Six Types of Conveyor

Six Types of Conveyor

Conveyor systems are widely used in industry to safely and quickly transport goods, whether that is goods along the production process or finished items to the packing area.

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While the initial cost of purchase and installation may seem steep, most businesses recognise the benefits they bring in terms of speed and accuracy of process, reduction in damage and improved safety for employees.

According to Ceramic Industry Magazine, the use of sealed conveyor systems is particularly useful in preventing inhalation of dust, which can potentially cause respiratory disease in employees.

But there are many types of conveying systems. Let’s take a look at six of the more common ones.

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Vacuum Conveyor

This type of conveying system uses either a vacuum or air pressure to force the goods through a system of tubes from the start to end point. If you’re looking for this type of conveyor, companies such as can help.

Overhead Conveyor

This type of conveyor is useful for products that require hanging such as clothing or products which need to air-dry or cool during transport. A variety of track and trolley systems are available, and the overall specification will depend on the height and weight of the goods being transferred.

Belt Conveyor

One of the more common types of conveyor system, it works by the continuous movement of a belt around a set of end rollers. Size can vary according to specified requirements, and they can operate both in a flat or inclined position. Their versatility makes them useful in a range of industry sectors, including food preparation, parcel handling and indeed by the Post Office.

Roller Conveyor

Primarily used to reduce the stress of manual handling such as in goods in or on production lines, these conveyors do require an element of manual intervention. There is no actual power to this type of system – items are pushed along by operators or, where they are fitted on an incline, gravity helps.

Powered Roller Conveyors
Designed in a similar fashion to the roller conveyor and primarily used to transport larger, packed items or luggage, for example, they benefit from the addition of power.

Vibrating Conveyor

In effect, a vibrating conveyor shakes the product along the belts from the start to the end point. They are typically used to transport dry goods in bulk quantities.