Gravity Conveyors

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As their name suggests, gravity conveyors are systems which use the principles of gravity to move materials along their lengths in a controlled and predictable way. Also known as incline conveyors, one of their defining design features is a continual, gradual downward slope or, alternately, a staggered series of sharp slopes followed by very gentle inclines.

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By their very nature, gravity conveyors use rollers to transport materials from one place to another. Gravity roller conveyor systems are very cost-effective, as they are not as expensive to implement as power conveyors while providing medium-to-heavy-duty capabilities.

Types of Gravity Conveyors

Many gravity conveyors are classified simply by the type of load they are designed to bear. Standard options include light-, medium- and heavy-duty gravity conveyors, which are available in a wide range of widths and styles.

Ball transfer tables use the principles of gravity to move delicate items along in a controlled, gentle manner. Rail wheel conveyors place the rollers in the system's rails rather than across its width, allowing for excellent control. These systems are most commonly used for quality control applications.

Many overhead conveyors are gravity conveyors, though you can also get electrically powered systems that are suspended overhead. These are most often used in processing applications, allowing for work stations to be placed on multiple levels within a facility to maximize space and operational efficiency.

You may encounter the term "gravity-fed conveyor systems." This is essentially a synonym for "gravity conveyor," meaning that the system is powered by the natural downward motion of the item traveling across its surface, though some systems use supplemental electrical power to move things along more quickly.

Incline Conveyors to Meet Your Specific Needs

If a manufacturer does not have a pre-made system that meets your operation's needs, it may be possible to order a custom design. Numerous manufacturers recognize that different industries and businesses have unique needs and are willing to work with you to come up with a customized conveyor system that can handle the weights, sizes and volumes you deal with on a daily basis. However, you should expect to pay a premium price for a custom incline conveyor, and don't be in a rush to get it built, delivered and installed – instead, place your order well ahead of time.