To automatically move supplies around, conveyors are used by many facilities. Belt conveyors are a concept that is familiar to many people, most of which are flat belt which are looped around pulleys creating an endless rotation, transferring goods from one end to the other. They can improve the efficiency of the warehouse because it allows the goods to be transferred much faster, eliminating workers needing to handle the equipment, trucks, and baskets necessary to do the same work. It also helps cut down on staffing needs, which can only help the bottom line of Robot Units Australia.
Although efficiency is dramatically improved, it also improves personnel safety as well. Let’s say that you are using a forklift, a conveyor is less likely to damage the products being moved. It’s also less likely for personnel using the forklift to be injured because they will not be handling the equipment, and basic training for handling the conveyor belt is much more easy to implement.
Different Types And Designs Of Conveyors
For moving different types of products around, there are many different conveyors systems that are available. You can use buckets of conveyors for transferring bulk components. Some of them vibrate, shaking products loose from molds, allowing them to cool down as part of the manufacturing process itself. They can go around corners, up inclines, and are completely flexible for most situations. Particular systems can be customized to fit almost every type of warehouse need.
Another type of conveyor is called a skatewheel. This has rows of small metal or aluminum wheels that actually does not have a motor. This can help with moving bags, sax, cartons down a slope and can also move items to shipping areas for loading onto delivery trucks as well. They are found in smaller warehouse areas for smaller runs. There are also sliding bed systems with metal surfaces. These are ideal for moving unstable loads at slow speeds, and can also be used for small products that are shaped quite oddly. These are usually found in load stations or assembly lines.
A live roller conveyor has elongated rollers which are designed over the conveying bed and are fully adjustable. The rollers are powered by chains, belts and line shafts. They can accommodate heavy loads, loads with solid bottoms, and can also be used in uncleaned or harsh environmental areas. If you are using an accumulation system, they will have sensors that can direct the belts or rollers to stop or start in order to pace the cartons during production. Although these can be very costly, mostly because they require extra controls and motors, the flexibility that they provide offsets the cost.
Automated Systems You Can Use
Automated conveyor systems have increased in demand because they are able to handle differing objects and substances in regard to packaging and handling materials. These conveyor belts are the most common automated systems available, and are used when transporting collets, boxes and loose materials over the belt itself. Some of them use gravity conveyors, or vibratory conveyors, and usually have fewer moving parts which is very useful when transporting materials down a steep grade, as well as using pneumatic systems which are very suitable for transferring these substances and materials both horizontally and vertically.