveyors available, including belt conveyors, roller conveyors, motorized roller conveyors or power roller conveyors, overhead conveyors, power and free (P&F conveyors), screw (auger) conveyors, aero-mechanical conveyors, bucket elevator conveyors, pneumatic conveyors, chain conveyors and cable conveyors. Each conveyor type has its own advantages and disadvantages, with smooth belt conveyors or green PVC belt types being the classic staple for most conveyor applications. Meanwhile, chain conveyors are generally suitable for heavy load transfers.
There are several types of conveyors, each with different uses:
- Screw (Auger) Conveyors are used to move materials horizontally or at an incline.
- Aero-Mechanical Conveyors are used to transport fragile and/or abrasive materials over long distances.
- Belt Conveyors are used to transport bulk materials over short and long distances.
- Chain Conveyors are used for heavy duty applications such as moving large volumes of material over long distances.
- Cable Conveyors are used for transporting fragile and/or abrasive materials over long distances.
- Pneumatic Conveyors use air pressure to move bulk materials through tubes or pipes.
- Roller Bed Conveyor Belts are used for moving items that require precise positioning, such as small parts in assembly lines.
- Flat Belt Conveyors can be used for sorting, assembling, inspecting, and transporting items from one point to another.
- Modular Belt Conveyors can be configured into a variety of shapes and sizes depending on the application requirements.
- Cleated Belt Conveyors can be used to transport items up steep inclines or keep items from sliding backwards on a flat surface.
- Curved Belt Conveyors can be used to move objects around corners or in tight spaces where other conveyor systems cannot fit.
- Incline Belt Conveyors can be used when products need to be moved between two different elevations.
- Bucket Elevators are typically used for vertical transportation of bulk materials such as grain, fertilizer, coal, etc.
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The type of conveyor used will depend on the type of object being transported, the desired transportation speed, and the working environment conditions. That's why each type of conveyor has its own function according to the needs of the production line.