Conveyor Belts (Conveyor Systems)
Different Types of Conveyor Belts and Their Applications
Conveyor belts are becoming more and more common for a number of applications in a wider variety of business sectors. For instance, who would have thought that a conveyor would be necessary to move your grocery shopping items closer to the till point for the cashier to reach ten or twenty years ago. However, this does not relate to a lazy society but rather a society that has become so busy and fast paced that technology is used wherever necessary just to keep things going faster and more efficiently.
In larger more traditional applications conveyor belts fulfil another important function other than just making things move faster more conveniently. Picking up and carrying large, heavy or bulky goods could do physical damage to a person’s body and the conveyor belt can take care of any weight, size and bulk depending on the type of system that is being used. Conveyor belts are ideally suited to transporting goods over a short or long distance without any trouble.
Different Types of Conveyor Systems
The most common types of conveyors that are well known in a number of different industries use a belt system. The belt can be made from variety of materials but is normally rubberised or coated with a non-slip surface layer to prevent items from falling off the conveyors during operation. The belt is placed around a set of rollers that turns it to create the motion. The amount of rollers used is dependent on the length of the conveyor belts as well as the weight of the goods that need to be transported along the conveyor system.
Conveyor belts are normally only suitable for transporting goods in a straight line and cannot have any turns within in the system. Rotational conveyors are more suitable to applications where goods need to be moved around corners or turns. These conveyors can use either rollers or chains upon which sections of rubberised overlapping tiles are placed. These overlapping tiles provide the desired effect to ensure that goods can be transported around corners.
Of course there are many other different types of conveyor belts, each designed and manufactured to be suitable to specific applications. It may be difficult to believe, but new conveyor systems are being created all the time to suit unique requirements in any sector for transporting goods within a defined area. This has given the world in need of such systems the cutting edge to be able to transport goods to ensure that productivity is always kept at its highest.