Pick up the pace with an automated conveyor system
Various types of power conveyors are used in manufacturing, shipping, warehouse and retail environments to facilitate the easy transport of goods, achieve operational efficiency and reduce labor. Automated conveyor systems allow you precision control over the rate at which materials are fed onto and along the line, and highly advanced systems can be run continuously without any operator supervision.
Accumulation conveyors, pneumatic conveyors and vibrating conveyors are specialized sub-types of power conveyor systems. Taking a closer look at each of these will help you determine which is best for your business.
Types of Power Conveyors
Pneumatic conveyors are pipe-based systems that use the power of air to convey loads forward over short distances. They are shaped like tubes or ducts, and effectively "suck" the object forward, eliminating any fear of its coming into contact with potentially harmful liquids or chemicals.
Vibrating conveyors are used for the efficient handling of bulk quantities. Using resonating movements, vibrating conveyors allow you to pinpoint the speed and volume you want, while ensuring the safe and stable transport of even the most fragile items.
Accumulation conveyors are a unique type of power system designed to allow items or materials to build up until a pre-specified level or volume is reached, at which point the system releases the buildup and allows the item to flow forward. They are very commonly used in food processing applications because they can provide a steady flow of product to a machine. Minimum-pressure and zero-pressure accumulation conveyors are available if you require a particularly sensitive and responsive system.
In addition to these machines, power-assisted gravity conveyors and vertical conveyors are also available.
Buy a Power Conveyor
Manufacturers of power conveyors typically have a full range of products designed to meet the varying needs of different industries. However, if they don't have a prefabricated system that fulfills your specifications, or load or volume requirements, it is also possible to have a power conveyor custom-built. This convenience does come at a premium price, though, and turnaround times are not necessarily short.
One way to save your business some money is to consider the merits of used power conveyors. You can buy refurbished systems from specialty suppliers, or buy one directly from a company that's upgrading their conveyors or going out of business altogether.