Types of conveyor systems
With so many different variations, it can be hard to know what type of conveyor system you require. To this end (below) we outline some of the systems that Central Conveyors Ltd have designed, manufactured and installed over the years.
The most every day, standard, conveyor belt tends to use PVC as a standard material, but we also promote the use of PU, particularly for food applications and environments. Used in a vast array of industries, conveying a wide range of different materials and products.
Because belt conveyor systems are so versatile and due to the numerous belts available to the market, every conveyor system can be individually designed to optimise efficiency.
Gravity roller conveyor
The simplest and most cost-effective conveyor solution is an unpowered roller track. It allows the product to be pushed along a table with rollers incorporated between the framework, meaning the product load can be pushed along with little effort. It can be used in most industries including food, automotive, logistics and packaging.
Powered roller conveyor
Line-shaft conveyor are powered by a shaft beneath the rollers hence the name given. These conveyors are designed for light applications up to 50 kg such as cardboard boxes and tote boxes. Powered Roller Conveyors (Chain Driven) were developed for heavy duty operations
Slat conveyors use a slat and chain system to move components along an assembly line. They are used for production operation and assembly operation. There are two main Slat belts, plastic and metal. Metal is normally used where heat or abrasive products are being conveyed and plastic is used to limit damage to the conveyed product or when accumulation on a system is required.
Twin or triple stands of solid pin chain, driven by a common shaft connected back to a geared motor unit.
There is an extensive range of sprockets and chains to suit the desired design criteria.
Framework can be manufactured from mild steel, 304 stainless steels and 316 stainless steels with surface treatments available if required.
Monorail Conveyor Systems can be powered or free track. Free track systems have trolley units that are manually moved around the system by the operator and are used mainly for the storage of products.
Powered Monorail Conveyors are normally used for production line and powder coating lines.
Conveyor tracks are mostly supported above head height with support stands but can also be used on floor in an inverted configuration.
Troughed belt conveyor
Trough Conveyors are designed to help keep materials in the centre of the conveyor. The belt is kept troughed using troughing set rollers or with a skid bed base that is manufactured to allow the belt to trough.
This style of belt is good for conveying loose or bulk materials, and especially good for abrasive materials.
Tow conveyor/ Drag conveyor
This conveyor design commonly, has a continuous loop, with twin stands of hollow pin chain driven by a common shaft connected back to a geared motor unit, with an enclosed framework.
The way the system generally works is that the product is dropped into an input chute and is then dragged along by a scrapper bar attached to the twin chain arrangement.
Sortation conveyor systems
Sortation and conveyor systems are the mission-critical conduits for transporting, directing, and routing product flows through busy manufacturing and fulfilment environments. While conveyors are essential for moving product from one area of a facility to the next, sortation systems separate products for induction into individual lanes, typically associated with an outbound destination. Various types of sortation and conveyor systems are often connected to comprise a fully functioning material handling solution.
Vertical Conveyor/ Lift unit
Vertical conveyors are designed to move products automatically from one level to another.
This can be done in various ways.
Vertical conveyors are ideal for food-processing and any environment where you need move product/s to a higher discharge point.
Vertical lift units operate like a conventional lift elevator, to get boxes and product/s to higher levels within a factory environment.
Plate link conveyor
Plate Links have a hinged slat connected with a rod joining the slats together, making it a robust belt design.
The Belt is driven by twin stands of hollow pin chain, driven by a common shaft connected back to a geared motor unit.
The main 'Recyclable Products' that a waste conveyor generally will be used to convey are textiles, rubber tyres, plastic, paper/newsprint, cardboard, metals, electronic waste, biodegradable waste, building/construction waste, and furnace slag.
Pick and place system
Pick and place systems are used on production lines for manufacturing, packaging, palletising, and assembly.
Installed to increase production and throughput rates, speeding up and assisting with the automation of a process.
Pick and place systems make repetitive work quicker and help with accuracy due to cutting out human errors, ultimately freeing up staff resources to concentrate on other tasks within a business.
Swan neck/Z system
Swan neck conveyor systems are used in a vast array of industries, conveying a wide range of different materials and products.
They are often found in the following Industries: food, manufacturing, engineering, storage, aerospace and production.