Choosing the right conveyor belt or system for your project is something you should discuss with experts, and we are always happy to lend a helping hand here at Central Conveyors Ltd.
With that being said, in this blog we outline several considerations that you should ponder on, in preparation for any planning and further discussions internally and externally.
The Environment in which the conveyor will be placed is a key consideration.
If you are handling metal parts, that have just been manufactured, will they have a residue on them?
If you are handling food, will that food have any debris that could fall of it?
Will liquid be handled in containers? Could leaks occur?
All of the above if not handled correctly could lead to malfunction in the system. Precautions and planning must be done to ensure the system can handle such products.
Cleaning/Washing of the system
This is a particularly pertinent consideration in the food or pharmaceutical industry in the sense that the environment must be kept clean and hygienic to the required standards.
In a normal work situation a mild steel or aluminium solution could suffice.
Space is often at a premium in newly, specifically designed work environment which means that conveyor systems need to fit accordingly. This in turn means that inclines and declines are often required. These must be planned correctly because, for example, a heavy item that needs to go up an incline will need careful planning and consideration in relation to safety and sustainability.
How the product gets onto the conveyor belt is often not considered fully enough in the planning stage. There are many options including plates, gravity rollers, powered transfers and side to side transfer. Each one will need specific planning and integration into the conveyor belt system.
What is the product specification?
The products dimension, weight and type will all have their own unique considerations. These are probably the most important elements when determining the conveyor system type. The rate at which a product is coming onto the belt is also really something to think about. For example, having a food product rolling onto a system at double speed can lead to headache’s further down the conveyor system, so it’s imperative to consider the rate of product drop and how that is sustained across the conveyor system.
Conveyors should not be an afterthought. As an integral part of the manufacturing plant they need to planned with great thought and consideration.
That’s where we come in.
Don’t be daunted, get in touch, we really are only to happy to help you with the basic and the complex questions that can arise in planning your conveyor systems.