Since the 19th century, when the first conveyor systems were built, they have gone on to revolutionize every aspect of life with their efficiency. Understandably, the first ones were smaller and rudimentary because of lack of knowhow and technology; nonetheless, they made transportation of goods and items much easier.
For example, instead of putting sacks of grain on people’s back, a conveyor belt transported more grain to more destinations, much faster. The same applied to coal and ore. In fact, the introduction of conveyors into these industries saw them register huge growth in production shortly after.
Over time, the advancements on the conveyor have made it one of the most efficient systems in the world. The complicated part, however, is determining which conveyor system is best suited to your business. Below are some systems and the best applications for them.
This conveyor is also referred to as an angled roller belt, or a mat top. It is a good fit for a pharmaceutical plant, a packaging unit and a food production company because it is straight running. This element of its design reduces the risk of intertwining sections that may cause contamination.
Furthermore, despite being a high speed transporter belt , its chances of tipping containers over are diminished because the belt can be customized to your product configurations.
Flat Wire Belt
The food industry is one of the largest consumers of conveyor systems in the world. The flat wire belt, also known as the honeycomb belt, is ideal for this industry. Popular in bakeries as well as food freezing and canning plants, there are many aspects of food handling that make the flat wire conveyor its best option.
It is easy to clean the rails and it also easily drains access fluid. In addition, it has good air circulation which is important for wet and dry applications. These characteristics are very important for impeccable sanitation.
The above features also make it well suited for sectors like part sorting, assembly and packaging as well as part painting and drying. Whether it is at the restaurant level or during preparation, conveyors have been instrumental in the growth of food handling industries.
Hinge Metal Belting
This is the long lasting conveyor system. Built from stainless steel, they are mostly used for heavy duty operations, although they can also be found in food manufacturing plants. In the food industry, they are loved for their easy ability to clean, their inability to keep any pathogens when scratched and their ability to go from very high temperatures to low one quickly.
In industrial settings, they are recommended because of their durability. They can withstand the pressure of heavy objects and also the wear and tear of scrap and metal items rubbing against them. If you have an operation that handles wet to dry items, scrap chipping and removal, high temperatures or stamping among other things, hinge metal is the best option for you.
In addition to remaining strong while doing all these things, it is environmentally friendly. With proper care to its parts like lubrication, keeping the conveyor covered and well cleaned, there will be no need to replace the belt. Even when it is no longer in use, you can recycle it since stainless steel is recyclable.