Conveyors

Moving large amounts of material or heavy objects repeatedly from one point in the shop to another can require a several different conveyor options to get the job done. Indoff has expertise in designing and installing conveyor systems to make your job easier and safer.

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Conveyors Help You Get From Point A to Point Done

A conveyor belt system is a common piece of material handling equipment that moves materials from one location to another. Whether you’re at an airport, warehouse, distribution center, or pizza a pizza restaurant, chances are there is a conveyor belt in use. They help save time by speeding up processes and freeing up labor to handle other projects that can’t be completed by machinery. Without these simple, yet extremely beneficial systems, the world wouldn’t be the same place it is today.

It can be hard to know which type of conveyor belt you need for your business with the wide selection of options to choose from in today’s world. Here’s our list of the types of conveyor systems and how they operate.

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Belt Conveyor

This is the most standard type of powered conveyors that you’ll see in businesses. They are extremely simple devices but are great for moving products. A motor is used to turn a system of pulleys, which then causes the belt to move forward.

Chute Conveyor

Looking to take your conveyor systems to the next level? Chute conveyors will take your packages to a lower part of the warehouse by creating a friendly metal slide for your packages to use. They are very cheap but since they rely on gravity, your packages may get damaged during their move.

Gravity Conveyor

Gravity conveyors use a long series of wheels at a slight decline so that your packages roll along without needing to use electricity to power the process.

Powered Roller Conveyor

The close relative of the gravity conveyor except these utilize a chair, or belt, to move your packages as opposed to gravity. This not only removes the need for the decline, but sometimes can also allow your packages to go uphill.

Bucket Conveyor

Bucket conveyor systems are the perfect solution for scooping up any materials that need to be moved vertically to another part of the warehouse. It’s made up of a series of buckets that are attached to a chain, cable, or belt. The buckets scoop up your product, carries it to the new location, then dumps the materials.

Ball Transfer Conveyor

With a ball transfer conveyor, you no longer have to worry about the direction of travel for your products. These systems operate by utilizing a series of balls that can rotate in any direction as needed. When you have multiple products converging into a central location then this is great for sorting products heading to a new conveyor or to assist with organizing them.

Slat Conveyor

Slat conveyors operate much like the treads of a tank. You have a series of flat, individual, often metallic pieces that are connected to a chain on the underside. The chain moves the slats forward while the slats provide a nice surface to rest your products on. Additionally, you can add hooks and handles to the slats to fit whatever product you’re looking to transport, even if they are oddly shaped.

Chain Conveyor

If you’re moving heavy products then you’ll need to go with an industrial conveyor belt solution. Chain conveyor systems are much like their slat and belt counterparts but instead utilize chains to move the products. These belts are often low to the ground and are used for your bigger products.

Trolley Conveyor

Trolley conveyors are unique because they are ceiling mounted and carry products below. Often times there is a belt housed inside a metal casing that can manually or electronically be pulled along. Additionally, it’s not uncommon for two metal casings to be alongside one another where one is moved automatically while pulling the other along with it.

Inverted Monorail Conveyor

Take a trolley conveyor, turn it right side up, attach it to the floor instead of the ceiling, and you’ve got a monorail conveyor system. This rail carries material from underneath.

Magnetic Conveyor

These conveyors have a stable, unmovable top surface, with magnets underneath. As the magnets mover underneath, your products move across the surface.

Vibrating Conveyor

These conveyors are some of the toughest and most durable belts which make it great for food processing, gravel, and fabrication. The conveyor vibrates slightly to gently move bulk material along it. They come in multiple forms including tubes, troughs, and flat tops.

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Troughed Belt Conveyor

The Troughed Belt Conveyor is a conventional belt system but the edges are slightly tilted upwards to help prevent products from falling off during transit.

Screw Conveyor

The Troughed Belt Conveyor is a conventional belt system but the edges are slightly tilted upwards to help prevent products from falling off during transit.

Tow Conveyor

If you have a product that is looking to make a long journey across a production line or manufacturing facility, then a tow conveyor is a great option. These are conveyors that tow carts and dollies along a towline or a chain in the floor.

Sortation Conveyor Systems

A sortation conveyor system merges multiple lines, identifies the products, and separates them to go to their corresponding locations. There are many different sorting methods available.

Pneumatic/Vacuum Conveyor Systems

The name says it all but a vacuum conveyor utilizes suction power to move products along.

Vertical Conveyor

We’ve all been inside a vertical conveyor, we happen to call them elevators. Unlike elevators though, these conveyors are too small to fit people but work great for documents or small packages.

Wheel Conveyor

These operate like gravity conveyors except with small, individual wheels like you’d find on a skateboard instead of long, cylindrical rollers like you’d find in the kitchen. They come in both powered and gravity versions.

Walking Beam Conveyor

If you need a product to be in an exact spot during transportation then walking beam conveyors are a great option. This conveyor utilizes moving and static supports to push your products forward.

Walking Beam Conveyor

If you need a product to be in an exact spot during transportation then walking beam conveyors are a great option. This conveyor utilizes moving and static supports to push your products forward.

Conveyor Repairs

Let’s not forget that it’s often cheaper to repair a product than it is to fully replace it. When you’re in need of a replacement conveyor belt or additional conveyor equipment such as replacement rollers or legs, contact your local Indoff Material Handling Partner. You can find yours by using our location tool and even learn about their certifications and experiences so you know exactly who you’ll be working with.

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Getting a product from point A to point B quickly and efficiently takes a combination of the right plan supported by the right tools. 

Technology is key when it comes to material movement in your facility. We can guide you in finding the best solution at a cost that works in your budget.

When you need more usable workspace, a modular building or mezzanine can be the perfect solution for a surprisingly small investment.

The heart and soul of most warehouses is racking and shelving. Indoff works with all the major manufacturers to find the right setup for you.

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From lockers to pallets, we are always looking for a place to put our “stuff”. Indoff has loads of options to help you store and protect your valuables.

Worksite accidents happen but that should not stop you from doing everything in your power to protect your assets. Indoff can show you plenty of options to help keep your space safe.

Unloading product from a trailer can be a challenging task without the right equipment. Make sure you have the right equipment in place. 

Work is hard enough, do not make it worse. Having the right ergonomic equipment on the floor reduces injuries and improves productivity. 

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