Flexible Conveyor Systems
Flexible conveyors allow any work environment to receive or distribute goods despite the layout. Special expanding and contracting features make both navigating corners and storage a seamless task.
What are Flexible Conveyor Belts?
Nearly all businesses become more versatile after implementing this type of design. Using a flexible flat top chain conveyor and wheels, the system can expand into a single or curved line. When not in use, the conveyor can then retract becoming small and compact for easy storage.
Because flexible (also known as expandable) roller conveyors are portable, they are an essential investment for all shipping and receiving activities.
What Can I Use Flexible Conveyors For?
Flexible roller conveyors are used mostly at dock doors and high traffic shipping departments. Any loading and unloading procedures can benefit from flexible or expandable conveyors. Some businesses that benefit include:
- Clothing stores: Receiving shipments becomes quick and painless.
- Restaurants: Less time spent unloading supply trucks.
- Factories and Distribution Centers: Using the same flexible conveyor at multiple docks keeps production’s momentum going.
Types of Flexible Conveyor Systems
Each industry has different needs, meaning it’s important to choose the right type of flexible conveyor. For example, food processing plants have different regulations than pharmaceutical facilities. Understanding these differences in operations helps narrow down options. There are two distinct styles:
Flexible Gravity Conveyor vs. Powered Flexible Conveyors
Flexible Gravity Conveyor
Similar to traditional gravity roller designs, flexible gravity conveyors use manual force to move packages. They provide an easy, portable assembly line that uses the pull of gravity to transport boxes, containers, and other flat-shaped items.
Powered Flexible Conveyors
Powered flexible conveyors use a small motor to move the belt at a steady pace. With expanding and contracting capabilities, shipping and receiving, warehouses, distribution centers, and assembly lines can move faster.
Are They Affordable?
Specifications often determine the final cost. The longer and wider the conveyor design, the higher the price will be. When comparing the costs of different flexible conveyors, consider the following questions:
- How far will the product need to travel? What is the distance from load and/or unloading point to the destination?
- What are the transported product’s dimensions? Will they fit on the conveyor?
- How big is the spending budget?
By knowing this information ahead of time, it will be easier to find an affordable flexible conveyor design.
Discover How Flexible Conveyor Systems Can Help You
If you’re not sure where to start, contact us for a consultation. We listen to your needs and find gaps in any current conveying processes. We’ll pull together the best plan for your budget and focus on the big picture: moving product without sacrificing time, quality, or manpower.